Just bought Gears Of War PC. Took 45 minutes to install due to stupid inefficient Microsoft programming. When I start the game, the initial screen just freezes. Mouse cursor barely moves, and can't play game at all. Have uninstalled and reinstalled 3X. Have installed one or other or both patches. Have installed latest Nvidia and AMD drivers for CPU. Tried almost everything. Still, opening screen locks up. CPU and RAM usage less than 40% when game "running".
ASUS M2N32 SLI Deluxe Mobo
7900GTX NVidia card
200 Gb free drive space
Do not use Norton Anticomputer working properly software. Use AVG free
Have Hardware firewall in router to keep out Internet related threats, and WinXp firewall.
Can play Crysis at high settings, no problem... smooth, no lag
Have not had any problems with any other games: Oblivion, Guild Wars, Crysis, Prey, FEAR, any Half Life episodes, Chronicles of Riddick, etc.even at high rez. Running Win XP SP2, totally updated. New problems have developed. After spending almost 2 hours on the phone with Micrusucks, and trying several solutions, game got REALLY screwed up and I could not even uninstall it. Whole computer locked up. Had to go to an old restore point. As long as this game is NOT on my computer, things are fine. The second I install it, weird crap starts to happen. Microsucks guy told me he has spent several days dealing with the same problem. He is supposed to get back to me with a solution....... I am now going to start holding my breath.... ... ... .... ... ... ... ... ...gasp wheeze....
I was talking to a friend of mine last night about a game he was having problems with. It was another xbox port to pc game. He found out online somewhere that if he disconnected his usb joystick, his problems would go away. Just thought I would mention it since GoW is an xbox port.
Found a partial solution to problem:
1. Completely uninstall all remnants of Gears of War. May have to go back to a previous restore point to avoid any registry garbage from G of W.
2. Clik Start, Run and run msconfig.
3. Under General tab: Deselect: Process SYSTEM.INI; Process WIN.INI; Load Startup Items
4. Clik on Services Tab; Clik to select Hide All Microsoft Services; Clik Disable all; Clik Apply; Clik OK; Reboot computer.
5. Install latest graphics card driver; latest CPU drivers (I have an AMD 64X2 6000)
6. Download Gears of War patch (Gears TU) and XLiveRedist01.02.0241.00 from Microsucks website.
7. Install Gears of war, but don't try to run it. Deselect Run Gears of War. Install both patches.
8. Run G of W. If it works, you got lucky. If not.... phone Microsucks and complain.
9. Now for the annoying time consuming part: Run msconfig. repeat steps 3. and 4. Clik on Services that you want to reload a few at a time to try to find out which one is causing the problems. Reboot and retry G of W. After several reboots, you may find which Service is causing the problem
In my case, all of my Services were okay, but the Startup items in the Startup tab caused the game to freeze. I have not figured out which program is the problem, but with all the above things turned off, I can at least play the game until Microsucks writes a patch that fixes the problem.
10. Send Microsucks a bill for your time as a Beta Tester for their ****, bug filled release of G of W.
After all the swearing and cursing and restarts and dicking around, the game is actually VERY intriguing. I really like the fact that you can run for cover, like a real soldier. Cool. Gotta go and run msconfig, deselect everything, restart, wait around until I die of old age, and then finally get to go and kick some alien ass.
Guy at work had an issue with Gears Of war and found that Powerdvd was the culprit in that matter. Uninstalled Powerdvd and reinstalled his display driver and all is well...for now.
WTF??? The culprit in my case is also PowerDVD!! Not sure how that can be, but when I run msconfig, and the ONLY thing I disable is PowerDVD... Voila! Gears of War works just fine. Power DVD is a pretty common program for anyone with a DVD player. So, maybe Microsuck can write a patch that fixes this, you know, to try not to piss off all the PC gamers out there. Thanks to septic for the hint.
Hey guys, thanks for all the info. I thought I wasted my money on this game, but as it turns out it's just annother software bug. I tried to get GoW running for almost a week and was about to give up and ran across this post. I DL'ed it and installed, then POOF! it ran without crashing..... WOO HOO!!! Whatever is in that patch that "wh3resmycar" had posted here worked like a charm . I heard it was a port problem, but at this point I didnt really care, just wanted it to work. TY
Mainboard : Gigabyte 965P-DS3
CPU: intel Core 2 duo E6600 2.4 @ 3.38Ghz
RAM: 2 Gigs G-Skill DDR2
Video: Nvidia 7800GTX OC'd from 430 Mhz core clock to 490 Mhz and the memory from 1200 to 1375
Again, thank you everone for the tech tips, hope to be able to reply on somthing and help someone else.
I was able to download the Gears TU and XLiveRedist01.02.0241.00 patches for Gears of War. After I installed the game itself and clicked Play, all I receive is a Software Update tab at the bottom of the screen and nothing happens. Is anyone familiar with this problem?
Look for the patch on this website, It is the only patch or things such as uninstalling and installing the game 3 times.
On the web site once you enter in your birth day, click on community, then go down to pc updates, Then you will see what patch actually worked for me.
Reply to me if this works after you have followed these steps.
hey thanks bigal18!!
i've had that same problem with the executable, binaries, thingo and have reinstalled stupid GoW thrice with no success, but ur advice with the patch worked wonders and can now play this game!!
"You can not run this game with a modified executible!"...I had a client that had this problem the other day. Figured it out with some doing, but Epic and Microsoft support are both horrible, so here is the solution.
1) set the system clock back to a date before 1/27/2009 then start the game
2)Google and download "Gears of War patch # 3" and play the game.
figured out the first one by myself and got the second after doing a search of the first. Hope this helps everyone who gets the issue...Note: If neither work then you have a viral problem...His was both. So be sure to check if the above solutions fail.
I bought Gow from a friend and i got the same modified executible thing and i fixed that but then when i start playing the game it only works for around 1mins and then it just closes for some reason and i have tried almost everything