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#1 12 years ago

okay, so here it goes. I've been playing DOW and DOWWA on windows ME for as long as they have both been out. I recently got the chance to reformat my hard drive and put XP Pro on it. So today when I went to reinstall my games, when I try to play, it shows the spinning CD cursor... then the computer turns off and restarts. I know it's a long shot but does annnyone out there have any idea what it could be?? -I've installed and reinstalled three times -tried starting it from the shortcut & both of my CDROM Drives :confused: any help would be great, thanks in advance.




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#2 12 years ago

can you;re computer handle the game?




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#3 12 years ago

yeah, I'm running an Athlon with 1.6g and I have a Radeon 9200 256mb Graphics with over a Gig of ram... I should be good at least I hope so




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#4 12 years ago

Have you downloaded any programs? Many programs come with hidden spyware/viruses, Also have you tried deleting the directory as a whole? If you are really really sure you want to play this game you could format you're hard drive and reinstall windows.




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#5 12 years ago

Format and reinstall probably won't do much use - especially since Vdubin seems to have only just did that to put XP on!

The most likely problem is Windows avoiding BSoD. I've got to go out in a minute, so I'll look it up later, but there is a setting that says "auto-restart on conflict" or something similar. If you turn that off, you'll see the problem.

I had it happening to my XP Pro machine when my fiancee was playing Sims 2 and I had my laptop networked up so it could proxy the internet access (which was over a wireless connection). It turned out it was an IRQ conflict between the graphics card (which Sims 2 was using heavily at times) and the Wireless card (which I was using with downloads).




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#6 12 years ago

hey thanks so much IBBoard! I looked it up and I found pretty much exactly what you were talking about too. [COLOR=black]"A conflict that occurs when the same system resources have been allocated to two or more devices. System resources include interrupt request (IRQ) lines, direct memory access (DMA) channels, input/output (I/O) ports, and memory addresses."[/COLOR] Now, to fix it Mad_chipmunk, I'd be lying if I said the thought of reformatting it all over again never crossed my mind hah




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#7 12 years ago

Cool, glad you found it :) Can't remember what I did to fix it - I think it ended up getting ignored because I didn't network while my fiancee played Sims much, then I upgraded my Mobo and graphics and it reassigned everything anyway, so problem solved :D




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#8 12 years ago

drats! haha I am about two seconds from taking my trusty tire iron to this thing... ati3duag.dll that was the source of my problems gentleman. Thanks for letting me know about the IRQ or else I would never have been able to figure out why it kept turning off on me!! it works now, I owe ya a beer.




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#9 12 years ago

Yeah, basically XP is bluescreen of death proof because any time it BSoDs, XP reboots - great idea from Microsoft :D It's strange that I've never had IRQ conflicts before that, though. Nothing I obviously remember from the days of Win98.