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Master Bob

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#1 12 years ago

Right, I have been forced to create an account on filefront because of this problem.

Civilisation 4 crashes, usually about 10 seconds or so after loading a saved game. It freezes, but the music continues, and a black square appears next to the mouse. Also, the mouse can only be moved left or right.

Then, my monitor turns off, and no amount of ctrl-alt-delete, alt-f4, ctrl x, screaming, etc, will do anything. The only way out is the reset button.

If it helps, my system is:

Amd Athlon 3200+ X800 XT Platinum Edition 1 gb of ram Lots of HD space.

Civ 4 patched to 1.09 (off a PC Gamer DVD)

I think those are the important ones.

I also had a problem with saved games, but I gave up with that.

That problem was that when I was playing, Civ 4 crashed to the desktop. When I loaded my save, it got to finished and emitted a high pitched screaching/strange high pitched sound that varied. Only way out of this was to reset.

I am not blessed with broadband and cannot donwload the latest patch (1.52 I think). It should hopefully come on my next PC Gamer DVD.

Please help as I love Civ 4, no matter how flawed it is.




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#2 12 years ago

Welcome to the forums!

I'm afraid the 1.52 patch is the best solution to your problems as it helps with a lot of bugs (take a look at the changelog here: http://www.gamingforums.com/showthread.php?t=231817). The patch is 50mb, you could try to download it with a download-manager, ask a friend to do that for you or ask if you can download it at a local internet-cafe and then copy it on USB or burn it on CD.

If you can't download the patch at all you should look at the official Civ4 forums. There is a thread with workarounds of graphic-related problems for those who use ATI cards. But workarounds usually don't work anyway so better try to get that patch.

Here are some little tips by Firaxis, if you are lucky one of them will solve your problems: Increase AGP memory size in your BIOS settings to 128 or 256 if necessary. Go to www.windowsupdate.com and apply updates Update graphics and sound drivers Close other background applications Turn graphics to low and use low-resolution textures in the options screen Turn off Antialiasing in your display properties Disable virus protection




Master Bob

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#3 12 years ago

I normally just use Getright to download things.

If the latest patch is my only hope, then I'll just have to wait till the 16th February. That's when I get my next PC Gamer issue. It hopefully will have the patch on it. If it doesn't, I'll have to spend a long time downloading it. . .

Oh well. Still, if anyone else has ever experienced this problem before, even if you don't know how to fix it, please post.