Possible game closing randomly or Vista feature?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by Simon Berube, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. Simon Berube

    Simon Berube Guest

    I have been playing games on Vista with only a slight performance hit, but
    in Warcraft 3 TFT, I had an issue one time where the game simply closed
    without warning. I assumed that this was a Windows Vista feature as that
    hasn't ever happened to me with WC3/XP. I thought that maybe Vista decided
    to close the program because it sensed the video card was being stressed.
    It wasn't being stressed actually, but it's a possible explanation and I was
    wondering if anyone knows more that could help me out.

    Does anyone know if Vista monitors/samples to see if the software is
    affecting the hardware adversely? I know this might have been a random
    fault/error, too.

    Thanks.

    Simon
    http://sberube.net/
     
    Simon Berube, Mar 6, 2007
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  2. Well, you're one lucky fellow if you've never expereince this before. I say,
    you're not playing enough games when they are first released. Maybe you
    should try over-clocking, that's a way to get it.

    It actually has a name and a popular accronym. It's called Crash to Desktop
    or CTD for short. Supreme Commander is a pretty good game to experience a
    CTD or a BSOD. All the Battlefields, and especially BF-V and BF2 had the
    problem when they were first released.

    Vista itself doesn't really monitor this, unless it popped up letting you
    know it had a problem. Most CTDs are where exe file just implodes as if you
    hit the exit key, and so Windows doesn't even know there was a problem. Most
    of the CTDs I get\got is when I was trying to overclock the CPU\Memory too
    hard. It was my way of knowing, that was too much.

    On a side note, I played about 3 hours straight of WC3 under Vista64 and
    didn't have any CTDs. So I it's safe ot say that it's probably not the game
    that's at fault. You may see it again, if you do and it becomes often, then
    there is probably a conflict with your video\sound or some other driver. Or
    it could be that your CPU or video card got to hot, though you will normally
    get a system that reboots itself with that.
     
    Dale M. White, Mar 6, 2007
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  3. Simon Berube

    Simon Berube Guest

    Alright, thanks. I didn't think CTD was the case. I see it pretty often in
    Battlefield series just like you said, but that's the first I've had for
    WC3. At my favorite LAN center, it's become an expectation from BF games.
    It happened pretty often with Desert Conflict, especially.

    I don't overclock because it's never worth it to me. I play a good deal of
    games, but when I have tried slight overclocking in the past, bad things
    have happened!

    I wouldn't have expected WC3 to crash like that with 2Gb RAM, X2 4400+,
    6800XT and nothing else open on Vista. Maybe for a game that would push the
    limits of my hardware, you know? Hmm, now that I think about it, I don't
    remember if this happened on Vista 32 or 64. I've decided to choose 32-bit,
    because even though I was pumped about finally buying a 64-bit OS for my
    64-bit processor, Adobe isn't ready to develop 64-bit support. It saddens
    me I guess... I ordered the 64-bit Vista DVD because I expected the 64 bit
    OS to be a bit more polished, but really it's kind of buggy.

    Thanks for replying!

    Simon
     
    Simon Berube, Mar 7, 2007
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    Criksee Guest

    Simon,

    try running the game with 98/ME Compatibility mode
     
    Criksee, Mar 7, 2007
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  5. I don't think it has anything to do with pushing the system. it just has to
    do the right thing the right way, or is that, teh wrong the the wrong way
    and CTD it goes. I think any 3D program that takes moer than 64Meg of ram
    and 20% CPU has the chance to CTD. I seldom get as many CTDs as some people
    do with teh Battlefield family. Maybe once every 30 hours of play, at least
    under XP

    with Vista, the drivers are still being ironed out. I was playing Supreme
    commander and it was only reporting 50%CPU usage and 1GB out of 2GB of ram
    usage and so far, I've gotten 2 BSODs and 3 CTDs under Vista in about 15
    hours of play. About the same amount of play time under XP and only 1 CTD.
    So it's one part game and 2 parts drivers, in this case I'm sure it's the
    video drivers.

    Plus you have a nvidia card, and if you are following the threads, nVidia is
    having alot of problems with vista right now. Thoguh I heard the 101.41
    drivers have worked great for most people, but they are still in beta. I
    say, give it another 2-3 months and you won't see any CTDs in games like
    WC3:FT
     
    Dale M. White, Mar 7, 2007
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    Richard XXII Guest

    good call here Criksee

    The older a game is the more this option will need to be used under a brand
    new OS like Vista.
     
    Richard XXII, Mar 7, 2007
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  7. I disagree. I played Warcraft 3 and Quake2 under Vista32 and Vista64 and
    they both play fine without any special Compatibility mode. The symptom was
    a single crash to desktop after a period of playing. The compatiblity mode
    is to get the game to run period. Once the game is up, running and playing,
    the Compatibility mode doesn't hold much value.

    Not to mention, nVidia has had a slew of problems under vista, to the point
    some fellow is trying to start a class action suit against them.
     
    Dale M. White, Mar 7, 2007
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