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Old September 30th, 2003, 01:16 PM
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FYI: I have the following system..

ECS Elitegroupe K7S5A motherboard
AMD Athlon XP 1700+ (1.46ghz)
nVidia GForce2 MX/400 64mb
SoundBLaster Live! Value
256 Meg RAM
30gig HD, 52x CD-ROM,

The game runs fine for me, but early on the game was crashing to desktop without warning. With Aaron's help the problem was tracked down to the sound card.

I found updated drivers at www.soundbLaster.com and it has never crashed since.

The nVidia drivers I'm running are v45.23.
The SBLive drivers are v 5.12.2.252 (7/24/2002)
I have the original v1.0 of my motherboard BIOS.

None of my devices are sharing IRQ's except for my USB controllers and my sound card. (but I have no USB devices plugged in to my computer)

I've heard that many motherBoards have problems with AMD, but most if not all of these have BIOS patches that fix the problem.

One other note,.. the only 'active' program on my taskbar (icons on the bottom right!) is the volume control. (I'm a firm believer in running programs WHEN I need them, and not having stuff running IN CASE I will need them.)

I hope some of this info helps, have a great day.

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Old September 30th, 2003, 01:28 PM
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My system:

AMD 1.3 GHZ
256 MB Ram
HD 60 GB
Windows 98
Geforce 4/64MB
2 USBs beign used (Palmtop and Webcam)

And in my system the game run smootly (the demo), never having to upgrade any drivers or any kind of problems (but i use the safe mode)...

And i'm using the highest graphics possible in the demo, and it runs normally, never having a hang or anything....

So the AMD processr aren't the problem...

One thing i did was getting all the windows fixes from microsoft some time ago and i never had any problems with games anymore...

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Old September 30th, 2003, 07:33 PM
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I am seeing a lot of problems with AMD things... perhaps upgrading the flash BIOS could fix some issues (however, if you incorrectly flash your BIOS, you can really screw it up!, so be careful).
Your motherboard brand might be hard to figure out. Most big companies have their own motherBoards that you can update at their site. Otherwise, you are going to have to look up your mobo manufacturer and see what BIOS updates are there.
Edit:
Just realized not many might understand what I mean. The Flash BIOS is a chip on your motherboard that is the lowest of the low level things, and acts as the interface between all your computer components. You might have to update that. Your specific mobo manufacturer has details, look for your manual, or look right on the motherboard itself to see the brand.

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Old October 1st, 2003, 12:05 AM
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I think its more an issues of the sound card. I use the SoundbLaster Live Value. Anybody else, too?
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Updated all drivers/directx but still the freezing is spoiling the fun as I have to exit the game and start it again in order to get rid of the messed-up display. Reloading the game is no good; it is required to restart the game. This happens ~every 5-10 minutes. Any ideas?
I have the exact same problem. What sort of system are you running? Maybe there are some common threads between our two systems that may shed some light on the problem. Hopefully.
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Addendum to my earlier post: added system spec: motherboard is AOpen AK79D-400 with bios R1.04 (date is August 13th).

Don't know if that means anything.

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Old October 1st, 2003, 03:59 AM
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Nutz, I can't get the demo to work at all.

Freezes when I hit the "Play" button.

System:

WIN98SE
AMD Athalon XP1700+ cpu
DirectX 9.0a
512 MB RAM
GeForce 4200 TI w/64MB RAM & 44.03 Nvidia drivers
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Someone else was having trouble, then updated from the 44.03 drivers. Nvidia's current ones are 45.23. Of course, during the beta, I was using the 44.03 (before the 45's came out) just fine.
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Well, well...Thankee Instar. D/L'd the Version 45.23 Nvidia drivers and voila...I can at least get to the game menu...hehe

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Wel at least you can see how spiffy the game menu looks
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Old October 2nd, 2003, 04:58 AM
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Well, that is a slight improvement. If you cannot launch the game, try changing options in the settings menu, or other things. More detail on my first post.
And I thought DX was supposed to take care of all these issues...
Some people have had success by renaming the sounds folder, something wrong with soundcards or something.
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