Noticed most of these posts are concentrating on XP , PC2700 Ram & graphics drivers as the main culprits. I'm still running 98se with PC133 ram but have encountered all the problems mentioned so far. Changed my sound card, graphics card and generally pulled my system to bits, but the cure seemed to be the latest 4 in 1 drivers for my Mobo. Hope that helps someone.
Sys: XP1800 Epox 8Kta3 + Pro mobo 256 Pc133 ram FX5200 128mb Gr/card S/Blaster live 5-1 running 98SE
I just downloaded the demo and am experiencing the same crashes
gfx-card is up2date DirectX is up2date ...i made sure to update anything i could think of, but it still crashes.
...this made me decide to wait for the patch before buying the game and admiring it on the table instead of on the screen
anyway, the following is what i am experiencing:
the tutorial starts and after about 1-2mins, the mouse cursor simply disappears and usually 5-20secs later, the PC crashes with a blue screen (W2k). I disabled & enabled the enhanced cursor, changed the gfx settings to lowest, but it always happens with the exact same symptoms.
...and i was really anxious to try out the demo, but at least i already saw 2 mins of it and it made me curse my system specs, so i hope to be able to add s.th. productive in here, once the patch comes in. ;D
Noticed most of these posts are concentrating on XP , PC2700 Ram & graphics drivers as the main culprits.
I don't buy that as my system matches that spec and is fine. I've only had a single "crash" (monitor went into standby with game continuing in the background whilst I was playing!).
The trouble with PCs is that there are many hundred of combinations of hardware and software and drivers (unlike a console), so unless you read every single readme file and driver release note and know what you're doing you can inadvertantly mess things up and never realise.
A lot of lockups, for example, are caused by marginal power supplies and cheap RAM modules. Occasionally you may hit a particular combination of drivers which works (due to the hardware not being driven as hard) and at other times you'll bluescreen every hour and not know why.
My advice for people having repeated trouble would be this:
1. Check your voltages (either in your BIOS or with a util such as PCWizard2003 or whatever). Does your 3.3V line read as 3.3V+? Does your 5V line read as 5V+? Does your 12V line read as 12V+? Is your AGP voltage correct for the speed of your AGP card?
My old cheap power supply gave 3.1V for my 3.3V line so I'd get lockups, blame my drivers/games etc and really it was my generic hardware (the 3.3V line supples your RAM and CPU so it's critical to be correct!). I've not locked up since I got my new supply.
2. When installing new drivers, uninstall the old ones first and reboot into "safe mode" (press F8 during bootup for this). Otherwise you end up with a mix of drivers and will have trouble. You could even use the "DriverCleaner" utility to be sure.
3. After installing drivers, check your driver control panel and run DXDIAG to check that all is as you expect.