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Windows 7: Total annihilation works for about 10-30 minutes and then it crashes


16 Jan 2011   #1

windows seven 64 bit home premium
 
 
Total annihilation works for about 10-30 minutes and then it crashes

MY favorite game in the whole world wont work on my computer... I just got a new laptop after haveing a frankenstien 1999 computer... My new computer will run for a little while on Total annihilation... then it crashes with a staticy (only way to describe it) screen or a flickering black screen until the computer reboots... And before anyone asks... I am a TA vet of over 13 years... BUT THIS IS DRIVING ME INSANE... If it helps I did a clean install without mods netting the same results... Sometimes after crashing or after flicking black screen I get bluescreen ... I am running windows 7 64 bit... If anyone could help me I would consider you a savor of a TA player who misses his TotalA very much... If anyone has had simmular problems please comment about it... AND PLEASE HELP ME!!! I MISS total annihilation!!! I have tryed compatibility settings and running as aminastrator... THIS IS DRIVING ME NUTS!!!o HEEEEEEEEEEEEELP ME!!! "I will see if it does it to any of my older games" (P.S.) Could it be that I have my laptop battery out??? I know that is not a normal question at this point but it is the only thing I can think of at this point that might have a 0.000001% chance of effecting it" I am computer savy with older models but as I said this is a new computer... And my first laptop that isnt a hunk of junk... (I have only ran it as a aministrator)(Should I try it without that) (Or try to run it with areo disabled)(Or try useing basic theme) (I sorta know how to modify regestrys if that will help at all) (If their is anymore information you need just ask me) (could it have something to do with my mouse as it randomly clicks?)

{UPDATE SYSTEM SPECS}
System Manufacturer/Model Number ACER OS windows seven 64 bit home premium CPU N/A Motherboard N/A Memory 232gb Graphics Card(s) N/A Sound Card N/A Monitor(s) Displays N/A Screen Resolution 800x600 Hard Drives one 232 GB PSU N/A Case N/A Cooling 5 fans Keyboard acer standerd Mouse Trackpad Internet Speed LOCAL 58 mb (wireless) (100mb pluged) (normal) 1.2 mb Other Info system model. Aspire 5520
Bios version date Acer V1.08, 9/7/2007
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\Windows
Processer AMD Turion (tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-58, 1900 Mhz, 2 core(s), 2 Logical processors
System directory C;\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United states
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7600.16385"
time zone Eastern Standard Time

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17 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

im amazed that you can play that long. 64bit is not friendly with old games (TA ftw). chances are its that...
you can always run the game in a virtual box, with xp installed on it. google VMware, if you want to try that.
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17 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Best game ever (it even has no resolution limits and will use what the OS has)

TA *should* just work. (it works for me, except for the damned screen flashing...)

Lets go over the basics: what is the blue screen?
The event log will tell you what caused it.
I have a gut feeling it's something to do with either overheating or video, or both.

Since this is a laptop, it wouldnt be a bad idea to see what is the latest bios and/or driver update available from your system manufacturer
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17 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Packet View Post
Since this is a laptop, it wouldnt be a bad idea to see what is the latest bios and/or driver update available from your system manufacturer
+1

More so since you mentioned it is a brand new install... something tells me it is driver related.

Download latest drivers for Audio/Video cards, uninstall the ones you have now (including PhysX if you run Nvidia), restart and install the newer drivers.
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18 Jan 2011   #5

windows seven 64 bit home premium
 
 
TY

Ok I have updated drivers and rebooted system... Also increase page file size =) going off to test Total Ahnnilation now... P.S. I put the theme into windows classic... So areo wont cause any problems... If this doesnt work... Ill try emmulator... TYVM for taking the time to check my post out... (STARTING TA)
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18 Jan 2011   #6

windows seven 64 bit home premium
 
 

YES! it works! it lives! IT BREATHES! THANK YOU SO MUCH... It turned out that once I (A) increase my page file size to 8gb TA runs good (B) Putting it on theme setting windows classic made it not flicker or crash! (C) Where as my old system would die around 2000 units on screen... MY NEW SYSTEM WILL NOT CRASH!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! (D) Updateing my display driver helped alot... (E) I didnt have to use a emulator (F) SEVEN FORUMS ROCKS BIG TIME (G) You guys have made my day... TY so much... I am trying to make a vidio but I am wondering if I can dedicate it to seven forums? (It will be a tutorial for new people and stuff) (I also want to say that all of your sugestions were very very very helpful) (I also wish to say you have made this TA players day) P.S. YOU GUYS ROCK!
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18 Jan 2011   #7

windows seven 64 bit home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by holo88 View Post
im amazed that you can play that long. 64bit is not friendly with old games (TA ftw). chances are its that...
you can always run the game in a virtual box, with xp installed on it. google VMware, if you want to try that.
Also HOLO I agree with you 1000% (TA FTW) (now lets see how much sleep we can lose in one week ;P YAY COFFIE! (COFFIE COFFIE COFFIE)!
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18 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

haha excellent to hear you have it working.

i'll have to try that setting to classic to see if it gets rid of the screen flashing here.

now that you do have it working... i read of this multi-core exe patch today:
Totala Multicore Fix - Files - TA Files - File Catalog - No One's Total Annihilation Page

3.1c + nocd compiled in - runs on just one core
(havent tried it yet)

EDIT: 2000 units? how did you do that?
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20 Jan 2011   #9

windows seven 64 bit home premium
 
 

I got a 5000 unit patch ;p I love my units =) LONG LIVE THE ARM!
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20 Jan 2011   #10

windows seven 64 bit home premium
 
 

If you want me to give you some links I can... P.S. BRAND NEW NEWS!!! It works like a dream!!! I had 50000 "yes thats not a typo" 50000 units in total in game and it wont crash... P.P.S. I upgraded my paging file size to 30gb... (I can now store whole dam games on ram alone =) YAY PAGEFILE) P.P.P.S Long live the arm...
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