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Windows 7: many Games crash to Desktop

08 Jul 2009   #1
Fieldy89

Windows 7 Build 7100 RC 1 64-Bit
 
 
many Games crash to Desktop

Hi Folks, I'm experiencing some stange "crashes" with my older Games on Windows 7.
CS:S or Battlefield 2142 won't really start. When I click the Icon or the game in the Steam-gameslist they pop-up with a black screen and after a few seconds I am on my desktop again. There is no error message or something like that. the games are still running, but only minimized in the taskbar. If I click on it there, they popup again and the same procedure beginns as above.

OS : Windows 7 x64 RC1 Build 7100
Drivers: ATI Catalyst version 9.6
Soundmax AD1986A-Audio

The strange thing is, that newer games like Sacred 2 or WoW or Prototype are running perfectly, without any problems.

Pls help me


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08 Jul 2009   #2
DarkXeno

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Since these games are played online it sounds like windows firewall maybe kicking you out to the desktop, go to you control panel and then into the firewall and make sure both css(hl.exe) and bf2142(bf2142.exe & bf2142pace.exe) are allowed threw the firewall.
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08 Jul 2009   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 
game porb

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fieldy89 View Post
Hi Folks, I'm experiencing some stange "crashes" with my older Games on Windows 7.
CS:S or Battlefield 2142 won't really start. When I click the Icon or the game in the Steam-gameslist they pop-up with a black screen and after a few seconds I am on my desktop again. There is no error message or something like that. the games are still running, but only minimized in the taskbar. If I click on it there, they popup again and the same procedure beginns as above.

OS : Windows 7 x64 RC1 Build 7100
Drivers: ATI Catalyst version 9.6
Soundmax AD1986A-Audio

The strange thing is, that newer games like Sacred 2 or WoW or Prototype are running perfectly, without any problems.

Pls help me
Have you tried running the older games in xp compat mode?

Ken
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08 Jul 2009   #4
Fieldy89

Windows 7 Build 7100 RC 1 64-Bit
 
 

So, the Firewall was not the source of this Error. Both were allowed, but the game crashed to the desktop again. I think it has something to do with my Resolution. I have had the same probleme with Peggle (640 x 480 Resolution)
without compat-mode with lower resolution, there has been the same error.

the compat-mode didn't work with cs:s / hl.exe. the same crash as before.
BF2142 in compat-mode (Windows XP SP3 and Admin) couldn't find my Game-DVD in the DVD-Drive.

It's really strange...
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08 Jul 2009   #5
DarkXeno

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fieldy89 View Post
So, the Firewall was not the source of this Error. Both were allowed, but the game crashed to the desktop again. I think it has something to do with my Resolution. I have had the same probleme with Peggle (640 x 480 Resolution)
without compat-mode with lower resolution, there has been the same error.

the compat-mode didn't work with cs:s / hl.exe. the same crash as before.
BF2142 in compat-mode (Windows XP SP3 and Admin) couldn't find my Game-DVD in the DVD-Drive.

It's really strange...
I know that bf2142 has to be set to use widescreen support right click the icon and look for something that says -fullscreen and change it to -widescreen. Also make sure you have the 1.5 patch loaded.
I cant remember how to get css to have a set resolution on start.
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08 Jul 2009   #6
Fieldy89

Windows 7 Build 7100 RC 1 64-Bit
 
 

in steam there is an option called declare startvalues (or something like that. I only know the german term). I set there a rule : - width 1440 height 900
It's the right way but I didn't work either.... Same with Battlefield 2142.

Like you said I changed the value +fullscreen 1 to +widescreen 1 in the Icontarget, but there was the same error like before....
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08 Jul 2009   #7
DarkXeno

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Did you install the DirectX 9 that both of the older games require??
The newer games want DirectX 10.
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08 Jul 2009   #8
Fieldy89

Windows 7 Build 7100 RC 1 64-Bit
 
 

Yes, I installed the newest redistributional from march 2009....
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08 Jul 2009   #9
Fieldy89

Windows 7 Build 7100 RC 1 64-Bit
 
 

I think I know why this error occurs. Shortly after I had installed Windows 7 I "cleaned" the registry with CCleaner.... maybe that has damaged some registry-entries and so Dx9 Games won't start correctly.
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08 Jul 2009   #10
DarkXeno

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fieldy89 View Post
I think I know why this error occurs. Shortly after I had installed Windows 7 I "cleaned" the registry with CCleaner.... maybe that has damaged some registry-entries and so Dx9 Games won't start correctly.
You can test this one with uninstalling one of them and then rebooting and reinstall if it works then go out of that game and then try the one you didn't uninstall and see if it black screens if it does then you have your solution.
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