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Windows 7: StarCraft freezes after 1-5 minutes of playing

10 Jun 2010   #171
squall leonhart

Windows 7
 
 

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I wonder why it is NOT working for you. We installed it on 16 different Windows 7 machines. Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Pro all without issue. Laptops and Desktops. ???? Puzzled.
same reason it does't work for us.
the issue is a tricky beast, and isn't always reproducible.


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10 Jun 2010   #172
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squall leonhart View Post
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I wonder why it is NOT working for you. We installed it on 16 different Windows 7 machines. Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Pro all without issue. Laptops and Desktops. ???? Puzzled.
same reason it does't work for us.
the issue is a tricky beast, and isn't always reproducible.
I would figure with a HUGE cross sample of machines 16 all different I should have had at least ONE not working if the software is that bad.
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10 Jun 2010   #173
squall leonhart

Windows 7
 
 

i can manage to run starcraft, age of empires, age of empires 2, and worms, before going back to starcraft and having it freeze.
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10 Jun 2010   #174
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squall leonhart View Post
i can manage to run starcraft, age of empires, age of empires 2, and worms, before going back to starcraft and having it freeze.
So you are saying you play starcraft, age of empires, age of empires 2, and worms then go back to playing a game of starcraft and then it freezes?? If that is the case then you may be completely correct. Games can and do leave code in memory when you exit so you may have issues. Your best bet is to play only one game and then re-boot, after re-boot then start the next game. This has been a Gaming practice for Years and Years. It was learned when LAN parties were all the rage before the Internet took off.
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10 Jun 2010   #175
squall leonhart

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squall leonhart View Post
i can manage to run starcraft, age of empires, age of empires 2, and worms, before going back to starcraft and having it freeze.
So you are saying you play starcraft, age of empires, age of empires 2, and worms then go back to playing a game of starcraft and then it freezes?? If that is the case then you may be completely correct. Games can and do leave code in memory when you exit so you may have issues. Your best bet is to play only one game and then re-boot, after re-boot then start the next game. This has been a Gaming practice for Years and Years. It was learned when LAN parties were all the rage before the Internet took off.
Games do not leave any code in memory, doing so would mean.

1. The game is faulty.
2. The operating systems memory management is faulty.

That said, that is on a good day.
Other times it can freeze on first load.
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10 Jun 2010   #176
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squall leonhart View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squall leonhart View Post
i can manage to run starcraft, age of empires, age of empires 2, and worms, before going back to starcraft and having it freeze.
So you are saying you play starcraft, age of empires, age of empires 2, and worms then go back to playing a game of starcraft and then it freezes?? If that is the case then you may be completely correct. Games can and do leave code in memory when you exit so you may have issues. Your best bet is to play only one game and then re-boot, after re-boot then start the next game. This has been a Gaming practice for Years and Years. It was learned when LAN parties were all the rage before the Internet took off.
Games do not leave any code in memory, doing so would mean.

1. The game is faulty.
2. The operating systems memory management is faulty.

That said, that is on a good day.
Other times it can freeze on first load.
Many many many programs leave code in memory after they exit. This has been an issue since the first days of computing. Yes it could be faulty code or sloppy programming or code that is supposed to work but somehow isn't (i.e. a bug). If there were no coding issue then everything would work all the time without any problems.

Windows 7 has gotten 1000% better IMHO on memory management but it is still not perfect. If it were we would never see BSOD.

There could be some other program you are using that has a "Memory Leak" or "Leaves Code In Memory". Once StarCraft is loaded or running (short or long time) it then freezes because of the memory issues.

If you are willing to find out. You could make a backup image of your machine. Then load Windows 7 fresh without any extras no Adobe, No Wireless Software, No Toolbar Mods etc. etc. etc. Play StarCraft for a day or so. If it works start adding software one at a time then playing StarCraft for a day or so and see if the problems come back once you find the program that is causing the problem you can then put the image back on your machine and remove that program or get update or replace it with something else. I know it is a bit of work but sometimes it is worth it if you want to resolve it completely.

On a side note: Most if not all the machines we played StarCraft on did not have too much extra software just the basics, all Windows Updates, A/V software, Adobe Reader, FireFox, and other games. No hacks were installed, no fancy desktops, no mods etc.

I hope that helps in tracking down more issues with StarCraft.
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10 Jun 2010   #177
squall leonhart

Windows 7
 
 

Dynamic Libraries are open and closed as applications are, the only code left in memory most often only consists of windows level libraries.

Further, junk code would cause it to freeze in a window, as well as fullscreen which isn't the case.
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24 Jun 2010   #178
cwls

Windows 7 x86 Home Premium
 
 
A (partial) fix to your problems

After going to other websites, I have found a fix to your problems. (Note: You will not have the pleasure of enjoying sound).

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
C:\"Users"\"Home"\"Desktop"\"STARCRAFT"\"Starcraft No Install"\"StarCraft.exe"
start explorer.exe

C&P the above text into notepad, change the middle line into the destination of the StarCraft.exe file. The quotation marks in there (C:\"Users"\"Home"\"Desktop"\"STARCRAFT"\"Starcraft No Install"\"StarCraft.exe") are necessary. If you're wondering why my destination is so weird (instead of Program Files\Starcraft blahblah) it's because I'm using a "no install" version of Starcraft (obviously). It seems that explorer.exe is interfering with the Starcraft process.

Edit: Oh yeah, I forgot. Save that as a .bat file...like, run.bat or something, and just click on it when you want to play some SC
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25 Jun 2010   #179
virusak

Win 7 32bit
 
 

eh, once again, nope, this does not help

it helps only to fix the color problems
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25 Jun 2010   #180
shadowfox

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cwls View Post
After going to other websites, I have found a fix to your problems. (Note: You will not have the pleasure of enjoying sound).

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
C:\"Users"\"Home"\"Desktop"\"STARCRAFT"\"Starcraft No Install"\"StarCraft.exe"
start explorer.exe

C&P the above text into notepad, change the middle line into the destination of the StarCraft.exe file. The quotation marks in there (C:\"Users"\"Home"\"Desktop"\"STARCRAFT"\"Starcraft No Install"\"StarCraft.exe") are necessary.
This has been explained already. Read the rest of the forum. This does not fix the freezing
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