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

29 Jun 2010   #181
MissingNYC

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Well, what WindowStar said seems to be working the best... although a total & complete pain (to reboot before playing), but it works better, (1.15.2 b-net DL) I've had it freeze with the Zune software open while it plays on, running Live Messneger just about the same, however going back to what i said, it runs better when i reboot before playing, I'm looking forward to SCII however.
I've managed several long games so far no issues this week by doing the reboot, I'm hoping Win7 SP1 fixes issues.

~Win7 Ultimate 64~


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29 Jun 2010   #182
WindowsStar

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

I have SCII pre-ordered and ready for pick up the day of release!!! I cannot wait.

Glad I provided a small amount of help. We played SC tonight for about 3 hours.
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29 Jun 2010   #183
MissingNYC

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
I have SCII pre-ordered and ready for pick up the day of release!!! I cannot wait.
Same here... can't wait... it better not freeze like SC! XD
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30 Jun 2010   #184
shadowfox

 
 

Not the place guys.

From the looks of it, no one knows where the problem lies. Seems there isnt anyone who uses windows seven who doesn't encounter some sort freezing sooner or later. And given the length of how long this problem has lasted, it's likely that there's not actually anyone who is attempting to fix this issue.

It is possible that some improvement to the Windows 7 OS graphics wise is the source, before when I wanted to I'd like the old standard square view on Vista, but am unable to change it from wide-screen anymore in windows 7. Maybe this is something to do with it, I don't know, I'm just saying that there may be some sort of screen window lock or something.
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30 Jun 2010   #185
cornel001

Win7 32bit Pro
 
 

At home I've got a PC dualcore win WIN7 licensed and updated + Starcraft 1.16.1 and NO freezing altough I played on it many times.
At work I've got a laptop dualcore (Lenovo T61) win WIN7 licensed and updated + Starcraft 1.16.1 and started recently trying to play on it two times and both times got freezing after a few minutes.
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06 Jul 2010   #186
Enders

windows 7
 
 

Ok I fixed my freezing issues, well at least its been three days of none freezing. First off i tried the .bat file of shutting down explorer.exe - didn't work (fixes colors that's about it). Next I tried the compatibility mode with 256 color ect, still didn't fix my freezing issue. So heres what I did:

I'm not sure which step fixed my problem as I did several things after being so agitated at the constant freeze and hard resetting.

First off i downloaded a program called "driver max". Its a free program that auto updates all your drivers ( I had two chipset drivers and an audio driver that were updated via this program).

2nd I went into my ATI control panel and set all my settings from performance to quality (AAA, AI and Mipmap).

3rd I make sure to close all browsers and non window's programs( windows live, WMP, winamp ect.)

Somewhere in this process the freezing stopped although I don't think it was the 3rd step. I haven't taken the time to isolate the problem and am frankly just glad the freezing has stopped. Before i did those three things BW was freezing about 5-6 times a day within a 5 minute time frame, anyways i hope this helps someone out there with this problem.

BTW I'm running Windows 7 home premuim
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06 Jul 2010   #187
WindowsStar

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Enders View Post
Ok I fixed my freezing issues, well at least its been three days of none freezing. First off i tried the .bat file of shutting down explorer.exe - didn't work (fixes colors that's about it). Next I tried the compatibility mode with 256 color ect, still didn't fix my freezing issue. So heres what I did:

I'm not sure which step fixed my problem as I did several things after being so agitated at the constant freeze and hard resetting.

First off i downloaded a program called "driver max". Its a free program that auto updates all your drivers ( I had two chipset drivers and an audio driver that were updated via this program).

2nd I went into my ATI control panel and set all my settings from performance to quality (AAA, AI and Mipmap).

3rd I make sure to close all browsers and non window's programs( windows live, WMP, winamp ect.)

Somewhere in this process the freezing stopped although I don't think it was the 3rd step. I haven't taken the time to isolate the problem and am frankly just glad the freezing has stopped. Before i did those three things BW was freezing about 5-6 times a day within a 5 minute time frame, anyways i hope this helps someone out there with this problem.

BTW I'm running Windows 7 home premuim
Doing the following as I posted before has had good results:

""" 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. """

Plus you closing all other applications is very good too. Or after the re-boot do not load any software just play the game.
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06 Jul 2010   #188
Enders

windows 7
 
 

Ok so i played around trying to isolate the problem and its back ground programs. I turned on windows live msg and steam, the result is instant freezing playing BW. Good call on that windowsStar.
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08 Jul 2010   #189
shadowfox

 
 

Look, the more background programs that are open will speed up the freezing. We went over this. It's not any specific background program that you run. It's likely something in the system.
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20 Jul 2010   #190
HazardX

Windows 7
 
 

One solution to prevent the DirectDraw lockups completely is to play the games in window mode. I had the same lockups in Master of Orion 2. It has no window mode by default, but i'm using a tool called DxWnd to force it into window mode. Works like a charm now.
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