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Windows 7: StarCraft fix holy cow!

18 Sep 2009   #81

Windows 7 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zZanthraXx View Post
So there I was, stuck playing starcraft in crappy colors yet again, as it has always been during my beta testing of windows 7. For what ever reason, I decided to leave screen resolution dialog box open and what do you know- starcraft runs with its beautiful original colors.

If anyone knows what I'm talking about:

Starcraft runs with bright turquoise colors everywhere in the menu system. It looks rather psychedelic.

On vista, it intermittently happened, on win7 it happens every time after the 1.16.00 patch installed.

Simply open up your screen resolution window before playing, and leave it open. Doing so will result in perfect colors ever time. The same for vista, just open up personalize. I have no idea why this works, but I've tested it many many times- you just open the window- nothing else.

I've reported it to MS and Blizzard- blizzard quickly blew me off though with a "WINDOWS 7 IS NOT SUPPORTED" email.

Hmm... nope, don't care about spelling.

enjoy SC lol!
Works perfectly
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18 Sep 2009   #82

Windows 7 x64

my update. The screen resolution trick was no longer working or anything else so I created the bat file to kill explorer and that is working just perfectly.
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18 Sep 2009   #83

Windows 7 64-bit

Well, actually the update 1.16 did the trick
I thought it was the screen resolution, but now, the patch 1.16 did the trick, plus the compatibility mode
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19 Sep 2009   #84

windows 7
create .bat file

I create a file .bat with the notepad:

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
c:\program files\starcraft\starcraft.exe ( or your game path)

saves as Starcraftwin7.bat

and run this file every time that u want to play the game in win 7

note: when u finish to play the game run from task administrator "explorer.exe" and your win7 run normally.

pd sorry for my bad bad bad bad bad english lol
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20 Sep 2009   #85

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM
Just change the extension to play Starcraft

I'm just expanding on the above post which worked GREAT for me! By adding one line, I've completely automated this .bat file.

open notepad and enter the following:

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
c:\program files\starcraft\starcraft.exe (or your game path)
c:\Windows\explorer.exe (this will run explorer once you close starcraft)

save this file as: Starcraft_Win7_Run.bat

That's it! Run Starcraft_Win7_Run.bat every time you want to play the game in win 7 (or Vista).

note: as mentioned above by diazdv, if you finish starcraft and for some reason explorer didn't restart on its own, then all you have to do to start it again is:

file > new task (run...)
type: explorer
and click "OK"

For your convenience: I've uploaded the file for those of us who are too lazy to make it ourselves. Once you download it, just change the extension from ".txt" to ".bat" and you'll be ready to go!!!

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File Type: txt Starcraft_Win7run.txt (96 Bytes, 278 views)
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22 Sep 2009   #86

windows 7

Heheey, works perfectly :) . Say, how can i make that prompt window close after explorer is started? I tried "exit" but didn't happen anything.
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22 Sep 2009   #87

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM

starcraft is still freezing for me on windows 7 RTM. it doesn't help to leave the screen resolution window open (that fixes the colors though, which I don't mind anyway) nor does setting the affinity to only one cpu core (altough that seems to decrease the freezes a little bit). the freezes happen randomly, sometimes I can play 3 games without problem, sometimes I freeze after a minute. the sound keeps playing, if I have a video / mp3 running in the background, even for minutes - but the screen stays frozen. is anybody else having this issue? and no, it's not a hardware problem, everything works fine under vista.
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23 Sep 2009   #88

Win7 7229
HMMM.... but YES IT IS!

Ok buddy sorry to hear that you are having problems... but I also regret to tell you that IT IS a hardware issue... for the following reason... the fact that you stated that the music runs in the background... makes it NOT a software issue because if it was a software issue, being the os freezing because of an unstable program, then, lets all think about it... THE WHOLE COMPUTER WOULD FREEZE... being that only your video performance freezes causes me to believe that it is your video card... and im guessing it works perfectly fine for vista because the card was made to RUN in vista and now you have windows 7 installed so your having issues because you think the vista drivers are working perfectly fine with win7 because windows accepted them and it installed... well your wrong... so download the right drivers made for win7 for your video card... or better yet do yourself a favor and buy something with a newer chipset... also i would guess that you have an onboard video card right? lets try to go with something that isnt onboard... motherboards made to be used with win7 drivers arent out their yet... hope this sheds some light on your problem...
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23 Sep 2009   #89

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM

Well, first of all - I'm not a newbie, and well aware that it "sounds" like a hardware issue, but it definitely is not.

I have an Athlon X2 6000+, a Geforce 8800GT (which of course isn't an onboard card) and I've not had a freeze with Vista / XP in over a year, and suddenly 7 freezes, and it's supposed to be a hardware issue? I don't think so.

Especially since a lot of people have experienced the EXACT same issue.

Just because the Sound keeps running doesn't mean it HAS to be a hardware issue, you know?

And of course I've tried a lot of different drivers - currently the latest stable from Nvidia (190.62) but it still isn't working. and if it would be a hardware issue, don't you think it would happen outside some very old program like starcraft?

and yes I have also installed the chipset drivers (nforce 570).
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24 Sep 2009   #90

Windows 7 Professional
Perfect kill/relaunch script

Ok, after reading this and several similar threads I whipped up a TaskKill Explorer... script. Problem was I didn't like to hit a key after a pause and if I didn't pause I couldn't get Explorer to reliably relaunch. Sometimes it launched but left the CMD window opened, other times it only launched an actual file explorer window and not the taskbar. Very frustrating.

However, after a ton of tweaking, I think I've got it all sorted. Attached are the final bat file along with the same bat compiled as an Exe including the StarCraft icon so you can substitute it straight in any games links you may have.

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File Type: bat StarCraft7.bat (188 Bytes, 430 views)
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