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Old 02-16-2008, 07:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, after purchasing a new PC, I can no longer play a game. The game in question is Medal of Honor Allied Assault, a very old game now.

I am running:

Windows XP
Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.66GHz (1333FSB)
Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 & DDR3 Motherboard
GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC2-6400C4 800MHz Ultra Low Latency DDR2 Dual Channel Kit
BFG GeForce 8800 GT OC 512MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)

The problem is that I cannot run the game for more than 30 minutes without it locking up and giving me a system memory error:
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y221/pk89/error.jpg
As soon as I start the game I get frequent lock-ups, where the game basically ceases for around 0.2/0.5 seconds. These lock-ups increase in frequency and length until finally the game crashes, with a repeating audio of whatever was playing as it crashed - like a skipping record.
If you know about the "lagometer" in games, I have taken pictures of the lagometer, showing the green line disturbance that occurs at each lock-up. You can see that the first picture shows the minimal disturbance at the beginning of the session, and the last shows the frequent lock-ups close to crashing.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y221/pk89/error1.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y221/pk89/error2.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y221/pk89/error3.jpg

I enjoy playing this game competitively, so this is a great annoyance to me.




Any ideas?
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Old 02-16-2008, 11:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try to reset your virtual memory setting.
The file should be a fixed size so that it does not get fragmented, with minimum and maximum set the same
The file should be 2.5 times the size of RAM (or some other multiple)
Go To Start,Control Panel,System,Advanced,under the settings tab select advanced,and on the bottom under Virtual memory settings you can change it to what it needs to be. You can also let your system try to run it but that is only if nothing else works.
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Default Re: Lock-ups and crashes in a game

you dont need 5gb (2.5 x ram of 2gb) of paging file. you really dont need much of one at all with 2gb, maybe 1gb if that much.
if it is the only game that does it, uninstall it and then re-install. also, make sure you are up to date on your gfx drivers and game patches.
if other games do it, you probably have a gpu/gpu ram problem.
try re-installing the game, it will likely fix it.
it could be a bad stick of ram as well. take one out and see if it does it. if it does, swap them (just run 1gb for testing) and see if it happens.
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This is the only game that does it
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re-install it and make sure the patches and graphics drivers are current.
i bet a re-install will fix it though.
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