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Games Won't Start

 
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renold458



Joined: 02 Nov 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:20 pm    Post subject: Games Won't Start Reply with quote

So I recently built a very very entry level gaming rig, still needing new parts, kinda hard when your 16 with no job. Anyway,I recently bought Killing Floor, Magicka, and Payday The Heist. Problem is, Killing Floor runs fine, but the other two do not. They start up, screen goes black, then returns to desktop. I tried them on my laptop to see if its the files but they work fine (not accounting for the immense lag I get but that is not the point). So I have no clue what is wrong.

My PC specs are:

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit (recently upgraded from Windows XP, games did not run on that OS either)
1 GB RAM 533 MHz
ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe/HDMI Motherboard
SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON x1650 512MB 128bit GDDR2 Graphics Card PCI-EXPRESS x16
Antec Basiq 500W Power Supply
40 GB IDE Hard Drive (Don't laugh I cant afford a bigger one)
AMD Athlon 64 x2 5000+ 2.6GHz CPU

This is all connected to my HDTV
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JonS



Joined: 31 May 2010
Posts: 813
Location: Morecambe

PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

few points to look at
1) try more RAM 1GB is not a lot, especially for Win7
2) that hard drive is going to be a problem. How full is it?
3) How big is the swap file - it may be limited by the hard drive size
4) how are you outputting to the monitor? If you are using an HDMI connector try using a DVI or VGA connection. HDMI and games over doesn't work
5) update motherboard graphics and sound drivers
6) if all else fails, wipe the machine and reinstall from scratch. You've upgraded a machine with a possible software fault: teh fault may still be there
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renold458



Joined: 02 Nov 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) When I first tried the games I had 512 MB of RAM on Windows XP, now I have 1 GB and upgraded to Win7
2) The hard drive has 23 GB used
3) How do I check that?
4) Outputting to HDTV with VGA
5) Motherboard and sound drivers all up to date
6) I installed cleanly a few hours ago and it still happens
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SoftStag



Joined: 05 Feb 2006
Posts: 2049
Location: UK

PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The two that don't work, both appear to have 2Gb RAM as a minimum specification. I would suggest that you ensure your PC meets the minimum specifications of the game before looking elsewhere.

1GB of RAM also isn't really sufficient for Windows 7 to run smoothly, upgrade to 2Gb or more and things should improve. I'd also look to put a bigger hard drive in, as 40Gb really isn't much.
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