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Diagnosis needed

Discussion in 'Games' started by terryfrd, Jan 22, 2006.

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  1. terryfrd

    terryfrd Thread Starter

    Jan 22, 2006
    My computer (Intel 2.6 gig, 1000 mg ram, Winfast Nvidia 6600GT with the latest driver) works perfectly for any work related activity including heavy-duty programs like Photoshop and Corel Draw. Until two weeks ago, it was fine for games as well. Now, virtually all games crash to a black screen two to thirty seconds after the main menu appears after the opening film clips. Age of Empires 3, Empire Earth 2, Rise of Nations all fail in near the same spot and I'm sure any new game I install will have the same problem. The power stays on but there is no input to the monitor and I have to reboot. There are no error message and the only unusual message I can find through the event viewer is: "The IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service service entered the stopped state". The problem started very suddenly with me having done anything unusual. I thought originally it might have been the result of an automatic Windows update (have have XP professional, service pack 2), but I guess that is not the case. The only game that seems to survive, is Flight Simulator 2004, but I have only run that for 10 minutes. I'd appreciate any advice on where to start in debugging the problem.

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