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Games won't start

Discussion in 'Games' started by mileslivingston, Apr 7, 2010.

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  1. mileslivingston

    mileslivingston Thread Starter

    Oct 9, 2006
    Hey guys,

    A couple months ago I had a seemingly dormant virus that was affecting my Atapi.sys file. Around the same time I noticed that certain games wouldn't run after I installed them, largely games that I had installed and played in the past on the same computer. Ultimately I replaced my Atapi.sys file without any problems, but to this day I still can't play certain games, while others install and run just fine. The crashing games install just fine, and all crash in the same manner: they'll show the opening splash title screen (if they have one) and then exit after a brief second of a pure black screen. Sometimes the .exe will still be running in the background, sometimes it won't. This is driving me crazy, so any help would be awesome. I'm running XP, and have a dated video card, but most of the games I'm trying to install are even older than the video card (ATI Radeon 9600XT). Video drivers are up to date.

    Games that won't start:
    Call of Duty 1
    Doom 3
    Half-Life 1
    Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast
    Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
    Star Wars: KOTOR 1

    Alternately, games I've installed since this started that run just fine:
    Civ IV
    Gothic 3
    Left 4 Dead 2
    TFC 2
    Thief 3

    As you can see, most of the games that won't run are older than the ones that will. Also, I'm installing all of these via Steam, though I owned Doom 3, Jedi Outcast, and Academy on CD, and wouldn't run from either the Steam installation or hard copy CD installation.
  2. Mayor Quimby

    Mayor Quimby

    Jul 7, 2004
    Maybe you OS is damage. Especially after a virus.

    Easy solution would be to do a clean window install. OR atleast for me.
  3. zahid7863


    Apr 3, 2010
    Try downloading Advance System Care (Free Version) Install on your computer, when installing your games Right Click on the icon, On the tab that is Boost with, click and install. This may solve your problem.
  4. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

    Jul 9, 2008
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    That Advanced System Care thing might help, but I wouldn't bet on it being the answer to your problems. Sure thing would be to do what Mayor Quimby said, and reinstall Windows. If you're not able to do that, then scan for viruses, and uninstall and reinstall the games that refuse to work.
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