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Lockup, presumably video related. (EQ, RtCW, WC3)

Discussion in 'Games' started by xilsharn, Sep 18, 2003.

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  1. xilsharn

    xilsharn Thread Starter

    Sep 18, 2003
    Greetings, this is my first post to these forums.

    I live in Coastal North Carolina, USA, and we just got through a mild hurricane. Last night I unplugged all electronic equipment because I have no surge protector.

    My wife decided it would be a good idea to plug the computer back in and use it briefly while I was asleep. The power flickered a few times then went out for a couple of hours in the early afternoon.

    When the power came back on, I tried loading Return to Castle wolfenstein multiplayer, and the computer locked up directly after the loading dialogue that pops up on the windows desktop, presumably right before it "tapped into" the video drivers (not sure exactly how loading a graphics intensive program into memory and how it accesses video memory works). I tried loading EverQuest, and it, too, locked up my machine when it went to the server load screen (after server select, before character select..)

    Nervously I tried WC3, expecting it to lock up, but it did not. I played it smoothly with no lockups.

    I used dxdiag to test my video card and everything seemed to be working correctly. Anything more than that is beyond my limited realm of experience with video cards.

    Any advice?
  2. McTimson


    Aug 15, 2002
    Try reinstalling the video drivers, and possibly reinstalling the games as well.

    Also, do a scandisk and a defrag on your hard drive. The power flickerings may have caused the hard drive to mess something up.
  3. bluecast


    Aug 11, 2003
    Did you experience any lockups before the hurricane?

    and I do recommend you get a surge protector.
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