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bohemian

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I am having trouble running certain programs on my computer. here are the specs: 1.9 ghz pentium 4 processor, nvidia geforce 3 video card, 512 mb DDRam, 60 gig harddrive, Windows Xp Professional. On some games that I install, when I try to run them, my computer crashes and a blue screen comes up saying it is doing a physical memory dump, and then it restarts itself. I was told this could be caused by to many processes running in the background. I went to the task manager right after a startup and there was 35 processes running. How can I get them to stop running without having to close them each time I boot up? And which ones would I close, I dont even know what any of them mean. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks.
 

TonyKlein

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Hi, and welcome to the board.

Go to Start > Run, type Msconfig

On the 'Startup' tab you'll see almost all applications that start up automatically as Windows loads, and they can be disabled right there.

Some of them however are required, so please don't go wildly unchecking everything in sight.

Instead, use Pacman's List of Startup Applications to determine what should stay and what can go.

When you've finished unchecking the unnecessary applications, click OK, close Msconfig, and reboot.

The unchecked programs will not load any more.

In case of doubt, please don't hesitate to ask.

Cheers,
 

bohemian

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I did this and narrowed it down so there was about 8 programs checked in the msconfig window. However when I start up there are still 26 processes that my computer runs. And the game I was trying to play still quits out and restarts my machine. Any other suggestions?
 

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Most of the running processes are services that are required to run.

If this occurs only with this one game, the cause probably lies with the game itself, and in that case there's probably not much you can do.
Maybe there's a compatibility issue.

I'm not a gamer myself, so I can't tell you much more about that.
 

bohemian

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This problem has happened with multiple games and perhaps it is a compatibility issue. I've heard that XP Pro isnt really made for gaming. Anyways, thanks for all your help Tony.
 

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No prob! :)

Take a look at the site of the makers of the game in question.

Sometimes there's some information to be gleaned from there.
And often there are boards as well.
 
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