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trjp
03-21-2010, 10:14 PM
I keep running into a BSOD when running the DC Demo - pretty much instantly after I double-click the shortcut icon.

nv4disp.dll is the root cause it seems - but after a reboot the game will usually work fine...

Windows XP Pro (32bit) - AMD245/4GB RAM - nVidia 8600GT (256Mb) latest drivers (196.21) - running 1440x900(*)

I think it MAY relate to other games I've run before it - in particular Dragon Age (which does give the card a kicking).

It's obviously a bit of a pain but at least there's no risk of losing anything as it's so quick!! If there's any info you need/that I can provide or if you have any tips, do please yell.

Meanwhile I continue dropping pennies into a jar for a 5670 or similar :)

(*)I have a feeling it's the res. which is the issue because after the BSOD the game seems to reset to 1024x768 - I need to double-check that tho.

p.s. Just after I reported this I encountered the same error with the DoP Demo - so perhaps there's more going on here!?

Shadow
03-23-2010, 10:36 AM
It sounds like Dragon Age puts the nvidia drivers in a bad state (not necessarily Dragon Age's fault) and then any of our games comes along and it blows up. :(

There is probably nothing we can do about it. I'll look a bit more though. You could try the latest nvidia beta driver, but I'm not sure I can really recommend such a thing. I have no idea how stable their beta drivers are.

trjp
03-23-2010, 11:59 AM
I've tried the Beta drivers in the past but unless they support a game you're playing specifically, they tend to be more harm then good :(

What I can confirm is that it seems to relatve to the resolution selected in DoP/Din's Curse. If I leave it at 1024x768 it's not crashed once - if I set it to 1280*800 or 1440*900 (my laptop or desktop respectively) then the crash can happen and when I restart the game is back to 1024*768

When I first ran DoP, 1440*900 wasn't offered in the list but in subsequent runs it's appeared - which I thought was a bit odd - so I'm wondering if the problem might relate to the process of enumerating the available resolutions and the game not getting the ones it's expecting OR of the game asking for a resolution which the drivers aren't offering??

My laptop - for example - will return 1280*800 if it's displaying on the internal screen but 1440*900 if the external screen is selected (the external screen doesn't support 1280*800 and so it will be missing entirely) - I guess that's not a common thing for a PC to do tho?

rmielech
03-23-2010, 04:18 PM
Windows XP Pro (32bit) - AMD245/4GB RAM - nVidia 8600GT (256Mb) latest drivers (196.21) - running 1440x900(*)


They have newer drivers up now. I have a similar system to yours running at 1440x900 and have never had a crash, so it looks like something on your end.

trjp
03-23-2010, 05:36 PM
They have newer drivers up now. I have a similar system to yours running at 1440x900 and have never had a crash, so it looks like something on your end.
Right now 196.21 is the latest driver for that combo - there are beta drivers but I doubt they'll solve anything (and will probably cause more harm).

The weird thing is that the crash is instant when you run the game - crashes like this are more normal whilst a game is playing - that it should crash before it even opens the menu is really odd.

rmielech
03-23-2010, 06:05 PM
197.13 is available. I found it on majorgeeks. Might be beta, but it might help.

Markoff Chaney
03-23-2010, 08:39 PM
I've been running the game with 196.21 on a 8800GTS512 @ 1366x768 and haven't had a crash yet. Loving this game. :)

Shadow
03-23-2010, 10:01 PM
The weird thing is that the crash is instant when you run the game - crashes like this are more normal whilst a game is playing - that it should crash before it even opens the menu is really odd.

Yeah, it sounds like it is crashing when it is trying to setup the screen at startup which would make sense if the problem is screen resolution sensitive.