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jimbodan

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I just got a new computer not more then 2 weeks ago, this computer is pretty fast, these are the specs:

Windows XP SP2
ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe NForce 4 mobo
AMD Athlon 64 3800
1GB of Corsair Ram
(2) 200 gig western digital hard drives in RAID array
Sound Blaster Audigy
(2) Geforce 6800 GT 256mb SLI pci-e video cards

Everything had been running very smoothely until I installed a patch for Age of Empires 2. I restarted my computer and got an error on startup (any way I can find a log file that logs whatever that error may be) After getting the error I restarted again and noticed my startup time was a lot longer then it had been, about 30-40 seconds longer, in addition whenever I open up 'My Computer" for the first time it takes about 10-15 seconds for any of the drives to show up. After the first time it appears to load up normally.

I have absolutely no idea how to fix this, or even what the problem is. I immediately uninstalled Age of Empires 2, tried to system restore back to yesterday, ran Chkdsk, ran AVG anti-virus, ran spybot, ran ad-aware, and ran Trojan Guarder Gold. None of those things fixed the problem so I have no idea what to do next.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Edited by jimbodan, 23 April 2005 - 01:28 AM.

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More info: Now all of a sudden Sid Meier's Pirates! appears to crash just about everytime I get in a ship battle, right after I win the fencing match. The whole computer freezes up and if I'm lucky i can ctrl-esc to see the following error:

something involving NV4_disp driver.

Then I have manually reset my computer and I get the following errors after it informs me windows has recovered from a serious error:

First time it crashed I got this one

C:\documents and settings\jimbodan\local settings\temp\wer173d.dir00\mini042205-02.dmp

C:\documents and settings\jimbodan\local settings\temp\wer173d.dir00\sysdata.xml


Second crash I got this one

C:\documents and settings\jimbodan\local settings \temp\wer109b.dir\Mini042305-01.dmp
C:\documents and settings\jimbodan\local settings\temp\wer109b.dir\Sysdata.xml

I don't know if this related to my other problem, but I find it strange that Pirates would run perfectly for literally hours at a time these last couple days, then all of a sudden right after my windows problem all of a sudden I can't play more then 5 minutes without it crashing.

Edited by jimbodan, 23 April 2005 - 01:17 AM.

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I'm getting the exact same error files (mini...&sysdata), but on startup. It doesn't seem to be coming from any one program startup, but I was able to get my laptop running again by dumping the folder with the files. Mine was also in the local/temp, but in WER2fdd.dir00.

Happened earlier this week also. I dumped the temp file and my laptop's been running fine, now it's back. Searching the boards to try and find the problem.
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Problem has been solved, I re-installed age of empires and everything is working well now. Maybe the patch screwed up some of windows files that Age of empires 2 was using or something? Also I re-installed pirates and everything there is working well.
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