Question about Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC
You will want to disable error reporting for Windows. This nusance of a subProgram causes a lot of grief like this.
Right Click My Computer and select Properties. On the subsequent popup you will see a series of property sheets identified by tabs with labels. Select the Tab that is labeled 'Advanced', when this sheet is on display you will see a button at the bottom right labeled Error Reporting. Click on tihs button.
The subsequent pop out page has several lines of text with selectable holes on it. Click on the Disable Error Reporting and the one just underneath it 'But, etc.'
Click OK on every page to back out of these pages and reboot your machine and recheck the settings.
If the settings do not persist respond back to me and I'll help you make these persistent but this is rare.
Now, you want to discover what errors are generating these error responses. Often this can be accomplished by updating your display drivers and seing if there are any patches to your game.
You've probably done this already. So, go back into the property sheets for my computer by right clicking it. Now select the advanced tab again and then the 'Settings' button. Now click on the 'Advanced' tab of Performance Options. At the bottom, now, is the Virtual Memory section. Click on Change. You want to have a permanent swap file by manually setting the min and max size of your virtual memory swap file to a figure equal to your RAM onboard. If you only have 1GB of RAM you already have a problem as you want 2GB with Windows XP and 4GB with Vista. The point is to make the swap file a Custom Size. Use the number 1024 for each Gigabyte of RAM. 2048 for 2GB and so on.
Lastly, just make sure you have enough free space for all the files that run when the games in open. Right click your C: drive and select properties and you will see a pie chart.
If you have more than one drive partition and your game runs on that partition, use that drive letter for an extra swap file, you will have seen the ability a bit earlier to set. Use the same logic so your game running on this other drive also has a swap file with the same value as I just outlined above.
And, now, make sure you don't have a whole lot of extra stuff running in the background at startup that could be interferring.
Click on the Start menu and select Run, in the run text box type MSCONFIG and hit enter. In this pop out go to the startup tab and you will see a whole lot of programs that run at start up from your antivirus program to Messenger. Turn of by deselecting any that aren't really needed. If you have a question about any just comment back to me and I'll tell you about the program.
Posted on Nov 30, 2008
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