Oblivion over before it begins - black box in uppper left corner of screen

By DrBeak1
Dec 10, 2007
  1. So I've seen this problem from others on here already but I didn't find anything that helped so now I'm asking what I should do. I just installed Oblivion - everything seemed to go fine - I click the icon - up comes the start screen. On the first load it attempted to assess my video settings but said it was unable to, so it would set them to the medium performance setting. After this I clicked 'play' - then a black box appeared in the upper left hand corner of my screen (title was Oblivion) then an error message appeared saying that Oblivion had to shut down. Never gave a reason why - just said if Windows could find a solution it would notify me - well that never happens. Anyone know what the heck is going on here - here are my system specs:

    OS - Windows Vista Home Premium
    Processor - Intel Core 2 duo cpu
    phys memory 1013.57
    avail phys mem - 198.51
    virtual mem - 2.23
    avail virtual mem - 1.12
    sound device - SigmaTel High Definition Audio
    Adapter type - mobile intel 965 express chipset family

    Please HELP!!
  2. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    Hello, DrBeak1, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

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    With regards to your problem, try reinstalling the game and your graphics drivers. Are you using a desktop PC or a laptop?
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    Your onboard graphics chip is not supported by the game. I don't know if that's all of the problem but it is certainly part of the problem.
  4. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    You could try Oldblivion. I myself got to start oblivion and get about 5-10 fps with my fx 5200, and plan on trying it later.

    EDIT: I haven't used it yet, though.
  5. DrBeak1

    DrBeak1 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks - I was thinking it had to do with the graphics chip but I wasn't sure. And I believe I saw somewhere that since I'm using a laptop it's not something I can change - is that correct? I tried running oldblivion but no success there - still getting the black box and then an error message. Is there anything I can do to upgrade my chip set?
  6. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    Unfortunately you can't change your graphics on a laptop. All you can really do is dedicate more memory to it but that wouldn't help if the chipset isn't supported.
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