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Can't Play games....help!!

By tankie24alpha ยท 11 replies
Jan 28, 2004
  1. Hi folks,

    need your help/advice!!!!

    I have been trying to get games to work on my PC for about 2 months now. I have a dual boot system running Win98 & XP Pro.
    nVidia 53.03 drivers DirectX 9.0B. Leadtek A310 FX5600 256MB.
    in XP, Games like Call of Duty, MOHAA, BF1942, Halo etc load up the start menu but when starting the game I get a black screen. Games line V8 Challenge load up in game to a wireframe game with no shading etc. All these games and others work fine in Win98. I have only just reinstalled WinXP Pro and reinstalled drivers, there is nothing else installed on my system. This problem happened before I upgraded my video card from a GF4 MX 440 to the now GFFX5600.
    When I run dxdiag.exe the directx7 D3D test fails to display the X on the cube, however, Directx8 & 9 tests pass.
    I have tried going back to older drivers etc, but I I get the same problem, I have adjusted the screen resolution and refresh rates, and played around with the nVidia setting in display properties, but this has not helped any.

    Any ideas? Could there be something in the setting I have missed, maybe the Bios? or mobo???

    many thanks

  2. tankie24alpha

    tankie24alpha TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I have made the settings on XP side the same as the Win98 side, now when starting up Halo, get a solid colour flash then change to another solid colour. this keeps flashing through different colours. If i didn't know better, i'd think I was trippin' out!!!!

    Is this too hard for people? I see a lot of people viewing it, but no replies. It's too damn hard for me! :(
  3. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    Do you by chance have both systems on FAT32 partition and are you sharing the game directories between both systems? Just curious.
  4. tankie24alpha

    tankie24alpha TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I am running FAT32 for Win98 & NTFS for XP. I am storing the game directories on a separate partition which is FAT32.
  5. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    I'm wondering if maybe you're not running into a conflict of some sorts by sharing between the two. Also, do you do a full reboot when switching between one O/S and the other? I've seen many cases with dual-boot systems where if the system's not fully rebooted (sometimes even shut down), resources from one (sound card, NIC etc.) are tagged as still being used by the first one in use and can't be used by the second.

    Just curious....what's the reason for your dual-boot setup. Is it mainly to play some of the older games that won't run under XP?
  6. tankie24alpha

    tankie24alpha TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Masque!!

    I do a complete reboot from one OS to the other.
    I use 98 for older games and apps that don't work in XP. And mainly for trouble shooting.

    I have since been able to fix the problem. I reinstalled XP Pro upgrading to SP1. And this appears to have solved the problem.
    Does DirectX 9 require to have SP1 to work???

    Thanks for your time anyway.
  7. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Im not sure about DX9 requiring SP1 to work, but I do know SP1 comes with DX9 ;)
  8. Raehunt2

    Raehunt2 TS Rookie


    Uproar- Does anyone know whats going on with that site. I cant play the games my screen is black. Im going crazy. Please help
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Why have you posted in a thread that`s well over two years old? :haha:

    This is taken from the Uproar site.

    Seems the site may have stopped a little early.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  10. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    He/She probably didn't know how to repost, although I have responded to things that are years old (it is embarrasing though).
  11. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I did it myself a time or two when I first became a member. I can`t remember who pointed it out to me, but I never did it again lol.

    Regards Howard :)
  12. libby07

    libby07 TS Rookie

    wtf is wrong with my computer?

    when playing halo for pC online the server list come up... but only one game shows the ping and that one game is the only one im able to enter. i have emailed microsoft.. they havnt found nything.. i disabled my firewalls and antivirus... i cleared the ports halo uses... and i have the latest update.. and nothign works! please help me out!!!
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