Initial screen freezes

By mary-50
Mar 24, 2005
  1. I have been trying to get CSI dark Motives to play. when I go to start the
    game the menu screen freezes up & renders my mouse responsive So I have to shutdown my whole system to quit the game. If I repeatedly 20-30 times
    click the mouse I might get it to budge a tiny bit. I've unstallled it & re-installed it & I also have 2 copies of the game & I have the same problem with both copies
    Can you help?
    mary-50 :confused:
  2. C0d3Warr10r

    C0d3Warr10r TS Rookie Posts: 33


    This type of system hang could be the result of a number of issues, I do however have some suggestions that might help:
    • Ensure all current drivers are installed, especially for your video card
    • Run MemTest to make sure you don't have some sneaky defective memory module
    • Run Prime95 to test your processor, defective processors are often unsymptomatic until they are put under a heavy load (Such as 3D Games)
    • Alt-Ctrl-Del before you start the game, monitor your system resources while loading, take note if RAM is depleted before game completely loads.
    • Ensure all recent Windows updates and patches are installed (including any for the game)
    • Spyware will rapidly devour your systems resources, removing these threats will always make your system faster and perform better.

    Possible solutions:
    • Upgrade RAM (512MB of Kingston or Corsair PC3200 RAM >$100) On gaming machines, I recommend at least 1024MB.
    • Upgrade Video Card: for dedicated gamers, X800 Pro or 6800GT are comparable in price (Around $400ish)
    • Install Spybot, AdAware, or Microsoft AntiSpyware (beta) to cleanse your computer of any spy/adware. (Free for personal Use)
    • Maintain current and updated Virus protection software (my personal preference is Norton AV)(Around $50 for most current version)

    Hope some of the advice helps your problem, theres nothing more frustrating that dropping $50 on a new game and not being able to play it :dead:


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