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Last post 02-27-2009, 22:55 by icelava. 0 replies.
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  •  02-27-2009, 22:55 5437

    Running in a loop

    Following the death of my father I thought it was time to look back ahead, and re-align myself with the rhythm and joys of life. My gaming PC is in need of being powered on; time to put this entertainment hardware to good use before it becomes obsolete.

    Or maybe, it already is? Totally?

    Given my current job and developer community circumstances, I doubt I have the time to dive into World of Warcraft's Wrath of the Lich King expansion. This is just too much of a real-time second-job style of gaming. I needed to return to quick-fix gaming; stuff I can hit and run in short stabs. So I picked up Mirror's Edge instead, hoping to return to my "first love" genre of first-person shooters. Except, this game is not about shooting. It is all about running (away from enemies) and leaping around the roof tops of skyscrapers in a serene and clean city. You have to watch it to get a feel.

    Let's see how my machine handles this game.

    Event Type: Error
    Event Source: Application Error
    Event Category: None
    Event ID: 1000
    Date:  28/02/2009
    Time:  01:50:29
    User:  N/A
    Computer: MEPHISTO
    Description:
    Faulting application mirrorsedge.exe, version 1.0.1.0, faulting module mirrorsedge.exe, version 1.0.1.0, fault address 0x00d188bb.

    For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
    Data:
    0000: 6c707041 74616369 206e6f69 6c696146
    0010: 20657275 72696d20 73726f72 65676465
    0020: 6578652e 302e3120 302e312e 206e6920
    0030: 7272696d 6573726f 2e656764 20657865
    0040: 2e302e31 20302e31 6f207461 65736666
    0050: 30302074 38383164 0a0d6262

    Mmmm, crashes frequently. To the point I couldn't get a single decent run the previous night, and went to bed. After kicking down every rubbish bin in the neighbourhood. So much for first impressions. But that turned out to due to the hard disk I installed the game into. This disk has been giving all its previous hosts stability trouble, so it was to be expected when I transferred it to this computer for "less risky" purposes. That sure made for an ultra poor gaming experience though.

    So the wisened me installed the game onto the primary disk, and things improved immediately. No more I/O-induced errors. But then, exactly like a game where you defeat one opponent, another enemy appears to up the difficulty level.

    Event Type: Error
    Event Source: nv
    Event Category: None
    Event ID: 108
    Date:  28/02/2009
    Time:  12:09:58
    User:  N/A
    Computer: MEPHISTO
    Description:
    The driver nv4_disp for the display device \Device\Video0 got stuck in an infinite loop. This usually indicates a problem with the device itself or with the device driver programming the hardware incorrectly. Please check with your hardware device vendor for any driver updates.

    For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
    Data:
    0000: 00000000 00460003 00000000 c004006c
    0010: 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
    0020: 00000000 00000000 
     

    Something/someone is telling me I should not be playing games. Makes me wonder if such crashes will also happen if I decide to play with women instead. My first stop was to check back if NVIDIA has anything new to stop this. Oooh, 18 Feb 2009 drivers, let's try that!

    Error Message: STOP 0x000000EA THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER (Q293078)

    You received this message because a device driver installed on your computer caused Windows to stop unexpectedly. This type of error is referred to as a "stop error." A stop error requires you to restart your computer. 

    Looks like Mirror's Edge is truly pushing my graphics card off the edge (pun intended). Like that freaking annoying level that you just cannot beat and have to attempt a hundred times in order to obtain that stroke of luck to get you through. And then, just before you reach the save point, you die. The pain continues with determined consistency. Make it stop. Please.

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