"This program has encountered a problem and needs to close"

Discussion in 'Windows Applications' started by BlackScarletLove, May 23, 2008.

  1. BlackScarletLove

    BlackScarletLove Status:In Post-Production

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    I'm really sad because whenever I try to open dosbox or American McGee's Alice it crashes on startup, giving the above error message. Virus and spyware scans are clean, and reinstalling is unsuccessful. I used to be able to use these programs just fine.
    See screenshot and error message attached.

    I am using
    WinXP with 2.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual,
    ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5K SE Rev 1.xx mobo,
    2048 Megabytes Installed Memory
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT [Display adapter]
    Realtek High Definition Audio

    Please help.
     

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  2. zeke_mo

    zeke_mo (value not set) Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Try running it from safe mode and see if it works, that way you will know if its a program or driver getting in the way
     
  3. Dark Atheist

    Dark Atheist Moderator Political User Folding Team

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    or try running it in compatibility mode
     
  4. BlackScarletLove

    BlackScarletLove Status:In Post-Production

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    Compatibility mode for which system do you think?
     
  5. roirraW "edor" ehT

    roirraW "edor" ehT Builder/Installer

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    In this case, I'd start with the "earliest" compatibility available, which I believe is Windows 95. Won't hurt any to try them all though.
     
  6. zeke_mo

    zeke_mo (value not set) Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    I think dosbox was made to run in XP...


    also, try running it on one core, im pretty sure dos wasnt made to run on more than one :p
     
  7. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    core affinity shouldn't make much difference. The application won't know its on more than one.
     
  8. BlackScarletLove

    BlackScarletLove Status:In Post-Production

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    what is core affinity? does this have to do with my dual core processer? How would I run it on one core if i felt like it? (just curious)
     
  9. roirraW "edor" ehT

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    It means forcing a program to only run on one or more particular cores of your processor, so instead of it being spread around to two or four different cores, it'll run on less than the maximum available.

    IMHO, I doubt if this will make any difference either.

    I only know how to change the affinity of a program that's already running. Someone else may know how or if you can set a program to only run on one core to begin with.

    In XP or Vista, to change the affinity, go to the Task Manager (Control-Alt-Delete). Choose the Processes tab, find your program's process, right-click it and choose Set Affinity. The rest should be self-explanatory.
     
  10. roirraW "edor" ehT

    roirraW "edor" ehT Builder/Installer

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    FYI, I just installed DOSBox 0.72 on my Athlon 64 X2 4400+ (on my dual-booted XP installation) and it worked just fine.
     
  11. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    might be corrupt, can you uninstall, delete the program files and reinstall?
     
  12. BlackScarletLove

    BlackScarletLove Status:In Post-Production

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    well i discovered it works in safe mode, and when I disabled hardware excelleration to 3/6 one of the programs worked, so I don't know what that indicates.