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Problems with XP and ALL Games!



I currently have Windows XP Home edition.
-GeForce 2 Ultra with the latest drivers from Nvidia
-Refresh rate set at 75 hz
-1.5 Gig cpu
-512 MB of RAM
-Just upgraded from ME to XP

None of my games work. When I try to run a game. Let's say GTA3, I put the CD in and click the shortcut and the screen goes black for a second and clicks like it does when the resolution changes. Then I end up at the XP desktop with the game in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. When I click the program in the taskbar to bring it up it repeats itself with the blackscreen and I'm back to the desktop. All of my games do this. What do I need to do?

-Thank You.



Yep, tried that.

My Nvidia driver version is

is that up to date?

And what about my BIOS or Flash or something. I was reading about that on another post I think. How do I update that or should that show up in the windows update?

Hipster Doofus

Good grief Charlie Brown
To update the bios you have to go to the mother board manufacturer site. Be careful though, one wrong move & it's history. Make sure you have the right one & follow those instructions to the letter.

cool friend

maybe you already checked, but look in microsoft's list of games that don't run properly on win xp, helluva lots of 'em man..

but i think there's a patch provided by microsoft...

sorry man, can't help more, i no gamer, just play fifa 2002 & world cup 2002 (which s*x)

and yea, nfs too ;)


I've heard of many problems due to upgrading from Windows ME to Windows XP. The best solution is to do a clean install of Windows XP or do an upgrade from Windows 98 to Windows XP.

P.S. 2002 Fifa World Cup is an alright game, yet I wish they had something like Winning Eleven 6 on PC.


I'm all ears
If you upgraded to XP, use detonator destroyer @ 3dguru.com, if that doesn't work, a clean install would be the best bet.


As some have said, you need to have all the updates. Got to Microsoft to get them.

GTA3 is supported by Windows XP so there is not really a need for the compatibility wizard.

If it still doesn't work...reinstall XP.

Also, cool friend said in a post that there is a list from Microsoft on which games work under XP and which don't. Where can I find this list?

War Priest

works for me

I am using win XP Corp edition(pro). All games work fine for me. I did due a clean install, check for updated hardware,chipset drivers and WinXP updates including directx b4 installing anything else.

Following this ritual, I can say( knock on wood ) I have not had any problems running games. Except for TFC. Small issue though, when I decide to change servers, I need to back out and restart the app or all I get is sound.

Hope this helps.
PS, anyone with any ideas on my issue, HELP>>>hehe


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