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The RagingShadow Mar 1 @ 8:12am
General protection fault
i have been trying all night to get this game to work but to no avail. I have constantly been doing what other people have been told to do and that is goin to the ME folder, then compatibility, then changing it to SR3 and even SR2 like some people also suggested. Yet no matter what I do, I always get the General Protection fault as soon as I try to launch the game. Any help or info would be appreciated.
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Death The SoulEater Mar 1 @ 8:17am 
Wait a sec, didnt you go Steam>Steamapps>commom>mass effect>binaries>and change the compatibility of the 2 exe. that its in the folder?
The RagingShadow Mar 1 @ 8:30am 
yes i did
Invictus Mar 1 @ 9:23am 
same problem here. installed the game this morning just fine. played for 2 hours. shut it down.

now it did not start any more (could only see the small steam popup "first time install, step 1 of 3") for like half a second.

i found Trickys hint and changed the compatibility setting for the exe-files.

now the steam popup will last longer but when the game wants to start i get this "general protetction fault!"

please help us out guys!!
Invictus Mar 1 @ 11:08am 
hey! i found a solution. apparently the game stopped working due to an automativ NVIDIA GPU update... i dug into all of the thousands of help threads on the net and found the solution at pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Mass_Effect#Game_simply_doesn.27t_start

I had to install a certain NVIDIA Physx Legacy Driver specifically designed for games around 2007!

Here is the direct link to the solution:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/physx-9.13.0604-legacy-driver.html

Hope that helps!
The RagingShadow Mar 2 @ 3:48pm 
I got it to work. Thanks a ton Invictus
Invictus Mar 2 @ 5:05pm 
Welcome :)
gdclark Mar 2 @ 5:45pm 
In the compatibility tab you can also choose to run the exe as an administrator. This solved the General Protection Fault I was getting for me.
Invictus Mar 2 @ 6:09pm 
Ja, i played the whole last night after i got it working. AWESOME GAME... can't wait to get to the second part. Too bad i missed the recent sale for ME3 tough... :/

Enjoy
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