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Yuno May 10 @ 2:39am
Game shuts down my computer? o_0
I was playing the multiplayer with a friend, and twice in a row I get the same behaviour.
The game will hiccup for a second, and then just literally switch my PC off.
At first I thought it was something in the house, perhaps the power, but it's repeatable for Hammerwatch only.

I'm going to venture a guess that this isn't "working as intended".

Any clues what's going on? Is it me or my PC, or is this a new bug?

Worth noting that I did *NOT* have these issues with the release version. So whatever made it do this was introduced as a patch later into the game.

Thanks for any help in advance. :)
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[TBR] Keppler May 10 @ 10:48am 
Do you have any information about the crashes, e.g., did they appear at a certain place or how long in-game until the crashes occur. I'm not a computer wiz, but I'm quite sure that some more details on the crashes would help out those who are.
Yuno May 11 @ 2:59am 
The first crash occurred on the first level, just after crossing that bridge in the bottom left.
The second one occurred on the second level (because my friend kept playing), not certain where, but not far in, just after we cleared the circle around the entrance I'd say.

I couldn't say if it was an action that triggered it, or maybe an amount of time elapsed. I didn't clock the amount of time.
If I had to guess amount of time played is more likely.

My hardware didn't change in the meantime, but there's a possibility that this is related to me having an older videocard. I've encountered some issues with other games due to this.
The main reason it struck me as weird is that it worked fine before, which is really the main reason I posted this.

I mean... no mad or anything, but there might be people interested that they created a bug that turns off computers. :P
Because let's be honest, that's a pretty impressive severity of crash right there. :P
This could be a heat problem, or a problem with your software. It's pretty rare for a program to have a bug that would shutdown a computer.
Yuno May 15 @ 8:42am 
I concur, it's indeed pretty rare. It's never actually occurred on this particular system before to date.
I'm not convinced it's a heat problem, considering what else I run on this machine, unless this particular piece of software, and this software alone convinces my PC to imitate central heating.

Either way, the problem still originates with this game (and even then I can't imagine what it could be doing to cause a HEAT problem).
I'm not saying that the problem could not be unique to my machine alone, but I am saying that the problem on my machine is unique to this software alone. (so far anyway)
Doomster May 21 @ 9:05am 
The same thing keeps happening to me as well, unfortuneately. No other game ever caused this problem, so it's kinda weird that, out of all of 'em, this one manages to shut the PC down, without warning. I'm playing and suddenly - BOOM - PC instantly shut down.
T@F May 21 @ 9:18am 
Normally that caused through overheating or psu don't have enough juice.
Try setting vsync on.unless you already have it on.
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Doubtful May 26 @ 8:01am 
*edit* I just checked, and Hammerwatch is causing my GPU to run at about the same temperature as most of the other games I play, so I dunno why you don't experience shutdowns with other programs. Definitely check into the temperature thing though.
*/edit*

I hate to say it, but that is classic overheating symptoms.

As to how and why Hammerwatch could POSSIBLY cause a modern computer to overheat, when (apparently?) other games don't, I have no idea.

But that's basically the only reason I've ever had computers instantly shut down like this, and it's almost always remedied by cleaning or replacing bad/inadequate/dirty heat sinks and fans.

Download a program that checks the GPU (and other) temperatures, and see if they are running unusually hot when not under load, and see what Hammerwatch and other games cause them to reach. My guess is that one of your computer's core components is already running dangerously hot and for some reason Hammerwatch is enough to kick it over the edge.

I had a video card one time that was notorious for running EXTREMELY hot even not under load, and sometimes it would get frighteningly close to 100C under moderate loads, so..you'd be surprised.
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