lambj42 Jan 20 @ 8:52am
Some games that worked won't start
I've had Sid Meier's Pirates! for about a month and played several times. Now, it won't start. I get a black screen with a spinning wheel. Task Manager says it's not responding. This is Windows 7 with everything up-to-date. I also downloaded Pinball Arcade for the first time and have the same issue. However, Terrarria will run. I've verifed the files. Not sure what else to try.
Thanks!
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Rakatan384 Feb 8 @ 1:17pm 
I have had the exact same problem except it also tabs it back out to windows.
Raydell Feb 13 @ 2:54am 
When programs that used to run fine aren't running anymore, it's often caused by windows updates or driver updates. Of course it could also be other programs that you installed in the meantime or viruses and whatnot, but unless you're really inexperienced at taking care of your PC, these are less likely.

In this case though, I may have a more specific guess - If you have an ATI card and updated your drivers recently, there's a good chance it's causing your issues.

I was recently helping someone troubleshoot some problems they had with another game of similar age and the culprit turned out to be the latest ATI drivers (13.12 Catalyst package). I'm currently running the 13.4 Catalyst version with its related drivers and everything runs fine. If I update it to the latest Catalyst package, the above game becomes unplayable due to heavy stuttering.

This can easily happen when it comes to vid card driver updates and older games as I assume the manufacturers don't test every little niche oldie before releasing new drivers. This is also why I tend to not update video drivers unless something is broken.

Anyway, in this case, a driver downgrade (which means removing current drivers, installing older ones) is worth trying. I suggest the 13.4 Catalyst package as I have no issues running anything with it.
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lambj42 Mar 22 @ 11:24am 
Originally posted by Raydell:
When programs that used to run fine aren't running anymore, it's often caused by windows updates or driver updates. ...In this case though, I may have a more specific guess - If you have an ATI card and updated your drivers recently, there's a good chance it's causing your issues.

Thanks Raydell, that was a great thought. Unfortunately, I have a Dell Latitude laptop with the Intel 945 Express Chipset video adapter and drivers from 2009. Yeah, it's old, but it runs. So it wasn't a video driver update that killed the game. Let me know if you think of anything else! I do keep my virus definitions up-to-date, run malware cleaners once in awhile, and try to keep a clean system. Maybe when I cleaned the system, I deleted something the games needed.
Everard Aug 27 @ 11:13am 
goto the folder miles/win32/ under the Pirates installation and rename mssa3d.m3d to mssa3d.m3d.old

That should fix it for you.
it didnt
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