Game crashing when using AMD crossfire setups

I like to play video games in the computer. The famous Meme applies well to me.

you-merely-adopted-gaming-memeHowever, I must confess I have lately fallen to the confort of couch gaming, and just turning on the Xbox to play casual games.

In the last month or so I have been coming back to the PC little by little. I just enjoy keyboard and mouse so much better.

If is frustrating though, when you come back to the PC and some games do not work. I have moved my Steam library in the last 6 months so I though it was that, but something cough my eye, the Batman Arkham games were not working. Strange since I have completed them all.

Ok, lets see what is different…Windows 10 now, and anniversary update is installed. I think I had problems before, but I am not sure.

New drivers. This is very likely the reason. But there must be something more. The games are not exactly just released. Some had quite a few years.

Incompatibility with W10 1607? Not likely, but could be. A mix? maybe.

Then the remastered editions of Bioshock were released. They also had problems. So now I know something else is the problem.

Trying Batman Arkham Asylum again the light bulb on top of my head turned on. It has physics from Nvidia. Cool effects for ragdoll, and paper flying, plus the papers and leave flying around have a more natural feel (when it works right, other times the sit in the air).

So now I open the radeon settings and I start looking around, and I identified possible causes. What was the actual cause?

Crossfire. Disable Crossfire, then try again and the game work. Interesting.

I have a pair of HD 7870. Now they are starting to age, and I didn’t get them at the same time. So here it is possible that either a card is bad, the bridge is not working well (lose connection, or dust), that the card has a bad connection (this is not uncommon with large and heavy cards), or that the drivers do not work well for those specific games when Crossfire is enabled.

I can’t discard all other possibilities, but I think the last one is the most probable. A single HD7870 has plenty of power to play at highest setting using 2560×1080 monitors so I don’t care enough at the moment to take apart the computer, but if it was a bad connection I would see the problem in .

PC gaming is awesome because I can play old games like X-Wing using DOSBox, games from Windows XP, and new games. All without buying a new console.

At the same time, it has the challenge that you will have to troubleshoot problems sometimes.

When I played more often, I could pinpoint problems right away, this one took me a while.

I am hoping this will help a fellow gamer in need. Keep on playing!!

 

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GOG a Critical Review

A found this review of GOG.com

http://pleasingacerbicreviews.blogspot.ca/2012/06/gog-critical-review.html

It is a great review. I personally don’t like to buy games online, because I am a part time game collector. Part Time because I collect games that I like Smile with tongue out in the platform that I play (mainly PC). Basically I only buy games that I would like to play, and I am likely to play, although I might never have the time to play it. I have over 700 games.

Online services do have their main purpose with me, for example sales, where you can get a game a lot cheaper.

I never wanted to start using Steam, but I had no choice. Some games, even if you have retail package you need steam to activate the game. This is very tedious, and cumbersome. Steam platform is good. By no means it is a bad platform at all, and it has it good use for other users. I am an old fashion gamer though, where I would like to install my game in my gaming PC, my laptop, and maybe one more PC. Sure, I can do that with Steam, but I need to install the whole client, and lately it has been getting heavy (it is making my PC shutdown 7 seconds slower while it is closing Steam, even though it was not used at all).

Enter GOG. The thing that attracted me to GOG was Good OLD GAMES DRM free. I have nostalgia sometimes (I just finished playing Alone in the Dark 1+2+3 from gog) and I can buy this games which mainly work in Windows 7 64 bit. Sure, I could have used DosBox or something else to get it working, but this is all done. It is beautiful to launch the game and it runs. No tweaking necessary. One good example is Die By The Sword. I have both, CD and gog version. I can get the CD version to play, but sometimes the main menu is corrupted (buttons are not where they are supposed to be), and it is nearly impossible to click on the right button. With the gog version it just plays great.

I am building a nice collection of games in gog, and I get to re-play some of my favorites in my new PC. I definitively recommend Gog if you play games in PC (TIP: If you play in a laptop, most games will play fine, even with integrated graphics)

Games for this weekend

on May 10, Wolfestein 3D became 20. This is quite old in gaming years, and this game is the granddaddy of FPS. If you have never played this game, you can play it for free and without installing it; right there from your browser

http://wolfenstein.bethsoft.com/game_NA.php

I suggest to also use the maps

http://www.belowe.com/wolf3d.htm

I have spent several hours playing this game in DOS, pressing space bar all the time to find the secrets. I think I played it first in 1993/1994 and the internet wasn’t as mainstream as it is now. At that time you had to keep trying to discover secrets (imagine how difficult was to figure out Mortal Kombat fatalities).

Joystick has a nice coverage, with link for the free iOS game as well a commentary with John Carmack

http://www.joystiq.com/2012/05/09/wolfenstein-3d-celebrating-its-20-year-history-by-going-free-on/

Alan Wake

The PC version has been released in Steam, Amazon Digital and Gog, and it went on sale on all 3 sites. Amazon and steam don’t have the sale anymore, but gog does have it. Better yet, you can also pre-purchase Alan Wake’s American Nightmare as a bundle with saves you 15%, of the already discounted 25%. I love GOG

GOG weekend promo

gog is running a 1C wonderful classics this weekend. The listed games are 50% off. The UFO series is a gem, but the best game is Cryostasis. It is a really good game, with a great story and interesting gameplay. I have finished the game 3 times. There is a patch for Nvidia video cards to better utilize the PhysiX engine, allowing for more fluid water and ice effects. It actually makes the game even nicer, however, you need to start the game from scratch if you install the patch (the reason why I finished the game 3 times and not twice Smile )

Steam sale for this weekend

It is not as exciting, mainly since they had Batman on sale last week.

This week the main title that comes up is Portal 2, which strangely at $6.79 is cheaper than Portal at $8.49.

Skyrim is also on sale for the people that like to play NEW games. I am not one of those…I like my games under $10 Smile 

All the specials are listed here http://store.steampowered.com/search/?specials=1

 

Happy gaming