Up until recently, most everything has worked on this computer (Civ IV:Warlords & C&C3 being the most CPU intensive games that I bother with). However, I recently tried out the Mythos
beta. Or thought
I'd try it.
When trying to start the game, a loading screen or small pop-up screen appears for a split second then disappears. That's it. Nothing else. The End.
Checked Sager's site for updated drivers and nVidia's. nVidia doesn't even acknowledge that this model exists
. Nothing and everything else runs stable, so I didn't want to fuss w/ the horse and upend the cart.
However, the day before yesterday I was invited to join the Hellgate London
beta (think it's fairly open). Cool, right? Right. Well, once installed, it acts the same exact way as Mythos. A quick bloop and done. The End. Probably not coincidence that the same company, Flagship Studios
, is responsible for both games.
This game not working isn't an option. So for now, the search is on for updated drivers...Update:
Thought this might be relatively easy/painless. So much for that. Now I remember why I don't mess w/ my video drivers if I don't have to. And why I prefer ATi cards over nVidia. I have nothing but trouble usually w/ nVidia cards and their drivers whereas I don't recall near as my grumpy episodes w/ my ATi drivers.
Installed the latest drivers (162.62) off laptopvideo2go.com. Or at least tried
to. No go. Next...Agonizing Update
Posting from work now. Found some Clevo drivers on laptopvideo2go.com that were from June. Seemed to be the newest available. Installed. Rebooted. Hellgate London then refused to run because "This game requires Windows XP SP2 or higher." However, I had XP up to date as far as I was concerned. Tried out Windows Update and the only thing missing was IE 7. Well, crap. Had a bad experience with that previously. Don't remember if it was on the 5760 or Dell 9300 or where, but I remember it being troublesome.
Took the plunge to install it. Mid-install, it crashes out. WTF! Firefox goes haywire. Finally get 'em both nuked from the Task Manager. Windows wants a reboot since I was playing with the update. Reboot. The End. IE file is missing or corrupted, so Explorer won't run. Lovely! Just moved towards the end o' August and not everything is unpacked. Where my Sager XP CD is, I'm not quite sure. Tried using an older XP Pro that I have laying around, but was older than the installed version, so no go.
All this for a game. Well, two games. But both by Flagship Studios. Can't say that I'm happy w/ MS (for their lovely
IE7 junk), nVidia (for making it hard to find a suitable video driver) and Flagship Studios (for conspiring to code me out of a game :P ). *sigh