Games Crash If Not In Windowed Mode

December 28, 2010 at 10:16:21
Specs: Windows Vista, 3.02/3.25
Windows Vista Home Premium

AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000



ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT

My computer can not run games at full screen. I have to run "ALL" games in window mode in order to play them. I play a variety of games on Steam and off Steam and all have the same problem. Example: Starcraft 2, Counter Strike: Source, Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life, Team Fortress 2, Worms Reloaded, Beat Hazard, Battlefield:Bad Company 2,..ect.

What happens?
After installing a game I start it up like normal. "Games almost always open in full screen." After 10sec.-30sec. of the game being full screen my computer fans start to kick in full speed as if they are trying to cool down an over heating issue. If I continue to play the game in Full Screen mode the game will eventually crash my computer or close out the game.
If I quickly open up the options menu in game and change it to windowed mode my computer fans will die down back to normal speed in about 10sec. and I will be able to play the game to my hearts content.

Logically, it is NOT the game settings because the only setting I change to make the game run on my computer is window mode. But I did try and run the games at the lowest settings and still the same problem. This is also why I gave examples of games like Worms Reloaded and Beat Hazard because those games can be ran on crappy computers with no problem.

My Drivers ARE updated for my video card. I though it might have been something to do with running duel monitors and a game at the same time but I tried with one monitor and still the same deal.

I have no clue on how to fix this and would not care too much because I would rather play games in window mode but I run into games that are not window mode compatible so I can't play them no matter how simple the game is.

Plz Hlp,

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January 7, 2011 at 15:48:41

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July 21, 2011 at 07:21:24
Install Avast then run a boot time scan. Also, check device manager for any yellow exclamation marks. If you found one, disable it and reboot. and see how it runs. My computer was like that too. That is what I did and no problem since.

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