HELP - Put in new hard drive now pc wont play any games

March 15, 2013 at 12:21:02
Specs: Windows XP
Hi all, I hope someone can help me, My son's hard drive failed, so purchased a new one, put it in pc, installed windows 7, exactly the same as os before, and now no games will play. I didn't think that the hard drive would affect the ability to play games..... what do i do.
This is stressful :(


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#1
March 15, 2013 at 12:33:57
I'm not a gamer but what games won't play? What error message do you get?

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#2
March 15, 2013 at 12:47:15
Hiya, ty for your fast reply... He mainly uses steam for playing games, which worked absolutely fine on windows 7 before, as I purchased this pc as a custom build, especially for gaming. Never expected the hard drive to fail.

I have just decreased the hardware acceleration, and seeing if that will help, keeping fingers crossed at the moment.

Oh and no error messages, the games simply crashes as soon as it has loaded up.

Skyrim has error message "Failed to initialize renderer, other games crash


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#3
March 15, 2013 at 13:14:27
That sounds like a memory setting. I would set it to system managed.

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#4
March 15, 2013 at 13:23:48
Graphics card needed updating, (Dont know why i didnt think of that. duh ) having a blonde moment lol

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#5
March 15, 2013 at 13:34:57
Im not sure how to do that,,, is it easy thing to do. Thank you :)

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#6
March 15, 2013 at 15:11:51
We could point you in the right direction if you'd list the complete system specs, especially the make/model of the motherboard & graphics card.

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#7
March 15, 2013 at 16:17:11
You need to go to the manufacturer's website for each component (no where else) and download the drivers for that component and install it. Start with the motherboard's drivers, then the graphics and all other hardware until you are done. If you have a list of the full makes and model numbers on the invoice for the custom machine, then you can go by that, if not, you probably will need to open the machine and look for the model information on each component (device manager will not help you with the correct information until after the drivers are installed). If you have any trouble finding them, then someone will probably give you the links when you supply the model information. After the drivers are all up to date, manually run a Windows Update.

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