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I've been a console gamer ever since I can remember. I have never ever experienced a game crashing or freezing on console. Last few years I got into PC gaming playing MMOs, playing on my cheap student laptop. I'll get the occasional disconnect due to internet issues but two to three times total have I experienced an MMO game crash. Now that I have a job, I made a gaming PC that plays games on Ultra settings. The first non-MMO game I played for PC was Tomb Raider developed by Crystal Dynamics. At first, I couldn't decide whether to get it for console or PC. I decided to get it for PC because obviously its going to be graphically better. Then I experience crash after crash, having to reboot my PC multiple times, installing older version of drivers and tinkering with settings on how I can get the game to run smoothly. I finally figured it out and was able to enjoy the game minus a few random crashes. Of course nVidia didn't have their drivers optimized for Tomb Raider yet so that was a huge issue. Now I'm playing Bioshock Infinite, this time the game always crashes after a few minutes of play. Then it'll be crash-free when I launch the game a second time. When you're so drawn into the game and it suddenly crashes, it is such a buzz kill. Or having to replay the same part just because the game crashed.

I know there will come lots of frustration when new games are released just from reading all over the forums. I've played most games on console so I'm really used to a smooth play through from beginning to end. How well do you tolerate new releases crashing and trying to configure your PC to play the game optimally? Do you feel it interrupts the flow of the game?
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post #2 of 24
I actually enjoy troubleshooting and making things work. Obviously I would rather it work from the start but it doesn't bother me too much.
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Crashes are definitely frustrating but you really shouldn't experience many if your PC is working well. Some games are prone to it, like Fallout 3/NV, and sometimes games can be buggy when first released.

If you make sure your PC is running well it will eliminate some crashing.
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Fallout games crash on the console too, my dad uses an XBOX 360 that i brought him 3 years ago........
Fallout 3 and NV, both crash.

I played through Fallout 3 without a single issue, i have yet yo do NV, but i played it with some issues, but nothing that was not in an FAQ somewhere on google..

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If you cant count the number of crashes you are having, in a year, on one hand. Then there is definitely something wrong with your machine. I played all the way through Tomb Raider, and a few hours into Bioshock Infinite without one crash. You should rarely ever have to tinker with a game to get it to work. Other than selecting the graphic settings.

Maybe you have an unstable overclock, or bad memory. You should try Memtest86 to see if there might be a problem with your memory. I would also try reseating all the hardware, formatting and reinstalling the OS.
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If you cant count the number of crashes you are having, in a year, on one hand. Then there is definitely something wrong with your machine. I played all the way through Tomb Raider, and a few hours into Bioshock Infinite without one crash. You should rarely ever have to tinker with a game to get it to work. Other than selecting the graphic settings.

Maybe you have an unstable overclock, or bad memory. You should try Memtest86 to see if there might be a problem with your memory. I would also try reseating all the hardware, formatting and reinstalling the OS.

Have to agree with this guy, I've played both Tomb Raider and currently playing Bioshock Infinite. Haven't experienced a single crash in Bioshock yet. Didn't play Tomb Raider long enough for a crash to happen. Now that I think about it. Can't remember the last time any of my games crash with the exception of Arma 3, but hey, that's still in Alpha. Definitely suggest you make sure your system is running properly.
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Agree with poster above.

If you're getting that many crashes something is up.

Have you stress tested your system recently?

Haven't had issues with release day games for the last few years. Maybe I have to tweak some settings but nothing as bad as your situation.

Tomb Raider worked fine on my system. The new drivers supposedly helps with the fancy hair FX but already finished the game and no real urge to replay.

Are you getting BSODs or appcrashes?
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Redxmaverick, any luck with diagnosing your problem?
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OP, Bioshock Infinite seems to have a problem with nVidia graphics cards. Most of the people complaining about crashing that I've seen are using GTX 6xx cards. I'm one of them with a GTX 670. Not everyone with an nVidia card is having issues, but it seems to be pretty widespread.
Over the years that I've been a PC gamer (24 years) I've rarely had issues with stability in games, that I can recall. This year, however, has been pretty bad. Both the PC games that I've bought, Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite seem to enjoy crashing pretty frequently.
I started moving to console as my primary gaming format 4-5 months ago. I definitely understand what you mean about console games not crashing. I think I'm getting spoiled.biggrin.gif

For your crashing issues - if you overclock, doublecheck your OC's. Maybe dial them back a bit or try runinng your games at stock speeds. You may want to monitor CPU and GPU temps while in game with GPU-Z and coretemp. Ensure all your drivers - OS, graphics, etc.. are up to date. Other than that, not much else I can say. Each PC is different, it could be some random software you have installed, maybe faulty hardware. So many variables it can be time consuming to track it down.
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I've played most games on console so I'm really used to a smooth play through from beginning to end. How well do you tolerate new releases crashing and trying to configure your PC to play the game optimally?

turn everything off or to the min setting on your PC. graphically speaking, that should just about equal to the quality of the console games you are so fond of biggrin.gif generally speaking, the game crashes because you had everything turned to max because some of the newer DX11 functions aren't as well implemented and the drivers for those functions aren't as well developed.

right now. you are trying to compare a Ferrari F1 to a Toyota Tercel... 1 is made for maximum performance, 1 is made for low maintenance operation... you've driven the Tercel @ 70mph all your life, and are wondering why you need to tune up your Ferrari just so you can drive 200mph...
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