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Mass effect 1 is breaking my heart

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Recently rekindled my desire to do a mass effect trilogy playthrough, so loaded mass effect 1 and hit it. Fours hours in the game freezes, ctrl alt del wont work so restart the pc. Now whenever I go into that game it goes through the usual intro screens and comes to the planet screen where you press any key to continue, after I press a key the planet drops away, the screen goes black and thats it, frozen. Pressing the end key brings me back to the main to windows. I did an alt tab and found a message " Ran out of virtual memory. To prevent this condition, you must free up more space on your primary hard disk yadda yadda".

I was playing using origin but I also have the game in steam so switched to that and the exact same thing happens. I have since updated windows, sound drivers, chipset drivers, graphics driver and confirmed that I have 30gb available space on the hard drive. I have deleted both games in origin and in steam and reloaded them, I have run the game in compatability mode for windows xp service pack 2 and 3. I have run the game using the .exe file in admin mode. I have run the origin based repair utility on the game and verified the game files in steam and origin. I have downloaded CCleaner and rune it twice. I have now run out of ideas

windows 7 64bit
intel core I5 3570k chip
mobo asustek p8z77-v
gtx 670 graphics card
and 8gb of ram

ME2 and 3 run fine as do all my other games. Now someone told me the game is designed for older 2gb ram systems and when it runs on larger more powerful machines with loads of ram, the virtual memory allocator goes nuts and the game wont run. I have trawled the internet for 2 days and tried everything I have come across and nothing works. Yeah its an old game and yeah I should let my desires to save the galaxy die a slow death and give up on any chance of bedding another crew mate. But I wont smile.gif
ps I have been told that some particularly talented programmers may have re-written the .exe file to allow the game to run with modern systems but I cant find it.
pss I have even now tried running the game but before coming to the planet screen opening task manager and assigning this game high importance.
post #2 of 4
Do a search for Large Address Aware. It's a little software program that tries to make a 32 bit executable capable of accessing more than 2 gigs of RAM. I've used it successfully in the past with other games.

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Sorry to hear that you are having these problems. Mass Effect 1 is an awesome game. I am currently replaying through it myself. But I am not experiencing any of the issues you are describing, and we have similar hardware. For me, it runs flawless without any tweaking. So I am hopeful that you will be able to get it working as well. redface.gif

Note: My version of Mass Effect is the original DVD version, with the Bring Down the Sky DLC and whatever official patches are available.
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thanks I'll give that a go
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