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Originally Posted by HardwaterH4ck3r View Post
I think i've tried every permutation of the graphical settings to no avail....

The event viewer shows nothing spectacular....just a general protection fault
Are you running the game under Vista or XP Pro?

EDIT: I just re-read post #1 and it sounds like your running the game under Vista....right?
Edited by Iceman0803 - 6/5/08 at 8:27pm
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post #12 of 22
Here are two options I know of that could potentially fix it, first the easier way:

1. Try running it as administrator ONCE directly through the Program Files directory.

If that does not work.

2. Disable the UAC (User account control) ONCE and then run the game. I have heard UAC currently interferes with the Mass Effect game and this could be a good fix. BASICALLY: Disable the UAC once, run the game once and then switch it back on.

Hope this helps.

Note: This is for Vista.
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post #13 of 22
Here's what you do...

First off, try running the game windowed, if that fails:

Go to control panel, Programs and features, and then uninstall Host OpenAL. Try running it in windowed mode again.

Most people who are having the crash at splash screen problems are due to audio drivers.
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So is the game good once it gets going? lol
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by HardwaterH4ck3r View Post
This just feels like $40 down the drain. I'm glad I bought it on sale.
How was the game on sale? It just came out a week ago.
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If your running in vista right click it and pick to run as admin. That's what fixed my problem. Make sure your clicking the actually file and not the short cut.

Double clicking also brings up a run as admin option but that one doesn't work. Make sure you right click to run as admin.
Edited by CrazyHeaven - 6/5/08 at 10:16pm
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post #17 of 22
If you have an Antivirus software like AVG running, try executing the game without AVG running.

Do you have a secondary mouse device attached like a tablet? Bioshock wouldn't run on my PC until I unplugged the damn thing.

I had AVG and Spyware Doctor together at one point and either one of the programs would sometimes interfere with certain games and programs. Shadowrun, Series 7 study program from STC, Bioshock, to name a few would be blocked by the programs without pop-ups. I hope one of us here can help you out. I know what it's like to have all the requirements and above and not be able to run a game of all things.

For more help than we can provide, I'd suggest you start posting on the game developer's forum as well. I'm sure you won't be alone either. -my 2 cents
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post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by Malachor View Post
How was the game on sale? It just came out a week ago.
I know, I know, reading the newspaper is a strange concept to most people, but it was $40 on release day from Circuit City, and This week is it $40 at Best Buy.

I finally got the game to work, but now that I'm in the game, it crashes every 5 minutes (or less) for about 40 seconds....

I ended up deleting the Host AL file, and it finally got in, though now it's nigh unplayable....It took me almost 2 hours to get to the point at which you meet Saren

EDIT: still no satisfaction form the technical help section of BioWare's website.....lost of people who have the same problem though.
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post #19 of 22
I got mine to work this morning but then i saved and exited the game and I dont remember how I got it to work!
post #20 of 22
Something miraculous happened to my Mass Effect install. I don't know if what I did fixed it or if it just decided to start working, but just for the hell of it I completely uninstalled my video driver (175.16) and ran Driver Cleaner Pro then reinstalled the driver. Presto, every error message and crash has completely vanished. I don't know if this will help anyone else's problem but it definitely helped me.
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