Hi, any help on this would be much appreciated:
After having upgraded to Windows 8.1 I've found that one of my favorite (older) games 'The Movies' and its expansion 'Stunts and Effect' by Lionhead Studios is experiencing difficulties when being played on my machine. I'm aware that 'The Movies: Stunts and Effects' expansion pack is listed as 'incompatible' on the Windows Compatibility Page, yet the base game is listed as compatible and there appears to be a lot of users out there running both the base game and the expansion pack fine on Windows 8.1. I'll do my best to give as much information as possible, and again any help on this would be very much appreciated.
Essentially; I installed the game with few problems - I ran the game in compatibility mode for Windows 98/ME (the only compatibility settings that appears to allow the game to run) and always as administrator. The game ran fine for a while with a few intermittent crashes and a couple of glitches, but nothing too serious. As I progressed further into the game (those of you familiar with it around the 1940s mark) the game clearly began demanding more resources as my movie studio grew in size and now I'm unable to play the game without it crashing every few minutes. Each time the game crashed, it would either return to the desktop with no warning and close down the application or the following dialogue box would appear;
Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library
This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way.
Please contact the application's support team for more information.
Brief specs for my laptop are as follows-
Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Intel CORE i5-32100m
AMD Radeon HD 7600
8.00 GB RAM
So I began searching loads of different forums where people had reported similar difficulties. The following are some of the fixes I've attempted based on information I've read;
- Re-install the game - done this twice
- Started new games in case Saved Games were corrupted
- Clean boot - to check for any program interference/incompatibility - done this and could not find any programs that were causing issues. The game still crashed even when only essential drivers and processes were running. Made certain it wasn't my Antivirus (running Norton 360)
- Installed Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 redistributable pack - as recommended by other users in different forums, no luck with this either.
- Limited process affinity to 2 and then to 1 (running Intel CORE i5) - this was to ensure that the game being an older one wasn't struggling with too many processors
- Disabled audio drivers - not sure why this would have helped but it was suggested... again no luck.
- Finally as a last resort, ran the game in windowed mode and not in full screen, to ensure it wasn't dialogue boxes or anything else flashing up that I'd missed. This seemed to make the game crash even quicker.
Here's some info copied and pasted from Event Viewer-
ErrorThe program MoviesSE.exe version 18.104.22.168 stopped interacting with Windows and was closed. To see if more information about the problem is available, check the problem history in the Action Center control panel.
Process ID: cb4
Start Time: 01cf71e95c2c67b4
Termination Time: 4294967295
Application Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Lionhead Studios Ltd\The Movies\MoviesSE.exe
Report Id: c399d177-dddd-11e3-bede-84a6c8305c0e
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:
Fault bucket -360576931, type 5
Response: Not available
Cab Id: 0
These files may be available here:
Rechecking for solution: 0
Report ID: c399d177-dddd-11e3-bede-84a6c8305c0e
Report Status: 0
Hashed bucket: 7b931ce4cfb2460f2555c04757686232
Does anyone have any idea if there's another way to solve this problem or should I just accept the game isn't compatible? Thanks! :)