'This application has encountered a critical error:'....UGH!

Discussion in 'Blizzard Games Help' started by EmeraldDark, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. EmeraldDark

    EmeraldDark Guest

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    Okay, so ill be playing warcraft all happy and then it will close and this will come up.

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    This application has encountered a critical error:
    
    FATAL ERROR!
    
    Program c:\program files\warcraft iii\war3.exe
    Exception: 0xC0000005 (ACCES_VIOLATION) at 001B:01053F7D
    
    The instruction at '0x01053F7D' referenced memory at '0x02142460'.
    The memory could not be 'read'.
    
    Press OK to terminate the application.
    This is ticking me off. Does anyone know how i can fix this?
     
  2. SFilip

    SFilip Gone but not forgotten

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    happens to me often as well...two solutions:
    1. ignore it and hope it wont happen too often
    2. use the opengl mode. to do this run wc3 with -opengl parameter. however this had a couple of side-effects - for example the textures usually mess up when i minimize the game.
     
  3. EmeraldDark

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    The sad thing is i tried ignoring it.

    and now everytime i open the game it happens.

    Ill try out your idea. See if it works.

    EDIT : worked longer than normal.but still crashed.
     
  4. hobo218

    hobo218 Meh

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    Are you doing anything specific when the game crashes and gives you this error message?
     
  5. EmeraldDark

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    Nope, it just happens

    This is really starting to piss me off. I havnt played a full game for about 1 year now without it crashing!!!

    List of things i have tried
    -reducing the game quality
    -Turning off the sound in the game
    -Adding different Parameters to the end of its extenstion
    -Changed my sound quality in dxdiag
    -Change my video quality in dxdiag
    -Turned off external Chip Use
    -Changing the movie folder name
    -Taking the movie folder out of the war directery

    I really dont know what the hell to do. Ive searched sites and everything. Nothing is working.
     
  6. hobo218

    hobo218 Meh

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    Have you tried reinstalling and is your game up to date?
     
  7. nomadian

    nomadian Member

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    mine was solved by the -opengl command in the shortcut to WC3.
     
  8. Volkof

    Volkof Well-Known Member

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    Having the same Fatal Error problem

    Sry to bring this thread back because i dont want to start a new thread on the same problem.

    My Story:
    a few mths ago, my WC3 was running perfectly. But then my PC USB drive had a short circuit and we had to change the motherboard. So everything was lost and i install WC3 again. But when i play a campaign or standard game for only a few minutes, ths same Fatal Error pop up. It annoys me as well.

    Quote>SFilip happens to me often as well...two solutions:
    1. ignore it and hope it wont happen too often
    2. use the opengl mode. to do this run wc3 with -opengl parameter. however this had a couple of side-effects - for example the textures usually mess up when i minimize the game.


    Of course the 1st solution didnt work.
    Could you explain the 2nd solution a bit more. Im sry but i dont quite understand what it means.

    Thks in advance
     
  9. Shadowics

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    I've had the same problem for a long time. I have tried re-installing and in an ironic twist, playing the single-player version unpatched never crashed once, it was only after patching to the most up-to-date version that it began crashing.

    Explaination of his 2nd solution:

    There are basically 2 different ways for a game to draw graphics on your computer screen, Direct3D and OpenGL. Most games and computers support both, and depending on your system, one may work better than the other. To tell Warcraft 3 to try using OpenGL instead, right-click on the shortcut you use to run Warcraft 3, select properties, find the Target: line in that dialog and add -opengl to the end. It should look like: "C:\Warcraft III\WAR3.EXE" -opengl
    Then try running Warcraft 3.
     
  10. Volkof

    Volkof Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the explanation. I followed what u said but when i run Warcraft, it was soooooooo laggy at the menu. I have to use keyboard hotkeys to exit the game:(

    Damn it wasnt like this b4 i change my motherboard
    Anyway does any of u know what does the error mean?
     
  11. Shadowics

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    Since warcraft 3 was designed to run under direct3D, opengl mode will be a bit slower and uglier.

    The only real information we can get, without disassembling warcraft 3, is that it tried to access a location in memeory that either didn't didn't exist, or that it didn't have permission to read. This really doesn't tell us a lot, basically the equivalent of a segmentation fault if you're familiar with C. It's mostly likely a result of some minor issue in the graphics drawing engine, which is why different settings (most notably, opengl) and/or different hardware will affect when/if you crash.

    It's also possible that is a result of a problem with your RAM, but that's unlikely.
     
  12. The Helper

    The Helper Administrator Staff Member

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    It could most definitely be a Ram problem. Try some new Ram in that computer, make sure it is matched Ram, the same speed and the same kind. If you just added memory take the new memory out or take the old memory out but try to run with only one stick.

    War3 (and most other Blizzard Games) are highly intensive Memory applications and problems with your memory show up big time. It is definitely worth looking into.
     
  13. Shadowics

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    Personally I had the exact same problem, random crashes for no particular reason. And that's what they always said, "Oh, Blizzard games use a long of memory... big problems... blah blah" So I ran memory tests, swapped sticks around, nothing. Switched to OpenGL mode, and it hasn't crashed since.

    Quite a bit of modern RAM can correct it's own errors, and I personally have 10 year old sticks that still work perfectly (except they only hold 64 MB). Really, the only reason to suspect RAM is if you had just installed some new RAM and think you might have gotten one with a manufacturing error. It's really far more likely that there's an error on your hard drive that corrupted part of warcraft 3, before it even got to the RAM.
     
  14. Volkof

    Volkof Well-Known Member

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    Thks, i believe its my RAM problem. The error only occurs when i play Warcraft for a short period of time. It doesnt happen when i played other simplier game.

    But I would like to know more about RAM. I know it is a place where u store data temporarily. If the PC is off, the data is lost.
    So when u save yr data, they are stored into yr C drive or thumbdrive or whatever storage devices. Then my question is what happened to the data in the RAM? Are they emptyed since the data is saved?:)




    Hmm... is any body gonna answer my above questions? I just want to ensure the source of the problem because the error is still occurring. :)
     
  15. Dtere

    Dtere Administrator

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    RAM = Random Access Memory. It has memory addresses throughout each stick where it stores information. When you call a memory address you actually want the information that is being stored at that memory address.
    When the power is on, it will store information... but when it is shut off all the memory is lost (there is no way to actually know what is stored in memory when the computer is turned back on.)

    Hard drives actually 'write' into the physical disc when they store information. This is why hard drives have a limited life span, because they ruin physically.
     
  16. Volkof

    Volkof Well-Known Member

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    Thks for the detail but it still doesnt answer my question...

    PHP:
    So when u save yr datathey are stored into yr C drive or thumbdrive or whatever storage devicesThen my question is what happened to the data in the RAMAre they emptyed since the data is saved?(Assuming the PC is still on)
    New question
    PHP:
    I would like to clarify this:
    When i am playing Warcraftwhat is the RAM doing
    Thks in advance :)
     
  17. g1real

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    RAM is used for loading stuff mostly for fast use. When you play warcraft RAM is used in any of these situations:

    - When starting the game.
    - When starting a map.
    - When finishing a map.

    That's what I know for sure, it's used in some other things too I think. Like:

    - When battle.net starts

    In map situations it basically loads all files of that map into your RAM, also including the models of all units, all buildings, the sounds, the music, the imported stuff and all. Most of the standard loading happens at the start of warcraft. But some of them happen at map load =P, but that's just a few eh...
     
  18. Dtere

    Dtere Administrator

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    RAM is a lot faster than a hard drive to access information. So it's used as a buffer for the information going to the CPU. In this way applications can run a lot faster.
     
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  19. Volkof

    Volkof Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys! I checked my PC and realised that its is using a 512mb RAM and a 256 mb RAM.

    Question 1:
    What is the situation here?


    Question 2:
    have you guys ever encounter the Blue Screen? Where it say Begin dumping of physical memory: xxx before?


    THks in advance
     
  20. monte928

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    hello im new ;)

    hi, i join this board just to help you but i see its been awile.

    i had the exact same problem.
    to fix it i did this.
    1. delete the warcraft3 shortcut.
    2. go to your warcraft3 folder and find war3.exe
    3. make a shortcut to it and put it on your desktop.

    it took care of the memory error for me.
    hope it works.

    forgot to mention..run your game directly thru the war3.exe shortcut.
     

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