posted on Jun, 25 2015 @ 08:15 AM
Recently I have been having some serious issues with some of my computer games. They would suddenly freeze or do a crash to the desktop. Most of the
games that I had noticed this were older games like Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, Skyrim and Mass Effect 2.
Because 3 of those games use the same game engine, I was leaning towards that with Mass Effect 2 just being a the odd ball out. But then I ran into
the same issue with all three Bioshock games and then Crysis 2.
I was not having this issue with other games, such as 7 Days To Die, Diablo 3 and indie games like Stranded Deep.
My first thought was it might of had something to do with a Windows 7 update due to the fact that all my games ran just fine with my current hardware
not too many months ago. That and the fact that if I reboot my computer with Linux Mint all my games that will run with Linux were not suffering the
Hunting around on the internet for solutions, which was problematic as there were as many suggested ideas of what might be wrong as there are games
out there, I started sifting through what I was finding for a common point. I finally found one:
On various discussion boards around the internet, I found discussions of people suggesting the problem lay with the Chrome browser, and these were
recent discussions. At first I dismissed that idea out of hand because I normally am not running my web browser while playing any of my games.
I've also been using Chrome for many years now and had never had an issue before, so I kept looking for this to be a Windows issue.
Out of all the possible problems, I could not find a common root with most of the games (and this took me quite a while because of all the discussions
out there, heh). Then I remembered the discussion about Chrome.
So with nothing really to loose, I uninstalled Chrome, going back to Firefox, and started playing the games.
Not one crash happened. Some of these games I played for half the day, and there was not one hiccup at all.
Okay, that doesn't really mean that Chrome was the problem. It could have been something else that I did or over looked, right?
Right, so in order to see if it was Chrome, I reinstalled it, and went back to playing the games.
Everyone of them would crash at some point. Some within the first 3 minutes of playing, some taking up to 30 minutes. But crash each of them did.
So once again, I uninstalled Chrome and went back to testing.
Once again: No crashes. Each game played for hours (this has taken me many days to test) and again there were no sudden freezes or CTDs.
I thought about my Linux Mint, and the fact that I use Firefox with it.
To me, that's pretty conclusive that there is something with Chrome that is causing my games to crash and the discussions I saw were right. It
doesn't seem to happen to everyone, but it appears I'm one of those that are having an issue too.
I'm not sure when this started, as I've been very busy for months and not playing a lot of these games. However, I had seen in some of the
discussions around the web going back to January of this year on this.
So if any of you have been getting some random crashes with your games over the last six months, and you use Chrome as your browser, you might want to
try this too. Switch to a different browser and uninstall Chrome for a while and see if it makes a difference.
I've sent a message to the Chrome team, not really expecting an answer, but I did get one. It was basically the same old:
"Try updating your drivers."
Right. Like that wasn't the first thing I tried, and the fact that a LOT of drivers now a days do auto updates.....
Hope this helps someone else out there.