June 29, 2009 @ 16:56 - Michael
If any of you are like me, you like to game. And being so, you probably like racing games, especially the Need For Speed series. So I'm sure you all got excited for the newest release of Need For Speed...Undercover! I know I was. I happened to come across it at a local video store for PS2 and I HAD to have it for PC. My fiancee got it for me as a gift and I was stoked.
However, all good things must come to an end right? I install it and I couldn't get it running, it kept crashing with a Windows Error window. EA's Support was of no help to me, it was only by happenstance I figured out what it was. As I also play Grid, Dirt, and Test Drive Unlimited, I know that there are some really weird and stupid security modules out there. With these other games, chances are you will NOT be able to run Process Explorer while trying to launch the game. I like to leave this Task Manager replacement running to keep track of my system. It just so happens that NFS:Undercover has the same issue. I closed Process Explorer and Undercover started right up. YAY! Three days back and forth with support wasted, only for me to not need their help to begin with. Ok, Fine. Time to play!!!
Or is it? It's hard to play when you get a frame per second rate comparable to the turn signal on a vehicle...it's just impossible to play the game, not too mention tedious and NOT fun. Well, here are my specs, I never would've though to have an issue with this:
AMD Phenom II x4 920 @2.8GHz
4GB DDR2-1066 (PC2-8500)
Sapphire HD4870 – 1GB GDDR5
Raidmax 630W Modular PSU
2x ASUS Sata 22x DVD+/-RW
250GB WD SATA (Windows), 320GB WD SATA (Secondary/Apps), 1TB Samsung SATA (Backups)
2x 19″W ASUS LCD Monitors
But apparently I was wrong. I Googled for an answer and nothing came up that I could use...the normal "update your drivers" bs...well it's hard to update them when they are as up to date as can be.
So here I sit, I have NFS:Undercover that I want to play...and I can't...so it sits, for almost 2 months before I get the itch to play again and decide that I need to figure SOMETHING out to play the game in a way I can actually play it. So I looked and found something that might be useful.
There seem to be two possible fixes out there, assuming that your hardware is sufficient enough to run the game:
I hoped this helps some more people get their game running so they can enjoy it like I am!
If this helped, please comment and/or digg it! :)
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