Jul. 29th, 2011

doronjosima: (Default)
Livejournal's quirky "you have to delete all your LJ cookies if you use Firefox, tee hee!" glitches the last few days have rendered me positively stabulous.

Short now, since I literally have written this damnable update five times now:

--Video card is dying, hence all the errors I've been getting. (It's from 2005-2006, so not surprised.) What was once confined to the Sims has started happening in other graphics-heavy processes, like watching videos or playing Warcraft.

--Bought new video card, should be here this week.

--Am hoping this means I can *play* Sims again, and thus continue updating. (That is, if Livejournal FIXES THEIR GLITCHINESS.)

--Have to paint a room in the house this weekend; very much not looking forward to it. Want Sims-style room-color-changing system in real life, please and thank you.
doronjosima: (cranky)
New video card has been installed! Videos look great and run perfectly! Warcraft runs super smooth and looks fantastic! I loaded the Sims 2 and it looked great too!

For about an hour, until it crashed. With the same accursed D3DERR_NOTAVAILABLE error.

I am seriously ready to tear my hair out at this point. Here is what I have done:

--rebuilt my computer from the ground up- new motherboard, RAM, hard drive, power supply (quite a beefy one as well), new case with more fans in it and as of today, brand new video card
--updated all my video card drivers
--updated my DirectX, and run all dxdiag tests possible (all 3D works perfect on that, all test results returned the "no problems detected" message)
--tried adjusting graphics settings in-game (both to the recommended lower settings and recommended higher settings, since others online have had one or the other work for them)
--tried playing in windowed mode
--completely uninstalled and reinstalled my game (it throws the error when I have no custom content installed and when I have all my CC installed, so it's clearly not that)
--read literally 16 pages of Google results for the error message- not ONE of them had a solution either, tech forums are baffled entirely

Nothing has helped. The game continues to throw this error. I have been fighting it for six months now. SIX MONTHS. Rebuilding the PC did nothing. Updating drivers did nothing. Reinstalling the game did nothing. Reinstalling DirectX did nothing. Removing custom content did nothing. All the in-game tricks people suggested in various threads did nothing. I have no idea at this point what the hell is wrong with my game. I'm starting to think it's just cursed and this is a not-so-subtle hint that I should quit. That is pretty upsetting, since I love to play, to create Sims and build & decorate houses for them. But I honestly have no other options.

I'm pretty peevish about this whole mess.

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