I thought I was on to something today that would help with my Civilization V problems.
After shutting down all unnecessary processes on the machine, I decided to run try altering the run properties for the game.
My logon account is already in the Administrator group, so I didn’t think that would change anything, but XP has an option to run without protection from unauthorized activity.
I unchecked that box, wondering if it would change anything.
Really, it is hard to say if it did, or if just random chance or some other action got things going, but things did get going better than ever.
I managed to play 89 turns.
I was far enough into the game that I was starting to learn something about playing.
I was invested enough in the game that I will probably go back and try to play from one of the save points.
However, after turn 89 the game hung. Something in the executable was stuck in a loop as it was again driving the processor full blast, although only one of the core this time, but nothing was happening. I let it churn for about 10 minutes, then force quit the process.
Of course, I was unable to launch the game again after that.
There seems to be two hurdles to playing.
First, there is launching the game. This seems to get hung up on something, as the game ab ends four out of five times before I get to the main menu.
Then there is actually keeping the game going. The process gets hung up on something, probably falling through an unhandled exception over and over again to infinity. But what the trigger is for that, I have not yet determined. I’ve spent so little time actually getting to that error.
Still, there was a bit of progress today. At least Steam rolled over and is actually measuring my play time in approximate hours (2) rather than minutes.