Why does the game keep crashing when I try to start it?

  1. I've got the a brand new Dell Inspiron 530 using windows vista with a very new video card. I also have a new sound system hooked up also. When I insert the cd-rom a menu comes up and I pick play, then the screen goes black and my cursor disappears then it says "searching for problem". If you need additional info or even a video of the problem then email me at janitor4hire@rocketmail.com

    User Info: galicman256

    galicman256 - 9 years ago
  2. Clarification Request::
    What video card are you running? Do you mean new as in it just came out or new as in you just bought it?

    User Info: 500Zelda05

    500Zelda05 - 9 years ago
  3. Clarification Request::
    Oh jeez, I went through hell trying to install Oblivion. It could be your video card, the copy protection on the disc, the computability issue that Sirens mentioned, driver issues, etc.. Honestly, your best bet is to but an XP OEM and dual boot.

    User Info: Madfoot713

    Madfoot713 - 9 years ago
  4. Clarification Request::
    We need your specs. Also if you downloaded any mods try without it. Try reinstalling. Turn off aero and other background programs that aren't needed.

    User Info: Keyeszx

    Keyeszx - 9 years ago

Top Voted Answer

  1. According to what I can find, that PC barely meets the minimum requirements for Oblivion, if at all.

    It might be helpful if you provided more details about the "very new video card," though, as well as a full list of your important specs (processor type/speed, etc.).

    User Info: Galahaut

    Galahaut - 9 years ago 2 1


  1. Oblivion is one game that is known to have several compatibility issues with Windows Vista. I'd recommend doing a google search for possible solutions. I'm sure you're not the only one who has had this happen to them.

    User Info: MiSTeR_BiG_09

    MiSTeR_BiG_09 - 9 years ago 2 3
  2. I looked up the spec's for your Dell and I came up with a 128MB card. While Oblivion CAN run on those settings on a few cards, it is much, much happier with a 256.

    User Info: greatmagnus

    greatmagnus - 9 years ago 0 4
  3. Make sure you have uptodate drivers for your video card.

    User Info: fright

    fright - 9 years ago 1 3
  4. Oblivion can run on a 128MB card, but not if you're using Vista. Vista itself takes up that much video memory. Either upgrade your video card to a 7900 GS or higher, get a better processor (Dell's 530 uses a Socket 775 Intel motherboard so it should be able to handle most processors extant in 2006-07 when that computer came out), or switch from Vista to XP (XP doesn't use much video memory at all).

    User Info: SimuLord

    SimuLord - 9 years ago 1 4
  5. you can try two things

    1) right click the oblivion icon that starts your game, go to properties and then Compatibility tab and check the box to run as Windows XP (Service Pack2)

    2)if that didn't work (didn't for me) then download this free program which will downgrade the game to run on the weakest computer specs

    User Info: Mute_Sirens

    Mute_Sirens - 9 years ago 0 3
  6. Oblivion isn't on a CD.

    User Info: Harie0

    Harie0 - 9 years ago 0 3
  7. Indeed. Oblivion is a DVD.

    User Info: Itachi62

    Itachi62 - 9 years ago 0 3
  8. Do you use mods?

    User Info: f1reis0blivious

    f1reis0blivious - 8 years ago 0 2
  9. If you have used unofficial mods , then unistaled and reinstalled, it could be your Oblivion.ini file. I know that the mods that affect the user interface (menus, inventory, ect...) can change this. If you have used these types of mods, try unistaling, deleting this file, and then reinstaling. The file is located at users/*your profile name*/Documents/My Games/Oblivion. You can actualy delete everything in this folder for good measure.

    User Info: TheFoilFedora

    TheFoilFedora - 8 years ago 0 1
  10. Maybe because you have a old VGA card.

    User Info: EternalAsker234

    EternalAsker234 - 6 years ago 0 0

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