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Games Don't display correctly after being minimized

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    Leicester
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    Windows 8.1 Pro X64

    Games Don't display correctly after being minimized


    Hi, i was playing a game (The Sims) and i minimized it to check if my downloads were complete but after i clicked on the game to play again it didnt display correctly. the text was fuzzy and all the item boxes were just blue squares. The windows that pop up in the game did not display at all but still made the sounds.

    It happens in all my games, most of the time the text dissapears completely and i cant continue the game. This never happened in windows 7, why is this happening?

    Thanks

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    Win 8.1 Pro


    Check your Video Card Drivers.
    They may need to be updated.

    Drivers | GeForce
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  3. #3


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    This is normal behavior if you ask me. But still... it didn't happened in Win7 you say.

    Try the new drivers trick. If there's still no fix look below: it's a matter of resolution switch and refresh.

    Seems the game doesn't like a resolution switch too often.
    Does the problem disappears after pausing/resuming the game?
    Go to game options and reapply or change resolution and it will probably look good again.

    What's your resolution on the desktop?
    and
    What's your resolution in the game?

    -if both are the same then you will get best results from minimizing/maximizing the game and no fuzzy items should appear.
    Try to use this if you switch frequently between desktop and game. But it's not always applicable (depends on game and graphic card if they both support it). There is also "windowed mode" but not all games have this option/parameter.

    It's just an idea.
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    Win 8.1 Pro


    that's true, not all games are capable of minimizing and opening back up properly. Skyrim will let me do it a few times in Win7 and then it crashes if I keep doing it. Other games won't do it at all.
    I have not played many games in Win8, no time lately. However, I did play Dishonored this past week and finished without a single crash in Win8. That game has a great story, and very decent game play. I was/am impressed.
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  5. #5


    Leicester
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    The resolution of the games is the same as my desktop but one is different, the sims is 1024 x 768, it will not support a higher one because the game was made for windows 98. all my other games have the same as desktop. I could minimize and open games as many times as i want with windows 7 and no crash. My drivers are at their latest.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoonhead98 View Post
    the game was made for windows 98.
    That pretty much explains why you have issues.

    Like I said: it's normal.

    The best bet is trying Win98 compartibility for it if you're sure about this.
    Does it also need 16bit color mode? Then enable that too.

    That's recommended for older games.
    This way you'll skip some auto detection that Windows will perform when running the game.
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    Leicester
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    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    ok thanks but i thought any program that runs in Windows 7 will run in Windows 8, thats what Microsoft claim.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoonhead98 View Post
    ok thanks but i thought any program that runs in Windows 7 will run in Windows 8, thats what Microsoft claim.
    But Yes it runs. Isn't it? That minimize-to-taskbar for fulldcreen games was not guaranteed to work so if you do that once in a while with fullscreen games is expected to see glitches.

    If it didn't happened in Win7 is one thing, Win8 is not identically the same: 16bit resolutions were taken out of the GUI list and added to compatibility mode, so that treats older games a bit differently that Win7 (noticed by using compatibility mode in Win7 and 8 and there is a difference: Win8 compatibility mode is more serious and works better if you ask me).
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    Leicester
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    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Really? Compatibility modes never really worked for me in any version of Windows.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoonhead98 View Post
    Really? Compatibility modes never really worked for me in any version of Windows.
    Depends on program you run.

    Before Win8:
    Tricky most of the time. Honestly I didn't see much benefit either, looking at Vista and 7. You even need to run troubleshooter to see more compatibility options.

    There was this old game called Motoracer, made for Win98 and it only runs in 16bit color.
    On Vista and 7 you could barely see the main menu and then the game (looked ok though) ran like crap. I don't know the exact problem but Win Vista and 7 were switching automatically in 16bit fullscreen. But the game required manual switching. On the other hand, Win8 cannot do that because the 16bit color modes were removed from there and added to compatibility mode. The game runs smoothly again! The resolution switch happens automatically through compatibility mode.
    The only glitch: we need ALT+ Enter to enter full-screen once.

    One important thing: Motoracer is very old but performs a OS check (seen at options) so if compatibility mode says Win98 that game is pleased and says Win98 as well.
    So we can take the advantage of the new compatibility mode if we know how and when to use it.

    See below a simple example that you can test as well.
    Let's take a proof example: CCleaner runs well on Vista, Win7 and 8.
    It's a good example to test compatibility mode because it detects and displays what OS it's running on.

    On Win7 and 8 runs normally:
    Click image for larger version

    Then we change compatibility to Vista just for testing purposes:
    Click image for larger version

    And here is what we see by running it again:
    Click image for larger version
    Notice it says Vista and we also get a "Vista-looking" thinner window border applied.

    That's a proof that compatibility mode works. I think it works best with programs like CCleaner that try to detect what Os we're running. Older games (16bit color trick recommended) and even newer that don't bother detecting what Os we have, something supposed to run on ALL systems, might not run on all systems and even compatibility mode will have no effect. It depends what program you're using.

    This way, I hope you understand some of the basics about compatibility mode that seem to work, and that I also agree that not all programs seem to benefit from this mode.

    Cheers
    Hopachi
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