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When a full screen program crashes


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I sometimes experience crashes when playing some games, which is perfectly normal and I can understand that no program can ever be 100% crash proof, but I have noticed some really annoying behaviour during and after a crash.

With many games, when they crash from a full screen window they often cause the window switching behaviour to stop working, starting task manager to close the program is nearly always impossible because I cant switch to it. Any error dialogues, with important information, cant be viewed because all I can see is a blank black/white window, which cant be closed or interacted with in any way.

Often I find myself struggling to close a crashed app, and resort to logging off or even restarting sometimes.

Things I try that rarely work:

-Trying to even switch window.
-Trying to use task manager.
-Right clicking on the taskbar icon to close (doesn't close the app when pressed)

My question is does anybody else notice/have this issue and do they how it is caused and is there anyway to get rid of it?

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Self-built Intel based
    Pentium D 925 3.0 GHz socket 775, Presler @ ~ 3.2 GHz
    Intel DQ965MT
    Hyundai 2 GB DDR2 @ 333 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS DirectCU II HD7790-DC2OC-2GD5 Radeon HD 7790 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5
    Sound Card
    MOTU Traveler firewire interface
    Hard Drives
    1 Seagate Barracuda SATA II system/boot drive 80 GB, 2 Western Digital hdds - 1 is SATA II Caviar Black 1 TB attached to card (assorted media, page, temp), other is SATA I 420 GB (games, media, downloads)
    Thermaltake 450W
    stock Gateway cooling, extra large fan in rear of case
    Alienware/Microsoft Internet kb
    Logitech M510
    Internet Speed
    Optimum Online, fast for US
    Pale Moon
    Kaspersky integrated into ZoneAlarm+Antivirus