Program starts sometimes, won’t start others. No pattern that I can see…Locked
I have a program I’ve been trying to run on my machine at home. I hesitated to ask this question here, since it’s just a game and not anything work related, but this one really has me puzzled and I was hoping someone would have some insight on this peculiar circumstance.
This program requires a two-stage start; launch the “Launcher,” and it checks for updates, and then gives you the option to start the “Main” program. If you attempt to start the “Main” program manually, it tells you to use Launcher.
So, I try to run the Launcher; it gives me an error, and quits. I try to run as Admin. I try with different compatibility settings. I turn off compatibility settings. Eventually, it works; usually through simply “Run as Admin” in the right-click menu, even AFTER I’ve tried that before, in all the various compatibility settings.
So, the Launcher runs, checks for updates, then tries to launch the Main program; and now the Main program fails, and it closes. Now, when I try to run the Launcher again, it repeats it’s prior behavior, and I spend ten minutes screwing with the settings before it randomly decides that it’s going to work, always on a combination of settings that failed not 5 minutes prior.
Now, seeing how the two programs have like a 5% success rate individually, it’s nearly impossible to get them both to run simultaneously. So, I WAS able to create a shortcut to the Main program, so that it will run without the Launcher. I still have to get the Launcher to run periodically to check for program updates, but updates are infrequent, so I’ll very rarely end up trying to connect with an outdated version of the program.
What really gets me is the lack of a pattern in all of this; settings that work one time will not work 10 minutes later, and settings that failed will suddenly cause success 5 minutes afterwards.
In addition, my girlfriend is able to run the same program on her laptop, (Windows 7 Home, or Home Premium,) without a single issue what so ever. We installed from the same .exe, and hers runs without a hitch every single time, while mine behaves just as described on both my desktop, (specs below,) and in a test run on my laptop. (Lenovo X61, Core Duo 1.8, 3g ram.)
Any ideas would be appreciated, either as to how to fix it, or just about why it might be happening. Also any information about people who have had similar issues might help.
I’m not even incredibly worried about finding a solution to this, so much as I’m just frustrated by the seeming lack of a pattern to the errors. I CAN get it to work, with a couple of minutes of trial and error each time, but I’d like to know what’s causing the error, more from an educational standpoint than anything else.
Thanks in advance for all your help.
System Specs – Intel Core Duo 2.2, 3g RAM, Nvidia-based 9500GT graphics, Windows 7 Pro.