So here's the deal: I have a brother a hojillion miles away with a computer we built together for him to go to college with. The thing has been working just fine for a couple years now, except this time he went back, installed Adblocker Plus and a couple Origin games, and now ANY GAME which requires even a modicum of system resources to run simply crashes immediately at the logo screen/splash image. However, old
games, the kind that require little in the way of resources, run fine. And immediately after he started using the system after coming back for the summer, the system ran completely and thoroughly fine. The crashes don't even come with error messages; the game is started, splash/startup screen appears, and then the game crashes out.
Originally, I thought this might be his video card gone bad and there was some error causing a crash the moment the video card starting getting worked over, but I had him run a 3dmarks demo and it ran completely fine; that should mean that not only is the card functional, but the drivers are functioning as well. Otherwise, 3dmarks would've crashed like the games keep crashing once it was used/stressed. I don't see how it could be a RAM or CPU issue either, as 3dmarks should've also activated both of those resources plenty in order to cause a crash error.
So here is the list of attempted fixes:
-verify game caches
-update GPU drivers
-uninstall and reinstall Steam
-uninstall and reinstall specific games
-uninstall Adblocker Plus
-check to make sure UAC is disabled
-check to make sure antivirus isn't interfering
-uninstall GPU drivers, run driver/registry cleaner programs, reinstall drivers
-alter the compatibility mode of Steam to XP and run it as an administrator
-flash the motherboard with an updated BIOS
I'm no IT guy, but I've been dealing with computers a long while and this has me completely
stumped. All I can figure at this point is some bizarre hardware fault, a thoroughly strange driver issue, or some sort of permission problem within Windows itself. At this point, the only thing I can think of is a complete system wipe and reinstall, which is going to another pain because (sigh) my brother didn't keep his Windows disc with the computer.
I don't have the system specs in front of me, but I'm hoping somebody has a solution for this, because I definitely don't.