Empire: Total War - Random total freeze in bootcamp - help!

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Ambient7, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. Ambient7 macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2009
    I just bought the game and it works fine for a random amount of time but then does a total machine freeze. The only way to clear the freeze is to do a restart - argh!

    I can play the game at high settings without even a hint of slow down in performance (I haven't tried higher yet) however, the freeze happens less often (especially in the battles) when the settings are almost all on "Low".

    Has anyone else had this problem? Any solution for it?

    My machine is just a few weeks old and bootcamp was installed about a week ago so all the drivers should be up to date. It just doesn't make sense :confused:. My specs:

    iMac 2.93 Intel Core 2 Duo
    4 Meg of Ram
    ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB

    By the way, the game looks beautiful on the high settings and it is fun... when it works...

    Thanks for any help in advance. :)
  2. Beric macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2008
    Bay Area
    Have you checked the temperatures of your system during these times? I have an iMac that just gets too hot, even though its graphics power is more than enough.
  3. happydudeca macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2007
    It's not you, it's the game.

    Check out some Empire Total War forums and you'll see the plethora of problems including crash to desktop (CTD) when selecting naval units that seriously screwed up my invasion of North America.
  4. Ambient7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2009
    ATI 4850 cards - seems to be the main problem cause

    Good thought, I haven't checked the temperature as yet, though to the touch is seems to be at a "normal" heat level. Will look into that.

    On the desktops forum in MacRumors, for those of you having similar problems you will see a hot thread on this issue, not just when people play games but even doing simple low demand type functions such as surfing the web or even just having the computer sitting in idle. Worth checking out.

    For Empire Total War - The game itself does run fairly smoothly otherwise, it seems that many people who have been posting problems complain about CTDs, not total system freezes (which is happening with the Macs using the ATI 4850 graphic cards).

    So, looks like there are issues with the game but the major issues for now are with the Mac's ATI Radeon card...
  5. FoxHoundADAM macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2008
    Your problem may be with the ATI 4850 card. Freezing issues with this configuration are VERY widespread, even when not gaming. See the iMac forum for the 3 or 4 threads on the subject.
  6. Alexis1537 macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2003
    Paris, France
    Remember that many ETW users are having an absolute nightmare and it doesn't have anything to do with their specific set ups. The game was rushed and poorly QA tested. They released a patch on 29th April (or the 30th, can't remember) and it doesn't appear to have cured most of the major immediate stability complaints (i.e. frequent crashed to desktop etc.).

    Stay tuned and go onto their support forum to follow the action:


  7. happydudeca macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2007
    There was another recent update, try it again.

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