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Thread: BioShock crashes on launch (Steam version)

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    BioShock crashes on launch (Steam version)

    BioShock keeps crashing whenever I try to play it. It gets past the "preparing to launch", shows the BioShock image on the desktop, but before the game actually launches I get hit with a "Bioshock.exe has stopped working, Windows is looking for a solution" message.

    I originally put BioShock on the computer via an ethernet cable from a the steamapps common folder of a computer that already had the full game installed (and ran it with my account). I transferred a bunch of other games (Mass Effect series, TESIV, Alpha Protocol, etc) and they all work. After BioShock failed, I uninstalled it and reinstalled it via internet download. Same problem. I uninstalled it again, this time going into the registry with regedit to remove any trace of it. Reinstalled, same problem.

    My computer's specs are as follows:

    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
    EVGA Nvidia Geforce 9800 GT 512 MB
    Graphics Driver version:
    Direct X: 10 and 9.0c installed
    Sound Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_8384&DEV_7618&SUBSYS_102801DB& REV_1002
    Sound Driver Version: 6.01.7600.16385
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4 GHz
    4 GB DDR2 RAM

    Can anyone suggest something that might help?

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    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Bring up the Start menu and right-click on Computer, selecting Manage.

    Drop down the menu for Event Viewer, then Windows Logs, then highlight Application.

    Select a corresponding event from the list and post the details in here

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    - <Event xmlns="">
    - <System>
    <Provider Name="Application Error" />
    <EventID Qualifiers="0">1000</EventID>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2011-02-01T18:13:27.000000000Z" />
    <Security />
    - <EventData>
    <Data>d:\steam\steamapps\common\bioshock\Builds\Re lease\bioshock.exe</Data>

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    Sep 2010
    Quote Originally Posted by SSV Enterprise View Post
    Could be nothing, but that file is apparently related to C++, so updating that would be a good route to go down...

    Visual Runtimes:
    Visual Runtimes sp1:

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    Ok, I just found a really weird solution to this. It launches if sound is disabled or...if a microphone is plugged in.

    o_O Not really sure what plugging a microphone in does, but it works!
    Last edited by SSV Enterprise; 08-08-2011 at 04:49 PM.

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