Hi, I get this EXACT same problem on my mums new computer trying to run any new-ish game. I have tried for a total of 3 weeks to fix this but I am COMPLETLY stuck.
Here’s a clue as to where the problem lies:
On XP, (the error also occurs in win98 incase you was wondering) but anyway, if you goto display properties and change the screen saver to the maze… it will crash out with an openGL error, also if you set the screen saver to pipes and press preview then it works fine but has white rectangles appear in random places; However if you go into settings of the screen saver, go into display options and tell it to disable hardware rendering (use software rendering only), then go back to preview the screen saver, you get lines flying all over the place and pretty soon it locks up.
This to me says its clearly a software rendering problem.
Here’s what I’ve tried to fix the problem before you go trying all these things yourself:
-Reformatting… (3 times)
-Installing a different OS (still does it on 98)
-Getting the most recent graphics drivers, all motherboard updates, upgrading to directx 9.0 … still no joy
-changing the graphics card, hard drive, cd-rom drive, sound card (all that was left was the motherboard)
-Intalling every graphics problem fixer going, none of them fix this, HOWEVER, one program I installed gave me some useful information, called nvidia refresh rate fix mk2, it told me;
"Capability of using compressed mode format: no;
Uses compressed mode format: no;
Uses hexadecimal compressed mode format: Yes;
CRITICAL : a Detonator driver was found, though it does not support the new compressed mode format. Please obtain the newest offical “nvidia detonator driver” from “www.nvidia.com”
So… The driver I am using was the newest 3 weeks ago when I downloaded it, there is now a slightly newer one, which I am downloading as I type this but I don’t expect it to work, so I hope the information I’ve given will aid you in working out what the problem is…
P.S, the g.card is a Geforce TNT2 16mb ram, which i replaced with a Geforce256 32mb ram, which gave the same problems. Motherboard is an AMD duron with VIA chipset.