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  20:46:16  2 March 2009
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notanumber
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Trick to kill the game if it locks-up

As some of you may have noticed sometimes fixing a bug involves a bit of trial and error. This is fine for bugs that cause CTDs but when you're trying to solve something that causes the game to lock up the experience can be very frustrating.

I use the following trick to "break out" of a lock-up:
1) Before starting the game: press Windows+R to open the "Run" prompt and type: taskkill /F /IM xr_3da.exe
2) Press Enter - this will do nothing since the game is not running
3) Start the game and do whatever you need
4) If the game locks-up press Alt+Tab then Windows+R and then Enter. This will simply execute the last entered command, which was to forcefully kill SoC.

I've used the above procedure a few times and it seems to work reliably. Note that 1) and 2) don't need to be repeated every time you test the mod unless you use the Run prompt to execute other commands.
  22:31:53  2 March 2009
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elgen
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haha! that's a great trick! thanks for posting man.

you could apply this trick to anything that locks the system up, permanently hijacking the display, when background processes and windows is still running normally...
  01:59:26  3 March 2009
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Steelhawk92
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Seems awesome if it works exactly as it should flawlessly.
  04:07:17  3 March 2009
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Don Reba
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Nice. I used to enter the command blindly.
  05:14:23  3 March 2009
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{imperialreign}
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nice tip, nandersen!

Y'know - this could be expanded even further . . .

If one is willing to do some registry tweaking, you could in theory create a batch file with that run command - then add the batch file name to the registry's application path listing.

then it'd simply be a matter of opening the Run dialouge via WIN+R, and typing in the name of your .bat file
  12:40:27  3 March 2009
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notanumber
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Yup, you could create a kill.cmd and throw it into windows directory or something... but for me the procedure does the trick since I usually don't enter commands in the run prompt.
  13:18:17  3 March 2009
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-=Grunt=-
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Thanks nandersen, great trick.

I don't normally crash in SoC but in Crysis MP after around 2 hours of playing.

It locks up my display so I have to turn the power off and then turn it on again. This will help a lot.
  15:13:34  3 March 2009
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Sgt Doom
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Vista's process manager works fine for me no matter how badly a program freezes up, nonetheless this is useful for those whose task manager is not as hardy.
  22:48:33  3 March 2009
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Kane4
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Cool, very useful!
  01:44:14  5 March 2009
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NatVac
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Great tip, nandersen!

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Yup, you could create a kill.cmd and throw it into windows directory or something... but for me the procedure does the trick since I usually don't enter commands in the run prompt.
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I tried the following in XP. You might need a program like Explorer running in the background to Alt-Tab to it from the locked-up STALKER.

I put this line in KillSTALKER.cmd on the desktop:

taskkill /F /IM xr_3da.exe

I then right-click-dragged that file and dropped the icon on the desktop. I selected "Create shortcuts here". In the Properties sheet for that shortcut, I set the shortcut key to Ctrl-Alt-End.

From then on, no typing beyond Alt-Tab, Ctrl-Alt-End to kill STALKER.

If you don't want the files cluttering your desktop, you can put the CMD file anywhere, then right-click-drag-drop the file to your Start menu under "All Programs" as a shortcut, then set the shortcut key. This might require a restart.
 
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