Yes, my DirectX is completely up to date. I don't think that would affect it anyway, seeing as the program crashes before it even does anything related to 3D.
About Windows 7: No thanks. I think DX10 and 11 are gimmicky, and they also perform worse in most programs in the benchmarks I've seen. Windows 7, even on the lightest configuration, uses up more memory than an equivalent setup of XP. I also don't really like the changed interface for a lot of commonly used features, nor do I like the actual shell styles. I'll switch when there's something worth switching for. :)
After reading the other replies in this thread, I'm nearly convinced that it's a software issue. Although, I read a post in another thread somewhere of a person having the same problem with a fresh install (forgot which OS),
Got to Beta Settings and switch to a lower or lame resolution and with graphic extras turned off.....
Um, no, the program is not loading any 3D yet and I got a score of 6000 in the benchmark. 99.99% sure this problem is unrelated to graphic settings.
Get good with a registry editor and hack out anything in the background. Some background services that appear to be off, may actually be on. Read a decent tutorial on registry management and use a quality software to scan and clean it. Most people do this, but many people don't.
What kind of background services would affect this game?
Anti-virus software doesn't like FFXIV...so far anyways. Many people reported issues when updating patches, the Anti-virus software can see it as a unauthorized .exe attempting to re-write system files so it may cancel the update or delete the patch you just downloaded.
I don't run any anti-virus software on this PC. And no, I do not have viruses.
This also applies for Adware scanners, spyware software, trojan software, and even silly background software you have running in the background. This includes junk for digital cameras, cell phone software, EG: junk software I consider.
Trust me, I don't have any of that.
Look at any unusual hardware you may have. Strange frequency DDR3? Weird 3rd party Soundcard? Old school networking card or killer nic card? Look at anything unusual in software/hardware as some drivers may be causing the crash. In my experience crazed gamers run strange hardware combinations and as such are sometimes the culprit.
Windows thinks my CPU is a quad Pentium 3 for reasons I do not know. However, the same issue occurs on my other PC which has a relatively similar install, only with an actual pentium 4, 1 gb of ocz 667 mhz memory, and an ATI X1650 all at stock settings. I think these are all pretty standard, even if they're not powerful enough to run the game properly. The same issue does not occur on my friend's PC, which is also Windows XP 32 bit, has one of the hyper-threaded pentium 4's, 4 GB of some PNY memory, and a 9600 GSO.
Are you using a SSD drive with a bad memory controller?
No, I have no SSD.
Are you using any hacked software or custom written files EG: hardware mouse
Yes, a custom uxtheme.dll to allow custom styles and increased usb mouse polling rate.
My other PC does not have either of these.
The friend's PC that the game works on does have the 'fixed' uxtheme.dll
Are you using "turbo memory" software? or "Turbo Internet Speed" software?
What kind of router/firewall are you using? Are they popular brands?
Netgear WGR614v7 router, it appears to be rather popular
Are you using a RAID array?
Can you run PI benchmarks without crashing?
Well, I can run intel burn test without crashing...
Can you run other DX 9 games without crashing or glitching?
I play Crysis, Starcraft 2, Battlefield BC2, & others with no artifacts and no crashing
Do you use a strange soundcard, gaming mouse, Display switcher or anything else weird?
Gaming mouse and onboard sound, but I don't have the drivers for the mouse installed.
What temp is your CPU running at? Are you doing ok at 100% load? Prime 95?
At 100% load running prime, it's about 65C. In any other program, it never passes 60.
:( Edited, Sep 9th 2010 8:36pm by sevenfour7823