yeah, it’s really weird. I’m kind of hoping that I’m misinterpreting things and that it might be caused by something I always do right after a boot (i.e. rather than rebooting actually making the difference). But the only thing I always do is check for email (Thunderbird) and look at the web (Firefox. And sometimes I run foobar2000 too), and I usually do that after rebooting too, before starting the game.
So … it would have been a nicer explanation, but it really does seem like it’s the reboot that makes the difference.
Somewhat up to date-ish (it’s 8.1 so there’s not quite as much going on as with Win10).
I don’t actually remember what I did about Intel stuff. I think maybe some other driver comes with some of it? I probably used whatever thingy Intel makes available to check for needed drivers, but I don’t remember if it made me install anything.
This Windows is straight from Microsoft, to avoid all the bloat the machine came with, and I know the original install had some Intel Storage [something], but after a lot of searching I couldn’t determine that it was actually needed, and I saw a lot of comments about it doing fishy stuff, so I don’t have that now (and leaving it out doesn’t seem to have made any difference either).
It’s been a long time since I checked for BIOS updates, but then, this CPU is rather old now too.
It’s a bit risky because this motherboard is a Medion modification of an existing motherboard (by MSI, I think) and it’s always been difficult to figure out which board the modification is based on. So there’s a bit too much of a risk of screwing things up and since this problem only affects a single game, I don’t really want to take the chance.
It’s always been a headache to figure out drivers for this system in general because of the motherboard modification.
There’s not been any notifications for the GPU for a long time.
I can try, but I’m pretty sure the game will work after that (as long as it’s after I’ve rebooted to make the game work).