For quite a while I had problems with a few Steam games that I was unable to play. Every time I started them my computer would simply reboot either before the game was even loaded yet or a few seconds within in the game. The games showing this particular error were:
- Duke Nukem Forever
- Portal 2
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
At first I assumed it was the rather old and clogged Windows install (Win7 x64) but this also appeared on a fresh system. So for a long time I was simply unable to play these games. All googling for this error led to nothing usable. The common hint, reinstalling the game, didn’t help at all.
Today, after installing CoD:MW3 and discovering it suffered from the same error I finally found the one helpful hint I missed so far. It appears to be a problem with AMD FX processors. Never even thought of that… I don’t know any details but a BIOS upgrade should fix the issue. After I upgrade my BIOS at least CoD now runs just fine! 😀
I didn’t have the time to test the other games but will do so over the weekend and report the results.
2013-11-07 EDIT: The new BIOS fixes Duke Nukem, too.