Friday, October 21, 2011

Sims 3 Error 0x039e8474

When playing Sims 3 in Windows 8.1/8/7, Vista and XP, you may encounter the following error:

Error 0x039e8474: Unable to start the game. Service initialization failed 

Follow the steps given below to fix it.

Ensure Minimum System Requirements

Check to see if your system meets minimum system requirement for playing Sims 3.

FOR WINDOWS 8.1/8/Vista/7 & XP

2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
1.5 GB RAM
128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1
At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games

Delete Sims 3 Cache

Sim3 Error 0x039e8474 can be due to corrupted files in cache. Try following steps to remove cache.

1. Start | Documents
2. EA Games | The Sims 3
3. Remove Groups.cache and Vigen.package and if extensions are hidden then uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types" from Tools>>Folder Options and view. After that click on Apply
4. OK

Repair Registry

Registry is central database where game creates certain important files. Problems in registry lead to Sims 3 Error 0x039e8474. To fix Registry related issues follow the steps given below.

1. Download Intel Software Partner Reginout
2. Scan system for registry issues.
3. Repair Registry
4. Also run System Cleaner.

Update Device Drivers

0x039e8474 can be due to presence of outdated device drivers. Download updated drives from respective manufacturer’s website.

Uninstall and Reinstall Sims 3

If problem persists you need to uninstall and reinstall game on your system. Follow the steps given below to uninstall Sims 3.

1. Click on Start
2. Control Panel | Add or Remove Programs
3. Select Sims 3 | Uninstall
4. Restart your system
5. Install Sims 3 again.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

COD Black Ops Zombies Crashes

You may experience COD Black Ops Zombies crashes during game-play. In this article we shall discuss about factors affecting its performance.


Update Device Drivers

As outdated drivers don’t support latest games, you would experience game crashing in case your PC is loaded with old versions of device drivers. To avoid COD crashing, update device drivers. Below are steps to update device drivers.

1. Start | All Programs | Windows Updates | Check for Updates | Follow on screen instructions.
2. Download driver from manufacturer’s website.

Run Disk Cleanup:

Loads of junk files inside your system can cause your PC to lag at the time you run a game on it. Its wise to keep your system clean from trash stuff. Here is how, you can easily clean up your computer:

1. Click on Start button | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools
2. Disk Cleanup
3. Select the Partition and press OK
4. Repeat the process for all partitions.

Configure the Game Console

Configure game console to avoid COD Black Ops Zombies crash. You can do this in the following manner:

1. Open console by pressing Tlide (~) key of your keypad.
2. Type a. snd_restart
b. cl_maxpackets 100
3. Close game.

Fix Registry Errors

Games store its configuration and player statistics in system registry. Improperly modified entries can result in game crash. 

Good registry cleanup software such PC Fresher should help in this regard.

Delete two Configuration Files to Reset the Game Settings

If game crashes at the main menu, invalid settings might be responsible. Set the configuration files as below.

1. Close game and open My Computer.
2. Open directory Steam. For example, C:\Program Files\Steam
3. Double click to open: SteamApps\Common\Call of Duty Black Ops\Players
5. Delete the configuration files listed below:
a. config.cfg
b. config_mp.cfg
4. Close the Window and restart the game.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Easy Steps to Fix Error 1500 in Windows 8.1/8/7, Vista and XP

Are you encountering this error in your PC when trying to install Microsoft Office program?

"Error 1500. Another installation is in progress. You must complete that installation before continuing this one" 

Here are given a few important tips to fix this error in your Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista & XP:

Install the Program in Safe Mode

Try installing program in safe mode if its not being installed the straight-way. Follow the steps given below to install in safe mode.
1. Reset your system
2. Press and hold F8 before Windows logo
3. Select safe mode with networking from the menu and press Enter
4. Login as Administrator
5. Run setup file to install the program

Install Microsoft Updates

If you are trying to install Office on a system which is outdated, it may cause error 1500. Downloading latest Microsoft updates should help. Here are steps to follow.

1. Click on Start > Control Panel
2. Windows Updates
3. Check for updates
4. Install updates
5. Reset your computer.

Run Disk Cleanup

Error code 1500 can be due to junk data stored in your system. Follow steps given below to solve problem.

1. Click on Start button
2. Select All Programs
3. Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
4. Select drive and press OK

You can also remove junk from a cleanup utility such as Reginout. 

Install Programs Independently

When installing 2 programs simultaneously, error 1500 may occur. To solve the problem, you need to complete one installation first and proceed with the 2nd one after that.

Repair Registry

Corruption in registry database may not allow you to install MS Office program. Repairing registry should be your first step.

The best way to fix error 1500 is to optimize your system using Reginout System Utility Software.