"amenx" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>I was having trouble with a game called STALKER - Shadow of Chernobyl,
> in certain parts of the game when you push the quick-save button or the
> key, the game crashes to desktop. Searching for an answer, I found a
> in the Stalker forum where you add a '-noprefetch' command after the exe
> in the games shortcut. This worked for me and no more CTDs.
> Are there any performance compromises in this solution? Is it OK to keep
> using this trick and possibly use it with other programs or games that
> have issues in Vista? Thanks.
I'm not seeing a CTD issue with STALKER on vista myself, which suggests it
*isn't* a general incompatibility between the game and the OS. Have you
applied patch 1.0003? That fixes a lot of problems for a lot of people from
what I've seen in the forums.
Now as for that command... I'd suggest you don't use it except in cases
where you know it will make a difference (without reading the forum post,
its difficult to know the circumstances that bring about using it with
STALKER). It isn't "dangerous" but it will downgrade performance. Consider
it a specific cure to a specific problem, not something you should blindly
apply to every single app every time you think you might have a slight
Robert Moir http://www.rhymeswithgeek.com