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Subject: Game Pausing
Category: Computers > Games
Asked by: phinky-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 08 Nov 2006 19:29 PST
Expires: 08 Dec 2006 19:29 PST
Question ID: 781220
This is driving me wife is trying to play a full screen
game recently purchased from Big Fish Games/MSN Games. The minimum
system requirements are:

128 Mb. RAM 
 32 Mb. Direct3D compatable video card 
 DirectX 8.1 or higher 

Her Toshiba widescreen P25 laptop has 512Mb RAM, a 64 Mb NVidia card
and, I'm pretty
sure, the most up to date DirectX.

The problem is this: without warning and with irritating frequency the
game pauses and minimizes to the Taskbar.

She has her screen resolution set at 1280 x 800 and 32 bit color. GA geniuses what's the fix ? I'll be happy to provide any more
clarification...ask away.

Please someone..make a young girl very happy!

Request for Question Clarification by sublime1-ga on 08 Nov 2006 20:58 PST

What key is supposed to pause the game? Perhaps you have an aging
keyboard on which that key, or some other, such as the Windows key,
is flakey? Have you tried using a spare keyboard?


Clarification of Question by phinky-ga on 08 Nov 2006 22:34 PST
Thanks Sub...creative thinking but alas, the game is totally
'mouse-driven', so recalcitrant keys cannot be held to blame. The
laptop is relatively new.

Request for Question Clarification by keystroke-ga on 09 Nov 2006 06:18 PST
Hello phinky,

As a commenter has suggested, make sure there are no other pieces of
software that could be doing this (for example, some software that steals
attention from within Windows will force a full screen game to minimize;
MSN Messenger is a swine for doing that at times.)

I would advise turning the game on and then just leaving it in a
"playing" mode and see what happens, and if the game minimizes you know it
is not the wife but it is some background software.


Clarification of Question by phinky-ga on 09 Nov 2006 22:49 PST
By pure coincidence,this afternon I was reading an online discussion
group. The subject was Norton Internet Security; more specifically why
CCAP.EXE is the blight of so many peoples lives. This 'apparently
essential' little application squats in your PC sucking the life out
of the CPU even when Norton is disabled. The vitriol being poured
forth from users was at times hilarious...then, way down the list,a
guy had posted this comment
'it (ccap.exe) will cause 3D games to pause and minimize to the
desktop every other 10 minutes, despite Norton being disabled' looks like I have my culprit...Norton; right at the heart of
yet another PC problem. They are not my anti-virus software of choice
and after today, nor will they be my wifes. I for one, believe that
Microsoft effectively locking them out of Windows Vista is justice

Many thanks to Boris and keystroke, who were certainly on the right
lines with their observations.


Request for Question Clarification by sublime1-ga on 09 Nov 2006 23:06 PST

Thanks for posting what you found that resolved your problem.

Perhaps you'd consider lowering the question price in exchange
for my recommendation of one of the best, free antivirus programs
you can use - AntiVir - which is one of the few with a Guard
component that catches hidden, 'drive-by' virus downloads on
malicious websites:

Let me know...


Clarification of Question by phinky-ga on 11 Nov 2006 10:51 PST
Thanks Subbie, I'll pass on your recommendation to my wife. As to
dropping the question price, I'm quite happy to leave it as
was more than worth it to initiate the discussion. Have a great
Thanksgiving ;)
Subject: Re: Game Pausing
Answered By: sublime1-ga on 11 Nov 2006 12:19 PST

Thanks very much for letting us know that your situation has
resolved, and for accepting my recommendation of a better
antivirus. Norton's antivirus program has something of a 
reputation for not playing nicely with Windows and other

In addition to recommending AntiVir, which not only plays
nicely with Windows, but is one of the few with a Guard
component that catches hidden, 'drive-by' virus downloads on
malicious websites, let me point you and your wife to a
question I answered previously which will help you maintain
bulletproof Windows security overall, in addition to naming
other options to consider for antivirus protection.

Coincidentally, this was another question which went in
a different direction. The original question sought a way
to track the source of virus attacks occurring on the
customer's computer. Instead, I suggested improving the
overall security of the computer so that it simply would
not happen again.

'How to track the source of virus attacks' thus became,
'How to establish and maintain bulletproof Windows security':

Therein, I provide a multi-pronged approach to utilizing
predominantly free software in a workable combination that
has kept my own computer free of viruses and other malware
for close to 3 years of 24/7 operation.

In the antivirus section, I note:

Many of the commercial AV programs are notorious for failing
to detect bugs in a timely manner, and for causing conflicts
with other software (Norton is one of these). As a result,
users started looking for better solutions. I've tried any
number of the freeware solutions and finally settled on 

Here's a good list of possible programs:

Free online or downloadable virus scans:



Computer Associates:


Trend Micro:

I like AntiVir for several reasons:

- It tends to find viruses missed by other AV programs.

- Detection files are updated frequently - often several
  times a day. You can set the update component to update
  as often as you like. I update once a day.

- It has a component called AntiVir Guard which monitors
  file activity on your hard drive and scans on-the-fly.
  This is especially valuable in the case of hidden
  "drive-by" downloads from malicious sites - a common
  source of trojans. The Guard component sees these
  hidden downloads and scans the files, immediately
  alerting you of malicious content, and offering you 
  the option of deleting, moving or renaming the file
  or placing it in quarantine. Priceless.

To that, I would add Grisoft's AVG, not for its regular
antivirus program, but for its email scanning component
which can be installed independently. In a comment I
added to that question to keep it up-to-date, I cited
a comment by my colleague byrd-ga, who provided valuable
feedback in this regard:

I'd like to add this input from my colleague byrd-ga, with
regard to email antivirus protection, which AntiVir does
not provide, reproducing her comment on a related question:

"Although I concur with my colleague sublime1-ga on the programs he
 recommended and in fact use them myself in addition to a hard router,
 I would like to add one recommendation to the list.

 I recently discovered that neither AntiVir, AdAware nor SpyBot S&D
 provide email protection, and I discovered it when a virus rode into
 my system on an email. The troublemaker activated when I viewed the
 email in the preview pane in Outlook Express. It took me nearly two
 weeks and a lot of grief to isolate and rid my system of that virus,
 which infected my display, randomly turning it multicolored dark or
 pastel colors, and unreadable, necessitating a hard reboot to clear.

 However, I have gotten rid of it, and since then discovered that I can
 run Grisoft's AVG, mentioned in the comment above, email protection
 together with my AntiVir. It is possible to activate that segment of
 the program alone, without running the full antivirus program. Many
 times it's said not to run two antivirus programs together, but there
 appears to be no conflict whatsoever with this, with AVG seamlessly
 integrating itself with both AntiVir and Outlook Express. Another
 option, of course, might have been a different email client, but I had
 too much invested in my organization of this one to make it an easy
 switch. Fortunately, AVG's flexibility made it unnecessary.

 So I'm just offering this extra bit to you and anyone else who wants
 to use both AntiVir and MS Outlook Express.

 Best wishes,

Grisoft's AVG is here:

Please make a point to install ONLY the email protection component.
If you install the regular antivirus program as well, it will have
a conflict with AntiVir or any other antivirus program you might

And to be clear, yes, at one time I had installed the full version
of Grisoft's AVG, and used it as my primary antivirus program. As
it failed to detect a virus, on more than one occasion, that was
subsequently detected by an online scan at, say, the BitDefender
website, I moved on, and eventually settled on AntiVir, which has
never failed me.

Happy Thanksgiving and safe computing to you and yours!...

Subject: Re: Game Pausing
From: probonopublico-ga on 08 Nov 2006 21:03 PST
Obviously, if you are directing your question at a GA genius then I'm
your man but first I shall have to don my thinking cap:

Question ID: 780093 

Here's a common Tech Support issue:

Customer: I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screen saver 
on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears.

Does this help?
Subject: Re: Game Pausing
From: phinky-ga on 08 Nov 2006 22:50 PST
ummm...frankly no, but nice cap!

Thanks probo, the friend/screensaver/mouse issue doesn't pertain in
any way that I can see...
Subject: Re: Game Pausing
From: borisshah-ga on 09 Nov 2006 00:49 PST
Are you sure that it isn;t some other task on the laptop that is either:

A. Minimizing the game to ask the user to do something (Select options etc.)
B. A task or a program that is running in the background that pulls so
many of the system resources that the game has no other option but to
Subject: Re: Game Pausing
From: keystroke-ga on 04 Dec 2006 14:52 PST
Nod32 (paid) and Avast (free) are the only antivirus you should ever
need. They are the top two performing antivirus programs out there by
industry studies.



Everyone has problems with Norton and the like.  Nod32 and Avast are
the only ones that I trust and use myself.


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