Martin the Wolf wrote:
For some reason, sometimes when I play Spore DI, it sometimes minimizes (and by minimize, I mean minimize, not crash) with the message 'dwm.exe has stopped working', it started happening ever since I've downloaded DI.
A screenshot of the message: Here.
Though, it doesn't happen much, but it's still irritating. How can I fix it?
Here is my Spore Info:
-No other mods.
Um...DI doesn't have the ability to cause that, unless it's a memory use issue, but even then, it's unlikely that there's a connection. Also, in that screeny, I can clearly see that DWM is indeed working. I have no idea why this is happening, that is really weird.
A bit of an explanation as to what DWM is:
DWM (Desktop Window Manager) is a component of Windows introduced in Windows Vista. It does a number of things, including the "Aero Glass" effect, 3D Flip (the WIN+TAB thing that flips through all open windows in a 3-dimensional manner), GPU-rendered Windows, and some other stuff. Closing has the same effect as switching to Windows Basic. On Windows 8 and later, this would be a big problem, as the Modern UI, panic screen, and login screen are dependant on DWM, but I see that you're using Windows 7, so it shouldn't be much of an issue.
You should be able to stop the messages by switching to the Windows Basic theme, or by enabling "Disable Desktop Composition" in the properties for GA's SporeApp.exe, which will cause Windows to automatically switch you to Windows Basic whenever you launch Spore, and switch back when you close it. I imagine the latter would be preferable. While it's not the ideal, clean fix I assume you were hoping for, it should atleast solve the problem, so I hope that's sufficient. Let me know if you see results!