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So this game and this game only causes my computer to completely turn off. Its not a reboot just a shutdown.

Its seemingly random, sometimes I can't make it to tartuccio in the prologue, sometimes I can make it to oleg. Does anyone else have stability issues?
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NitroTurtle15: So this game and this game only causes my computer to completely turn off. Its not a reboot just a shutdown.

Its seemingly random, sometimes I can't make it to tartuccio in the prologue, sometimes I can make it to oleg. Does anyone else have stability issues?
I am not sure, but I think you are the first who reported this particular issue. However, there is a silver lining.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is not an optimized game. Pathfinder: Kingmaker is not a very stable game. Pathfinder: Kingmaker still might have some hidden bugs or cases of "undefined behavior" that do not lead to crashes for most of the users.

Which makes this game a good computer testing tool. Consider your situation not as "a bad game crashes my computer", but as "there is some flaw in my system, and this particular program reveals it". And then just go through the usual steps of investigating the system that is unstable: stress tests, updates, antivirus scans, temperature monitoring, wiggling connectors and so on. It is possible you will find something that will make your whole system more stable and Kingmaker work.
Post edited October 31, 2020 by Grrymjo
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NitroTurtle15: So this game and this game only causes my computer to completely turn off. Its not a reboot just a shutdown.

Its seemingly random, sometimes I can't make it to tartuccio in the prologue, sometimes I can make it to oleg. Does anyone else have stability issues?
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Grrymjo: I am not sure, but I think you are the first who reported this particular issue. However, there is a silver lining.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is not an optimized game. Pathfinder: Kingmaker is not a very stable game. Pathfinder: Kingmaker still might have some hidden bugs or cases of "undefined behavior" that do not lead to crashes for most of the users.

Which makes this game a good computer testing tool. Consider your situation not as "a bad game crashes my computer", but as "there is some flaw in my system, and this particular program reveals it". And then just go through the usual steps of investigating the system that is unstable: stress tests, updates, antivirus scans, temperature monitoring, wiggling connectors and so on. It is possible you will find something that will make your whole system more stable and Kingmaker work.
You sir, win the award for finding the obscurest of silver linings in 2020. It's like telling someone there's a silver lining to them catching Covid, going to the doctor, and finding out they had a pre existing condition they should've had treated.
Have you been monitoring your temps? That's the first place I'd look.
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J Lo: Have you been monitoring your temps? That's the first place I'd look.
The most common cause of sudden system shutdowns is CPU heat. It happens in a game because the CPU is running at full capacity, or close to it, and automatic systems in the motherboard safety protocols shut it down before damage can occur. I had that happen a few years ago--couldn't figure what was going on--bought a new heat sink/fan and never saw another shutdown.
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NitroTurtle15: So this game and this game only causes my computer to completely turn off. Its not a reboot just a shutdown.

Its seemingly random, sometimes I can't make it to tartuccio in the prologue, sometimes I can make it to oleg. Does anyone else have stability issues?
Ok... I was having the same issue and it is nothing to do with hardware or heat. When I finally found it, it was bizarre.

I combed the EventViewer logs. Something in this game is calling SHUTDOWN.EXE from the WOW64 system folder. And it just quietly causes the computer to perform a normal shutdown. The calling application appears as "null" in the log, so it could be a service or some other thing bundled with it that is doing it.

I never could find any setting in the game responsible for it. So I solved it by renaming shutdown.exe to shutdown1.exe (you will have to use windows security to take ownership of the file, then set access to ALL for your user account first).

The problem went away forever once I did this and I have played the game almost to the end now. Previously, the game would just shut down the computer every 30 minutes of play. Now I can leave it running and come back and play all day if I want.

NOTE: if you ever do an sfc /scannow to fix any other system files, it will put shutdown.exe back and you'll have to do this again.

You can still use shutdown1.exe from the command prompt as normal. It just can't be errantly called by anything.

Windows shutdown will work normally as it uses an API hook, not this command line utility.

One of the weirder bugs I have ever seen. If anyone else ever figures out what the reason the game does this is, tell us here. :)
Have never seen this problem with this game. Only time I have ever had a game shut the computer down while playing was when the CPU was overheating. A new, better CPU fan solved the problem permanently. Never saw it again. All I have to suggest...

Shutdown.exe does not give me a problem.
Post edited March 13, 2021 by waltc