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I have a recent MacBook Pro (late 2011 model) and I've partitioned it and put Windows 7 Home Premium on it so I could play Windows-only games off Steam. For the most part, this has worked out great: Neverwinter Nights 2, Heroes of Might and Magic V, Portal, etc. Sadly, I wasn't able to get UFO Afterlight to run; apparently the game is very picky about graphics cards and the Intel graphics just doesn't cut it.

Tonight, I decided to try out Mass Effect. I tried running it from Steam and from the desktop shortcut, and it kept crashing. At least, I had to assume it was crashing. I'd get the spinning blue circle, and no game would pop up. I navigated the steamapps directory, and found the MassEffectLauncher. That would start, but as soon as I clicked play: nothing.

A friend suggested I look at events, something I did not previously know how to do in Windows. Turns out it's pretty easy!
Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Event Viewer
My crash reports were under Windows Logs -> Application. The error itself wasn't terribly useful, but it did show me that the executable was in:
c:\program files (x86)\steam\steamapps\common\mass effect\Binaries\MassEffect.exe

I started to experiment with compatibility modes (right-click the executable->Properties->Compatibility). No luck with Vista, but XP SP3 is working great!


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