When i go to play rome total war it comes up too wide and off the screen.I have unistalled and reinstalled but its still the same.Also i play some dvd games from an external dvd drive,they load ok but when it gets to the bit were it says cheking disc it freezes up my computer!these games have played ok before seems to be a new problem.
Have you ever been able to play these games successfully. The reason I ask is because PCI cards are not a fast as the latest AGP and PCI-E cards that these games are written to exploit. For example, what is the minimum hardware requirement for Rome Total War?
It may be that you need to lower the game resolution as it is set higher than the screen resolution,or go the other way and higher your screen res to match the game one. As for them locking up that may be due to the copy protect feature build in some dvd games,it sees the external drive and might think your trying to copy the game lol.