View Full Version : 100% CPU usage and crash in windowed mode? Nvidia Bug?

Benjamin Delarre
05-15-2005, 06:20 AM
Hi all,

Just come across this bug which is giving me a bit of a headache. One of my testers began playing GuildWars recently and strangely my application stopped working on his machine.

The application window would start, but the CPU usage would spike and the buffer swap would stop working resulting eventually in a crash. Now... we traced this down to a certain sequence of events. I'm not sure if it works with other apps but in GW when you go from fullscreen to windowed then back to fullscreen, then exit the app sometime later. If you then try to create a windowed opengl context you get this 100% CPU usage and eventual crash bug.

I've included the source of a simple test example (using SDL for simplicity, but I've tested using GLQuake as an example and that too crashes when being launched in windowed mode). I discovered strangely that if you launch a fullscreen opengl app after doing the above sequence of events this works fine and effectively 'clears' the bug from happening till you do the sequence again.

Can someone test this sequence of events with another DirectX application (GW is directx based), going fullscreen->windowed->fullscreen then try running a windowed opengl app. This only appears to manifest itself on Nvidia drivers as well.

So, any suggestions/workarounds guys? Or is this down to Nvidia or the Guildwars developers? Is this a common directx-opengl interaction bug?

Hope you can help...

Benjamin Delarre

#include <SDL/SDL.h>
#include <iostream>
#include <fstream>


#include <SDL/SDL_opengl.h>

using namespace std;

void process_events()
SDL_Event event;

// grab all the events off the queue
case SDL_QUIT:
// exit program and pass on error code to system
exit( 0 );

int main( int argc, char* argv[] )
const SDL_VideoInfo* info = NULL;

int bpp = 0; // bpp for window
int flags = 0; // sdl flags

// initialize SDL's video subsystem
if( SDL_Init( SDL_INIT_VIDEO ) < 0 ) {
// failed so exit
cerr << "Video initialization failed: " << SDL_GetError() << endl;
return -1;

// get video info
info = SDL_GetVideoInfo( );

if( !info ) {
// summat really bad happened
cerr << "Video query failed: " << SDL_GetError() << endl;
return -1;

bpp = info->vfmt->BitsPerPixel;

// request format for opengl window (5bits each for rgb, and a double buffer setup)
SDL_GL_SetAttribute( SDL_GL_RED_SIZE, 5 );
SDL_GL_SetAttribute( SDL_GL_GREEN_SIZE, 5 );
SDL_GL_SetAttribute( SDL_GL_BLUE_SIZE, 5 );
SDL_GL_SetAttribute( SDL_GL_DEPTH_SIZE, 16 );

flags = SDL_OPENGL | SDL_RESIZABLE; //| SDL_FULLSCREEN; // use fullscreen to clear the crash error

SDL_WM_SetCaption("OpenGL Test",NULL);

// set video mode
if( SDL_SetVideoMode( 640, 480, bpp, flags ) == 0 ) {
// failed to get requested video mode
cerr << "Video mode set failed: " << SDL_GetError() << endl;
return -1;



SDL_GL_SwapBuffers( );


SDL_Quit( );

return 0;