I'm new to Arma II, having recently acquired Arma II OA after a recommendation. I was however dissapointed to find that the game was freezing or crashing consistently, usually after only a couple of minutes, with the following error message coming up after a CTD;
'Error: Device reset failed. Error 8876086c'.
I was using the latest 1.54 patch with Arma II OA and BAF (also got the same consistent error with the 73478 beta patch). My PC specs are as follows;
Processor: AMD Phenom II 940 quad core
OS: Win XP Pro 32 bit
Graphics: XTX Nvidia GTX 260 (854mb) v258.96 nvidia display driver.
RAM: 2gb DDR 2
M/board: Asrock K10N78
Sound: Realtek HD onboard
I did all the recommended stuff for Nvidia users in the sticky in this forum to no avail, but after doing a bit of googling I found the following explanation for the error in Bistudio's 'Arma troubleshooting wiki':
"Cannot create system memory surface (Error code 8876086c) -
This is caused by third party content using textures with non 2^n (32,64,128,256,etc) dimensions. It may not effect all video cards."
So it seems it crashes because my GTX 260 card is 854 mb, and not 512 or 1024 mb. That is just a bit annoying. More-so since there's no mention of a fix or workaround.
Just for a laugh, I thought I'd try temporarily replacing my GTX 260 (854mb) with a Radeon HD 4670 (1024mb) that I just happened to have lying around the house. After switching the cards around and installing the latest ATI display driver, would you believe it ? Arma II runs fine on the HD 4670. No more freezing or CTD's...Yay! Sure I had to ramp the graphics down a fair bit but at least I can actually play the game now...And I'm rather enjoying it too.
However, it's just a temporary solution. There's no way I going to stay down a few notches in graphics cards just to play Arma II when my GTX 260 runs well on high visual settings with every other game I own. So I was wondering if anyone knows of a workaround for the 8876086c error or if it's an issue which is ever likely to be addressed in a future patch.
Thankyou in advance for your helpful replies.