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Games: Error Message: A Debugger Has Been Detected: Unload the Debugger and Try Again
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When you try to start any of the games listed in the "Applies To" section, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:
A debugger has been detected: unload the debugger and try again
This issue may occur if one or more of the following conditions are true:
To resolve this issue, use the following methods in the order that they appear.
Note Method 4 and Method 5 assume that you have the Creative Audigy sound card installed.
Method 1: Rename the Amdfix.sys file
Method 2: Restart the computer by using a clean boot procedureWhen you start Microsoft Windows, typically there are a number of programs that start automatically and run in the background that may interfere with the game. These programs may include antivirus and system utility programs. When you perform a clean boot, you prevent these programs from starting automatically. You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.
To restart your computer by using a clean boot procedure, follow these steps when you are using Windows XP.
Note You may experience a temporary loss of some services functionality when you follow these steps. Restoring the settings restores the functionality, but may result in the return of the original error message or behavior.
To return to a normal startup after you clean boot your computer, click the Play button to view the streaming media demonstration.
For additional information or to view steps for other operating systems, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
331796If this does not resolve the issue, go to Method 3.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/331796/ )Games: How to perform a clean boot to prevent background programs from interfering with game play
Method 3: Update the sound card driversContact your audio hardware manufacturer to obtain and install the latest version of the driver for your sound card. For information about how to contact the manufacturer of the sound card, see the "References" section. Or, visit the following Microsoft Windows Update Web site to determine whether applicable driver updates are available:
http://update.microsoft.comClick the Play button to view this streaming media demonstration.
If this does not resolve the issue, go to Method 4.
Method 4: Disable the Creative Welcome menu
Method 5: Configure Audigy in the System Configuration Utility
For information about how to contact your hardware manufacturer, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/vendorsMicrosoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.
The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.
Article ID: 812759 - Last Review: September 28, 2011 - Revision: 15.0