I'm running XP on a pretty new PC (e-machines 170) and have been having problems with games. I can install them fine but while some run perfectly, others don't. When I click on the icon to start the game, a welcome-type screen will flash up, but then it will disappear and nothing will happen. I've had this problem with Sim City 3000, EA Cricket 2002, Grim Fandango and a couple of others. However, when I bought a new copy of Sim City 3000 it installed and ran fine. It only seems to be a problem when I've installed these games on other PCs before trying to install them on mine. With Grim Fandango, I had it installed (after already installing it on another PC before) and it ran fine - no problems there - but when I went to play it at a later date I had the problem described above, where the welcome screen came up but when I clicked on the 'New Game' button it all disappeared and nothing happened. I uninstalled and re-installed, but the same happened.
I don't think it's a compatibility issue, or to do with sound or graphics stuff, because the welcome screens always work fine, but when I try to go further into the game, it messes up. I've tried updating drivers, running in different compatibility modes, running in different screen resolutions, running in a small window, etc. and nothing seems to help.
I'm getting really frustrated and upset about this, as it seems to be some kind of fault with my six-month-old computer. I'd appreciate any help, suggestions or feedback.