After spending a day or two reading a plethora of threads concerning the "late" game frozing bug, not only on civfanatics but also on Nvidia, Asus and some computer nerd pages, I really don't know what I should do next. I played Civ5 on an older system with small maps - no problem. I bought a new one to play also huge map mods (Real Earth Name). Specs: Asus G53JW 740qm 1,78-2.8Ghz 8GB RAM Nvidia GTX 460M no SSD. after turn 200 crashs all 20 turns, after turn 280 even more often. I don't want to make this any longer than it should be. the things I found out so far: 1. according to Take2 the problem could be because of a warped file. Ok, I solved that. steam is great. smile. 2. according to some nerds who like playing around with nvidia drivers, the driver has to be modded. er wait... I thought I am a gamer, not a programmer... They talk about registry and what not. seems so easy... next step overclocking to 4.0ghz? 3. according to marketing of Asus germany the G53 and the G73 are THE gaming machine of the century which should also play Civ5 without any issues, therefore they gift a copy of Civ5 to their customers until end of february. hello? did anyone playtest it on these machines? 4. some people say it's the modders fault, because THEY create Memory Allocation Errors without knowing better. "Highly moddable game" ah... yes.. which means I can't use mods or what? Of course it's NOT take2 because "Memory allocation errors are not possible in a win32 application" according to some people. well ok, the modders seem to be quite ingenious then.. 5. others conclude that upgrading the Bios would do the trick although there is no new Bios for the G53 atm. oh wait a minute there IS a new bios (210, I've got 209) which doesn't do anything besides solving the USB 3.0 problem, which I don't use. 4. one said he had never ever a problem with crashs on huge maps with marathon with an ooold machine, although he plays it with the minimum settings, and honestly if I have to play this game with the ugly terrain of low settings, then I prefer playing civ4 vanilla.. 5. tweakers say that windows has to be tweaked. hm, last time I tried this I destroyed my windows update and defender and beside of that, other people say tweaking doesn't do the trick, because windows 7 is soo good already and I have more than 4GB ram. so many people so many opinions... whom to believe these days? sorry if this sounds a bit frustrated, but I have no idea what to do next? should I tweak my pc? should I wait for a patch? should I fumble around in my nvidia driver? should I make a clean install of Bios, Windows and so on (difficult with an Asus G53 because there is no Windows CD only a AI recovery thing, which I used, but still..) just to find out, after spending a day or so doing this and 20 hours game time that it wasn't the fault of the Bios 209 (which I really don't believe anyway (usb 3.0 is NOT used by civ5. ...I hope??))? is it really asked to much nowadays to buy a computer which is according to the label on the backside of it, manifactured (sp?) in decembre 2010, that works with a game that has "recomended system requirements" WAAAAY below this said computer, without need of higher abilities in system file editing? and the fun part: Fallout New Vegas highest settings no problems at all. it doesnt even get warm and/or loud. (at least until now...) Or is it the 1.78Ghz, and an intel turbo mode that isn't working at all? should I buy a good old i3? (besides, for all Asus owners, has anybody found out how to activate the advertised "one button to increase power"? the only thing I found is a power4gear button that doesn't do anything aside of switching of power saving options, that are complete and utter nonsense on a gamer pc in the first place.) or no wait I don't have SSD ! maybe I can't use the page file in a way civ5 wants it...? I'm with my latin on the end, as one says in german. I don't even know who to ask? is it Asus fault? civ5? nvidia? the driver of the usb 3.0? my own spiritual level? Maybe I should inscribe in a Master study of applied computer sciences to know hot to use this game, with mods, on a huge map. or.. I just give up. standard maps are nice as well, better than small at least. j/k: how much does it cost to augment map size by 1? around 2000$.