I got a little caught up in civ5 and completely forgot about this thread, so I apologise for the late reply. Regarding issues with other games, I've realised that I face a fairly similar issue with Vox Populi (civ5). In-game performance is completely fine, my laptop is above the recommended specs for the game, and I've played civ5 on a far worse (almost ancient) tower CPU. But beyond a certain point in the game (around turn 250 for standard maps), save games don't load. I don't get a CTD or anything, the game stays on the load screen indefinitely. Again, this problem never surfaces while I'm in-game. So theoretically I could play an entire game without any crashes or issues (I am extrapolating here, but I have good reason to believe it's true). The only problem arises when I try to load savefiles. This issue along with my problems with DoC has me thinking about what you wrote about disk corruption or something along those lines since my problems are specific to loading. I have just one nonpartitioned disk, and I've thought about partitioning for some time now. Might do it finally. I tried defragging but it didn't help (and I believe windows occasionally does it anyway). The last solution is trying a factory reset of my laptop. Every time I plan on doing it, I just get lazy and go back to playing unmodded civ4 Edit: I actually performed a disk speed check shortly after writing this post. I typed Code: winsat disk -drive c (replace c with disk name) on windows command prompt with admin privileges. Here are the results I got: Spoiler : Code: > Running: Feature Enumeration '' > Run Time 00:00:00.00 > Running: Storage Assessment '-drive c -ran -read' > Run Time 00:00:14.64 > Running: Storage Assessment '-drive c -seq -read' > Run Time 00:00:10.09 > Running: Storage Assessment '-drive c -seq -write' > Run Time 00:00:11.45 > Running: Storage Assessment '-drive c -flush -seq' > Run Time 00:00:09.30 > Running: Storage Assessment '-drive c -flush -ran' > Run Time 00:00:13.34 > Dshow Video Encode Time 0.00000 s > Dshow Video Decode Time 0.00000 s > Media Foundation Decode Time 0.00000 s > Disk Random 16.0 Read 1.32 MB/s 3.6 > Disk Sequential 64.0 Read 88.12 MB/s 6.3 > Disk Sequential 64.0 Write 73.46 MB/s 6.1 > Average Read Time with Sequential Writes 8.412 ms 4.9 > Latency: 95th Percentile 22.191 ms 4.4 > Latency: Maximum 101.271 ms 7.7 > Average Read Time with Random Writes 10.093 ms 4.5 > Total Run Time 00:00:59.31 If someone else tries this, post your results too. I don't really have much of a benchmark to compare myself to, apart from the numbers to the right of the results (which are presumably a score or percentile). Ah, I see I was unclear. In my previous post, I was referring to loading the game from desktop. The bit where "init xml" etc appears.