Gamecrash Flatout2 due to Microsoft Visual C++ error.

Posted on 2007-08-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-26

The problem you are about to read about was already sent to Empireinteractive (creator of game) and Microsoft, but they had no solution for it. I hope you guys do have one.

Recently I bought Flatout2 for the pc.
My computer passed the requirements and I was able to play the single player mode without any problems.

My pc specs are:
Pentium 4 2.6 ghz
1024 MB DDR
Windows XP SP2.0

But when I tryed to 'create' or 'join' a LAN-game, the game instantly crashed due to an error that has something to do with microsoft visual C++.
I tryed to update to version 1.2 (latest) but that didn't fix it.
An other guy which want to play a LAN-game with has no problems, but I do.

The exact error is:
Debug Assertion Failed!
Program: D:\program files\Empire Interactive\Flatout2\flatout.exeFile:
C:\program files\microsoft visual studio 8\vc\include\list (this map doesn't even exist)
Line: 776

Expression: list erase iterator outside range

For more information on how your program can cause an assertion failure, see the visual C++ documentation on asserts.

I have no idea how to fix this, perhaps I should update visual C++ or something but I haven't got the knowledge to do it myself. If you have any information that might help me, I will appreciate it, and if you need any more information for me, just let me know.
Question by:john556
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    Hm  interesting.
    1) From what you say that is a bug in the pogram - nothing to do with you.
    2) Also sounds like the creators of the game are distributing a debug build - in violation of licence agreements.
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    by:☠ MASQ ☠
    The only time I have ever seen debug messages like these in game is on infected machines.

    Can you give it a fullscan with the latest virus definitions or have it scanned securely online by housecall? particularly looking for C++ based trojans

    Post back how you get on.

    Author Comment

    Hi, since I was on a holiday I wasn't able to respond to any of your solutions.
    I've scanned and removed all virusses and trojans that were present on my computer (yes, there were a few), but still the game seems to crash at the same point.
    But, this is not the only Visual Basic error I get on my system. When I go to certain webpages I sometimes also have to deal with one of these errors (although they involve other lines, strings, etc). I haven't had any of these errors before (don't ask me 'when I started having them', cos I won't remember). Perhaps this fact might be of any interest as well.
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    Did you save a log of the viruses/trojans that were discovered?  Can you post their names/variants here?  Some may "seem" to be cleaned by an antivirus but do not really get cleaned.

    Did you use housecall as Masqueraid recommended, or a locally-installed antivirus?

    Have you used any other anti-malware products, like Spybot S&D or AdAware?
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    Expert Comment

    What scanners did you use to scan your pc with? some scanners are better than others and sometimes one finds what others have missed.

    Can we look at a hijackthis log? we might find a clue there.
    Open Hijackthis, click "Do a system scan and save a logfile" please don't fix anything yet.

    You can either upload the log to any hosting sites,
    or at and login using your Experts-Exchange username and password.
    Click on "Expert Area" tab
    type or paste the url of your Question
    "Browse" your pc to the location of your Hijackthis log and click "Upload"
    Copy the resulting "url" and post it back here.

    OR: paste to -->
    then at the bottom left corner click "paste"
    Copy the address/url and post it here:
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    I would suggest backing up your data and then reformating the machine and rebuilding, this will then give you a clean slate to work from.  It will also save you time and headaches that could still arise later on even if this initial issue is resolved.
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    by:☠ MASQ ☠
    Probably the result of somthing nasty damaging the runtime library but we'll never know - ?delete w/o refund??

    Author Comment

    I have also tried the TrendMicro Housecall, but it only found some 'tracking cookies' which aren't the cause I guess.
    I formatted my machine anyway a few days ago and it works alright now, if the error starts to occur again I will try to look for the origin of the problem.
    Thanks for the help anyway.

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