Access Violation Error

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I have had a game (from Yahoo games) on my laptop that I have used for almost a year. I downloaded another game a few days ago and played for a while and it shut itself down – no error message, just disappeared from the screen. I then tried to open my old favorite and received an Access Violation error message.
Access violation 0x77C478C0 tried to read 0x00000000 program terminated

Windows xp sp3
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This problem can be caused by either hardware or software, but in my own experience, the issues I have seen like this eventually turned out to be a hardware issue of some kind.  I would start by downloading and running the Memtest-86+ memory tester and see if it locates any problems.

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