How does someone report an issue?

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by Raybo58, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. Raybo58

    Raybo58 Guest

    How does someone report a specific issue to the appropriate Microsoft
    operating system maintenance team?

    I get an error message that says "This application has requested the Runtime
    to terminate it in an unusual way"

    The specifics:

    When I reach a cretain point in the game Half-Life 2: Episode One I get the
    error message specifed above.

    After an exhausting search, I found what appears to be the answer to the
    problem on the Steam website. Which is to apply a hotfix from Microsoft.

    From what I've gathered the hotfix is not available for the x64 version of
    XP Pro, but it is available for just about every other version. So naturally
    I want to report the problem and express my desire to see the issue addressed
    for my system.

    You must fill out a form to request the hotfix in question, which I did, and
    what follows is the conversation I've had so far with several members of the
    hotfix request team...

    --- Original Message ---
    From : raymond
    Sent : Monday, December 10, 2007 3:28:02 PM UTC
    To :
    Subject : Microsoft Online Customer Service

    CUSTOMER PROVIDED SYSTEM PROPERTIES
    Country/Region: United States

    Hotfix
    Article Hotfix ID:896256
    Platform:64-bit Operating System (x64, EM64T or AMD64)
    Product language:English

    PRODUCT
    Half-Life 2: Episode one

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    From:
    To: raymond
    CC:
    Subject: RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 18:20:03 +0000


    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Service.


    I have received your request for a hot fix; however, I do not have enough
    information to ensure I send you the correct hot fix.


    The hotfix article KB896256 applies to:

    Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition

    Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition

    Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, when used with:

    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

    Microsoft Windows XP Professional

    Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005


    Please assist us by confirming the product name and hotfix article number.
    As soon as we receive clarification from you, we will process the request.


    I appreciate your patience and look forward to your response.

    Thank you,

    Ramesh

    Microsoft Customer Service Representative

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    From : Raymond
    Sent : Tuesday, December 11, 2007 10:26:33 AM UTC
    To : "Microsoft Online Customer Service"
    Subject : RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service

    The information you have requested, the hotfix article number and the
    product name, are both contained in the original hotfix request I submitted,
    as evidenced above. However I will endeavor to provide you as much info as I
    can.

    When I reach a specific point in the game Half-Life 2:Episode One the game
    crashes and displays the exact error message as is mentioned here...

    http://support.steampowered.com/cgi...nNlYXJjaF9ubCZwX3BhZ2U9Mw**&p_li=&p_topview=1

    and they recommend the hotfix prescribed by Microsoft in the following
    article...

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884538

    The article states:

    "CAUSE
    This problem may occur when you use the /GR and the /MD compiler switches,
    and the version of the Msvcrt.dll file and of the Msvcirt.dll file is 7.0.x.

    Note This problem does not occur when you use a version of the Msvcrt.dll
    file and of the Msvcirt.dll file that is earlier than 7.0."

    The version of msvcirt.dll in my System32 folder is 7.0.3790.3959
    (srv03_sp2_rtm.070216-1710)

    My system details are as follows..

    Windows XP Professional x64 with all of the latest sevice packs and updates
    as of 12/10/2007.

    Motherboard:
    Manufacturer : ECS
    Model : 945GCT-M
    System BIOS : 63-0100-000001-00101111-072407-Lakeport
    Total Memory : 2GB DDR2-SDRAM

    Chipset 1:
    Model : Elitegroup Computer Sys 82945G Processor to I/O Controller
    Revision : A3
    Bus : Intel AGTL+
    Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 200MHz (800MHz data rate)
    Maximum FSB Speed : 4x 267MHz (1068MHz data rate)
    Width : 64-bit

    Processor:
    Model : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz
    Speed : 2.20GHz
    Cores per Processor : 2 Unit(s)
    Threads per Core : 1 Unit(s)
    Type : Dual-Core
    Bus : Intel AGTL+
    Package : FC LGA775
    Rated Speed/FSB : 2200MHz / 4x 200MHz
    Multiplier : 11/1x
    Minimum/Maximum Multiplier : 6/1x / 11/1x
    Generation : G8
    Name : C2DC (Conroe) Core 2 Duo 65nm 2.4-3.33GHz 1.0375-1.3V
    Revision/Stepping : F / D (0)
    Microcode : MU06FDA1
    Core Voltage Rating : 1.325V

    Video Adapter:
    Model : Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
    Chipset : Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
    RAMDAC : Internal
    Video BIOS : Intel Video BIOS
    VGA Compatible : No
    Total Memory : 224MB (218MB Video)
    Texture Memory : 218MB
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    From:
    To: raymond
    CC:
    Subject: RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 12:11:57 +0000


    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Service.


    The hotfix described in 884538: “You receive a "This application has
    requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way" error message when
    you run a custom Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 program in Windows XP" applies only
    for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, when used with:
    · Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    · Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

    I also would like to inform you that the hotfix is available only for X86
    platform for English language.

    Please assist us by providing the exact hotfix article (E.g., KB895477), the
    platform, and the product (E.g., Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2,
    Windows Server 2000 Service Pack 4 etc.) in which you would like to install
    the hotfix. As soon as we receive clarification from you, we will process the
    request.


    I hope your issue is resolved at the earliest and appreciate your patience
    in this regard. Meeting and exceeding your expectations are my top
    priorities.


    Thank you,

    Ganga

    Microsoft Customer Service Representative
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    From : Raymond
    Sent : Tuesday, December 11, 2007 5:47:41 PM UTC
    To : "Microsoft Online Customer Service"
    Subject : RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service

    ok, even though the information you have requested is already in the thread
    of this email several times, I can provide it yet again.

    The article number is kb884538

    But it seems like you're trying to tell me that the hotfix is currently
    unavailable for the 64-bit version of Windows XP Pro.

    So, if that is the case, could you please forward this to your OS
    maintenance people as a request to provide the users of this product the
    benefit of their services?

    thank you

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    From:
    To: raymond
    CC:
    Subject: RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 22:30:01 +0000


    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Service.

    The platform for the hotfix article ID 884538 is unavailable in Microsoft
    Knowledge Base.

    I have included some self-help resources that may address your issue, and
    information on how to contact Technical Support. If the self-help resources
    that are provided do not resolve your issue, or if you prefer assisted
    technical support, you can contact the technical support team directly at the
    URL that is provided below.

    Assisted Support:


    You may work with a Microsoft Support Professional via e-mail, telephone,
    and for some products, chat to resolve your issue. Depending on how you
    obtained your software, there may be fees to use the Assisted Support option.
    Please visit the following link and select the appropriate version to contact
    the Support Team:

    http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&ln=en-us&gprid=1173&


    Please note that if the software came from your computer manufacturer,
    please contact your computer manufacturer directly. Contact information for
    most major computer manufacturers is available at:

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=oemphone


    Self-Help Resources:


    You may search the Product Solution Center or the Knowledge Base of
    self-help articles to resolve your issue using the following link:

    http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1173


    You may also post your issue in the Microsoft news groups. Please visit the
    link below to look for a possible resolution:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/...rosoft.public.windowsxp.general&lang=en&cr=US


    I hope the issue is resolved soon and appreciate your patience.

    Thank you,


    Dharman

    Microsoft Customer Service Representative.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    From : Raymond
    Sent : Wednesday, December 12, 2007 8:35:44 AM UTC
    To : "Microsoft Online Customer Service"
    Subject : RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service

    I'm not sure what you mean by "The platform for the hotfix article ID 884538
    is unavailable in Microsoft Knowledge Base".

    Do articles need platforms? And does the knowledge base normally contain the
    platforms that these articles need?

    I've already found the prescribed solution to my problem in article 884538,
    which is to request the hotfix from you.

    What I'm trying to clarify now is whether or not it is available for my
    version of Windows.

    And if it's not, that would seem to be an issue of neglect on the part of
    Microsoft's OS maintenance team. So I'm asking you to help me by forwarding
    this to the appropriate department or escalating the matter to a higher level
    of customer service.

    I paid for my version of Windows and it deserves the same attention as the
    other versions which have received the benefit of this hotfix.


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Services.

    I appreciate the time taken to write back to us.


    I would like to inform you that Hotfix is based on platform, hotfix only
    provided according to the Platform.

    The hotfix ID you have provided is applicable only for 32bit platform and it
    is not applicable for 64bit.

    I suggest that you contact Microsoft Support Professional via e-mail,
    telephone, and for some products, chat to resolve your issue. Depending on
    how you obtained your software, there may be fees to use the Assisted Support
    option. Please visit the following link and select the appropriate version to
    contact the Support Team:

    http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&ln=en-us&gprid=1173&


    I hope the above information is helpful and appreciate your patience.

    Thank you,

    Roshi

    Microsoft Customer Service Representative
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    end of conversation


    The problem is that all of the options provided, except this one, require
    that you pay a minimum of $60 just for the privilage of reporting your issue,
    which seems very un-American to me.

    The MSDN option doesn't seem appropriate since it's not a developer issue,
    but even if it was you must be a paid subscriber to be heard by them as well.

    So, to recap: There is an problem with the operatining sysytem. Microsoft
    knows about it. They have provided a fix for most versions of the OS. How
    would I go about directing their attention to the missing fix for my system?
    Raybo58, Dec 12, 2007
    #1
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  2. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/gp/contactbug

    "Raybo58" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > How does someone report a specific issue to the appropriate Microsoft
    > operating system maintenance team?
    >
    > I get an error message that says "This application has requested the
    > Runtime
    > to terminate it in an unusual way"
    >
    > The specifics:
    >
    > When I reach a cretain point in the game Half-Life 2: Episode One I get
    > the
    > error message specifed above.
    >
    > After an exhausting search, I found what appears to be the answer to the
    > problem on the Steam website. Which is to apply a hotfix from Microsoft.
    >
    > From what I've gathered the hotfix is not available for the x64 version of
    > XP Pro, but it is available for just about every other version. So
    > naturally
    > I want to report the problem and express my desire to see the issue
    > addressed
    > for my system.
    >
    > You must fill out a form to request the hotfix in question, which I did,
    > and
    > what follows is the conversation I've had so far with several members of
    > the
    > hotfix request team...
    >
    > --- Original Message ---
    > From : raymond
    > Sent : Monday, December 10, 2007 3:28:02 PM UTC
    > To :
    > Subject : Microsoft Online Customer Service
    >
    > CUSTOMER PROVIDED SYSTEM PROPERTIES
    > Country/Region: United States
    >
    > Hotfix
    > Article Hotfix ID:896256
    > Platform:64-bit Operating System (x64, EM64T or AMD64)
    > Product language:English
    >
    > PRODUCT
    > Half-Life 2: Episode one
    >
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > From:
    > To: raymond
    > CC:
    > Subject: RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    > Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 18:20:03 +0000
    >
    >
    > Hello,
    >
    > Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Service.
    >
    >
    > I have received your request for a hot fix; however, I do not have enough
    > information to ensure I send you the correct hot fix.
    >
    >
    > The hotfix article KB896256 applies to:
    >
    > Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
    >
    > Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
    >
    > Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, when used with:
    >
    > Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    >
    > Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    >
    > Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
    >
    >
    > Please assist us by confirming the product name and hotfix article number.
    > As soon as we receive clarification from you, we will process the request.
    >
    >
    > I appreciate your patience and look forward to your response.
    >
    > Thank you,
    >
    > Ramesh
    >
    > Microsoft Customer Service Representative
    >
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > From : Raymond
    > Sent : Tuesday, December 11, 2007 10:26:33 AM UTC
    > To : "Microsoft Online Customer Service"
    > Subject : RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    >
    > The information you have requested, the hotfix article number and the
    > product name, are both contained in the original hotfix request I
    > submitted,
    > as evidenced above. However I will endeavor to provide you as much info as
    > I
    > can.
    >
    > When I reach a specific point in the game Half-Life 2:Episode One the game
    > crashes and displays the exact error message as is mentioned here...
    >
    > http://support.steampowered.com/cgi...nNlYXJjaF9ubCZwX3BhZ2U9Mw**&p_li=&p_topview=1
    >
    > and they recommend the hotfix prescribed by Microsoft in the following
    > article...
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884538
    >
    > The article states:
    >
    > "CAUSE
    > This problem may occur when you use the /GR and the /MD compiler switches,
    > and the version of the Msvcrt.dll file and of the Msvcirt.dll file is
    > 7.0.x.
    >
    > Note This problem does not occur when you use a version of the Msvcrt.dll
    > file and of the Msvcirt.dll file that is earlier than 7.0."
    >
    > The version of msvcirt.dll in my System32 folder is 7.0.3790.3959
    > (srv03_sp2_rtm.070216-1710)
    >
    > My system details are as follows..
    >
    > Windows XP Professional x64 with all of the latest sevice packs and
    > updates
    > as of 12/10/2007.
    >
    > Motherboard:
    > Manufacturer : ECS
    > Model : 945GCT-M
    > System BIOS : 63-0100-000001-00101111-072407-Lakeport
    > Total Memory : 2GB DDR2-SDRAM
    >
    > Chipset 1:
    > Model : Elitegroup Computer Sys 82945G Processor to I/O Controller
    > Revision : A3
    > Bus : Intel AGTL+
    > Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 200MHz (800MHz data rate)
    > Maximum FSB Speed : 4x 267MHz (1068MHz data rate)
    > Width : 64-bit
    >
    > Processor:
    > Model : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz
    > Speed : 2.20GHz
    > Cores per Processor : 2 Unit(s)
    > Threads per Core : 1 Unit(s)
    > Type : Dual-Core
    > Bus : Intel AGTL+
    > Package : FC LGA775
    > Rated Speed/FSB : 2200MHz / 4x 200MHz
    > Multiplier : 11/1x
    > Minimum/Maximum Multiplier : 6/1x / 11/1x
    > Generation : G8
    > Name : C2DC (Conroe) Core 2 Duo 65nm 2.4-3.33GHz 1.0375-1.3V
    > Revision/Stepping : F / D (0)
    > Microcode : MU06FDA1
    > Core Voltage Rating : 1.325V
    >
    > Video Adapter:
    > Model : Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
    > Chipset : Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
    > RAMDAC : Internal
    > Video BIOS : Intel Video BIOS
    > VGA Compatible : No
    > Total Memory : 224MB (218MB Video)
    > Texture Memory : 218MB
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > From:
    > To: raymond
    > CC:
    > Subject: RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    > Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 12:11:57 +0000
    >
    >
    > Hello,
    >
    > Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Service.
    >
    >
    > The hotfix described in 884538: “You receive a "This application has
    > requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way" error message
    > when
    > you run a custom Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 program in Windows XP" applies
    > only
    > for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, when used with:
    > · Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    > · Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    >
    > I also would like to inform you that the hotfix is available only for X86
    > platform for English language.
    >
    > Please assist us by providing the exact hotfix article (E.g., KB895477),
    > the
    > platform, and the product (E.g., Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2,
    > Windows Server 2000 Service Pack 4 etc.) in which you would like to
    > install
    > the hotfix. As soon as we receive clarification from you, we will process
    > the
    > request.
    >
    >
    > I hope your issue is resolved at the earliest and appreciate your patience
    > in this regard. Meeting and exceeding your expectations are my top
    > priorities.
    >
    >
    > Thank you,
    >
    > Ganga
    >
    > Microsoft Customer Service Representative
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > From : Raymond
    > Sent : Tuesday, December 11, 2007 5:47:41 PM UTC
    > To : "Microsoft Online Customer Service"
    > Subject : RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    >
    > ok, even though the information you have requested is already in the
    > thread
    > of this email several times, I can provide it yet again.
    >
    > The article number is kb884538
    >
    > But it seems like you're trying to tell me that the hotfix is currently
    > unavailable for the 64-bit version of Windows XP Pro.
    >
    > So, if that is the case, could you please forward this to your OS
    > maintenance people as a request to provide the users of this product the
    > benefit of their services?
    >
    > thank you
    >
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > From:
    > To: raymond
    > CC:
    > Subject: RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    > Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 22:30:01 +0000
    >
    >
    > Hello,
    >
    > Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Service.
    >
    > The platform for the hotfix article ID 884538 is unavailable in Microsoft
    > Knowledge Base.
    >
    > I have included some self-help resources that may address your issue, and
    > information on how to contact Technical Support. If the self-help
    > resources
    > that are provided do not resolve your issue, or if you prefer assisted
    > technical support, you can contact the technical support team directly at
    > the
    > URL that is provided below.
    >
    > Assisted Support:
    >
    >
    > You may work with a Microsoft Support Professional via e-mail, telephone,
    > and for some products, chat to resolve your issue. Depending on how you
    > obtained your software, there may be fees to use the Assisted Support
    > option.
    > Please visit the following link and select the appropriate version to
    > contact
    > the Support Team:
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&ln=en-us&gprid=1173&
    >
    >
    > Please note that if the software came from your computer manufacturer,
    > please contact your computer manufacturer directly. Contact information
    > for
    > most major computer manufacturers is available at:
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=oemphone
    >
    >
    > Self-Help Resources:
    >
    >
    > You may search the Product Solution Center or the Knowledge Base of
    > self-help articles to resolve your issue using the following link:
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1173
    >
    >
    > You may also post your issue in the Microsoft news groups. Please visit
    > the
    > link below to look for a possible resolution:
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/...rosoft.public.windowsxp.general&lang=en&cr=US
    >
    >
    > I hope the issue is resolved soon and appreciate your patience.
    >
    > Thank you,
    >
    >
    > Dharman
    >
    > Microsoft Customer Service Representative.
    >
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > From : Raymond
    > Sent : Wednesday, December 12, 2007 8:35:44 AM UTC
    > To : "Microsoft Online Customer Service"
    > Subject : RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    >
    > I'm not sure what you mean by "The platform for the hotfix article ID
    > 884538
    > is unavailable in Microsoft Knowledge Base".
    >
    > Do articles need platforms? And does the knowledge base normally contain
    > the
    > platforms that these articles need?
    >
    > I've already found the prescribed solution to my problem in article
    > 884538,
    > which is to request the hotfix from you.
    >
    > What I'm trying to clarify now is whether or not it is available for my
    > version of Windows.
    >
    > And if it's not, that would seem to be an issue of neglect on the part of
    > Microsoft's OS maintenance team. So I'm asking you to help me by
    > forwarding
    > this to the appropriate department or escalating the matter to a higher
    > level
    > of customer service.
    >
    > I paid for my version of Windows and it deserves the same attention as the
    > other versions which have received the benefit of this hotfix.
    >
    >
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Hello,
    >
    > Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Services.
    >
    > I appreciate the time taken to write back to us.
    >
    >
    > I would like to inform you that Hotfix is based on platform, hotfix only
    > provided according to the Platform.
    >
    > The hotfix ID you have provided is applicable only for 32bit platform and
    > it
    > is not applicable for 64bit.
    >
    > I suggest that you contact Microsoft Support Professional via e-mail,
    > telephone, and for some products, chat to resolve your issue. Depending on
    > how you obtained your software, there may be fees to use the Assisted
    > Support
    > option. Please visit the following link and select the appropriate version
    > to
    > contact the Support Team:
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&ln=en-us&gprid=1173&
    >
    >
    > I hope the above information is helpful and appreciate your patience.
    >
    > Thank you,
    >
    > Roshi
    >
    > Microsoft Customer Service Representative
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > end of conversation
    >
    >
    > The problem is that all of the options provided, except this one, require
    > that you pay a minimum of $60 just for the privilage of reporting your
    > issue,
    > which seems very un-American to me.
    >
    > The MSDN option doesn't seem appropriate since it's not a developer issue,
    > but even if it was you must be a paid subscriber to be heard by them as
    > well.
    >
    > So, to recap: There is an problem with the operatining sysytem. Microsoft
    > knows about it. They have provided a fix for most versions of the OS. How
    > would I go about directing their attention to the missing fix for my
    > system?
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 13, 2007
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  3. Raybo58

    Raybo58 Guest

    Thank you so much.

    I went through this about 5 years ago when I found a bug in VBA for Excel. I
    spent 3 days on the web and on the phone and no one could tell me what I
    needed to do to simply report a bug without having to pay, so I just gave up.

    You're my hero.

    And sorry for the duplicate post. When I clicked "Post" the first time a
    pop-up appeared saying that there was an unidentified error and brought be
    back to blank form. So I figured I had to type it all again.

    The page said something about giving your reply a rating, but I can't figure
    out how to do that. So give yourself 5 stars our of 5.

    I just hope that the team in charge of bug reports are the same aren't the
    same people in some Indian customer service center that were proccessing the
    hotfix requests. :)

    "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:

    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/gp/contactbug
    >
    > "Raybo58" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > How does someone report a specific issue to the appropriate Microsoft
    > > operating system maintenance team?
    > >
    > > I get an error message that says "This application has requested the
    > > Runtime
    > > to terminate it in an unusual way"
    > >
    > > The specifics:
    > >
    > > When I reach a cretain point in the game Half-Life 2: Episode One I get
    > > the
    > > error message specifed above.
    > >
    > > After an exhausting search, I found what appears to be the answer to the
    > > problem on the Steam website. Which is to apply a hotfix from Microsoft.
    > >
    > > From what I've gathered the hotfix is not available for the x64 version of
    > > XP Pro, but it is available for just about every other version. So
    > > naturally
    > > I want to report the problem and express my desire to see the issue
    > > addressed
    > > for my system.
    > >
    > > You must fill out a form to request the hotfix in question, which I did,
    > > and
    > > what follows is the conversation I've had so far with several members of
    > > the
    > > hotfix request team...
    > >
    > > --- Original Message ---
    > > From : raymond
    > > Sent : Monday, December 10, 2007 3:28:02 PM UTC
    > > To :
    > > Subject : Microsoft Online Customer Service
    > >
    > > CUSTOMER PROVIDED SYSTEM PROPERTIES
    > > Country/Region: United States
    > >
    > > Hotfix
    > > Article Hotfix ID:896256
    > > Platform:64-bit Operating System (x64, EM64T or AMD64)
    > > Product language:English
    > >
    > > PRODUCT
    > > Half-Life 2: Episode one
    > >
    > > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > > From:
    > > To: raymond
    > > CC:
    > > Subject: RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    > > Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 18:20:03 +0000
    > >
    > >
    > > Hello,
    > >
    > > Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Service.
    > >
    > >
    > > I have received your request for a hot fix; however, I do not have enough
    > > information to ensure I send you the correct hot fix.
    > >
    > >
    > > The hotfix article KB896256 applies to:
    > >
    > > Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
    > >
    > > Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
    > >
    > > Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, when used with:
    > >
    > > Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    > >
    > > Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    > >
    > > Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
    > >
    > >
    > > Please assist us by confirming the product name and hotfix article number.
    > > As soon as we receive clarification from you, we will process the request.
    > >
    > >
    > > I appreciate your patience and look forward to your response.
    > >
    > > Thank you,
    > >
    > > Ramesh
    > >
    > > Microsoft Customer Service Representative
    > >
    > > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > >
    > > From : Raymond
    > > Sent : Tuesday, December 11, 2007 10:26:33 AM UTC
    > > To : "Microsoft Online Customer Service"
    > > Subject : RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    > >
    > > The information you have requested, the hotfix article number and the
    > > product name, are both contained in the original hotfix request I
    > > submitted,
    > > as evidenced above. However I will endeavor to provide you as much info as
    > > I
    > > can.
    > >
    > > When I reach a specific point in the game Half-Life 2:Episode One the game
    > > crashes and displays the exact error message as is mentioned here...
    > >
    > > http://support.steampowered.com/cgi...nNlYXJjaF9ubCZwX3BhZ2U9Mw**&p_li=&p_topview=1
    > >
    > > and they recommend the hotfix prescribed by Microsoft in the following
    > > article...
    > >
    > > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884538
    > >
    > > The article states:
    > >
    > > "CAUSE
    > > This problem may occur when you use the /GR and the /MD compiler switches,
    > > and the version of the Msvcrt.dll file and of the Msvcirt.dll file is
    > > 7.0.x.
    > >
    > > Note This problem does not occur when you use a version of the Msvcrt.dll
    > > file and of the Msvcirt.dll file that is earlier than 7.0."
    > >
    > > The version of msvcirt.dll in my System32 folder is 7.0.3790.3959
    > > (srv03_sp2_rtm.070216-1710)
    > >
    > > My system details are as follows..
    > >
    > > Windows XP Professional x64 with all of the latest sevice packs and
    > > updates
    > > as of 12/10/2007.
    > >
    > > Motherboard:
    > > Manufacturer : ECS
    > > Model : 945GCT-M
    > > System BIOS : 63-0100-000001-00101111-072407-Lakeport
    > > Total Memory : 2GB DDR2-SDRAM
    > >
    > > Chipset 1:
    > > Model : Elitegroup Computer Sys 82945G Processor to I/O Controller
    > > Revision : A3
    > > Bus : Intel AGTL+
    > > Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 200MHz (800MHz data rate)
    > > Maximum FSB Speed : 4x 267MHz (1068MHz data rate)
    > > Width : 64-bit
    > >
    > > Processor:
    > > Model : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz
    > > Speed : 2.20GHz
    > > Cores per Processor : 2 Unit(s)
    > > Threads per Core : 1 Unit(s)
    > > Type : Dual-Core
    > > Bus : Intel AGTL+
    > > Package : FC LGA775
    > > Rated Speed/FSB : 2200MHz / 4x 200MHz
    > > Multiplier : 11/1x
    > > Minimum/Maximum Multiplier : 6/1x / 11/1x
    > > Generation : G8
    > > Name : C2DC (Conroe) Core 2 Duo 65nm 2.4-3.33GHz 1.0375-1.3V
    > > Revision/Stepping : F / D (0)
    > > Microcode : MU06FDA1
    > > Core Voltage Rating : 1.325V
    > >
    > > Video Adapter:
    > > Model : Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
    > > Chipset : Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
    > > RAMDAC : Internal
    > > Video BIOS : Intel Video BIOS
    > > VGA Compatible : No
    > > Total Memory : 224MB (218MB Video)
    > > Texture Memory : 218MB
    > > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > >
    > > From:
    > > To: raymond
    > > CC:
    > > Subject: RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    > > Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 12:11:57 +0000
    > >
    > >
    > > Hello,
    > >
    > > Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Service.
    > >
    > >
    > > The hotfix described in 884538: “You receive a "This application has
    > > requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way" error message
    > > when
    > > you run a custom Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 program in Windows XP" applies
    > > only
    > > for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, when used with:
    > > · Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    > > · Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    > >
    > > I also would like to inform you that the hotfix is available only for X86
    > > platform for English language.
    > >
    > > Please assist us by providing the exact hotfix article (E.g., KB895477),
    > > the
    > > platform, and the product (E.g., Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2,
    > > Windows Server 2000 Service Pack 4 etc.) in which you would like to
    > > install
    > > the hotfix. As soon as we receive clarification from you, we will process
    > > the
    > > request.
    > >
    > >
    > > I hope your issue is resolved at the earliest and appreciate your patience
    > > in this regard. Meeting and exceeding your expectations are my top
    > > priorities.
    > >
    > >
    > > Thank you,
    > >
    > > Ganga
    > >
    > > Microsoft Customer Service Representative
    > > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > >
    > > From : Raymond
    > > Sent : Tuesday, December 11, 2007 5:47:41 PM UTC
    > > To : "Microsoft Online Customer Service"
    > > Subject : RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    > >
    > > ok, even though the information you have requested is already in the
    > > thread
    > > of this email several times, I can provide it yet again.
    > >
    > > The article number is kb884538
    > >
    > > But it seems like you're trying to tell me that the hotfix is currently
    > > unavailable for the 64-bit version of Windows XP Pro.
    > >
    > > So, if that is the case, could you please forward this to your OS
    > > maintenance people as a request to provide the users of this product the
    > > benefit of their services?
    > >
    > > thank you
    > >
    > > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > > From:
    > > To: raymond
    > > CC:
    > > Subject: RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    > > Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 22:30:01 +0000
    > >
    > >
    > > Hello,
    > >
    > > Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Service.
    > >
    > > The platform for the hotfix article ID 884538 is unavailable in Microsoft
    > > Knowledge Base.
    > >
    > > I have included some self-help resources that may address your issue, and
    > > information on how to contact Technical Support. If the self-help
    > > resources
    > > that are provided do not resolve your issue, or if you prefer assisted
    > > technical support, you can contact the technical support team directly at
    > > the
    > > URL that is provided below.
    > >
    > > Assisted Support:
    > >
    > >
    > > You may work with a Microsoft Support Professional via e-mail, telephone,
    > > and for some products, chat to resolve your issue. Depending on how you
    > > obtained your software, there may be fees to use the Assisted Support
    > > option.
    > > Please visit the following link and select the appropriate version to
    > > contact
    > > the Support Team:
    > >
    > > http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&ln=en-us&gprid=1173&
    > >
    > >
    > > Please note that if the software came from your computer manufacturer,
    > > please contact your computer manufacturer directly. Contact information
    > > for
    > > most major computer manufacturers is available at:
    > >
    > > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=oemphone
    > >
    > >
    > > Self-Help Resources:
    > >
    > >
    > > You may search the Product Solution Center or the Knowledge Base of
    > > self-help articles to resolve your issue using the following link:
    > >
    > > http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1173
    > >
    > >
    > > You may also post your issue in the Microsoft news groups. Please visit
    > > the
    Raybo58, Dec 13, 2007
    #3
  4. The duplicate posting bug is in the web-based reader. Don't worry about it.
    Give the posting time and see if it appears (sometimes a few minutes) before
    reposting. That's what I do.

    The team that develops the software turns over responsibility to Product
    Support Services at the time the product releases to manufacturing. That's
    why bug reporting is not the same as it was when the product was still in
    beta.

    "Raybo58" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Thank you so much.
    >
    > I went through this about 5 years ago when I found a bug in VBA for Excel.
    > I
    > spent 3 days on the web and on the phone and no one could tell me what I
    > needed to do to simply report a bug without having to pay, so I just gave
    > up.
    >
    > You're my hero.
    >
    > And sorry for the duplicate post. When I clicked "Post" the first time a
    > pop-up appeared saying that there was an unidentified error and brought be
    > back to blank form. So I figured I had to type it all again.
    >
    > The page said something about giving your reply a rating, but I can't
    > figure
    > out how to do that. So give yourself 5 stars our of 5.
    >
    > I just hope that the team in charge of bug reports are the same aren't the
    > same people in some Indian customer service center that were proccessing
    > the
    > hotfix requests. :)
    >
    > "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
    >
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/gp/contactbug
    >>
    >> "Raybo58" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> > How does someone report a specific issue to the appropriate Microsoft
    >> > operating system maintenance team?
    >> >
    >> > I get an error message that says "This application has requested the
    >> > Runtime
    >> > to terminate it in an unusual way"
    >> >
    >> > The specifics:
    >> >
    >> > When I reach a cretain point in the game Half-Life 2: Episode One I get
    >> > the
    >> > error message specifed above.
    >> >
    >> > After an exhausting search, I found what appears to be the answer to
    >> > the
    >> > problem on the Steam website. Which is to apply a hotfix from
    >> > Microsoft.
    >> >
    >> > From what I've gathered the hotfix is not available for the x64 version
    >> > of
    >> > XP Pro, but it is available for just about every other version. So
    >> > naturally
    >> > I want to report the problem and express my desire to see the issue
    >> > addressed
    >> > for my system.
    >> >
    >> > You must fill out a form to request the hotfix in question, which I
    >> > did,
    >> > and
    >> > what follows is the conversation I've had so far with several members
    >> > of
    >> > the
    >> > hotfix request team...
    >> >
    >> > --- Original Message ---
    >> > From : raymond
    >> > Sent : Monday, December 10, 2007 3:28:02 PM UTC
    >> > To :
    >> > Subject : Microsoft Online Customer Service
    >> >
    >> > CUSTOMER PROVIDED SYSTEM PROPERTIES
    >> > Country/Region: United States
    >> >
    >> > Hotfix
    >> > Article Hotfix ID:896256
    >> > Platform:64-bit Operating System (x64, EM64T or AMD64)
    >> > Product language:English
    >> >
    >> > PRODUCT
    >> > Half-Life 2: Episode one
    >> >
    >> > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >> > From:
    >> >
    >> > To: raymond
    >> > CC:
    >> > Subject: RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    >> > Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 18:20:03 +0000
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Hello,
    >> >
    >> > Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Service.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > I have received your request for a hot fix; however, I do not have
    >> > enough
    >> > information to ensure I send you the correct hot fix.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > The hotfix article KB896256 applies to:
    >> >
    >> > Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
    >> >
    >> > Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
    >> >
    >> > Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, when used with:
    >> >
    >> > Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    >> >
    >> > Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    >> >
    >> > Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Please assist us by confirming the product name and hotfix article
    >> > number.
    >> > As soon as we receive clarification from you, we will process the
    >> > request.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > I appreciate your patience and look forward to your response.
    >> >
    >> > Thank you,
    >> >
    >> > Ramesh
    >> >
    >> > Microsoft Customer Service Representative
    >> >
    >> > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >> >
    >> > From : Raymond
    >> > Sent : Tuesday, December 11, 2007 10:26:33 AM UTC
    >> > To : "Microsoft Online Customer Service"
    >> > Subject : RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    >> >
    >> > The information you have requested, the hotfix article number and the
    >> > product name, are both contained in the original hotfix request I
    >> > submitted,
    >> > as evidenced above. However I will endeavor to provide you as much info
    >> > as
    >> > I
    >> > can.
    >> >
    >> > When I reach a specific point in the game Half-Life 2:Episode One the
    >> > game
    >> > crashes and displays the exact error message as is mentioned here...
    >> >
    >> > http://support.steampowered.com/cgi...nNlYXJjaF9ubCZwX3BhZ2U9Mw**&p_li=&p_topview=1
    >> >
    >> > and they recommend the hotfix prescribed by Microsoft in the following
    >> > article...
    >> >
    >> > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884538
    >> >
    >> > The article states:
    >> >
    >> > "CAUSE
    >> > This problem may occur when you use the /GR and the /MD compiler
    >> > switches,
    >> > and the version of the Msvcrt.dll file and of the Msvcirt.dll file is
    >> > 7.0.x.
    >> >
    >> > Note This problem does not occur when you use a version of the
    >> > Msvcrt.dll
    >> > file and of the Msvcirt.dll file that is earlier than 7.0."
    >> >
    >> > The version of msvcirt.dll in my System32 folder is 7.0.3790.3959
    >> > (srv03_sp2_rtm.070216-1710)
    >> >
    >> > My system details are as follows..
    >> >
    >> > Windows XP Professional x64 with all of the latest sevice packs and
    >> > updates
    >> > as of 12/10/2007.
    >> >
    >> > Motherboard:
    >> > Manufacturer : ECS
    >> > Model : 945GCT-M
    >> > System BIOS : 63-0100-000001-00101111-072407-Lakeport
    >> > Total Memory : 2GB DDR2-SDRAM
    >> >
    >> > Chipset 1:
    >> > Model : Elitegroup Computer Sys 82945G Processor to I/O Controller
    >> > Revision : A3
    >> > Bus : Intel AGTL+
    >> > Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 200MHz (800MHz data rate)
    >> > Maximum FSB Speed : 4x 267MHz (1068MHz data rate)
    >> > Width : 64-bit
    >> >
    >> > Processor:
    >> > Model : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz
    >> > Speed : 2.20GHz
    >> > Cores per Processor : 2 Unit(s)
    >> > Threads per Core : 1 Unit(s)
    >> > Type : Dual-Core
    >> > Bus : Intel AGTL+
    >> > Package : FC LGA775
    >> > Rated Speed/FSB : 2200MHz / 4x 200MHz
    >> > Multiplier : 11/1x
    >> > Minimum/Maximum Multiplier : 6/1x / 11/1x
    >> > Generation : G8
    >> > Name : C2DC (Conroe) Core 2 Duo 65nm 2.4-3.33GHz 1.0375-1.3V
    >> > Revision/Stepping : F / D (0)
    >> > Microcode : MU06FDA1
    >> > Core Voltage Rating : 1.325V
    >> >
    >> > Video Adapter:
    >> > Model : Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
    >> > Chipset : Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
    >> > RAMDAC : Internal
    >> > Video BIOS : Intel Video BIOS
    >> > VGA Compatible : No
    >> > Total Memory : 224MB (218MB Video)
    >> > Texture Memory : 218MB
    >> > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >> >
    >> > From:
    >> >
    >> > To: raymond
    >> > CC:
    >> > Subject: RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    >> > Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 12:11:57 +0000
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Hello,
    >> >
    >> > Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Service.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > The hotfix described in 884538: “You receive a "This application has
    >> > requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way" error message
    >> > when
    >> > you run a custom Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 program in Windows XP"
    >> > applies
    >> > only
    >> > for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, when used with:
    >> > · Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    >> > · Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    >> >
    >> > I also would like to inform you that the hotfix is available only for
    >> > X86
    >> > platform for English language.
    >> >
    >> > Please assist us by providing the exact hotfix article (E.g.,
    >> > KB895477),
    >> > the
    >> > platform, and the product (E.g., Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack
    >> > 2,
    >> > Windows Server 2000 Service Pack 4 etc.) in which you would like to
    >> > install
    >> > the hotfix. As soon as we receive clarification from you, we will
    >> > process
    >> > the
    >> > request.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > I hope your issue is resolved at the earliest and appreciate your
    >> > patience
    >> > in this regard. Meeting and exceeding your expectations are my top
    >> > priorities.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Thank you,
    >> >
    >> > Ganga
    >> >
    >> > Microsoft Customer Service Representative
    >> > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >> >
    >> > From : Raymond
    >> > Sent : Tuesday, December 11, 2007 5:47:41 PM UTC
    >> > To : "Microsoft Online Customer Service"
    >> > Subject : RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    >> >
    >> > ok, even though the information you have requested is already in the
    >> > thread
    >> > of this email several times, I can provide it yet again.
    >> >
    >> > The article number is kb884538
    >> >
    >> > But it seems like you're trying to tell me that the hotfix is currently
    >> > unavailable for the 64-bit version of Windows XP Pro.
    >> >
    >> > So, if that is the case, could you please forward this to your OS
    >> > maintenance people as a request to provide the users of this product
    >> > the
    >> > benefit of their services?
    >> >
    >> > thank you
    >> >
    >> > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >> > From:
    >> >
    >> > To: raymond
    >> > CC:
    >> > Subject: RE: SRX1052119233ID - Microsoft Online Customer Service
    >> > Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 22:30:01 +0000
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Hello,
    >> >
    >> > Thank you for contacting Microsoft Customer Service.
    >> >
    >> > The platform for the hotfix article ID 884538 is unavailable in
    >> > Microsoft
    >> > Knowledge Base.
    >> >
    >> > I have included some self-help resources that may address your issue,
    >> > and
    >> > information on how to contact Technical Support. If the self-help
    >> > resources
    >> > that are provided do not resolve your issue, or if you prefer assisted
    >> > technical support, you can contact the technical support team directly
    >> > at
    >> > the
    >> > URL that is provided below.
    >> >
    >> > Assisted Support:
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > You may work with a Microsoft Support Professional via e-mail,
    >> > telephone,
    >> > and for some products, chat to resolve your issue. Depending on how you
    >> > obtained your software, there may be fees to use the Assisted Support
    >> > option.
    >> > Please visit the following link and select the appropriate version to
    >> > contact
    >> > the Support Team:
    >> >
    >> > http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&ln=en-us&gprid=1173&
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Please note that if the software came from your computer manufacturer,
    >> > please contact your computer manufacturer directly. Contact information
    >> > for
    >> > most major computer manufacturers is available at:
    >> >
    >> > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=oemphone
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Self-Help Resources:
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > You may search the Product Solution Center or the Knowledge Base of
    >> > self-help articles to resolve your issue using the following link:
    >> >
    >> > http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1173
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > You may also post your issue in the Microsoft news groups. Please visit
    >> > the
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 14, 2007
    #4
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