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Virtual Pool 3 Has Stopped Working [Error 0xc0000005]

Before I begin, I should mention that I’m using Windows Vista Home Premium, 32-bit.

So I’ve been dabbling in my old PC games as of late. Namely Virtual Pool 3 – a classic.

I’ve been playing it for a while. But, all of a sudden it stopped working. As soon as I click the game to start playing, I get a message popping up saying “Virtual Pool 3 Has Stopped Working.” After Windows checks for a solution it says…

A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

With no obvious solution being found on the internet, I’m left with writing this blog entry; a plea for help.

For anyone who’s got some programming chops or has some deep understanding of the inner workings of the Windows Vista operating system, I’ve done a little bit of research on the problem.

Going into the Control Panel under Administrative Tools, looking at the Event Viewer, I’ve found a few logs with details about this error. It says I’ve encountered an “exception code 0xc0000005.” To be more specific, here’s exactly what the log entry says…

Faulting application vp3.exe, version, time stamp 0x47e6ca05, faulting module vp3.exe, version, time stamp 0x47e6ca05, exception code 0xc0000005, fault offset 0x003ecb0f, process id 0x1350, application start time 0x01ca028518c059e5.

And, for a touch more information, here’s a screen shot of the debugging information involved with this error. I don’t know if it helps or not, but more info is better than less. (Click the picture for a larger image.)


Each time I try to run Virtual Pool 3, I get this error in the Event Viewer. It’s quite frustrating. I’m usually pretty handy at solving computer problems, but this has got me hacked. I’ve tried all different settings in the “Compatibility” tab. I’ve tried all the options on the Virtual Pool 3 Support Page.

I’ve completely uninstalled the program via Vista Manager, with its Smart Uninstaller which removes all registry entries and any leftover files that may be hanging around after the uninstall procedure.

Still nothing.

So, if there’s anyone out there with more information about this error, I’d be greatly appreciative if you could leave a comment with your suggestions as to how to fix this error! I know this is an old game, but it’s the best pool simulator out there… as far as I know. I’d really like to be able to play it again.

Read a book! It’s good for you.

  1. Monday December 24, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    I get the same error with Windows 8 (Virtual Pool 3 has stopped working, etc.) Is there an update for W-8? I also get the same message with VP3 on CD installed which worked with Windows 7.

  2. Ward
    Monday June 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    I am getting the same error with Windows 7

  3. Shark
    Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Yup same here too…exactly same experience and I also think it’s the best pool game out there…anyone found a fix for this?

  4. mike fitzmaurice
    Thursday December 3, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    I just upgraded to win10. Never had a prob B4 that. Best POOL GAME EVER. WE ALL need HELP!

  5. Donn
    Wednesday December 9, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Same here exactly as your experience. Difference is I have installed a new graphics card… The onboard one worked w/vp3 but this new NVIDIA doesnt – I get the same error… What psss me off is Celeris doesnt have contact info. Unless you’re BUYING of course…

  1. Thursday April 14, 2011 at 7:41 PM

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