It sounds like your game might not be supported in the XP environment. This will become more and more common as XP becomes more and more out of date. It's 12 years old and in the world of computers that's an eternity. What little support it still has will be entirely withdrawn by Microsoft next year.
I have a Windows XP computer that I bought in 2006. Sometimes when I'm playing a game on my computer, the game will crash. It'll still be on but the screen will turn black. I'll then hit ctrl alt del, and the task manager says the game is not responding. The problem is that at this point it won't let me click! The cursor is completely gone and at this point I cannot get out of the game or the task manager window. So I have no choice but to hit the power button of the computer to turn it off and then I'll turn it back on. My questions are:
Is there any way to get out of the task manager and the crashed program without having to hit the power button to turn the computer off?
Are there any keyboard shortcuts I could hit? I tried ctrl w but nothing happened. I tried alt f4 but nothing happened.
How can I get the cursor back?
Thank you for any help!