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Thread: [ AGGREGATE ] Common technical issues for the LoK games

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    [ AGGREGATE ] Common technical issues for the LoK games

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    Having trouble with "torn"-look graphics in SR2?

    Originally posted by Jurjen:

    This is because of the strange (and slightly buggy) way the Geforce4MX supports/emulates vertex shaders.
    If you have a Geforce4MX (as you do) you'll have to go into the game registry entry (using regedit) at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Crystal Dynamics\Soul Reaver 2\1.00.000 and set DisableVShader to 1.

    In addition you can try enabling fullscreen FX in the Setup. (Patched game required).

    [ Note: enabling full-screen effects is a good idea in general if you have a GeForce 3 or higher. To get to Setup, go to your Start menu, then Programs, then Eidos Interactive, then Soul Reaver 2, and then Setup - blinc ]

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    You have an ATI Radeon 8500 and Soul Reaver 2 is all blue?
    This was an issue with the original release of the game, patching it to 1.01 or 1.02 should get you fixed up.

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    SR2 and/or BO2 crash frequently or sound is hashed up, and your graphis card uses an nVidia chip? Download the latest Detonator drivers (40.72 as of this writing) from http://www.nvidia.com/ - the 28.32 series caused these problems for most users.

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    You deleted the Soul Reaver 2 folder on your PC instead of uninstalling the game, and now you can't reinstall it because it thinks it is already there? You'll need to do some registry editing. Be VERY careful, because you can make your PC unuseable if you screw up. If you've never edited the registry before, you should probably ask a friend for help. Go into HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, then Software, then Eidos Interactive, and delete the entire Soul Reaver 2 tree. Now you'll be able to install the game again. Use the proper uninstall next time =).

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    SR2 locks up while playing the music at the main menu? Make sure you have DirectX 8.1 installed (8.0 is not enough) and the game is patched.

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    SR2 hard locks your system after the CrystalD logo, and you have a motherboard with a VIA chipset and Windows XP/2000? Download and install the 4-in-1 and IDE bus miniport drivers (they are seperate downloads) from http://www.viaarena.com/. Important: you MUST install the IDE bus miniport driver seperately. It is different from the IDE filter driver included with the 4-in-1s, and your problem will NOT be solved if you don't install it.

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    SR1 doesn't run properly under Windows XP/2000? Have a look here:

    http://www.thelostworlds.net/SR1-XP.HTML

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    The original Blood Omen doesn't run properly under Windows 2000 or XP? Look here for instructions:

    http://www.thelostworlds.net/BO1-XP.HTML

    Anything I missed?
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    With your permission I am making this a Sticky topic (meaning it will stay at the top of the forum) and leaving it open for editing. Other issues can then be added to it as the Community sees fit.

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    A STICKY Topic, You must be so proud Blinc, It will stop it having to be bumped at least!

    Jeffers.

    Edit: I just thought I would maybe add the Old Dark Forge bug, for people who have an older PS2 version of SR2.

    If you try to exit the dark forge and can't and thw hole where you insert the Reaver Vanishes, the simple answer is that you have scared the Birds outside the Dark Forge on your way in. To fix it, you need to load up your last save and go back there, and make sure that you DON'T scare the birds on your way in!

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    The original Blood Omen doesn't run properly under Windows 2000 or XP? For many people it doesn't, because the game tries to access the hardware directly, which newer Microsoft OSes don't allow. Your best bet it to install it on a Windows 98 machine or buy the Playstation version and run it on an emulator.

    There is a patch to get Blood Omen to run under Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

    The Patch is Here: http://pub6.ezboard.com/fnosgothfrm9...picID=86.topic

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    Yeah, but that's a hacked, unsupported patch, made by someone anonymous. It could do all kinds of bad stuff, which is why I didn't mention it. Also, it didn't work when I tried using it on my PC.
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    Additionally... Blood Omen is not compatible with DirectX 8.1

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    I have a 99 comp

    that has windows 98 that is updated and upgraded often to keep up with the times and my computer runs the games fast and I have yet to run into any glitches besides slow down sometimes that is expectable with all the programs I run at once. My only exception to this was a problem that Bo1 at times was skipping movies from playing though worked completely when viewed later in the DD. I've seen it like this on other computers. If there is a solution to that, which I've seen on other boards then this one as well though I can't remember the solution, it could be added. Sometimes people mention slowdown to movies starting as well. I have yet to ever patch a game. They run fine though. I also have a Microsoft Pc controler that solves much of the keyboard control problems. Sometimes it gets laggy with a keyboard. The controler solves things. It gives the awkword control of a keyboard a better feel and improves the capabilies of the controler to do just that.

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    Originally posted by blincoln
    Yeah, but that's a hacked, unsupported patch, made by someone anonymous. It could do all kinds of bad stuff, which is why I didn't mention it. Also, it didn't work when I tried using it on my PC.
    i`ve used that patch, and i have a flawless experience in Win XP Pro. i`ve not seen any bad stuff yet. ...yet...

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    Az, out of curiousity do you have your XP partition formatted as FAT or NTFS? I was wondering if that might make a difference.
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    mine is formatted as FAT32

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    I thought so. I should try installing it on my FAT partition and see if it works.
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    Question SR2 Sound Problems

    During Cutscenes and music, I am hearing a "pop, crackle" over and over. It is not super loud, kinda low to medium. If I turn off Music in game options, it goes away EXCEPT for the cutscenes. Very annoying.

    P4 1.8
    ASUS P4S533
    PNY GEforce4 Ti4400 (29.42 drivers)
    Turtle Beach Santa Cruz (4161 drivers)
    WinXP Pro (all updates)

    Soul Reaver 2 (1.20 patch)

    Any ideas or thoughts???

    Thanks,

    CCW

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    uhu.......
    and about that dark forge bug.....its only on PS2 version right?
    Or did I miss something?
    Oh well,I finished it 30 times,I can do it again.

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    Yes, just the PS2 version =).
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    Is there anywhere else that I can download the patch to make Blood Omen 1 work on Windows xp? I can't access the link a blank page just comes up.
    'Keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer'

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    Here's the direct link: http://2kfix.cjb.net/kain2kfix.zip
    Remember, this is just a hack. It didn't make the game work on my XP machine.
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    Thanks, I got the patch and it works, I can play Blood Omen 1 again. But the gameplay sometimes slows down or speeds up suddenly and extremely(for the game), and after I turn it on or load a game.
    'Keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer'

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    Yeah, I've heard about that problem too. Oh well, you got further than I did =).
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    Hey, wow! I just tried reinstalling the game on my Win98 partition (I have dual boot) while running XP, and if I install the hacked EXE there I can play under XP just fine! This is really cool.
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    Full instructions for running BO1 under XP have been uploaded to my website:

    http://www.thelostworlds.net/BO1-XP.HTML
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    I have SR2 and it say's that I need to' insert the correct CD ROM and then restart the application' and I have SR2 inside.
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    Do you have more than one CD-ROM drive?

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    I have, and this happens with alot of my games(most of them have at least two cd's)
    'Keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer'

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    A lot of games are picky about having the install disc in the same drive as when you originally installed the game. I think SR2 might be one of them.

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    This didn't fix my problem!
    'Keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer'

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