View Full Version : Gah! Found a bug really quick
Thu, 29th Aug '02, 7:07am
Well, after excitedly getting Icewind Dale 2 on its first day out, I install it, spend a lot of time creating a party, then when i try to start a game, it crashes to desktop. This has now happened twice! I can start a game with one of the pre-made parties, but not with the party I actually want to play with.
I should know better than to buy a game on its first day, but dangit, I really wanted this game. Instead I just pay more for it and I get to find all the bugs.
Sorry, ranting over. Guess I'll just sit back and wait for the patch. :mad:
Thu, 29th Aug '02, 5:55pm
Is there no patch out yet? :confused:
I mean NWN got it's first patch (of many) on the very day it was released. :p
Thu, 29th Aug '02, 6:48pm
Check the IWD2 trouble shooting forum at blackisle, I think this has happened to a few people.
Thu, 29th Aug '02, 9:42pm
Don't wait for the patch but instead post specs of your PC (OS, gfx card, sound card).
Please post what was suggested to you by BloodLust to overcome that bug.
[ August 29, 2002, 22:10: Message edited by: Extremist ]
Thu, 29th Aug '02, 10:10pm
I agree - tell us more about your comp. Your comp crashing when running IWD-2 does not necessarily mean that the game is faulty or buggy. There are plenty of other possible reasons.
And anyway, how about a re-install? Just takes some 30 min and usually cures the worst mistakes made by messing up a program (no pun intended, but that can happen). Reinstall rocks :cool: I love it :cool:
[ August 29, 2002, 22:12: Message edited by: Ragusa ]
Fri, 30th Aug '02, 1:42am
Sorry, I was just frustrated and went on a rant when I came here - I gave all the fine folks at Bioware the specifics of the problem and my specs. The thread is here if anyone has the same problem:
Unfortunately there's a lot of questions and not too many answers, but maybe some of the tricks will work for some people having problems.
Fri, 30th Aug '02, 2:40am
Only problem I had with mine when I got it, yes I got it the night it came to the store here. Was it crashed to the desktop when I didnt let it complete the little movie thing. What can I say, I was impatient :D
And, when I actually started playing, I found my computer is a little too slow to play it, so I installed it on my moms computer, and only thing I have wrong now, is a little lag when I tell them to move somewhere.
The game is as good as it was hyped, for the most part, it takes abit to get used to how they do the Feats, and how they work, and all that, but you can assimilate quickly.
Fri, 30th Aug '02, 2:48am
Darren Monahan just tacked up this little nugget on the Black Isle board:
"We may release a beta patch real soon to see if that helps you. Please stay tuned - we're testing now."
Good news indeed :)
Fri, 30th Aug '02, 7:39am
You'd think they would have caught this on beta testing, as obvious as it is. Just another good reason to not have standardized equipment when you're coding a game.
Fri, 30th Aug '02, 5:50pm
Look, I've seen those posts and these are things you're ought to do if IWD2 is "malfunctioning":
reinstallation may help update drivers for both graphics and sound card if your graphic card is ATI, try with lower resolution or downgrade drivers - yes, you read it correctly: DOWNGRADE! (edit: for example Win2K/ATI Radeon8500 with driver version 6071 seems to work perfectly, but on the other hand 6118 Catalyst locks up the game! On Win98SE you should try with old 9016s driver) if you're using Voodoo2 (or later) perhaps you should try with installing demo of 3rd party GL driver downloadable here: http://www.wicked3d.com/products/wickedgl/default.htm try with disabling EAX run dxdiag (start->run) and in Sound Tab lower the Hardware Sound Acceleration if you get flickering on the screen, or your game crashes on creation screen or by starting the game and you're using powerVR based card (for example Hercules 3D Prophet 4500 64MB, VideoLogic Vivid!XS or PowerVR Series 3), BIS already made a beta patch for that:
(edit: this thread starter has a similar problem, but he uses Leadtek GeForce 3 TI 200 and in his case the beta patch works too! However some other people with exactly the same card experienced disappearing of NPCs within the game in multiplayer mode - if you sleep?!?! One thing more, the beta patch doesn't solve crashing with Msi Geforce4 Ti 4600!) if you have anti-virus software running in background, try with disabling it before starting the game assign the IP adress by yourself (find it in the Network Properties) if you get "cannot connect to the game session" on IPX and TCP/IP while trying to establish a multiplayer game characters "stutter" should be fixed by setting the Path Search Nodes to 32 000, unless it's caused by a sound card in case which you should try with this (confirmed that works with lag after applying HoW patch and that in BG2 such stutter can be fixed by setting both audio and voice performance settings to basic acceleration on Windows ME/Soundblaster Live Value):
1. In control panel open "sound and multimedia properties"
2. In Audio/Advanced/Performance move the slider left to standard acceleration
3. Click on voice and change your prefered device to "game compatible device". After that click on advanced, then performance tabs. Move slider to the left to standard acceleration. The acceleration level on the "game compatible device" will revert to full acceleration each time you restart your computer. if that with sound doesn't help, perhaps you only need to increase the "frame rate", in fact AI updates per second (for example from 30 to 35) your map freezes? try with running IWD2 setup and lower the specs (for example: from default 600 lower it to 400 Mhz) nothing helped, your right-click on an item crashes the game... try with lowering color depth on 16 "old but gold" Infinity Engine cure - perhaps you should empty the contents in IWD2 subfolders:
cache Your installation was broken and now you can't reinstall or uninstall IWD2:
-Click on the Windows Start button, select Run...
-Click on Browse and navigate the folders till you get to the Icewind Dale II CD (e.g. D:\).
-Select the setup.exe program and click on Open. This should bring you back to the Run window with the setup.exe program shown in the Open: entry. At the end of this, type in -CleanRegistry.
Click on OK. This will run the IWD2 installer to clean up the registry entries for IWD2.That's it for now. If you want I may rewrite this with all links and stuff as a new thread.
[ September 02, 2002, 19:44: Message edited by: Extremist ]
Sat, 31st Aug '02, 4:20pm
Great stuff Ex, I'm sure the people having trouble with it will be grateful.