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Old 07-16-2008, 09:38 AM   #1   Add To Ignore List  
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Default [v2.070] Error starting game

Hi!

After installing patches 2.066b, 2.068 and 2.070 on my computer the game will not start anymore.

When I run Sam2.exe, the screen turns gray and a flickering is there. I can hear the sound of the croteam intro logo, but the screen keeps flickering.
I Alt-Tabbed away and re-Tabbed back, now I get the following error message:

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The application has malfunctioned and it will now close.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Please send eror log to the technical support.
Finnaly the game crashes.

My Sam2.log is that:

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-------- START DES LOGS --------

LOG: Core version: $Version: Serious Sam 2; 2.070.00:65824; 2006-PATCH-2-070-inc$
LOG: Command: $
LOG: Initializing timer.
LOG: Timestamp: 2008/07/16 15:35:06
LOG: Binary name: Sam2.exe
LOG: Binary soft path: Bin/
LOG: Binary hard path: C:\Programme\Serious Sam 2\Bin\
LOG: Application directory: C:\Programme\Serious Sam 2\
LOG: Loading group files...
LOG: All_PC_01.gro: 1194 files
LOG: All_PC_02.gro: 5213 files
LOG: All_PC_03.gro: 3274 files
LOG: Content_DEU.gro: 276 files
LOG: Movies_PC_01.gro: 56 files
LOG: Movies_PC_02.gro: 44 files
LOG: Patch_02_066_Content_DEU.gro: 4 files
LOG: Patch_02_068.gro: 360 files
LOG: Patch_02_068_Content_DEU.gro: 18 files
LOG: --- Serious Engine Startup ---
LOG:
LOG: Examining underlying OS...
LOG: Type: WinNT
LOG: Version: 5.1, build 2600
LOG: Misc: Service Pack 3
LOG:
LOG: Detecting CPU...
LOG: Vendor: GenuineIntel
LOG: Type: 0, Family: 6, Model: 15, Stepping: 13
LOG: MMX: Yes
LOG: SSE: Yes
LOG: CMOV: Yes
LOG: Clock: 2000 MHz
LOG:
LOG: Error loading ImmWraper.dll: Dynamic module "C:\Programme\Serious Sam 2\Bin\ImmWrapper.dll" not found!.
LOG: IFeel disabled
LOG: Config file 'Content/SeriousSam2/Config/boot.cfg' doesn't exist.
LOG: Processing config file 'Content/SeriousSam2/Config/autoexec.cfg'.
LOG: Processing config file 'Content/SeriousSam2/Config/user.cfg'.
ERR: <memory stream>(4) : error : invalid expression part.
ERR: Syntax error in command.
LOG: Loading cvars from "Content/SeriousSam2/Sam2.ini".
LOG:
LOG: Desktopeinstellungen:
LOG: Farbtiefe: 32-Bit
LOG: Desktopauflösung: 1024 x 768
LOG: Virtueller Bildschirm: 1024 x 768
LOG: Angeschlossene Monitore: 1
LOG: (Direct3D) Kontext erfolgreich erstellt.
INF:
INF: Gfx API: Direct3D
INF: Resolution: 1024 x 768
INF: Vendor: MS DirectX
INF: Renderer: Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
INF: Version: 6.14.10.4926
INF:
INF: Sfx API: DirectSound
INF: Device: Realtek HD Audio output
INF: Mixer freq: 44100 Hz
INF: HW voices: 31
INF: Max sounds: 25 (5 same)
INF: Env FX: enabled
INF: Current environment: Padded cell
INF:
LOG: Winsock opened ok.
LOG: Module 'Bin/CodecOGG.module' loaded in '0.00' seconds.
LOG: Module 'Bin/Shaders.module' loaded in '2.33' seconds.
LOG: Module 'Bin/Shaders.module' loaded in '0.00' seconds.
LOG: Module 'Bin/ProcRender.module' loaded in '0.01' seconds.
LOG: Module 'Bin/Sam2Game.module' loaded in '2.39' seconds.
LOG: "F3" rebound to "plccmdVoteYes" for profile "Serious Sam"
LOG: "F4" rebound to "plccmdVoteNo" for profile "Serious Sam"
TRC: Boot stage completed.
TRC: (Direct3D) Device lost - waiting for reset.
LOG:
LOG: 2008/07/16 15:35:12: Crashed. (free memory: 382.5078 MB)
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TRC: (Direct3D) Device lost - waiting for reset.
Try updating your video card's driver.
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Oh my god! ****!!!

The problem is, that the flickering is also in other games, but I finally updated the graphics drivers!!!!!!

Whats the matter?!!!
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Well, you have a very outdated video card (on board graphics accelerator, more correctly). Seeing as you do get sounds from the game, there's a problem with either your video card or your video card's driver (presumably because it's older than the game). So it's best to try to download the most recent driver for your card and update. Hopefully that works.
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I tried the newest driver version from intel and then the older one from my computer's manufactury.

I'm wondering, why the 2.064a patch worked fine, without flickering, even with high texture size.
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Hmm, parts of the game's code gets changed between patches, so maybe some piece of code causes an incompatibility issue with your card's driver. Perhaps it's best to stick with the latest WORKING patch.
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:37 PM   #7   Add To Ignore List  
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Discy, that "TRC" message you pointed out happens to me as well, and my game works fine. It happens when the game is minimized.
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Well excuuuuuuuuuse me, but instead of discrediting me, how about you come up with some suggestions?!
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Default Re: [v2.070] Error starting game

One thing is for sure, that TRC message is not supposed to be there, nor is it a good thing.
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I tried some other:

setting
gfx_iAPI = 1;
that makes opengl as renderer engine.

But: then I get the following error:
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Parse error: Cannot set display mode!
GfxAPI error:
OpenGL error: Missing support for off-screen-rendering (frame buffer objects).
What can I do to disable the missing support ?
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To run Sam2 in OpenGL you need at least a PixelShader V2.0 capable video card, unfortunately these integrated cards, like yours have only mediocre support for the minimum requirement which is PixelShader v1.1.

You might try setting mdl_bHardwareSkinning to 0 through the sam2.ini, I know this caused me some trouble when this patch came out, but I feel that there is some other option that may have changed between patches to cause your gray screen but am unable to test.

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No, that doesn't work...

There's still flickering.
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