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#1 13 years ago

I've read of people having crashing probs, but mine seems to be unique. About half the time, the game crashes to desktop, while it's launching, usually right at, or shortly after the THX logo comes on. Once it's up and running, it goes on fine for hours, except for a very infrequent, and apparently random crash. EA tells people it's out of date drivers, but that is not the case here, and seems to be a blanket statement they're CTA with. My system is plenty high end to run this game, even at full settings, though I set the resolution same as my desktop, at 1280 X 1024, partly because no more is needed, and in hopes it would crash less. There is one thing I thought it might have been. I downloaded the demo, before buying the game, because I was not sure I could handle a racing game. I usually remove a demo, after buying the retail copy, but this time I forgot to do so. The demo crashed in similar ways though, before installing the game. I also thought that it might have been related to Autorun, or what XP calls Autoplay. I had set my DVDs to "Take no Action", as I got tired of the prompt window for it opening up when I didn't respond fast enough to cancelling out the DVD player many DVD movies come with, when on occaision I'd forget to launch my Power DVD first. However, there is no choice for DVD games in Autoplay, just DVD movie programs, so what should I set it at for games? Lastly, I would like to see the music files for this game be changeable, as I'm really burned out on their stock titles. I have it set at random, but to make matters worse, the same half dozen or so songs keeps playing over and over. I figure there must be about 2G of space on the play disc devoted to the music files, rendering space for about 40 to 45 songs, in mp3 Pro format. I would really like to see them put this game on a DVDRW, for NFSU 3, but for now, I'd like to convert mine to a DVDRW. Would this involve knowing a sourcecode to load the entire play disc on my harddrive, then copy it to a DVDRW? Also, would I then be able to erase just the music files, and later use that space to load any music I want? As cheap and common as DVD burners are getting, I don't see why games could not be put on this format. The developers might have to require the use of special key codes to rewrite the sections designed to be, so as not to risk corrupting other files, but it seems to me, it's possible. I don't know if any DVDRW discs are of the grade of HDD disc yet, which may be another problem with my idea, allowing degredation of the sound after numerous RW. One last ???, sorry:o , I've read on other forums, there have been screenshots taken and posted of this game, but I see no option for doing so in the game controls menu. They aren't talking about the mag cover screenshots are they? It would be really cool if you could stop the replay feature, of Instant Race, at any point while it's playing, and take a screenshot, as well as having a hotkey for screens anywhere during Career mode gameplay. OK, I'm done now:rolleyes: .




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#2 13 years ago

Okay, To print a screenshot press the "PrntScrn key" (Print Screen Key). Then in MSPaint select Edit, paste.

DVD autoplay should have no impact on your problem, leave it alone.

Which video card are you using? Which drivers? Sometimes its driver's features, or too new a version that causes the problem.

I don't understand about how NFSU2 uses the music. NFSU1 puts it on the computer, and you could swap the files out, with your own.

NFSU2 may support music CDs, like a playstation, while playing pull the NFSU2 CD out, and put a usic CD in, and see if that works.




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#3 13 years ago

Thanks for the screenshot tip. I guess I was right thinking autoplay had no bearing on the game, but it seemed to crash less often when I started the game by loading the disc, rather than clicking the short cut. I'm using the Gigabyte X800XT Platinum, with the latest Cat 4.12 drivers. I'd rather not roll it back by trial and error, when it works fine for all my other 30 or so games though. I've heard others, some very angrily so, say that it's more likely the game being buggy, and not patched properly. Keep in mind, this game was debuting the same time other huge titles like Doom 3, Halo 2, and Half Life 2 were, which may mean their profits on it were sucked up quite a bit by the competition. This is why I believe they haven't put the resouces into partching it as well as they could. Even EA's Pacific Assault seems and bit buggy, and in need of a patch. I know NFSU 1 was made so you could swap music, but it was a much less sophistocated game, which could be played smoothly with the music files on the HDD, rather than being played from the play disc. My system may be good enough to play NFSU 2 with the music on the HDD, but it takes up quite a bit more space. I was thinking instead, of making a DVDRW version of the play disc, as I have a combo burner that's pretty fast, but I don't know how to do it, or if it can be done at all. Also, I'd have to be able to pinpoint the spot on it that has the music files, to precisely overwrite them without destroying the others. I'm also not sure how much, if at all, the music sound quality would degrade after several rewrites. BTW,...got a kick out of this, "The guy that won't get HL2 before its in the Bargain bins." ...that sounds just like me! I'm thinking the same of Pacific Assault, largely due to the problems mentioned above. I never pay full retail for a game. The only one I've seen that looked worth the list price, is the new Riddick title, at $30, which has an average rating of about 91%. Even still, I'm waiting for the soon to be released demo first. I don't usually like games that have a lot of melee and slow, sneaky stealth stuff, especially if the whole premise of the game is a prison escape, with limited map variety.




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#4 13 years ago

>Omen<I was thinking instead, of making a DVDRW version of the play disc... but I don't know how to do it, or if it can be done at all...

...Also, I'd have to be able to pinpoint the spot on it that has the music files, to precisely overwrite them without destroying the others....

...I'm also not sure how much, if at all, the music sound quality would degrade after several rewrites.[/quote]

1. I think it amy be possible now... Many CDs/DVDs use a copy protection technology, of which there are hundreds. The disc has to have the right "copy protection", for the game to play. DVD-RWs don't put a "copy protection", thing on the disc, much less the right one. You'll need a "No CD" patch..., the sites that have these, unfortunately, also contain hackers, spyware, and viruses.

All, you should need to do, is add your music to the NFSU2 backup DVDRW. If you don't want to hear a song, just delete it. Most REAL DVD burning programs make it as easy as using a folder in Windows. Put the music you want in, and take what you don't want out.

Ofcourse I didn't mention Filename issues, or File format issues... :uhoh:

You may only be able to replace a song, with another by the same name, for it to work. It also has to use a NFSU2 supported format...

Most people just play the music in Windows Media Player, or MusicMatch, or WinAMP, while playing NFSU2. [QUOTE=>Omen<]BTW,...got a kick out of this, "The guy that won't get HL2 before its in the Bargain bins." ...that sounds just like me!

Your the first person to comment on my SIG. :D I notice you don't have one...




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#5 13 years ago

I talked to a guy that works at Gamestop today, and he says that code that's on the disc can be circumvented by rewriting the command line script of the executable, or simply changing the target line of the launch icon's .exe file name. I really had a hard time believing him, but he said he knows of people having done it that way. At any rate, I'm not wanting to risk doing something by trial and error. I thought about trying to run mp3 music on my system simultaneously, but lately I'm playing NFSU 2 at 1600 X 1200, and max detail settings, including AA and filtering. The only thing I'm not enabling is V sync, which it doesn't need. It's not just for eye candy, it's much less fatiging on my eyes that way. Also, I don't really store music files, as I have a Musicmatch On Demand account. Next time I run it though, I'll do a Task Mngr Performance check on the CPU usage, to see if I might be OK with it running at the same time. What I really SHOULD be doing with this game, is playing it without music, and using manual trans instead of auto. That way I can concentrate on the sound of the engine to get the shifts timed right, and it will take my mind off those pesky cars inching up behind me. Granted I'm still a noob at race games, but the medium mode is WAY harder than the easy mode on this game. It seems like the AI is designed so if you make a slight mistake cornering, on anything other than easy mode, the competition starts eating you up all the faster, as if their cars suddenly got a boost in HP. As for the sig, I've used them on other forums I chatted on, but got tired of changing them weekly. Maybe I just have a hard time figuring out what I want it to say, but I do enjoy occaisionallly musing over others.:lol:




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#6 13 years ago
>Omen<As for the sig, I've used them on other forums I chatted on, but got tired of changing them weekly. Maybe I just have a hard time figuring out what I want it to say, but I do enjoy occaisionallly musing over others.:lol:

Well, I just type it in once, and leave it alone. Forgetting it. I only changed two letters since, "EF2" to "HL2". :D Why change it Weekly? :confused:

As for trying it by trial and error, there nothing to be afraid of. You'll have to reformat the DVDRW, or reinstall NFSU2. Thats worst case scenario, Your saved games will be fine.