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#1 7 years ago

HP Pavilion dm4 Notebook PC running on Windows 7. Intel i5 processor. So far I've downloaded both the patch (Patch 1.0b) and the Vista Fix and applied both to the KotOR directory. Game now starts up perfectly as does the character creation. However after finishing the creation and begining the game I recieve the intro movie and the about 3 seconds of in-game sound before the game crashes and black screens. If anyone has any advice on what to do I would really appreciate it! :bows:




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#2 7 years ago

Notebook + Windows 7, huh? Bad combination for such an old game, I'm afraid.

First of all, notebooks don't have proper graphic cards. They have integrated graphic chips instead which simply aren't good enough for gaming. In theory, games should be able to run on integrated graphic chips, if they're powerful enough to meet game's minimum graphic requirements. But, sometimes, they just don't, even if the graphic chip meets the minimum requirement. Why? I really don't know. :clueless:

Second, new operating systems (such as Windows 7) and old games (such as KotoR) don't like each other very much. You can try running the game in compatibility mode for Windows XP with disabled Desktop Composition and enabled administrative privilege level (all set on game's executable file via the Compatibility tab) and see if it makes any difference.

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#3 7 years ago

Alright, so if I'm already running the game as the Admin and in compatability mode for Windows XP SP3 and it still won't budge I'm basically screwed? I'm just wondering because I managed to get KotOR to work perfectly fine on the same laptop.




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#4 7 years ago

KotoR and KotoR 2 may look similar or even the same on the surface, but they're quite different under the hood, if you know what I mean. They were made by different developers and use different engines. Apparently, KotoR 2 is more troublesome to run than the first one.

Have you tried disabling Desktop Composition in combination with the other two settings? It helps with some games. Also, try setting the compatibility mode for Windows XP to Service Pack 2.




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#5 7 years ago

Yeah, I've tried both SP2 and SP3 as well as Win 98/ Win Me. Just tried disabling Desktop Composition to no avail and even tried it in a minimized window. If it helps, when I have the game check my specs it says that I meet the minimum specs for the Video requirements (Intel HD Graphics Family meets the requirements that is). If the problem is the specfic Intel video card, then is there anyway to work around the problem?

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#6 7 years ago

I really don't know. Intel graphic chips are notorious for refusing to cooperate with certain games. If there is a solution for the problem, I'm not aware of it. Sorry.

System information is giving you yellow lights on RAM (How much RAM do you have anyway? It reads 256 MB.) and video. I know from the past experience here (not my personal, but from what I've seen in other threads dealing with the same problem) that, as long as the video indicator remains yellow, you won't be able to play the game. The only solution I know works 100% is getting a desktop computer with a proper graphic card.

Of course, that only takes care of the hardware problem. There's no guarantee the game won't find another reason not to work on Windows 7.




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#7 7 years ago

Alright, I thought this would probably happen. Thanks for saving me another 3 hours of trying to find a fix though, I really appreciate it!




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#8 7 years ago

Just to point out an example of what I said: http://forums.filefront.com/sw-kotor2-problems-errors-help/432893-game-keeps-crashing.html

According to the thread starter, getting a proper graphic card solved the problem, so I see no reason why the same solution wouldn't work for you as well.

Now, are you desperate enough to play this game to warrant buying a desktop computer, if you don't have one already? =p