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yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread #255784
19/07/04 07:21 AM
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Juldu Offline OP
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Greetings!

Just bought this game but can't get it to work. Browsed the forum for any helpful hints to get the game running, but no measures from my part have succeeded so far. Hopefully someone here might be able to help, since support@larian.com is on summerleave a few more weeks.

The problem? I seem to get past the cd-check just fine, the progress bar gets to 25% and then the dialog exits, only to be replaced by the "Beyond Divinity has encountered a problem and needs to close"-dialog. Upon examination it states that the div.exe file is responsible.

Some system specs:

Windows XP Home (SP1) running on Athlon 1900+, 80Gb HD, 1Gb RAM, Geforce4 Ti 4400, Creative Sound Blaster Audigy. Motherboard is an Asus a7v333. Just one optical drive (DVD-R/CD-RW combo, IDE).

Needless to say I did download and install nvidias 56.72 drivers (that support directx9), as well as Creatives latest soundcard drivers. I run directx 9.0b and dxdiag reports no errors. I tried installing the game the first time with no installation of directx9 from the game CD, and then with a fresh installation of dx9 from the CD. I have tried to start the game as version 1.0 and with patch 1.45 with no effect. I have tried uninstall+Starforce removal tools and reinstalling the game several times now.

I do not run any video filters that have been reported here to cause problems, I checked that the config.div is not associated with the divX-player, I checked that the files and folders are not "read only". Also, I do not run anything like alcohol 120% which could interfere. I had my antivirus system off during install and when trying to launch the game. I closed all unnecessary background programs before install and launch. I can watch the intro.mpg just fine with for instance windows media player. I regularly download windows updates as they come. I have been a nice boy

Oddly enough I can manually start the configuration.exe and fiddle around and when pressing the "Test"-button it works ok, but when hitting the desktop icon for Beyond Divinity to launch the game, it crashes as before.

Very frustrating since my gaming fingers itch. Anyone with any ideas out there?


Last edited by Juldu; 19/07/04 07:47 AM.

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Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: Juldu] #255785
24/07/04 12:05 PM
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Same kinda problems,took forever to install,took all precautions...Just cant get the damn game on

Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: Shaq] #255786
24/07/04 02:13 PM
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Good Morning,

> I had the same problem, did most of the things that you did, ie. re-install, turn off Norton AV, and then I read somewhere on the forum that the game plays from CD2, as opposed to 99% of the other games I've played.

> If you already knew this, no offense meant.

FatVladdie

Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: FatVladdie] #255787
25/07/04 05:59 AM
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Good Morning,

> I had the same problem, did most of the things that you did, ie. re-install, turn off Norton AV, and then I read somewhere on the forum that the game plays from CD2, as opposed to 99% of the other games I've played.

> If you already knew this, no offense meant.

FatVladdie





Thx for the effort to help me!

I forgot to mention that I tried launching both with the Install-CD (disc identification error) and the Game-CD (crashes after identification as described in my first post)

Last edited by Juldu; 25/07/04 06:50 PM.

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Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: Juldu] #255788
26/07/04 03:15 AM
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I have the same problem and so far nobody can help
hopefully sombody has a solution. please


Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: Juldu] #255789
05/08/04 09:19 PM
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I got the same problem.
Game crashes right after sucessful CD Check.

My PC: P4 2400 MHz, 1024 MB DDR(333) (2x512 MB Kingston), nVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X (128MB), WinXP SP1 2600, DX 9.0b.

I Downloaded all files from Windows update, i downloaded all last drivers for my Video and Sound cards. I tried to run with both CDs also.

Please, someone help me out...



Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: vaSSa] #255790
05/08/04 09:44 PM
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Right after the CD check the game should change the screen resolution through DirectX and play the intro video.

If you run dxdiag (click Start | Run, type in dxdiag and hit Enter), does it report any problems?

Do you have any video filters installed? At least the ReClock DirectShow Filter needs to be disabled to play the game videos.

In Windows Explorer, if you browse to the '..\Beyond Divinity\Static' folder, can you view the 'intro.mpg' video?

Lady_Rain describes an MS patch for video related problems in the topic CRASHING TO WINDOWS.

Are you shutting down all non-essential programs (especially anti-virus) before trying to start the game?

Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: Raze] #255791
05/08/04 10:26 PM
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Quote:

Right after the CD check the game should change the screen resolution through DirectX and play the intro video.




Yeah, it changing it to 640x480 or something like it.

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If you run dxdiag (click Start | Run, type in dxdiag and hit Enter), does it report any problems?





It says that there are no any problems.

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Do you have any video filters installed? At least the ReClock DirectShow Filter needs to be disabled to play the game videos.





Hmmm I dunno, I installed some video codecs packs a long ago, maybe this codec was there also... How to check it?


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In Windows Explorer, if you browse to the '..\Beyond Divinity\Static' folder, can you view the 'intro.mpg' video?





Yeah, I can play it through WinAMP and mplayer2.

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Lady_Rain describes an MS patch for video related problems in the topic CRASHING TO WINDOWS.





I just installed it, rebooted my PC, and the game are still crashes

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Are you shutting down all non-essential programs (especially anti-virus) before trying to start the game?




Yeah, I closed all process in manager, that could be closed (non-critical ones), and I disabled my anti-virus).

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Maybe it could be help: After it changing screen resolution, the game waits around 5 seconds before crash. And when I'm playing in other games or just changing screen resolution, it swiches 1-2 times. But in BD, when it supposed to play intro, it changing around 4-5 times.

Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: Juldu] #255792
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Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: vaSSa] #255793
05/08/04 11:11 PM
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I solved a problem.

Glad you got it working.


BTW, video codecs should not be a problem, I don't think. The video filter I mentioned as a potential issue tries to actively adjust how videos are displayed to make them appear smoother, but this causes a conflict in BD.

Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: Juldu] #255794
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Raze, thank you very much for your advices they really helped. I tried to change display resolution and color mode before, but it didn't helped. But after I installed that patch from Microsoft and Omega Drivers Pack, it helped atlast, when I changed color mode and screen resolution again!

*walked away to play in BD*

Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: Raze] #255795
11/08/04 08:13 AM
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Quote:

Right after the CD check the game should change the screen resolution through DirectX and play the intro video.

If you run dxdiag (click Start | Run, type in dxdiag and hit Enter), does it report any problems?




No problems.

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Do you have any video filters installed? At least the ReClock DirectShow Filter needs to be disabled to play the game videos.




Nope.

Quote:

In Windows Explorer, if you browse to the '..\Beyond Divinity\Static' folder, can you view the 'intro.mpg' video?




Yes.

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Lady_Rain describes an MS patch for video related problems in the topic CRASHING TO WINDOWS.




Done that. No effect.

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Are you shutting down all non-essential programs (especially anti-virus) before trying to start the game?




Of course. Bare minimum of system processes active, during installation and when trying to launch. I might also add that installing Omega drivers and fiddling with the desktop resolution = game resolution, or changing from 32 to 16bit did not help. Same crash as before.


Last edited by Juldu; 11/08/04 08:14 AM.

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Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: Juldu] #255796
12/08/04 06:37 AM
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I have the same problem.
At 25%, the window close.
But no error is shown.


Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: yayo] #255797
12/08/04 08:02 AM
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Try setting the game resolution and your desktop resolution to be the same.
Did you go through the previous suggestions in the topic?

Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: Raze] #255798
12/08/04 10:25 AM
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@yayo: Please send an email which describes your problem to support@larian.com.

Thank you.
Regards,
Lynn

Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: Lynn] #255799
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I sent an email 2 days ago and no answer yet.


Re: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread [Re: vaSSa] #255800
19/08/04 03:53 PM
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Quote:

I got the same problem.
Game crashes right after sucessful CD Check.

My PC: P4 2400 MHz, 1024 MB DDR(333) (2x512 MB Kingston), nVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X (128MB), WinXP SP1 2600, DX 9.0b.

I Downloaded all files from Windows update, i downloaded all last drivers for my Video and Sound cards. I tried to run with both CDs also.

Please, someone help me out...






Tried downloading and installing Dx90c??? Dx 9.0b is old.


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