I have the same problem with the infinite load screen just after the ship and river movie.
In all previous load screens i can't see any moving icon or progress bar, that is right or i was supossed to see some moving thing there?
I have a realy cheap and slow configuration here:
Processor: Intel Celeron 420 1.6Ghz
Memory: 2Gb DDR2
MotherBoard: PCChips P17G/1333
VGA: GeForce 8600GT 256Mb DDR3 PCI-E
OS: Windows XP SP3 (Portuguese)
Programs installed, as see in Unistall Programs in Control Panel:
Adobe Flash Player Plugin
Adobe Reader 9.2 - Portuguese
AVG Free 9.0
Circuit Maker 6 Student
Far Cray 2
ffdshow [rev 3078][2009-09-17]
IDT Audio Driver
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 2
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
Microsoft DirectX SDK (March 2009)
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Management Objects
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition with SP1 - ENU
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.17
Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 Headers and Libraries
Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Express Tools for .NET Framework - enu
Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Express Tools for Win32
MilkShape 3D 1.8.4
Mozilla Firefox (3.0.15)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser and SDK
NVIDIA nView Desktop Manager
Real Alternative 1.7.5
SQL Server System CLR Types
Uninstall trueSpace7.61 Beta 8
Unreal Development Kit: 2009-11-2
Wings 3D 1.0.2
As you can see its almost a clean WinXP instalation, just installed basic prograns like 7Zip and ffdshow, then Nvidia drivers version 191.07, IDT sound drivers, Visual Studio 2008 Express and some 3d modeling prograns, FarCray 2 is the only game i installed.
Using the save file provided in this post, i was able to play the game, but i prefer wait until a patch is released because as the users said it will crash again in other part of the game.
I have here a disk of Windows Vista 32Bit and a empty 80Gb Sata hard disk, i'll try to install win vista using that hd to test if the game works with the same hardware but using different windows version.