Friday, January 22, 2010

Unreal Tournament Using The S3TC Textures

Just because you install the high res textures from the CD doesn't mean they show up automatically... strangely enough...so this is how you make them work...

1. Install the game from the CD (only CD1)

2. Download the following and install them in that order:
UT Patch v436:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WIOPVI29
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/vSAo_9TB/utpatch436.html
UT Bonus Pack 1:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XBYEPCM0
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/qEjBjmx9/utbonuspack.html
UT Bonus Pack 2:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ULFI7H8H
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/Oe5lRa2f/utbonuspack2.html
UT Bonus Pack 3:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=E7UOSXV0
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/2ZbhQoIL/utbonuspack3_1_.html
UT Bonus Pack 4:
Mirror 1: hhttp://www.megaupload.com/?d=VOHTE1QL
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/dRfKBF5X/utbonuspack4.html

3. Go to the install folder (usually C:/Program Files/Unreal Tournament/) and open the Textures folder. Copy City.utx, ShaneSky.utx and SkyBox.utx and paste them on your desktop.

4. Install the higher resolution S3TC textures. (CD 2)

5. After the install has finished go back to the Textures folder and copy Female1Skins.utx, Female2Skins.utx, Male1Skins.utx, Male2Skins.utx, Male3Skins.utx and SkTrooperSkins.utx, and paste them on to the desktop.

6. Download the S3TC Fix:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=EIQ3JH3V
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/KPKj7YSQ/patch-UT-s3fix.html
Put the exe in your Textures folder and run it. When its finished you can delete it.

7. Put all the textures copied to the desktop back into the Textures folder. Click yes to replace/overwrite all the files.

8. Now choose your renderer. They are pretty much the same, but some find that one works better than the other.
Direct3D9:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=UXSFVPHN
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/BWcjgxLS/utd3d9r11.htmll
OpenGL:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=K5R0ESO0
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/wa_gkYKD/utglr35.html
Whichever one you choose put the files in the zip into the UT System folder (C:/Program Files/Unreal Tournament/System/)

9. Start the game. On First-Time Configuration screen be sure to select show all devices. Select OpenGL or Direct3D9 (depending on which renderer you chose). This can always be changed later in-game from the options menu (options >> preferences >> video).

*You can either do the next part manually by editing the UnrealTournament.ini (in the system folder) or in-game.*

In-Game

1. Press the ~ key to bring up the console and type in preferences and press enter.

2. The Advanced Options panel opens. Set the game as seen in the following screenshots:

Under Advanded >> Game Engine Settings set CacheSizeMegs to 16

Display


Rendering - OpenGL or Direct3D (Same settings for both options)


Note: OpenGL - if you configure your video settings under Advanced Options and try to return into game the game might exit with an error message. This does not lose your settings and once restarted the game will work fine.

UnrealTournament.ini

1. Go to the System folder (C:/Program Files/Unreal Tournament/System/) and open the UnrealTournament.ini in notepad. (you might want to back up the file first)

2. Edit the following sections (// are just comments and can be removed):

[WinDrv.WindowsClient]
WindowedViewportX=640
WindowedViewportY=480
WindowedColorBits=32
FullscreenViewportX=1440 // Set YOUR screen resolution!
FullscreenViewportY=900 // Set YOUR screen resolution!
FullscreenColorBits=32
Brightness=0.400000 // Set YOUR brightness!
MipFactor=1.000000
UseDirectDraw=True
UseJoystick=False
CaptureMouse=True
StartupFullscreen=True
CurvedSurfaces=True
LowDetailTextures=False
ScreenFlashes=True
NoLighting=False
SlowVideoBuffering=True
DeadZoneXYZ=True
DeadZoneRUV=False
InvertVertical=False
ScaleXYZ=1000.000000
ScaleRUV=2000.000000
MinDesiredFrameRate=30.000000
Decals=True
NoDynamicLights=False
UseDirectInput=True
ParticleDensity=0
NoFractalAnim=False
SkinDetail=High
TextureDetail=High

OPENGL ONLY:

[OpenGLDrv.OpenGLRenderDevice]
ZRangeHack=True
AAFilterHint=0
NoAATiles=True
NumAASamples=8 // Set your level of Anti-Aliasing
UseAA=True
RequestHighResolutionZ=True
MaskedTextureHack=True
SmoothMaskedTextures=False
SceneNodeHack=True
FrameRateLimit=62 // Don't set too much higher than your framerate or game will go crazy (inconstant speeds, for example scrolling billboards on DM-Morpheus do not animate and players with shieldbelt animations are too fast)
SwapInterval=0
UseFragmentProgram=True
UseVertexProgram=True
UseCVA=True
UseMultiDrawArrays=True
TexDXT1ToDXT3=False
DynamicTexIdRecycleLevel=100
CacheStaticMaps=False
UseTexPool=True
UseTexIdPool=True
UseSSE2=True
UseSSE=True
BufferTileQuads=True
BufferClippedActorTris=True
SinglePassDetail=False
SinglePassFog=True
ColorizeDetailTextures=False
DetailClipping=False
UseDetailAlpha=True
DetailMax=2
RefreshRate=75 // Set maximum refresh rate your display supports
MaxTMUnits=0
NoFiltering=False
NoMaskedS3TC=False
MaxAnisotropy=16 // Set level of anisotrophic filtering
UseTNT=False
Use16BitTextures=False
UseS3TC=True // Enable higher resolution S3TC textures
UseAlphaPalette=True
AutoGenerateMipmaps=True
UseTrilinear=True
UsePrecache=True
AlwaysMipmap=True
ShareLists=False
UsePalette=True
UseMultiTexture=True
UseBGRATextures=True
UseZTrick=False
MaxLogTextureSize=8
MinLogTextureSize=0
MaxLogVOverU=8
MaxLogUOverV=8
OneXBlending=False
GammaCorrectScreenshots=False
GammaOffsetBlue=0.000000
GammaOffsetGreen=0.000000
GammaOffsetRed=0.000000
GammaOffset=0.000000
LODBias=0.000000 // Use negative values (like -1) to sharpen textures and positive to blur them.
DetailTextures=True
DescFlags=0
Description=ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series // Add your video card description if you want to.
HighDetailActors=True
Coronas=True
ShinySurfaces=True
VolumetricLighting=True

DIRECT3D ONLY:

[D3D9Drv.D3D9RenderDevice]
ZRangeHack=True
NoAATiles=True
NumAASamples=8 // Set your level of Anti-Aliasing
UseAA=True
RequestHighResolutionZ=True
UseSoftwareVertexProcessing=False
UsePureDevice=False
UseTripleBuffering=True
MaskedTextureHack=True
SmoothMaskedTextures=False
SceneNodeHack=True
FrameRateLimit=62 // Don't set too much higher than your framerate or game will go crazy (inconstant speeds, for example scrolling billboards on DM-Morpheus do not animate and players with shieldbelt animations are too fast)
SwapInterval=0
UseFragmentProgram=True
UseVertexProgram=True
TexDXT1ToDXT3=False
DynamicTexIdRecycleLevel=100
CacheStaticMaps=False
UseTexPool=True
UseTexIdPool=True
UseSSE2=True
UseSSE=True
BufferTileQuads=True
BufferClippedActorTris=True
SinglePassDetail=False
SinglePassFog=True
ColorizeDetailTextures=False
DetailClipping=False
UseDetailAlpha=True
DetailMax=2
RefreshRate=75 // Set maximum refresh rate your display supports
MaxTMUnits=0
NoFiltering=False
MaxAnisotropy=16 // Set level of anisotrophic filtering
Use565Textures=False
Use16BitTextures=False
UseS3TC=True // Enable higher resolution S3TC textures
UseAlphaPalette=True
UseTrilinear=True
UsePrecache=True
UsePalette=True
UseMultiTexture=True
MaxLogTextureSize=8
MinLogTextureSize=0
MaxLogVOverU=8
MaxLogUOverV=8
OneXBlending=False
GammaCorrectScreenshots=False
GammaOffsetBlue=0.000000
GammaOffsetGreen=0.000000
GammaOffsetRed=0.000000
GammaOffset=0.000000
LODBias=0.000000 // Use negative values (like -1) to sharpen textures and positive to blur them.
DetailTextures=True
DescFlags=0
Description=ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series // Add your video card description if you want to.
HighDetailActors=True
Coronas=True
ShinySurfaces=True
VolumetricLighting=True

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Postal 2, Postal 2 Share The Pain, and Postal 2 ApocalypseWeekend Vista Play Fix

This does not apply to the games in the Postal Fudge Pack

They all install...but can't run afterwards....reason being the version of Starforce (the cd validation/protection software) on the CD doesn't work with Vista...

To fix it you can try installing the updated version of the driver: http://www.star-force.com/support/drivers/....but why would you want to do that when theres a more permenent fix that works for everyone.

1. First make sure your game is patched....download one of the following (depending on your game):
Postal 2 1337 patch:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DKY2S8B3
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/fUjgZ7R4/postal2v1337.html
Postal 2 Share The Pain 1409 patch:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2GZMQL4K
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/LgRDBWHc/postal2stp1409.html
Postal 2 Apocalypse Weekend 1411 Patch:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=A4ZCVJZD
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/d5bioACF/postal2aw_v1411.html

2. Download one of these...again depending on your game:
Postal 2 Fixed:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XE3IAC72
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/d2_huv8q/Postal21337.html
Postal 2 Share The Pain Fixed:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=FOPYSHX4
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/hF_wofqp/Postal21409.html
Postal 2 Apocalypse Weekend Fixed:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MFT26J45
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/oRs3AoyI/Postal2AW.html

3. Go to the install folder (usually c:/program files/postal2/system/ or c:/program files/postal2stp/system/ or c:/program files/postal2/ApocalypseWeekend/System/)...copy the fixed files from the zip into the folder...if you are asked to replace click yes.

If you have Share The Pain and Apocalypse Weekend for example you will need to do it for both.

Black and White 2 Vista Tiger Problem

The Tiger installer (which comes with the bonus edition or pre-ordered copy) does not work under Vista....There is only one way around this and that is to "borrow" a save game from someone...just so happens I have one.

Before you use the save make sure you patch your game because it was made with both patches installed and using it without them could crash the game.

Patch 1.1:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=FWN0PGQ7
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/9L95D1it/bw2patch1_1.html
Patch 1.1 to 1.2:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Y95VPG0C
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/Jxi82Bz5/bw2patch12.html

To install the save:

1. If you haven't done so already, run the game and create a profile, then exit the game.

2. Download the Tiger save:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=UF7HPN5D
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/wgs0Hzhu/Tiger.html


3. In the Tiger zip is a folder called "2"...you can change the number if you have other saves...but don't name it "1" because the game uses that for autosaving...Anyway put the 2 folder in your saves folder (usually documents/Black & White 2/Profiles/~Player/Saved Games..."~Player" being your profile name).

To use it:

Run the game...load your profile and then load the save...It should be called Tiger...or something along those lines.

Black and White 2 Nvidia Performance Fix

A while ago I owned an Nvidia card and had trouble with this game...but I found running the game on its medium (mid) or low settings would stop the lagging and sound problems.

If the mid settings don't help performance - Click the Custom check-box and use the settings below
Blooming = low
Shadows = off
Vegetation = low/mid
sea = low/mid
Antialiasing = low/mid
Distortion = off
Fur = on

Also using the "-minspec" handle on the shortcut to the game also helps....to do this:

1. Right-click the game shortcut (either on the desktop or start menu) and click properties.

2. In the Target box click after what is written....so after the end "....press space to leave a gap and then type in -minspec....then click ok.

Clive Barker's Undying Texture Update

Undying works right off the bat....however it looks a little dated...Because of this I thought I'd include texture updates for it.

Note: things that require the Vista "run as admin" will have after the step number.

1. Insert the Undying CD and install the game.

2. Download the Official Texture Patch:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=33HZ03IN
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/QUwqPAoM/undyingp10.html

3. Install the patch.

4. Run the game and then close it.

5. Download the Unofficial Texture Updater:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=K6D6TCOF
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/VUySkBvU/tupdater_128.html


6. Unzip the updater.

7. Run the updater...When it is finished click close.

This updates the textures slightly....so it doesn't look so pixalated when you walk close to things like walls...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Prototype Sounds Fix

All I can say is that this is a particularly annoying problem that will never officially be fixed....ever....bad port??...perhaps...but anyway its either crackling sound or too low sound....or both which was my problem...and drove me nuts for a good few hours...

This kind of works....kind of as in it can depend on your system...however it doesn't matter which version you have...can be retail dvd or steam...doesn't matter...

1. Download and unzip this:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1MGHUHVD
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/jFvgM5Bv/scarexplorer10.html

2. Run the program and go look for 00audio.rcf (in the prototype install folder)...click Extract and then All Files....choose to extract everything to your desktop.

3. Do the same for 01audio.rcf 01woi.rcf 02woi.rcf 03woi.rcf and 00woi.rcf...this will take some time.

4. You should now have 2 folders on your desktop...Audio and Movies...Open the audio folder and cut everything in there.

5. Now open the Prototype install folder and paste everything into the Audio folder....if it asks you to overwrite click "yes".

6. Cut the movies folder on your desktop and paste it into your Prototype install folder.

7. Rename all the files you extracted (00audio.rcf 01audio.rcf 01woi.rcf 02woi.rcf 03woi.rcf and 00woi.rcf) so they are called something different...even if its just adding a letter somewhere.

8. Go into the audio folder and delete the ambience.p3d.

Try your game...if the problem is solved then stop now...if it isn't continue.

9. Download this replacement dll...it normalises the sound levels in the game...but for me also removed the crackling permenently:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=0HGOPJLM
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/GNkd7lR6/prototypeenginef.html

10. Go into the Prototype install folder and rename prototypeenginef.dll...just so you have a backup...then copy the fixed prototypeenginef.dll in the zip into the folder.

That fixed my problems.

Sims 3 World Adventures Random Crash Fix

The reason why this game crashes so often is because it doesn't have a frame rate limit...basically what that means to you is its trying to fry your graphics card...literally...and therefore crashes the game or your system...or causes a black/blue screen error...don't we just love those??

A way to get around it is to use a frame rate limiter.

Here's one I use...because its easy:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6UUO2IV1
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/y7FNVnKx/FPS_Limiter_02.html

1. To use it unzip it...double click the FPS_Limiter_GUI.jar...browse for World Adventures exe (usually C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 World Adventures\Game\Bin\TS3EP01.exe).

2. set your maximum fps to at least 60.

3. Click to create a bat file...this makes it so you don't have to do any of the above again....so easier.

4. Play using the bat file.

Sims 3 1.8 Broken Patch Fix

After installing patch 1.8 (World Adventures 2.3) you may have noticed...like me...that your custom content is missing...even Riverview....

Heres how I fixed it...

Before doing anything back up your save files (my documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3).

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are just trying to fix Riverview ONLY do steps 2 and 7...
If you are only trying to fix the custom content do it all...otherwise you will break Riverview....Riverview cannot work any other way...I know....I've tried...

1. First download and install the installer helper (http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=344611)...restart your system when it asks you to.

If you own World Adventures you need to copy the resources.cfg and Mods folder from C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 to C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 World Adventures

2. Open the launcher and go through the installed content list deleting Riverview and all its objects...these are:
-Riverview - World
-Lotsa Lumber by Faux Pas Furnishings - Buy Object
-Checkered Silo - Buy Object
-Round Water Trough - Buy Object
-Not-So-Little Boxes - Buy Object
-Long Water Trough - Buy Object
-Sunflower Spa - Build Object
-Leftovers by Faux Pas Furnishings - Buy Object
-Mr. Turnwillow - Buy Object
-Wildly Western Door - Build Object
-Overalls with Long Sleve Shirt (x4) - Full Outfit
-Trulong Community School - Build Object
-City Hall - Build Object
-County Care General Hospital - Build Object
-Rock of Ancients - Build Object
-"Contented Cow" Advertisement - Buy Object
-Ye Olde Water Tower - Buy Object
-Solitude - Buy Object
-No Fishing! - Buy Object
-Athletic Announcement Sign - Build Object
-Doo Peas Corporate Towers - Build Object
-Water Tower with Checkered Border - Build Object
-Soll and Water Research Facility - Build Object
-Fort Salas Military Base - Build Object

3. Close the launcher and go into the save folder (usually my documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3)....copy the DCCache folder....open the game's install folder (usually C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 or C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 World Adventures for the EP)...open the Mods folder....and then paste the DCCache into the Packages folder

4. Go back into the main install folder (C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 or C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 World Adventures for the EP)...in there will be something called Resource.cfg...open it using notepad....below the last line copy and paste the text below:

PackedFile Mods/Packages/*.dbc
PackedFile Mods/Packages/*/*.dbc
PackedFile Mods/Packages/*/*/*.dbc
PackedFile Mods/Packages/*/*/*/*.dbc
PackedFile Mods/Packages/*/*/*/*/*.dbc

5. Save the Resource.cfg and close the folder

6. Go into the save folder again (usually my documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3) and delete the DCCache, DCBackup, InstalledWorlds and SigsCache folders

7. Either re-download Riverview using the launcher...or download here (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PUNWM9K7 or http://www.4shared.com/file/GIqbyO6b/Riverview.html) if you don't want to sign in to the sims 3 site....when the download is complete install it as usual.

Note: The DCCache, DCBackup, InstalledWorlds and SigsCache folders will be re-created now...leave them there...otherwise it won't work.

It might be an idea to restart windows after all that....you know....just to make sure.....but after custom content and Riverview should turn up just fine.

Thief 2: The Metal Age Movie/Crash Fix

Another game where the movies cause a crash...or simply don't work...this kinda ruins the game experience...

I have only tried this in XP...but I am sure it will work for other versions of Windows....

1. Install the game from the CD.

2. This is the video codec needed to play the movies...so download it:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1LZ8KQKZ
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/TjMx1qaj/2362_iv5setup.html

3. Install the video codec but don't restart your system when it asks you to....theres no point...it actually conflicts with things like media player and so Windows will ignore it randomly without warning...but if you notice the movies not working click start and then run...in the run box type in regsvr32 "c:\your\path\to\thief\LGVID.AX" and press enter...this will re-register the codec...again temporerily.

4. Download the official 118 patch:
(Budget Buy Version)
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4QV8L29J
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/Vr6KiGZ9/t2patch107_118.html
(Retail Version/Sold Out Version)
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=401LKFG5
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/5BvgJ6RK/thf2v118.html

5. Install the patch.

4. Open the CD...Somewhere in there is a folder called Movies...copy everything in there.

5. Open your install folder (usually C:/Program Files/Thief2)...and paste the movies in the movies folder.

7. In the install folder is a file called install.cfg...open it with notepad.

8. Remove all references to your CD drive
e.g movie_path C:\Program Files\Thief2+D:\movies = movie_path C:\Program Files\Thief2

Here is how mine reads as a reference:

install_path C:\Program Files\Thief2
language english
resname_base C:\Program Files\Thief2\res
load_path C:\Program Files\Thief2
script_module_path C:\Program Files\Thief2
movie_path C:\Program Files\Thief2\movies


Notice how I removed the CD_Path line...this makes the game not need the CD at all (no I never thought it would be that simple either).

Remember to save the file.

9. Now open DARKINST.CFG and do the same as above...yep exactly the same.

Now the movies should run...and the game no longer needs the CD.

Thief: The Dark Project Movies/Crash Fix

This game *should* run without a problem....well apart from the in-game movies....these either don't run or crash the game...

With this the in-game movies play....and it stops some (if not all - I haven't experienced any) of the crash issues....

I have only tried this in XP...but I am sure it will work for other versions of Windows....

1. Install the game from the cd as usual.

2. This is the video codec needed to play the movies...so download it:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1LZ8KQKZ
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/TjMx1qaj/2362_iv5setup.html

3. Install the video codec but don't restart your system when it asks you to....theres no point...it actually conflicts with things like media player and so Windows will ignore it randomly without warning...but if you notice the movies not working click start and then run...in the run box type in regsvr32 "c:\your\path\to\thief\LGVID.AX" and press enter...this will re-register the codec...again temporerily.

4. Download the official 1.33 patch:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6PMZB74I
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/rLXRCr1s/thief133.html

5. Install the patch.

4. Open the CD...Somewhere in there is a folder called Movies...copy everything in there.

5. Open your install folder (usually C:/Thief)...and paste the movies in the movies folder.

6. In the install folder is a file called INTRFACR.CRF...copy this and paste it into the intrface folder.

7. In the install folder is a file called install.cfg...open it with notepad.

8. Remove all references to your CD drive
e.g movie_path C:\Thief\movies+D:\movies = movie_path C:\Thief\movies

Here is how mine reads as a reference:

install_path C:\Thief
language english
resname_base C:\Thief+C:\Thief\intrface
load_path C:\Thief
script_module_path C:\Thief
movie_path C:\Thief\movies


Notice how I removed the CD_Path line...this makes the game not need the CD at all (no I never thought it would be that simple either)....Also notice the added C:\Thief\intrface...this is to reference the file that was copied in step 6.

Remember to save the file.

9. Download this fixed exe:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=G6XGCW9S
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/pZ4TzZfY/THIEF.html
(this fixes some crash issues and no-start issues).

10. Replace the Thief.exe with the fixed exe.

Now the movies should run...and the game no longer needs the CD.

Soul Reaver 2 Menu Screen Flashing Fix

This seems to be a problem with the shaders...and only happens with some video cards....some being ATI cards in my experience....

To fix it is quite simple...

1. Install the game from the CD.

2. Download the official 1.02 patch:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IWUY33LH
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/wJ_SSH1w/sr2pc102.html

3. Install the patch.

4. Click the start menu...and click Run...

5. In the run box type "regedit" without the quotations...and press enter.

6. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER >> Software >> Crystal Dynamics >> Soul Reaver 2 >> 1.00000

7. Double click the line called disablevshader and change the value from 0 to 1.

8. Click OK to apply the change and close regedit.

Soul Reaver XP/Vista Fix

Soul Reaver has problems with modern technology it seems....to the point where most people had to resort to running it in software mode to even play it....this meant no in-game movies...among other things...

Now though there is no need for software mode because of this fix....and the videos work perfectly....

This works on XP and Vista....not sure about Windows 7....but no harm in trying....Also I think in Vista most of these things need to be ran as administrator...

1. Install the game as usual from the CD.

2. Download the Official 1.2 Patch:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=626CMDKO
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/ONRAY8qi/SR1-Patch-Eidos-12.html

3. Install the Official 1.2 patch.

4. Download the Unofficial Patch:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PLM5DO9G
Mirror 2 pt1: http://www.4shared.com/file/LJ_ddtRS/SR1_Vista_XP_Bink1.html
Mirror 2 pt2: http://www.4shared.com/file/ZgHwl-VE/SR1_Vista_XP_Bink2.html

5. Open your install folder (usually C:/Program Files/Eidos Interactive/Soul Reaver)....now copy all the contents of the unofficial patch zip(s) into that folder...if you are asked to replace things click "yes"....

The game CD is no longer needed after following these steps.

Blood Omen XP/Vista Fix

This makes the game work on XP and Vista...probably Windows 7 too but I can't confirm that because I don't have it...Also I think in Vista most of these things need to be ran as administrator...

1. Before doing anything download cubanraul's Blood Omen Patch:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RVL5GB55
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/_8IUQawg/KainSetup.html


2. Put the CD in and exit out of the menu screen....you won't need it.

3. Run cubanraul's patch....this will install the game and patch it to a degree.

4. Download wrance's Blood Omen Patch:
Mirror 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8F6L48XP
Mirror 2: http://www.4shared.com/file/Uh9nw3DX/bo1_patch.html


5. Open your install folder (usually C:/Games/KAIN)...Replace the Kain.exe with the one in the zip.

After doing this the CD is only needed to watch the movies...if you're not bothered about the movies you don't need the CD...

Mandatory *About* Post

This place doesn't really need an explaination....but I thought I'd write a bit anyways....because I can...

I decided to make this because there are so many games out there that are either badly made or just aren't supported anymore....sometimes its just a case of technology being too "advanced" for the game to cope with....whatever the reason people still want to play them....me included....so instead of keeping my work-arounds to myself I thought I would share my successes so that others might benefit...cos I'm nice like that I guess...

This however will be limited to my collection of games....obviously....but if anyone in internet land would like to contribute then post a comment on this post....

Use the search function to find if the game exists on here if you don't want to down the list trying to spot it...