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Kotor - Frozen Loading Screen

By Holy Kotor
Jan 21, 2008
  1. Closed.

    I've been playing Kotor just fine, all the way up until I leave Taris. Right after I shoot down the enemy ships, and I watch the movie of the Ebon Hawk Landing on Dantooine, it goes to a loading screen. And it stays at the loading screen. Most times I have to force it out, last time an error report came up. I just Defragged and ran alot of antivirus/malware/spyware programs, and I really want to know how I can fix this problem! I want to play Kotor! Here is my information, please look at both, and thank you in advance.

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  2. Holy Kotor

    Holy Kotor TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh, and here's some more info, I got this when I was trying to find an OpenGL 1.4.0 driver, which it says I need (I still haven't gotten it, please give me some info on that also).

    [SWKotOR]
    ReportDateTime=1/20/2008 6:58:50 PM
    SysInfoVersion=v1.00.60
    GameExists=1
    GameVersion=v1.03.514077
    GameInstallLocation=C:\Program Files\LucasArts\SWKotOR\

    [OS]
    Name=WinXP
    Version=Windows XP v5.1 build 2600 Service Pack 2
    Service Pack=Service Pack 2
    Status=Pass

    [SwapFiles]
    C:\pagefile.sys=768

    [CPU]
    CPUCount=1
    CPUSpeed=2793
    CPUFamily=15
    CPUModel=4
    CPUStepping=1
    CPUVendor=Intel
    CPUName= Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
    Status=Pass

    [Memory]
    RAM=512
    Status=Pass

    [Disk Free Space]
    C: (NTFS), UNICODE=11.56GB
    Status=Pass

    [CD-ROMs]
    DriveLetters=D:\,E:\
    Drives=HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8487B,SONY DVD-ROM DDU1615

    [Video]
    Video Card Name=Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller
    Video Memory=128
    Desktop Resolution=800x600x32 @ 60Hz
    DirectX=DirectX (9.0+) (4.09.00.0904)
    OpenGL Version=1.3.0 - Build 4.14.10.4396
    OpenGL Vendor=Intel
    OpenGL Renderer=Intel 865G
    Vid Card Status=Warning
    Vid Card Driver Status=Pass
    GL Status=Fail
    DX Status=Pass

    [Audio]
    Sound Card Name=SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
    Status=Pass


    ;Game Options from swkotor.ini

    [Sound Options]
    Sound Init=0
    Music Volume=85
    Voiceover Volume=85
    Sound Effects Volume=85
    Movie Volume=100
    Force Software=0
    EAX=2
    Disable Sound=0
    Number 3D Voices=16
    Number 2D Voices=24
    Environment Effects Level=0.60
    2D3D Bias=1.50
    Environment Effects=1
    Environment Effects Nonstreaming=1
    Environment Effects Streaming=1

    [Game Options]
    GUIsInScreenShot=1
    EnableScreenShot=0
    Reverse Mouse Buttons=0
    EnableCheats=1
    Hide InGame GUI=0
    Use Small Fonts=0
    Keyboard Camera Deceleration=2000.000000
    Keyboard Camera Acceleration=500.000000
    Keyboard Camera DPS=200.000000
    Hide Unequippable=0
    Tutorial Popups=1
    Subtitles=1
    Mini Map=1
    Floating Numbers=1
    Status Summary=1
    Enable Mouse Teleporting To Buttons=1
    Mouse Sensitivity=33
    Auto Level Up NPCs=0
    Mouse Look=0
    AutoSave=1
    Reverse Minigame YAxis=0
    Combat Movement=1
    Enable Tooltips=1
    Difficulty Level=1
    TooltipDelay Sec=1.000000
    Memory Access=1
    Memory Level=1

    [Movies Shown]
    Movie 0=112
    Movie 1=47
    Movie 2=0
    Movie 3=0
    Movie 4=6
    Movie 5=0
    Movie 6=128
    Movie 7=1
    Movie 8=0
    Movie 9=0
    Movie10=0

    [Alias]
    HD0=.\
    OVERRIDE=.\Override
    TEMP=.\Temp
    MODULES=.\Modules
    LOGS=.\Logs
    LOCALVAULT=.\LocalVault
    DMVAULT=.\DMVault
    SERVERVAULT=.\ServerVault
    STREAMMUSIC=.\StreamMusic
    TEMPCLIENT=.\Tempclient
    SAVES=.\saves
    CURRENTGAME=.\currentgame
    TEXTUREPACKS=.\texturepacks
    STREAMWAVES=.\StreamWaves

    [Graphics Options]
    RefreshRate=60
    Height=600
    Width=800
    V-Sync=0
    Anisotropy=1
    Frame Buffer=0
    Anti Aliasing=0
    Texture Quality=2
    Emitters=1
    Grass=1
    Soft Shadows=0
    Shadows=1
    Brightness=57
    EnableHardwareMouse=1
    FullScreen=1

    [Autopause Options]
    Mine Sighted=1
    End Of Combat Round=0
    Enemy Sighted=1
    Party Killed=1
    Action Menu=0
    New Target Selected=1

    [config]
    firstrun=0

    [Keymapping]
    Action265=52
    Action286B=8
    Action286A=7
    Action285B=10
    Action285A=9
    Action284B=54
    Action284A=51
    Action283B=54
    Action283A=51
    Action282B=69
    Action282A=73
    Action281B=53
    Action281A=76
    Action280B=69
    Action280A=73
    Action264=57
    Action263=43
    Action262=85
    Action261=84
    Action260=83
    Action259=82
    Action258=81
    Action257=80
    Action256=79
    Action255=78
    Action254=77
    Action253=31
    Action245=75
    Action244=55
    Action243=67
    Action242=74
    Action241=87
    Action240=56
    Action239=68
    Action238=82
    Action236=83
    Action234=81
    Action232=80
    Action230=79
    Action228=78
    Action226=77
    Action225=70
    Action224=90
    Action223=31
    Action222=25
    Action221=24
    Action220=29
    Action219=28
    Action218=42
    Action217=87
    Action216=65
    Action215=63
    Action214=62
    Action213=60
    Action212=61
    Action211=66
    Action210=59
    Action209=71
    Action208=89
    Action207=72
    Action206=30
    Action205=55
    Action204=67
     
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    The Dell Dimension 3000 has an extremely limited motherboard, and onboard videographics.
    But your main problem is inadequate memory. You should add a 2 GB kit of 1 GB modules, and remove the old memory. DO NOT USE VALUE RAM.
    If you receive a "Memory available limited to 256MB!" message after installing more than 256MB, enter BIOS and turn OS Install to OFF. Exit saving changes.
    memory is relatively inexpensive right now at www.zipzoomfly.com, www.directron.com, www.kahlon.com, www.newegg.com and many other sites.
    You want DDR PC3200 memory such as Kingston, Crucial, OCZ, or Corsair... avoid second or third tier memory.
     
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    The main problem is not memory.

    The latest graphics driver is here.

    However, it looks like the graphics chip simply doesn't support necessary OpenGL 1.4 features (I'm not sure which features KotoR needs).

    The easiest way would be to get a real graphics card instead of an onboard solution.

    Of course an alternative could be Mesa3D, but that's not recommended for beginners without a C compiler...
     
  5. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    As far as I know, ALL Dell Dimension 3000 machines have only PCI slots, and upgrading the video graphics to a better PCI video graphics card does little, while putting a great load on the proprietary power supply. The power supply cannot handle the load of a good card, and improving the power supply is difficult due to the proprietary nature of the existing power supply on many of the Dimension 3000 machines.
    The problem is indeed with memory, as far as getting better performance out of a machine that is definitely not designed to run games.
    A boost to 1 or 2 GB does make a difference on the machines on which we work. 512 MB is simply inadequate in any case.
    The real solution is to upgrade to a better computer, instead of this budget home basic computer, which at the time it was marketed was the bottom feeder of the Dell systems
     
  6. Holy Kotor

    Holy Kotor TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I love life right now.

    This just in:I got it to work!

    I turned the graphics quality to low, I turned off shadows, etc, and it loaded! After it loaded I could put the graphics back up, etc.

    And to think, if I didn't have this crappy computer I wouldn't have to worry about these things. Lol.

    Thanks to everyone who replied, problem solved.
     
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