Bioshock Win2K fix

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Uhh I see the light?

Well i have another computer its a windows XP Home Edition Here are the specs:
System Information
Time of this report: 10/17/2007, 20:36:28
Machine name: VAIO
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227-2254)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Sony Corporation
System Model: PCV-RX580(UC)
BIOS: Award Medallion BIOS v6.0
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1800MHz
Memory: 512MB RAM
Page File: 352MB used, 897MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Music Tab: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.
Network Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (n/a)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

Display Devices
Card name: NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_002D&SUBSYS_40031043&REV_15
Display Memory: 32.0 MB
Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Dell D1028L
Monitor Max Res: 1280,1024
Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.5672 (English)
DDI Version: 7
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 3/24/2004 10:04:00, 4274560 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
VDD: n/a
Mini VDD: nv4_mini.sys
Mini VDD Date: 3/24/2004 10:04:00, 1895648 bytes
Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-436D-11CF-DB65-0960B4C2CB35}
Vendor ID: 0x10DE
Device ID: 0x002D
SubSys ID: 0x40031043
Revision ID: 0x0015
Revision ID: 0x0015
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_B ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_D
Deinterlace Caps: n/a
Registry: OK
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled
DDraw Test Result: Not run
D3D7 Test Result: Not run
D3D8 Test Result: Not run
D3D9 Test Result: Not run

Sound Devices
Description: SoundMAX Digital Audio
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Hardware ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2445&SUBSYS_80E4104D&REV_12
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: smwdm.sys
Driver Version: 5.12.0001.3030 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 7/25/2001 15:40:30, 438200 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Analog Devices
HW Accel Level: Full
Cap Flags: 0xB5B
Min/Max Sample Rate: 8000, 48000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No
Registry: OK
Sound Test Result: Not run

Description: Modem #0 Line Playback (emulated)
Default Sound Playback: No
Default Voice Playback: No
Hardware ID:
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 81
Type: Emulated
Driver Name:
Driver Version:
Driver Attributes:
WHQL Logo'd:
Date and Size:
Other Files:
Driver Provider:
HW Accel Level: Full
Cap Flags: 0x0
Min/Max Sample Rate: 0, 0
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 0, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No
Registry: OK
Sound Test Result: Not run

I also use DX 9.0c on this computer
And do you think my Graphics Card is old?
If so do you have any suggestions?
Please help~


Posts: 4,190   +11
The VGA card alone (TNT2) makes sure Bioshock will not run on your second system either.


Posts: 27   +0
Thanks so much for this fix.Great game!I' have tested some more XP games under Win2k Windows 2000 like Blacksite,The Witcher,Jericho,Dark Messiah: Might and Magic,Lost Planet (DEMO) and most of them worked just fine:


Tested on Win2k:
El Matador
Dark Messiah: Might and Magic
The Witcher
Enemy Territory Quake Wars
Hellgate London
Lost Planet (DEMO)

Wouldn't work until I loaded these drivers, game looks great, actually playable on a 1.6GHZ machine on low quality graphics. But now my normal screen display is way too contrasty, messed with the monitor controls, but still can't get it back.

Edit: I found 'color correction' under the Monitor section of the Nvidia
Desktop manager, looks promising.

Per Hansson

Posts: 1,977   +233
Staff member
JDSilver; Why are you telling people to "upgrade" to a 7 year old operating system?

At that in a thread helping users to get a game working in a thread for Windows 2000 users?

Acclamator; glad to hear it helped you :)


Posts: 27   +0
Hi Per,hi all,

good to hear Per's fix works so great on Bioshock :) .It would be nice if someone with the retail game could also test and help improving the Win2k-XP wrapper because we havent had the chance to test it with the game yet.

Win2k Gaming Forum can be found here:

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