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Windows 7: Neverwinter Nights 2 issues

30 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 7 BETA x64
Neverwinter Nights 2 issues

Alright, so I've been trying out a few games on Windows 7 now, and they've all worked great (FC2, Assassin's Creed, TF2), but now I've dusted off Neverwinter Nights 2.

First of all the installation was a bit long I think, but I'm not sure if that has anything to do with Windows 7. Then however when I tried to play the game it wouldn't start at all, nothing happened. The nwn2main.exe file was running, but nothing happened. I tried to restart, but that didn't work so I did it manually.

Then once I got back in I was able to start NWN2, and began changing the graphical settings, like widescreen resolution, maximum detail and so on.
By the way I'm trying Windows 7 out on my new computer:
Gigabyte EP45-UD3 motherboard, Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, Geforce GTX 260 (216 shaders).

So when I added water reflection and water refraction and applied (I was just in the menu, I hadn't started a campaign or anything) it just stopped. The music was still playing, but nothing was happening. I wasn't able to shut it off with the Task Manager, nor could I restart from the windows start menu, so I did so manually again.

Next time around I manage to change all the graphical settings, this time not clicking apply but instead I clicked ok.
Then I try starting a campaign, so I make my character and start it up... but in the process of loading it simply stops. Same as before, I'm not able to shut it off with the Task Manager and I can't restart the computer normally, so once again I do it manually.

Then I manage to get into the game, start the campaign, engage in some dialogue, but then when I get my first quest (open a chest and get some furs) it stops then and there. Same procedure as previously follows...

From here on I try it over and over, hurry through dialogue and manage to get further and further into the game, but I'm only able to play for like... 2-3 minutes at a time before it stops. And it doesn't matter if I'm currently clicking around, or if I'm simply standing still. It still stops after probably the same amount of time every time. I think I'm gonna time it the next couple of times actually... :P

Oh, and about every other time I try to enter the game it stops working then and there as well.

Anyway, here's what I've tried to resolve the issue:

1. Compatability mode XP (SP2) and Vista, neither solve the issue.
2. Disable UAC virtualization for nwn2main.exe. Heck you never know... but it works the same with or without.

I'm gonna try some more stuff and get back to you... first I'm going to set the graphical details lower and see what happens.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Jan 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

Have you tried the latest Nvidia drivers 181.22? and have you updated your DirectX from Microsoft, it's the Vista one you want, November is the latest I think.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7 BETA x64

I've only updated through Windows Update. There was an update for my graphics card there, but you're saying that's not the one I should use?

And no I suppose I haven't updated my DirectX unless that's done through Windows Update.

You have any links perhaps?

I googled the nvidia driver, and here's what it says:

GeForce Release 181 WHQL 181.22 January 22, 2009

Was that the one you were referring to?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Jan 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

Yes I would recommend getting the latest drivers for your hardware and I have a GTX260 216core as well and that's the driver I am running with and all my games are working well.

DirectX Download here
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2009   #5

Windows 7 BETA x64

Spanks a lot!

I'll get back to you all with some feedback once I've installed and tried it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

No worries Astvinr and welcome to Seven Forums.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2009   #7

Windows 7 BETA x64

I'm afraid that didn't help at all...

Same as always:

1. I start the game, black screen (as it's supposed to be), from there nothing.

2. Reboot manually, start game again and magically it works! After a few minutes however... the screen freezes. Music, voices and other sounds still work though. But nothing else.

I'm going to reinstall NWN2 now. I recall seeing a notice that the DirectX part of the installation of NWN2 didn't work as it couldn't find the path to... something. Perhaps now with updated DirectX, that will work as intended.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

It's worth a go, try installing with Vista Compatibility mode to see if that helps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2009   #9

Windows 7 BETA x64

You mean enable Vista Compatability on the setupfile on the install DVD?

Anyway, the same DirectX error appeared when I installed it now. It says:

I'll reinstall again, this time with Vista Compatability mode.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2009   #10

Windows 7 BETA x64

I turned on compatability mode for XP SP2 on all exe files on the DVD, but I still got the same error.

That's too bad because a guy over at the nwn2-forum said that worked for him.
Oh well... back to see what more there is to do...
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