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Bane of the Sith
06-23-2010, 01:39 PM
The installation was fine, but whenever I start up the game, I get a black screen with a blue mouse and when I check in Windows Task Manager it lists SWKOTOR as "Not Responding". I have the latest DirectX and drivers for my video card downloaded, and I meet all of the recommended system requirements. I downloaded the game off of Direct2Drive. If I let it keep going, I eventually get the error report message from Microsoft, and I click Send Report or Debug, and neither has done anything. Just to check, I ran other games I have downloaded from D2D and they all worked fine, except KOTOR. I've reinstalled the game several times. I run Windows XP Media Center Edition. My graphics card is aATI Radeon Xpress 200M (crappy, I know, but it meets the requirements and has the latest drivers installed).

Does anybody know any possible solutions?

06-25-2010, 11:32 PM
Please use the game's configuration utility to list your system specs and we'll go from there:
Post your system specs
Sometimes we're just not going to be able to help you if we don't know what kind of hardware you have on your machine. If you don't know what you have on your machine, then follow these steps below:
Bring up the launcher menu for Kotor 1 or 2.
Click on "Configure".
Click the "Scan Hardware" button on the lower center of the window.
Click "Yes" to continue.
Click "Details" to view your system specs.
Click "Save Report" and save the file to your desktop.
Whenever you post your problem, open the file you just saved and copy and paste the contents to your post.

Bane of the Sith
06-26-2010, 10:21 AM
ReportDateTime=6/26/2010 9:21:11 AM
GameInstallLocation=C:\Program Files\LucasArts\SWKotOR\

Version=Windows XP v5.1 build 2600 Service Pack 2
Service Pack=Service Pack 2


CPUName=AMD Turion(tm) 64 Mobile Technology ML-34 1790MHz


[Disk Free Space]


Video Card Name=ATI MOBILITY RADEON Xpress 200 Series
Video Memory=512
Desktop Resolution=1440x900x32 @ 60Hz
DirectX=DirectX (9.0+) (
OpenGL Version=1.4.5524 WinXP Release
OpenGL Vendor=ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL Renderer=RADEON XPRESS 200M Series SW TCL x86/MMX/3DNow!/SSE2
Vid Card Status=Warning
Vid Card Driver Status=Pass
GL Status=Pass
DX Status=Pass

Sound Card Name=Conexant AC-Link Audio

;Game Options from swkotor.ini

[Game Options]

[Graphics Options]


06-26-2010, 06:17 PM
Thanks. :)

While that Radeon Xpress 200M can play the game, it will probably have to be a minimal settings. That said, these games have traditionally been very bitchy with ATI hardware/drivers, but there are a few things that you can try. First off, there is the Dantooine lag fix, which is now necessary for every install of the game, regardless of hardware:
First, figure out where the .ini is installed. Default is "C:\Program Files\Lucasarts\swkotor(2)\swkotor(2).ini". If its not in that location, then your going to have to do some searching around on the hard drive a bit.
When you find it, just double-click on the file to open it in Notepad.
Scroll down the file until you find the Graphics Options
Under the last line ("last line" as in the last line of the list of entries under "Graphics Options", NOT the last line of "swkotor(2).ini), add "Disable Vertex Buffer Objects=1", without the quotes.
Goto File, then Save.
Second, here's a couple of ATI-specific suggestions:

first some facts about the setup:

o Win7 x64
o KoToR via steam (so the installation guide is useless)
o HD5770
o Catalyst 10.2

It's rather simple, really. The game had trouble locating the OpenGL driver and I got a atioglxx.dll exception.

I found the workaround at guru3d and the AMD forums: Put the atioglxx.dll from Catalyst 9.12 in the game folder. So far it works in windowed mode only, but I am glad it works at all.

Source: http://forums.amd.com/game/messageview.cfm?catid=279&threadid=128067&enterthread=y
Thread at guru3d: http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=315893

Maybe you can work this into one of the guides.

I downloaded ATI System Tools, created a game profile where I set Direct3d and OpenGL settings to Auto Balanced and it worked like a charm!

Bane of the Sith
06-26-2010, 07:52 PM
ATI Tray Tools isn't working, and neither is the first fix. The second one is for Windows 7, which I do not have.

06-26-2010, 11:41 PM
No, but it's a way to get the game to work with modern drivers that you might want to try, regardless of the OS that you're using.