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Elegant Jesus 05-01-2005 04:56 AM

Full motion video corruption
I recently downloaded the demo for Grim Fandango. I'd meant to buy it back in '98, but somewhere in those seven years I forgot.

Anyway, the game works fine except for the full motion video, such as the LucasArts logo at the beginning, what I presume is a sort of title screen, and things such as Manny's shadow and when the lift type thing up from the subterranean room Eva and Salvador are in descends after you leave.

Technically the game is playable. I can move Manny around fine, talk to people, pick things up, etc, but the corruption experienced with the FMV is very irritating, and if I'm going to buy the full version of the game, I'd want a way to correct this.

I've read the other threads, and tried to disable hyperthreading, but I couldn't find the option in BIOS to do so.

I'd really appreciate any help.

Thrik 05-02-2005 07:40 PM

What video card do you have? Do you have the latest drivers for it? If you have, what about older drivers? Newer drivers can sometimes introduce issues that older ones didn't have with older games.

Elegant Jesus 05-03-2005 07:54 AM

I'm running a 2.4ghz Pentium 4 with 512mb of RAM and a 64mb NVidia GeForce2 MX400.

I've got the latest (April 14, '05) drivers.

VampireNaomi 05-03-2005 09:41 AM

I downloaded the demo about six months ago because I wanted to check it out for my friend. The quality was horrible and I had problems almost identical to yours.

However, I've never had any sort of technical issues with the entire game. Just the demo. I can't promise that you've got the same situation, but I'd give it a shot if I was you.

Thrik 05-03-2005 04:16 PM

Because your video card is old, it could be that the newer driversets don't support your card or the game as well. With my old ti4200 for example, I found that my 3D games ran a lot faster with the drivers which were in circulation around the time of my card, rather than the latest ones. In addition, newer nvidia drivers have issues with anti aliasing in Grim Fandango as far as I can tell, causing strange graphical artifacts to appear. This never happened back in the day with my older nvidia cards and drivers.

But Naomi does also have a point. The demo does have outdated code in comparison to the final game, as well as lacking the patch which fixed a number of issues. Since the game is so cheap these days you may as well at least give the full game a try before you do anything more drastic. If the problem still occurs, then you might want to consider rolling back to some older nvidia drivers which are tailored more specifically for your card. Nvidia do great backwards compatability, but it comes at a performance cost as newer and newer drivers are released.

And finally, be sure to tweak around with the various video options in the Grim Fandango options menu. Specifically, try turning hardware acceleration on and off and see if it helps at all. It's a long shot, but you never know.

zanic 03-27-2008 01:31 AM

I been waiting for a copy of GF for over a month, so i decided to download the demo. But i have the same problem with the graphics.

I didn't see any video options. Maybe its for full version?

Graphics = Geforce FX5200 / Driver = 169.21
OS = Win XP SP2

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