[KOTOR 1] Stops in the middle of "saving" while changing levels in Korriban
Lately, KOTOR has been having problems with changing levels in Korriban. I've noticed this the first time in the Sith Academy, where I could not exit it though the entrance to Dreshdae (exact same thing happened, freezes at exactly the same place). All I did to "fix this" was ignore that exit and just use the other one.
I am now at the Tomb of Naga Sadow, where I have completed my final test and all I can do now is leave. But when I try to, the game also freezes when loading the level. It says "saving" and just stops in about 1/4 through. It doesn't freeze per se - the game doesn't stop responding or anything - the sound is still there and pressing ALT-F4 makes the "do you want to quit?" menu pop up (clickable).
I have tried playing with my graphics settings, using the ATI .dll fix, the ATI kotor.ini fix, running the game in not-widescreen, restarting the game and computer multiple times, none of it helped. I thought disabling autosaving as well (that seemed obvious), but it still keeps "saving" while changing levels!
Here's my "scan hardware" dump (I use Windows 7 Ultimate x64):
GameInstallLocation=D:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\Star Wars - Knights of the Old Republic\
Version=Windows 9X v6.1 build 7601 Service Pack 1
Obviously you'd replace the directory I have my swkotor.exe file in with the one yours is in in both places in the above line.
So it's a shortcut to the cmd.exe that launches what follows as a command. The command actually being executed is the start command, and the start command is what allows you to pick what CPU(s) to use for executing the game. The affinity integer is a bit flag, with the least significant bit representing the first CPU and going up from there.
You need to run this shortcut as administrator as well.
The actual game executables will run in compatability mode/as administrator since you should have set those properties already if you followed the steps outlined in the second post.
Since it's a shortcut to the cmd.exe, the icon will be for cmd.exe. To change it to the swkotor icon you just open the properties for the shortcut, click on the change icon button, and browse to your swkotor.exe and select the icon to change it.
Obviously this will work for any old game that doesn't work well on multiple cores.
Of course, you would substitute your game directory for the one in the instructions, so in your case the target would look like this: C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C start "SWKOTOR" /D "D:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\Star Wars - Knights of the Old Republic" /high /affinity 1 "D:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\Star Wars - Knights of the Old Republic\swkotor.exe"
04-07-2012 01:46 PM
I of course reinstalled the game (forgot to mention that), just didn't use those instructions (I also didn't use them the first time). SecuROM updated .exe files also don't fix it. I tried your shortcut trick, but it didn't help either.
Note that as soon as the problem occurs, my cursor appears (while during normal saving/loading it is hidden).
07-09-2012 12:36 PM
I've also tried installing KOTOR on another PC. No dice, problem persists. I even used another version of KOTOR (4CD instead of 1DVD) - problem is not in the installation media either. Damn, this is quite a problem.
07-09-2012 12:55 PM
At this point I would try reinstalling while following the instructions I linked to.