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photon_man62 04-07-2012 05:15 AM

[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):
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Q 04-07-2012 11:42 AM

Thanks for posting your specs. :)

Normally I would suggest reinstalling the game according to the large-print instructions at the top of the second post in this thread, but that might render your saves unusable at this point.

Your error may very well be due to KotOR not playing nice with your multi-core CPU, and here's the fix for that:

Originally Posted by SteveF (Post 2798778)
It's possible to alter your shortcut to automatically launch an application with the affinity you want.

The command I have in my target box of the shortcut is:

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C start "SWKOTOR" /D "C:\Users\Public\Games\SWKotoR" /high /affinity 1 "C:\Users\Public\Games\SWKotoR\swkotor.exe"

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"

photon_man62 04-07-2012 12:46 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.

I also just recorded a short video showcasing exactly what is happening, hope it helps:

Note that as soon as the problem occurs, my cursor appears (while during normal saving/loading it is hidden).

photon_man62 07-09-2012 11:36 AM

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.

Q 07-09-2012 11:55 AM

At this point I would try reinstalling while following the instructions I linked to.

You've really got nothing to lose.

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