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Blacklin 11-21-2012 02:17 PM

does KOTOR work in Windows 8?
I just got KOTOR collection and could not run either one on Windows 8. KOTOR doesn't even install (hangs). KOTOR2 installs but hangs at DirectX set up. I ended up terminating DirectX setup and the installation "finishes". Kotor2 starts from desktop mode but crashes just before the main menu. Ironically, I changed Full Screen from 1 to 0 in INI file, and it started all the way to character creation screen, completed that and started the intro movie, but then crashed. For swkotor2.exe, there was no compatibility tab under property, so I could not alter that.

Q 11-21-2012 08:33 PM

Are you using an administrator account and running the setup.exe as an administrator?

Blacklin 11-22-2012 01:10 PM

Yup for both KOTOR and KOTOR2. I forgot to mention the OS on the machine is Windows 8 Pro 64 bit.

Ferc Kast 11-22-2012 10:01 PM

Do you the latest Windows 8 driver(s) for your graphics card(s)? Confirmed in this thread, it seems to be a cause for it not working.

Incidentally, my computer's been content to run K1/TSL on Windows 8 since the initial public betas.

Blacklin 11-22-2012 10:35 PM

GPU driver is up-to-date
Driver for graphic card is up-to-date.

I noticed several working ones appear to be from Steam. My copy is installed from DVD, don't know if that makes a difference.

Blacklin 11-25-2012 08:24 PM

now another problem
I managed to get the game started by tweaking the graphic options (i.e. screen resolution) and setting full screen off. Now I have a different problem that happens consistently regardless of screen resolution. When the game window is minimized then restored, the game screen becomes entirely blank. As far as I can tell it's still functional, as I can hear sound effects. I doubt I would be so lucky to accidentally stumble onto the correct graphic tweaks to fix this problem this time. Any suggestion?

Q 11-25-2012 08:42 PM

Setting full screen off as in Fullscreen=0 in the swkotor.ini file? Are you trying to play in windowed mode?

If so, you'll need to add the line AllowWindowedMode=1 under [Graphics Options] in the .ini file.

Blacklin 11-25-2012 09:11 PM

I was able to play in windowed mode without the line you suggested, but I added it anway. I just noticed an error message when I minimized the game window, it indicated the graphic driver crashed but restored successfully, but obviously not successful enough to show the game window upon on restore.

Q 11-25-2012 09:38 PM


Blacklin 11-25-2012 09:48 PM

It's an integrated graphic chip with Intel 3770k CPU.

Q 11-26-2012 12:44 AM

Just wondering.

KotOR 2 makes my Nvidia drivers crash on occasion.

Ferc Kast 11-26-2012 09:05 AM

@OP: Did you try setting swkotor2.exe in compatibility mode for XP?
Edit: I feel silly; I found the answer to my question in your original post. Incidentally, I discovered a new way in Windows 8 to set .exe files in compatibility mode. (Had to use this method to get my copy of 3ds Max to install correctly on Windows 8.)

1) Right click the exe.
2) Click Troubleshoot Compatibility.
3) Choose Troubleshoot program.
4) Choose The program worked in earlier versions of Windows but won't install or run now.
5) If it doesn't show XP as an option, it should at least have the option of Previous Installation of Windows (or something similar). Click either of those two, depending upon which is present in the list of options.
6) Click Next.
7) Click Test the Program.
8) If it worked, click Yes, save these settings for this program.
9) To exit the troubleshooter, click either Close the troubleshooter (in the list of choices) or Close (on the bottom).

Let me know if that works.

Originally Posted by Q (Post 2823757)
Just wondering.

KotOR 2 makes my Nvidia drivers crash on occasion.

I've never had a crash on my Nvidia GPU; in fact, it seems smoother than back around my first encounter of XP. :raise:

Blacklin 11-26-2012 09:43 AM

My machine is a new build and Windows 8 a fresh full install, so I don't have those options available.

Ferc Kast 11-26-2012 11:43 AM


Originally Posted by Blacklin (Post 2823774)
My machine is a new build and Windows 8 a fresh full install, so I don't have those options available.

:confused: I did the clean install upgrade (kept no programs or settings from 7) for Windows 8 Pro on my laptop; so, I don't know why it isn't showing up for you. :(

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