Okay, first off: I did follow the installation guide here, (XP SP2, Dantooine fix, DX 9.0c, etc.), I tried both full screen and windowed, all resolutions, updated my drivers, movies disabled, with and without the SecuRom exe, and just about everything else I can think of.
I'm running a Dell N5110 with an I5 and integrated Intel HD graphics (I think this is the root of all my troubles) and Windows 7 home premium. And no, I am not using a crack.
So, I installed the game as per the guide and it went great. The launcher runs fine, but the game itself does not. I have the 1.00 version of the game, and before updating it would just show that picture of the Ebon Hawk for a couple minutes and then the picture would go away and nothing would happen.
Now that I've updated to 1.03 (using the in-game/launcher updater) this funky message pops up along with the Ebon Hawk:
Does anyone know what this means or how to translate these symbols into something readable? Has anyone else seen this message and been able to fix it?
As I mentioned before, I suspect that the Intel graphics are to blame. I keep getting the post character creation crash in TSL as well, no matter what I try. I have the version without the flipping policy option.
Any and all input will be greatly appreciated.