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desm    217
2 hours ago, Androdion said:

Probably some remnant of a file misbehaving mates.

hmm yes maybe, something like that. I wonder if it doesn't have a relation with killing the central "Egg" (the Heart of the Machine). Anyway it doesn't happen for main quest hopefully, just the farming.

Btw, yes, CM 0160 has a huge improvement in term of game stability, impressive. Good luck CapnTucker.

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CapnTucker    23
4 hours ago, dimitrius154 said:

It's a game options file in text form. Located at C:\Users\"your_username"\AppData\Local\Ascaron Entertainment\Sacred 2.

 

We'll see. Complete uninstallation implies game folder deletion as well.

 

By the way, were you playing with a  fresh, or a legacy character?

This was a brand new install of the game, with brand new characters. Game has never been on this PC before; no legacy stuff at all. Which is why I'm wondering whether an uninstall/reinstall will make any difference.  One thing I did notice was there are a lot of errors in the log for AlienFX (I have a 15R3). While playing the game, I have noticed that the colors in the back lit keyboard have been going nuts while playing Sacred 2. I don't know if that would have any effect on memory management, but I am pretty sure Sacred 2 is too old of a game to have AlienFX support.

I disabled 3rd party support for AlienFX, and am going to see whether that makes any difference. I did play for about 2 hours last night without a CTD, and closed out the game normally. I'm going to see how long I can play without the game crashing, before trying the nuclear option..

 

 

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Androdion    369

Oh you kill the Egg before the Guardians? That could be it then.

Just a long shot, but Sacred 2 isn't very friendly with third party apps running in the background. Heck, even the Steam Overlay should be turned off for added stability. I assume AlienFX does some kind of backlighting on your keyboard synchronised with the app you're running?! If that's the case that could be your answer right there.

And no, if you have a clean install then there's no need for a reinstall. You could still verify the integrity of the game files if you have the Steam version though. ;)

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CapnTucker    23

Yes, AlienFX does synchronize with games that support it, and will change colors accordingly.  I did try to run the Steam version of Sacred 2, but the CM patch will not install over it, I kept getting a popup that "CM patch unable to delete Steam dll such and such", and would not install. I then tried GOG.com's version with the Galaxy overlay. Got the same message: "CM patch unable to delete Galaxy dll".

Luckily GOG.com also has an offline installer for their games.  I installed that version of Sacred 2, and the CM patch installed perfectly over that one.

It's good to know that just having the Steam overlay running in the background might make the game unstable. My Steam overlay automatically loads when I turn my PC on, and is always running in the background. All my other games are on Steam, so never had a problem with them. In addition to disabling AlienFX, I will also try exiting out of Steam before playing Sacred 2. Hopefully that will be a fix for the problem. I loved playing Sacred 2 in the past on my old Vista and W7 machines, but the CTDs drove me crazy. 

I was excited to hear that the latest CM patch has fixed the CTDs for most people. But I have been having the same old problem. Sometimes I can play for hours, other times the crashes come only minutes apart. I'm really hoping that disabling AlienFX and Steam will fix this..

 

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Androdion    369

You don't need to disable Steam entirely as you can disable the Steam Overlay individually for each game you have installed. When you right click on the game title in the Steam library and click "properties" the "general" tab will have an option to disable it specifically for said game. This means you can have it globally turned on but not for a specific game, which in this case is Sacred 2.

I really hope you get around your issues as CM Patch 1.60 does all the difference in the world.

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CapnTucker    23
2 hours ago, Androdion said:

You don't need to disable Steam entirely as you can disable the Steam Overlay individually for each game you have installed. When you right click on the game title in the Steam library and click "properties" the "general" tab will have an option to disable it specifically for said game. This means you can have it globally turned on but not for a specific game, which in this case is Sacred 2.

I really hope you get around your issues as CM Patch 1.60 does all the difference in the world.

Sacred 2 is not a Steam game on my system, it's a standalone.  So it shouldn't really matter if Steam is running in the background or not.  In any case, I'm not actually disabling Steam, just exiting out of it before playing Sacred 2. If I want to play one of my Steam games all I have to do is click on one, and Steam will automatically restart. That being said, I just finished a 3 hour session of Sacred 2, and no crashes.

The acid test will be to have a marathon session soon as I get a chance. It would seem that either the Steam overlay, or AlienFX  is the culprit here. Too early to tell though. Once I have played a session that lasts many hours, then I'll try the game with Steam re-enabled. If still no crashes, then AlienFX will definitely be the one at fault. I hope it is one or the other, because if I do get more CTDs, then I have no idea what the solution could be..

 

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CapnTucker    23

Well, I've played several sessions over the last three days, including a six hour one last night, and no crashes at all. Even with elite GFX enabled. Tried a shorter session with Steam overlay running in the background, and still no crashes. Based on this, I would have to say that the culprit was AlienFX. So finally, after all these years I can play Sacred 2 without all the constant crashing. :)

Back then I only managed to finish the main quest one time due to all the frustration, and then moved on to other games. Busy now exploring every little crevice on the map; am finding all kinds of things I never knew existed.. :)

 

 

 

 

 

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dimitrius154    75
1 hour ago, CapnTucker said:

Even with elite GFX enabled.

The trimmed elite graphics pack, developed alongside CM Patch 1.60, is recommended to avoid heavy lags in cities, towns, etc. 

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CapnTucker    23
1 minute ago, dimitrius154 said:

The trimmed elite graphics pack, developed alongside CM Patch 1.60, is recommended to avoid heavy lags in cities, towns, etc. 

Yes, the trimmed GFX is working great. When I first enter a town the character will stutter step a few times, and then everything is fine. It is so great to see the elite textures again, and now without any problems. Thanks for all your hard work! :)

 

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Androdion    369
50 minutes ago, CapnTucker said:

Yes, the trimmed GFX is working great. When I first enter a town the character will stutter step a few times, and then everything is fine. It is so great to see the elite textures again, and now without any problems. Thanks for all your hard work! :)

 

Yeah, like I told you there's some micro-stuttering the first time you go through some places, but it's just the textures caching. ;)

I'm very happy to see that you've been able to overcome your problems and are now fully enjoying the game. Have fun!

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