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Nolf 2 Technical FAQs known Issues

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From the Readme file Nolf 2 game:

 

KNOWN ISSUES

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Global:

 

Make sure that all applications that are running in the background such as

Virus scanners, Desktop Utilities (menus/toolbars), Media Players, and chat

programs are disabled before running No One Lives Forever 2.

 

Task-switching with ALT-TAB or the Windows Key back to the desktop while

running the game is not recommended.

 

 

WINDOWS® 2000/XP:

 

Windows XP users must have access to the Computer Administrator's account in

order to install and play No One Lives Forever 2.

 

Windows 2000 users please download the latest service pack (Service Pack 3)

before you play No One Lives Forever 2.

 

Striking the Shift key five times may cause the 'Stick Key' feature to become

enabled in Windows 2000. If this happens, the feature will task switch to a

desktop dialogue box with options related to this feature, including one to

disable it entirely.

 

 

WINDOWS® 98/ME:

 

If you're experiencing the game not restarting just after exiting the

game, initiate the Windows Update program that's usually located on top of

the Start Programs Menu. Make sure that you have all the Critical and

Recommended Updates to resolve this issue.

 

 

GRAPHICS:

 

SYSTEMS WITH VIA CHIPSETS:

Always update the 4 in 1 drivers to avoid possible instability problems with

your graphics card. You can find these here:

 

http://downloads.viaarena.com/drivers/4in1/VIA_4in1_443v.zip

 

ATI RADEON SERIES:

Mouse cursor flickers on screen during game after changing in-game

resolution. Make sure that the latest Radeon Catalyst drivers are installed.

Also going back into the menus and then back into the game will also correct

this issue.

 

Detail textures currently appear washed out and dull on all Radeon cards. A

future update from ATI should correct this. In the meantime, it is

recommended that you turn Detail Textures OFF in the Display options menu

under Performance.

 

ATI RADEON 7200:

Textures on very thin polys (such as power lines) may appear to be broken

into small pieces.

 

ATI RADEON 8500:

When the hardware cursor option is enabled, the mouse cursor

may appear black and white or appear corrupted. Also, the position of the

cursor may be slightly off after changing performance options. Try disabling

the hardware cursor from the "Options" Launcher to correct this issue.

 

Some detail brushes such as intelligence items may disappear when

viewed from a distance.

 

Lockups may occur in some cut scenes and during certain gameplay situations.

ATI has fixed this issue with a special driver version. You can obtain this

driver at http://www.ati.com/support/infobase/4094.html

 

ATI RADEON 9OOO SERIES:

During cinematics, semi translucent bars may appear at the top and bottom

of the screen. Please make sure that the Texture Quality option under the

ATI Direct 3d settings which can be found under Display Settings is set to

highest.

 

MATROX PARHELIA 512:

Some very early versions of this card may exhibit missing textures on some

surfaces when weapons are fired or the key chain flashlight is used.

During certain cinematics, shadows on the faces and necks of models will

appear to be very jagged.

 

Frequent lockups may also occur with all driver revisions for this card

prior to v1.01.00.080. Please be sure to update to the latest driver

prior to playing the game.

 

NVIDIA GEFORCE CHIPSETS:

Running the game with outdated drivers may result in crashes during gameplay.

It is highly recommended that you first update to the latest detonator

drivers available before playing. Refer to Section V. for more information

on the latest drivers available.

 

UNSUPPORTED VIDEO CARDS:

Any video card that's not equipped with Hardware T&L (Transform and Lighting)

will suffer either poor performance or complete malfunction. Even though the

Matrox Millennium G550 and S3 Savage Chipsets are known to have T&L support,

these cards only support this feature through their "Software" and do not

meet the minimum requirement of support through "Hardware." Please review

Section V. for the supported Video Card Chipsets list.

 

 

SOUND:

 

GENERAL:

 

If the in-game sounds and dialogue (voices) do not play, or there are

problems with the quality of these sounds, then please try each of the

following steps (in order) before playing again. Note that you should only

try one solution at a time, since trying them all can greatly reduce the

overall sound quality of the game unneccesarily.

 

1. Make sure that you have the latest drivers available for your sound

hardware installed. These can usually be found on the manufacturer's

website.

 

2. From your main installation folder (Default C:\Program Files\Fox\No One

Lives forever 2), double click on the file named WMFADist.exe, and then

follow on-screen instructions. This will manually install the audio codec

that is required by the game.

 

3. From the in-game sound options menu,change the sound quality option from

high to low, or vice-versa.

 

4. Refer to the sections below for specific troubleshooting information for

your particular sound card.

 

5. From the Nolf2 launcher application, click on the "options" button and

then click on the box next to "Disable Sound Filters".

 

6. From the Nolf2 launcher application, click on the "options" button and

then click on the box next to "Disable Hardware Sound".

 

Please note that since No One Lives Forever uses an MP3 codec for sound, the

Nimo codec pack may cause speech and sound to drop out completely. Please

uninstall the Nimo codec pack before installing No One Lives Forever 2. If

you have already installed the game, please uninstall both the Nimo codec

pack and the game, and then reinstall the game only.

 

Also, subtitles will not appear in the game if you do not have a soundcard,

or if your soundcard is not detected, or if you have disabled sound

completely in the advanced options menu.

 

WINDOWS 98:

There have been some reports of static during hitches in game performance on

various sound cards. We're still looking into this.

 

SOUND BLASTER LIVE! SERIES:

 

If you are using DirectX 9, you may experience performance problems when

enemy gunfire is heard. This is a driver issue. To fix the problem, lower

your sound hardware acceleration level in the control panel or in the sound

section of the Dxdiag utility.

 

You may experience missing sound effects and speech with older drivers

(v.4.xx). It's highly recommended that you update to the latest series of

drivers (v.5.xx) to correct this issue. You can check your current

driver version as follows:

 

1. Click on the "Run" option from the Windows start menu.

2. Type "Dxdiag" (Without the quotes) in the command line and press <Enter>

This will initiate the DirectX Diagnostic Tool Menu.

3. Select the "Sound" tab to see information on your sound hardware.

4. In the right-hand column of this window is your sound card driver

information.

 

SOUND BLASTER PCI 128:

If you’re experiencing speech and audio dropout, please try the following:

Initiate the NOLF2 Launcher, click on options, click on the "Disable

Sound Filters" option. Also check on the Creative website and obtain

the latest driver.

 

SOUND BLASTER AUDIGY:

Weapon fire and AI voices may stop playing during heavy firefights. An

updated driver for the Audigy will fix this issue. Also, EAX sound filtering

effects on some weapon sounds may not reset correctly after climbing out of

water or other areas.

 

HERCULES GAME THEATER XP:

The volume of certain sound effects may seem unnecessarily loud. A future

driver from Hercules may correct this issue.

 

DIAMOND MONSTER SOUND I&II:

Music throughout the game may be muffled when using these cards. Currently

the manufacturer does not supply DirectX 8.1 audio drivers.

 

NVIDIA NFORCE AUDIO:

All aspects of game audio suffer from high-pitched static and popping noises.

An updated driver (V1.13) should correct this problem and can be found on

NVIDIA's website. (www.nvidia.com)

 

TURTLE BEACH SANTA CRUZ:

If sounds seem missing or the volume of certain sounds changes erratically

throughout the game, please install the latest driver (currently v.4161) from

the manufacturer's web site. This should correct the problem.

 

AUREAL VORTEX I&II:

The last available drivers for these cards with Vortex chipsets are not fully

Direct 8.1 compatible. Therefore, these cards cannot be supported in NOLF 2.

Users of these cards may experience muffled background music, and missing or

muffled sound and dialogue.

 

PERIPHERALS:

 

LOGITECH MICE:

When the scroll wheel is set to a special function in

Mouseware, activating the scroll wheel during gameplay may have

undesired results. Setting the scroll wheel's function to "Middle

Mouse Button" in Mouseware should resolve the issue.

 

ADVANCED OPTIONS

 

If you're encountering problems running the game, you can try

tweaking some advanced settings in the "Options" window on the game

launcher (double-click NOLF2.exe and click the "OPTIONS" button).

Please note that this is for advanced users only, since tweaking

these settings could very well create other problems in the game.

 

DISABLE SOUND

If this box is checked, there will be no sound effects or subtitles

in the game. Also, dialog and lip-synching will not play correctly.

Music will still play. If you are experiencing problems running

the game and suspect your sound card may be the cause, you might

check this box and see if the problem goes away. If it does then the

problem may be due to a problem with your sound hardware or drivers.

 

DISABLE MUSIC

If this box is checked, there will be no dynamic DirectMusic in

the game. Please use this option for troubleshooting purposes only.

 

DISABLE MOVIES

If this box is checked, the intro logo movies will not be

shown. Use this if your system is having trouble playing these

movies.

 

DISABLE HARDWARE SOUND

If this box is checked, this will disable DirectSound 3D sound support and

could cause performance issues.

 

DISABLE ANIMATED LOAD SCREENS

If this box is checked, this will disable the animated loading screen.

 

DISABLE TRIPLE BUFFERING

If this box is checked, video output will not be triple buffered. With

certain video cards, this may help performance.

 

DISABLE JOYSTICKS

Disables input from joysticks and gamepads. Certain joysticks

and gamepads may interfere with normal mouse or keyboard

control in the game. If you suspect this is occurring, checking

this box before running the game may resolve the problem.

 

DISABLE HARDWARE CURSOR

If the mouse pointer is missing, flickering or otherwise

distorted in the game menus, checking this box may fix the

problem.

 

DISABLE SOUND FILTERS

If this box is checked, sound filtering effects (reverb) will be

disabled. Only cards with EAX 2.0 support will benefit from this feature.

If you experience problems such as static when firing a weapon underwater,

you may need to play with sound filtering disabled.

 

 

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