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Tech Support FAQ

taken from the official site @ http://www.noonelivesforever.com/faq/

 

 

Installation

Crashes/Lock-ups/Freezing

Loading and Error Messages

Graphics

Sound

Multiplayer

Gameplay

Compatibility

Additional Tech Support Assistance

Installation

When installing the second disc, it starts playing music and can't find my files.

Make sure that any 3rd party CD playing software (Winamp, Sonique, etc…) has had Autorun disabled before you install NOLF. If the Autorun is on, then the music will play and the game will not install.

 

My computer stops installing NOLF at 2%

Take out disc 1 and put in disc 2. You will be asked to put in disc 1 again at the end of installation. Once you put the second disc in, you'll need to explore your CD-Rom drive and click on it to continue

 

Crashes/Lock-ups/Freezing

My game locks up

We're looking into the reasons why certain machines are crashing. If your machine is constantly crashing in-game, check the compatibility section. for tips on your system hardware and then continue reading below for some workarounds. Most of the issues reported so far have been system-specific.

 

If you are having problems with your game freezing, please try the following in this order:

 

Disable Trilinear Filtering from the in-game menus: Options/Performance/Display

Disable Triple Buffering from the Advanced Options on the game launcher

Disable Hardware Cursor from the Advanced Options on the game launcher

Disable Music from the Advanced Options on the game launcher

Disable Sound from the Advanced Options on the game launcher

If it turns out that this disabling Music or Sound stops the problem, you may need to upgrade your sound card drivers. Also, please review the hardware listing section to check for information on your specific sound card

My game locks-up randomly and everything is disabled.

Check the sizes of the NOLF.rez and NOLF2.rez files by right-clicking on them in your NOLF installed directory.

 

NOLF.rez should be 618,254,258 bytes

NOLF2.rez should be 300,703,727 bytes

 

 

If the above file sizes do not correspond to the sizes of the copies in your NOLF install directory, put disc one in your CD-ROM drive. Explore the CD-ROM Drive by double-clicking My Computer, right-clicking your CD-ROM drive and selecting Explore. Click the Data directory, right-click on Nolf.rez, and select copy. Once you've copied the file, explore to your NOLF install directory on your hard drive (the default is C:\Program Files\ Fox Interactive\ NOLF), right-click in the NOLF directory and select Paste. A window should appear asking if you want to replace the file - select Yes. You will need to do the same with disc 2 if the NOLF2.rez file is incorrect.

 

Sound Blaster Live! Freezing

Reducing the hardware 'acceleration' level of the SBLive! card's driver (Control Panel -> Sounds and Multimedia -> Audio Tab -> Sound Playback 'Advanced" button -> 'Performance' Tab -> Hardware Acceleration Slider) from "Full" to just "Basic" acceleration, may help this problem.

 

Loading and Error Messages

When I try to run NOLF, I can't see Cate Archer in the menu screen and it won't let me load a level.

Check the sizes of the NOLF.rez and NOLF2.rez files by right-clicking on them in your NOLF installed directory.

 

NOLF.rez should be 618,254,258 bytes

NOLF2.rez should be 300,703,727 bytes

 

 

If the above file sizes do not correspond to the sizes of the copies in your NOLF install directory, put disc one in your CD-ROM drive. Explore the CD-ROM Drive by double-clicking My Computer, right-clicking your CD-ROM drive and selecting Explore. Click the Data directory, right-click on Nolf.rez, and select copy. Once you've copied the file, explore to your NOLF install directory on your hard drive (the default is C:\Program Files\ Fox Interactive\ NOLF), right-click in the NOLF directory and select Paste. A window should appear asking if you want to replace the file - select Yes. You will need to do the same with disc 2 if the NOLF2.rez file is incorrect. Once this is done, start up the game again and if you see the Cate Archer model in the main menu, then it should work. If you still do not see her, you may need to replace your NOLF disc.

 

When I launch the game, I get an ERROR in CglobalClientMgr::Init() OR Cshell.dll error.

These errors will appear if some essential files are not copied correctly off of the CD during installation. Please verify that your NOLF2.rez (and NOLF.rez file if you did a full install) in your NOLF install directory are the correct sizes:

 

NOLF.rez should be 618,254,258 bytes

NOLF2.rez should be 300,703,727 bytes

 

 

If these files aren't the correct sizes, delete the files in your Windows\temp directory, copy the files off the CDs manually (i.e., using cut and paste instead of the installer), and then paste them into the directory where the installer tried to copy them to in your NOLF install directory.

 

When I try to launch the game, it says couldn't set D3d emulation mode.

Reinstalling DirectX usually fixes this but in some rare cases, this may need to be manually re-enabled. To do this, run DXDIAG.EXE (You may need to search for this file on your hard drive using the Search feature on the Windows Start bar), select Display, and then check Enable Direct Draw box.

 

When I reboot my computer, I constantly get a message telling me that setup is updating my files even though I didn't install anything.

Find the Wininit.bak file in your C:\windows directory and delete it. This will not affect your system in any way.

 

NOLF can no longer find the CD after installation of the version 1.001 upgrade.

You may have a copy of the older, U.S. only version of the upgrade. Please be sure to download and install the most recent version of the upgrade from www.noonelivesforever.com. The current version will install correctly on all US and international versions of the game.

 

Graphics

Can screen flashes be turned off?

Click the Advanced button on the NOLF game launcher type "+ScreenFlash 0" (no quotes) in the Command Line field at the bottom of the window. This should disable screen flashing.

 

The character models in the game disappeared!

Save games from a previous installation of NOLF may become corrupted if exported to a different machine. To get around this, you may need to delete your old save game files and start the last available mission from the Missions menu.

 

Sound

My game is locking up and I am running a Monster MX300 Sound Card or A3D compatible card.

We have looked into this issue and determined that this is driver-related. Unfortunately, since Aureal is no longer supporting it's hardware, newer drivers for the latest operating systems and versions of DirectX are not available. You may want to experiment with the drivers available on your sound card manufacturer's website or even try some of Aureal's reference drivers. As a workaround, the crashing may stop if you disable music in the NOLF launcher.

 

Sound Stuttering:

There are some issues with DirectX 8 and some sound card's drivers. Your soundcard's drivers need to be fully compatible with DX8 (especially Direct Sound and Direct Music). Please contact your soundcard manufacturer for Direct X8 - compatible drivers.

 

Sound Blaster Live! Freezing

Reducing the hardware 'acceleration' level of the SBLive! card's driver (Control Panel -> Sounds and Multimedia -> Audio Tab -> Sound Playback 'Advanced" button -> 'Performance' Tab -> Hardware Acceleration Slider) from "Full" to just "Basic" acceleration, may help this problem.

 

Multiplayer

Cannot Load Multiplayer Game

We're looking into this- a couple people have been able to fix this by turning off Internet connection sharing.

 

Gameplay

Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 Upgrade We highly recommend that all Windows 2000 users download and install Service pack 1. It contains fixes such as:

 

Slow DirectX Performance

"Sticky Mouse" problem

Download Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 Here.

The God Mode cheat doesn't work properly.

It is our policy not to support cheats. NOLF was not designed to be played with cheats. Any problems or areas that you get stuck in by using the cheat cannot be patched and are unsupported.

 

I can't pass this level; the guys kill me too easily.

NOLF's difficulty is flexible, if you find that you are dying too quickly in a certain level, you can lower the difficulty by hitting escape, selecting Options, Game, Difficulty. Selecting an easier difficulty will lower the accuracy of your enemies.

 

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Compatibility

Please review the list below and read the sections that apply to the hardware or software in your system. This section contains both performance optimization tips as well as workarounds for known hardware compatibility problems. Please read through all sections that apply to your system.

 

 

AMD Processors

Windows 2000

DirectX 8

ATI Video Cards

GeForce / Geforce 2

Savage Video Cards

Voodoo 2

Voodoo 3

Voodoo 5

Diamond MX300 or other Aureal chipset such as the Vortex or Vortex 2

SBLive!

AMD Processors

Athlon Users Please Check the below FAQs for incompatibilities

For Athlon Thunderbird users and Duron users

http://www.apushardware.com/faqs/kt7faq/kt7faq.htm

For Athlon (classic or slot) users

http://www.apushardware.com/faqs/ka7faq/ka7faq.htm

 

 

Windows 9X AMD AGP Patch

AMD AGP win9X 4.80 which can be grabbed from http://www.amd.com//products/cpg/bin/. Please download any other software updates available for your hardware from this site.

 

Windows 2000 AMD AGP Patch

Microsoft has just issued a patch for AMD users running Win2k.

http://www.amd.com/products/cpg/athlon-dur...in2k_patch.html

 

Windows 2000

Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 Upgrade

We highly recommend that all Windows 2000 users should download and install Service pack 1. It contains fixes such as:

 

Slow DirectX Performance

"Sticky Mouse" problem

Download Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 Here.

Windows 2000 AMD AGP Patch

Microsoft has just issued a patch for AMD users running Win2k.

http://www.amd.com/products/cpg/athlon-dur...in2k_patch.html

 

DirectX 8

NOLF was tested with DirectX 7.0a. While DirectX 8 is compatible with NOLF; there may be some issues with certain hardware and DirectX 8. We are continuing to look into any incompatibilities relating to DirectX 8.

 

ATI Video Cards

If you encounter crashes, try turning off lightmaps in the NOLF display menu.

 

If you encounter a black screen when starting the game using, click the Advanced button and then check the box to disable movies in the launcher.

 

GeForce / GeForce 2

All GeForce users experiencing problems with NOLF will want to look at the GeForce FAQ page: http://www.geforcefaq.com. This page offers a wealth of information and we specifically recommend the sections on Bios and AGP settings and the sections on completely removing old driver files.

 

Savage Video Cards

*** From the RED Guy from Savage Daily Messageboard***

These are the setting that makes the game playable:

On the start menu of NOLF, click Advanced, and in the command-line field type "+S3TCEnable 0".

Activate Auto Mipmapping (some small artifacts may show, but it boosts the game, and it fixes the game text) for the Direct 3D (not OpenGL).

And strangely enough, when using 1152x864 resolution for the game with 32 bit, the artifacts in the game start (pink box around the mouse and buttons) are gone.

 

If the game is extremely dark in some levels, you may need to try the S3 reference drivers for your card. If this still doesn't help, you may wish to adjust the brightness settings from your video card's windows applet.

 

Voodoo2

After installing NOLF, you may get a "couldn't set d3d emulation mode" when trying to launch the game. Reinstalling DirectX usually fixes this, but in some rare cases, DirectDraw may need to be manually re-enabled. To do this, run DXDIAG.EXE (You may need to search for this file on your hard drive using the Search feature on the Windows Start bar), select Display, and then check Enable Direct Draw box.

 

In some rare instances, textures cease showing up in the game. To resolve this, download the latest drivers from http://www.3dfx.com and then reinstall DirectX. Finally, make sure that your texture and screen depth are set to 16 bit.

 

Voodoo3

If you are running into crashers, press the Advanced button on the launcher and check the Disable Hardware Cursor box. Then run the game.

 

Voodoo5

If you encounter a black screen when starting the game, click the Advanced button and then check the box to disable movies in the launcher.

 

Diamond MX300 or other Aureal chipset such as the Vortex or Vortex 2

We have looked into the crashes relating to NOLF and the Vortex chipsets and determined that they are driver-related. Since Aureal has gone out of business, much needed updates for the latest operating systems and version of DirectX are not available. There isn't much we can do to address this. Fortunately, this has not been a problem for all Vortex chipset sound card users. If you have the card and are experiencing crashes, check for updates from your sound card's manufacturer. If that fails, you may want to try older drivers or attempt to disable of the options in your sound card's windows applet.

 

Sound Blaster Live! Freezing

Reducing the hardware 'acceleration' level of the SBLive! card's driver (Control Panel -> Sounds and Multimedia -> Audio Tab -> Sound Playback 'Advanced" button -> 'Performance' Tab -> Hardware Acceleration Slider) from "Full" to just "Basic" acceleration, may help this problem.

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  • 3 years later...

Hi is there any news regarding compatibility issues with Vista Home Premium 32Bit SP1?

 

So far the game seems to work fine except for the Music. Aside from certain levels with Percussion the music just doesn't work at all.

 

Any help? I heard that Vista no longer supports Direct Sound or Hardware sound...this seems to explain why it won't work but there has

to be something I can do. Supposedly they still support emulation for direct sound but I've no idea where to find that and I've tried

everything I can find including updating my audio drivers...I've posted on other forums and no solution as of yet....

 

 

Please help! Thanks in advance.

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