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Old 08-11-2006, 09:19 PM   #1
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Hello.

today I bought sin episodes: emergence off of steam. the first thing I noticed was the game not correctly detecting my hardware. In fact, it refused to go beyond the logo screen after the intro videos giving me stupid error messages that I couldn't set the cideo mode and would restart with default values - eventually stating that it would need hardwar capable of dx7, what a laugh.

I guessed right, the detection code of the game is too strict. I ran the latest OmegaDrivers on my ATI Radeon 9700 Mobility and the game obviously just checked the driver name string, and did an exact phrase comparison against the list of official driver names or somewhat.

anyways - due to a stupid bug in the ATI catalyst installation routines(although laptop manufacturer and gfx card ar ein the supported systems list of the special catalyst mobility derivate), I cannot install other drivers than the OmegaDrivers or the old, initial drivers that came with the laptop at shipping time atm. Thus, all I can do is uninstall my gfx card in the devicemanager, which results in windows reverting to the initial drivers (instead of to the VGA drivers which the ATI installation software wants). sin starts up fine with this initial driver.

I ask you to loose up the detection algorithm so gfx drivers that are just tuned official drivers like the omega ones get accepted too. they work perfectly fine with other (source) games and I can't find any rationale reasons wtf I should uninstall my gfx driver everytime I would want to play my nice new game. Just extend the driver names list so it accepts drivers like "<official driver name> <Special driver name>" eg. ATI Radeon 9600/9700 (OmegaDrivers 2.xy798723)"

I hope you get my point, Should be a matter of minutes to implement it and send it across the STEAM aether.

Sorry for bad grammar, style or typos - it's 0317 and I'm no native English speaker.

Fix it soon, please. Annoying ...

-Schmiddtchen

PS: Forcing peeps to register for bug reports on the forums is a bad idea imo.
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Old 08-11-2006, 09:39 PM   #2
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I have an overclocked mobile Radeon 9600 pro, the game runs fine. mind you it's at 800X600, I'm still on the Omega Drivers based on the 6.2s.
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Old 08-11-2006, 09:41 PM   #3
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Default Re: GFX driver detection to strict

For your Radeon 9700 Mobility, you can force the game into DirectX 9 mode by adding "-dxlevel 90" to the game launch options (Right-click on the game in your Steam games list, pick "Properties...").

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Old 08-12-2006, 08:27 AM   #4
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For your Radeon 9700 Mobility, you can force the game into DirectX 9 mode by adding "-dxlevel 90" to the game launch options
Thanks for the hint, I'll try it out. Does it override the detection procedure?

Would be fine if you would still look into improving that procedure

(Sorry for my really bad initial post - it was really late )

Thanks and Greetings,

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Old 08-12-2006, 10:39 AM   #5
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The detection code is the same code used by all other Source engine titles, and I'm not sure what it would take to "loosen" it up.

Also, while I'm happy that you have found a driver that works for you, we've had issues reported on desktop chipsets using modified drivers like the Omega drivers.

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Old 08-14-2006, 01:49 AM   #6
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Also, while I'm happy that you have found a driver that works for you, we've had issues reported on desktop chipsets using modified drivers like the Omega drivers.
Kind of ironic that because things usually work people assume they always work...I tried an Omega driver once but haven't done it since.

Had too many things mess up to be a tweaker anymore I guess. Is that proof I'm getting old?
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Old 08-14-2006, 02:41 AM   #7
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Not really,

"If it aint broke, tweak it"

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Old 08-14-2006, 03:17 AM   #8
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Well I admit I still do some tweaks...Stardock visual tweaks for one thing. They rock. I like PGwares tweak programs but I question how well they work on XP x64, so I haven't installed them this time. (They don't even support XP x64 yet, so it's outright silly that they 'support' Vista already.)
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