To make a short story long...
For some time I have had the problem of Episode 2 crashing on me a couple of seconds after entering the game. I always get an access violation error.
Im running the game on Japanese Windows XP SP2.
I stumpled up on an old thread in this forum and they were talking about DEP on Windows Vista.
Funny enough I recently got some message about "DEP has been disabled for the application DLL as APP" or something like that when I started the game. I dont know why it poped up but the word DEP rang a bell.
So, even though I don't have Vista but XP I though I'd fiddle with the DEP just to see what would happen.
I went into the control panel -> system -> performance -> settings, added Sam & max exe to the list of apps and ticked the box.
Voila! Game is working like... a working game!
Some people solved this problem by updating to SP2. Could it be that the DEP settings are reset when doing such an installation? Was it all about DEP from the start?
Can more people please try this?
If it works please post the solution on the FAQ page so people dont have to wade through the forum to find the answer.