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Bone: no text in main menu, WinXP + latest NVidia drivers + DX9.0c

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I'm having problems with Bone demo. The main menu (at least I think it's the main menu) doesn't have any text at all. I can only see a yellow rectangle where I think the menu items should be.

I have Windows XP, Athlon TB 900MHz, Geforce2 MX, latest drivers from NVidia and DirectX 9.0c.

Any leads?

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    Anonymous

    [quote]I am aware that there was one bug which occured only in Full screen mode with some auto-updating programs. The taskbar applications were trying to update while the game was running in full screen. This probably caused a conflict about who "should" be on top, so you may be right about another program interfering; trying to overlay itself ontop of the game. The flash you spoke of did occur with this bug but it kept flashing the desktop underneath the game and stopped doing so once the other program resolved it's issue. Have you tried playing in window mode? The only other thing that I can suggest is trying to turn off any programs which may be attempting to pop-up or configuring those programs like messenger to not auto override the current screen(most programs like this have a settings or options menu allowing you to turn off the always on top feature).[/quote]

    I have been trying int windowed mode. I can try the game with nothing else running and get right back to you.

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    Anonymous

    Okay, I tried to shut everything down, in Windowed mode. I even removed every last other game I had on the system and 90% of the software on the system I uninstalled.

    The issue is still the same. When the Bone logo comes up there is a yellow sort of flash on the screen. Then I can roll over the menu items but can't see anything but the yellow backgrounds when the mouse goes over them. If I try to start the game, I can't see much of anything.

    I am really at a loss (which drives me crazy because I used to debug software problems for a living).

    I hope this can be resolved at some point. It doesn't look like this will get fixed before Xmas. My son has a birthday in January, hopefully by then everything will be worked out.

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    Anonymous

    I have the EXACT same problem.

    What's the update on this problem? Has anything been sorted out yet?

    Please reply to give us an update on this... i want to buy the game but what's the point if the demo wont even work...

  • From what little I know of this sort of thing I might suggest that the computer specs you've laid out are the problem. They're all... How to put this... Pretty old and useless. I find that even simple games like Bone tend to have a few problems running on old or slow hardware. Not sure if that helps but that's the reason why quite a few semi-recent games won't work on my laptop so maybe it's the same for you.

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    Anonymous

    Mate,

    Appreciate your suggestion but im not buying that story.

    There's a few of us here with the same specs, we have the minimum system requirements and we have the same problem.

    Can someone who's had this problem and have had it fixed please let the rest of us know?

    It's VERY fustrating.

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    Anonymous

    The game played fine on the exact same hardware before.

    And the machine I'm trying to get it to work on FAR exceeds the minimum system requirements.

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    Anonymous

    Hi there,

    This issues is most likely related to the video card and the drivers, but we do have that card and it worked fine for us here. Can you provide me with the DirectX Diagnostic Tool output from both the machine that has the problem, and the machine that does not?

    To start the DirectX Diagnostic Tool:
    1. Click Start, and then click Run.
    2. In the Open box, type dxdiag, and then click OK.

    Once it finishes running, please click on the "Save All Information" button, save the text file to your hard disk, then include the contents of that file to this thread or, if you prefer, to a Private Message sent to me.

    Thanks,

    Troy

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    Anonymous

    Someone at AG had the same problem, and was able to fix it by rolling back to OLDER drivers.

    I have the same Nvidia card (Geforce 2), and have the 52.16 drivers installed. I recently tried updating the drivers and some games that worked previously wouldn't work anymore (Indigo Prophecy and the Sims) so I rolled back to the drivers that I knew worked. I did not try Boneville when I had those newer drivers installed but the experience convinced me that the newest drivers are not a good choice for Geforce2 users.

    Yeah, it's an old card. So what? With the older drivers, it still works fine for most things. ;)

    Anyway, hope this helps. It would be great if the people who are having this problem could try the 52.16 drivers and post whether that fixes it for them.

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    Anonymous

    i was having a problem similar to this, and found the solution when i changed the setting for 16 bit color quality to 32 bit. now it works ok.

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    Anonymous

    Ive sent my DX spec info to troy. yet to get a reply, as I have had the same problem too when I upgraded my Nvidia driver.

    The Cow Race seems to work fine, but not boneville. Is there or will there be an update for this soon?

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