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S&M 1/2 and TMI Not Opening

posted by Turophile on - last edited - Viewed by 293 users

I just though it might be easiest to separate it, as others can run S&M 1, and I cannot.

My desktop is a Q9550, 8GB of RAM, GTX280, with a Xonar D2X.

Now, I get nothing if I _enable_ GX mode (Direct3D sound/EAX), but if I disable it I get the Sam and Max launchers. Either way I get nothing from TMI.

I suspect my issue is tied to my sound card in some way, and I have tried:
[LIST]
[*]updating my sound card drivers;
[*]updating my graphics card drivers;
[*]updating my motherboard/chipset drivers;
[*]updating direct X ('the same or equivalent' version is already installed);
[*]clean booting.
[/LIST]

My operating system is Windows Vista Ultimate x64.

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From dxdiag
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Operating System: Windows Vista™ Ultimate (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.lh_sp2rtm.090410-1830)
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
Monitor: SyncMaster 225MD/225MS/2280HD(Digital)
Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Driver Version: 8.15.0011.8618 (English)
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled
Description: Speakers (ASUS Xonar D2X Audio Device)
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Driver Name: cmudaxp.sys
Driver Version: 5.12.0001.0008 (English)
Driver Provider: ASUSTeK
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0xF1F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000

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If there's anything else required to debug it, just ask. And if it's not appropriate to have opened a new thread feel free to close/delete/merge as required.

Visual Studio 2008 sometimes opens to debug, claiming access is denied to something (memory address).

My laptop can run Sam & Max Season 1 (that's all I've tested), but it heats up pretty badly from that, so it's one hour hits of that.

Edit: My laptop loads TMI (both loader and onwards), but the lag (7400 Mobile 'TurboCache' :() makes it unplayable.

Edit #2: S&M 104 (Lincoln Must Die) does not work on my desktop with either the Steam version (it worked before!) or the direct download. I'm not sure if that was pre-sound card / old computer though.

My guess is it's related to Direct3D sound processes failing, but that shouldn't have any affect on the launcher... when the DVDs arrive I'll confirm that.

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  • Do you know why rarextloader.exe was running in the first place? Was it something we called?

  • @Will said: Do you know why rarextloader.exe was running in the first place? Was it something we called?

    To my knowledge it belonged to WinRAR, so I removed that and it makes no difference. I've since re-installed it and the coincidence has vanished.

    The only other applications appearing at the time are the virus scanner (MS Essentials - because betas are fun!), and the Search Indexer. They both seem to kick into gear. If I disable both, nothing happens, Monkey just cranks up the CPU and RAM usage and disappears.

    EDIT: Indexer probably just appears out of nowhere for no reason, so it's not really something I'm worried about. As I can disable the A/V it shouldn't be either.

    Sam & Max Series 1 games are the same, except that it shows the launcher and two screens before vanishing.

    EDIT: Sam & Max Series 2 games don't show anything past the launcher, they just flash a white box and disappear. Bone ("out from boneville") also shows the launcher, but then does the white box flicker and disappears.

  • I'll add to the mystery. I put the DVD in the drive and it fails to launch.

    It installed, the launcher happily appears, but no dice with launching.

    I think I might have to format to resolve this, which is a fairly drastic step, but given I can back up the entire drive fairly easily I may get around to it.

    I'll give it some time, as I've resolved some lag on my laptop to play S&M, but it still leaves Monkey Island unplayable, sadly :(

  • I would just like to officially state that I hate computers. One last thing to check, do you have any tablets or other weird controller interfaces installed?

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    @Will said: I would just like to officially state that I hate computers.

    Me too. I only study Computer Science so i can destroy "The System" from the inside :D

  • @Will said: I would just like to officially state that I hate computers. One last thing to check, do you have any tablets or other weird controller interfaces installed?

    I'm hearing that Will, and no, sadly, I don't.

    I might queue this box up for a format at the end of this year (once all of Monkey is out and the DVD is sitting here too).

    It's probably fate (or that weird voodoo lady's children) telling me not to fail my final semester of university...

    I'll give something one last shot and report back shortly.

    EDIT: No dice. Tried putting in a different sound card, and removing all traces of the good one, nothing. Something else is causing this :(

    Good news... my laptop sort of plays it with a custom boot option (read: safe mode with networking, then running a batch to enable half a dozen services and dropping to Quality 1 (that is the lowest right, otherwise I've been lagging on the lowest...).

  • Yeah, 1 is the lowest. Sorry it isn't playing on your main box, but at least it's playing.

  • Not a problem, figured it was probably the lowest and the graphics seem nice enough, even on 1 :)

    I might have to pull a format on the box once my current work is done, but I might leave it later. At least for now I have 12" of TMI and S&M :)

  • One run of the mill format later, Vista x64 (SP2) installed, and I'm running.

    TMI opens, Quality 9, and chugs along at what I hope is full speed (if it's not I don't want full speed, thanks, this is zippy enough :P).

    Installed thus far:
    - Office 2007 Ultimate
    - Office 2007 Visio Pro
    - Firefox 3.5
    - TMI
    - Steam
    - WinRAR

    I'm not going to install Netbeans, or any Eclipse based ANYTHING in the hopes that I don't break it this time :)

    Thanks for the support anyway Will, it's probably a ghost in the code of some application, somewhere. Given I lost the ability to open some PopCap games and a custom .NET application earlier today (I'm in Australia, it's 7pm), I figured it was time for a rebuild.

    S&M is assumed to function, but it's low enough in requirements to run nicely on my laptop anyway :)

  • Great to hear you got it working, even if it did involve a format. I had a similar problem on my home computer a few weeks ago. Some cruft buried deep in my computer was causing problems and no amount of digging ever found it. Eventually I formatted and everything worked fine, but it was a frustrating week or two.

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