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Situation Comedy is almost unplayable due to jerky graphics

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I need help. I downloaded SC through the link received by email. The graphics are extremely jerky and stutters like 5 frames per second. The scripted animations plays fine at full framerate though. but actual gameplay drops to stutters.

My system is a HT P4 3ghz, GF7800GS 256mb, Audigy2, 1gb ram. Tried lowest possible settings and its still the same. Culture shock plays just fine though.

Also, I would like to see support for 1280x1024 resolution. My LCD soesn't scale anything other than the resolutions it supports (setting to scale by adapter doesn't help) so a custom 1280x960 just adds graphical garbage at the bottom and it really ruins gameplay.

But my above problem is of upmost importance, pointless to have the correct resolution when I can't even play the game properly, eh? Would appreciate any remedies, thanks.

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  • @Emily said: In your case, it's definitely because of the integrated video, which is not supported. Sorry about that. :(

    For the rest of you - are any of you running programs that could be carrying on in the background and interfering with the game? What type of virus protection are you using?

    Hi Emily,

    I can safely say that I have the normal stuff running like Norton and Zonealarm. I have never had a problem with Episode 1. Only Episode 2 gives this problem. And I seem to notice that the game is smoother (Hard disk does not trash as much) when Max is standing still.

  • @VoodooKing said: Hi Emily,

    I can safely say that I have the normal stuff running like Norton and Zonealarm. I have never had a problem with Episode 1. Only Episode 2 gives this problem. And I seem to notice that the game is smoother (Hard disk does not trash as much) when Max is standing still.

    Well just because the integrated video doesn't meet requirements doesnt mean the game won't *run*, it just won't meet "reasonable" performance standards since those cards don't have any technical oomph. They are cheap, disposable "solutions" intended mostly only for 2D use, regular windows, web surfing etc. They cost Intel like 10 bucks or less each and are the bane of PC game developers everywhere. Outside of playing casual 2D games, you really want to get a better video card for games. It doesnt have to be the greatest, as long as it means directx9 and Telltale's minimum requirements. Might be able to find one pretty cheap, although seriously I would wait for a DirectX10 card post Vista so you get something that will last awhile.

    I feel for you if you're still on an integrated graphics this close to the next gen (more cards will be out in the next 6 months at lower prices). Seems like you're going to have to wait longer :( Maybe you might luck out and find something you can use for now for less than 50 bucks though :)

  • @fathamburger: I think you quoted the wrong person for your integrated video post.

  • @Emily said: In your case, it's definitely because of the integrated video, which is not supported. Sorry about that. :(

    For the rest of you - are any of you running programs that could be carrying on in the background and interfering with the game? What type of virus protection are you using?


    I tried disabling Norton and Comodo firewall as well as every systray programs except for Razer, Creative, and Nvidia. Still the same. If the above mentioned utilities are the cause of conflicts, than that would constitute as a compatibility bug, no? given how commomn those hardware are in gaming systems.

  • @Sacharissa said: No I'm not saying this just to be awkward , but it played just fine on my, rather lowly, system (AMD 2800+, 512MB RAM, 80GB HDD, X800 256MB). No stuttering, no slowdown - perfectly smooth.

    Obviously, I cannot assist with anyone's problem, but at least you all know now that it isn't the game.

    Sarah


    I don't run into any of the bugs mentioned in this forum either, including the verified autosave and crashing bug in the forthcoming patched release. Can you safely say that's not the game's fault as well?

  • so.. is there a fix for this?

    compaq V2000 1.5gig of memory. and a new install with Not even AV installed?!

    please help

  • @Sacharissa said: No I'm not saying this just to be awkward , but it played just fine on my, rather lowly, system (AMD 2800+, 512MB RAM, 80GB HDD, X800 256MB). No stuttering, no slowdown - perfectly smooth.

    Obviously, I cannot assist with anyone's problem, but at least you all know now that it isn't the game.

    Sarah

    Perhaps you just didn't notice the problem. See if your Hard disk light keeps blinking whenever Max is walking around.

  • The problem, certainly in my case, is caused by Comodo firewall. Using File Monitor, part of the SysInternals programs, I found that for some reason, cmdagent.exe, which is part of Comodo firewall, was checking the Sam and Max - Situation Comedy.exe at least 50 times per second, except when the game was running a scripted event from data.ttarch.

    The temporary solution is to EXIT Comodo firewall from the tray, and then go into task manager and kill the cmdagent.exe process. You can then play the game fine. However from what I can gather, you'll have to reboot to re-enable the firewall.

    The other thing that you can try is going into services and disabling the Comodo Application Agent after quitting Comodo from the tray, and then trying the game. If the game runs ok, after quitting try starting the service up again and then running Comodo firewall. Haven't tried this yet, but now I need to reboot so I'll do so and let you know.
    *EDIT* You can't stop the service, so this doesn't work.

    Obviously it is going to be up to somebody from Telltale to get in touch with Comodo and work out whose problem this is to fix. The first episode works fine, should be interesting to see what the third one does.

    I hope this helps you if you are having problems, and you have Comodo firewall installed.

  • Thank you for the information about Comodo firewall. Very interesting.

    Do you happen to know if this happens with other games of ours, or if the problem is limited to Situation: Comedy? (You can download the Culture Shock demo here if you want to try it out.)

  • You're quick, I just sent you an email about it!

    Culture Shock works fine, and I unfortunately don't have any of your other games yet. Let me know if I can help out any other way, I'll check back tomorrow.

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