COMPILATION OF PROBLEMS AND THEIR FIXES. READ THIS FIRST!!!

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COMPILATION OF PROBLEMS AND THEIR FIXES. READ THIS FIRST!!!

Postby Bloodaugust » Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:23 am

As we move along, I will add more to this.

If you see a bug not covered here, please PM me with the info. Preferable a fix too. ;)

Due to the sale by steam, our user base is increasing *RAPIDLY*. In fact, I got the demo a week previous, and when it went on sale, I jumped. This rapid increase is revealing many new bugs, and I've always thought we needed a single bug topic. So here goes:

HIDDEN WINDOWS BAR AT TOP OF GAME
Problem: A hidden windows bar at the top of the game that can cause exits/minimizes.
Solution: (1)(UNCONFIRMED) If running dual-core, set affinity to only one core.
(2)(INCONSISTENT)(TEMPORARY) Run in windowed mode.
(3) Go into GSB.exe's properties and disable visual themes under the Compatibility tab.

VARIOUS GRAPHICS PROBLEMS (SHAKY, STOPPY, ETC.)
Problem: Different errors and/or bugs that make the game look jumpy or run slowly on high-spec computers.
Solution: (UNCONFIRMED) If running dual-core, set affinity to only one core.

MISSION/SAVE DEPLOYMENT AND OTHER BUTTONS NOT WORKING
Problem: Different buttons throughout the game will not respond immediately/at all. Usually the save deployment and mission buttons.
Solution: (TEMPORARY) Run in windowed mode.

MISSING EXPANSION RACES
Problem: Races bought, but no ships and/or races show up.
Solution: (1)Make sure to select race in battle, select race screen. Button is in the top right.
(2)go to the data folder, then to installs. Add (or make sure there is) a .txt called order, swarm, and tribe, and check their contents. Their contents should look like below:

Code: Select all

[config]
path = order

And for each race.

GSB.exe has stopped working, windows is checking for a solution to the problem.
Problem: Game crashes upon startup, or at main screen for various reasons.
Solution: (1) Ensure that you have a suitable resolution. Must be at least 768 high.
(2) If you have played the demo, try deleting C:\Users\****\Documents\My Games\GratuitousSpaceBattles.

FAILED TO INITIALIZE 3D GAME ERROR
Problem: A varying error pops up, saying something about failing to initialize the 3D game.
Solution: (1) Restart your compy.
(2) Ensure that in C:\Users\****\Documents\My Games\GratuitousSpaceBattles, in your prefs.ini file, the following lines exist: width = 1024
height = 768
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Postby Bloodaugust » Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:46 am

Until stickeyed: BUMP.
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Postby Berny_74 » Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:27 am

Bloodaugust wrote:HIDDEN WINDOWS BAR AT TOP OF GAME
Problem: A hidden windows bar at the top of the game that can cause exits/minimizes.
Solution: (1)(UNCONFIRMED) If running dual-core, set affinity to only one core.
(2)(INCONSISTENT)(TEMPORARY) Run in windowed mode.


I only get the hidden windows bar at the top/bottom when during the game I Alt-tab or when something pops up in the background (i.e. messenger / or download complete notice).

Well - I did learn something - I had no clue you could set the affinity - and not sure why it would really do anything?

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Postby Bloodaugust » Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:33 am

When games aren't specifically programmed to utilize dual core machines, the cores will eventually (sometimes quickly) write to the same area, trying to do the same work. They aren't synchronised, and it can cause a WIDE array of problems.
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Postby Archduke Astro » Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:13 am

Bloodaugust, thank you for creating this error compendium as well as sharing your insight about multi-core machines. I'm impressed that you've accomplished so much of value in your short time with us so far. Keep up the good work, mate! :D
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Postby Bloodaugust » Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:44 am

Archduke Astro wrote:Bloodaugust, thank you for creating this error compendium as well as sharing your insight about multi-core machines. I'm impressed that you've accomplished so much of value in your short time with us so far. Keep up the good work, mate! :D

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Postby Hybrinoid » Sun Aug 08, 2010 2:14 pm

yep, that might've had something to do with my Crossover games problem. I wonder why it didn't happen for regular crossover...
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Postby Bloodaugust » Sun Aug 08, 2010 2:58 pm

It is interesting. Oh well, at least its fixed! :D
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Postby Hybrinoid » Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:10 pm

hey... it's stickeyed now! :D
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Postby Bloodaugust » Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:55 am

Hybrinoid wrote:hey... it's stickeyed now! :D


Actually, it was stickied for our entire convo. LOL
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Postby dabar1 » Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:34 am

OK, so what is the best way to set the affinity to one processor?
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Postby cliffski » Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:50 pm

When the game is running, run task manager, and then right click on gsb.exe and you can set it there.
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Postby JoachimJ » Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:27 pm

Bloodaugust wrote:HIDDEN WINDOWS BAR AT TOP OF GAME
Problem: A hidden windows bar at the top of the game that can cause exits/minimizes.
Solution: (1)(UNCONFIRMED) If running dual-core, set affinity to only one core.
(2)(INCONSISTENT)(TEMPORARY) Run in windowed mode.


Vindicare pointed out a fix that actually worked. Here: viewtopic.php?f=21&t=5050&start=15#p34225

Vindicare wrote:I had problems with the save deployment, mission and supplies buttons a while ago, too.

Going into GSB.exe's properties and disabling visual themes under the Compatibility tab seemed to fix it.


Worked splendidly for me. (setting processor affinity did not have any effect)
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Postby dabar1 » Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:52 am

cliffski wrote:When the game is running, run task manager, and then right click on gsb.exe and you can set it there.


THANKS!

Does seem to help a bit on the really LARGE battles.
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Postby strask » Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:18 pm

Bloodaugust wrote:HIDDEN WINDOWS BAR AT TOP OF GAME
Problem: A hidden windows bar at the top of the game that can cause exits/minimizes.
Solution: (1)(UNCONFIRMED) If running dual-core, set affinity to only one core.
(2)(INCONSISTENT)(TEMPORARY) Run in windowed mode.


You might want to add the un-clickable buttons symptom to the "Problem" statement on this one.

JoachimJ wrote:Vindicare pointed out a fix that actually worked. Here: http://www.positech.co.uk/forums/phpBB3 ... =15#p34225

Vindicare wrote:I had problems with the save deployment, mission and supplies buttons a while ago, too.

Going into GSB.exe's properties and disabling visual themes under the Compatibility tab seemed to fix it.


Worked splendidly for me. (setting processor affinity did not have any effect)


Same here; visual themes seems to be the culprit and dual-core stuff shouldn't be blamed.

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