• Announcements

    • That Which Mourns Soundly

      Logging in   05/10/2017

      If you had an account and can't log in as of 5/9/17, this may be because of a change in logins with new forum software. You can log in using your publicly displayed name (not your username) or your email address and the password you used before.   If you have problems with this, please ask any of the mods or admins. 
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
leshpar

Avernum 4 slowdown issues (suggested fix included in thread)

11 posts in this topic

Hi. I was in the middle of an Avernum 4 runthrough when I upgraded from windows 7 to windows 10. I did a fresh install of the OS too, not the upgrade as I've had issues with that before (and I had to boy windows 10 anyway since my win 7 was... *cough* not authentic). On windows 7 the game ran flawlessly. However, after I began using windows 10 Avernum 4 (and avernum 4 only, every other avernum game runs fine) runs so slow its as if I was trying to use a commodore 64 to play it. Its completely unplayable. things that should only take a couple of seconds now take 30 to 40 seconds.

 

My computer has the following hardware:

3.9 GHZ AMD FX 6350 6 core processor (socket AM3+)

12 GB System Ram PC3 10660 DDR3

2 GB (GDDR5) video ram Geforce 760 GTX (PCI-E 16X)

500 GB Maxtor Hard drive SATA2

1 TB Seagate HDD SATA2

BDrom/DVDRW/CDRW combo drive

Asus M5A97 Motherboard

Thermaltake 700 Watt ATX power supply

Logitech G110 keyboard

Roccat Kone Pure mouse

 

copy and pasted from another website, hense the odd formatting.

 

Any help would be appreciated, I'd love to finish A4 before starting A5.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Try uninstalling and reinstalling.

That's usually the first thing to try.

Your saved games folder is somewhere else so it won't get lost but a reinstall should fix whatever broke in the upgrade.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is the slowdown constant or does it get worse at specific times, such as when you're moving around or when battle animations are playing?

 

The main thing I can think to suggest is to make sure you've got up-to-date Windows 10-compatible drivers for your video card.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Slowdown is constant, though does seem to get worse in combat. Drivers are relatively up to date. Just as an example I can play Grand Theft Auto 5 with over 60 FPS on max graphics settings. (with V sync off).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just as an example I can play Grand Theft Auto 5 with over 60 FPS on max graphics settings. (with V sync off).

With all settings maxed out, GTA 5 uses more than 4GB of VRAM, and you said your GPU has 2GB...

 

That said, I agree that you shouldn't be having problems with Avernum 4.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With all settings maxed out, GTA 5 uses more than 4GB of VRAM, and you said your GPU has 2GB...

 

That said, I agree that you shouldn't be having problems with Avernum 4.

 

2 GB built in. The rest is taken from my system ram most likely. I have not monitored it, but I do know most modern video cards can pull system ram if they need to.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Originally Posted By: sea

I fixed it.

 

You'll need to download the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit.

 

http://www.microsoft...ls.aspx?id=7352

 

Launch the 32-bit version, create a new custom database, then a new application fix. Navigate to the affected game executable, select it, and then, on the second page of fixes, look for "ForceDirectDrawEmulation."

 

To make sure the fix stays, right-click the database and select "Install" which will apply the fixes when you launch the game outside the Compatibility Administrator.

 

 

I can confirm that this works.

 

This fixed slowdown entirely for me, even in the menu screens.

 

They really should maybe sticky this fix in the "Avernum 4" strategy thread or on the steam forums or something as this seems to be a common problem.

 

Why this hasn't been stickied yet I don't know, but thank you so much Nim for posting this. It required some digging and clicking of links to get to this (aka: I read the thread and clicked a link to another thread), but I figured I'd post this fix that seems to work. This apparently works for Geneforge 1,2, and 3 as well as Avernum 4.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Why this hasn't been stickied yet I don't know, but thank you so much Nim for posting this. It required some digging and clicking of links to get to this (aka: I read the thread and clicked a link to another thread), but I figured I'd post this fix that seems to work. This apparently works for Geneforge 1,2, and 3 as well as Avernum 4.

Glad you got it working. Definitely not optimal how buried this is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I guess there isn't really any reason not to sticky this thread, so here you go. I've also changed the title to make it a little more general (non-Windows-10 users also seem to have experienced the same issue) and easier to find for other people.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0