RE: Random crash after a few minutes of play.
by Brad on Tuesday September 16th 2008, 14:03
What version of the game are you using? Make sure you have the 1.3 patch installed. Also, if you are running any mods, make sure you try to run the game WITHOUT those mods to see if you still have that same problem. Stony Road to War will cause the behavior you are describing.
Additions to my test results
by Mario Donick on Thursday August 21st 2008, 3:43
After submitting my test results, I experienced some minor things. I believe they're related to the manual installation method I explain above. I don't know if they also occur with a standard installation.
There has to be a folder "save games" inside the "scenarios" folder of the game. If it's not there, any attempt to save a game will result in an error message, often followed by a crash. So be sure that you create the folder if not already present.
To change the game's language, you need to edit the file "settings.cfg". For me, it was german (4) automatically; English would be 0, French 1. Don't know what 3 would be.
If you manually installed the game on a partition which is now unmounted (e.g. a non-attached USB drive) and then try to apply a patch, the patch setup won't find the game (of course) and stop.
For some reason, the patch setup now will never find your game, even if the partition is mounted correctly. So beware not to forget attaching any USB drives, if needed ... I recognized this problem when trying to patch my existing 1.3 to 1.3a.
However, if you made this fault, you can extract the contents of the patch setup manually, using the commandline tool "cabextract":
You get a folder called "Disk1". Change to this folder and type:
unshield e data1.cab
Now you have a folder called "common" inside the "Disk1" folder. There you will find all new or updated files. You can simply copy them to your Doomsday directory to apply the patch (but beware of case sensitive file names ... so use again a case-insensitive FAT32 partition. Otherwise you had to check every affected file for duplicates manually).
If you used an external USB drive for Doomsday, it is a good idea to copy the whole directory to your computer. The game will load much faster. This is especially true for slower computers with low memory and USB 1.1; however, once the game is started and initialized, it perfoms well even on my old T23 ThinkPad (512 MB RAM; 1,2 GHz).