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ColinCJ
12-31-2007, 06:16 AM
Tweak Guide tips.

This is a small section taken from here
http://www.tweakguides.com/GRAW2_3.html

It covers some issues that a few of you have posted the last few days.

Official Support: The first place to look for official support information is on the Ubisoft Support Site, which contains answers to many common problems. Also make sure to read the game's ReadmeENG.txt file and the game's manual, both found under the \Program Files\Ubisoft\Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2\Support\Manual\ directory, as they contain a lot of useful information. If these don't help you, try the Official GRAW Forums or the Ghost Recon.net GRAW 2 Forum for community support and information.



Note that the first time you start GRAW 2, you will see a dialog box which tells you whether all the components of your system meet GRAW 2's requirements. This program can be found under your \Program Files\Ubisoft\Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2\Support\Detection\ directory and is called Detectionui_r.exe - you can run it at any time. If there are any red crosses against any component, investigate further. To see the exact minimum requirements for each component, left-click on the component's name (e.g. left click once on CPU Frequency and look at the bottom of the box for details). At times this application can mis-detect some newer hardware or software components, so as long as you're certain your hardware is higher than the minimum, and your drivers are the latest available, you should be fine.



Game Bugs: There are currently a range of known bugs for GRAW 2, including things like a lack of Dynamic Shadows for GeForce 8 series cards using some versions of Forceware drivers; sound issues; tagging issues in Deathcam mode; and some unexplained crashing. These can only be fixed via patches, so keep an eye on page 4 of the guide for details of patches as they are released.



Windows Vista Users: If you're having problems running this game under Windows Vista, first make sure that you're using the latest Vista graphics and audio drivers for your hardware, and the latest version of this game (see page 4 for patch details). Next, make sure you don't change your UAC settings after the game has been installed, as due to Virtualization this can change the location of the game files and settings. If you can't launch the game successfully when UAC is enabled, you will need to run the game with full Admin privileges. To do this either right-click on the launch icon and select 'Run as Administrator', or right-click on the launch icon, select Properties and under the Compatibility tab tick 'Run this program as an administrator' then click OK. I strongly recommend that you refer to the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows Vista for more information - in particular check the 'Gaming in Vista' section of the Graphics & Interface chapter; the UAC section of the PC Security chapter; and the 'Personal Folders' and 'Directory Junctions & Symbolic Links' sections of the Windows Explorer chapter. These will tell you how you can fix game-related issues and also explain the relevant differences of Vista.



Ageia Drivers: GRAW 2 requires the 7.05.17 Ageia PhysX Drivers or above to work properly, even if you don't have an Ageia PhysX card. If you're having any physics glitches, or if these drivers do not install properly, uninstall the game, then go to Control Panel>Add/Remove and make sure to remove any existing Ageia drivers and also manually search for and remove any Ageia files/folders, then reboot. Then go to the Ageia PhysX Site, and download and install the latest version of the drivers.



Sound Problems: See the Audio settings in the In-Game Settings section first. If you are having audio problems, then aside from making sure you're using the latest audio drivers for your sound card, GRIN recommends that you set the audio renderer to 'General Software'.



Antialiasing: The rendering method GRAW 2 uses is incompatible with traditional Antialiasing - for more details see the Antialiasing setting in the In-Game Settings section. Importantly, do not force any antialiasing in your graphics card's control panel as this will only cause graphical glitches and problems, and will not work.



Mouse/Keyboard Lag: Typically the most common cause of mouse or keyboard lag is low framerates, so check your framerate using FRAPS and if it dips below 15 or so then you will start getting noticeable control lag - lower various settings such as Resolution and/or Texture Quality and/or Post Effects for example to improve framerate. Alternatively, if all else fails you can try the 'Max Frames to Render Ahead' tweak as detailed at the top of this page of my Oblivion guide.



Background Programs: Disable all background applications - especially virus, trojan and spyware scanners and messaging utilities. These applications can and do use up valuable CPU resources, take up precious RAM, cause memory conflicts and crashes to desktop, but most importantly they interfere with read/writes to your hard drive effectively slowing it down and causing even more in-game freezes and longer loading times. Full instructions on how to identify your startup programs and services and how to correctly disable unnecessary ones are in my TweakGuides Tweaking Companion. This is an important step you should not miss.



Overclocking: If you've overclocked any components on your system and are having problems such as crashes, reboots or graphical anomalies, the first thing to do is set everything back to default speeds and try running the game. If you don't experience the same problems at default speed, or they're reduced in severity, then your overclock is the primary culprit. Either permanently reduce your overclock and/or increase cooling to regain stability. Don't assume that because other games run with stability at a particular speed that GRAW 2 will do the same.



There are obviously many more problems people are experiencing with the game, but most of these are due to a lack of system optimization. GRAW 2 is based on a relatively solid and optimized game engine. In general the game can and does run with stability on a system which isn't overly stressed and poorly optimized. If you don't spend the time to optimize your PC, cool it properly, reduce/remove your overclocks, and select appropriate settings then you will experience more crashes, freezes etc. I once again strongly suggest reading the free TweakGuides Tweaking Companion at the very least if you want to resolve most issues with this and any other game.



That's just a basic rundown of troubleshooting tips. Read the remainder of this guide for more specific settings and tweaks which can help improve your performance and resolve any problems.

ColinCJ
12-31-2007, 06:16 AM
Tweak Guide tips.

This is a small section taken from here
http://www.tweakguides.com/GRAW2_3.html

It covers some issues that a few of you have posted the last few days.

Official Support: The first place to look for official support information is on the Ubisoft Support Site, which contains answers to many common problems. Also make sure to read the game's ReadmeENG.txt file and the game's manual, both found under the \Program Files\Ubisoft\Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2\Support\Manual\ directory, as they contain a lot of useful information. If these don't help you, try the Official GRAW Forums or the Ghost Recon.net GRAW 2 Forum for community support and information.



Note that the first time you start GRAW 2, you will see a dialog box which tells you whether all the components of your system meet GRAW 2's requirements. This program can be found under your \Program Files\Ubisoft\Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2\Support\Detection\ directory and is called Detectionui_r.exe - you can run it at any time. If there are any red crosses against any component, investigate further. To see the exact minimum requirements for each component, left-click on the component's name (e.g. left click once on CPU Frequency and look at the bottom of the box for details). At times this application can mis-detect some newer hardware or software components, so as long as you're certain your hardware is higher than the minimum, and your drivers are the latest available, you should be fine.



Game Bugs: There are currently a range of known bugs for GRAW 2, including things like a lack of Dynamic Shadows for GeForce 8 series cards using some versions of Forceware drivers; sound issues; tagging issues in Deathcam mode; and some unexplained crashing. These can only be fixed via patches, so keep an eye on page 4 of the guide for details of patches as they are released.



Windows Vista Users: If you're having problems running this game under Windows Vista, first make sure that you're using the latest Vista graphics and audio drivers for your hardware, and the latest version of this game (see page 4 for patch details). Next, make sure you don't change your UAC settings after the game has been installed, as due to Virtualization this can change the location of the game files and settings. If you can't launch the game successfully when UAC is enabled, you will need to run the game with full Admin privileges. To do this either right-click on the launch icon and select 'Run as Administrator', or right-click on the launch icon, select Properties and under the Compatibility tab tick 'Run this program as an administrator' then click OK. I strongly recommend that you refer to the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows Vista for more information - in particular check the 'Gaming in Vista' section of the Graphics & Interface chapter; the UAC section of the PC Security chapter; and the 'Personal Folders' and 'Directory Junctions & Symbolic Links' sections of the Windows Explorer chapter. These will tell you how you can fix game-related issues and also explain the relevant differences of Vista.



Ageia Drivers: GRAW 2 requires the 7.05.17 Ageia PhysX Drivers or above to work properly, even if you don't have an Ageia PhysX card. If you're having any physics glitches, or if these drivers do not install properly, uninstall the game, then go to Control Panel>Add/Remove and make sure to remove any existing Ageia drivers and also manually search for and remove any Ageia files/folders, then reboot. Then go to the Ageia PhysX Site, and download and install the latest version of the drivers.



Sound Problems: See the Audio settings in the In-Game Settings section first. If you are having audio problems, then aside from making sure you're using the latest audio drivers for your sound card, GRIN recommends that you set the audio renderer to 'General Software'.



Antialiasing: The rendering method GRAW 2 uses is incompatible with traditional Antialiasing - for more details see the Antialiasing setting in the In-Game Settings section. Importantly, do not force any antialiasing in your graphics card's control panel as this will only cause graphical glitches and problems, and will not work.



Mouse/Keyboard Lag: Typically the most common cause of mouse or keyboard lag is low framerates, so check your framerate using FRAPS and if it dips below 15 or so then you will start getting noticeable control lag - lower various settings such as Resolution and/or Texture Quality and/or Post Effects for example to improve framerate. Alternatively, if all else fails you can try the 'Max Frames to Render Ahead' tweak as detailed at the top of this page of my Oblivion guide.



Background Programs: Disable all background applications - especially virus, trojan and spyware scanners and messaging utilities. These applications can and do use up valuable CPU resources, take up precious RAM, cause memory conflicts and crashes to desktop, but most importantly they interfere with read/writes to your hard drive effectively slowing it down and causing even more in-game freezes and longer loading times. Full instructions on how to identify your startup programs and services and how to correctly disable unnecessary ones are in my TweakGuides Tweaking Companion. This is an important step you should not miss.



Overclocking: If you've overclocked any components on your system and are having problems such as crashes, reboots or graphical anomalies, the first thing to do is set everything back to default speeds and try running the game. If you don't experience the same problems at default speed, or they're reduced in severity, then your overclock is the primary culprit. Either permanently reduce your overclock and/or increase cooling to regain stability. Don't assume that because other games run with stability at a particular speed that GRAW 2 will do the same.



There are obviously many more problems people are experiencing with the game, but most of these are due to a lack of system optimization. GRAW 2 is based on a relatively solid and optimized game engine. In general the game can and does run with stability on a system which isn't overly stressed and poorly optimized. If you don't spend the time to optimize your PC, cool it properly, reduce/remove your overclocks, and select appropriate settings then you will experience more crashes, freezes etc. I once again strongly suggest reading the free TweakGuides Tweaking Companion at the very least if you want to resolve most issues with this and any other game.



That's just a basic rundown of troubleshooting tips. Read the remainder of this guide for more specific settings and tweaks which can help improve your performance and resolve any problems.