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  17:56:31  14 May 2007
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Turbanator
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On forum: 05/03/2007
Messages: 40
I was havng a frustrating time with all the crashing and lock ups caused by this game. After rummaging around for something to fix while waiting for the next patch, I am now able to get a smoother game. I set the game to static lighting. That seemed to cut the problems out completely. I found that odd because my graphics card isnt so bad. I also rolled back my drivers to 7.3. The -noprefetch tweak did not work for me and I do not use it, but feel free to try. The game also seems more stable if I press the Numlock key on my keyboard and turn it off before playing.

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  16:53:25  17 May 2007
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Delaroth
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On forum: 05/17/2007
Messages: 5
my S.T.A.L.K.E.R. keeps crashing everytime i try to save or load the game in the "Army warehouse". Its seriously so frustrating after getting so far.
i read from a thread that someone had same problem, and he fixed this problem with "-noprefect" add in target line. wtf is a target line? Im from finland myself so my pc is on finnish. So i cant know what target line is.
  01:46:00  18 May 2007
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On_Target600
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On forum: 04/17/2007
Messages: 12
You are very Welcome

Hello ozgamer.
Thank you for your kind words.

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On_Target600 thanks for your links and post, the Fix you quoted works perfectly so far for my Vista install with this game and the value of the fix is that it's applicable to all games very easily. I hope others give it a try.
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You are the first and only person to give thanks or even a comment for that matter. I became very disappointed in the stalker community to the point that I have not been back here for weeks. I am not alone in this lack of courtesy. I have seen many other peoples solutions to problems go un-thanked.

Please people take a leaf out of ozgamer's book. I spent a great deal of time, at least 30 hours researching, testing, reading everyones vista posts and attempting to write a clean and concise fix for the problem. There was no benefit for me to do this except to help those with problems play this fantastic game.

Remember that people on these forums who help you solve your problem are doing it out of kindness. They are not paid, so a little thanks goes a long way. Not only does this show the person that they didn't waste their time it also tells others that the applicable fix works.

Please, if someone helps you thank them.

OnTarget
  16:16:30  18 May 2007
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mannequin
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On forum: 03/25/2007
Messages: 26

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my S.T.A.L.K.E.R. keeps crashing everytime i try to save or load the game in the "Army warehouse". Its seriously so frustrating after getting so far.
i read from a thread that someone had same problem, and he fixed this problem with "-noprefect" add in target line. wtf is a target line? Im from finland myself so my pc is on finnish. So i cant know what target line is.
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M0ldyM!LK posted a couple of pictures a few pages back along with some fairly clear instructions on how it's done.
  16:50:31  18 May 2007
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mannequin
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On forum: 03/25/2007
 

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mannequin
05/18/2007 16:51:49
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10)) v1.0003 16:9 full dynamic shadow problems
[link]http://www.gsc-game.com/index.php?t=community&s=forums&s_game_type=xr&thm_page=1&thm_id=8838&page=2&sort=ASC&sec_id=12[/link]

by bardak


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r2_sun_near_border 1.0 (in the console) seemed to solve this problem for me.
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Try "r2_sun_near 20" or "r2_sun_near 25". It should increase the distance for the crisp shadows (with minor drop in FPS).
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  21:01:01  18 May 2007
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Carnivore
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On forum: 04/23/2007
Messages: 252
General Windows Tweaks Vista & XP

blackviper.com

I encourage you to read his entire site.
Haven't tried the Vista stuff, don't use it, but have used his XP tips for years. He once had a Game mode but don't see it listed now. This is what I use to maximize my 3D06 scores.

Not for the fainthearted. Use at your own risk.
  02:27:39  19 May 2007
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ozgamer
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On forum: 03/20/2007
Messages: 265
No Problem on_target600

The information you kindly made available to these forums has worked exceptionally well for me and I doubt that I'm the only one that has used your suggested fix.

As I stated in another post in an effort to help some (should I say?) "incompetent" Vista user, I have in fact finished the entire game on Vista WITHOUT ONE CTD since applying your suggestions.Maxed setting and at the hardest difficulty.

It really makes me wonder about the thankless attitude of some people on Game forums? But so be it, that certainly won't affect the enjoyment that this game has bought to me and also the interest generated and the learning achieved by reading and trying out solutions posted by people such as yourself.

I wish you well.

Regards




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You are very Welcome

Hello ozgamer.
Thank you for your kind words.
On_Target600 thanks for your links and post, the Fix you quoted works perfectly so far for my Vista install with this game and the value of the fix is that it's applicable to all games very easily. I hope others give it a try.

You are the first and only person to give thanks or even a comment for that matter. I became very disappointed in the stalker community to the point that I have not been back here for weeks. I am not alone in this lack of courtesy. I have seen many other peoples solutions to problems go un-thanked.

Please people take a leaf out of ozgamer's book. I spent a great deal of time, at least 30 hours researching, testing, reading everyones vista posts and attempting to write a clean and concise fix for the problem. There was no benefit for me to do this except to help those with problems play this fantastic game.

Remember that people on these forums who help you solve your problem are doing it out of kindness. They are not paid, so a little thanks goes a long way. Not only does this show the person that they didn't waste their time it also tells others that the applicable fix works.

Please, if someone helps you thank them.

OnTarget
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  11:00:48  22 May 2007
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GaryLee79
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On forum: 04/24/2007
Messages: 38
Big thank you to Ontarget and Ozgamer (take note GSC & THQ)

I would like to thank Ontarget and Ozgamer for providing a solution to the ‘crash to desktop problem’ on Vista. This is yet again a problem solved by an unpaid individual, which should have been easily sorted out by GSC or THQ.

As I understand another THQ game called Supreme Commander had the same issue and lessons were clearly not learned from this. Funny enough the new Stalker patch 03 has ‘App can handle> 2gb adressest’ already ticked but you have to run ‘bcdedit /set IncreaseUserVA 3072’ yourself. This means the new patch was trying to resolve the problem but messed it up or forgot this detail when it was released. The second part is meant for Vista 32 and does not apply to 64 users.

Thanks to Ontarget I will now be enjoying the great game that is Stalker  In future, when THQ or GSC release a game of interest, I will not purchase it until all the major issues have been resolved. Hopefully they will not rely on unpaid individual users to sort out their problem. I think GSC should send Ontarget a modest cheque of £600 as his brilliance has stopped me from sending the game back for a 3rd refund.
  12:32:34  22 May 2007
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ozgamer
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On forum: 03/20/2007
Messages: 265

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Big thank you to Ontarget and Ozgamer (take note GSC & THQ)

I would like to thank Ontarget and Ozgamer for providing a solution to the ‘crash to desktop problem’ on Vista. This is yet again a problem solved by an unpaid individual, which should have been easily sorted out by GSC or THQ.

As I understand another THQ game called Supreme Commander had the same issue and lessons were clearly not learned from this. Funny enough the new Stalker patch 03 has ‘App can handle> 2gb adressest’ already ticked but you have to run ‘bcdedit /set IncreaseUserVA 3072’ yourself. This means the new patch was trying to resolve the problem but messed it up or forgot this detail when it was released. The second part is meant for Vista 32 and does not apply to 64 users.

Thanks to Ontarget I will now be enjoying the great game that is Stalker  In future, when THQ or GSC release a game of interest, I will not purchase it until all the major issues have been resolved. Hopefully they will not rely on unpaid individual users to sort out their problem. I think GSC should send Ontarget a modest cheque of £600 as his brilliance has stopped me from sending the game back for a 3rd refund.
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I'm very happy that you can play the game now. It does look very good on Vista hey?

Sure enough, but I am very critical of the fact that it should NOT be up to the customer to have to fiddle around to get the product to work. 1 of my Son's is still waiting to play Supreme Commander on line as an example.

To some people such as myself, STALKER is probably worth the effort of the extra fiddling around to get it to work, but only the individual can really decide that.

Cheers
  21:59:01  1 June 2007
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pnutbutrnjely
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On forum: 06/01/2007
Messages: 1
bolts where are they at? and i have a mouse use ?

in the game it says to throw bolts at the anomalies where do you find bolts at?????
mouse movement in this game sucks royally at least for me anyways when trying to aim the weapons and when scrolling back and forth inbetween them
anyone have suggestions for either or both thanks in advance
 
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