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  01:55:14  20 April 2009
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Nastradoomus
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On forum: 04/20/2009
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I'm using Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1. And I keep getting a crash to desktop when I load any of my saved games. It didn't happen at first I had no mods installed and the game worked every time. Then I installed a weight mod and it still worked...for several weeks then out of nowhere it starts crashing again.

This is what I get in the log under fatal error

[error]Expression : hFile>0
[error]Function : FileDownload
[error]File : E:\stalker\sources\trunk\xrCore\FS.cpp
[error]Line : 106
[error]Description : c:\program files (x86)\steam\steamapps\common\stalker shadow of chernobyl\gamedata\config\

Now i had a CTD problem before and I cleaned my registry and did other things to remove everything SoC related from my pc and the game worked but that was a tedious process and dont want to have to do it again
  02:40:07  4 August 2008
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fiznerpin1962
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On forum: 08/30/2007
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So, Nat. You write good fiction for a living, do you?
  07:36:30  7 July 2008
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Stierlitz
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On forum: 05/25/2007
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lol

Nice one.
  04:52:06  6 July 2008
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busetibi
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On forum: 09/10/2007
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bwahahahah, great post NatVac
  17:00:04  5 July 2008
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NatVac
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On forum: 06/15/2007
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This is a minor update: The forum software has been revised, so some information I posted earlier in this thread now has formatting characters that are no longer supported. Please ignore them. Backslashes no longer need to be escaped with another backslash in paths, and the colon followed by a backslash is no longer treated as a smiley.

Please ask your mod-related bug questions in the Mod Discussion section of this forum. Again, please don't post bug reports in this thread.

You can now print a plus sign (+) directly, although you can still use %2B or + as well. Lots of good improvements should make posting about your problem a little easier.

And the uptake of Vista is expected to increase now that its predecessor has been taken out back and shot.

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A Fable to Relate the Answer to a Common Problem

The cry of fathomless pain behind me sent an electric chill of fear down my spine. I turned in dread, and there I saw it languishing amidst the towers of amassed Knowledge in the vast hall, wailing in bewilderment: a Nymlit.

Oh, it looked human, but I knew it for what it was, a creature that could not read text unless its name was present. Perhaps in another Age, it would have acquired the critical skills of Reading Comprehension and Thinking, but here it starved in the midst of plenty, a Millidiot with techno-induced ADD.

"Help me!" it cried with an omnidirectional broadcast. I could have turned and run, or cloaked, letting another mercifully apply a salve of healing. But I saw the putrefying sores that beset the Nymlit, and knew the complex alchemy of ill-matched mods and patches that had wreaked such havoc. My heart sank.

I could still escape; the Nymlit was unaware of me and did not yet know my name. But its emanations were great, and someone would valiantly try to help; this place is filled with kind souls. Perhaps they would succeed. Perhaps.

Or perhaps they would be overwhelmed by the strength of the fog-like miasma pouring from the sores, not knowing that their wisdom was indeed true but simply not enough. My name would then be uttered in an incantation to invoke my presence. Who could blame them? For I was a relatively-rare beast among the strong technomages here, openly sharing my gift of deep understanding even though I did not ken the Cyrillic runes.

Armed with the Nymlit's name, I connected to its extended tendril, choosing in my abysmal conceit to ignore the threat assessment warning that appeared on the neural link. I can solve this problem, I thought. Maybe I can even break down some of the Nymlit's barriers and help it to help itself.

"You found the log file, and reported the [error] lines at the end that told you what your problem is: hFile>0. Now search on this site for that error (here, hFile>0) with the search range set to 'All the time'. Or use Google with the site:gsc-game.com parameter. Also search the Internet in general."

But the dialog went nowhere; the Nymlit could parrot the words of wisdom it found in the towers of Knowledge with my instruction, but it could not understand them. In frustration I abandoned the attempt to explain the answer-finding tools to the Nymlit, and yielded the answer it implacably demanded:

"You have a mod that is incompatible with the patch version you are using. You might be able to fix it by setting current_server_entity_version in system.ltx to the correct value for the patch you are using (6 for patch 1.0004 and 7 for patches 1.0005 and 1.0006), but all saves made while the value was wrong will not work. You might still have problems due to other incompatibilities; contact the mod author if so."

"It doesn't work," came the reply after a suitable pause. Exasperated, I asked, "What doesn't work?" Said the Nymlit, "It doesn't work."

The subtle contamination of my logic processing center was complete. It fractured like glass and imploded. Just before I collapsed into a quivering, burbling mass of weepy protoplasm, I realized the threat assessment warning had said, "Remote end does not pass Turing test."

Edit: P.S. If you actually read this, you already know you are not a Nymlit by definition.

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Sorry, there is no "reload last save" in RealLife 1.0.
  06:05:27  6 November 2007
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NatVac
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On forum: 06/15/2007
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When posting on this forum, please be aware that the software this forum uses is very quirky. Posting verbatim excerpts from your log file will have smilies where there should not be any, and will be missing backslashes.

Here are some forum behavior workarounds:

To use a backslash, escape it; use two backslashes in a row, even in text formatted with [pre][/pre]. Editing your post removes backslashes; you'll have to add them back in. You can't edit your post after a few days.

I put "[i][/i]" in between a double quote and a close parenthesis, and between a colon and just about anything else, to avoid the smilies. To get a plus sign (+), I put in the escape code for it: + -- even in formatted text.

The "D" in the word "don't" is always lowercased. And you can't directly say "Cordon" followed by "trader" without automatically getting an apostrophe between them. You can use the same "[i][/i]" separator trick to fake out the forum software.
  07:29:52  8 October 2007
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NatVac
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On forum: 06/15/2007
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Bluesman posted a tip elsewhere that mentioned a useful command line parameter: "-silent_error_mode". This will avoid some hard lockups that occur after the game has already written to the log file. It simply shuts the game down after an error occurs; you don't see the Bug Trap dialog with this parameter added to the end of the target on the shortcut you use to launch STALKER.

Edit: This will create a fairly large (~400KB) zipped file in your directory when it does crash, consisting of the crash dump and log data. You may have to remove these from time to time, although it is nice to have a copy of the original error log, since STALKER overwrites the log each time you start the game.

To use this tip: Right-click on the shortcut you use to launch STALKER. Select "Properties". On the Shortcut tab of the dialog that appears, click in the Target field, press the END key, type a space followed by "-silent_error_mode" (without the quotes). (Remember to separate parameters by spaces.)

Thanks for the feedback, Fatrap and drivetheory! Yes, the log file info is probably the most important. And folks do tune out very quickly, especially when it's mostly "noise". Even the first post here is too long, in retrospect, but I can no longer edit it...
  14:36:21  5 October 2007
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drivetheory
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On forum: 06/11/2007
Messages: 56
nice post NatVac!

it's amazing how many threads i read where the person doesn't include their log file in their post when they are needing help finding a soution to a crash or similar problem...

wish you could make the "2. Find your log file. section title blink and glow and play music and tap dance or anything to get people's attention...

it would be awesome if there was a 'locked' sticky on page 1 of this forum section that gave guidelines for "how to ask for help / find a solution for a problem" where only a few senior people / mods could post error conditions with links & solutions only...

the "Problems -> Solutions (Make it easy)" almost does this, but there are WAY too many posts of comments in between the posting of solutions / links...
  10:17:08  27 September 2007
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fatrap
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On forum: 08/01/2007
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NatVac, I don't think you realize how much we appreciate the work you do for us. Many, many thanks!!
  07:27:57  27 September 2007
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NatVac
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On forum: 06/15/2007
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Add to section 3):

e) CTDs when upgrading to a new patch: If you see "Rebuild Spawn", you are likely using an incompatible save with your version of the game. This might be caused by playing with a patched game, but loading a saved game created in the retail game. It might also be caused by using a mod that isn't compatible with your game version.

Thanks, Gilgamesh_Uruk. From you that is a great compliment.
 
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