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  16:27:45  3 November 2020
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Handyman454
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Anomaly Won't Launch

Had this game 2 months ago, on a quad processor with a Quadro k600 running the standard Win 10 drivers (not the Nvidia drivers) and it loaded and ran reasonably well for months.

Upgraded recently to a 6 core processor initially with the same video card (k600) only this time I loaded the k600 Nvidia, drivers for it and when I reinstalled the game files to their own directory and then booted it, I get a crash on load and an error message telling me

"Your video settings won't work. Try lowering the settings".

I wasn't even aware I could adjust the video settings outside the game environment.

Recently, I swapped the k600 with a Quadro, k2000 and again, loaded the most recent Nvidia drivers for it, reinstalled the game in its own directory and booted it only to get the same crash and message.

Oddly however, this time the crash only intermittently displays the error message. Most of the time it displays no message at all.

Where do I turn for assistance on figuring out why my k2000, 2mb video card won't work?

Also.
I had to manually load a d3dx_43.dll file that was "not found" as well as the supporting dx files for the other various versions of Dir-X as I tinkered unsuccessfully with the initialize settings.

I've deleted and relaoded 3 times now.
  17:49:04  3 November 2020
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Tejas Stalker
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I'm not understanding why you keep using graphics cards not designed for Gaming? The Quadro line is for precision graphics and not designed for speed. It's like you've picked a bicycle recommended for the Tour de France when you really need a motorcycle to go around the world. You need speed.

Quadro K2000 Graphic Card Review
https://www.pcgamebenchmark.com/quadro-k2000-graphic-card-review

If it can't play all these Games, that should tell you something:
https://www.pcgamebenchmark.com/compare-graphics-cards/nvidia-quadro-k2000

With today's Games, especially Mods needing more memory, anything under 4 GB is probably inadequate. You only have 2 GB.

There would be zero reason to choose the Quadro line to place in a PC. I've seen people with a Laptop with the Quadro line attempt to play Video Games but again the Quadro line is more for business CAD applications and not Games. Only the simplest and most basic Games would suffice.

Is there a reason why you won't purchase a dedicated Gaming graphics card?

TS
  03:28:36  4 November 2020
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Handyman454
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Is there a reason why you won't purchase a dedicated Gaming graphics card?
TS
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Tex:
While I appreciate your taking the time to comment on my choice in video cards and recommend changing it, that's not the issue at hand.

If a bicycle, regardless of the glamor and craftsmanship is what you can afford to get around in, while it's not a porche, it's certainly better than walking or a wheel chair and it still gets you where you want to go right?

I am aware that the Quadro is not what would be considered a great gaming card but I'm not looking for a great gaming card.
I make a growing living designing 3D, hard surface models and architecture and writing.
Mathematics and rendering for print are the priority. Not shaders and rerendering times.

https://www.deviantart.com/handyman4545

Gaming is something I do to waste extra time as it should be.

In addition, As I stated in the original post, I had this game running on the k600 just fine no more than a month ago.
Now I can't get it to run on either the 600 or the 2000 and it should run on both.

I'm not willing to accept that the game won't boot at all, on the Quadro series cards. That makes zero sense as it obviously was at one time and on an inferior card as well.
The only thing I can think of that's different is the drivers I loaded off the Nvidia site.
However. That shouldn't be an issue and short of the drivers, the only other thing that's different in this scenario is the mod site I downloaded from.

https://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-anomaly/downloads

It's different in layout and I'm thinking that I'm not loading the files properly or they're screwed.

By the way. the game ran fine not only on the k600, it ran fine on the k600 with 2 gigs RAM , less ram in the machine than I have now and a quad core, inferior to the 6 core, dual processor I now run.

Any constructive thoughts that might actually help here?
  03:50:54  4 November 2020
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What DX version are you using? Try going down the scale.

Try posting here. There's more traffic:
https://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-anomaly/forum/thread/video-card-is-not-supported

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  02:39:13  5 November 2020
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What DX version are you using? Try going down the scale.
Try posting here. There's more traffic:
https://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-anomaly/forum/thread/video-card-is-not-supported
TS
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That's frustrating as well.
I've tried DX 8, 9, 10 and 11 and loaded additional dll's as necessary and no change.
For what ever reason, it won't load.
Can you adjust the video settings in an ltx file outside the game itself?

AND

Again, are the files necessary to load the game, in proper order?
  20:00:58  5 November 2020
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ISSUE RESOLVED

2020/11/05
There are no useful instructions on loading this game and because there are so many fixes and updates, I apparently missed a crucial one.
To run this Mod successfully I had to download and install these 6 files.

Anomaly-150-1-Data
Anomaly-150-2-Textures
Anomaly-150-3-Core
Anomaly-150-7-Update-3
Anomaly-150-8-Hotfix-8.1
Anomaly-150-8-Update-4

***** INSTALLING THE GAME *****
After downloading these 6 files (as of this date) in their zipped format, transfer them into a file folder dedicated exclusively to the game and unzip them into the same folder.
(where you put it on your computer makes no difference so long as you know where it is)

Unzip Anomaly-150-1-Data first.
Unzip Anomaly-150-2-Textures next.
Unzip Anomaly-150-3-Core next.
(You'll be prompted to overwrite some files. Select "Yes to All"
Unzip Anomaly-150-7-Update-3 next.
(You'll be prompted to overwrite some files. Select "Yes to All"
Unzip Anomaly-150-8-Update-4 next.
(You'll be prompted to overwrite some files. Select "Yes to All"
Unzip Anomaly-150-8-Hotfix-8.1 next.
(You'll be prompted to overwrite some files. Select "Yes to All"

***** LAUNCHING THE GAME *****
Once you've finished, unpacking the 6 files, open the new directory and locate the execute file,

AnomalyLauncher.exe

Double click this file to launch the game.

If you were successful you should get a popup menu displaying the settings page.
Select the version of Direct-x you're using and make any other changes you need.
After you've made your changes, select "Play Stalker Anomaly" and your game should launch.

***** ERROR NOTES *****
If you're missing any Direct-X .dll files, the game will crash and an error message will tell you what's missing.
Go online and download the missing files directly into the "Stalker Anomaly" directory you created and repeat the steps above to launch the game.

Hope this helps you out.
Mike
 
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