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Discussion in 'Arcanum Hints & Tips' started by Ilaria, Oct 14, 2017.

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  1. Ilaria

    Ilaria New Member

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    Firstly, hi all. Nice finding this place with some fellow Arcanum lovers. Been a fan for many years and now had one of my urges again to play it.
    So well, I installed it and looked for patches and found this place, which had the official one, an unofficial patch and higher resolution one which could be nice. Installed them and things seems to be working like they shall except for one annoying thing. My game is running very slowly, like I had lag. Telling my character to just go somewhere is taking much longer than normal and it's very jerky in the movement. Then things like loadings, both saves and areas is taking a long time too.

    So wondering if anyone had similar or have any clue what might be the issue?
     
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    Hi, did you change the config.ini file of your HighRes folder? That may make the game slow, antivirus or some programs running in the background can do this too, my config.ini file is like this:

    //Arcanum High Resolution Patch Settings

    //Basic:
    Width = 1600 // original: 800
    Height = 900 // original: 600
    DialogFont = 2 // 0 = size 12, 1 = size 14, 2 = size 18
    LogbookFont = 1 // 0 = size 12, 1 = size 14
    MenuPosition = 1 // 0 = top, 1 = center, 2 = bottom
    MainMenuArt = 0 // 0 = black, 1 = fade to black, 2 = wood
    Borders = 0 // 1 = add borders to most UI graphics
    Language = 0 // 0 = English, 1 = German, 2 = French, 3 = Russian

    //Graphics:
    Windowed = 0 // 0 = fullscreen mode, 1 = windowed mode
    Renderer = 0 // 0 = software, 1 = hardware
    DoubleBuffer = 1 // 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled (unless windowed)
    DDrawWrapper = 0 // 1 = install DDrawCompat wrapper
    ShowFPS = 0 // 0 = no change, 1 = always enabled

    //Advanced:
    ScrollFPS = 100 // original: 35, max: 255
    ScrollDist = 0 // original: 10, infinite: 0
    PreloadLimit = 120 // original: 30 tiles, max: 255
    BroadcastLimit = 50 // original: 10 tiles, max 255
    Logos = 0 // 0 = skip Sierra/Troika logos
    Intro = 0 // 0 = skip the main menu intro clip
     
  3. Ilaria

    Ilaria New Member

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    I actually can't find any config.ini file regarding the HighRes. I changed the resolution with the prompts right after I had installed it and set it at W:1280 H:720.

    Only other program I'm running is my antivirus but never had an issue with it slowing down any game before.
     
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    Arcanum is running on a nowadays deprecated DirectDraw API so you MUST install the DDrawWrapper for it to run smoothly on Windows 8 or later.

    Either get the wrapper here. Or install the new version 1.5 High Resolution patch and set DDrawWrapper to 1 in config.ini (and make sure to re-apply the patch).
     
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    Not only this but sometimes the game freezes on windows 10
     
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