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    FMV Freezes in TLJ

    Hi all,

    I'm having a problem with The Longest Journey (GOG.com release). The game itself runs fine, but the FMV aren't playing correctly they all freeze on the first frame while sound plays in the background.

    I've edited the pref ini to run in software mode, tried all the compatibility modes, run as admin and installed loads of different codecs along with the Rad video tools, but nothing has fixed the problem.

    I'm running Windows 7 64bit on a HP G62 notebook, Intel Core i3 2.27hz, 4gb RAM with built in Intel HD Graphics. Not the greatest setup, but it usually can run older games with no problems.

    It's worth noting that some other games, Planescape and Dreamfall for instance, runs its videos fine, while others (Diablo 2, Arcanum) have a similar problem as above.

    Any advice on how to get this sorted would be greatly appreciated! I've run out of ideas based on the troubleshooting tips available. Thanks in advance!

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    Have you tried running it in windowed mode?

    The main thing to check, though, is that AA is either Disabled or Application Controlled for TLJ's game.exe in your graphics driver control panel. If it's forced on then the game will misbehave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miral View Post
    Have you tried running it in windowed mode?

    The main thing to check, though, is that AA is either Disabled or Application Controlled for TLJ's game.exe in your graphics driver control panel. If it's forced on then the game will misbehave.
    I'm not even sure if this graphics chip has the option to turn it off. I've looked about to see how I disable it if it does exist, but Google isn't bringing up much and the Intel HD control panel doesn't give the option.

    As for windowed mode, I've tried it and now I'm getting a black screen with music playing whereas previously a single frame of movie would appear before it froze. I can ESC out of it easily enough but it would be great if I can get these FMVs working.

    Any suggestions are appreciated!

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    The only other thing I can think of at the moment is to try different graphics driver versions. (First try the latest, and then possibly try some older ones -- sometimes newer drivers break older games.)

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    Unfortunately this laptop has OEM versions of its graphics drivers, so I can't really update them conventionally or seemingly go back to old versions. I'll look into it a bit more, but it doesn't seem straight-forward.

    I think, having tried everything that can be done, it's just one of those things. It's probably more to do with non-compatibility with Win7 64bit than anything else. Hopefully that will get sorted down the line, but at the moment I'll just have to watch the movies outside of the game.

    Thanks for the help, though!

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    So, as a post-script, I found a solution to my problem. It's almost so simple it's weird...

    Setting my laptop battery config to 'High Performance'. Yeah, I know, wtf?

    Found it completely by chance when looking through another game's tech forums (Gemini Rue, incidentally - an impressive new adventure game). It's completely sorted my TLJ FMV problem as well as the other games I couldn't run.

    Apparently setting it to power saver disables DirectDraw or something silly like that. So to anyone who had this problem: set your battery to high performance and see if that helps!

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