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The Faithful One
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 • Posted July 2014

IFH: DANGER & OPPORTUNITY SKIRMISH PACK
BUG TRACKER & TROUBLESHOOTING MASTER LIST


Last updated May 20, 2009

This sheet summarizes all posts for technical issues since the release of the ”Danger & Opportunity Skirmish Pack”. It does not cover previous posts (Roughly Nov. 1st 2005 or earlier) as most of those issues have been addressed.
Please note that many of the problems listed have been eliminated in the patches, or are ”un-confirmed” issues that only one player has had, and may have been due to something in their specific machine.
Links to common resources be found at the bottom of the post.

TOP 2 FIXES FOR MOST PROBLEMS:
1) - Please be sure you are using the latest approved drivers for your video card, and that they are properly installed.
2) - Please make sure you are running the latest release of the game.

GENERAL TIPS FOR ALL TYPES OF ERRORS:
- Update your video card drivers to the latest version (don’t assume you have the latest, go and check! People often post swearing they have the most recent drivers, only to find that they don’t)
- Get latest version of DirectX
- Keep your machine free of adware and spyware.
- Make sure you have the latest patch installed.
- Make sure your download completed successfully, compare the file size to the stated size.
- Check for things suddenly running in the background. UPS’s or scanners will sometimes kick-in and try to steal focus, wreaking all sorts of havoc. They kick up a screen in the desktop, trying to place it on top of everything else, yet the game won't let them, so it kind of jams things up a bit.
- If you had the old prequel release, try the game without using your old save game or configuration files. If it runs fine, then don’t use them. If it doesn’t, then put them back in.

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DOWNLOADING & INSTALLING:

Problem:
Download is corrupted or cuts out halfway through the process.

Possibly accompanied by:
"NSIS error" message.

Solution:
- Try another download mirror (look in the pinned topic about downloads)
- Use a download manager that lets you resume a download where an old one left off. There are many free ones.
- Try using the bittorrent option (make sure it’s from a recommended source).
- Download the installer using another computer(another network even if posssible) and then copy it to the original computer.
- Make sure your windows installer is up to date. Go to microsoft site and download and [re-]install the latest windows installer. (I do not believe this requires an XP user verification, so don't be afraid) delete any previous downloads of IFH and clear your internet cache. Then try downloading again.
- Try to install the lasest version of "Microsoft .NET Framework Redistributable Package" on the windows update page.(disable your firewall when doing this or you may get another error).
- make sure your browsers download cache is large enough to handle the file.
- Run a spyware & adware removal tool (preferably two) and an updated virus scanner. Fix all found issues.
- If you are using accelerators, disable them and try downloading again.
- Try re-downloading and changing the name of the file when starting download.
- When downloading, be sure to compare the final file size to the information in the link. There are many reports of downloads seeming like they are complete, but are not.
- Make sure you have enough drive space on the partition you are installing to and the partition containing the "windows/temp" folder as well (double amount if same partition).


Problem:
Possible virus or adware contamination.

Solution:
- ALL IFH FILES ARE BUILT FREE, WITHOUT ANY ADWARE, SPYWARE OR VIRUSES. Still, outside users may tack on some problems. To prevent this, use ONLY an official download site or mirror you trust.
- Bittorrent carries its own inherent issues as well, and is out of control of the developers. However if you use a trusted source, you should be ok. Scan your download with your antivirus program after downloading is complete, both before and after installing.

Problem:
Not installing correctly, checksum failed error, or similar:

Solution:
- Make sure you have the latest version of Windows installer. You can get it for free by going under "windows update" in your start menu or heading to update.microsoft.com. You may or may not have to validate your copy of Windows XP in order to get the latest version, not sure.
- Try disabling the download verifier. Install the file from the "run" command prompt and add the " /NCRC" (must be caps) switch.
- do a search on internet for "nsis error" and look for alternate fixes. If you find an additional solution that works, let us know.
- Make sure you have enough drive space on the partition you are installing to and the partition containing the "windows/temp" folder as well (double amount if same partition).
- Try to install the lasest version of "Microsoft .NET Framework Redistributable Package" on the windows update page.(disable your firewall when doing this or you may get another error).
- Disable any active anti-virus and download the installer again (do this only after scanning mentioned above). Disable any other background programs while downloading, including screen savers that may kick in during transfer.
- Scan the hard drive using scandisk, chkdsk, or any other hard drive repair tool, then try again.
- Try at least two adware/spyware sweepers with latest updates, deep clean your system then try again. ("ad-aware" and "spybot Search & Destroy" are two good ones with free versions).
- Update any active anti-virus, do a deep scan, fix all and download the installer again.





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LOADING:

Problem:
Screen goes black, or crashes to desktop.
Crashes when the ”skip” button appears during the opening sequence.

Possibly accompanied by:
Error! Could not initialize open GL!
- Or -
C++ Run time Error In CoreIFH.EXE

Solution:
- Update your video card driver to the latest version.

Problem:
Unable to initialize OpenGL error

Solution:
- Be sure you have a video card that supports OpenGL
- Be sure you have the latest drivers installed. REALLY.
- Be sure you have the correct drivers installed.
- Be sure your video card meets the minimum requirement for the game. Older cards may not be able to handle it.
- Do a CLEAN re-install of your drivers. Be sure to use a driver removal ”cleaner” if there is one.
- Make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements.
- Do a clean Re-install of the skirmish pack (verifying that the download was not corrupted by checking the file size).

Problem:
Open GL not Recognized - It has been reported that IFH has problems with recognizing the OpenGL driver included in Forceware 81.98 on some cards.

Solution:
- This may or may not have been fixed.
- Be sure to update to the latest Patch of the skirmish pack.
- Turning off texture compression may cause some filtering modes to function improperly. Make sure texture compression is on.
- Do you have the latest video card drivers? …Are you really sure?
- Does your video card support OpenGL?

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SPECIFIC GRAPHICS CARD ISSUES:

- S3 graphics cards are not currently supported. They may or may not work, and performance will vary. The problem is that being a garage production, the developers do not have an S3 card to test and troubleshoot the game on. If you have one lying around, why not donate it to help the game?

- Matrox graphics cards are not currently supported. They may or may not work, and performance will vary. There have been reports of getting the game to run on some Matrox cards with limited quality and some settings disabled though. The problem is that being a ”garage production”, the developers do not have a Matrox card to test and troubleshoot the game on. If you have one lying around, why not donate it to help the game?

- Geforce 6600 (PCI-e) A user reported that IFH doesn't work when set to 1024x760, but all other resolutions are fine.

- ATI Graphics cards may experience a slowdown every time the Scheffer Asteroid is in sight. This is a known bug and will be fixed eventually. [fixed in D&O update 1.2beta]

- Integrated graphics cards may not be powerful enough to support all the options offered in IFH, try disabling some of the more advanced features. find out what graphics chip your mobo is using and compare the supported specs for it to the IFH required specs and adjust your settings accordingly.

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SCREEN DISPLAY:

Problem:
Enabling Widescreen Support

Solution:
- Officially widescreen is not supported, however many have reported enabling it and it working fine. Open the default.cfg file and edit the vid_width and vid_height variables to 1920x1200, 1680x1050 or whatever you want to use. Note that some stretching of certain HUD elements may occur, particularly the targeting reticule.

Problem:
Screen display is upside-down.

Solution:
- Play in windowed mode.
- Try disabling the ”rotation” feature in the graphics card properties.
- Before "play"ing the game, check the "settings" button and note the option for Bilinear/Trilinear/Anisotropic filtering. Change this to a different setting and try again (try all 3 options).
- One user using an EePC reported a workaround by pressing ctrl+alt+del to bring up task manager and then use the flip command (ctrl+alt+up arrow). Note that this does not work on other types of PC's.

Problem:
”Out of Sync” error on game start.

Possibly accompanied by:
Black screen with moving white box.

Solution:
- Set your screen resolution and refresh rate to a setting that is supported by your card. A refresh of 75 and resolution of 800x600 or 1024x768 should work for virtually all systems.

Problem:
Video Flickers

Solution:
- Update to the latest video card drivers. (Don’t assume you have the latest, go and check!)

Problem:
Playback of video is really slow

Solution:
- Your graphics card may not be able to handle all of the features of the game.
- Try disabling some of the advanced settings.
- Be sure you have the latest drivers for your card (please, go and look already!)
- Be sure you have the correct driver.
- Turn off ”Motion Blur”
- Try updating the chipset drivers for your motherboard.
- Be sure hardware acceleration is enabled in your card’s settings.
- Try turning ”shadows” off.

Problem:
When playing in windowed mode, the screen is offset or pinned in a corner, possibly with some of it off the visible screen area.

Solution:
Change vid_xpos and vid_ypos values in your default.cfg file. They are coordinates of top-left corner of the window.

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AUDIO:

Problem:
No sound

Solution:
- Be sure you’ve selected the right sound driver in the ”settings” submenu.
- Be sure your computer is un-muted, that you have the right speakers selected, check your cables, etc.

Problem:
Sound is choppy and distorted, or lots of static that builds louder and louder.

Solution:
- Find the file "default.cfg" in the "Bin" subfolder of the game. Open it in notepad or wordpad. Find the "snd_nodirectsound" trait and set it to 1

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GAME CRASHES:

Problem:
- Hyperspace causes crash
- Playing main missions for about 30 seconds.
- When pressing C, 9 at end of training mission (docking with Polo station)
- When playing training mission

Solutions:
- Download and install the latest patch, located in the General comments forum.
- Problem is still being worked on. Zip your core_xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.dmp file and send it to SDF as described below.

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PLAYABILITY:

Problem:
Game play whizzes by too fast, or game slow and choppy

Solution:
- if on a laptop, turn off power saving features. (see laptop issues below).
- Lower game settings (be sure your graphics card supports the settings you have selected).
- Check game minimum system requirements.
- make sure you have the latest video card drive..... (Oh, why bother, we both know you're just going to assume you have the latest, and not listen to me.)

Problem:
When turning left while moving more than 10m/s, ship is very fast and is difficult to stop. Seems to happen only in skirmish mode.

Solution:
- Re-calibrate your joystick.
- May be a Sidewinder Pro only problem
- No other solutions yet.

Problem:
Ship Jitters randomly

Solution:
- Try re-calibrating your joystick
- Try increasing the dead zone on your joystick
Beamweapons also reported: 'the "ship jitters randomly" bug definitely has nothing whatsoever to do with the joystick, or controls in general.' [it may just be a programming bug that needs fixing].

anyway, I recently discovered that the jitters are recorded in the demos, so here is a demo of the jitters in the first training mission. note that all of my controls are locked.


Problem:
Ship Criticals - Pounding G’quon’s engines cause a catastrophic overload, however after destruction of the hull, some of the ship still remains as if nothing happened and ship is still whole.

Solution:
- Neat isn’t it? There is currently no fix for this, so just ignore it.
- If you get stuck in a custom mission with this issue, simply destroy what is left and game will continue.

Problem:
Can’t dock with ship or station

Solution:
- This is not a bug!
- Be sure to use the communications system to contact the ship and request permission to dock, and then fly right in.
- Do not request docking from too far away. Do it when you’re ready to make final approach.
- Approach from out in front of the ship. Approaching from too hard of an angle may mess things up.
- Back up straight, and move in again.
- Remember, thunderbolts are too big to dock on some classes of capital ships, so if you’re flying one it may just not be possible.

Problem:
Vortex doesn't open when it's supposed to (this only happens when the invulnerability cheat is turned on and playing the V'than mission.)

Solution:
- This has been fixed in the 1.5 RC 3 patch. Please update the game to the latest patch.

Problem:
AI Issues - Certain skirmish or custom misson setups result in teams blowing themselves up, or flying into an endless pattern where no one will ever get destroyed.

Solution:
- These issues seem to become more apparent the more squads are placed in the mission. - The AI is under a constant state of development and these issues are being addressed. For now, simply altering your mission slightly will solve most problems.

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JOYSTICK / CONTROLLER:

Problem:
Saitek x-52 – various issues have been reported
Saitek x-45 – assigned buttons (switches) do not work in game.

Solution:
- You can bind POV for button-like controls such as Next/Prev enemy. However, you can't bind buttons to axis-like control. So for strafing, use slide left/slide right controls, not slide axis control. - Speed ranges will be limited and control may be inverted. So don’t use this configuration.

Problem:
Logitech Extreme 3D Pro
Logitech Wingman Extreme – speed axis may not work properly when assigned to the throttle. Throttle Control is reversed, meaning pulling back on the throttle increases speed, while pushing forward decreases speed.

Solution:
- Go to the controls settings for IFH (available both when you first launch the game, and in the in-game settings) and invert the throttle axis control settings.

Problem:
[Logitech] Mouse not working once loading screen ends.

Solution:
- Try disabling or even uninstalling the Logitech mouseware software while playing.

Problem:
Trackball – many devices come with software that lets you set a ”precise” key, which

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