If the copy protection screen is disappearing without an error, then that is likely not the problem.
Did you make any other changes to your system at the same time you installed the patch? There is at least one video filter and one codec that will cause problems with the game.
Did you shut down all non-essential programs (especially anti-virus) before installing the patch?
Did you rerun the configuration program, reset and run the test again?
see: yet another "Game simply won't start!"-thread
and BattleFields N00b ?
If there was a problem during the patch install, you could try re-installing it, or do a clean re-install of the game and patch.
Zip or otherwise backup your saved games folder to another location first, just in case. Each save is a separate subfolder in the '..\Beyond Divinity\savegames
' folder; the 5 'bd_act#_start
' folders are created/updated by the game/patch, and do not need to be backed up.
Un-install the game, re-boot, in Windows Explorer browse to the 'Beyond Divinity
' folder and make sure there are no files or folders remaining, except within the 'savegames
' folder (though the 5 'bd_act#_start
' folders should be gone). After that, shut down all non essential programs (especially anti-virus), re-install the game, re-boot and shut down all non essential programs again. Start the game to make sure that it loads. If you had saved any games in the patched version, they would not be playable in the unpatched game. After that you may want to try installing the patch again, then re-boot, shut down all non essential programs, and then start the game.
If the same problem occurs after a clean install of the game and patch, then there may be some kind of conflict between your system and the something the patch updates.
The install program should report any problems, such as CRC errors, during install. However, if it fails to do so, or a file becomes corrupt after installation, the integrity of the files can still be verified using a program such as FileCheck
(194KB). This is a small freeware program (no install required) to calculate the CRC-32 values (the cyclic redundancy check used in zip files) of a number of files. It can also compare a previously calculated CRC file with a set of files/folders.
After doing a clean install of BD and rebooting, I deleted the files in the '..\Beyond Divinity\DirectX9
' folder (since they are not needed if/once DirectX 9 is installed). Then I used FileCheck to create a crc file of the game folders, installed the 1.45 patch and did so again, both before starting the game (I repeated this procedure with the 1.47 patch). If you compare the appropriate CRC file to your install, it should tell you if there are any corrupt files. You do not need to worry about moving any saved games out of the savegames
folder or deleting the files in the dynamic folders, since new files will not be tested by FileCheck, just those listed in the crc file. If you have started the game and changed any options, there will be differences reported in the config.div
files. In my install the '..\Beyond Divinity\Editor\dgen_themes.000
' file was also reported to be different.
There are several files in the Beyond Divinity
folder created when the game is started or options are changed, including init.cfg, mapids.000, persist.dat, sinfo.000, slashed-d3d6.cfg, slashed.cfg, sound.cfg
. A couple other files are also added, but another crc file including these wouldn't help much, since most or all are system or option dependent, so these files would usually be reported as different regardless of being valid or corrupt.
At least the config.div
files in the Beyond Divinity
folder can be deleted, and the configuration program / game will recreate them the next time it is started.
Beyond Divinity CRC files
These crc files are based on the UK English version; the North American version should be the same, I think, but the Australian version will have differences (it uses a different copy protection).
FileCheck expects the files to be in the original locations to verify, so if you installed BD to a location other than the default (C:\Program Files\Larian Studios\Beyond Divinity), open the CRC file in Wordpad (for example), and do a search-and-replace so the file/folder paths match your install.
If your CRC values match, it is not the game itself, but likely a conflict with something else in your system or a problem in the saved game folder. When examining the list of 'errors' FileCheck produces, potential problem files would be those with an error trying to read, or with a large size difference (especially zero byte files) from the known good install.