HW2R CTDs, black screens, and hard spins

I’m in M3/Sarum, and getting almost constant crashes/hangs/black screens. The HwRM.log shows:

Wed Mar 04 21:05:24 2015

Version 1.2, Build Number 27, Changelist Number 1010293^@
Loaded Archive: ‘Homeworld2.big’^@
Loaded Archive: ‘HW1Ships.big’^@
Loaded Archive: ‘HW2Ships.big’^@
Loaded Archive: ‘HWBackgrounds.big’^@
UTIL – filepath failure, path doesn’t exists ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\co
mmon\Homeworld\HomeworldRM\data\locale\English’^@
Loaded Archive: ‘English.big’^@
^@Loaded Archive: ‘compatibility.big’^@
^@Loaded Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DAT
A\HW2Campaign.big’^@
Loaded DLC Campaign Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HO
MEWORLDRM\DATA\HW2Campaign.big’^@
Loaded Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DAT
A\EnglishHW2Campaign.big’^@
Loaded DLC Campaign Localized Data Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMM
ON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DATA\EnglishHW2Campaign.big’^@
^@Loaded Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DAT
A\EnglishSpeechHW2Campaign.big’^@
^@Loaded DLC Campaign Speech Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEW
ORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DATA\EnglishSpeechHW2Campaign.big’^@
Loaded Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DAT
A\MusicHW2Campaign.big’^@
Loaded DLC Campaign Music Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWO
RLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DATA\MusicHW2Campaign.big’^@
Uing …profiles\ for profiles folder^@
GAME – Using player profile dbrower^@
Changing from a 32 bit colour depth in winNT (4.0 build 1381), Service Pack 5^@
GL Info: 3.3 - 3.3.12874 Core Profile Forward-Compatible Context 14.100.0.0^@
GL Vendor: ATI Technologies Inc.^@
GL Renderer: AMD Radeon R7 200 Series^@
GL Part ID: 200^@
Loaded Archive: ‘EnglishSpeech.big’^@
Loaded Archive: ‘Music.big’^@
SOUND – created destination [ fdaudio ], handle [ 4 ] with [ 48 ] channels created^@
SOUND – created destination [ fda streamer ], handle [ 5 ] with [ 8 ] channels created^

SOUND – created destination [ dxa streamer ], handle [ 0 ] with [ 8 ] channels created^

SOUND – created destination [ dxaudio ], handle [ 1 ] with [ 48 ] channels created^@
Build name:^@
Built by : builduser^@
Data path : C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Homeworld\HomeworldRM\data^@
No mapping for font ‘Blender’ - using ‘default’^@
Resetting fp PC control word.^@
CmdLine: -dlccampaign HW2Campaign.big-campaign Ascension-moviepath DataHW2Campaign-mod c
ompatibility.big^@

Which probably isn’t very helpful. Is there a better dump somewhere else, or a way to trigger additional dumps that can help? I’ve got Visual Studio loaded on the machine.

When it doesn’t crash outright, I have to kill it in the task manager, where it is marked “not responding”.

I’m a very grizzled C developer and might be more productive than many users to contact.

Didn’t see anything like this level of problem in a complete playthrough of HW1RM – only a couple of black screens that resolved with a reload of a saved game.

-dB

Still seeing post patch:

Thu Mar 05 20:29:20 2015
Version 1.21, Build Number 24, Changelist Number 1014953
Loaded Archive: ‘Homeworld2.big’
Loaded Archive: ‘UpdateHomeworld2.big’
Loaded Archive: ‘HW1Ships.big’
Loaded Archive: ‘UpdateHW1Ships.big’
Loaded Archive: ‘HW2Ships.big’
Loaded Archive: ‘UpdateHW2Ships.big’
Loaded Archive: ‘HWBackgrounds.big’
Failed to Load Archive ‘…\DATAUPDATES\UpdateHWBackgrounds.big’
UTIL – filepath failure, path doesn’t exists ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Homeworld\HomeworldRM\data\locale\English’
Loaded Archive: ‘English.big’
Loaded Archive: ‘UpdateEnglish.big’
Loaded Archive: ‘Compatibility.big’
Loaded Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DATA\HW2Campaign.big’
Loaded DLC Campaign Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DATA\HW2Campaign.big’
Loaded Archive: ‘UpdateHW2Campaign.big’
Loaded Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DATA\EnglishHW2Campaign.big’
Loaded DLC Campaign Localized Data Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DATA\EnglishHW2Campaign.big’
Failed to Load Archive ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DATA\UpdateEnglishHW2Campaign.big’
Loaded Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DATA\EnglishSpeechHW2Campaign.big’
Loaded DLC Campaign Speech Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DATA\EnglishSpeechHW2Campaign.big’
Failed to Load Archive ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DATA\UpdateEnglishSpeechHW2Campaign.big’
Loaded Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DATA\MusicHW2Campaign.big’
Loaded DLC Campaign Music Archive: ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DATA\MusicHW2Campaign.big’
Failed to Load Archive ‘C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM\STEAMAPPS\COMMON\HOMEWORLD\HOMEWORLDRM\DATA\UpdateMusicHW2Campaign.big’
Uing …profiles\ for profiles folder
GAME – Using player profile dbrower
Changing from a 32 bit colour depth in winNT (4.0 build 1381), Service Pack 5
Display: (0, 0, 1920, 1080) - (0, 0)
Display: (0, 0, 1920, 1080) - (0, 0)
Switching to a 1920x1080 32bit mode
Display: (0, 0, 1920, 1080) - (0, 0)
GL Info: 3.3 - 3.3.12874 Core Profile Forward-Compatible Context 14.100.0.0
GL Vendor: ATI Technologies Inc.
GL Renderer: AMD Radeon R7 200 Series
GL Part ID: 200
Loaded Archive: ‘EnglishSpeech.big’
Loaded Archive: ‘Music.big’
SOUND – created destination [ fdaudio ], handle [ 4 ] with [ 48 ] channels created
SOUND – created destination [ fda streamer ], handle [ 5 ] with [ 8 ] channels created
SOUND – created destination [ dxa streamer ], handle [ 0 ] with [ 8 ] channels created
SOUND – created destination [ dxaudio ], handle [ 1 ] with [ 48 ] channels created
Build name:
Built by : builduser
Data path : C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Homeworld\HomeworldRM\data
No mapping for font ‘Blender’ - using ‘default’
Resetting fp PC control word.
CmdLine: -dlccampaign HW2Campaign.big-campaign Ascension-moviepath DataHW2Campaign
luaplayer 229: Player_GrantResearchOption: unable to grant (InstaAdvancedFrigateTech)
parameter: 0
stack traceback:
1: function `Rule_CreateCarrier’ at line 681 [string “”]
Display: (0, 0, 1920, 1080) - (0, 0)

The crashes I’m seeing seem highly correlated to doing control operations just as a scripted event kicks in. In M03, there are a lot of those. Micromanaging around/during those events yields trouble.

I resolved this by explicitly loading the current Radeon/Catalyst driver and loading it, rather than taking the update service assertion that things were up-to-date.

It you’re having problems, get current drivers, even if you think you are current!