This is how I fixed it.
- Installed AMD 14.4 Driver
- Do a search on your computer for the atioglxx.dll. Find the one dated 04-17-14, for your reference it showed it was located in C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\
- Copy this atioglxx.dll, and paste it into your HW2 directory. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\Common\Homeworld\Homeworld2Classic\Bin\Release.
- Install the lastest/greatest AMD driver.
Hopefully gearbox wont mind me opening a thread on this issue with the original disc version of the game.
I was gonna play HW2 but I couldn’t get it to work on windows 7. It’s so odd I had no issues with HW1, but HW2 was a pain in the butt. I got 64bit OS, and tried all the fun fixes to try making it work. Tried a german no-cd), made sure was patched, ran in every compatibility mode imaginable. Would go to black screen then crash on startup. Even tried installing it to the root of my hard drive. (this entire paragraph is only for disc version, don’t mess around with this with the gearbox version)
I have a R9 290x, and even tried placing that nice ati driver fix into my bin\release folder. Was pretty sad I couldn’t play it. I guess if I’m super desperate I could always install XP on a small partition just for the game. If the original version on the remaster works like it’s suppose to, then I’ll just give up on it. hw2.log said
UTIL – filepath failure, path doesn’t exists ‘C:\PROGRA~1\Sierra\HOMEWO~1\data\locale\english’ Uing …profiles\ for profiles folder .
The hw2.log indicated a problem with the ati driver, up until I dropped that ati driver fix. Now all it says is something about unable to find the path. However, if you check the dump file’s it creates every time it fails to launch, it still says something about that driver. My research online seems to lead to that line in the hw2.log is always there no matter what the situation, and doesn’t tell us anything. Or rather isn’t indicative of any issues.
There’s many things to try, and I feel like I’ve tried them all. relicforums That has a lot of fun stuff to try. Some people seemed to have trouble with DEP, but I’ve tried disabling it completely, or even adding hw2 to the exceptions, to no avail. I even got desperate and rolled back my ati drivers to back to one from 2013, with no success. I haven’t however done a driver cleaner app. I just used the amd uninstaller, which does seem to do a efficient cleanup of its drivers these days.
Another link of someone showing a similar fix that I’ve tried but failed to get it to load at all.
It’s almost as if there could be some issue with DEP, or maybe a issue with this driver. Even after loading the driver fix into the folder, it still doesn’t want to work.
I know to some it’s a moot point sense we are about to be able to play them with HW:R launch. But sense the original HW2 isn’t completely the original, I was hoping to still be able to have the disc version work. In the event I’d like to go back and revisit it.
If anyone else has struggled like I have, but found a solution please feel free to drop me a link. I’d appreciate it.