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Title: Still need help!: Brightness/Gamma suddenly drops majorly (and frequently)
Post by: SaltyWaffles on May 20, 2012, 06:15:37 pm
This one is...odd. I just installed FS Port, along with all of the other mods that come with the Installer (though they all had that "error during installation" error, indicating that one or more of the links each of them use is now broken).

This problem is new. Basically, I'll be playing midmission (this only happened during each of the first three training missions; that's when I switched to the debug version to get log data), and suddenly my brightness/gamma will drop to very low levels. None of my settings are changed--after the mission, I'll go to the settings, and changing the brightness setting at all (even lowering it) will instantly set the brightness back to where it's supposed to be. It will be fine until the problem happens again in a subsequent mission. The low-brightness continues through to the debriefing screen whenever it happens.

When using the debug version (and running it in a window), I couldn't recreate the problem. I even tried playing two of the training missions in the mission simulator, but no luck. Any idea what the deal is?

Log file is attached.

EDIT: Woah, okay, new info. I just started up the normal version again, and the brightness problem was there from the beginning this time. The same fix worked as usual, but it's notable that it didn't even occur/start midmission this time, it was there since I started up the game this time. I'm quite confused...

EDIT2: Another tidbit; I alt-tabbed out to make the first edit (AFTER I had fixed the problem by switching the brightness setting back and forth). I go back in to the game, and the low brightness is there again, and fixed the same way (temporarily).

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Title: Re: Brightness/Gamma suddenly drops majorly mid-mission; no settings are adjusted
Post by: Yarn on May 22, 2012, 02:59:03 pm
Try setting the game's brightness setting (in the options menu) to 1.0. I have to do this to get my graphics card's video settings to apply correctly in this game.
Title: Re: Brightness/Gamma suddenly drops majorly mid-mission; no settings are adjusted
Post by: SaltyWaffles on May 25, 2012, 01:19:11 am
Sorry, I don't think that is an option for me. At 1.0, the screen is ridiculously dark.

Of note is that resolution seems to be a factor of some kind; playing at 1280X1024, I have it very frequently, but at 1280X768, I rarely (if ever) do, even though there don't seem to be any other notable discrepancies.
Title: Re: Brightness/Gamma suddenly drops majorly mid-mission; no settings are adjusted
Post by: CommanderDJ on May 25, 2012, 01:42:42 am
This may not be it, I'm just taking a stab in the dark here, but could you try checking the "Disable setting of gamma" checkbox under the Troubleshoot menu in the Features tab of the launcher?
Title: Re: Brightness/Gamma suddenly drops majorly mid-mission; no settings are adjusted
Post by: SaltyWaffles on July 07, 2012, 09:26:02 pm
Okay, sorry for leaving this thread hanging. I've got an update.

So it's not just FS Port and a few older mods anymore, not it's mods that worked fine beforehand. In particular, War In Heaven, though AoA is an example as well.

As for the "Disable Setting of Gamma": I tried it, and it worked...sort of. It locked my gamma/brightness at a specific level, and it didn't change. The problem, however, is that that unchangeable level is still way too dark. There are many times where I can barely see a corvette that's right in front of me.

So I turned it off, and the issue is still everpresent. It's bordering on making the game unplayable, and it's rapidly pushing me to the end of my patience.

However, there is something that I'm not sure I mentioned before, that might help. Basically, those "blackouts" I described above still occur relatively frequently (1-5 times per mission, roughly) , even though nothing changes due to the Disable Setting of Gamma being checked. I wonder if there's some kind of monitor refresh rate issue, or something, going on. Additionally, when enabling cheats, my game tends to lock up for several seconds before resuming (with cheats now enabled, though). It might be related somehow, but I have no idea.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

EDIT: Some additional info: this problem occurs (with the same frequency and degree) on both my external, VGA-connected monitor and on my laptop's screen. Difference in resolutions doesn't change it, either. My drivers are up to date. My monitor's (and laptop's) refresh rate was increased to see if it made a difference, and it did not.