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FS2 Crashed on start-up
I cannot get FS2 to start.  It is a new install with FS_Open_3.6.9.exe.  Problem can be repeated with both .exe and .debug.


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2xNVIDIA 8800 GTS (SLI mode)
2 GB Ram
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Windows XP Pro SP2 (with all the latest patches)
OpenAL 1.1 (latest version downloaded from

When I try to start FS2Open through the launcher (version 5.5c), The game always crashes after the open screen (never see a single video).  Looking at the errorlog.txt file, I get the following info:

fs2_open_3_6_9_debug caused an Access Violation in module at 001b:1d24151d.
Exception handler called in FreeSpace 2 Main Thread.
Error occurred at 8/3/2007 20:32:08.
G:\Interplay\FreeSpace2\fs2_open_3_6_9_debug.exe, run by Denis.
2 processor(s), type 586.
2047 MBytes physical memory.
Read from location 00000000 caused an access violation.

Further more info on module can be found further down within the document.

Module list: names, addresses, sizes, time stamps and file times:
G:\Interplay\FreeSpace2\fs2_open_3_6_9_debug.exe, loaded at 0x00400000 - 8611799 bytes - 45a7186a - file date is 7/23/2007 14:42:38
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CTDPROXY.DLL, loaded at 0x03040000 - 71680 bytes - 4473d5ae - file date is 5/23/2006 21:40:32
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wrap_oal.dll, loaded at 0x03080000 - 413696 bytes - 46927487 - file date is 8/3/2007 20:21:42
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctagent.dll, loaded at 0x032f0000 - 7168 bytes - 4473df17 - file date is 5/23/2006 22:20:40
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvappfilter.dll, loaded at 0x052a0000 - 131072 bytes - 4501cecd - file date is 9/8/2006 13:13:02
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\DSFilter\, loaded at 0x05a40000 - 136752 bytes - 45f52897 - file date is 3/13/2007 14:24:46
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Normaliz.dll, loaded at 0x05a70000 - 23552 bytes - 44a3ec46 - file date is 6/29/2006 08:05:44
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\DSFilter\, loaded at 0x06810000 - 1427000 bytes - 45f527e3 - file date is 3/14/2007 12:30:10
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\AdvrCntr2.dll, loaded at 0x06a00000 - 3077680 bytes - 45f6c88e - file date is 3/14/2007 11:37:40
C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRMClien.DLL, loaded at 0x07010000 - 299520 bytes - 41107c43 - file date is 2/28/2006 06:00:00
G:\Interplay\FreeSpace2\OpenAL32.dll, loaded at 0x10000000 - 86016 bytes - 4354167b - file date is 1/24/2006 16:49:18
C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\lgscroll.dll, loaded at 0x10100000 - 44544 bytes - 45bf1440 - file date is 1/30/2007 01:47:46
G:\Eidos\Thief\MSVCRT40.dll, loaded at 0x10200000 - 326656 bytes - 31291dd1 - file date is 8/9/1996 09:21:24
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wmpasf.dll, loaded at 0x133d0000 - 242688 bytes - 45371189 - file date is 10/18/2006 21:47:20
G:\Eidos\Thief\, loaded at 0x1d240000 - 316928 bytes - 325977a7 - file date is 10/7/1996 06:35:42
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dxmasf.dll, loaded at 0x1ff00000 - 498742 bytes - 44eaba6f - file date is 8/22/2006 04:05:26
C:\WINDOWS\system32\iertutil.dll, loaded at 0x42990000 - 267776 bytes - 462f142a - file date is 4/25/2007 02:41:12
C:\WINDOWS\system32\WININET.dll, loaded at 0x42c10000 - 822784 bytes - 462f142c - file date is 4/25/2007 02:41:18
C:\WINDOWS\system32\urlmon.dll, loaded at 0x42cf0000 - 1152000 bytes - 462f142b - file date is 4/25/2007 02:41:16

I am at a lost as to why the game is trying to connect  and use a file from another game.  Could it be a file association gone wrong? :confused:

Some help or guidance will be greatly appreciated.


Offline karajorma

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Re: FS2 Crashed on start-up
I did a quick bit of googling. is a video codec installed by the game Thief. Quite a few people seem to have reported errors with it when it is used by other games or media players instead of the standard codecs.

Now what I'm not certain about is whether you need to be running it at all in the first place. Do a search of your Freespace2 folder for *.avi If you find any then the easiest solution is to simply replace them with the ogg theora versions (You'll have to do this when 3.6.10 comes out anyway so why not get ahead of the curve). Run Turey's installer and download the cutscenes.

If you don't have the cutscenes in avi format then report back and I'll see if I can make some other suggestions. A few people managed to solve their problems by simply deleting the file but I suspect that would cripple your Thief install and you might be better off simply running a more recent version (i.e not an official release) of FS2_Open which doesn't use codecs at all.
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Re: FS2 Crashed on start-up

Like you, I did not figure out why seems to make itself a required component for FS2Open to start.  Looking back, I remember having installed Thief after my initial FS2 install.

As I am not really playing Thief at this moment, I uninstalled it to see if it will correct the problem.  It did.  I also found out that I needed to update the DivX Codec to support MPEG-4.

I will be looking forward for 3.6.10, especially to remove the need for codec.

Thanks for the help


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Re: FS2 Crashed on start-up
You don't need to wait for 3.6.10 to swap from the avi cutscenes to the .ogg ones. In fact it's probably smarter to do it now when there isn't as much demand for them. :)
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