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#1 Post by Pim »

Hello I have downloaded the game (demo on freeorion.org) but when I start it I can only see the main menu If I try to start a new game then it just turns on a black screen can someone help me please? :( :( :oops: :oops: :oops: :?:

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The Silent One
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Re: Help

#2 Post by The Silent One »

What are your system specifications? Is your graphic driver up to date, what is your OpenGL version?
Please also post the contents of freeorion.log etc..
If I provided any images, code, scripts or other content here, it's released under GPL 2.0 and CC-BY-SA 3.0.

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Re: Help

#3 Post by Pim »

I have got windows Xp service pack 3 with a 1.6 intel celeron ghz processor and 512 mb ram about my graphics card am I not sure because some programs i can run and others not so I don't now if I have a 3d accelerator. But I want more information about Opengl please is it a program or a graphics card? :?:

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Re: Help

#4 Post by pd »

Go to 'Start - Run' and then type "dxdiag". On the display tap you can see some details about your graphics card. The name and/or chip type are most important. If you know this, you can find out if the card supports OpenGL2.0, which is needed for freeOrion.

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Re: Help

#5 Post by Geoff the Medio »

Although the specifications you list for your computer are somewhat low by today's standards, the fact that you can get to the menu screen suggests you might have OpenGL 2.0 support. Do please find the graphics card as suggested, but posting the contents of freeorion.log, freeoriond.log and any AI_?.log files from

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\FreeOrion (on Windows Vista)

C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Application Data\FreeOrion (on WinXP)

is as or more important.

Also, try running in windowed mode, to make sure there are no popups from your firewall or something similar that aren't being shown when you have FreeOrion fullscreen.
Last edited by Geoff the Medio on Fri May 15, 2009 4:03 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: update / correct log file locations

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Re: Help

#6 Post by Pim »

Computer name: Laptop
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Laptop: Acer Aspire 3680
BIOS: ZR 1 v1.3216 3B16
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) M CPU 420 @ 1.60 ghz
RAm: 502 Mb
Directx version: 9.0
Video Card: Mobile Intel 945 gm Express Chipset Family 6
Total memory(graphics card): 64 Mb
Dac type: internal
Hdd: 60 Gb

this is the only .log file I found It's called ogre.log


19:09:21: Creating resource group General
19:09:21: Creating resource group Internal
19:09:21: Creating resource group Autodetect
19:09:21: SceneManagerFactory for type 'DefaultSceneManager' registered.
19:09:21: Registering ResourceManager for type Material
19:09:21: Registering ResourceManager for type Mesh
19:09:21: Registering ResourceManager for type Skeleton
19:09:21: MovableObjectFactory for type 'ParticleSystem' registered.
19:09:21: OverlayElementFactory for type Panel registered.
19:09:21: OverlayElementFactory for type BorderPanel registered.
19:09:21: OverlayElementFactory for type TextArea registered.
19:09:21: Registering ResourceManager for type Font
19:09:21: ArchiveFactory for archive type FileSystem registered.
19:09:21: ArchiveFactory for archive type Zip registered.
19:09:21: FreeImage version: 3.10.0
19:09:21: This program uses FreeImage, a free, open source image library supporting all common bitmap formats. See http://freeimage.sourceforge.net for details
19:09:21: Supported formats: bmp,ico,jpg,jif,jpeg,jpe,jng,koa,iff,lbm,mng,pbm,pbm,pcd,pcx,pgm,pgm,png,ppm,ppm,ras,tga,targa,tif,tiff,wap,wbmp,wbm,psd,cut,xbm,xpm,gif,hdr,g3,sgi,exr,j2k,j2c,jp2
19:09:21: DDS codec registering
19:09:21: Registering ResourceManager for type HighLevelGpuProgram
19:09:21: Registering ResourceManager for type Compositor
19:09:22: MovableObjectFactory for type 'Entity' registered.
19:09:22: MovableObjectFactory for type 'Light' registered.
19:09:22: MovableObjectFactory for type 'BillboardSet' registered.
19:09:22: MovableObjectFactory for type 'ManualObject' registered.
19:09:22: MovableObjectFactory for type 'BillboardChain' registered.
19:09:22: MovableObjectFactory for type 'RibbonTrail' registered.
19:09:22: Loading library .\RenderSystem_GL.dll
19:09:22: Installing plugin: GL RenderSystem
19:09:22: OpenGL Rendering Subsystem created.
19:09:23: Plugin successfully installed
19:09:23: Loading library .\Plugin_ParticleFX.dll
19:09:24: Installing plugin: ParticleFX
19:09:24: Particle Emitter Type 'Point' registered
19:09:24: Particle Emitter Type 'Box' registered
19:09:24: Particle Emitter Type 'Ellipsoid' registered
19:09:24: Particle Emitter Type 'Cylinder' registered
19:09:24: Particle Emitter Type 'Ring' registered
19:09:24: Particle Emitter Type 'HollowEllipsoid' registered
19:09:24: Particle Affector Type 'LinearForce' registered
19:09:24: Particle Affector Type 'ColourFader' registered
19:09:24: Particle Affector Type 'ColourFader2' registered
19:09:24: Particle Affector Type 'ColourImage' registered
19:09:24: Particle Affector Type 'ColourInterpolator' registered
19:09:24: Particle Affector Type 'Scaler' registered
19:09:24: Particle Affector Type 'Rotator' registered
19:09:24: Particle Affector Type 'DirectionRandomiser' registered
19:09:24: Particle Affector Type 'DeflectorPlane' registered
19:09:24: Plugin successfully installed
19:09:24: Loading library .\Plugin_OctreeSceneManager.dll
19:09:24: Installing plugin: Octree & Terrain Scene Manager
19:09:24: Plugin successfully installed
19:09:24: *-*-* OGRE Initialising
19:09:24: *-*-* Version 1.6.1 (Shoggoth)
19:09:24: CPU Identifier & Features
19:09:24: -------------------------
19:09:24: * CPU ID: GenuineIntel: Intel(R) Celeron(R) M CPU 420 @ 1.60GHz
19:09:24: * SSE: yes
19:09:24: * SSE2: yes
19:09:24: * SSE3: yes
19:09:24: * MMX: yes
19:09:24: * MMXEXT: yes
19:09:24: * 3DNOW: no
19:09:24: * 3DNOWEXT: no
19:09:24: * CMOV: yes
19:09:24: * TSC: yes
19:09:24: * FPU: yes
19:09:24: * PRO: yes
19:09:24: * HT: no
19:09:24: -------------------------
19:09:24: *** Starting Win32GL Subsystem ***
19:09:24: GLRenderSystem::_createRenderWindow "FreeOrion v0.3.12 [Rev 2806]", 1024x768 fullscreen miscParams: FSAA=0 colourDepth=32 displayFrequency=60 gamma=false vsync=false
19:09:25: Created Win32Window 'FreeOrion v0.3.12 [Rev 2806]' : 1024x768, 32bpp
19:09:25: GL_VERSION = 1.4.0 - Build 4.14.10.4543
19:09:25: GL_VENDOR = Intel
19:09:25: GL_RENDERER = Intel 945GM
19:09:25: GL_EXTENSIONS = GL_ARB_depth_texture GL_ARB_fragment_program GL_ARB_multitexture GL_ARB_point_parameters GL_ARB_shadow GL_ARB_texture_border_clamp GL_ARB_texture_compression GL_ARB_texture_cube_map GL_ARB_texture_env_add GL_ARB_texture_env_combine GL_ARB_texture_env_dot3 GL_ARB_texture_env_crossbar GL_ARB_transpose_matrix GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object GL_ARB_vertex_program GL_ARB_window_pos GL_EXT_abgr GL_EXT_bgra GL_EXT_blend_color GL_EXT_blend_func_separate GL_EXT_blend_minmax GL_EXT_blend_subtract GL_EXT_clip_volume_hint GL_EXT_compiled_vertex_array GL_EXT_cull_vertex GL_EXT_draw_range_elements GL_EXT_fog_coord GL_EXT_multi_draw_arrays GL_EXT_packed_pixels GL_EXT_rescale_normal GL_EXT_secondary_color GL_EXT_separate_specular_color GL_EXT_shadow_funcs GL_EXT_stencil_two_side GL_EXT_stencil_wrap GL_EXT_texture_compression_s3tc GL_EXT_texture_env_add GL_EXT_texture_env_combine GL_EXT_texture_filter_anisotropic GL_EXT_texture3D GL_3DFX_texture_compression_FXT1 GL_IBM_texture_mirrored_repeat GL_NV_blend_square GL_NV_texgen_reflection GL_SGIS_generate_mipmap GL_WIN_swap_hint
19:09:25: Supported WGL extensions: WGL_ARB_buffer_region WGL_ARB_extensions_string WGL_ARB_make_current_read WGL_ARB_pixel_format WGL_ARB_pbuffer WGL_EXT_swap_control
19:09:25: ***************************
19:09:25: *** GL Renderer Started ***
19:09:25: ***************************
19:09:25: Registering ResourceManager for type GpuProgram
19:09:25: GL: Using PBuffers for rendering to textures
19:09:25: RenderSystem capabilities
19:09:25: -------------------------
19:09:25: RenderSystem Name: OpenGL Rendering Subsystem
19:09:25: GPU Vendor: intel
19:09:25: Device Name: Intel 945GM
19:09:25: Driver Version: 1.4.0.0
19:09:25: * Fixed function pipeline: yes
19:09:25: * Hardware generation of mipmaps: yes
19:09:25: * Texture blending: yes
19:09:25: * Anisotropic texture filtering: yes
19:09:25: * Dot product texture operation: yes
19:09:25: * Cube mapping: yes
19:09:25: * Hardware stencil buffer: yes
19:09:25: - Stencil depth: 8
19:09:25: - Two sided stencil support: yes
19:09:25: - Wrap stencil values: yes
19:09:25: * Hardware vertex / index buffers: yes
19:09:25: * Vertex programs: yes
19:09:25: * Fragment programs: yes
19:09:25: * Geometry programs: no
19:09:25: * Supported Shader Profiles: arbfp1 arbvp1
19:09:25: * Texture Compression: yes
19:09:25: - DXT: yes
19:09:25: - VTC: no
19:09:25: * Scissor Rectangle: yes
19:09:25: * Hardware Occlusion Query: no
19:09:25: * User clip planes: yes
19:09:25: * VET_UBYTE4 vertex element type: yes
19:09:25: * Infinite far plane projection: yes
19:09:25: * Hardware render-to-texture: yes
19:09:25: * Floating point textures: no
19:09:25: * Non-power-of-two textures: no
19:09:25: * Volume textures: yes
19:09:25: * Multiple Render Targets: 1
19:09:25: - With different bit depths: no
19:09:25: * Point Sprites: no
19:09:25: * Extended point parameters: yes
19:09:25: * Max Point Size: 256
19:09:25: * Vertex texture fetch: yes
19:09:25: - Max vertex textures: 61684
19:09:25: - Vertex textures shared: yes
19:09:25: * Render to Vertex Buffer : no
19:09:25: * GL 1.5 without VBO workaround: no
19:09:25: * Frame Buffer objects: no
19:09:25: * Frame Buffer objects (ARB extension): no
19:09:25: * Frame Buffer objects (ATI extension): no
19:09:25: * PBuffer suppport: yes
19:09:25: * GL 1.5 without HW-occlusion workaround: no
19:09:25: Registering ResourceManager for type Texture
19:09:25: ResourceBackgroundQueue - threading disabled
19:09:25: Particle Renderer Type 'billboard' registered
19:09:25: SceneManagerFactory for type 'OctreeSceneManager' registered.
19:09:25: SceneManagerFactory for type 'TerrainSceneManager' registered.
19:09:38: Loading library GiGiOgrePlugin_OIS.dll
19:09:38: Installing plugin: OIS Input Plugin
19:09:38: OISPlugin using config setting MacAutoRepeatOn=true
19:09:38: OISPlugin using config setting XAutoRepeatOn=true
19:09:38: OISPlugin using config setting w32_joystick=DISCL_FOREGROUND
19:09:38: OISPlugin using config setting w32_joystick=DISCL_NONEXCLUSIVE
19:09:38: OISPlugin using config setting w32_keyboard=DISCL_FOREGROUND
19:09:38: OISPlugin using config setting w32_keyboard=DISCL_NONEXCLUSIVE
19:09:38: OISPlugin using config setting w32_mouse=DISCL_FOREGROUND
19:09:38: OISPlugin using config setting w32_mouse=DISCL_NONEXCLUSIVE
19:09:38: OISPlugin using config setting x11_keyboard_grab=false
19:09:38: OISPlugin using config setting x11_mouse_grab=false
19:09:38: OISPlugin using config setting x11_mouse_hide=true
19:09:38: Plugin successfully installed


I know i have got a crappy computer :oops:

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Re: Help

#7 Post by Geoff the Medio »

Correction: on WinXP the log files should be in

C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Application Data\FreeOrion

with appropriate UserName substitution.

However, you appear to have only OpenGL 1.4, so your system is not officially supported. That said, FreeOrion might run if you disable most things in the Options menu, Galaxy Map section.

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Re: Help

#8 Post by kroddn »

Your graphic card does not support openGL 2.0. That's the reason FreeOrion is not working.

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Re: Help

#9 Post by Pim »

thanks :oops:

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