yesterday I felt like playing and by trying to launch the game I noticed there was no sound. So I close it, retry and again no sound. I restart my PC and try again, and get an error message when launching, and again while in the menu.
nwlaunch.exe (or how is called) - Bad Image.
the file dsound.dll is either not recognized by the system or is unable to run in windows.
dsound.dll is located in system32 folder and to be honest I don’t know if it is a nwn2 specific dll or windows. In any case, some research later I found out this was either a corrupted-defect file or a virus.
What I’ve tried to do so far
Replace the problematic dll. This was a chore since windows doesn’t allow the system32 to be altered. I managed to do it though, and the problem persists.
Uninstall and re-install NWN2. The uninstaller hangs and not responding.
Run the game from GOG-Galaxy. Same issue
System restore to a point where there was no problem. This is interesting. Windows reports that the file (Installation folder)/NWN2Toolset/plugins/de/animationviewer.resources.dll cannot be extracted and the system restore fails. I tried removing this plugin and windows reports the exact same problem. (The exact file might be called differently, I am not at home right now).
To this point I am willing to take any ideas. I am thinking of a general format if anything else fails. Now I had to go to work and I let my PC do a full scan and full virus scan.