Tips for getting this game to run on Windows 10?


#1

I have always loved this game…I’ve been playing it since it first came out. For the past several years I’ve had a PC that had Windows 7 on it and the game ran fine. Recently I ended up having to get a new PC and a new monitor, this new PC has Windows 10. The very first game I installed was NWN. Upon trying to play it I was dismayed because of the games video resolution and how it looked on my new widescreen monitor. I couldn’t get the game to fill the screen properly, but even I ended up downloaded the unofficial patch(version 1.71) and installing it and it fixed the monitor issue, the game looked great.

I thought everything was fine until I actually started up a new game. The game doesn’t run well at all…it runs very very slowly. This computer is superior to my previous one in every way, so the only reason I can come up with for why it’s not working is that I’m now using Windows 10. I’ve tried running the game in compatibility modes(I tried both Windows XP and Windows 7) and it STILL didn’t help the game run well. Is there any way to get this game running well or am I screwed? For what it’s worth the sequel to NWN runs fine on this PC. I tried playing the Enhanced Edition but that didn’t work either lol(this computer isn’t brand new, it’s a refurbished desktop).

Does anyone have any advice on how to get this game to run well? I will list my PC specs if it matters:
-intel core 3.20 GHz processor
-8 gb of ram
-64 bit operating system
-graphics card is an intel hd graphics 2500

Any help would be appreciated.


#2

Many people here are running NWN happily on Win10, so it certainly can be done.

When reinstalling an old version you bought some time ago (not the Extended Edition), the first essential step after installation is the 1.69 Critical Rebuild:

https://neverwintervault.org/project/nwn1/other/patch/169-critical-rebuild-english

Uninstall the unofficial patch first (or install NWN again without it). I’d focus on getting 1.69 working - no need to bother with the unofficial patch unless you know why you want it.

I have the nwn.exe program (only) set to Compatibility Mode for Windows XP (Service Pack 3) but I’m not sure that’s essential.

Sometimes anti-virus slows things down unless you tell it that the NWN folder is exempt from scanning, run NWN in gaming mode, or whatever (depending which AV you have).

Ensure you have the latest drivers, especially for the graphics card. If you have an nVidia card, be sure to get the drivers direct from the manufacturer’s site & install them manually.

In nwn.ini it may help to have

[Game Options]
MaxMemoryUsage=64

[Game Options]
Client CPU Affinity=1

If none of that works, you might try turning down the graphics settings one by one.


#3

[Game Options] is in nwnplayer.ini.

I use Client CPU Affinity=-2.

In nwn.ini, I set…

[Video Options]
ShinyWater=0

Also, I don’t set any compatibility options, just need to run nwn.exe as administrator.

I don’t have any problems or performance issues on Windows 10.


#4

You could look into getting yourself a 1080 8gb graphics card, so the display runs from that, instead of an integrated one.

FP!


#5

Thanks I’m gonna try these solutions tonight. Also in case it matters: I have the diamond edition of the game from GOG.


#6

I know it’s been a while, but none of the other solutions suggested worked and I’m yearning to play :confused:

Any other suggestions?


#7

Can you describe what’s working and what’s not in more detail?


#8

I agree the problem might be related to the integrated circuit, but If OP isn’t planning to play any “modern” games, with that CPU, a 5-6 times cheaper GT 1030 (passive-cooled when possible) is more than enough to run NWN smoothly even on highest settings…


#9

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I agree the problem might be related to the integrated circuit, but If OP isn’t planning to play any “modern” games, with that CPU, a 5-6 times cheaper GT 1030 (passive-cooled when possible) is more than enough to run NWN smoothly even on highest settings…
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I agree. I have a GT 1030 myself, and it is serving me well.


#10

Well I mean…it all works, but not well, you know? The game itself runs, but not well. I don’t know what to do. It’s just slow, even at the lowest settings. It runs too slow for it to be playable. I don’t get it.