Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords
KOTOR II.jpg
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Windows
February 8, 2005
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords at Steam Charts
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords at SteamDB
 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords at Wikipedia
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2003
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords 2005
Star Wars: The Old Republic 2011

Key points

Information Commonly referred to as 'KOTOR 2' or 'TSL'.
Advantage Patching restored content and widescreen resolution patching is highly recommended for both retail and Steam versions.
Advantage Retail version recently re-released in a bundle with the first game and made compatible with recent operating systems.

General information

More information Obsidian Forum
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums
More information LucasForums

Contents

[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Collection Retail Includes KOTOR 1. Requires disk check. Fully patched and compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7.
Retail Retail Requires disk check. Requires significant patching and tweaking. Available as 4xCDs or 2xDVDs
Steam Steamicon.png Patched to work on modern operating systems.

[edit] Collection (retail)

Information Knights of the Old Republic Collection is a collection of KOTOR 1 and 2, and is available through Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

[edit] Essential improvements

[edit] Official patches

Information Not required for Steam version.
Disadvantage Retail autopatching servers have been shut down, and manual patching is required.[1]
Information Installation requires running the patch exe files in Windows XP Service Pack 3 compatibility mode as administrator.
Information International versions only: 1.0a patch must be installed before 1.0b.
Menu confirming that TSLRCM is installed.
Restored content: Dxun Revisited.

[edit] The Sith Lords Restored Content Mod (TSLRCM)

Information Restored content information at Star Wars Fanpedia.
Information Unlike other KOTOR 2 mods, the TSLRCM does not need to be installed in the \Override\ folder.[2] Simply extract to the root folder of the game.
Information Successfully installed mod will result in updated splash screen.[3]
Advantage Highly recommended patch restores cut content from the game.
Advantage Version 1.8.2 now supports M4-78 Enhancement Project which restores 'droid planet' content.[4]

Fix Disable Steam automatic updatesLink

Advantage Prevents Steam from overwriting the mod changes.
  1. Right click on the game in the library, and click 'Properties'.
  2. In the updates tab, select 'Do not automatically update this game'.

[edit] Skip intro videos

Fix Delete or rename files[5]Link

Delete or rename the files:

leclogo.bik
ObsidianEnt.bik
Legal.bik

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location

  Location 
Windows

[edit] Save game data location

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\Saves

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

[edit] Video settings

16:9 ratio screenshot, with stretched HUD elements.
Resolutions of 1366x768 and under do not display dialogue below correctly.
Patching to widescreen using UniWS.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Limited.png See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Impossible Cross.png
Field of view (FOV) Impossible
Windowed Native Add AllowWindowedMode=1 under [Graphics Options] in swkotor2.ini and make sure FullScreen=0.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible Hacks will make mouse cursor inaccurate.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native External vsync will cause performance issues.[6][7]
High frame rate Unknown
Information TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.

[edit] Widescreen resolution

Disadvantage KOTOR2 natively supports 4:3 resolutions only.
Disadvantage Widescreen fixes will break the minimap location reporting, which can be solved using the minimap fix.[8]
Disadvantage Widescreen fixes resolutions of 1366x768 and under will not display dialogue option text correctly and are unplayable.[9][10]
Information Steam version requires you to replace the updated Steam exe with another one to allow UniWS to work, which reverts to a slightly older version of the game with some bugs.[11]

Fix Use UniWS to patch the gameLink

  1. Run the game, and set in-game resolution to 1280x960 (this allows a custom resolution to be selected externally).
  2. Download UniWS.
  3. Run the resolution patcher, select game Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords
  4. Set the desired resolution and click 'patch'.
  5. Check swkotor.ini has the desired resolution (under the [Display Options] and [Graphics Options] headers):
[Display Options]
Width=1920
Height=1080

[Graphics Options]
Height=1080
Width=1920
6. On occasion, a file will be created with the name of the "swkotor.undo1" If it does show up, delete it and the desired resolution will be displayed.

[edit] Widescreen minimap problem

Fix Fix minimap locationLink

Information After applying a widescreen resolution, the HUD elements will be streched and the minimap will not report the correct location.
  1. Download the updated Widescreen UI Fix by Achilles.
  2. Extract content to a folder other than Override folder(i.e. your desktop).
  3. Select EITHER 1920x1080 for 16x9 OR 1680x1050 for 16x10 (but not both).
  4. Copy the contents of the selected folder to Override.

[edit] Dialogue options won't display

Disadvantage Dialogue options will not display on vertical resolutions of 1366x768 or below.

Fix Increase resolution to 1366x785[12]Link

Disadvantage This causes some of the screen to be cut off at the top.
  1. Using the widescreen resolution method, set the resolution to 1366x785.
  2. Check swkotor.ini has the desired resolution (under the [Display Options] and [Graphics Options] headers):
[Display Options]
Width=1366
Height=795

[Graphics Options]
Height=795
Width=1366

[edit] Input settings

Sample Pinnacle controller profile.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller
Controller support Impossible

[edit] Controller

Disadvantage Controller is not natively supported.

Fix Pinnacle controller profileLink

A Pinnacle profile created by user Cid is available to use.

[edit] Audio settings

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Unknown
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Native
EAX support Native EAX 3

[edit] Issues fixed

Error fixable by going into windowed mode or by changing NVIDIA Control Panel settings.

[edit] 'Stopped working'

Information Error occurs after the company logos and before the main menu, or after clicking on 'Load Game' from the main menu.
Information Full error message: 'Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords has stopped working'.

Fix Disable Steam OverlayLink

Going to properties and disabling 'Steam Community In-game' can sometimes fix this issue

Fix Switch to windowed modeLink

Switching to windowed mode sometimes fixes this issue.[13]

Fix Activate discrete graphics card[14]Link

Make sure non-Intel graphics card is being used.

Intel integrated graphics seems to work for the Steam version but not the retail version in some cases.

Fix Change NVIDIA Control Panel settings[15]Link

If you have a newer NVIDIA GPU and your game keeps crashing when you click 'Load Game' from the main menu, a detailed solution for this can be found here.[16] The critical detail seems to be changing Threaded Optimization in the NVIDIA Control Panel to OFF

[edit] Stuttering or freezing after combat

Information This can be fixed by limiting maximum framerate.[17]

Fix Apply VsyncLink

Fix Multi-core fixLink

Information If using a multi-core computer, you will need to set CPU single core affinity.
  1. Right click on the shortcut and select 'Properties'. In the target box, type in: cmd /C start "SWKOTOR2" /D "C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\SWKotOR2\" /high /affinity 1 "C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\SWKotOR2\swkotor2.exe"
  2. Replace C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\SWKotOR2\ with where your game install is located. E.g. If you're running 32bit it will be just C:\Program Files\....

[edit] Unable to move your character

Fix Unable to move your characterLink

  • If you encounter recurring issues with being unable to move your character, enabling Vertical Sync will greatly reduce the occurrences of this problem.

[edit] Other information

[edit] Higher quality movies

Information Not required for Steam version or the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Collection 2 DVD re-release.
Advantage LucasArts released replacement upscaled cutscene videos.
Disadvantage Only benefits resolutions of 1600x1200 or higher, otherwise it defaults back to 640x480.[18]

Fix Higher quality movies install instructionsLink

Install Update Patch - 1135 MB.

[edit] Higher quality music

Information Not required for Steam version or the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Collection 2 DVD re-release.
Information Original shipping audio quality: 11,025 Hz, this patch updates it to 44,100 Hz.

Fix Higher quality music install instructionsLink

Install Music Update Patch.

[edit] KOTOR and TSL Save Game Editor

Information KOTOR and TSL Save Game Editor (English Language Only) (3.3.3), also known as the 'KSE'.
Information Save game editor (cheat) works for both KOTOR 1 and 2.
Disadvantage The save game editor doesn't automatically detect the Steam version of KotOR2.

Fix Choosing game location inside the KSE programLink

  1. Right click the name of the game you want to edit (The Sith Lords).
  2. Navigate to proper folder. On Steam, default is (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\Common\Knights Of the Old Republic II)
  3. Click OK

Fix Steam registryLink

  1. Use 'regedit' to add the appropriate keys.
  2. The editor searches for a string value named 'Path' under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\LucasArts\KotOR2

[edit] Low performance

Fix Disable Vsync[19]Link

Fix Disable frame buffer effects[20]Link

Fix Low Frame RateLink

Information If experiencing low frame rates from the Steam version of the game:
  1. Navigate to installation folder. By default it is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Knights of the Old Republic II
  2. Locate file "swkotor2.ini
  3. Edit and change "DisableVertexBufferObjects=1 under "[Graphics Options]" to "Disable Vertex Buffer Objects=1

[edit] Retail installation for Windows 7

Information All steps should be done with an administrator account.
Advantage Working on Windows 7 x64 bit.

Fix Retail installation instructions[21]Link

1) Download and install the latest version of DirectX.

2) Insert the game disc, and ignore any auto play screens.

3) Open up the Start menu and click on 'Computer'. Right click on the disc drive that has the game disc and select 'Explore'.

4) Right click on setup.exe and select 'Properties'. Click on 'Compatibility' and select the options 'Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)' and 'Run as Administrator'.

5) Run setup.exe and install the game as normal. The path where the game is normally installed is C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\SWKotOR2\

6) Apply the retail patches. Once the patches are downloaded, right click on the files, select 'Properties', and follow the same compatibility settings as was done on setup.exe.

7) Explore the hard drive and find the folder where you installed the game. Right click on the folder, select 'Properties', un-check 'Read-Only', then click 'Apply'.

8) Right click on every .exe file in the installation folders and set the compatibility modes to the same as in step 4.

9) Right click on the kotor2.exe and select 'Create shortcut'. Move the shortcuts to your desktop.

10) This shortcut needs to be set to 'Run as Administrator'. To change the icon to the shortcut, click on 'Properties' and then 'Change icon'. A new box will open. Find the installation folder and select the game .exe. To prevent the command window from popping up briefly while launching, under the shortcut properties change the 'Run' mode to 'Minimized'.

11) TSL Windows Vista Fix needs to be downloaded.

12) Extract TSL Windows Vista Fix and place the mss32.dll file in the installation folder, overwriting the file of the same name.

[edit] System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz 1.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
4 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB Card 128 MB Card

References

  1. http://forums.obsidian.net/topic/50731-autopatcher-problem/
  2. http://deadlystream.com/forum/topic/1478-tslrcm-installation-questions/
  3. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=33476511&postcount=79
  4. http://www.moddb.com/mods/the-sith-lords-restored-content-mod-tslrcm
  5. http://www.lucasforums.com/showthread.php?t=160442
  6. http://www.tweakguides.com/KOTOR2_5.html
  7. http://deadlystream.com/forum/topic/1375-vsync-and-kotor-2/
  8. https://www.wsgf.org/dr/star-wars-knights-old-republic-ii-sith-lords
  9. Tested by Andytizer, 1920x1080 tested as working.
  10. http://www.wsgf.org/dr/star-wars-knights-old-republic-ii-sith-lords
  11. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=32507350&postcount=8
  12. http://steamcommunity.com/app/208580/discussions/0/882966056505690417/#c846940248097567648
  13. Tested by Andytizer.
  14. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2900013
  15. http://deadlystream.com/forum/topic/1545-nvidia-gfx-guide/page__pid__16526
  16. Tested by Ehs0329.
  17. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=32525102&postcount=20
  18. http://lucasforums.com/showthread.php?t=206028
  19. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3017016
  20. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3017016
  21. http://lucasforums.com/showthread.php?t=194296
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