Gex: Enter the Gecko

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Gex: Enter the Gecko
Gex: Enter the Gecko cover
Developers
Crystal Dynamics
Windows LTI Gray Matter
Publishers
North America Eidos Interactive
Europe Ubi Soft
Release dates
Windows September 30, 1998
Gex: Enter the Gecko guide on StrategyWiki
Gex: Enter the Gecko on MobyGames
Gex: Enter the Gecko on Wikipedia
Gex
Gex 1996
Gex: Enter the Gecko 1997

Key points

The US version has built-in Direct 3D support.
Released as Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko in Europe
Use nGlide with this patch to run on modern systems.
Unofficial 3DFX to Direct 3D Patch (PAL) for Nvidia/ATI cards (Windows XP), you need these config files to run on modern systems.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows
Demo

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Crystal Dynamics\Gex2[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
through nGlide
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
30 fps cap (24 fps cap with unofficial D3D patch)
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
Crashing with DGVoodoo2 (Glide) and VorpX

Issues fixed[edit]

Installer doesn't work (hangs)[edit]

Analyze wait chain[1][2]
  1. Open Task Manager.
  2. Find 32-bit Setup Launcher (32-bit) on the list and expand it.
  3. Right-click on every child object that belongs to the process and click on "Go to details".
  4. In the Details tab, right-click on the highlighted element and click on "Analyse Wait Chain".
  5. If there are elements on the list, select them and kill the process.

Notes:

Most common programs causing issues are logitechg_discord.exe (Discord applet for Logitech Gaming Software) and nvcontainer.exe (part of Nvidia Experience).
Manual installation
  1. Copy the gex2 folder to your install drive.
  2. Create a text file with the following content:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Crystal Dynamics\Gex2]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Crystal Dynamics\Gex2\1.00]
"Version"=dword:00000002
"InstallDir"="D:\\Gex2"
"CDDriveName"="E"

3. Change InstallDir and CDDriveName, then rename file extension to .reg and execute it.
4. Run gex3d.exe as an administrator.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D
5
Glide
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95, 98, ME
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5 compatible

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).

References

  1. Mega Man Legends Installation on Windows 10 - last accessed on 2021-03-24
  2. Revolution (2002) will not install - last accessed on 2021-03-24