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Sam&Max Ep2 - stops working once a save game exists

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I am experiencing trouble with Sam&Max Episode 2.

My machine consists of the following components:

Mainboard : ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe
CPU : Athlon XP 2800+
Graphics : Club 3D Geforce FX 5700
Sound : Onboard AC97
OS : Windows 2000 Professional

Episode 1 worked fine on my machine except for one incident: The game crashed with an "Access Violation" after I managed to knock out the third Soda Popper in Bosco's store and tried to leave the store. When I restarted the game, I knocked out the second and third Soda Popper in reverse order (guy delivering videos at Bosco's first, graffiti sprayer below the office second) and I was able to finish the game without any other malfunctions.

I am having greater difficulties with Episode 2. After a fresh install of Ep. 2, I can play the game without incident.
However, as soon as I run the game with save games present in its data folder, it stops functioning completely. Once there is any save game, I am neither able to start a new game nor load a game without one of the following three things happening:

-Game "freezes" completely and I have to kill the process in Task Manager
-Game crashes and I am back at the Windows desktop with my wallpaper having the wrong size (probably 800x600, the resolution I'm running the game at, while my Windows resolution is 1280x960)
-Game crashes with an Access Violation error.

When I remove the save games and put them in a folder elsewhere on my harddisk, the game starts with the intro sequence and works fine after that. Once I put the save games back into the Ep. 2 folder and run the executable, the game is broken again.

I have already tried to solve the problem by installing the latest graphics and DirectX drivers, to no avail.

Apart from this problem, I am apparently unable to download any of my games at the moment (I have bought the entire first season of Sam&Max). I don't remember the password I have created at checkout and when I try to retrieve it, I get the following error message:

"Sorry, we're having trouble looking up your order. "

My Order Number is 5346418000.

I would appreciate any suggestions on how to solve my problem with Sam&Max. Thanks in advance for your time!

Kind regards,
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    Emily Telltale Alumni
    If you don't mind waiting a few weeks, I think the new versions of all the episodes will work better for you. If that's not the case and we can't figure out what the problem is, we can refund your money.

    CptKlotz, could you try one of the later episodes (preferably episode 6)?
  • Hello Emily,

    thanks for the information so far.

    I have now tried Episodes 3 and 6 as well:

    With Episode 3, I can't even get beyond the intro. After the "car" scene is over and the title of the Episode is being displayed, the game crashes in one of the three ways I described above.

    Episode 6 seems to work so far. I can start a new game or load an old one, no matter if there are save games present or not. I don't really want to play Episode 6 before I've finished Episodes 2-5, though.
    Windows 2000 is not a supported operating system and I'm wondering if that has anything to do wtih this problem.
    It does say "Win2000/XP" below the entries for Episodes 1-3 on the Downloads page.

    Oddly enough, Win2000 isn't mentioned for Eps. 4-6, but still, Episode 6 doesn't seem to crash the way Eps. 2 and 3 do on my Win2K machine.

    Kind regards,
  • Hmmm, could you wait to try the new versions CptKlotz? : / How about just wandering around a couple scenes for awhile in Episode 6 to make sure it works right?
  • Hi everyone,

    I've now visited different scenes in Episode 6 (Office, Moon, Bosco's, Sybil's) and the game still seems to work fine on my machine. Loading save games and starting a new game seems to work as well.

    If it helps to track this bug, I can install Episodes 4 and 5 as well and walk around in them a bit... I just prefer to actually *play* the games in the correct order.

    One more question: If I order the Season One bonus DVD, will it contain the same versions of Episode 2 and 3 I already have or is there a chance I will get the new versions of the games that might work?

    Kind regards,

    UPDATE: I have now tried Episodes 4 and 5 as well. Episode 4 crashes after the "Gametap" and "Telltale Games" logos, while Episode 5 appears to work fine.
  • CptKlotz, could you try one of the later episodes (preferably episode 6)?
    I did as requested (in fact I have tried all the other episodes, too) and have posted the results more than a week ago. Now what?

    I don't want to sound impolite and I don't even mind waiting a few weeks if there's a chance my problems are going to be solved, but I would at least appreciate a brief reply to my posting.

    Kind regards,
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    Ryan Telltale Alumni
    Sorry for the delay, we are very busy actually working on the new versions of the games for season 1, which could be the answer you're looking for. We are also up to our eyeballs in orders for the DVD, which could also be a quick fix for you. I'd definitely order it if you haven't already. So by the end of the month, you should have 2 more possibilities for a fix to your problem. We have tried recreating your problem and have not been successful. I know this is really frustrating, and I appreciate your patience while we multi-task here.
  • Thanks for the information.

    Since there seems to be a chance the versions of the games on the bonus DVD might run better on my system, I've ordered the DVD now.

    I'll let you know if that solves my problems once I have the DVD.
  • Hello everyone,

    I have received the Bonus DVD yesterday. As it seems, using the versions of the games on the DVD has solved my problems:

    I completed "Situation: Comedy" yesterday, saving, exiting the game and reloading several times along the way. No problems.

    I have also tried to start Eps. 3 and 4 and they, too, seem to be working now.

    Now, I'll enjoy the rest of Season 1 and let you know if there are further problems :-)

    Thanks for your help,
  • I guess I'll have to order the DVD, then.

    Thanks CptKlotz.
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