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Strange video issues in Sam and Max

posted by Klosterheim on - last edited - Viewed by 245 users
I downloaded Sam and Max: Culture Shock from Steam and started it up.

When I first started it up, everything was fine, except that I kept getting notices from my monitor to switch to its native resolution. I normally get this the first time I start a game, but this time I was getting it every couple minutes.

Via Sam, I then clicked on the TV and watched the short commercial. When I came back out, a part of Max's geometry jutted out of the side of his hand. In addition, the drop down Options menu was completely unreadable. It was staticky looking. I could see the basic outlines of the UI boxes, but that was about it.

I decided to update my drivers and restart my computer, which I did.

At this point, I no longer received continuous notices from my monitor and the Options menu looked fine. But after awhile, Max's hand geometry would explode out like normal. I tried different resolutions, I tried switching back and forth between windowed and full mode, and nothing seemed to help.

I played like this for a while, but when I entered Sybil's, I saw that the Popper kid had bad geometry too, with a big jagged polygon sticking way out on his arm.

Any idea what this might be? I have included some basic sysinfo below.

Thanks! The game is friggin' hilarious.


Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp.080413-2111)
System Manufacturer: INTELR
System Model: AWRDACPI
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 2816MB RAM
Page File: 451MB used, 3745MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT/GTO
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 7900 GT/GTO
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0291&SUBSYS_201819F1&REV_A1
Display Memory: 256.0 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (72Hz)
Monitor: ViewSonic Q190mb
Monitor Max Res: 1280,1024
Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0011.7813 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail

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