|Patching, meant to be done with Lego's right?|
First I have to say, thank CCP for the repair tool, I used to have to download the full installer after nearly every patch to get back online. It's not like I am using an unusual computer setup either, Intel processor, Windows Vista ultimate x64 (yes yes I know I know, I haven't had the money to buy windows 7 ultimate though), 8gb Ram (recent addition, up from 4), GTX 460 video card. So not exactly "exotic."
In any case I have seen all kinds of errors. I always get the "corrupted install, patch failed" message with almost every patch, leading me to come up with a huge list of things to try to get Eve to work again. Sometimes it's pretty simple, just let the repair tool run and it will fix everything (given the time it takes to do so, roughly 10-20 minutes each time, or clearing the cache if you can get back into the game but are still having other issues, but almost every time the repair tools detect missing bits in my files.
So with all this in mind I get home from work yesterday, looking for a little quality Eve-time. With the server having already crashed after the morning patch, I was expecting the worst. I had already had good luck with the Crucible patch as it only required the repair tool to run before it worked, so I knew the odds were stacked against me.
Well those are the odds I suppose, the patch failed and I had to run through the repair tool, but once that was complete I was "ready." Only not really, I opened eve and the login screen had no cool Crucible splash, just a black background with the usual login prompt. I prayed it was a small bug and logged in anyway. Only to find my hangar blacked out as well, and on top of that in space I could see all the brackets, but no nice new nebulae, nor any other damn thing, just all blackness. (Did CCP forget to turn on the lights?)
Enter the usual-post patching troubleshooting.
1. Save out my overview settings, fits, and cache files. (after you export them from eve they are located in documents\eve\)
From Anxiir - "exported overview and exported fittings yes. actual overview and cache/settings, no.
It is located in appdata/ccp/-location of eve install-
you can get there easily by typing %appdata% in the start menu search box and pressing enter - then go up a level."
or just %appdata%\ccp\
so %appdata%\ccp\eve\ holds all the actual program files.
2. switch between the "two" cards listed in the graphics menu, I usally operate on #2 (though I only have one card I think it detects the dual core GPU as two cards.) This didn't fix anything other than moved my window 2" to the right. Changed that back, resized the window, docked and undocked again. No change.
3. Close and restart Eve, Login screen was still black, logged in anyways, and no dice.
4. rebooted my computer \o/ .... .... ..... No change
5. Updated my graphics driver, I was one whole rev behind, maybe that'd fix it, or at least get me ready to play BF3 (as advertised). No change.
5.a. Swear at my computer (DIRTY WHORE!)
b. Pet my dogs when they come to figure out why I am so angry.
|Why you make me get out of bed for this?|
7. Finally drop a petition to see how fast I can get attention. Attach screenshots of black screens to prove I actually have a problem.
9. Uninstall Eve! (DAMN GAME, DIDN'T WANT YOU ANYWAYS!)
10. Re-install Eve. (I <3 You, don't leave me!)
11. Wait 1+ hour for it to download and finish installing.
13. Copy over all my settings, verify it is still working, reset my overview, windows, chat channels... log off.
Now had #12 not fixed it, I would have waited for a response from CCP, who usually ask for the following (so attach them right off the bat through the web petition interface and not the Eve In-game petition interface) Run dxdiag.exe and save then upload the results. As well as run eve with the Log server enabled to do this (the log server part)
Using the logserver
(to minimize problems with this, its recommended that you either restart your computer or check Task managers process list for unresponsive instances of Eve.exe)
1. Find your Eve folder in Windows Explorer
2. When you have the Eve folder open, find "logserver.exe" and launch it (Do NOT have EVE running)
3. Select "File" -> "New Workspace"
4. Start Eve like you would normally do
5. When you have reproduced the bug, Eve crashes or when you kill the process if it hangs, select "File" -> "Save workspace as..." and save the workspace in a place you'll find it again.
Then upload the resulting file to your petition. From there you just have to let CCP take over. Fortunately I usually only get to re-install to fix things! Thanks to CCP Xamother for the quick response, (responded inside of 45 minutes from my last update, a good turnaround) but by then I had already logged off and went to bed.
|Work you sonofabitch!|