View Full Version : Snow Drop - black screen and nothing (solution)

04-10-2012, 03:17 PM
I know that some people (including me) have problem with this game. Namely every time they try to run it they get a black screen and the game freezes (no error message or anything). Using compability mode don't work.
So what is the solution?

I had this kind of problems with other (older) games so I know what to do and it's simple.
Just delete all .AVI files in game folder (Brand.avi and Opening.avi) or put them somewhere else. You can aslo try some tricks with codecs but it's not worth it.
The game have problem with running them, so it freezes. I know this shouldn't happen but we all know that there is nothing impossible.

After doing so the game will throw you an error every time you run it as there is attempt to run inexisting file but after closing it the game will run (just do several enters first time you run it).

Other problems that I've experienced is closing the game after changing from full screen to window mode, but when you rerun the game should work in window just as you wanted.

Tested on:
CPU: Intel Dual core, GPU: Asus EAH3850 (based on ATI chipset), Microsoft Windows XP Home SP3 (PL), Japanese fonts installed but not used atm (running without AppLocate).

04-10-2012, 05:17 PM
You can replace .avi files with empty (0 byte long) ones to get rid of the error message. Create an empty Notepad document, save the file and rename it to brand.avi, then copy it and rename it to Opening.avi. You can also use attached ones.
Note that this will only work with "Full (650MB)" Snow Drop installation type because Minimum and Standard installations try to play the video files from CD.

The problem is that these video files are encoded with Intel (Ligos) Indeo video codec versions 3 and 5; v.3 isn't installed in WinXP SPx by default and v.5 is totally absent. They are installed with Vista/7 but still aren't used there.
They are supported by both FFDShow and LAV video filters which are included in most codecs packs (e.g. K-Lite and CCCP), so you can/should use these instead.
In my case older version of FFDShow (in not so recent K-Lite on Win2003) hangs with your symptoms exactly but LAV plays these video files just fine, so you should add SnowDrop.exe to FFDShow exclusions list (ffdshow video decoder configuration -> DirectShow control -> Don't use ffdshow in: -> Edit... -> add SnowDrop.exe there) so that WinXP falls back to LAV.
This way can be used with any Snow Drop installation type.

More info: "Getting a Codec to run Indeo" section in SS2 Videos / Cutscenes Guide (http://www.systemshock.org/index.php?topic=520.0)

04-10-2012, 05:36 PM
Guest said it all. Whenever you've problems with movies try to delete them or create an empty txt-avi file.

04-12-2012, 02:21 AM
Updating my k-lite codec pack fixed the problem on my shity laptop.