May. 4th, 2012

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I have a recent MacBook Pro (late 2011 model) and I've partitioned it and put Windows 7 Home Premium on it so I could play Windows-only games off Steam. For the most part, this has worked out great: Neverwinter Nights 2, Heroes of Might and Magic V, Portal, etc. Sadly, I wasn't able to get UFO Afterlight to run; apparently the game is very picky about graphics cards and the Intel graphics just doesn't cut it.

Tonight, I decided to try out Mass Effect. I tried running it from Steam and from the desktop shortcut, and it kept crashing. At least, I had to assume it was crashing. I'd get the spinning blue circle, and no game would pop up. I navigated the steamapps directory, and found the MassEffectLauncher. That would start, but as soon as I clicked play: nothing.

A friend suggested I look at events, something I did not previously know how to do in Windows. Turns out it's pretty easy!
Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Event Viewer
My crash reports were under Windows Logs -> Application. The error itself wasn't terribly useful, but it did show me that the executable was in:
c:\program files (x86)\steam\steamapps\common\mass effect\Binaries\MassEffect.exe

I started to experiment with compatibility modes (right-click the executable->Properties->Compatibility). No luck with Vista, but XP SP3 is working great!
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I spent ages trying to get this to work the first time, so perhaps this will save someone some pain.

On each computer:
1. Buy BG2 from gog.com, download, and install
2. Set compatibility mode on BGMain to Windows XP (Service Pack 3)
3. Run the game and switch to windows mode (alt-enter)
4. Sign up for game ranger: www.gameranger.com

On the host computer:
5. Host a BG2 game on game ranger
6. Wait for friend(s) to join the game on game ranger
7. Assign characters and start the game
8. Go back to full-screen mode (alt-enter)
9. Winning!

Note: If my power came unplugged while playing, it would lock up the game. As always, save often!

You may not need game ranger unless both computers are in the same network, but it made hosting a multiplayer game so easy that I definitely recommend it!

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