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I just wanted to say thank you to the OP for creation of this thread. Your instructions were easy to follow, and I am now looking forward to playing the Baldur's Gate saga more than ever.

I have one question though. Would the 1pp high quality music for Baldur's Gate I be installed before merging, after merging (into the Baldur's Gate II directory), or is it not something to try?
Post edited June 21, 2014 by belinol-proser
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GoJays2025: You're in the right place, I think.
There should be 3 buttons that greet you on the first menu screen - "Baldur's Gate", "Throne of Bhaal", and "Quit Game".
Click on "Baldur's Gate".
Then click on "Single Player".
The menu that comes up after will have "New Game", "Load Game", "Back", and "New BG2 Game".
Click on "New Game" to start from Baldur's Gate 1 or "New BG2 Game" to start from Baldur's Gate 2.

Hope that helped!
I think maybe add a line on the first page as I was thoroughly confused until I got to this page of the forum.
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honthro: I think maybe add a line on the first page as I was thoroughly confused until I got to this page of the forum.
Will do!
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dkclemons1: It's cool, man. I did that and now it's too large. The character avatars are off the screen. Should I just try a fresh install?
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famouswolfe: A thought just occurred to me, what resolution are you running in your background? A lot of the time, running a game while you have the desktop resolution set to Retina level will cause havoc in your games. Have you tried lowering it down to 1920x1080 (in other words, 1080P)?
I'm running 1600x900 in the background. How would I go about changing it? I've never had this issue before on any of the computers I've installed it on so it's frustrating to be having so many issues this time.
So I'd like to play through the game with just the BGII Fix pack for now, do I need to start a new game after applying it or can I continue where I am currently (I've only beaten the first dungeon)?

Thanks for the OP.
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ResidentLeever: So I'd like to play through the game with just the BGII Fix pack for now, do I need to start a new game after applying it or can I continue where I am currently (I've only beaten the first dungeon)?

Thanks for the OP.
For 100% application of all fixes you must start a new game. While most of the fixes that won't 'take' in an already started game won't actually break your current game, they will also not be applied. This is especially true of some fixes to NPCs and unique creatures that you have already met, or areas that you have already visited. That does not mean you cannot carry on, only that some of the fixes will not be applied.
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famouswolfe: A thought just occurred to me, what resolution are you running in your background? A lot of the time, running a game while you have the desktop resolution set to Retina level will cause havoc in your games. Have you tried lowering it down to 1920x1080 (in other words, 1080P)?
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dkclemons1: I'm running 1600x900 in the background. How would I go about changing it? I've never had this issue before on any of the computers I've installed it on so it's frustrating to be having so many issues this time.
On a Macbook you change it in the System Settings menu. Me, I leave it at the recommended settings (retina resolution by default). Then, when I launch BGT I'll hit command-key+return a couple times and that usually fixes the problem.
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dkclemons1: I'm running 1600x900 in the background. How would I go about changing it? I've never had this issue before on any of the computers I've installed it on so it's frustrating to be having so many issues this time.
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famouswolfe: On a Macbook you change it in the System Settings menu. Me, I leave it at the recommended settings (retina resolution by default). Then, when I launch BGT I'll hit command-key+return a couple times and that usually fixes the problem.
I'll see if I can figure it out.

Thanks for the help, guys. I appreciate it.
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Hickory: But the real reason to avoid the widescreen mod is that it alters all fixed graphic assets and stores them in your saved games, which means that if you ever change resolutions, or uninstall the mod, your save games will become absolutely incompatible, and make your game crash. I cannot stress enough that it is not necessary in BG2.
This can simply not be true. I have played with and without the widescreen mod and in several different resolutions without any problems.
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dillonbarnett98: So after installing windows 8.1, the widescreen mod only shows the game full screen if I have it set to the full resolution of my monitor which is 1920x1080. But It's a laptop screen so i would play it at 1280x720 so that everything wasn't too small. So now if I try to play it at that resolution it is just a small box in the center of the screen. Only 1920x1080 will be full screen. I even tried changing the resolution of the whole system before launching the game and it is the same. Anyone know of a solution?
I have the exact same problem as you when installing the GOG-version of BG1 and 2. I have tried both with and without widescreen mod and it doesn't matter, I get the same problem in either way. I get a rectangle in the middle of the screen with a black border around as long as I do not disable 3d acceleration in the config. I have Win 8.1 and a nvidia gt740m card. The funny thing tough is that I have installed the CD-version on 3 other computers (one with a similar nvidia card and two other with integrated intel graphic cards, one with win 8.1 and two with win 7) without getting this problem, so I start to wonder if this has anything to do with the gog version of the game.

The only solution I have found is to disable 3d acceleration.
Post edited 16 hours ago by twilek.446
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Hickory: But the real reason to avoid the widescreen mod is that it alters all fixed graphic assets and stores them in your saved games, which means that if you ever change resolutions, or uninstall the mod, your save games will become absolutely incompatible, and make your game crash. I cannot stress enough that it is not necessary in BG2.
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twilek.446: This can simply not be true. I have played with and without the widescreen mod and in several different resolutions without any problems.
Believe what you will. The facts are that the assets in Baldur's Gate are fixed aspect, and the widescreen mod has to physically alter them. The facts are that those altered assets are stored in your saved games. The facts are that if you load a saved game with altered assets into a game in another resolution, it WILL crash. Do your homework.
Hi,

thank you for this guide.

I've got just a few questions left.

I just ended one walkthrough of BG2 SoA+ToB and I encountered three majors problem (original game, no update or mods).

1 - Using GameRanger to play online with my friend, we couldn't load BG2 ToB saves at the start of the game, we were forced to kill Irenecus again and again to be able to load ToB saves.
2 - The game was sometime laggy in a way we could think it is too much calcul for my computer... The game is from 1999 and the computer from 2012 wtf?
3 - ToB is really too easy after SoA when you import your chars. (<3 Casormyr, Crom fayir, Vecna robe, ...)

Are these problems solved with this installation?

Also I want to do a walkthrough BG1+Tosc, B2 SoA ToB with a fair challenge. Any advice about the difficulty?

Thanks
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Adibouchou: Hi,

thank you for this guide.

I've got just a few questions left.

I just ended one walkthrough of BG2 SoA+ToB and I encountered three majors problem (original game, no update or mods).

1 - Using GameRanger to play online with my friend, we couldn't load BG2 ToB saves at the start of the game, we were forced to kill Irenecus again and again to be able to load ToB saves.
2 - The game was sometime laggy in a way we could think it is too much calcul for my computer... The game is from 1999 and the computer from 2012 wtf?
3 - ToB is really too easy after SoA when you import your chars. (<3 Casormyr, Crom fayir, Vecna robe, ...)

Are these problems solved with this installation?

Also I want to do a walkthrough BG1+Tosc, B2 SoA ToB with a fair challenge. Any advice about the difficulty?

Thanks
1. You have to start a ToB game, NOT a SoA game, else you won't be able to load ToB saves.

2. Make sure 32bit colour is enabled, and all BLT options are off. Also, disable 3D acceleration (BGConfig.exe).

3. Don't min/max your characters. Don't power game.
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twilek.446: This can simply not be true. I have played with and without the widescreen mod and in several different resolutions without any problems.
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Hickory: Believe what you will. The facts are that the assets in Baldur's Gate are fixed aspect, and the widescreen mod has to physically alter them. The facts are that those altered assets are stored in your saved games. The facts are that if you load a saved game with altered assets into a game in another resolution, it WILL crash. Do your homework.
Well, I do not have to believe, I speak from experience, do you? If it is as you say then it is very strange that it hasn't crashed for me. I have played thru whole BG1 and half BG2 and moved save files between several different computers (5 computers to be exact) with different resolutions, with and without widescreen mod, and not experienced one single crash so far. So, how do you explain that?

And btw, do not tell me to do my homework, that is just plain rude, I just state what I have experienced, and I do not experience any crash in the scenario where you say that the game "WILL crash". I actually have 2 different installations right here at this computer I sit at right now, one with widescreen mod and resolution 1280*720 and one without widescreen mod and resolution 800*600, and I have over 100 save files, I have saved several of them in the first installation (with widescreen mod) and opened them in the second installation, and believe it or not, but no crashes. So when I do my homework it is very clear that the thing you are saying can just simply not be true. Maybe time for you do do yours?

Can it be that you have tried an old version of widescreen mod with bugs?
Post edited 14 hours ago by twilek.446
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Hickory: Believe what you will. The facts are that the assets in Baldur's Gate are fixed aspect, and the widescreen mod has to physically alter them. The facts are that those altered assets are stored in your saved games. The facts are that if you load a saved game with altered assets into a game in another resolution, it WILL crash. Do your homework.
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twilek.446: Well, I do not have to believe, I speak from experience, do you? If it is as you say then it is very strange that it hasn't crashed for me. I have played thru whole BG1 and half BG2 and moved save files between several different computers (5 computers to be exact) with different resolutions, with and without widescreen mod, and not experienced one single crash so far. So, how do you explain that?

And btw, do not tell me to do my homework, that is just plain rude, I just state what I have experienced, and I do not experience any crash in the scenario where you say that the game "WILL crash". I actually have 2 different installations right here at this computer I sit at right now, one with widescreen mod and resolution 1280*720 and one without widescreen mod and resolution 800*600, and I have over 100 save files, I have saved several of them in the first installation (with widescreen mod) and opened them in the second installation, and believe it or not, but no crashes. So when I do my homework it is very clear that the thing you are saying can just simply not be true. Maybe time for you do do yours?

Can it be that you have tried an old version of widescreen mod with bugs?
Yes I speak from experience. Very many years of experience. Read the forums. Do your homework, don't assume that because *you* don't have problems that the issue does not exist. I will say it again: it is real; it exists; believe what you will.
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Hickory: Yes I speak from experience. Very many years of experience. Read the forums. Do your homework, don't assume that because *you* don't have problems that the issue does not exist. I will say it again: it is real; it exists; believe what you will.
Well, do your homework and please stop your arrogant attitude, don't assume that because it crashes for *you* it "WILL crash" for everybody. Just because you may have used an old buggy version that corrupted the save files it doesn't mean that it still does. It is very different to say that it "WILL crash" rather than to say that it "MIGHT crash". And since I can not reproduce nor find any information that confirms your scenario it sounds very likely that you are wrong here. And even if you have written posts here on this forum for years it unfortunately doesn't prove anything, when I speak about experience I mean: have you tried out to save files with the latest version of widescreen mod and then opened them with another resolution with and without widescreen mod? And if you have, did it unconditionally crash? Then have you considered that you might have some other mod or something that may cause this, since it doesn't crash for everybody? Because it is obviously something on your setup that is causing this that isn't true for every setup. So how can you be so sure that it is the widescreen mod that causes your crashes?

You said that the "save games will become absolutely incompatible, and make your game crash". Since I have opened my save files on several different computers with different resolutions with and without widescreen mod, moved back and forth between computers since I started playing thru BG1 and BG2, then it can not be true that the save files will become that ABSOLUTELY incompatible. That is simply not true. If you have said that the save file might in some cases become incompatible I would actually not have said anything about it. But now you said absolutely, which means unconditionally, non revertable, doubtless, and I can tell you that I am 100% sure that the save files will not become absolutely incompatible. It is also a bit ironic that you say that the save files will become absolutely incompatible " if you ever change resolutions, or uninstall the mod", but according to the developer of the mod it is no problem to change resolution afterwards at all, you just need to run the installation program again http://forums.gibberlings3.net/index.php?showtopic=21687
Post edited 7 hours ago by twilek.446