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Just purchased and installed BG1 from GoG on my notebook, since my desktop pc is dead and can't play TW2. :(

I tried to install the widescreen fix and can't get it to work. My native resolution (regular flatscreen plugged in) is 1920x1080 (16:9), so I chose the also 16:9 res 1280x768. Now I only see a tiny bit in the the upper left side of the screen. I also tried executing the ws patch as administrator. No change. Tried to install the GUI mod on top of it (ran the Setup-TWM_GUI.exe as admin, too). Then I get an error

"An Assertation failed in D:\Dev\chitin\ChVideo.cpp at line number 4256
Programmer says: No valid video modes supported."

Can I get this to run at all? The stretched mini resolution is really hard on the eyes. OS is Win7 professional 32bit.


Edit: I uninstalled BG, turned off UAC, reinstalled as admin. Reinstalled widescreen patch as admin. Same problem as before.
Post edited May 31, 2011 by AudreyWinter
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AudreyWinter: "An Assertation failed in D:\Dev\chitin\ChVideo.cpp at line number 4256
Programmer says: No valid video modes supported."
I get this same error when trying to install widescreen and GUI mod.
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AudreyWinter: "An Assertation failed in D:\Dev\chitin\ChVideo.cpp at line number 4256
Programmer says: No valid video modes supported."
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nubonamission: I get this same error when trying to install widescreen and GUI mod.
What do you try to install?
It finally worked for me, when I installed both BG and BG2 with the BG2 engine and then the widescreen mod. Seems to be very difficult (it at all possible) to get it to work without the BG2 engine. Tutorials how to do this are around here.
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AudreyWinter: "An Assertation failed in D:\Dev\chitin\ChVideo.cpp at line number 4256
Programmer says: No valid video modes supported."
That error occurs when you install the widescreen mod and select a resolution not supported by your monitor.
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AudreyWinter: "An Assertation failed in D:\Dev\chitin\ChVideo.cpp at line number 4256
Programmer says: No valid video modes supported."
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xenobrain: That error occurs when you install the widescreen mod and select a resolution not supported by your monitor.
That's not true; I did input my monitors native resolution. And it wasn't a typo either, because I tried it several times. This just happens when you try to do it with only BG1. Worked like a charm with a BG1+BG2 install on BG2 engine.
Post edited July 25, 2011 by AudreyWinter
I'm running Baldur's Gate at 640x480 resolution in a Windows 98 virtual machine. Now that's true vanilla!
I'm trying to install the GUI mod but I don't see any executable once I've extracted the file. All I have is setup-TWM_GUI.tp2. I have no idea what to do with it.
Thank you, this sticky has really been of much help. BG up and running !

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DieMonkeys: I'm trying to install the GUI mod but I don't see any executable once I've extracted the file. All I have is setup-TWM_GUI.tp2. I have no idea what to do with it.
That confused me too. The first post might not be up to date because there is no need to unpack now, just "run the executable and point it to your BG1 directory, the go to that directory yourself and run Setup-TWM_GUI.exe".
Post edited October 03, 2011 by Baby.Bias
I'm trying to get this game to run properly on a Fujitsu Win 7 home premium 64 bit Laptop.
The game works fine, but often the whole screen just freezes/jumps. It doesnt seem to be a lag issue becasue the music still plays fine even while the screen freezes. I'll just be trying to walk somewhere and suddenly the screen freezes and my character has teleported 10 ft. away after the unfreeze. I know its not my system specs because I can play STALKER: Shadow of Cherynobyl on high settings with no lag. Any help would be appreciated. I am also running as Admin, and I have tried different resolution mods and compatability modes.

-nifehed
This is excellent, thanks very much. It adds a new lease of life to BG1 without changing the balance.

Rob.
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xenobrain: A Conservative Modder's Guide to Baldur's Gate 1

There are several modding guides for BG1 out in the wild, but most expect a Tutu or BGT installation.

While both are very worthwhile projects with some wonderful mods specific to them, they aren't flawless conversions and they introduce a lot of additional bugs and gameplay imbalances. For better or worse (and *many* feel it's better), the BG1 experience just isn't the same.

I'm writing this modding guide to provide a much more conservative take on modding BG1--to provide an enhanced game that is suitable for first-timers and people who want to keep the "feel" of BG1 intact.



Highly Recommended Mods:

Widescreen Mod and GUI Mod
Be sure to use one of the following resolutions when installing widescreen or the installing the GUI mod will fail: 1024x600, 1024x768, 1280x768, 1280x800.

To install the GUI mod, unpack the RAR archive you downloaded, run the executable and point it to your BG1 directory, the go to that directory yourself and run Setup-TWM_GUI.exe

Baldurdash bugfixes and text update
Bugfixes and spelling/grammatical errors fixed. Adds some textual hints about hidden items as well, which is nice. Install the TOSTC versions.

Unfinished Business
Adds additional quests, features and areas. Very high quality, and blends with the original game perfectly.

Mini Quests and Encounters
Adds a lot of very small but very fun and generally well-written quests.

Herbs and Potions add-in
A little extra fun for crafters. A reasonably balanced, very low-key mod most people won't even notice. Recommended, but only if it appeals to you.

BG1 Tweak Pack
Tweaks, fixes and cheats. I recommend the following:

Cosmetic Changes:
Weapon Animation Tweaks (less repetitive sword swinging)
Icewind Dale Casting Graphics (uses IWD spell effect which are much prettier!)
Icon Improvements (replaces some icons with their usually more detailed BG2 equivilients)
Force All Dialog to Pause (No cheap shots from enemies while you are talking)

Content Changes:
Reveal City Maps (Probably don't use this your first game if you like the feel of exploration. Removes a minor annoyance if you have played before)

Rule Changes:
Use your discretion.

Convenience Tweaks and/or Cheats:
Does what is says on the tin. Higher HP on level up may be worthwhile for some to avoid some potentially bad rolls on BG1's random HP gains on level up.

Joinable NPC Tweaks:
Give <character> their BG2 stats isn't the biggest cheat ever and can be fun for some people. Everything here is highly subjective of course.



Optional Mods:

Big, game-changing mods or highly subjective tweaks that are worth checking out.

Fields of the Dead
Reworks the ruleset quite substantially to be much closer to AD&D 2E. Adds new quests, areas, spells and more. Quite high quality. I don't use it for every playthough, but it was interesting and well worth at least one.

Dark Side of the Sword Coast
Massive mod, adding tons of new quests, areas, spells and lots more. One of the first mods for Baldur's Gate. It used to be a bit of a mess, but it's much, much better than it used to be thanks to recent efforts to fix bugs and increase compatibility with other mods though use of the (now universal) WeiDu installer.
The quality is of quests and writing is quite variable, some items are cheese-tastic and there are still a few bugs lurking, but under all that, it's quite fun.
If you're craving more content, this mod has you covered.


Dark Horizons
Adds a lot of challenging encounters to the game and a quest or two. Not for everyone, but veterans who enjoy tactical combat should give it a go. I don't think I've experienced the full content of this mod, but I liked what I saw.

[url=http://www.users.totalise.co.uk/~bluerift/]The Stone of Askavar[/url]
Adds a massive new quest. This one isn't a recommendation as I encountered a lot of bugs and even a couple crash-to-desktops using this mod. I also remember there being a lot of mispellings and grammatical errors in the text. So why mention it? There's a lot of content here and not everyone will share my misgivings. If you're craving more Baldur's Gate, back up your installation and see what you think.

BG1 NPC Portrait Pack
If you don't like the original portraits, or just want to freshen the look of your game a little, check out this collection of high-quality alternative portraits for the games' NPCs.

Not Tested:

May be of interest to some, but I can't vouch for them.

Dudleyfix
A more comprehensive fixpack than Baldurdash. Not as popular so fewer mods are coded to recognize it. I've read that compatibility should be decent, but don't know firsthand.

Back to Baldur's Gate
A "harder enemies" mod that may appeal to tacticians.

The Drizzt Saga adds a quest involving everyone's (least?) favorite Drow.

The Grey Clan Episode I
The first part of a mod trilogy that's isn't likely to ever be completed. This mod has a decent reputation however, and may well be worthwhile.


Additional Resources

Pocketplane keeps an updated index of many known Baldur's Gate mods.


rartino wrote a guide with a similar purpose that explains some things in greater detail and has some great troubleshooting tips, you can read it here.
sooooooooooooooooooooooo many of these links are dead as well

this seems to be a trend when it comes to BG :/
I'd only install the Dark Side of the Sword Coast if you are really desperate for more BG play.

I played it a few years back and there were three things that I really didn't like:

1) I think every new area is just a recycled area from the game. I know how hard it is to create truly new areas (I did some modding myself back in the day), but the way they put them together seemed really jumbled.

2) It kind of seemed like the main story was just a rehash of main BG story, I didn't find it intriguing.

3) maybe this has been fixed subsequently, but the vampires in the game were a deal stopper for me. When they level drain you, IT IS PERMANENT. I get that since BG1 didn't have vampires there was no mechanism built in to restore your levels, but I remember in one attack getting level drained all the way back to level one.
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valkin15: sooooooooooooooooooooooo many of these links are dead as well

this seems to be a trend when it comes to BG :/
They all seem to work for me. G3 has been having problems for months going up and down apparently, but there are some mirror backups out there for all their mods.
Post edited December 16, 2011 by ncarty97
Is there any way I can change the UI in Baldurs Gate? I really need a quest log, the journal is a mess. I read that Tutu fixes this problem but then your old saves don't work? I'm not going to replay 10 hours... Is there any other mod that gives me quest log?
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valkin15: sooooooooooooooooooooooo many of these links are dead as well

this seems to be a trend when it comes to BG :/
no it's not, modding community is still active around places like spellhold studios or pocket plane and G3, check them out

also, here's a link to links that is almost always up to date, be aware that it only links to mods that are part of BiG World Project.

http://kerzenburg.baldurs-gate.eu/bwpmods.php
Thanks for this! Was very useful.