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Announcement: I stumbled upon this thread earlier today and got in that NOLF mood, and now I'm replaying NOLF1. It works fine until I go underwater, at which point the screen turns black (but the mouse pointer and menu bar on the right hand side of the screen are still there). I've done some googling and found that this is a common issue with NOLF and Intel, but what I haven't found is a way to fix it. Any ideas?
Certain graphics cards have problems with the underwater sequences. It is noted here.

http://www.play-old-pc-games.com/2012/05/23/no-one-lives-forever/

I'm not too sure that there is a fix as I do not have the issue.
I am aware what the issue is, (I've spent considerable time researching it and found that thread too :) ,) I was just wondering of someone tech savvy on these forums knew of a fix. :)
I personally fixed the issue by just playing underwater/infrared sequences on my other laptop, but that's not really a good solution for most people.
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Announcement: I am aware what the issue is, (I've spent considerable time researching it and found that thread too :) ,) I was just wondering of someone tech savvy on these forums knew of a fix. :)
I personally fixed the issue by just playing underwater/infrared sequences on my other laptop, but that's not really a good solution for most people.
Yeah, I know you are. Unfortunately the only solution that I know of is to buy a dedicated graphics card.
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BananaJane: The thing that I don't understand is that it used to work just fine with these patches until a year ago, and now no matter how many times I reinstall and fiddle with the compatibility it just won't launch
You probably installed something that altered your copy of Windows in some way. Think about it this way : What are the variables in play? The game has remained constant (as you say). What has changed? Do you have automatic updates turned on?
Post edited February 14, 2016 by Firebrand9
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EnforcerSunWoo: I still think that it can be fixed, just not sure what the issue truly is.
Indeed. It's just a matter of figuring out what the variable that's causing a failure state to occur. In most cases like this, I find just going back to zero to be the easiest thing to do. It could even be a rogue or bad registry setting that got stored and causes an issue when the game attempts to use that information.

I encountered this with Dungeon Keeper 2 (which is notoriously buggy in many incarnations) and even went so far as to make a copy of the registry branch as a baseline to copy back for testing settings (The end-result I found to not use resolutions higher that 800x600).

OP : Last-ditch effort : If you're savvy enough, I'd recommend a complete uninstall, reboot, and then search the registry for entries related to the game (a bit of an art) and removing them manually. BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL doing this, should you opt to. Back up the entire registry first. This is not a strategy for the inexperienced as you could make your system unusable if you delete random things without making educated calls on them. This is a risky strategy unless you're experienced with registry editing. Fair warning!
Post edited February 14, 2016 by Firebrand9
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BananaJane: It's still not launching or telling me mss32.dll is missing =/
Do an internet search for that file. There's ample information out there on how to address that problem.
pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/No_One_Lives_Forever#Black_screen_when_underwater solved my problem with an underwater black screen.
If you are going to be playing a lot of games, invest in a Nvidia or AMT card. The Intel Chip Set is notorious for being shitty for gaming purposes. A lot of games....and not demanding ones in term or respources..openly say they do not work on Intel Chip sets.
NOLF is lucky in that it has a very dedicated fanbase, and they keep the game playable on Modern Computers.
As stated, the game itself actually runs well on a modern computers, problem is the original version (not the GOTY edition) had a 16 bit installer,and Windows 64 bit does not like 16 bit programs. (why,only Microsoft knows). But there are a couple of workarounds, including a installer for the game that works with 64 bit systems.

There must be something weird with the OP's computer, since the success rate of running NOLF on Windows 7 and beyond has been very high with the right fixes.
Post edited April 04, 2017 by dudalb
so i got nolf (no goty) to work on win10, might work on win7 as well...
here is what i did:
there are several language folders in the installation folder, each with their own set of *.exe's. i noticed that the one for my language (german) had a different behavior than the rest (at least it tried to do something) but i still got the "missing stuff" errors. so i copied the nolf.exe from the german folder into the main installation folder, set it to compatibility mode winxp sp3 & admin mode and it ran!

so maybe that'll be of help to anyone, let me know if that worked for you or not!