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This is really annoying both SMAC and AX do the same thing - the game mostly works fine- but the game doesn't seem to 'tick' unless it's getting input from the mouse - e.g. I'll click 'End Turn' and absolutely nothing will happen unless I move the mouse or hit the keyboard - it's like the game freezes, till it gets some mouse/kb input to wake it up.

But this doesn't just happen on every 'end turn', but for every AI controled unit that wants to move - makes the game very annoying to play.

I'm running it within a Win10 64-bit instllation - any known work around for this? I can't find anything searching google or the forums?

Dave
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wembleyford: This is really annoying both SMAC and AX do the same thing - the game mostly works fine- but the game doesn't seem to 'tick' unless it's getting input from the mouse - e.g. I'll click 'End Turn' and absolutely nothing will happen unless I move the mouse or hit the keyboard - it's like the game freezes, till it gets some mouse/kb input to wake it up.

But this doesn't just happen on every 'end turn', but for every AI controled unit that wants to move - makes the game very annoying to play.

I'm running it within a Win10 64-bit instllation - any known work around for this? I can't find anything searching google or the forums?

Dave
Are you running it in compatibility mode?
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T.Hodd: Are you running it in compatibility mode?
I've tried the most aggressive compat mode settings I can think of, e.g. Win95, admin rights, etc. Just updated by AMD drivers as well, to no avail.

Dave
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wembleyford: I've tried the most aggressive compat mode settings I can think of, e.g. Win95, admin rights, etc. Just updated by AMD drivers as well, to no avail.

Dave
Have you added: DirectDraw=0 to the bottom of 'Alpha Centauri.ini'?
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T.Hodd: Are you running it in compatibility mode?
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wembleyford: I've tried the most aggressive compat mode settings I can think of, e.g. Win95, admin rights, etc. Just updated by AMD drivers as well, to no avail.

Dave
I might be wrong Dave,

but I do remember a setting (sorry) somewhere like wait for AI? wait for AI movement? or something like that. maybe this is activated?
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wembleyford: I've tried the most aggressive compat mode settings I can think of, e.g. Win95, admin rights, etc. Just updated by AMD drivers as well, to no avail.

Dave
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Goodaltgamer: I might be wrong Dave,

but I do remember a setting (sorry) somewhere like wait for AI? wait for AI movement? or something like that. maybe this is activated?
Hi, no it's not that - it's very perculiar - literally, the game freezes all activity between unit actions till the mouse or keyboard is active - even push the shift key is enough to make the game continue and move the next unit. Animations, everything freezes until less the mouse is moved (not clicked! just moved) or a key is pushed. Very annoying!

Dave
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wembleyford: I've tried the most aggressive compat mode settings I can think of, e.g. Win95, admin rights, etc. Just updated by AMD drivers as well, to no avail.

Dave
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T.Hodd: Have you added: DirectDraw=0 to the bottom of 'Alpha Centauri.ini'?
Nope - just tried that - it's making SMAC run at the same resolution as my desktop, but the weird pausing between animations is still happening.

Now it looks great, but it's still barely playable!

Dave
Post edited September 24, 2017 by wembleyford
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wembleyford: snip
hmmm.....

2 things jumping to my mind:
1.) directx9 properly installed?
2.) directplay properly installed?

Why am I saying properly, especially for directplay I read that antivirus can screw up the installation for this. So may worthwhile reinstalling both with AV turned off. (And seems only to be the case for Win10, not any other win-version)

For dirextx, don't use the webinstaller but the offline package, yes on ms available as well, if you need links let me know ;)

Dito for how to check for directplay.

But otherwise, nothing I can really think off. Even not like dxwin or similar as the game IS running....only this quirky behaviour......
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wembleyford: snip
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Goodaltgamer: hmmm.....

2 things jumping to my mind:
1.) directx9 properly installed?
2.) directplay properly installed?
Nope - none of that worked... What -did- work, was a setting I remember from way back when when I first played this.

ForceOldVoxelAlgorithm=1

Fixed it.

Weird...

Dave
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wembleyford: Nope - none of that worked... What -did- work, was a setting I remember from way back when when I first played this.

ForceOldVoxelAlgorithm=1

Fixed it.

Weird...

Dave
ForceOldVoxelAlgorithm=1

Found by wembleyford/Dave.

So if you do have the same problem, please upvote Dave!

https://www.gog.com/forum/sid_meier_s_alpha_centauri_/odd_problem_game_doesnt_update_till_mouse_is_movied/post8

https://apolyton.net/forum/miscellaneous/archives/ac-general-help-strategy-archive/71293-help-forceoldvoxelalgorithm-1-isn-t-working-for-me

https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/crossfire-windows-xp.84247/

2004....so back in the days it was a known problem :D

So looks like MS did went back for certain bugs even back to XP :D

(soooorry Dave I just couldn't resist ;) )

But good to know that you did find this bug of yours ;)
And no I would have never guessed this one!

EDIT: I don't know if you can set your own post as a solution, if not mark this one, I edited to include YOUR solution.
Post edited September 30, 2017 by Goodaltgamer