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Tuesday, October 30, 2001

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MacPlay on Baldur's Gate II Issues
8:46 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

MumboJumbo's Chris Jacobson, who ported Baldur's Gate II to the Mac, has been very busy of late answering questions posed in the MacBaldur forums. Some players were apparently having various issues with Baldur's Gate II, including installer problems, Type 2 errors, and poor performance. If you're having any troubles with the game, head over and give the forums a look, because chances are someone can help you out.

In one post, Jacobson notes turning off File Sharing will greatly improve your performance (though this is true for nearly any intensive game). In another thread, he indicates that limitations within the OS itself also contributed to bottlenecks for the game. Performance for the Carbonized OS X version could have been improved with more time, but financial and time limitations make a Mach-O (Cocoa) port unlikely. An older version of CodeWarrior also didn't help the problem. There is a hint that if a patch is released, the app could be recompiled under Codewarrior 7.

Jacobson also makes a plea to anyone having Type 2 or 3 errors, which he can't reproduce. Here's a clip:

Ok folks... time to help me figure these out ;-) Unfortunately it never occured on any of our test machines.

So... I need people who are having Type2/Type3 errors on start to email their Baldur.ini, Baldur.log, and Baldur.err files to me at Please STUFF them first.

On another note... the game changes the types of the files, and it does edit the Baldur.ini, which changes the type. If you double click on these files it tries to open them in BG2, which it can't. Unfortunately it also seems to default to the OS X app if that is installed, when it tries to open them.

There have also been numerous reports of Baldur's Gate II not installing properly under MacOS 9. MacPlay's Guy Chapman has offered a step-by-step guide in installing the game:
If you are having difficulties installing Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, please try the following:

1. Open the Apple Menu.

2. Select “Control Panels”.

3. Select “Extensions Manager”.

4. Change the “Selected Set” (this is located at the top of the “Extensions Manager” window) from “My Settings” to “Mac OS #.# All”, where #.# is the version number of the OS that you are using.

5. Restart the computer.

6. Make sure that any incomplete installs of Baldur’s Gate II are removed from the system.

7. Insert Baldur’s Gate II CD 1.

8. Run the Baldur’s Gate II installer.

9. After the install is finished, open the “Extensions Manager” again.

10. Change the “Selected Set” back to “My Settings”.

11. Restart the computer again.

Thanks to Chris and the rest of the MumboJumbo and MacPlay team for their hard work on this massive RPG. For more on the game itself, check out IMG's review posted just yesterday.

MacBaldur Thread on FileSharing
IMG Review: Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
MacBaldur Thread on Speed in BG2
MacBaldur Thread on Type 2/Type 3 Errors
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