Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Box.jpg
Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
November 19, 2003
OS X
September 7, 2004
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic at Steam Charts
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic at SteamDB
 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic at Wikipedia
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2003
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords 2005
Star Wars: The Old Republic 2011

General information

More information GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
More information GOG.com Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series
More information LucasArts forums
More information LucasForums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Disc check
GOG.com DRM-free Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8
Amazon.com Disc check Bundled with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, is fully patched and compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Mac App Store Availability Table Icons - Mac App Store.svg OS X only.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

1.03 Patch[edit]

Information The list of bug fixes included in this patch can be found here.

The Steam Version of KotOR and Mods[edit]

Information If you find a mod incompatible with the Steam version, you can use this to obtain a compatible version.
Information All mods can be easily installed by copying the relevant files into the override folder.
Information Most of the mods should work with Steam, however you should always check for compatibility between those mods.

Game data[edit]

Configuration utility
Gameplay options

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows
OS X

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\saves
OS X

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Graphics Options.
Advanced Graphics Options.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Bronze.svg Use Flawless Widescreen. Old and long method is here
Multi-monitor Hackable Grading incomplete Use Flawless Widescreen.
Ultra-widescreen Hackable WSGF UW Bronze.svg Use Flawless Widescreen.
Field of view (FOV) Impossible
Windowed Hackable See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Use GameCompanion or a similar software.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Unknown

Windowed[edit]

Fix Windowed solution

  1. Navigate to the game's installation folder
  2. Open swkotor.ini
  3. Set FullScreen to 0.
  4. Add AllowWindowedMode=1 under [Graphics Options]

Input settings[edit]

Mouse options
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible Mouse pointer will use default Windows behavior
Mouse input in menus Native See below if you have any troubles
Mouse Y-axis inversion Unknown
Controller
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Sound options
Advanced sound options
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Music, voice-over, effects, movie
Surround sound Native [1]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native
EAX support Native EAX 3

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Unknown Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Unknown Native
Polish Native Impossible Native Only available in Polish retail release. Not available digitally.
Spanish Native Unknown Native
Turkish Native Impossible Native A Turkish fan patch is available here.

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing retail version on modern versions of Windows[edit]

Information Some users may have problems installing retail versions. Installation should be done with an administrator account for best results.

Fix Install retail version[2]

  1. Download and install the latest version of DirectX.
  2. Insert the game disc, and ignore any auto play screens.
  3. Open up the Start Menu and click on “Computer”. Right click on the disc drive that has the game disc and select “Explore”.
  4. Right click on setup.exe and select Properties.
  5. Click on Compatibility and select the options Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 2(SP2) and Run as Administrator.
  6. Run setup.exe and install the game as normal. Default installation path
    C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\SWKotOR\
    . Recommended to install outside program files.
    C:\Games\LucasArts\SWKotOR\
  7. Patch the game. Download the manual patch instead of using the game's auto updater. You can download the patch from LucasArts. Once the patch is downloaded, right click on the file, select “Properties”, and follow the same compatibility settings as done on “setup.exe”. If you own the Star Wars: The Best of PC version of Knights of the Old Republic you do not need to patch the game.
  8. Navigate to the folder where you installed the game.
  9. Right click on the folder, select “Properties”, un-check “Read-Only”, then click “Apply”.
  10. Download the SecuROM updated .exe file from here. This is for the US versions of the game. For international versions, go through the SecuROM support website. Rename the old .exe files before copying the updated ones in the installation folder. If you own the Star Wars: The Best of PC version of Knights of the Old Republic you do not need to replace the .exe.
  11. Right click on every .exe file in the installation folders and set the compatibility modes to the same as in step 4.
  12. Right click on the “kotor.exe” and select “Create shortcut”. Move the shortcuts to your desktop.
  13. If you are using a multi-core computer, you will need to set CPU affinity. Right click on the shortcut and select “Properties”. In the target box, type in:

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C start "SWKOTOR" /D "C:\Games\LucasArts\SWKotOR\" /high /affinity 1 "C:\Games\LucasArts\SWKotOR\kotor.exe"

Replace
C:\Games\LucasArts\SWKotOR\
with where you installed the game. This shortcut needs to be set to “Run as Administrator”. However, the "Run as Administrator" box will be greyed out in the Compatibility tab; it must instead be ticked in the Advanced options under the Shortcut tab. To change the icon to the shortcut, click on “Properties” and then “Change icon”. A new box will open. Find the installation folder and select the game .exe. To prevent the command window from popping up briefly while launching, under the shortcut properties change the "Run" mode to "Minimized".

Lag[edit]

Fix Lag

  1. Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\SWKotOR\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\SWKotOR2\
  2. Open the .ini file (either swkotor.ini or swkotor2.ini) with Notepad. Scroll down until you find “Graphics Options”. At the end of the graphics options section.
  3. Add the line Disable Vertex Buffer Objects=1
  4. Save the file.

Crashes in-game movie[edit]

Fix Crashes in-game movie

  • The game crashes when an in-game movie plays, you will need to enable support for the resolution 640 x 480 in your graphics card driver's control panel.

Game Won't Load[edit]

Fix Game Won't Load

  1. Find the intro movies files in the installation folder
  2. Rename, move or remove the following files:
biologo.bik
leclogo.bik
legal.bik.

Unable to move your character[edit]

Fix Unable to move your character

  • If you encounter recurring issues with being unable to move your character, enabling Vertical Sync will greatly reduce the occurrences of this problem.

Game minimizes after escaping Taris and refuses to maximize again[edit]

Information Some users experience this issue after boarding the Ebon Hawk for the first time and are thus unable to progress past Taris.

Fix Game minimizes after escaping Taris and refuses to maximize again

  1. Open swconfig.ini (in the same folder as swkotor.exe)
  2. Locate the line: FullScreen=1
  3. Change to: FullScreen=0
  4. Save the file and continue playing the game, reverting the change once you've landed on Dantooine

Crashes when opening detention cells and activating lift[edit]

Fix Crashes when opening detention cells and activating lift

  • The game can sometimes crash in two places. In the level "Prison Block", aboard the Leviathan, the game can crash when opening the detention cells (which hold the rest of your characters) and when activating the lift to go up to the bridge. Both of these crashes are fixed by rebooting your computer. Alternatively, changing the resolution to 800*600 may help if a reboot is unsuccessful. Disabling mouselook may also work.

Crash after a shooting sequence - Leviathan level[edit]

Fix Crash after a shooting sequence - Leviathan level

  • The game can also crash right after a shooting sequence right after the Leviathan level. This can be easily fixed by entering the door that leads to the hangar as the protagonist.

Black Screen While Playing Cutscenes[edit]

Information Flawless Widescreen should have resolved this

Fix black screen while playing cutscenes

  • If using the widescreen patch the game may display a black screen while playing cutscenes. In many cases alt-tabbing out and back into the game during the cutscene will start the cutscene over with the player now able to see the video.

Cannot use your mouse in main menu[edit]

Fix black screen while playing cutscenes

  • Cannot use your mouse in the main menu
  1. Run swconfig.exe (in the same folder as swkotor.exe)
  2. Disable the option "Enable Hardware Mouse"

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz 1.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
4 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible
512 MB of VRAM
OS X
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz Intel chipset
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
NVidia Geforce 7300
128 of VRAM

References

  1. The Star Wars Sound Experience - Soundblaster.com
  2. KOTOR 1+2: Vista Fix & Windows 7 Report - LucasForums