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 cover
OS X Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows November 19, 2003
OS X September 7, 2004
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 Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series
LucasArts forums
LucasForums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Bundled with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, is fully patched and compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7.
Games Republic
Green Man Gaming
Mac App Store

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch v1.03 is the latest patch.

Skip intro videos[edit]

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies
  2. Delete or rename leclogo.bik, biologo.bik, and Legal.bik.

Gameplay mods[edit]

KotOR 1 Restoration[edit]

Restores small bit of cut content and fixes any remaining bugs.

Game data[edit]

Configuration utility
Configuration utility
Gameplay options
Gameplay options

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\saves

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics Options.
Graphics Options.
Advanced Graphics Options.
Advanced Graphics Options.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Flawless Widescreen. Old and long method is here - Flawless Widescreen doesn't play nice with modifications to the game.
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use BorderlessGaming or similar software.[citation needed]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS


Windowed solution
  1. Go to the installation folder
  2. Open swkotor.ini
  3. Set FullScreen to 0.
  4. Add AllowWindowedMode=1 under [Graphics Options]
  5. Use ALT + ENTER to switch to windowed mode in game.

Input settings[edit]

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


Controller is not natively supported.
Xpadder controller profile

A Xpadder profile created by Heraske is available to use. It is approximately 90% full controller support that is NEAR IDENTICAL to the original Xbox game. Also supports DS4 controller out of the box. Requires VERY minimal mouse movement. Here is a video demonstrating it: Features

  • 8-Directional movement with varying speed between walk and run
  • Left and right trigger target selection
  • A button for action and select
  • X to flourish weapons
  • Arrow keys mapped onto D-PAD to go through inventory and chat dialogue
  • 1, 2, and 3 mapped to D-PAD for combat (Need to hold them down longer to prevent arrow keys to activate)
  • Character switch on Right Bumper
  • B to exit combat

Runs just by opening Xpadder and the configuration with the proper profile; No file installation in the game data files required

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Only available in Polish retail release. Not available digitally.
A Turkish fan patch is available here.

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing retail version on modern versions of Windows[edit]

Some users may have problems installing retail versions. Installation should be done with an administrator account for best results.
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.
  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. Go to the installation folder.
  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:

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

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 and CTD[edit]

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit swkotor.ini.
  3. Scroll down until you find “Graphics Options”. At the end of the graphics options section.
  4. Add the line Disable Vertex Buffer Objects=1
  5. Save the file.
This fix does not affect image quality, as Vertex Buffer Objects were just a mean of improving performance back then.

Game crashes when a movie is played[edit]

Game crashes when a movie is played
  • If the game crashes when a movie is played, you will need to enable support for the resolution 640x480 in your graphics card driver's control panel.[citation needed]
  • Another solution is to play in windowed mode.

Game crashes when using AMD graphics[edit]

This issue occurs due to poor support for older OpenGL implementations in several versions of AMD Catalyst Display Driver.
Game crashes when using AMD graphics

There are two ways to resolve this:

I. Quick and ugly - disable Frame Buffer Effects (this will make certain graphical effects extremely simplistic - e.g. Stealth field):

  1. Inside the game's installation folder, open swkotor.ini using a simple text editor (e.g. Notepad).
  2. Under [Graphics Options] section, change Frame Buffer=1 to Frame Buffer=0.
  3. Save the change and play.
This negatively affects image quality.

II. Long and proper - replace the game's atioglxx.dll with a version that works (at the moment, one from Catalyst Display Driver v14.4):

  1. Download Catalyst Display Driver v14.4 for your version of operating system from AMD website (look for a link called "Previous Drivers and Software", usually located on the latest driver download page).
  2. Using 7-Zip or another compatible archiving utility, extract the downloaded driver exe file into a new folder.
  3. Inside the folder into which you just extracted the driver, do a search for a file called atioglxx.dl_ (yes, with an underscore).
  4. Using 7-Zip or another compatible archiving utility, extract the atioglxx.dl_ file. This will give you the final atioglxx.dll.
  5. Copy the newly extracted atioglxx.dll file into your game's installation folder, replacing the atioglxx.dll inside.
  6. Play the game.
Note: This fix will not work on many GPUs, especially the newest ones.

Game Won't Load[edit]

Game Won't Load
  1. Find the intro movies files in the installation folder
  2. Rename, move or remove the following files:

Unable to move your character[edit]

Unable to move your character
  1. Hold down both the right and the left mouse button.
  2. Press the quicksave button and keep both mouse buttons pressed during the whole saving process.
  3. Once the saving process is completed your can release both mouse buttons. The character should control normally again.
  • 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]

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

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 800x600 may help if a reboot is unsuccessful. Disabling mouselook may also work.

Crash after a shooting sequence - Leviathan level[edit]

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]

If using the widescreen patch, the game may display a black screen while playing cutscenes.
ALT-TAB out of and back into the game


Flawless Widescreen may not need this fix.

Cannot use your mouse in main menu[edit]

Disable hardware mouse support
  1. Run swconfig.exe in <path-to-game>.
  2. Disable the option Enable Hardware Mouse

System requirements[edit]

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
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


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