Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords
KOTOR II.jpg
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Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
February 8, 2005
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords at Steam Charts
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords at SteamDB
 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords 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

Key points

Advantage Retail version recently re-released in a bundle with the first game and made compatible with recent operating systems.

General information

More information Obsidian Forum
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums
More information LucasForums

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Amazon.com DRM details are not known Knights of the Old Republic Collection.
Amazon.co.uk DRM details are not known Knights of the Old Republic Collection.
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg

Version differences[edit]

Information Knights of the Old Republic Collection includes both Knights of the Old Republic and Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix InstructionsLink

Find, delete or rename the following files from this path.

<path-to-game>\Movies
leclogo.bik
ObsidianEnt.bik
Legal.bik

Patches[edit]

US Patch[edit]

International Patches[edit]

Gameplay mods[edit]

Restored Content Mod[edit]

Information The mod[1] can be simply extracted to the root folder of the game.
Advantage Highly recommended patch restores cut content from the game.
Advantage Version 1.8.2 now supports M4-78 Enhancement Project which restores droid planet content.

Fix Disable Steam automatic updatesLink

Advantage Prevents Steam from overwriting the mod changes.
  1. Right click on the game in the library, and click 'Properties'.
  2. In the updates tab, select 'Do not automatically update this game'.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\Saves

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

16:9 ratio screenshot, with stretched HUD elements.
Resolutions of 1366x768 and under do not display dialogue below correctly.
Patching to widescreen using UniWS.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Bronze.svg See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg
Field of view (FOV) Impossible
Windowed Native Add AllowWindowedMode=1 under [Graphics Options] in swkotor2.ini and make sure FullScreen=0.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible Hacks will make mouse cursor inaccurate.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native External vsync will cause performance issues.[2][3]
High frame rate Unknown
Information TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Disadvantage KOTOR2 natively supports 4:3 resolutions only.
Disadvantage Widescreen fixes will break the minimap location reporting, which can be solved using the minimap fix.[4]
Disadvantage Widescreen fixes resolutions of 1366x768 and under will not display dialogue option text correctly and are unplayable.[5]
Information Video tutorial for widescreen available here

Steam[edit]

Fix Resolution patcherLink

Information Steam version requires you to replace the updated Steam exe with another one to allow UniWS to work, which reverts to a slightly older version of the game with some bugs.[6]

Retail[edit]

Information Any patches should be applied before using this fix as otherwise the patching process will fail.

Fix Widescreen on the retailLink

  1. Download this file.
  2. Drop the executable to <path-to-game>\Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II.
  3. Run the game as an admin, see Privilege Level, then change your resolution to anything else.
  4. Download and run the Universal Widescreen patcher.
  5. Locate your game, set your custom resolution and then patch it.
  6. Navigate to <path-to-game>\Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II again.
  7. Open swkotor2.ini, then delete swkotor.undo1.
  8. Change the following lines in order to set your custom resolution.
[Display Options]
Width=2048
Height=1152
 
[Graphics Options]
Height=1152
Width=2048

Notes

Information If the custom resolution isn't working bear in mind that the values for the width and height are inverted.

Issues[edit]

Widescreen minimap problem[edit]

Fix Fix minimap locationLink

Information After applying a widescreen resolution, the HUD elements will be streched and the minimap will not report the correct location.
  1. Download the updated Widescreen UI Fix by Achilles.
  2. Extract content to a folder other than Override folder(i.e. your desktop).
  3. Select EITHER 1920x1080 for 16x9 OR 1680x1050 for 16x10 (but not both).
  4. Copy the contents of the selected folder to Override.

Dialogue options won't display[edit]

Disadvantage Dialogue options will not display on vertical resolutions of 1366x768 or below.

Fix Increase resolution to 1366x785[7]Link

Disadvantage This causes some of the screen to be cut off at the top.
  1. Using the widescreen resolution method, set the resolution to 1366x785.
  2. Check swkotor.ini has the desired resolution (under the [Display Options] and [Graphics Options] headers):
[Display Options]
Width=1366
Height=795

[Graphics Options]
Height=795
Width=1366

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller
Controller support Impossible

Controller[edit]

Disadvantage Controller is not natively supported.

Fix Pinnacle controller profileLink

A Pinnacle profile created by user Cid is available to use.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Impossible
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native
EAX support Native EAX 3

Issues fixed[edit]

Error fixable by going into windowed mode or by changing NVIDIA Control Panel settings.

'Stopped working'[edit]

Information Error occurs after the company logos and before the main menu, or after clicking on 'Load Game' from the main menu.
Information Full error message: 'Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords has stopped working'.

Fix Disable Steam OverlayLink

Going to properties and disabling 'Steam Community In-game' can sometimes fix this issue

Fix Switch to windowed modeLink

Switching to windowed mode sometimes fixes this issue.[8]

Fix Activate discrete graphics card[9]Link

Make sure non-Intel graphics card is being used.

Intel integrated graphics seems to work for the Steam version but not the retail version in some cases.

Fix Change NVIDIA Control Panel settings[10]Link

If you have a newer NVIDIA GPU and your game keeps crashing when you click 'Load Game' from the main menu, a detailed solution for this can be found here.[11] The critical detail seems to be changing Threaded Optimization in the NVIDIA Control Panel to OFF

Fix Disable "Frame Buffer Effects"Link

If the game crashes after initial character creation and you own an AMD/ATI video card, disabling "Frame Buffer Effects" in the game's "Advanced Graphics Options"

may fix the issue.

Stuttering or freezing after combat[edit]

Information This can be fixed by limiting maximum frame rate.[12]

Fix Apply VsyncLink

Fix Multi-core fixLink

Information If using a multi-core computer, you will need to set CPU single core affinity.
  1. Right click on the shortcut and select 'Properties'. In the target box, type in: cmd /C start "SWKOTOR2" /D "C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\SWKotOR2\" /high /affinity 1 "C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\SWKotOR2\swkotor2.exe"
  2. Replace C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\SWKotOR2\ with where your game install is located. E.g. If you're running 32bit it will be just C:\Program Files\....

Unable to move your character[edit]

Fix Unable to move your characterLink

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

Other information[edit]

Higher quality media[edit]

Information Not required for Steam version or the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Collection 2 DVD re-release.

Fix Higher quality movies install instructionsLink

Install Update Patch - 1135 MB.

Notes

Advantage LucasArts released replacement upscaled cutscene videos.
Disadvantage Only benefits resolutions of 1600x1200 or higher, otherwise it defaults back to 640x480.[13]

Fix Higher quality music install instructionsLink

Install Music Update Patch.

Notes

Information Original shipping audio quality: 11,025 Hz, this patch updates it to 44,100 Hz.

KOTOR and TSL Save Game Editor[edit]

Information KOTOR and TSL Save Game Editor (English Language Only) (3.3.3), also known as the 'KSE'.
Information Save game editor (cheat) works for both KOTOR 1 and 2.
Disadvantage The save game editor doesn't automatically detect the Steam version of KotOR2.

Fix Choosing game location inside the KSE programLink

  1. Right click the name of the game you want to edit (The Sith Lords).
  2. Navigate to proper folder. On Steam, default is (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\Common\Knights Of the Old Republic II)
  3. Click OK

Fix Steam registryLink

  1. Use 'regedit' to add the appropriate keys.
  2. The editor searches for a string value named 'Path' under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\LucasArts\KotOR2

Low performance[edit]

Fix Disable Vsync[14]Link

Fix Disable frame buffer effects[15]Link

Fix Low Frame RateLink

Information If experiencing low frame rates from the Steam version of the game:
  1. Navigate to installation folder. By default it is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Knights of the Old Republic II
  2. Locate file "swkotor2.ini
  3. Edit and change "DisableVertexBufferObjects=1 under "[Graphics Options]" to "Disable Vertex Buffer Objects=1

Retail installation for Windows 7[edit]

Information All steps should be done with an administrator account.
Advantage Working on Windows 7 x64 bit.

Fix Retail installation instructions[16]Link

  1. Install the DirectX End-User Runtimes.
  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'. Click on 'Compatibility' and select the options 'Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)' and 'Run as Administrator'.
  5. Run setup.exe and install the game as normal. The path where the game is normally installed is C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\SWKotOR2\
  6. Apply the retail patches. Once the patches are downloaded, right click on the files, select 'Properties', and follow the same compatibility settings as was done on setup.exe.
  7. Explore the hard drive and find the folder where you installed the game. Right click on the folder, select 'Properties', un-check 'Read-Only', then click 'Apply'.
  8. Right click on every .exe file in the installation folders and set the compatibility modes to the same as in step 4.
  9. Right click on the kotor2.exe and select 'Create shortcut'. Move the shortcuts to your desktop.
  10. This shortcut needs to be set to 'Run as Administrator'. 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'.
  11. TSL Windows Vista Fix needs to be downloaded.
  12. Extract TSL Windows Vista Fix and place the mss32.dll file in the installation folder, overwriting the file of the same name.

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 Card 128 MB Card

References

  1. Star Wars Fanpedia
  2. Tweakguides - Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2 Tweak Guide
  3. Daily Stream - Vsync and Kotor 2
  4. Widescreen Gaming Forum - Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2
  5. Tested by Andytizer, 1920x1080 tested as working.
  6. Steam Forums - Ultimate KOTOR 2 Tweak Guide
  7. http://steamcommunity.com/app/208580/discussions/0/882966056505690417/#c846940248097567648
  8. Tested by Andytizer.
  9. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2900013
  10. http://deadlystream.com/forum/topic/1545-nvidia-gfx-guide/page__pid__16526
  11. Tested by Ehs0329.
  12. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=32525102&postcount=20
  13. http://lucasforums.com/showthread.php?t=206028
  14. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3017016
  15. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3017016
  16. http://lucasforums.com/showthread.php?t=194296