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
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II Sith Lords Cover.jpg
Developers
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Publishers
OS X, Linux
Engines
Release dates
Windows
February 8, 2005
OS X
July 21, 2015[1]
Linux
July 21, 2015[1]
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords at WineHQ
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 (2012) re-released in a bundle with the first game and made compatible with recent operating systems.
Advantage Steam version (2015) updated to support OS X and Linux, add Steamworks features and many other great improvements.[1]

General information

More information GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
More information GOG.com Support Page
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 Disc check Knights of the Old Republic Collection.
Amazon.co.uk Disc check Knights of the Old Republic Collection.
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Games Republic Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GOG.com DRM-free Windows only, Not up-to-date (is version 2.1.0.0)
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Steamworks features, 4K, Native Widescreen and Full Controller Support

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.
Information The 2015 steamplay (supports all 3 major OS) release/update includes many improvements not available in the other releases.[1]

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

1.0b is the latest patch for the retail version (Steam release is newer).

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Instructions

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

Gameplay mods[edit]

Advantage Has Steam Workshop enabled for mod support.

Restored Content Mod[edit]

Information Both mods are also available on Steam Workshop
Advantage Highly recommended to restore content that was cut from the game.
Advantage Version 1.8.2 now supports M4-78 Enhancement Project which restores droid planet content.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows
Linux ~/.local/share/aspyr-media/kotor2/

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\Saves
Linux ~/.local/share/aspyr-media/kotor2/saves/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Bronze.svg Native for Steam.[1]
For other versions see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Hackable False icon.svg Use Flawless Widescreen.
4K Ultra HD Native support WSGF Incomplete.svg Native for Steam.[1]
Field of view (FOV) No native support
Windowed Hackable Add AllowWindowedMode=1 under [Graphics Options] in swkotor2.ini and make sure FullScreen=0.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable https://github.com/Codeusa/Borderless-Gaming/releases/latest any other Hacks will make the mouse cursor inaccurate.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support External vsync will cause performance issues.[2][3]
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Unknown
Information TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

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
Information This uses a slightly older version of the game with some bugs (not necessary for the GOG.com version).[6]

Fix Make necessary changes

  1. Apply the latest Patches (retail versions only).
  2. Download this file (skip this step if you're using the GOG.com version).
  3. Extract to the installation folder.
  4. Run the game as an admin, then change your resolution to anything else.
  5. Download and run the Universal Widescreen patcher.
  6. Locate your game, set your custom resolution and then patch it.
  7. Go to the installation folder.
  8. Open swkotor2.ini, then delete swkotor.undo1.
  9. 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.

Full Screen Movies[edit]

Information Guide located here (it is not necessary to edit your .bik files)
Information Requires the No-CD cracked executable, used in the above Widescreen fix.

Fix Instructions

  1. Open swkotor2.exe in your favorite hex editor
  2. Calculate your desired movie resolution in hexadecimal, and reverse the bytes. For example, 1920 in hex is 0780 which is 8007 with the bytes reversed. 1080 is 0438, which becomes 3804 with reversed bytes
  3. Replace 80 02 with your desired width, and E0 01 with your desired height, in the following two places (search for these hex sequences):
80 02 00 00 75 15 81 3D E8 C1 80 00 E0 01
.
.
.
80 02 00 00 C7 44 24 10 E0 01 

The resulting hex sequences should look like this, for a 1920x1080 resolution:

80 07 00 00 75 15 81 3D E8 C1 80 00 38 04 
.
.
.
80 07 00 00 C7 44 24 10 38 04 

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller
Controller support Native support Steam version only.[1]
For PlayStation controllers use Dualshock 3 Button Prompts mod
Full controller support Native support Steam version only.
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Native support Steam version only.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support
Surround sound No native support
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support
EAX support Native support EAX 3 (Newest Update removes EAX from Steam version)

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
French Native support Native support Native support
German Native support Native support Native support
Italian Native support Unknown Unknown
Spanish Native support No native support Native support subtitles with a mod
Polish Native support No native support Native support Fan translation, see Polish.

Polish[edit]

Information A Polish fan patch is available here.

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 Overlay

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

Fix Switch to windowed mode

Switching to windowed mode sometimes fixes this issue.[7]

Fix Activate discrete graphics card[8]

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[9]

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.[10] The critical detail seems to be changing Threaded Optimization in the NVIDIA Control Panel to OFF

Fix Disable "Frame Buffer Effects"

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.

atioglxx.dll from AMD Catalyst 14.4 may allow "Frame Buffer Effects" to work with AMD/ATI cards as described here

Fix Disable "Shadows" setting

If the game crashes unexpectedly from time to time, this is the only way to fix it now. For ex. the crash may be at the Ebon Hawk, on the Prologue level, when you approach the Quadlaser turret.

Stuttering or freezing after combat[edit]

Information This can be fixed by limiting maximum frame rate.[11]

Fix Apply Vsync

Fix Multi-core fix

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 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.

Other information[edit]

Higher quality media[edit]

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

Fix Higher quality movies install instructions

Install Movie 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.[12]

Fix Higher quality music install instructions

Install Music Update Patch - 145 MB

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) (3.3.4), 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 program

  1. Right click the name of the game you want to edit (The Sith Lords).
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Click OK.

Fix Steam registry

  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[13]

Fix Disable frame buffer effects[13]

Fix Low Frame Rate

Information If experiencing low frame rates from the Steam version of the game:
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  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[14]

  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.

Widescreen minimap problem[edit]

Fix Fix minimap location

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[15]

Disadvantage This causes some of the screen to be cut off at the top.
  1. Using the widescreen resolution method, set the resolution to 1366x795.
  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

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 1.4
64-bit executable No native support

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

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 128 MB of VRAM
OS X
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.9.5, 10.10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3 Dual Core 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 330M
ATI Radeon HD 3870
Intel HD 3000
256 MB of VRAM
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) SteamOS, Ubuntu 14.04
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3 Dual Core 2.2 GHz
AMD A10 Series
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 440
ATI Radeon HD 5450
Intel HD 4400
256 MB of VRAM

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Introducing and updated KOTOR II for Mac, Linux, and Windows!
  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. Tested by Andytizer.
  8. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2900013
  9. http://deadlystream.com/forum/topic/1545-nvidia-gfx-guide/page__pid__16526
  10. Tested by Ehs0329.
  11. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=32525102&postcount=20
  12. http://lucasforums.com/showthread.php?t=206028
  13. 13.0 13.1 http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3017016
  14. http://lucasforums.com/showthread.php?t=194296
  15. http://steamcommunity.com/app/208580/discussions/0/882966056505690417/#c846940248097567648