Might and Magic IX

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Might and Magic IX
Might and Magic IX cover
Developers
New World Computing
Publishers
3DO
Ubisoft
Engines
LithTech Talon
Release dates
Windows March 29, 2002
Might and Magic IX at Wikipedia
Might and Magic
Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum 1986
Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World 1988
Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra 1991
Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen 1992
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen 1993
Might and Magic: World of Xeen 1994
Swords of Xeen 1995
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven 1998
Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor 1999
Crusaders of Might and Magic 1999
Arcomage 1999
Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer 2000
Legends of Might and Magic 2001
Might and Magic IX 2002
Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes 2011
Might & Magic X - Legacy 2014
Might & Magic Showdown TBA

Key points

TELP's 1.3a Patch fixes game-breaking bugs (digital distribution versions already include this patch).
For Windows 8 and later apply the fullscreen fixes and run in 32-bit color.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
TELP subforum
Celestial Heavens' subforum

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
CD key. SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pre-patched with TELP's 1.3a Patch.
Windows
GamersGate
Unknown
Pre-patched with TELP's 1.3a Patch.
Windows
Uplay
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Windows

Essential improvements

TELP's 1.3a Patch (retail)

TELP's 1.3a Patch fixes many game-breaking bugs. Digital distribution versions already include this patch.

Run in 32-bit color

32-bit color mode slightly enhances visual quality and also fixes a freezing issue on Windows 8.
The GOG.com version already includes this fix.
Set 32-bit color in autoexec.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit autoexec.cfg.
  3. Change "screendepth" "16" to "screendepth" "32"
  4. Change "BitDepth" "16" to "BitDepth" "32"
  5. Save your changes.

Skip intro videos

Rename/delete video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename 3DOLogo.bik, Intro.bik and New World Logo.bik.

Skip launcher

Change shortcut target[citation needed]
  1. Go to the shortcut properties.
  2. Replace mm9.exe with lithtech.exe
  3. The game will now launch immediately from that shortcut.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\autoexec.cfg
<path-to-game>\autoexec.lith contains special settings that can't be changed in-game.

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Uplay

Video settings

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
800x600 only; changing in autoexec.cfg breaks menus.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Fixed FOV (Vert-).
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
800x600 only; changing resolution in autoexec.cfg breaks menus.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Force in the graphics card control panel (may cause lines on the interface).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
For Windows 8 and later apply the fullscreen fixes.
120+ FPS

Windowed

Add +windowed 1 to shortcut[citation needed]
  1. Go to the shortcut's properties.
  2. Add +windowed 1 to the target.

Notes

The window cannot be moved and may cause NPCs or even the whole game to run at inhuman speeds (try to change in autoexec.cfg "MaxFPS" "0" to "MaxFPS" "75" and it might fix this and mouse problem).

Input settings

Input settings.
Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Set in Game Options.
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Sound Effects and Music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
All conversation dialogue is subtitled; FMV cutscenes have no subtitles.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2. Disabled by default.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Polish
Retail only.

Issues fixed

Window border visible in fullscreen mode

A window border is visible in fullscreen mode on Windows 8 and later.
Apply the fix[3]
  1. Download the Might and Magic IX fullscreen fixes.
  2. Extract it anywhere and run install.bat.
  3. Might and Magic IX will now enter fullscreen mode correctly (you do not need to restart your computer).
Applying this fix will cause the Windowed mode border to disappear (use uninstall.bat to remove the fix).

Game freezes in menus

Menus freeze on Windows 8 and later if the game is running in 16-bit color (the default mode).
Run in 32-bit color[citation needed]
  1. Set the game to run in 32-bit color.
  2. Menus will now work correctly.

"The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000022)" error on launch

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]

References

  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. This works by applying the ForceSimpleWindow compatibility fix to this game's version of lithtech.exe (other LithTech games are unaffected).
  4. Verified by User:Garrett on 2015-02-24