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The Ultimate Guide On How To Get AvP2 + Primal Hunt Working On Your Computer!
Oct 6th, 2018 at 3:37am
 
The following is a step by step guide on how to get Aliens vs Predator 2 (AvP2) and Primal Hunt working on your computer. Note that some steps will be summarized in video format and there are various issues you may run into. Some issues can be fixed via different methods. I'm listing all known fixes to let you decide what is best for you.

Keep in mind that this guide will have the expectation that you installed your games to the folders:

c:/Program Files (x86)/Fox/Aliens vs. Predator 2/

and

c:/Program Files (x86)/Fox/Aliens vs. Predator 2 - Primal Hunt/


This guide will attempt to address all issues and may be updated if more information comes to light.


Game installation


Step 1

Get AvP2. Either grab your physical discs to install the game or get the digital version here: http://www.avpunknown.com/avp2aio/


Step 2

Install the game. For the physical discs, insert disc one into your computer and follow the instructions and install all the updates.

For the digital version, follow this video installation tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLQXY6bmBpQ

Do not install Gamespy arcade. You likely won't need to install DirectX either. Some users report the installation failing when trying to install DirectX. Select no for both during the installation.


Step 3

Try to run AvP2.exe and see if the game loads up. If everything is fine you are done.

If you run into any performance issues (bad fps, texture issues, low screen resolution, game crashes, client mfc error, graphical glitches, other) please scroll down the guide to address these issues.


How do I play online?


The official servers for AvP2 and Primal Hunt were pulled years ago. However, there are alternative ways of playing.

Please visit: http://www.avpunknown.com/avp2master/ or http://www.avp2msp.com

Download and install the master server patch to re-enable online play (via multiplayer internet). Note this is for AvP2 only and not Primal Hunt.

If you prefer to play a LAN game (via multiplayer LAN) you can use Gameranger. Download it from here http://www.gameranger.com

There are other VPN software out there that will also work. Some users have used programs such as Tunngle, Evolve and Hamachi. Some of these programs are no longer supported though. Gameranger probably has the biggest playerbase for the LAN-playing players.


Game not loading


If you receive any messages such as failure to load game or a specific file, make sure your game was installed correctly. You will likely need to reinstall the game.

If the issues persists, uninstall the game, clean your registry of anything AvP2 using ccleaner https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner and then reinstall the game again.


Game loads but I receive client mfc application has stopped working error


Step 1

Follow this guide here: http://www.avpunknown.com/cgi-bin/YaBB.pl?num=1422165698


Step 2

This is the biggest hurdle for most people. If you are still having trouble getting past the client mfc error, you must play whack-a-mole.

From my experience, those who have a good copy of the game and still experience the mfc error, running the game as administrator or changing the compatibility settings will usually fix the error.

Try running avp2.exe under Windows XP. If this fails, try Windows XP SP1. Fails? Try Windows XP SP2 and so on. Run through the list of all options.

If this still doesn't work, try running avp2.exe as administrator alone. If this fails, try running avp2.exe as admin AND applying compatibility mode. Once again run through the whole list of options.

If these all fail, try doing the same thing, but with lithtech.exe. Lithtech.exe will be found in your Aliens vs Predator 2 installation folder.

This is in: c:/Progam Files (x86)/Fox/Aliens vs. Predator 2/.

This approach also applies to Primal Hunt's Primal Hunt.exe and lithtech.exe.

For Primal Hunt these are found in c:/Program Files (x86)/Fox/Aliens vs. Predator 2 - Primal Hunt/

Note your compatibility modes for AvP2.exe may not work for Primal Hunt. For example, on my computer, AvP2 runs without a compatibility mode set, but I need it set to Windows XP SP3 on Primal Hunt.

Again, this is a whack-a-mole game to figure out which setup will work for you.

Eventually you will find the combo that works.


My screen resolution is too low or not what I want


AvP2 and Primal Hunt were built for older displays and likely don't give you the option for your screen resolution of choice. You can adjust them in a variety of options/ways.

Keep in mind with any of these fixes, if you click display on the AvP2 or Primal Hunt launcher, the game may revert you back to a lower screen resolution. Avoid clicking display on the launcher unless you need to change your renderer. If it does change, just swap it back via one of the methods below.


Option A - autoexec.cfg

My preferred method is to edit the autoexec.cfg file. I like this method because it's quick, easy and doesn't need any other program to work. There are other cool tricks you can do with this file too to enhance your game, like third person view, volumetric shadows, etc. For more info on these check my site at http://kingskins.avpunknown.com

To get your custom screen resolution:

Open up your autoexec.cfg file located in c:/Program Files (x86)/Fox/Aliens vs. Predator 2/ with Windows Notepad. For Primal Hunt, the autoexec.cfg is found in c:/Program Files (x86)/Fox/Aliens vs. Predator 2 - Primal Hunt/.

Search (Ctrl + F) for the following entries:

"SCREENWIDTH" "#"
"GameScreenHeight" "#"
"SCREENHEIGHT" "#"
"GameScreenWidth" "#"

Change the resolution numbers that appear after those entries to your desired screen resolution. You may use resolutions that go beyond AvP2's resolution settings, but if you access and modify the display settings on the game launcher, your custom resolution will be immediately overwritten.

Make sure to check your display and video card's maximum resolution settings as AvP2's autoexec.cfg won't be able to use a resolution unsupported by your video card/display. Also note that a higher resolution demands more out of your system requirements. A higher resolution may increase lag, especially in multiplayer and as the number of textures on-screen increases.

However, there is an exception. Any resolution above 2048 height and 1536 wide is completely unsupported by AvP2 and will not work as this resolution is the cut-off limit for the game. There is a workaround to this though.

Which is....


Option B - Widescreen patches

If using notepad is too difficult for you, you can download any of these widescreen patches to do the job for you.

1 - http://www.avpunknown.com/avp2files/avp2mods/smallmods/avp2_widescreen_patch.zip

2 - http://www.avpunknown.com/avp2files/avp2mods/smallmods/AvP2_WidescreenPatch.rar

3 - With 4K support - http://www.avpunknown.com/avp2files/avp2mods/smallmods/AvP2_4K_Launcher_sui_Mach...


Option C - Install the master server patch

The master server patch will modify your base game to not only restore online play, but also bring native support to your screen resolution.

Download it here:

http://avpunknown.com/avp2master/

or

https://www.avp2msp.com/


Please note that the master server patch is for AvP2 only. It will not work for Primal Hunt.


My screen is cropped. How do I maximize the game to not be cropped?

When you launch the game, if you see black borders around the game menus or during gameplay, your screen is likely being cropped due to scaling.

To fix this, right click on AvP2.exe or PrimalHunt.exe and select properties. From here you want to "disable scaling on high DPI settings".

Depending on your version of Windows, this may show up differently. On Windows 10 click the button "change high DPI settings", select "override high DPI scaling behavior" and then select the scaling to be performed by "application".


How do I play the game windowed? Borderless?

Launch AvP2.exe or PrimalHunt.exe.

Click options and type into your command line "+windowed 1" for just windowed or "+windowed 1 +borderless 1" for windowed and borderless. Type either in without quotes.

Click the box always specify these command-line parameters and click ok.

Now play.


Cutscenes are playing too fast


Cap your framerate to 60 fps using either via a setting on your computer or via fps limiter software.


Mouse movement zig-zags or is uncontrollable


Option A - Polling rate

Try decreasing your mouse polling rate to 125.


Option B - DI drapper

Download and install the DI wrapper. Place the dll file in c:/Program Files/Fox/Aliens vs. Predator 2/.

https://code.google.com/archive/p/di-wrapper/downloads


Other performance issues


Do you get any of the following?

1. Texture tearing/pop-ups.
2. Black screen vision modes.
3. Black screen underwater.
4. Low fps.

If so try any of the following:


Option A - DDRAW DLL FPS fix

https://community.pcgamingwiki.com/files/file/579-windows-881-ddraw-fps-fix/

Download and install the ddraw dll file and place it in c:/Program Files/Fox/Aliens vs. Predator 2/.

Note this will only help improve your fps and will not address other performance issues.


Option B - Use dgVoodoo 2

Follow the video tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BauFpoxQpg

Alternate video link - https://www.bitchute.com/video/oNdwyj01Dv0r/


Download dgVoodoo 2 here: http://dege.freeweb.hu/ - use password "dege" if asked.

This will address all performance issues and will also add the benefit of enabling Steam and Discord overlays during gameplay if desired.


Option C - Install the master server patch

The master server patch will modify your base game to not only restore online play, but also address all performance issues and add Steam and Discord overlays too if desired.

Download it here:

http://avpunknown.com/avp2master/

or

https://www.avp2msp.com/

Please note that the master server patch is for AvP2 only. It will not work for Primal Hunt.


Option D - dgVoodoo 2 + Master Server Patch

Both dgVoodoo 2 and the master server patch can be run together. Try running them individually of each other first to see what kind of results you get. If there are still issues, then try running them together.

Again, this will only apply for AvP2 as the master server patch is for AvP2 only. It will not work for Primal Hunt.


Option E - Vision Mode Fix

I don't recommend this option anymore, but I will still list it just in case you want to use it.

If you get the black screen vision modes for predator and alien this is a workaround to being able to see.

But this will not work underwater and WILL NOT WORK IN MULTIPLAYER.

If you only care about singleplayer and dgVoodoo 2 is too complicated for you to install, this is the option for you.

Download vision mode patch at: http://kingskins.avpunknown.com

Video demonstration of it in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcUbAwHtMDE

Alternate video link - https://www.bitchute.com/video/LMCrcNjqoCvp/


Game resources differ!

If you try joining a multiplayer server and receive the message "Error: Game Resources Differ", either you or the server you are trying to join are running something that the other doesn't have.

For example, the server could be running a custom mod or map. You will need to be also running this mod or map to join.

It is also possible that you are running a mod that the server does not have. If so, exit the game and disable the mod. Then try rejoining.

Most servers will likely allow skins (new textures) and sound packs (new sounds). However, there are a few strict server admins that will run servers that block these.


How do I install custom content (mods, maps, skins, rez files)?

Follow the video tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohG_yg0Z_dw

Alternate video link - https://www.bitchute.com/video/lSN060y3yhb9/


Where can I get maps and other custom content?

For multiplayer maps get the Ultimate Map Pack 2 aka UMP2 at: http://www.avpunknown.com/ump/

UMP2 has almost all multiplayer maps released for AvP2.

Many more custom content can be found at:

http://www.avpunknown.com

and

http://kingskins.avpunknown.com - check my links page for even more sites!
« Last Edit: Nov 13th, 2018 at 11:37pm by KingKenny »  


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