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The 20th Anniversary of the release of Birth of the Federation is now less than 2 months away "May 25 2019" it is gratuitous that it also falls on Saturday.

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I will try to be on GameRanger as much as I can that day and night and hope to see you there.

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Fullscreen doesn't work and makes the main menu nonresponsive

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Fullscreen doesn't work and makes the main menu nonresponsive

Post by Ufnal » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:24 am

Windows Version: Windows 10 x64
Video card/chip info: AMD Radeon R9 200 Series
Are you useing DxWnd?: DxWnd Fullscreen
Was Birth of the Federation running on this system prior to this install Yes
List any crash logs or messages you might have seen


What have you already tried to solve the problem?
- Making a shortcut for the game exe and making it run in maximised mode
- Turning GPU Scaling on in Radeon panel (albeit I didn't restart after that)
- Some fiddling in DxWnd "modify" option


Detailed description of your issue
DxWnd Fullscreen used to make the game run in fullscreen despite me having a widescreen monitor with 1920x1200 resolution set. Now, however, it stopped stretching the window to fill the whole monitor, and instead it starts up as a "window" in the upper left of the screen. I say "window" because it doesn't have the upper bar that normal windows have, it looks like it tried to go fullscreen and failed - and also while it is active, my coursor cannot leave this "window" and I have to alt-tab to get my mouse to move on the whole screen. What is more, after clicking through the intro the main menu buttons are all unclickable, they do nothing when I try to click them. Also, it's happening whether I use DxWnd fullscreen or if I try to start the game up directly by its exe. I am not sure what might have caused the issue, perhaps a driver change?

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Re: Fullscreen doesn't work and makes the main menu nonresponsive

Post by thunderchero » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:55 am

Ufnal wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:24 am
Making a shortcut for the game exe and making it run in maximised mode
running trek.exe directly bypasses DxWnd completely

tests for more info

1. open DxWnd.exe from tools\dxwnd_windowed folder and exectute installed version to see if game runs properly in windowed mode.

2. open DxWnd.exe from tools\dxwnd_Fullscreen folder in "tools" tab select "clear compatibility flags" and execute installed version.

3. re-install everything (backup any saved games you may want to continue first)

questions

1. has game been re-installed since it was last running properly?
2. what version/mods are installed
3. what resolution are those version/mods installed using?
4. what is current Radeon software version. (I need to update and test mine I guess if you are running 18.5.1)

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Re: Fullscreen doesn't work and makes the main menu nonresponsive

Post by thunderchero » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:22 am

I just updated Radeon software, and it looks like they did it again they have remove 1366 x 768 as display option.

so you have 2 options run in windowed mode or roll back video driver.

last time Radeon did this it took many months and many user complaints before they added back 1366 x 768 option.

if you check "display adapter properties" "list all modes" 1366 x 768 is no longer listed.

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Re: Fullscreen doesn't work and makes the main menu nonresponsive

Post by Ufnal » Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:51 pm

1. has game been re-installed since it was last running properly?
- nope

2. what version/mods are installed
v2.04.32 version of DxWnd. there are lots of mods installed but I was conducting most trials on the vanilla.

3. what resolution are those version/mods installed using?
I'm not sure how to check. It covers up ~2/3 of the screen's height and width when I'm running 1920x1200

4. what is current Radeon software version. (I need to update and test mine I guess if you are running 18.5.1)
Driver Packaging Version 17.30.1091.1011-170922a-318486C


Game runs properly in window mode. I don't see a "tools" tab in dxwnd. Not reinstalled yet but I will try, is just installing a second instance on a different drive enough?

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Re: Fullscreen doesn't work and makes the main menu nonresponsive

Post by thunderchero » Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:57 pm

thunderchero wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:22 am
I just updated Radeon software, and it looks like they did it again they have remove 1366 x 768 as display option.

so you have 2 options run in windowed mode or roll back video driver.

last time Radeon did this it took many months and many user complaints before they added back 1366 x 768 option.

if you check "display adapter properties" "list all modes" 1366 x 768 is no longer listed.
it is a Radeon driver issue. no further testing is needed.

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Re: Fullscreen doesn't work and makes the main menu nonresponsive

Post by Ufnal » Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:00 pm

thunderchero wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:57 pm

it is a Radeon driver issue. no further testing is needed.
Damn. Thank you very much for your time. Do you have any idea what version of drivers was still compatible with the proper resolution?

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Re: Fullscreen doesn't work and makes the main menu nonresponsive

Post by thunderchero » Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:04 pm

Ufnal wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:00 pm
Damn. Thank you very much for your time. Do you have any idea what version of drivers was still compatible with the proper resolution?
last one that worked for me was 17.11.2 but not tested if re-installing works.

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Re: Fullscreen doesn't work and makes the main menu nonresponsive

Post by thunderchero » Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:33 pm

I did a clean install of 17.11.2 and it fixed issue.

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