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Hanging on Save Game/Very Slow Load Game
« on: July 06, 2005, 08:37:54 pm »

I've been playing for less than a day with no problems, but all of a sudden I cannot save my game without hanging the application or crashing out.  Also loading saved games is now taking an extremely long time.  In the text, the last line is always "Thread 'game clock' blocking on semaphore 'Clock'."

Any ideas what has gone wrong or what I can do to fix this?
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Re: Hanging on Save Game/Very Slow Load Game
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2005, 09:18:05 pm »

I haven't seen this before. How large are these saved games?
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Re: Hanging on Save Game/Very Slow Load Game
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2005, 09:28:51 pm »

Just 1-2k.

Also, I havent modified any of the default settings.  The game was working fine, including save/load.  I didnt change anything prior to having this problem.

I'll try reinstalling to see what happens.
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Re: Hanging on Save Game/Very Slow Load Game
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2005, 09:44:56 pm »

Resinstalled and have the same problem, so I did a little more work on this.  

It turns out that the slow-loading of saved games occurrs only after a certain point in the game.  That is, all of my early save games load fine, but the later ones do not.

And, it is only after I load one of those slow-loading saved games that the game crashes on any subsequent save attempts.

I'm not sure if any game "event" took place between the good saves and the bad saves, but I will try to find out.

Is it possible that a bad bit of data was saved and that forever after that save-game tree is corrupted?
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Re: Hanging on Save Game/Very Slow Load Game
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2005, 10:02:36 pm »

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Is it possible that a bad bit of data was saved and that forever after that save-game tree is corrupted?

That's very likely. We've seen a problem of corrupted save games before. But not where saving would hang or crash the game.
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Re: Hanging on Save Game/Very Slow Load Game
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2005, 12:07:31 pm »

I have the same problem! I have win XP and cannot load the game I have been playing for days! It has come to the point that I would gladly trade away happy childhood memories for a couple of more days playing my save game :-) I hope someone brighter than me can figure this problem out...
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Re: Hanging on Save Game/Very Slow Load Game
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2005, 12:33:17 pm »

Well, add the bug to bugzilla and attach the saved game, and we'll see what we can do.
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Re: Hanging on Save Game/Very Slow Load Game
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2005, 07:39:38 am »

I'm having exactly the same problem.     
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Re: Hanging on Save Game/Very Slow Load Game
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2005, 09:10:29 pm »

Everyone having such problems, please make sure you have some disk space available on your TEMP drive. These problems will show up when you run out of disk space in TEMP and the game will not be able to write the game-state files. Later when you save your game, these game-state files will be written into the savegame with a length of 0. At this point the savegame is broken and lost, for all intents and purposes.

The next release will not have this issue.
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