MPHoneyBadger Jun 6, 2013 @ 5:01pm
Permanent fix for Sacred crashes! (Windows 7 64 bit)
After hours and hours of searching for information and no results, I was able to find a very kind gentleman on Youtube who had the perfect solution. I give him credit to this fix, and is very easy, here is how to do it:

Step 1: Make sure all your files are validated, to do this right click on your game, say properties, then local files, then verify game cache. This will take a few minutes, but it is vital for this to work.

Step 2: Open up your game file after validation and do the following:
-Click on LaptopGaming_vista, and change the .dll to .BACKUP (as follows with caps)
-Do the same thing for LaptopGaming_xp

Step 3: Right click on s2gs, go to properties, compatiblity, and change compatibility to Windows XP (Service Pack 2) and click run as an administrator. Click apply and ok, and then do it for the sacred2 application.

Step 4: Once that is done, make a shortcut inside of the system file for Sacred 2, to do this, right click on the application and say create shortcut.

Step 5: Right click on the shortcut and put in the following in the target location- -skipopenal (The space is NEEDED! DO NOT SKIP THIS!)

Step 6: Click apply and ok and the game should run.

Note: This is for Windows 7 64 bit systems, I am not sure how this will work with other operating systems. If something changes, please let me know. Hope this helps!
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Sneak0r Jun 8, 2013 @ 9:21am 
€dit 26.05.2014:
This may be THE solution!
Tested it from early lvl 71 to 72 on Plat without any crashes. Memory usage goes max around 1,4xx GB.

Step 1: Make sure all your files are validated, to do this right click on your game, say properties, then local files, then verify game cache. This will take a few minutes, but it is vital for this to work.

Step 2: Open up your game file after validation and do the following:
-Click on LaptopGaming_vista, and change the .dll to .BACKUP (as follows with caps)
-Do the same thing for LaptopGaming_xp

Step 3: Right click on s2gs, go to properties, compatiblity, and change compatibility to Windows XP (Service Pack 2) and click run as an administrator. Click apply and ok, and then do it for the sacred2 application.

Step 4: Once that is done, make a shortcut inside of the system file for Sacred 2, to do this, right click on the application and say create shortcut.

Step 5: Right click on the shortcut and put in the following in the target location- -skipopenal (The space is NEEDED! DO NOT SKIP THIS!)

Step 6: Click apply and ok and the game should run.

Note: This is for Windows 7 64 bit systems, I am not sure how this will work with other operating systems. If something changes, please let me know. Hope this helps!

Thx to Lt. Snowball to share this with us on SteamHub :)

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I've tested it out and it doesn't help... :/
FYI "-skipopenal" is only to not allow sacred to check your soundcard because there are some issues with X-Fi Audio Card for example.
Afaik did steam always start applications with adminrights?

You guys can also check out this:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/225640/discussions/0/864956554687300470/
Last edited by Sneak0r; May 26, 2014 @ 8:36am
bryonhowley Feb 16, 2014 @ 9:15am 
Here is what I did to get the game to run correctly on Windows 7 x64:

Install game and then click Play. That is it works great no problems.
Sneak0r Feb 16, 2014 @ 10:18am 
if you want to play it online w/ other ppl's you need to install the last version >.<
Viper [Lost in WoW] Feb 17, 2014 @ 4:54am 
Originally posted by bryonhowley:
Here is what I did to get the game to run correctly on Windows 7 x64:

Install game and then click Play. That is it works great no problems.

With this version, I can gladly say the same. Haven't done anything at all, and it even runs just fine with PhysX enabled. It has crashed once in 9 hours. Might have been because of OpenAL, which I have since turned off.
al Qamar Feb 19, 2014 @ 11:35am 
did not work for either but thanks for your help.
kaffien Mar 3, 2014 @ 7:01am 
Sacred 3 is comming i have not forgotten my vow not to buy it. I'm skipping it and this is why. I bought sacred two for 60 dollars was never able to play it past about 15 minutes. Hope you all join me in the boycott.
CrimzonRazor May 14, 2014 @ 1:47pm 
Originally posted by kaffien:
Sacred 3 is comming i have not forgotten my vow not to buy it. I'm skipping it and this is why. I bought sacred two for 60 dollars was never able to play it past about 15 minutes. Hope you all join me in the boycott.

nope sure wont join your lame boycott, also you do know sacred three is not being made by the same company right. You do know they are gone and Deep Silver bought the IP. Your boycott isnt even for the right people duh.
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Chargeit May 14, 2014 @ 1:58pm 
Originally posted by kaffien:
Sacred 3 is comming i have not forgotten my vow not to buy it. I'm skipping it and this is why. I bought sacred two for 60 dollars was never able to play it past about 15 minutes. Hope you all join me in the boycott.

I just got this game off of humble. Never thought about buying part 3, but now I want to.


***I'll tell you that people who have issues running games have those issues because they're always doing things to their system that "some guy" on the net says is good. Some times you've got to tweak things, such as "Vampire bloodlines" required a user made mod to work on a modern system... Other times you're better off figuring out what the real cause of a issue is... If a game starts for some, but not your... Something is messed up with your system.
al Qamar May 15, 2014 @ 3:18am 
to be honest I am a qualified and certified computer expert of my own, and I do not belong into the category you are telling here Chargeit. Sacred 2 is seriously bugged and there is not a fix for anyone.

I'll wait for Sacred 3 and wait additional 4 weeks after release to see the user reaction if it is worth as the magazines are mostly to related on ads income and do not properly rate games in terms of stability.
Marikhen May 15, 2014 @ 6:03am 
Originally posted by Viper:
With this version, I can gladly say the same. Haven't done anything at all, and it even runs just fine with PhysX enabled. It has crashed once in 9 hours. Might have been because of OpenAL, which I have since turned off.

If that's true then I'm impressed. I played a different version up until I purchased it via the Humble Bundle, and it crashed on an almost hourly basis with PhysX enabled.
Viper [Lost in WoW] May 15, 2014 @ 7:11am 
Originally posted by Marikhen:
Originally posted by Viper:
With this version, I can gladly say the same. Haven't done anything at all, and it even runs just fine with PhysX enabled. It has crashed once in 9 hours. Might have been because of OpenAL, which I have since turned off.

If that's true then I'm impressed. I played a different version up until I purchased it via the Humble Bundle, and it crashed on an almost hourly basis with PhysX enabled.

No, I lied. It crashed one billion and thirtyfive times.

For some reason it did start to crash more often later on. I am at 28 hours played now on the Steam version, and with at least 7 crashes. With PhysX on.
Just A Good Ole Boy May 15, 2014 @ 9:17am 
Interesting. I've had the game for about a year. It's crashed about every 15 minutes since I've started, which is no biggie. I've got about 15-20 minutes until it starts to studder, then about 2 mins to log out before I have to do the whole ctrl alt delete deal. Not a big deal, I play on my days off, so I consider it like an ingame timer. 15 mins to play, then get up to do a little housework, 15 more mins, then a few reps on my weight machine, etc.

What I find slightly annoying is after about 1500+ hours, I have...what do you call it, data leak? I got on one day, and one of my toons was at a level far beneath what he was when I went to bed. Granted, I have about 89 toons to keep track of, but I'm sure he wasn't at level 15, this is my main guy.I'm a huge Hot Tub Time Machine fan, so I named him "Lou, Patron Saint of the Totally Fu**ed". So any other character I might not have been quite as sure about, but Lou is the one that I'm sure lost levels. However, since April , my fiance and I have had to deal with the heartbreak of stillbirth, so I thought "maybe it's just me, I do kind of have my head and heart in other places right now". So, I made a microsoft word document, listing levels and equipment for everyone. The verdict is in...yup, losing levels on my toons some times.

The strange thing is this isn't really a deal-breaker for me. Anything else would have gotten a huge middle finger by now. I love the crap out of Titan Quest, the Underlord mod is epic. But if I would have gotten ctd, freezes, and data lost with that game, I would have left it in the dust. Hell, even without the ctd and stuff, 1500+ hours is a long time for me to be playing just one game. Skyrim, for example. I've modded that to crap and back. I have nude bath houses, Predator, Conan, assault rifles, sexy armor, new quests and weapons, hell I have beautiful women walking around with killer jugs. I can even walk up to someone and be intimate with their wife while they stand there and have a conversation with me. I can bend Ulfric Stormcloak right over and sodomise him with a pink strap-on next to his throne. But even Skyrim with guns and boobs and Predator and whatnot couldn't hold my attention like Sacred 2 does.

As much as I love Sacred 2, it's my opinion there are indeed bugs. Unlike al Qamar, I'm not quite a certified computer expert. However, I've taken my Alienware to 3 computer experts. These aren't just guys I picked out of the phonebook, or some random guys I picked out that were standing behind the help desk at BestBuy, these are dudes I served in the military with, guys I trust, who I know are squared away. Granted, they weren't computer technicians in the service, they were FMF Corpsmen, But they got their computer certifications in the civilian wrold, these are guys who know their stuff. They tried to get this to run without the ctd after 15 mins on my Alienware, Acer, Toshiba, they've even tried it on their computers, ranging from slightly out of date models, to the latest and greatest models. I know all the patches and fixes and whatnot, I'm not new to tweaking games. I've never had a system that couldn't run the game, but on the same token I've never seen the game run without the ctd/freeze after 15mins-half hour. I'm not a fanboy (or boi or however they spell it now), nor am I a hater. I'm not biased to the point where I'd say "the game runs fine, if you're having problems, it's your system's fault, not the game's" nor would I say "Sacred 2 is the buggiest piece of crap ever released". What I can say is the game runs on my Alienware M15, my Acer Aspire, and my Toshiba. I can't run the game flawlessly, but I like it enough to work around those flaws.
Chargeit May 15, 2014 @ 9:46am 
I got around to trying this game out, and as suspected it started up and ran fine for me. Not a single issue maxed out w/PhysX.

It's odd that I never seem to have issues running anything.

Seems like a really cool game btw!
al Qamar May 15, 2014 @ 1:17pm 
talks ... talks... private profiles. Well I am out of here as I already got my money back from Steam so there is nothing to fight for. Have fun if you can lads, I would have prefered to play this game without lags and freezes or anything ryant described. It would be a brilliant game. And the issue is not related to OpenAL nor PhysX by the way, at least not for me. It's just memory leaks and exceptions, even on the PS3 it does the same thing, not that often though.
Viper [Lost in WoW] May 15, 2014 @ 1:43pm 
I wonder what it is about this game that makes people obsess over it. I know I did for a long time. Whatever it is; atmosphere, graphics, story (lol), gameplay mechanics.. I hope Sacred 3 will have it.
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