Deus Ex: Invisible War

Deus Ex: Invisible War

notchpec May 21, 2014 @ 4:16am
Errors in Startup
So i bought this game in it's sale (it was like, 1 dollar), and i bought it, fresh from finishing the original Deus Ex. I finished the download in less than a week. When it was done, i started the game. There was nothing popping up. I went back to the desktop and found an error text. Most of it was just some stats and technical stuff, but one thing said:

Exception 0xC0000005: Access Violation

Full Error Message:

Error Message
Exception 0xC0000005: Access Violation

Call Stack
0x006CE46B DX2MAIN! (+0x2CD46B)

Register Info
EAX=0x0018D638 EBX=0x00000000 ECX=0x0000027A EDX=0x00000002
ESI=0x7EE324C0 EDI=0x00000000 EBP=0x00000000 ESP=0x0018D628 EIP=0x006CE46B

System Info

EXE Name : D:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Deus Ex Invisible War\System\DX2Main.exe
EXE Date & Time : 12:36:40 5/21/2014
Current Directory : D:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Deus Ex Invisible War\System
PDB File (not found) : D:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Deus Ex Invisible War\System\DX2Main.PDB
Current Date & Time : 01:35:50 PM 5/21/2014
Username : RoyOWen
Computer Name : ROWEN-PC
OS Version : Windows (unknown)
Time Since Boot : 0 hours 23 minutes 21 seconds
Physical Memory Usage : 32
Physical Memory (Total) : 4294967295 bytes (0 megabytes)
Physical Memory (Available) : 4294967295 bytes (0 megabytes)
Swapfile (Total) : 4294967295 bytes (0 megabytes)
Swapfile (Available) : 4294967295 bytes (0 megabytes)
Virtual Memory (Total) : 2147352576 bytes (2048 megabytes)
Virtual Memory (Available) : 1902100480 bytes (1814 megabytes)

Standard DLLs
msvcrt.dll - Version 7.0.7601.17744 from C:\Windows\system32
msvcrtd.dll - Version 6.00.8797.0 from C:\Windows
msvcirt.dll - Version 6.1.7600.16385 from C:\Windows\system32
msvcirtd.dll - NOT FOUND

DirectX DLLs
dsound.dll - Version 6.1.7600.16385 from C:\Windows\system32
dinput.dll - Version 6.1.7600.16385 from C:\Windows\system32
d3dim.dll - Version 6.1.7600.16385 from C:\Windows\system32
ddraw.dll - Version 6.1.7600.16385 from C:\Windows\system32
dplayx.dll - Version 6.1.7600.16385 from C:\Windows\system32

Unreal DLLs
Core.dll - NOT FOUND
D3DDrv.dll - NOT FOUND
Editor.dll - NOT FOUND
Engine.dll - NOT FOUND
Fire.dll - NOT FOUND
DXAudio.dll - NOT FOUND
IpDrv.dll - NOT FOUND
Render.dll - NOT FOUND
WinDrv.dll - NOT FOUND
UWeb.dll - NOT FOUND
Window.dll - NOT FOUND

App-Specific Logging Text
*** Win32 Runtime Fault : ACCESS_VIOLATION
*** Build Feb 11 2004 17:16:57
*** Thread Id : 00001770h
Location : IP=006CE46B SP=0018D628 BP=00000000

So... yeah. There's an error. Already. So, i restarted the system and validated all of the files, but it's still the same problem. Then, i went to the local files and started the game using the dx2.exe. But after a few seconds, it'll say "Failed to find Steam" What?

So... yeah. I can't play the game, after waiting to download it. :( Anyone can help? It'll be greatly appreciated. ;)

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Kurtz May 26, 2014 @ 6:09am 
I think DX2 has some issues with modern graphic card drivers. I had this issue once before but I can't remember how I fixed it because it was many years ago. :-/
notchpec May 30, 2014 @ 8:14am 
Well, we're screwed. :|

So, your's work? Can you even remember even ONE thing? Because if i can't fix this, i wasted 1 dollar. :P
Kurtz May 30, 2014 @ 8:22am 
notchpec May 30, 2014 @ 8:25am 
Tried that, did not work. Still said: "Failed to Load Steam".

Not even a penny. xD
Kurtz May 30, 2014 @ 5:58pm 
Try copying and paste the Steam.dll into steamapps\common\Deus Ex Invisible War\System

Let me know if that works, if not than we'll try something else
notchpec Jun 1, 2014 @ 6:19am 
just copied the steam.dll from outside the common folder and pasted it in the system folder, still did not work. :(

hm... maybe it has something to do with the fact that i put the Deus Ex game in the D: folder, not in the C: folder..... do you think so?
YggBjorn Jun 1, 2014 @ 3:49pm 
I have mine installed on the same drive as Steam, which is C:. I cannot play either. Gets to main menu and hangs.

EDIT: Tried the above posted patch. It didn't work for me either. :(
Last edited by YggBjorn; Jun 1, 2014 @ 3:58pm
notchpec Jun 12, 2014 @ 2:02am 
At least you can go to the main menu, before hanging. :(

So.... are we out of options?

Kurtz Jun 12, 2014 @ 3:22am 
I never had the main menu problem before, I think I was using Windows Vista when I first played it. Someone said on a different forum that Invisible War has difficulty reading newer graphic drivers. It could be a Steam-only problem because I used the retail DVD. My suggestions would be to run the game in compatibility mode. Download and install older ATI or Nivida Phyx drivers. Download and install all the different fan patches that address these issues. Verily the game files. Keep googling until you find the issue solution. If all else fails you can buy an old 2004 era graphics card and run Windows XP as your OS. Then the game should work.

Hopefully Square Enix will re-release Deus Ex 1 & 2 with Workshop and modern OS support. That would be awesome.
Last edited by Kurtz; Jun 12, 2014 @ 3:42am
c5 Jun 23, 2014 @ 8:49pm 
I know you probably don't want to buy the game a second time, but the version being sold on GOG might work better, as they tend to patch up compatability stuff (It lists compatability with Vista, 7, and 8)

Beyond that, you may want to see this page:

PC gaming wiki basically lists every known fix for things, so its a good place to check if you're having an issue.
Kurtz Jun 23, 2014 @ 8:54pm 
So, Google Chrome is causing the black screen issue? interesting... I never liked Chrome anyway :-D
Exus Jul 7, 2014 @ 6:23am 
Uninstall Invisible War, and then install it again.
Jackal Nov 23, 2014 @ 1:17am 
Could be the multiprocessor issue I was having on my 64 bit quad-core PC. Try this to force the game to run on only one processor. The following is for the retail version of the game so you'll need to browse to where your Steam version is located to see if it will work for you.

1) Download imagecfg from to your game system directory (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Deus Ex - Invisible War\System)
2) Start, Run, Type cmd.exe and hit enter
3) Type cd c:\Program Files (x86)\Deus Ex - Invisible War\System
4) Type copy "DX2.exe" "DX2.backup.exe"
5) Type copy "DX2Main.exe" "DX2Main.backup.exe"
6) Type copy "Ion Launcher.exe" "Ion Launcher.backup.exe"
7) Type imagecfg -u DX2.exe
8) Type imagecfg -u DX2Main.exe
9) Type imagecfg -u "Ion Launcher.exe"
10) Play game.
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