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kj79

GTA Vice City and K-Lite Codec Pack

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kj79

I have installed GTA Vice City and I was first wondering, why it always crashed after skipping intro movies.

 

I tried different things, but finally tracked the problem down to K-Lite Codec Pack.

 

I have made sure that I use "Microsoft"-codec for MPEG-PS, the format used by GTA Vice City intro movies. Using "LAV" will also crash. Using "Haali" won't crash, but videos become invisible.

 

Has anyone found a solution to prevent GTA Vice City crashes when using K-Lite Codec Pack? (It's the newest version v13.7.5 (Mega).) Without codec pack, GTA VC works fine.

 

My temporary solution is to move both movies away from .\movies -folder. Hitting ENTER twice will start the game.

 

This problem is not a big one, but I'm curious. One possibility is to install all the needed codecs separately, but of course it will take more work.

 

Thanks.

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ReyZie93

Same problem with GTA 3 & VC.

Windows XP Pro x64.

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Inadequate

Same problem with GTA 3 & VC.

Windows XP Pro x64.

Just an advice, upgrade your OS at least to Windows 7.

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kj79
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It took me a while to figure this one out. When I browsed around the Net, many people have had crashes after playing intro or ingame movies. My guess is that it's a common problem with games that use MPEG-PS-format for movies. I tried two different things:

 

1. Installing K-Lite Codec Pack differently

 

I did it many times, and in the end found a solution that was something completely unexpectable. Here's what you will need to do:

 

- Install K-Lite Codec Pack by using "Advanced" Installation Mode.

- Remove "DirectVorSub (a.k.a. VSFilter)" on "Select Components"-screen.

 

Note: This may prevent setting your player to read external subtitle-files and add them to playing movies. So, make sure that you don't absolutely need this feature before using this solution.

 

But there's another workaround for this issue:

 

- Install K-Lite Codec Pack by using "Advanced" Installation Mode.

- Select "Install codecs only for MPC-HC" on "Installation Preferences"-screen.

 

Use the solution from above if you don't need other codecs like LAV Filters with any other media players than MPC-HC.

 

(Tip for the users of LAV Filters. If some games have too small movies, just disable "mpeg1"-format from LAV Filetrs configuration. This may not be a problem for the players of the GTA-series.)

 

That fixed the crashes and also random crashes that occured after playing CD:s with Windows Media Player.

 

This is something you should try whether your operating system is Windows XP, Vista, 7 or newer.

 

2. Installing LAV Filters and MPC-HC separately

 

Use this method only if you don't need a full codec pack. This method fixes the crashes, too.

 

But there may be a side effect that may affect all the people who use their PC:s for Blu-ray playback with Autoplay-feature.

 

When installing MPC-HC along K-Lite Codec Pack, Blu-ray discs are correctly detected as Mixed Content -discs. But, when installing MPC-HC as standalone application, Blu-ray discs may be falsely detected as discs containing pictures.

 

Here's a quick and dirty way to fix it:

 

Save the following contents as *.reg file and then, apply it:

 

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\EventHandlers\ShowPicturesOnArrival]
"MPCPlayVideoFilesOnArrival"=""

 

(Uninstall by removing the line from the Windows Registry manually.)

 

You will also need to make sure that you have allowed automatic playback for discs containing "Videos" in MPC-HC's "Settings > Player > Formats".

 

Now you can choose MPC-HC to launch your Blu-ray discs when Autoplay has scanned the disc and prompts an action from you.

 

Note: If you own picture discs, don't allow computer to select MPC-HC automatically after the scan is complete.

 

There should be a more sophisticated method to fix this issue. I don't understand why Windows Autoplay sniffs the disc contents differently when MPC-HC is installed along K-Lite Codec Pack, or as a standalone application.

 

K-Lite Codec Pack won't touch:

 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\ContentTypeSniffers

 

EDIT:

 

Important extra note for those who may have unexpected crashes after skipping intro movies and the above solutions won't apply or be helpful:

 

- If you have imported your own MP3-music files to the game (.\mp3\-folder), make sure that you have given permissions for all of the users who will play the game for those files. If you haven't, the game will crash.

Edited by kj79

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