Troubleshooting #1: Reinstallation! It doesn’t damage anything and will keep all your savegames, profiles and settings.
Always make sure you have the newest updates for Windows installed like Service Pack 2 and DirectX 9.0c.
When the figures are invisible, the water looks strange or similar grapical errors occur, that’s mostly related to the graphics driver. Just update your driver and the problems are gone.
A well known problem that hasn’t been fixed by the patch are the crashes and the blue screen of death that occur at times. In the majority of cases it’s enough to simply clear the cache. To do that, go to the ParaWorld-startmenu-folder and click Clear ParaWorld cache
or go to the subfolder Tools
in the ParaWorld directory and run ClearCache.exe
. Do this every time before you start ParaWorld to avoid trouble. The cache system is thought to make loading times faster, but it causes problems.
Another problem is the copy protection Tagès
. It could cause trouble when you‘re trying to launch the game, e.g. it says that the original disc could not be found in the drive even if it’s there. An up-to-date driver can put things right here, too. With Windows Vista you have to do update it because the driver on the disc is not signed. Vista requires signed drivers.
Settings can be manually edited in the data file settings.cfg
. This is to be found in C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\SpieleEntwicklungsKombinat\ParaWorld
and is created at the first start of the game. By the way, the folder Application Data
is hidden. To view it do as follows: Open any folder in Explorer. Choose Tools
then Folder Options
. When the multi-tabbed dialog box appears, select the View
tab. Select Show hidden files and folders
. Then click OK
to close the dialog box. You can also change your serial number in the settings.cfg, that’s why the content of it should never be posted.
If the buttons in the multiplayer- and skirmish-menu stay gray, that means that the process PWServer.exe
has crashed. To fix this issue, open up the taskmanager by pressing Crtl, Alt and Del
, click on the second tab processes
and kill ParaWorld.exe, PWServer.exe and PWClient.exe. Then clear the cache (see above) and rerun ParaWorld. If the message ParaWorld is already running
appears, you’ve got to do the same thing.
Furthermore the autosave-function should be disabled if you have any problems. It’s to be found in the options-menu.
Outdated virus checkers could consider PWServer.exe to be a virus, because there is a virus with the same name. Always keep your software up-to-date! Turning off virus checkers and firewall might fix connection problems in the multiplayer mode.
Runtime error? Increase the size of your page file! Go to control panel and click system
. In the dialog box go to the Advanced
tab. From here, click on the Performance tab and you will get a pop-up. Here, you have the ability to increase the size by clicking Change...
. You should increase the value so that it’s a little higher than the recommendation.