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Red Faction 2 and my helping hand

June 4, 2011 7 comments

I just bought Red Faction 2 off of a steam deal and I kept getting this error telling me that I need at least 8MB of video ram, when I have that and more. A little searching around brought me to this sticky on the steam forums:

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=934170

That was fine and dandy, but I decided to make it a little easier and make a small program to automate this.

Now I must start by saying that I have very little experience with C#, but I have taken classes on java and they’re pretty similar languages.

The instructions are really simple. If you had read the steam post I linked to, they’re about the same.

First right click the program and run as administrator. (I’ll post the source code so you can compile it yourselves if you don’t trust me)

If you want to set up your computer to play Red Faction 2: Press the button on the left (Fix for RF2).

This actually runs a command that’s identical to the first steam step:

bcdedit /set {current} truncatememory 2147483648

where 2147483648 == 2GB in bytes ( Don’t believe me? )

Then restart your computer, using the button on the program or through the start menu.

When you’re done playing RF2, then you can press the button on the right (Go back to normal).

That runs a command that erases the rule that the left button created:

bcdedit /deletevalue {current} truncatememory

After “going back to normal”, you must restart your computer again.

Download links:

This is beta quality software, because I only tested it on my machine. Please give me feedback as beta testers if you try this prog.

Already compiled for your convenience

Source code (feel free to make mirrors, all I ask is that you mention me)

Those instructions again:

1. Left button (Fix for RF2)

2. Restart computer

3. Play Red Faction 2

4. Right button (Go back to normal)

5. Restart computer

Happy gaming.

Categories: Games, Programming