View Full Version : Vista, Memory and Gothic 3?

November 3rd, 2006, 15:31
Any thoughts on Vista's capability of accessing 8GB RAM will be a cure all for the max cache?

I'm wondering if PB designed this memory model for Vista in the first place.

November 3rd, 2006, 16:16
I don't think it was designed with high amounts of RAM in mind - the higher the RAM requirement the less the market you can cover with good performance. In addition you've still got the performance overhead of having to load everything into RAM in the first place.

November 3rd, 2006, 17:04
Possibly, but I can't help but think that with more memory in-game performance would be enhanced. As for the devs using that model, I tend to doubt it - wouldn't make sense

November 3rd, 2006, 17:28
With 8gb of ram and a directx10 graphics card, Gothic 3 would run on the highest settings with minimal loading and no lag, but who's got access to such a computer? I certainly do not, hehe.

November 3rd, 2006, 18:13

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File type APP
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String version information: German (Germany)

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FileVersion 1, 08, 25817, 0
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LegalCopyright Copyright © 2003 - 2006 by Pluto 13 GmbH (Piranha Bytes)

PE Header

Machine: 014C (Intel 386)
NumberOfSections: 0007
TimeDateStamp: 00002AE7 (Thu Jan 01 04:03:03 1970)
PointerToSymbolTable: 20A40880
NumberOfSymbols: 00000000
SizeOfOptionalHeader: 00E0
Characteristics: 0102
File is executable
32 bit word machine


The LargeAddressAware - Bit is NOT set - Gothic 3 can only adress 2GB even under a 64Bit system - Background:


November 3rd, 2006, 19:13
I'm building a 4 GIG C2D machine now with Vista in mind. The game may only access 2GB but if the OS can access 8 GB (instead of XP's ~ 3.25) its stands to reason that G3 will get less VM handed to it no?

Also, can G3 be reset for that flag?

November 3rd, 2006, 19:18
BTW Hidden - have you tested G3 on a 680i board and 8800GTX? How much RAM?

That's what I'll be building assuming the Asus Striker 680i can reach 400 FSB.

November 3rd, 2006, 19:28
BTW Hidden - have you tested G3 on a 680i board and 8800GTX? How much RAM?
That's what I'll be building assuming the Asus Striker 680i can reach 400 FSB.


Also, can G3 be reset for that flag?

Only PB knows ... If you like to experiment (DANGEROUS !) you can try editbin on the .exe-file:



November 5th, 2006, 09:21
An easier tool to set the /LARGEADDRESSAWARE Option:

CFF Explorer: http://pmode.net/CFF.php

If you have 3GB or more, you can try to set the flag /LARGEADDRESSAWARE in Gothic3.exe and the appendant dlls.

In Windows 64 nothing else must be done.

In Windows 32:
Set the /3GB switch in the Boot.ini

I could NOT test this - I have 2GB only - but some buddies over at WoG say:
"it works."

November 5th, 2006, 09:31
Interesting. I'll have to remember this once the machine is built. Thanks for the heads up.

November 5th, 2006, 13:05
I was told by Gorath, that G3 will NOT run under Vista!! I can't get G2 to run with XP 64 either!!

November 5th, 2006, 13:42
It should run under XP64 - any error messages ?

you need

Windows Installer 3.1 v2

.Net Framework 2.0

If you use Dual-Core cpus:



If this doesn't work:


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Throttle]

Visual C++

November 5th, 2006, 15:13
G3 runs, it's G2 which won'r run under XP 64 on my AMD dual core system!!

November 5th, 2006, 16:23
Ups - I should read more carefully ...

November 5th, 2006, 16:35
Interesting. I'll have to remember this once the machine is built. Thanks for the heads up.

Some people have tested the /LARGEADRESSAWARE -hack + /3GB switch in the BOOT.ini successfully with only 2 GB RAM and permanent 4 GB swapfile !



They say they could play and teleport for hours WITHOUT
<smartheap - out of memory error>

With CFF-Explorer http://pmode.net/CFF.php all dlls in the Gothic 3-directory and the Gothic3.exe have to be patched:

In the fileheader - the characteristics must be changed:
activate the option "app can handle > 2gb adresses"

For Win XP 32 edit the boot.ini (/3GB and \USERVA=2800 switches)
you can use Windows Boot.INI C.U.

For Win XP 64 no editing of the boot.ini is needed.