No One Lives Forever

No One Lives Forever
Genre: First Person Shooter
Release Year: 2000
Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher: Fox Interactive
Age Rating: 18+
Playability Status: Perfect
Tested On: Windows 10 x64, Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64
Availability: Officially released for free (including source code)

Cool cat Cate Archer is completely compatible with your contemporary computer!

Stylish 60’s chic themed “The Operative: No One Lives Forever” (to give it its full title) is a highly polished and superbly playable FPS title. Playing as super agent Cate Archer, you can move through 60 different levels of espionage action. Agent Archer will need to skydive, swim, drive and sneak around the games varied environments. Critically acclaimed when released and now something of a cult classic, No One Lives Forever can be run perfectly on the latest Windows 7 PC’s and is still extremely playable today.


The biggest problem preventing potential agents from diving into this game is the installer itself. On 32 bit versions of Windows the original edition of the game will install, patch and run without any significant problems. However, the installer file is incompatible with 64 bit versions of Windows, even though the game itself runs just fine. To solve this problem, you can download the fixed 64 bit installer by using this link. The installer is written using NSIS scripting language and has only been tested with the original release of the game. Currently the installer only supports English, but the full source code is available should anyone want to improve upon it. To use the installer, download it, then insert your No One Lives Forever disc 1 into your DVD drive. Now, run the installer and follow all the on screen prompts. If you encounter any difficulties, please let us know in the comments.

Note that if you have the Game of the Year Edition of No One Lives Forever, you do not need this installer file. The Game of the Year edition includes a different installer that is fully 64 bit compatible.


For best results we strongly recommend patching the game to the latest version. There were four patches originally released for the game. The first three patches were re-released as a bundle, allowing you to update the game from version 1.0 to 1.3. Unfortunately, the patch has the same problem as the games installer file in that it is incompatible with 64 bit versions of Windows. 64 bit Windows users can download a compatible version of the patch by using this link.

Patch 4 is compatible with all versions of Windows, and can be downloaded here.

The Game of the Year edition is already pre-patched to version 1.4 so no additional patching is required if you own this version of the game.

Windows 8 only – DirectDraw FPS fix

A big thank you to user “SuperGod” in the comments section for figuring this one out. Microsoft made some changes to the way legacy DirectDraw and DirectX games run in Windows 8. This has had various effects from actually making a few games run better to completely breaking many more. In the case of No One Lives Forever, the changes caused the games FPS (frames per second) to be capped at around 30. We PC gamers are used to butter smooth 60fps as a minimum of course, so this was rather disappointing. Thankfully though, you can now use this direct draw fix that will make the game run at full pelt on Windows 8. Simply download the zip file here. Once the zip file has downloaded, open it up. Inside the zip file there are two folders, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Open whichever folder matches the version of Windows you are running (presumably 8.1 for the majority of people as there’s not much reason to still be on Windows 8). Inside the folder is a file called “DDRAW.dll”. Copy this file to your No One Lives Forever game folder. By default it is in C:\Program Files\Monolith Productions\No One Lives Forever. That’s it, you can now run the game just fine on Windows 8.

Since this is a specific fix for these kinds of games, do NOT be tempted to overwrite any other copies of DDRAW.dll you may find elsewhere on your computer. To read more about what this fix does and why, see this link.

As an alternative to the above fix, you can try the DXPrimaryEmulation fix that user “SuperGod” discovered. This fix uses Microsoft’s own compatibility toolkit. We’ve written a simple installer for this fix that you can download here. You should use one or the other of these fixes, you do not need both. Simply use the one you find works best on your system. Uninstall one fix before switching to the other.

Tweaking Visual Quality

No One Lives Forever Options MenuWhen you first start the game, the launcher will give you the choice of three quality presets. You can choose any of these and tweak the settings later. Because this is an old game, you can usually choose the highest quality settings even on a less powerful computer. Once in the game, there are several options you can tweak under the “Options” menu.

Display options – Use this menu to set the games resolution. Choose a resolution close to your monitors native resolution and set Texture Depth to 32. Note – If you are using the Widescreen patch as detailed below, do not open this menu as it will reset the changes you make when applying the widescreen patch.

Sound – Use this menu to change sound volume. Be sure to set sound effects quality to High.

Controls – You can configure the games controls here. The game includes joypad support, but you may need a third party utility like XPadder to get it working correctly.

Game – The options in this menu can be set to taste and do not generally affect performance.

Performance – This menu contains the performance settings that affect how good the game looks. Enter this menu and then click on “Display” to get to the advanced display settings. From here, choose “Texture Resolution”. You will now find yourself on a screen with six green slider controls. Ramp these controls all up to the maximum for full visual quality.

Make sure all special effects are turned to “On”. On our copy of the game, Mirrors were disabled no matter what we tried, if we figure out how to enable this setting in future the article will be updated.

Finally, enable “Sound filtering effects” if desired. The game will warn you that this will have a negative impact on performance, but since the game is ten years old it is unlikely to tax a modern PC too much. If you find that the game does run too slowly after making these changes, you can always revert back to the pre-set quality settings by opening the Performance menu and choosing the appropriate performance preset.

If you have an Nvidia or ATI graphics card, it may be possible to further enhance the games visuals by forcing antialiasing on in the game. This smooths out the jagged edges of the objects in the game. On our Nvidia equipped test machine, we opened the Nvidia control panel, went to “Manage 3D Settings”, selected “Program Settings” and then added the “lithtech.exe” executable from the games installation directory as a custom program. We then selected “Override any application setting” and “32x CSAA” as our antialiasing options. This slightly improved the graphical quality in game, smoothing out those noticeable jaggy edges on the image. See the documentation that came with your particular graphics card for more details on how to do this.

Widescreen support

Widescreen support is available for No One Lives Forever. The caveat is that some of the weapons appear stretched as agent Archer wields them. If you choose not to play in widescreen and you have a widescreen monitor or TV, make sure your TV does not stretch the image, there should be black bars at either side of the screen. The full discussion of the widescreen patch can be found on the Widescreen Gaming forum here. To apply the unofficial widescreen patch, download the file here, then follow these steps.

1) Unzip the file to a temporary folder on your PC. On modern versions of Windows, you can do this simply by double clicking on the zip file, which will open it like  a regular folder. Now copy the contents to any folder on your PC.

2) Locate the No One Lives Forever program folder on your PC. By default it is in C:\Program Files\Monolith Productions\No One Lives Forever. Open this folder in Windows Explorer.

3) Find the file NOLFDLL.REZ – If you can’t find this file, you may have the file extension hidden. See this page for more information on this. Rename this file to NOLFDLL.OLD. On the Game of the Year edition this file might not be present at all, so simply skip this step and move directly onto step 4 below.

4) Copy the NOLFDLL.REZ from the zip file you downloaded and extracted earlier into the “custom” sub-folder in your No One Lives Forever directory. If you can’t find a “custom” sub folder, then create one.

5) Start the game from it’s shortcut but don’t click on “Launch” just yet. Instead, click on “Advanced”. This will open the NOLF – Advanced Options window. In the bottom of this window there is a section called “Command-Line”. enter the following line of text into this box:-

-rez nolfdll.rez ++screenwidth "1920" ++screenheight "1080" ++screendepth "32"


You can type this in manually or copy and paste. If you want another resolution other than 1080p, edit the command accordingly. For instance, if you want to play at 720p, edit the line above and substitute the number “1920” for “1280” and “1080” for “720”. Once it is done, the window should appear as shown below:-

nolf widescreen settings

6) Click on the “Customize” button. You should see a window with “NOLFDLL.REZ” listed on the left. Click on this and then click on “Add >”. Finally, tick/check the box labelled “Always load these rez files”. The window should then look like the one shown below.


7) Now click on “OK”, then “OK” again and then “Launch”. The game should now launch in your chosen widescreen resolution, enjoy!


Problems saving games or settings – Like many older games, No One Lives Forever places its save game files and various configuration files in the same directory that it is installed to. This can cause problems on more modern versions of Windows as programs are not normally permitted to write to the program files directory. To avoid this problem, either install the game to an alternate location (e.g c:\Games\NOLF) or manually edit the permissions on the “No One Lives Forever” folder. If you used the default installation directory from the original installer, the games folder can be found at “C:\Program Files\Monolith Productions\No One Lives Forever”. A tutorial on how to edit folder permissions can be found here.

Known issues

  • Game may crash on exit (Windows 7/8 x64).
  • Widescreen patch makes currently used weapon appear out of proportions.
  • Levels containing underwater sections may cause issues on some graphics cards (see the comments below for more details).

Multiplayer, communities and other notes

Being something of a cult classic, the game still has a small but dedicated following. This community run multiplayer games and can advise new players on the best way to join in the fun. New agents should visit Unity HQ immediately!

The popular gaming utility Evolve supports No One Lives Forever, allowing you to take screenshots and videos as well as chat to your friends and browse the web all without having to leave the game.


Click on any screenshot for a larger view:-


Above: Running the game at 1080p with all settings set on max. Below: The game in its original aspect ratio.
No One Lives Forever screenshot 1 No one lives forever screenshot 2



  1. slyfox676 says:

    I’ve manage to get the game running smoothly except when I dive into water. Whenever I dive into water, the screen is black except I can see my health/armor, the oxygen level I have, ammunition amount, crosshair, the different functions/ammunitions a weapon could have when I cycle through it, and the side panel that has what weapons I have available. Could it be a problem with the actual disc making this happen?

  2. BuckoA51 says:

    Doesn’t sound like a problem with the disc. That could be a fault that I didn’t spot because I only did the first level (the briefing). What’s the first level with water on it so I can look into it further?

    • slyfox676 says:

      Misfortune in Morrocco End of Scene 3 right before you start Scene 4, and middle of Scene 4: Everything works correctly until I go underwater and the screen turns black. The screen turns back to normal when I get out of the water, but if I dive back in, the screen becomes black again. I’ve looked online a couple places and I’m thinking it may have something to do with my Operating System. I have Windows 7. I’ve tried taking my working version from Windows XP to my Windows 7 and transferring it, I’ve tried getting it off of the NOLF 1 and NOLF 2 disc to make it work and no success :( I managed to get away with playing up through Tenuous Lead Scene 5, but I’m worried I won’t be able to play The Dive Scene 3 if it is always black when I go underwater.

      • BuckoA51 says:

        I’ve just played the Misfortune in Morrocco level this evening on my Windows 7 machine, I didn’t experience any problems diving underwater. I’m using an Nvidia GTX580 graphics card…

        Also, the second level of this game is super hard, especially if you try to be stealthy!

  3. BuckoA51 says:

    Have you made sure you have the very latest drivers for your graphics card and installed the latest DirectX end-user runtimes? You can get the DirectX update here:- Yes they are still needed on Windows 7 and even Windows 8.

  4. Ahmed says:

    i get a black screen when i dive in water too. this sucks i can’t beat the game!

    • slyfox676 says:

      Yeah :( I’m still trying to figure out if there is anything I can fix. Right now I’m just working with it. I used a cheat to get pass the Dive Scene 3 that I couldn’t complete, but I managed to do all the other missions prior to it just fine. It may affect the Intelligent Items in Misfortune in Morroco Scene 4 and Tenuous Lead Scene 5, but I can still complete the mission without using a cheat. The only missions left that I think this may affect game play is Trouble in the Tropics, Alpine Intrigue, and the Indomitable Cate Archer mission. I’m thinking I might have to use the cheat again the Alpine Intrigue scene 3, and I think I get by with the rest. What’s interesting is that if you play the Briefing Scene before the dive, I managed to get the icon to shoot the belt buckle while I was in the water and the screen was black. It’s as if game play is completely the same but you’re playing blind folded lol

    • BuckoA51 says:

      Do you have the same or similar graphics card as Slyfox?

  5. Mike says:

    doesnt seem to be working with the game of the year edition. is that correct or am i wrong? when i insert disc 2 i get a message to insert the correct cd2…

    • BuckoA51 says:

      It’s not needed for the GOTYE, just install that normally. The other mods and fixes still work.

      • Mike says:

        i got the goty edition but i cant install anyway because of 32/64 bit. at least thats what the game tells me.

        • BuckoA51 says:

          Just tried it here on Windows 8 64 bit and the Game of the Year edition installs perfectly from the original CD, so I’m not sure what’s going on there, sorry.

          • Mike says:

            does it make any difference what country my copy is from or if i use win 8 or 7? my copy of the game is from the uk, im from germany and i got win7 :) never played NOLF so obvously i NEED to play it!

            • BuckoA51 says:

              Windows 7 and 8 are both compatible. If you have the GOTYE it should install direct from the CD regardless of language. My installer for the standard version has only been checked on an English language (UK) version of the game.

  6. CraigGunn says:

    This doesn’t work properly for windows 7 x64 bit, when I play this game it freezes and then I get a black screen with the game running in the background. I end up having to press CTRL+ALT+DEL to bring up task manager and click cancel just to get rid of the black screen. Sometimes it crashes completly and says that msvcrt.dll is the fault module name. Can anyone let me know why this happens on windows 7 x64 bit.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      The game works just fine on our Windows 7 64 bit PC, I’ve personally played the first few missions and had no issues whatsoever on Win 7 64. Have you tried updating DirectX and/or your videocard drivers?

    • Dave says:

      Some older games for me appear as black with audio running in the background. The fix was to disable my second monitor, and then the game ran just fine.

  7. CraigGunn says:

    I’ve heard that the black screen flicker issue is common for many users with newer computers. Lithtech is a very poorly made game engine and works best on older computers. Have you had the black screen flicker with your PC cause most people do. Anything that I can adjust to make these Lithtech games run properly on my PC cause Contract JACK and NOLF 2 also does that black screen flicker where I have to CTRL+ ALT+DEL just to bring it back to normal screen again. I’ve got many other older games and they all work fine without issues it’s just anything monolith lithtech.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      I’ve never seen this issue or heard of it before, it sounds like something is interfering with the gameplay and popping up while you play. Try to disable any other software you have running. If you are running antivirus or firewall software, put them into Game mode if possible.

  8. duh says:

    “Game is capped to 30fps when using Windows 8” –
    anyone can solve this issue please? I love this game but cant play it on win 8 too much lags.

  9. Grant says:

    I don’t have the disc, but I do have the disc files, how would it work in my case?

  10. G says:

    I’m currently having trouble, the graphics in No One Lives Forever are all glitched out, like the textures are all messed up in weird ways (for example every door is just a featureless grey texture)

    I have not a single clue why this is happening, I’ve managed to get NOLF working just fine on my old Windows 7 computer, but now on my new laptop this happens and I’m just at a loss, does it have something to do with my drivers? as far as I know directx is up to date

  11. BuckoA51 says:

    Could be, what GPU is in your laptop? Have you got the latest drivers for it? As far as you know DirectX is up to date? Did you actually run the DirectX updater tool yourself then?

    • Griff says:

      it’s an Intel Graphics Unit and from the research I’ve done, NOLF doesn’t like Intel cards, is there any way to fix this?

      I’m sorry this is such a late reply, please respond as soon as possible

  12. Andrew says:

    I can’t get the widescreen mod to download, is there anyway you can fix the link? I am excited to play!

  13. Chey says:

    Hey, could someone help me out? I have NOLF 2 and a windows 7 computer. everything is totally find expect that the movie scenes have no sound and the scenes with moving mouths are all cut out. no vocalizations at all. other than that, everything works perfectly

  14. Sar says:

    Hi, any suggestions as to what I can do next? I’ve installed the above suggested in the article (64 – 32 bit installation) and the disc now starts and I can choose settings/gameplay/difficulty etc but when I go to start the actual gameplay, it just stays on the loading screen and will not load.

  15. wired2051 says:

    Do someone know where the savegames are stored under W7? C:\Program Files\Fox\No One Lives Forever\SAVE is empty.

  16. wired2051 says:

    C:\Users\\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Fox\No One Lives Forever\SAVE

  17. Alex says:

    I’ve heard of other games which have the low fps problem under Windows 8. It seems to be a problem with the way Windows 8 manages DirectDraw in older games. Here is a workaround for the game “Worms Armageddon”, which has a bad performance under Windows 8 – just like No One Lives Forever.

    Here is the link to the possible solution (two methods):

    Unfortunately I cannot try this advice because I am using Windows 7.
    Maybe someone could try this and tell if it really works.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      Hi Alex,

      Sadly that won’t work for NOLF as it is a Direct3D game, that’s only applicable to very old games that use Direct Draw and screen modes with a lower colour depth.

  18. Alex says:

    I’m sorry for the wrong advice. Getting No One Lives Forever to work properly under Windows 8 seems to be like a guessing game.

    Microsoft has a DirectX software development kit, which can modify the DirectX settings, including Direct3D. Here is the download link:

    Just another try, but maybe this can help with the bad performance problem.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      No problem, I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Indeed, the DirectX SDK could be useful, the No One Lives Forever source code is publicly available, so hopefully one day someone with programming experience and some free time will be able to fix the 30fps limit on Windows 8.

      • Instandhaltungsnachweis says:

        Unfortunately, old DirectX games seem to be emulated on Windows 8.1, and the performance im fullscreen mode is really bad. I solved the problem by forcing the game to run windowed by adding “+windowed 1” in the command line of the setup menu. This helped for other old DirectX games as well, so give it a try ;-)Oh, and i also turned off the scaling on high DPI stuff in the compatibility options of nolf.exe, so that the window has the right size.

        • BuckoA51 says:

          Direct DRAW games are emulated on Windows 8, but why this would affect a DirectX title I do not know.

          • Instandhaltungsnachweis says:

            Sorry, the windowed thing works for me. I wonder why ;-)

            I have to correct myself, i meant the lithtech.exe …

        • Sonomabob says:

          Thank you for that windowed mode tip. Works for me too on windows 8.1! (game patched to 1.004)

          • Sean says:

            Ive set NOLF to windowed mode for Windows 8.1 as suggested and it has solved the 30fps issue but i’m that the cut scenes dont play out in full. They seem to get cut short and some of the characters and objects move really fast. Has anyone been able to solve this issue.

  19. Cristian says:

    The problem with the black screen when underwater is present on all Intel Ivy Bridge HD 2500 and HD4000 . Doesn’t matter youre running Win XP 32bit or Win 7 32 or 64 , I tried them all. The graphics are ok once youre out of the water. There seems to be an issue with Intel graphic driver or hardware.
    My solution was to install an older ATI card : x550 128bit PciEx .
    The solution is ok for desktop computers , but what can one do if he/she has a laptop?

  20. Cristian says:

    Just turned on my trusty Lenovo Thinkpad T420 with I5 SandyBridge HD3000 .
    The game runs fine underwater. So it,s clearly a problem on latest Ivt Bridge HD Graphic silicon or drivers .

  21. Cliche says:

    “Patch 4 is compatible with all versions of Windows, and can be downloaded here.”

    Seems like this file is missing!

    is there anywhere I can go and get that?

    Thx for your help

  22. mzso says:

    Has anyone figured out what causes to low fps. It’s ridiculous. I played steady 60 fps on windows 7 and now I have 30 max sometimes it drops to 10-15…
    Damn… Windows 8|8.1 really f*cked up old games support… (I couldn’t play with Vice City Either)

  23. Rabite30 says:

    The installer wont copy the NOLF.rez file properly. It always hangs at that part. Any suggestions?

  24. SuperGod says:

    Windows 8.x 30fps fix.
    Just run NOLF in a window. +windowed 1
    Then download a small program BorderlessWindowed, launch nolf, run BorderlessWindowed and add LithTheh to program, tick auto.
    Now you’ll have a houndred fps ;)
    Cap your FPS to 60 using any 3rd party frame limiter or via driver, profit.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      Good workaround. We always recommend playing full screen where possible as there’s less input/control lag then, but, we’d take 60fps windowed over 30fps true fullscreen any day :)

  25. SuperGod says:

    Ok, here it is another fix for Win8.x

    Unzip and unpack into your NOLF directory.

  26. SuperGod says:

    Is that important?
    It’s clean, don’t worry, in fact it is universal fix.
    Propably some variant dx to ogl wrapper.

  27. SuperGod says:

    Forgot to mention…
    Before you decided to edit my value post you could at least check what is that, simple virus scan.
    I understand why you did that, but still it’s not a great way to say thank you for someone’s help.
    Hopefully you’ll revert your decission.
    There is no other way to fix nolf, we both know that.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      Yes it’s quite important, I can’t put up links to copyrighted things, software that’s distributed without it’s proper license/attributions or to anything that might be malicious. Plus I’m also quite curious too, especially as this kind of software might help other games. Thanks for understanding.

  28. SuperGod says:

    Ok, I understand, I didn’t mean to be rude.
    The idea I think come from here:
    It’s not a copyrighted material.
    It’s just compilled ddraw.dll from a source ( DirectX SDK ) with workarounds.
    Up to you, I don’t think there is any copyrighted violations.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      Thanks, that looks fine. Give me a day or two to check it over then I’ll pop it up as part of the article giving you full credit. Thanks again!

    • BuckoA51 says:

      The article has been updated and you are given full credit for finding the fix, thanks again!

      • mzso says:

        I was hoping it would work with the directdraw game “Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive”. But it’s as unplayably slow as ever.

        BTW I tried the ” Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit” thingwith nolf like 4 five months ago. But it didn’t work. Maybe I did something wrong…

  29. Sam says:

    Has anyone had the issue of dialog getting cut off during speaking scenes in the game? I have it running on a windows 7 VM. But this is an issue I am seeing while running the game. Is there a possible fix for this? Thanks

    • BuckoA51 says:

      I can safely say that’s never happened to me and I’ve played this one quite extensively.

    • mzso says:

      Suprising that you even managed to play it. I couldn’t start it in an XP VM at all. VM-s suck for video games.
      What software are you using?

      • BuckoA51 says:

        One of my friends is a Mac fan (I know, poor him, naa just kidding :) ) and he plays a lot of games in Windows VMs and finds the performance to be quite acceptable especially on older games. VMWare seems to perform better than Virtualbox in this regard.

  30. SuperGod says:

    Hey, I made another UBER simple fix for NOLF, no need to patch anything. ;)

    Just download:

    Copy SuperGod’s_NOLF_30FPS_FIX.sdb file anywhere you want.
    Run command line with admin privileges, switch to your SuperGod’s_NOLF_30FPS_FIX.sdb file location.

    For installation my fix type: sdbinst “SuperGod’s_NOLF_30FPS_FIX.sdb”
    You should see something like: Installation of SuperGod’s No One Lives Forever 30 FPS FIX complete.
    That’s it.

    For uninstallation my fix type: sdbinst -u “SuperGod’s_NOLF_30FPS_FIX.sdb”

    BuckoA51 feel free to update your blog with this peace of info.
    Enjoy the game!

    Ps. None of your game files will be modified and there is no any copyright violation.

  31. SuperGod says:

    Because there is a difference how game/system works after it.
    For example, “cracked .dll” breaks overlay, someone may want to record for simple “let’s play” with this patch, some things become broken.
    I’m giving for users a choice.
    IMHO .sdb fix is MORE bullet proof and more transaparrent.

  32. SuperGod says:

    I had a problem during recording dxtory, RTSS is broken, etc, but we both know what is working for me/you, may not works for the others.
    Like I said before, I’m giving for users a choice, nothing more.

  33. SuperGod says:

    In fact I should say, I’m giving for users a choice/alternative to workaound possible problems.
    If at least one person find it usable, I’m happy with it. :)

  34. Ragingwolf says:

    The patch works fantastically, thank you SuperGod!

  35. Alice175 says:

    Hello everyone ! So I managed to install the game and started playing. Everything as working just fine when I reached the level “Misfortune in Morocco Scene 3” and the level is not loading. I’ve waited ages in front of my screen and nothing. Even tried to skip the level starting on Scene . I feel so frustrated! If anyone knows what to do…

    • BuckoA51 says:

      That’s really odd, sorry I’ve not come across that problem. It’s true I don’t have time to test every game I cover on here from start to finish but I’ve played NOLF quite a bit and not had any issues like that.

      • Alice175 says:

        I know it’s weird. I tried to uninstall/install the game again but it’s still the same. I was hoping someone around had encountered the same issue or heard of it. I use windows 8.1, i have the NOLF GOTY version…

  36. mzso says:

    What’s “CPU cache”?

  37. NOLF-Fan says:

    Tausend Dank! Endlich läuft es!

    Thank you!

  38. EscalatorBoy says:

    ddraw.dll doesn’t appear to be working for me on Windows 8.1 — game just kicks me out on startup with Client MFC error. Any ideas?

  39. HUY says:

    I have mouse lag on windows 8 please help me!

  40. SuperGod says:

    I re-uploaded my patch:

    BuckoA51, please could you put my file on your server with my instructions I made back in my post.
    Link will expire again.

    Unfortunately Ddraw fix is not a perfect solution for any1.


    • BuckoA51 says:

      Direct Draw fix worked perfectly for me, no problems with overlays etc.

      The DXPrimaryEmulation fix is a little too clunky for most folks like that. I’ve written a proper installer/uninstaller for it, you can find it linked in the article above now.

  41. RobertM says:

    I installed the game just fine, including the latest patch, and the widescreen mod. When I went to play again, my saves were missing. I also couldn’t configure the controls; everything was “unassigned.” I even tried to set everything back to default, and uninstalled the game twice, but no luck.

    It makes no sense. The game was running great at first, but then it suddenly started to go bonkers. I don’t know what the deal is.

  42. Jacob88 says:

    Ugh, I am so bummed!

    This is like my favorite game from my youth and I just can’t seem to get it working!

    I have NOLF: game of the year edition, so it installs smoothly and without problems, but when I start the game and walk around, there are these graphic glitches that just make the game unplayable.

    Also, I am experiencing the underwater blackout problem.

    I am trying to run the game on a fairly new ASUS Zenbook (Win 8.1) hooked up to another (pretty old) monitor. I have tried playing the game with and without the second monitor – same problems.

    I have tried to download the “direct draw fix” and copying it to my NOLF folder, but that just made the game unable to start. Then when I deleted the file from the folder, I was able to start it.

    I did try to disable all my advanced options and then start the game (when I had the DD fix in my folder), but it still wouldn’t start.

    I just don’t know how to get this game working on my laptop! I really hope that someone out there has some tips for me.

    Thanks :))

  43. Jacob88 says:

    Update / edit:

    These are the problems I am having with my “NOLF:GOTYE”:

    *Slight lagging when I zoom in with a weapon to aim (the camera starts lagging and doesn’t get better until i zoom back out).

    *Graphic problems in general. When I play a map and start looking around, and especially if I move the camera quickly, there are these “glitches” that kind of ruin the game experience.

    *When I go underwater in any map, everything goes glack.

    The really weird thing is that I am almost 99 % certain that I played this game earlier on this exact computer without any problems what so ever. I was using a downloaded version of NOLF:GOTYE at that time, instead of the CD version that I am trying to get working now.

    I should note that after I tried the CD version and couldn’t get it to work properly, I uninstalled it and tried to get the downloadable version working – no luck. Same aforementioned problems.

    I think I have pretty much tried every solution in this article to get the game working, but nothing seems to do the trick. I really don’t know what to do.

    Being able to play this game would be the perfect christmas gift.

    PS: I have tried signing up for the Unity website so that I could make a post about this there, but there seems to be a problem with my validation process. For some reason I never receive that validation email that supposedly gets sent.

    Anyway, I really hope that someone out there can take a look at the problems I am currently having with the game and maybe (fingers crossed) come up with a solution to fix them all so that I can finally play this amazing game.

    Thank you and merry christmas! :)

  44. SuperGod says:

    Try to run as admin with DPI compatibility for look around problem.

    The other bugs…

    Realy weird one, as a creator of this patch I beated this game so many times without ANY problems, tested on win7/8.x on many computers.

    However I believe you because there are milions computer hardware configurations.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      “Creator” of the patch, you work for Microsoft? :P

      I don’t think the underwater problem can be solved, it seems to exclusively affect Intel GPU users and is only likely to be fixed if Intel themselves write a fix in their drivers, that seems unlikely.

  45. SuperGod says:

    Patch based on M$’s API, does it soound better for you? :P

  46. SuperGod says:

    Forgot to add…
    Happy New Year for you Bucko and ;-)

  47. John says:

    Hey guys, I just installed NOLF GOTY back after years of missing out of the multiplayer. I just checked and there’s no multiplayer servers at all :S…what happened?? :(

  48. segun says:

    I am using a dell Inspiron 15 3542 windows 8.1

  49. Plumo Paranto says:

    Perfect hack for win7-64 bits (french version) Just copied the patch in the install folder, tweaked it and bingo!
    merci 1,000++++

  50. Bob says:

    I bought my copy on eBay, but it only came with one disc. It’s not the GoTY edition. Have I been shafted?

  51. DrearierSpider says:

    I’m using Windows 7 x64, GOTY version and I get a really weird texture issue at the main menu, as seen here

    Also, I found this other widescreen patch that claims to fix a lot of issues that others haven’t been able to (resolutions with more than 2048 pixels in one direction, 21:9 support), in case you’d like to check it out. Your link to WSGF is dead, so I assume it hasn’t been updated in a while.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      Thanks for that link, as for your texture problem, have you installed the latest DirectX runtimes and/or updated your graphics card driver?

      • DrearierSpider says:

        Yes, I’ve done both of those, to no avail. I did fine a (sonewhat finicky) workaround though. I’m trying to run the game at 2560x1440x32, which seems to be causing the problems. What seems to work is when I select 1920x1440x16 from the launcher, then change to 1440p@16 bit in game, and lastly going to 32 bit. It’s very strange that it won’t just let me properly select that from the launcher, and it does crash the game ~1/4 times, but it does work somewhat reliably. I’ve got to wonder why no one has bothered to make a sourceport (like GZDoom or NewDark for Thief/SS2) given that the source code has been available for so long.

  52. MGN001 says:

    Hey, I’d just like to say that I was having both the Underwater Black Screen bug and the Dialog Cut Short bug that Sam mentioned in July.

    While it’s been mentioned that Intel Graphics Units don’t really like the game too much, if you can change to an ATI or NVIDIA card in their respective control panels, make sure it’s not NOLF.exe your setting to use the high-performance GPU (that’s just the launcher). Instead, change “lithtech.exe”, which is the process running the game itself.

    As a side note, when I finally fixed the bug, I ended up with another one. My NVIDIA card caused the menus to flash rapidly. I fixed that by playing in windowed mode. (“+windowed 1” as an additional argument in the launcher’s “Advanced…” menu)

    The Dialog Cut Short bug is caused by the game running over 60 FPS, causing timing issues in cutscenes. You need to cap the game at 60 FPS to fix it.

  53. Marc says:

    This is a really great guide, but the only way I could get the game running on either Win 7 x64 or XP x86 was to copy the contents of my cd’s to the hard drive and run it from there.
    I also tweaked the res through the autoexec file.
    Really appreciate all the efforts here though :)

    • BuckoA51 says:

      That doesn’t make much sense, in XP especially it should install without issues. Plus, copying from the CD you won’t have created the games registry keys.

  54. Marc says:

    No, it doesn’t make a lot of sense Buck, but it does work and the game plays fine.

  55. Marc says:

    I ran it today off a pen drive and earlier on Win 8 by copying the contents again from my cd. It creates its own reg file, that has little bearing on the game path, but still works.
    Both unpatched by the way and no no cd patch.
    I know it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but if it works it works.

  56. Josh says:

    So I’m managing to get into the game just fine after installing, but I cannot get the mouse to work properly to save my life. It just looks down and spins clockwise, no matter which direction I move the mouse. Any suggestions?

  57. SuperGod says:

    Hello :)

    I have a good news.

    I just installed Windows 10 and I can confirm the compatibility with this system.
    Moreover, M$ has fixed that pesky ddraw issue and that means my patch and and the other workarounds are not needed anymore. :)

    All best.


  58. SuperGod says:

    Don’t know what happen to my previous post… ;/

    Regarding Vicity… If your games were working with 60fps and now they are limited for some reason under win 8.x, yes, you need to use patched ddraw.dll or use compatibility tweaks.
    Even very old games that are capped to 30FPS sometimes drops framerate to 23FPS.
    You can run Desperados through DXWnd/DirectX Windower, etc.
    I had 22FPS which is OK and the engine runs at 22FPS AFAIR.

  59. Volker says:


    I installed NOLF GOTY on Win8.1-x86_64 with GForce GTX 970/i7-2600k.
    Following errors occur (sorry, it is german), while pressing the start button in the first screen
    (executed with admin rights, graphics card has newest drivers):
    Name der fehlerhaften Anwendung: lithtech.exe, Version:, Zeitstempel: 0x3ae746d9
    Name des fehlerhaften Moduls: ntdll.dll, Version: 6.3.9600.17936, Zeitstempel: 0x55a68dd1
    Ausnahmecode: 0xc0000005
    Fehleroffset: 0x0001df63
    ID des fehlerhaften Prozesses: 0xc88
    Startzeit der fehlerhaften Anwendung: 0x01d0e25ac937c194
    Pfad der fehlerhaften Anwendung: E:\Spiele\NOLF_1\lithtech.exe
    Pfad des fehlerhaften Moduls: C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
    Berichtskennung: 079ff8e4-4e4e-11e5-bef9-f46d044577c2
    Vollständiger Name des fehlerhaften Pakets:
    Anwendungs-ID, die relativ zum fehlerhaften Paket ist:

    Is this a known bug? Any tricks to get it running? Thanks for your comments or hints.

  60. Tom says:

    I still can’t get the game to work. It installs without an issue, but then I get a “client mfc application has stopped working” error as soon as the game gets going. Does anyone know how to fix this? The game is fully patched, windows 7 64bit

  61. Tom says:

    Hey, I found a solution to the mfc application has stopped working issue. I was using g-sync technology at the time and this was making the game crash for some reason. as soon as i disabled it for the .exe in the control panel i was able to run the game without huge issues. though now the audio has a tendency to end mid sentence, though this is due to running the game at 144fps, so i think i just need to cap it at 60

  62. QB says:

    Just bought NOLF off of Ebay. Discs in great shape. Installed to my Win 7 machine using the online converter…then updated to 3, then updated to 4. Go to run the game, and nothing happens. A splash screen doesn’t even pop up, just nothing. Am I missing something? I scanned the forum but didn’t find anyone with the same problem.

    • Archon Silver says:

      I’m having the same issue :( Installed fine, but wouldn’t load, installed the patches, still won’t load. Disk spins, Computer thinks but then nothing!

    • Scottland89 says:

      I’ve got the same issue as QB (installed all fine using the above method, didn’t bother with Widescreen stuff). I was able to play it after installing and patching, but since then, when I try to play it again, it won’t do anything. Checking task manager, nolf.exe will appear then disappear in a blink and miss it sort of timing. I’ve tried different compatibility modes just to incase but it doesn’t work :(

      I can’t see anything online mentioning this issue bar QB’s question. Hope the above info I supplied helps somebody help us.

      Shamelessly I never played this before and the little I did, was enjoyable but would love to go through the whole thing.


    • Wicked1One11 says:

      Same exact thing is happening to me. I’ve tried running all sorts of compatibilites, different options (Aspect ratio, 256 colors, etc), but nothing seems to work. In the task manager processes, it does show NOLF show up for a split second, then disappear again.

    • mzso says:

      You guys sure you installed everything nolf needs? Such as whatever old directx it uses.

  63. Loz says:

    In order to check that the right disk is inserted, the installer script looks for a file called NOLF2.REZ in the DATA directory of DISK 2. On my DISK 2, the file is called NOLF.REZ, not NOLF2.REZ so the script does not think I have DISK 2 inserted. I tried to recompile the NoOneLivesForever.nsi (having edited that one line), but the compiler halts compilation with errors in several places in the .nsi script, so I’m also wondering if the .nsi script really is the source code for the installer executable linked to in the article?

    Any suggestions? If not, I am going to copy all of DISK 2, rename NOLF2.REZ to NOLF.REZ and re-burn to CD to try to see if I can get round this problem.

  64. ElizT says:

    I downloaded and used the installer, but when I go to actually run the application, nothing happens! I don’t get an incompatibility notice or anything. :( Any suggestions?

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