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 Losing savegames, Rev 0012

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PostSubject: Losing savegames, Rev 0012   Sat 17 Jun 2017 - 1:45

I have a problem with StalkerSoup deleting my savegames.  I am NOT in "iron man" mode.


Some time during the game, typically during a level change, I will get a message to the effect of "Reload a previous save.  Savefile corruption imminent" - at which time almost all savegames disappear from my bucket.

The first time this happened was right after the upgrade push to Rev 0012.  I lost hundreds of savegame files...

This has happened 5 times now.

SS:  V1 R1 Rev0012
Windows 10 Pro 64 bit, current patch
AMD FS4350, 4 core, running stock speed
GeForce GX 960, running stock speed
16 gByte memory.
HD has been checked using smart, the WD diagnostics, Windows 10 disk management and chkdsk, no errors.

Memory has soaked in memtest86 for 18 hours, no errors
The CPU has been run under Prime95 for 12 hours, no errors.
The disk has been defragged and optimized using Auslogics defrag.
CCleaner is current and has been run until clean.

The screenshot, above contains 4 files:  an new ALL.sav that loads and works fine.  The autosave and quicksave files cause CTD and/or bug crashes before load splash screens appear.  I haven't tried the oldest remaining save.

None of this happened until after I let the 0012 push install.  The game is currently unplayable.  Help! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Losing savegames, Rev 0012   Sat 17 Jun 2017 - 1:55

Forgot to add, have run multiple vendor instances of A/V (such as Kaspersky, TrendMicro, etc) and anti malware (such as malwarebytes) without finding anything significant or that stops the behavior.

Whatever is deleting the files, it does a good job as undelete tools from various vendors find no files other than the four in the screenshot.
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PostSubject: Re: Losing savegames, Rev 0012   Sat 17 Jun 2017 - 5:14

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Forgot to add, have run multiple vendor instances of A/V (such as Kaspersky, TrendMicro, etc) and anti malware (such as malwarebytes) without finding anything significant or that stops the behavior.

Whatever is deleting the files, it does a good job as undelete tools from various vendors find no files other than the four in the screenshot.

Though routinely Save games are archived, imo it may be that in 110012, those saves removed might conflict with the changes and imrovements in coding made by TB.
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PostSubject: Re: Losing savegames, Rev 0012   Sat 17 Jun 2017 - 15:13

As the game has certain issues with Windows 10, exactly where is the game installed? On which partition and folder?
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PostSubject: Re: Losing savegames, Rev 0012   Sat 17 Jun 2017 - 18:58

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Forgot to add, have run multiple vendor instances of A/V (such as Kaspersky, TrendMicro, etc) and anti malware (such as malwarebytes) without finding anything significant or that stops the behavior.

Whatever is deleting the files, it does a good job as undelete tools from various vendors find no files other than the four in the screenshot.

Though routinely Save games are archived, imo it may be that in 110012, those saves removed might conflict with the changes and imrovements in coding made by TB.
The first time I "lost" savegames that may have applied, but the other 4 times the savegames were all 110012 versions. Thanks for the reply, though!
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PostSubject: Re: Losing savegames, Rev 0012   Sat 17 Jun 2017 - 18:59

My StalkerSoup is installed at C:\Program Files (x86)\STALKERSOUP. Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Losing savegames, Rev 0012   Sat 17 Jun 2017 - 21:11

This destination won't work well if you're using Windows 10. You need to thoroughly delete your game, and reinstall it, keeping your old saves (they may still work), onto a different partition to your C:\ drive

Please see the Installation Help guide here [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Let us know how it goes, please, so we can help others... Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Losing savegames, Rev 0012   Sat 17 Jun 2017 - 21:36

So far:

1.  I did a repair install on the existing installation in program files.  No effect.

2.  I uninstalled SS using the SS uninstaller after backing up _appdata_.  I then made sure the directory was gone, and ran CCleaner to make sure any unneeded registry entries were purged.  Following the Installation Help precisely, I installed 110008, then updated to 110012 in C:\STALKERSOUP.  No effect on the "corrupt" savegames autosave and quicksave.  I did get a crash report, the gist of which is "XR_3DA.exe caused ACCESS_VIOLATION in module "C:\STALKERSOUP\bin_DX11_SweetFX\xrCore.dll" at 0023:00D3000E" - no other files were given as part of the error report.  The all.sav created during the install appears to work fine. Setting DX9 gives the same error about SweetFX, so the error may well be in the savegame.

I'll work on locating and installing another drive.  In the meantime, a member has graciously offered to look over the savegames.  I plan on starting yet another new game to test if the problem remains.

Thanks to all for your help!
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PostSubject: Re: Losing savegames, Rev 0012   Sat 17 Jun 2017 - 23:55

If you're running Windows 10, you MUST install the game onto a different drive or partition than the one on which Windows is installed. This is because of the way Windows 10 manages the files on that partition

If you only have a large C:\ drive, then you'll need to partition your hard drive. I'd recommend that you keep at least 256Gb on your C:\ drive for Windows and programs
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PostSubject: Re: Losing savegames, Rev 0012   Sun 18 Jun 2017 - 2:22

I'm in the process of securing and installing a 2nd HD just for SS. Is this something new to 110012 or ? I've been playing SS since the .9 beta days and this is a first for me. Note that the Windows 10 install is about as old as it can be, I was an early adopter but never had this problem with StalkerSoup before, and not with any other games, either.

I WILL do what it takes to make a stable game. I've yet to play it completely through, between losing savegame capability due to point releases and real life, it's still a goal.

Thanks for all the help, people!
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PostSubject: Re: Losing savegames, Rev 0012   Sat 22 Jul 2017 - 22:42

Just a quick thank you to all who helped, but special thanks to Aleks and Sword.

I now have a 250 Gb drive dedicated to SS.  I'm only up to AW in the generic game, but the game seems to be behaving better than before.

On version 00013 plus latest micropatch.
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PostSubject: Re: Losing savegames, Rev 0012   Sun 23 Jul 2017 - 1:47

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Just a quick thank you to all who helped, but special thanks to Aleks and Sword.

I now have a 250 Gb drive dedicated to SS.  I'm only up to AW in the generic game, but the game seems to be behaving better than before.
On version 00013 plus latest micropatch.

Well done, and thanks for informing us! Your success will help us to help others Smile
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