They want you to think I joined Dec 18, 2011

This member has provided no bio about themself... or did he?

Image RSS Feed Latest Screens
Would you like to King Size you IG regiment order? IMPERIUM! F-YEAH! Where have you seen this?
Blog RSS Feed Report abuse Latest Blog: How to improve performance on Dawn Of War - Soulstorm

1 comment by Rocket-Banana on Apr 23rd, 2014

Below there's a compilation of all the knowledge I've gathered on my quest to get half decent framerates on modded Dawn of War, all nice and tidy in one place. Enjoy

1) Improving Loading Times:

We're well aware of how very slowly Soulstorm loads. Everything from starting, loading a skirmish, clicking the Campaign option in the Main Menu and it taking 2 minutes on a high end system...
This tweak addresses precisely that.
The actual improvement varies a lot from system to system, so I can't efficiently guarantee you'll get say, 3x faster loading times. Yet very large loading speed improvements are possible (I do get 3x faster loading speed for example). Also worth noting the 2nd time you launch Soulstorm it loads much faster.

If you have Soulstorm on Steam, you can skip this particular tweak. On my tests, Build 379 (updated via Steam) loads pretty fast, I couldn't find a way to make it load even faster yet.

-Windows Vista/7/8 users: If you have Soulstorm installed on the default directory (Program Files in the C drive) and UAC enabled, you won't be able to modify the game executable. To overcome this either:
A) Disable UAC.
B) Make a copy of your Soulstorm executable and place it somewhere UAC won't get in the way (a folder in your desktop for example). Make the changes on the copy and then replace the original with the tweaked one.
C) Run the CFF Explorer as Administrator.

The tweak itself:
- Download the Explorer suite from Install it.
- Right click your Soulstorm.exe and select "Open with CFF Explorer"
- You will see a big window full of good ol' number-y crypticness. Don't panic :). On the left panel, left click "Import Directory".
- The section at the right of the window should change to different number-y crypticness. Fortunately all we need is on the column that says "Module Name". I advice stretching the window until you can see all entries at the same time.
- Then, right-click on .dll names and select "Move Up" or "Move Down" to re-order the list so it looks like on this picture.
- Save changes, and that's it! Faster loading times!

2) CTD (Crash To Desktop) Prevention:

This is a quick one, and spares you a lot of interrupted epic battles.
The tweak itself:
- Download the Explorer suite from Install it.
- Right click your Soulstorm.exe and select "Open with CFF Explorer".
- On the left panel, select "Nt Headers" (click the + symbol), you should see "File Header".
- Then left-click File Header and in it, there is a box that says "Click Here". Let's do that.
- You will get a little window full of checkboxes. There's one that says: App can handle >2Gb Address space. Mark that one.
- Click OK, save the changes and... Done! Your Soulstorm.exe will no longer run out of memory!
To apply this on Steam installs, simply save the executable with a different name (remember to keep ".exe" at the end of the file name to save it correctly) and run the modified executable.
Steam in-game overlay and Friends In-Game status retain their functions, too.
- To be extra sure, repeat this process with rsss.dll (located in the Soulstorm directory). This one can also run out of memory and cause crashes the same way as the game executable. This dll isn't present on the Steam version as of the latest patch.

3) (slight) Performance Boost! (a little bit) better framerates!:

Important note!: This requires at least 3 cpu cores to work. It will not make any improvement on systems with dual or single core cpu's.

Make a shortcut to your game executable. Right click it and select Properties.
On the Shortcut tab, edit its Target field and add the following before the existing path between quotes and separating it with a space:

%windir%\system32\cmd.exe /c start "DoW" /high /affinity 6

While on it, also add this after the path, also separated with a space:

-nomovies -modname %Your_Favorite_Mod_Folder_Name%

So if when you first saw it it looked like this:

"C:\Program Files\THQ\Dawn Of War - Soulstorm\Soulstorm.exe"

Now it would look like this:

%windir%\system32\cmd.exe /c start "DoW" /high /affinity 6 "C:\Program Files\THQ\Dawn Of War - Soulstorm\Soulstorm.exe" -nomovies -modname %Your_Favorite_Mod_Folder_Name%

Click OK. That shortcut now launches a specific mod bypassing the intro movies, setting the Soulstorm executable on high system resource priority and set to not work on CPU core 1. As most applications load on the first core by default this core is busier and has less free cycles to run cpu intensive apps (such as DoW). By avoiding running DoW on the busier Core 1 altogether you can get a slight performance boost.
For example, if you want to make a shortcut with all that code to the vanilla game which also has a "mod name", 'DXP2':

%windir%\system32\cmd.exe /c start "DoW" /high /affinity 6 "C:\Program Files\THQ\Dawn Of War - Soulstorm\Soulstorm.exe" -nomovies -modname dxp2

4) Misc Tweaks & Fixes:

- Right click your Soulstorm executable. On the Compatibility tab, select Windows XP SP3. Click Apply. This helps with performance and stability by a tiny bit.
- If on Windows Vista/7 (8 unconfirmed), on that same Compatibility tab, check the "Disable desktop composition" checkbox. This will disable the transparency When Soulstorm is running and prevent it from freezing when alt-tabbing. Works partially on the latest Steam version update. I'm looking into it.
- Install Visual Basic Runtime. This runtime prevents a rather nasty bug that appears every now and then and makes the game unplayable (very bad performance, models render incorrectly, etc). I would link you to the Microsoft download page but they keep moving it around and I can no longer find it. Plus I don't want to re-link to it every time they move it again.
If running WIndows Vista/7/8, run in compatibility mode for Windows XP SP2.

That's all folks! I will add more if I encounter more tweaks or I happen to have forgotten some.

Media RSS Feed Latest Video
4TH Generation Gamers

4TH Generation Gamers

Hardware & Tech group with 300 members, open to all members

This is a group for everyone who lives 16 bit games, the 16 bit era is known for being the end of the side scroling era and the begining of 3d with games...

Anime Fans of modDB

Anime Fans of modDB

Fans & Clans group with 2,029 members, open to all members

This group has been formed to gather the people who enjoy Japanese anime and all of its facets, to salute the people from the land of the Rising Sun.

Armored Vehicle Lovers Group

Armored Vehicle Lovers Group

Hobbies & Interests group with 401 members, open to all members

this is a group, (like the tank and aircraft lovers) is dedicated to the IFV (infantry fighting vehicle) like the BMP-2 the M2A2 bradly and so on and...

Automotive Enthusiasts

Automotive Enthusiasts

Hobbies & Interests group with 179 members, open to all members

This group is for automotive enthusiasts of all kinds.

Humor, satire, parody

Humor, satire, parody

Hobbies & Interests group with 996 members, open to all members

Home for all kinds of humor, satires, parodies, sarcasms and more.

Le Fancy Wallpapers

Le Fancy Wallpapers

Arts & Literature group with 73 members, open to all members

This is simply a group to share and upload wallpapers in, any high resolution or high quality pictures of any sort are welcome.

Mech Fans

Mech Fans

Arts & Literature group with 393 members, open to all members

If your a mech fan you should be a member of this group! From Gundam to Armored Core, from Macross to BattleTech, from MechWarrior to Hawken, if mechs...

Metal Titan Studios

Metal Titan Studios

Developer & Publisher with 15 members, invitation only

We are in the project of a videogame, and we need people to join us. We are looking for script writers, game modelers open to all game experts and 3D...

Post comment Comments  (10 - 20 of 50)
Sakura Matou
Sakura Matou Mar 24 2014, 1:37pm says:

Hey your my favorite Mod now..or one of know the one that made me join ModDB :P

+3 votes     reply to comment
Lord_Cylarne Mar 24 2014, 6:27pm replied:

Tenshi has a mod? Where???

+2 votes     reply to comment
Guest Mar 11 2014, 11:12pm says:

This comment is currently awaiting admin approval, join now to view.

Rocket-Banana Mar 12 2014, 6:48am replied:

Good question. Unfortunately it's mostly wishful thinking.
- First it's the issue of locating someone who was involved in the development of DoW. Personally, I have no idea how. All the info we got about these people is their names on the credits, and despite what paranoia might try to convince you about, a name alone isn't really useful to locate someone.
- Then (assuming you've found a DoW dev) it's the issue of establishing a communication AND most importantly: convincing the guy to conveniently ignore his contract with Relic and (assuming he has DoW's source code on his possession) leak the game's source code to the playerbase.
- THEN, assuming you have the source code, there's the matter of knowing what to do with it, and having the tools to do it. The tools themselves are a VERY rare sight and are pretty much unobtainable via legit means, due to how old they are (and many newer editions came out). Knowing what to do would be basically being a proficient programmer in C++.

BUT, granted all these conditions meet, we would get to see a significantly improved Soulstorm.

+2 votes     reply to comment
Guest Mar 15 2014, 4:28am replied:

This comment is currently awaiting admin approval, join now to view.

Rocket-Banana Mar 16 2014, 6:48am replied:

OK, so say if we seriously get to track the people behind DoW, we do find them easily.
>> I thought noone owns Dawn of war [...] I doubt the contract still valid
That's not how legal bureaucracy works, unfortunately. Firstly, if "no-one owned DoW", it wouldn't have a price tag on Steam (or anywhere for that matter). Secondly, legal documents are carefully designed to thoroughly cover each and every possibility, and they don't exactly "expire" :S

Finding a good programmer is indeed a piece of cake. Now, finding a good programmer who *is interested* AND willing to spend *his* time coding for *free*? Not so much.
There might indeed be someone in the DoW community able to do it, but not everyone is exactly generous and good-willing. AND again: Without Soulstorm's source code, the tools to make use of it, and knowing how to do that (all in one person who won't keep it for himself) we won't get very far.

+3 votes     reply to comment
Lord_Cylarne Mar 8 2014, 9:44pm says:

Your video section needs more love than your image section... :p

+5 votes     reply to comment
Rocket-Banana Mar 12 2014, 7:15am replied:

I felt like posting another video, yaaay

+2 votes     reply to comment
Sakura Matou
Sakura Matou Feb 14 2014, 6:55am says:

Happy Valentine's day N2O4 Powered Musaceae!

+4 votes     reply to comment
KinQQz Jan 1 2014, 12:01pm says:

Happy new year!

+3 votes     reply to comment
Post a Comment
click to sign in

You are not logged in, your comment will be anonymous unless you join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) which we encourage all contributors to do.

2000 characters limit; HTML formatting and smileys are not supported - text only

Offline Since
Jul 26, 2014
Argentina Argentina
Member Watch
Track this member
Activity Points
387 of 463,415
18 members
Time Online
1 second
Site Visits
Profile Visitors
13,937 (7 today)
Private Message
Send Now
Members Only
CIS_Lord_Grievous friends since Mar 24, 2014
Sataman friends since Jan 10, 2013
leon81VT friends since Sep 6, 2013
Necronguy friends since Apr 21, 2013
Ahrimansiah friends since May 13, 2014
Gambit_1 friends since Feb 27, 2013
GreenScorpion friends since Feb 12, 2014
Sakura Matou
Sakura Matou friends since Jun 22, 2013
Jazz-Sandwich friends since Jan 17, 2013
BlackRangerXIII friends since Mar 28, 2014