TFix is an all-in-one fix pack for Thief and Thief Gold (apply & play, no other fixes are necessary). it uses NewDark, the latest update of the Dark Engine - this improves compatibility with new PCs significantly, fixes graphic issues, adds support for widescreen resolutions and much more (see the notes, including the final one).
Get the latest TFix here: Ttlg.com
Make sure to restart your current mission after patching (clicking the "restart" button in the save/load menu).
TFix Lite - modem connection? hard drive too small for the extra 100MB of resources? absolutely no interest in any tweaks or mods? extracting this 6MB package into a full, working, complete oldDark install of T1 or TG will install NewDark and apply all the basic fixes that are required for it to work properly. unsupported, use at your own risk.
IMPORTANT NOTES (if you skip this TFix will EAT YOUR FACE):
-requires VC++2008 and the latest directx9 redistributable from june 2010. most pcs should have them already installed, but there is no harm in reinstalling to make sure.
-if you have the original CD release, and the game installer is not working, you can do a manual install - just copy the THIEF folder from both CDs to your hard drive (overwrite the folder from the first cd with the one from the second, that should make sure all the resources end up in just one folder), run TFix, and follow the instructions.
-do not set any compatibility modes on the exe, this will break the game.
-installing the game to a protected folder (windows, program files etc) may result in strange and broken behaviour (vista+).
-should you decide to try out some other combination of mods, just run the installer again and repick any desired combination.
-if you have issues with slow walk and run speeds, try using the "classic" set of controls, load them through the options/customize controls/load menu.
-when your movies still fail to load even after a reboot, try using the static linked lgvid dll from here (mirror google drive) - drop it into your Thief folder.
INSTALLING ADDITIONAL MODS:
-to install the Sound effects enhancement pack properly, open the pack with 7zip, open NewT1SFX.7z, extract the SFX folder. create a SND folder inside the USERMODS folder, and move the SFX folder into the SND folder. delete the SND folder to uninstall. the original installer should work as well, but consider it unsupported (meaning it might mess things up).
-to install EP2, just drop the EP2.crf file into your Thief folder. delete the file to uninstall.
-to install NecroAge, just drop the NecroAge.crf file into your Thief folder. delete the file to uninstall.
-to install HDmod, just run the installer and follow the instructions. when done, copy this file into your Thief folder and overwrite - this will make sure all scripts and dml fixes will load properly (this is required for HDmod 1.2, hopefully future versions will not need this). to uninstall, repatch with TFix, and delete the hdmod folder when done.
also, you don't use EP2, NecroAge and HDmod together, you pick just one. EP2 and NecroAge can be activated, deactivated and even swapped on the fly, HDmod cannot.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND HARDWARE COMPATIBILITY :
-NewDark (and, by extension, TFix) uses DX9 by default, therefore, a fully DX9 compatible graphics card with hardware pixel shaders is required for everything to work properly. that would translate into Radeon9550 and GeForceFX5200 - if your graphics card is older (or does not have hardware pixel shaders), the DX9 mode may, or may not work without issues. if you are still using such a graphics card, and observe graphical anomalies, try out the DX6 safemode (run the game via safemode.bat). or upgrade your hardware. same goes for intel integrated graphics cards - they may work properly (especially the latest ones), but consider them unsupported.
REPORTING BUGS AND ISSUES:
-log all problems you find into the bugtracker google doc - press printscreen to make a screenshot (will be created in the SCREENSHOTS folder. also, before you take it, hit SHIFT+; to bring the console up, type show_stats and press enter) of the problem (incorrect texture, poorly placed object or anything else you find), make a quicksave (quick.sav in the SAVES folder), zip everything up, upload to some file hosting service (gdrive, sendspace, mediafire etc), and add the link to the appropriate field, add a short description and any other details you might know. you can also create a youtube video if you think it's better to see the problem in motion (and link that as well). the important part here is THE SAVE - this is something I absolutely need to be able to bugfix efficiently. note: ALL REPORTS WITH NO SAVE INCLUDED WILL BE IGNORED (unless it's some sort of general issue that happens everywhere). the tracker now also has a tab for reporting T2x issues.