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BGAE game FAQ on this page. Bug Troubles for the PC
BGAE Walkthrough on this page. Savegames that will get you past the bugs
Warning about the official BGAE patch v1.01 NVIDIA card video lag 

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE YOU DOWNLOAD. 

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WARNING about the Official BG&E Patch V1.01

bulletIf you do not have problems in the unpatched game, do NOT install the patch. 
The patch is known to cause the "no-keydrop" bug.

bulletThe Official BG&E patch was created for processors that do not support SSE (Streaming SIMD Extensions). 
If your system supports SSE, do not install this Patch. 

bulletTo verify if your system supports SSE, open settingsapplication.exe in your BGAE game directory,  click the "advanced settings" tab, check the "manual compatibility settings" box and click the "autodetect" button. If your system supports SSE, the checkbox will be marked and you need NOT install the patch.  
 
bulletIf it turns out that you installed the patch on a system that does support SSE, un- and re-installing the game without patching may resolve all your problems.  No promises on that, but it's worth a try. It worked for me.
Your save games from the patched game will not be recognized by the unpatched game. 

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Something else to consider if you have bug problems:

bulletThe game file (sally_clean.ib)  weighs in at well over 2.2GB on your HD. If your HD is too fragmented, this could lead to read and write errors, which in turn could lead to one of the many bugs that have been reported. 
 
bulletIf you experience any other bugs than the ones listed here, it might be helpful to uninstall and then run scandisk and defrag before you (re-)install this game. This is probably a good bet to overcome the problem. As long as you reinstall in the same version (unpatched/patched) you will be able to use your savegames again. 

 
bulletOther helpful things to do (clean boot, update drivers etc.) are listed in
this Microsoft Article #303032 Games: The game stops responding or quits unexpectedly. 


BUG TROUBLES for the PC version:

A listing of the most common bugs:

  1. Mammago's garage: I can't buy the cannon. (use savegame #1)

  2. Factory exit:  my 2nd fuse has disappeared. (use savegame #2)

  3. Mammago's garage: I can't buy  the jump kit. (use savegame #2)

  4. Slaughterhouse: No-key-drop after the 3-robot fight and/or crash to desktop on exiting that room.
    (use savegame #3.)

  5. Exit slaughterhouse: Pearl disappears, doors remain closed. (use savegame #4)

  6. Selene cloister: on return from the crypt, Pey'j or HH have disappeared. (use savegame #5)
    (Bugs #4 and 6 are reported to occur only in the patched game. )

A word of warning for those people who like to cheat:
Use of  Rahly's save-game editor to give yourself pearls, that you have not yet earned in the game, may cause the game to lock up.
If the pearl in question is obtained in a Domz fight during which the city gates are locked, when you get to that point in the game, the game pearl will disappear before you can get to it, and the city gates will remain closed!
 = #5 above? I have also been able to reproduce it after the very first Domz fight.

More Bugs.

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HH or Pey'j disappears elsewhere in the game. 

This is something that can occur at anytime if you run away too fast and too far from your buddy.
HH may even tell you at times "D.B.U.T.T. Don't Break Up The Team." 
Don't say he didn't warn you, if you kept going anyway. 

The only thing you can do there is to load an earlier savegame when you were still together and make an effort to stay together. 

 

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Don't paint yourself into a corner. 
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Surveillance room: get up on the gate before you move the hovercraft, and shoot a disk at the button to make the gate go up. Run to the other side of the gate and go into the ventilation room. When you come back, the gate is down, you cannot shoot the button from where you are and HH cannot push it for you. You're stuck. Don't do it.
 

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After the fight with the trilobites, you have to go up and through an electric barrier. HH needs to push the button for you to shut it off.
It is possible to retrace your steps back into that room, but HH won't be with you anymore. You can't go up, and you can't go back. You're stuck. Don't do it.
 

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At Black Isle, if you  jump up against the rocks with your hovercraft, you might be able to get inside a cave.
The bad things is that there's nothing inside and apparently you can't get out...(reported by Speedcraftmotor.)
No info available on exact location. 

 

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Take a trip into outer space. 
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In race2, if you use boosters in the triple turn, you can ride up against the wall and suddenly you're in outer space.
 

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In the lighthouse, with the barrier switched on, walk to the edge of the extended arm, and take a running jump back towards the lighthouse. You can fall into space.  (reported by kanderton) No details on what arm, or exact location.


A few minor programming glitches:

bulletIn the IRIS Den, after the Nutripils mission, you get a reward. 
The screen shows 12 pearls (which is the reward after the Slaughterhouse mission.)
 When you take your reward, all 12 pearls disappear but you get only 5 in your inventory.
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bulletIn the IRIS Den, after you received the star key, Mei is sitting on thin air.
She is sitting where Hahn stood during your first visit, but there is nothing there to support her.
bulletIn Transit, if you allow yourself to be transported by some of the belts,
bulletyou will stop moving just short of the red laser barrier that blocks the exit,
bulletbut the belt is still moving under your feet. 
 
bulletIn Transit, if you jump down the belt on top of those huge ice-cream barrels,
bulletyou may go right through the lid and end up inside it.
bulletYou can walk out through the side without problem, but
bulletonce out completely, you can't get back inside. 
bulletOn Selene, after you find Pey'j, he's wearing his suit and jet boots...
I have seen some screen pics with Pey'j in long underwear.
So somewhere someone had it right. Were did they lose this in the PC version?
 

If you know any more bugs, let me know. I'll post them and give you credit. 
 

SAVEGAMES for "Beyond Good and Evil."

bulletUse at your own risk. 
bulletSavegames from the patched or unpatched games are compatible ONLY with that same game version. 
bulletMake sure you download the correct version that you need. 
bulletIf you see "hangar-#" in the load screen, you have a version conflict. 
bulletThe game will crash to desktop if you try to load a savegame that is not of the same version as your BGAE.exe. 

bulletBack up your own files. You never know that you may want to use them again.  
bulletCopy the save game you need into the BGAE game directory. 
bulletBEWARE: slot0.sav = topmost listing in the loading screen, etc. =>  slot4.sav= bottom-most listing.
 
bulletSally.idx  registers the save-locations information that you see in the load screen.  
bulletCopying this file is optional.
bulletIf you do not copy my Sally.idx together with the savegames, you will see your own save location listing in the load screen. 
bulletHowever, when you load the corresponding slot, the savegame should still load correctly. 
bulletYou can save right away in the same slot to obtain a correct listing on your screen. 


Savegames for the UNPATCHED GAME

Savegames for the PATCHED GAME

1. Mammago's garage, just bought the neutralizing cannon. 
(= slot4.sav, shows at the bottom of the listing in the load screen)
1. Mammago's Garage, just bought the neutralizing cannon.  (=slot4.sav, shows at the bottom of the listing in the load screen)
You do not have the animal and pearl detectors yet. 
2. Mammago's Garage, just bought the jump kit. (=slot3.sav) Bypasses the "I lost my 2nd fuse in the factory" and the "Can't buy the jump kit" bugs.  2. Mammago's Garage, just bought the jump kit. (=slot3.sav) Bypasses the "I lost my 2nd fuse in the factory" and the "Can't buy the jump kit" bugs. 
3. Surveillance Room, just after the No-Key-Drop bug. (=slot2.sav) Bypasses the "no key drop" bug and the "Central hall crash" in the same room. Since save#2: completed part 1 of slaughterhouse mission. Don't forget to go across the gate for the animal picture. 3. Surveillance Room, just after the No-Key-Drop bug. (=slot2.sav) Bypasses the "no key drop" bug and the "Central hall crash" in the same room. Since save#2: completed part 1 of slaughterhouse mission. Don't forget to go across the gate for the animal picture.
4. Mammago's garage, just after the Domz dragon fight. (=slot1.sav) Bypasses the "All doors remain closed" Bug.  4. Mammago's garage, just after the Domz dragon fight. (=slot1.sav) Bypasses the "All doors remain closed" Bug. 
5. Selene Transmitter Entrance, after rescuing Pey'j.
(=slot0.sav, shows at the top of the listing in the load screen) Bypasses the "Pey'j or HH disappeared in the cloister" bugs. 
You still need to transmit the report.
You cannot go back to Hillys at this point. 
5. Selene Transmitter Entrance, after rescuing Pey'j.
(=slot0.sav, shows at the top of the listing in the load screen) Bypasses the "Pey'j or HH disappeared in the cloister" bugs. 
You still need to transmit the report.
You cannot go back to Hillys at this point. 
6. Sally.idx  This file registers the saved games. 6. Sally.idx  This file registers the saved games.

These games won't get you speed records on the most wanted list. 

The last savegame does not have all pictures or pearls. If you want that, you'll have to play all the minigames from savegame #4 on. You can still do them all at that point. 
Hope this helps.

bulletThanks to Djnogg, the "Beyond Good and Evil" Community manager, these files are also hosted on the Ubisoft servers as a zipfile of all 5 savegames and the Sally.idx file. (+ 2.5MB)
Click on the appropriate version link below to download those zipfiles. 
UNPATCHED GAME  - PATCHED GAME

 

Solution to NVIDIA  video lag problem.

bulletMany users of (older?) NVIDIA video cards have a serious problem of video lag with this game. 
bulletDuring the cutscenes, the sound files play normally, but the video can be as much as 15 seconds behind. 
Very annoying to say the least.
bulletGameplay is slow and Jade appears to be running in slow motion. 
bulletDuring the races and the looter's cavern missions, this also causes a control lag which makes it difficult to complete these missions. 

bulletUnfortunately, Ubisoft refuses to provide a patch to correct the problem.
Possible solution to the problem:
  1. Download this file. Use at your own risk. 
  2. backup your original BGA.exe
  3. Extract the file into the game directory. 
  4. Open SettingApplication.exe in your game directory.
    1. In Graphics Settings set video resolution to minimal (512x384 = lower than what the standard game allows.)
    2. In Advanced Settings put all the sliders to the left.
    3. On the same screen check the manual compatibility settings box and click on the autodetect button. 
    4. On my system (NVIDIA GeForce2MX/MX400) it works best with only SSE and HW Vertex processing checked.
    5. You may have to experiment to see how much you can check, or which sliders you can activate without getting too much of a slow-down. 
  5. Play the game as normal. 
     

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