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AIX TROUBLESHOOTING!!!, please read here before posting!
post Oct 22 2007, 03:04 AM
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AIX will not work for you if you don't PATCH BF2 TO VERSION 1.41!
Official EA link to patch 1.41

AIX is a Bf2 mod so obviously has the same system specs as Bf2. If your system falls below any of these requirements, then there is not much we can do about low performance on your computer. I will remind everyone that this is a very single player intensive mod and therefore uses more CPU and Ram than the average multiplayer mods due to enlarged navmeshes, much more content and smarter bots. AIX recommends 2 gig of ram for the best performance.


Windows XP (32-bit) with Admin rights
1.7 GHz Intel Celeron D / Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP/ Sempron or greater
512 MB of RAM or more
8x or faster CD/DVD drive
2.3 GB free hard drive space or more
Video: DirectX 9.0c compatible (see video)
Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible (Sound Blaster X-Fi series recommended )

Video card must have 128 MB or more memory and one of the following chipsets:
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 or greater
ATI Radeon 8500 or greater


Staticmesh Error

When I start AIX2, I get this error.
StaticMesh.fx(2): error X1507: Failed to open source file: 'mods/xpack/shaders/datatypes/fx

This is usually caused by a bad patching process to v1.41. If you haven't installed the patch, DO SO IMMEDIATELY. If you have, re-run the v1.41 patch as it has been known not to work properly the first time.

Missing Shortcut

For VISTA users, the shortcut will not appear until you either refresh your desktop or reboot your system for some strange reason.
For XP users you may have a firewall or anti-virus software that is blocking batch files (*.bat files) from running.
Our shortcut is created via a batch file in ->
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 2\mods\AIX\Shortcut\create_shortcut.bat (or wherever your default AIX installing is)
You can try running create_shortcut.bat manually, but if it still does not work do the steps below.

To Manually get the shortcut ->
- Copy and paste your bf2 shortcut.
- Rename the shorcut to AIX
- Right click on the shortcut -> select properties
- In the Target box, paste this in after ...BF2.exe" +modPath mods/aix

This next part will assign the correct icon to the shorcut ->
- While the properties dialogue for the shorcut is still open, click on "Change icon"
- Then click browse
- Navigate to C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 2\mods\AIX\Shortcut (Or wherever your default AIX install is)
- Select the "aix_icon1.ico" file and click OPEN
- Click Okay, then okay again and you should be good to go smile.gif


There are many reason that you could be getting a crash to desktop while starting or using AIX. Everyone has a different system so please make sure you have the latest video drivers, Windows updates and service packs Please try the following suggestions before posting.

[] Pinpoint the error by running in windowed mode. Bf2 often spits out an error screen when you run it in windowed mode.
------ Right click on the AIX shortcut -> select properties
------------ In the Target box, paste this in after ...BF2.exe" +modPath mods/aix +Fullscreen 0
------------ If you get an error, please take a screen shot (print screen and then paste in an image editing program) and show us the error.

[] Make absolute sure that your bf2 is patched up to 1.41 and that you have the latest video card drivers.

[] For immediate CTD's on startup of the mod (black screen and then ctd), try disabling firewalls/antivirus scanners to make sure the bf2.exe is not being blocked from running. Another known cause of this is an incorrectly installed patch. EA incremental patches are notorious for not installing properly and we thoroughly recommend you get the FULL 1.41 patch. Make sure you run the patch with no firewalls or anti-virus/spyware programs running as well that could potentially block the patch process from installing correctly. In rare cases, abnormal screen resolutions or monitor refresh rates can stop BF2 from loading. Try forcing your shorcut to run a "safe" resolution.
This will run AIX in windowed mode at 800x600 resolution for troubleshooting purposes ->

- Right click on the AIX shortcut -> select properties
- In the Target box, paste this in after ...BF2.exe" +modPath mods/aix +fullscreen 0 +szx 800 +szy 600

Also in rare cases, a bad SOUND driver can cause crashes as well. Make sure you have the latest sound drivers for your system, and try running in both "software" and "hardware" mode from the bf2 ingame sound menu to troubelshoot.

[] For CTD's that occur while loading a map, once again follow the above advice for running in windowed mode to get an error message to help pinpoint the issue.

[] Vista Specific
These suggestions may or may not help:

-Right click your AIX shorcut in Vista, choose properties and run in compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 2. Also disable visual themes for better performance and "run this program as an administrator."

-------- Re-install directX 9c. Directx 10 and Directx 9 can quite happily co-exist in Vista.


From http://www.tweakguides.com/BF2_3.html

Clearing Shader Optimizations: When you change the graphical settings or install a new patch, BF2 attempts to optimize the shaders used in the game for the best performance on your particular hardware. These optimized files are stored in your \Documents and Settings\[username]\My Documents\Battlefield 2\mods\bf2\cache\ directory. If you've changed your settings several times, I recommend you finalize your changes, close BF2, go to the above directory and delete everything under the \cache\ directory. The next time you start the game and play single or multiplayer, your shaders will be optimized again. Close BF2 one more time, defragment your hard drive, and now things should be much smoother and load much faster the next time you go to play BF2.

[] Other graphical glitches seem to happen on ATI hardware only. The following information was compiled by Triel (Oct 2007)->

Some have had issues with ATI cards. It ranges from crystals or triangles to blackened or highly distorted areas of certain or all maps.

I should note first that I had issues with ATI Catalyst Control 7.7 and 7.8 on all vanilla BF2 packs and AI v .1 and v .2.

ATI: Latest available at@ http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html

NVIDIA: Latest available i@ http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

If none of the above helped you solve your issues, please make a concise informative post including the following information:

- System specs
- Operating System
- A screenshot of your error from running in windowed mode
- A concise description of the error, when it occurs and any detailed information you can provide surrounding the circumstances of the error

Some people have been getting the message "You will Respawn in: 0" and are unable to spawn when the map loads.
Try making all the python directories lower case ->

../battlefield 2/mods/AIX/python/game/gamemodes

The red letters are currently upper case in AIX 1.0. Try making those folders have all lower case names. (fixed in AIX 2.0)

I installed the mod, but don't have any of the maps?

The full installer comes as 2 files. One is the core mod package and the other is the core maps package. You MUST have BOTH.

My AntiVirus says the installer for the mod and/or the stats.exe is a Trojan

Don't worry, there is no Trojan in AIX. Your AV is just giving a false alarm. What's going on is this,

To use the stats, you have to use another statsserver than Gamespy's which are the official ranking servers. What the stats.exe does is that it makes your computer think that the statsserver adress "bf2web.gamespy.com" is another server (in this case the stats server you are going to use, eg. AIX official ranking, or your local computer ( It then adds this line to the C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts.ics:

" bf2web.gamespy.com"

but with another IP if its another stats server than your local computer. Because this is a system file (by Windows used by ICS (Internet Connection Sharing), most Anti-Virus software detects this as a trojan, as they are commonly known for altering system files.

If you end up loosing your stats.exe because your AV deleted it, you can download another one here.

A detailed explanation why here.

last edited by GD. 26 Aug 09.

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