I installed the game on my brother’s computer, and I get a manifestation of this bug there too, but in the form a disappearing text from the “select” buttons. When I hover over a select button, the text appears, but when I move away, the text disappears. And all have to do is alt+tab while at the country selection screen.
I installed it on my laptop, and I get the same effect. So far, my desktop behaves as in the screenshots. My brother’s computer and my laptop show a milder effect, that where the buttons labels are gone until I hover over the buttons.
I asked a friend to install the game on his computer, and he reports that he doesn’t see the problem.
[You don’t have to worry about piracy on their parts, as they don’t like the game to begin with (my friend because there’s no LAN play, my brother because it’s not a brain dead shooter/adventure)]
When the mild manifestation occurs, the game doesn’t crash, so what I see may have something to do with my desktop setup, which saw lots of development tools installed on it during its lifetime, which could have enhanced some memory leaks.
I’m not running any overclocked components, and when you mentioned that I remembered that my video card’s fan needs a small push to start spinning, so I did that, but the effects are the same. But my laptop for sure is not overclocked.
Also, the video cards are different: my desktop has an ATI 9600 Pro, my brother’s computer has an integrated nVidia 6200 and my laptop has an integrated Intel 915. The spread is big enough to count driver bugs out.
I don’t know my friend’s computer configuration, but the difference is that, because he hates installers that need Administrator access, I gave him an archive of the installed game, which means that if the installer does something to the Windows installation, he didn’t get it.
I also tried running the game under Wine, just to see how that goes, and it went really bad, as most of the screen gets rendered white and alt+enter seems to kill the application instead of making it go into window mode, so I can’t use that to demonstrate anything related to my report. Manually changing data/config.muf doesn’t help either, as it gets reverted once I start the game. Where is this setting stored?