Arrrggg! I love this game and been through it 5 times end-to-end. I'm merrily on my 6th pass, everything working perfectly as always, when I suddenly can't jump out at the end of Bridge of Sighs. I give the command to jump, the ships all dock & line up, then nothing more happens. The fleet just sits there all lined up, slowly bobbing. ESC doesn't work, or any other keystrokes. I have to ctl-alt-del & kill the application. There are no application or system event error notices in the event viewer log other than the hung homeworld.
I can still reload the end of earlier missions & hyper.
I loaded saved games from earlier passes and they won't hyper out of Bridge any more either :-O.
NO mods - everything strictly by-the-book. Patched to 1.05.
Athlon 64 running Win XP Pro SP2
1 GB RAM, 100G hardrive 80% empty.
Video card Nvidia GeForce 7600S by 3D Fuzion, with latest drivers.
Using game option D3D 1280 x 1024, max palette buffer, been working perfectly.
Turned off antivirus (Bitdefender) and firewall (Windows), no help.
Uninstalled HW, deleted folder, cleaned the registry with CCleaner, reinstalled using original CD into a different location, patched to 1.05, copied saved games back. No help.
Loaded a save from even ealier in the Bridge level & played to the end. No help.
Retired ships until fleet was smaller than on previous successful passes (which also no longer work, but only on this mission). No help.
Used the original CD instead of my work copy for playing. No help.
Did a repair install of XP for other reasons. I hypered out of Bridge! But I needed to keep fighters docked, so I went back, set the keep-docked, and tried again ... NO HYPER ever again X-(, new pass or old saved passes.
Did a clean re-install of the entire computer, starting with formatting the harddrive, and only the latest drivers loaded. No hyper out of Bridge, not even the first time thru. Everything else works!
I am soooo beyond stumped :-?