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Hi, guys I recently re-installed my UCAWA game and came across a massive list of problems, I know that support for it is discontinued but maybe someone still plays that old horse and could help:

1. My number of starforce activations ran out (and I could not get any information on that since my copy was purchased from BMTmicro, but I discovered that after patch 1.00.20 a new DRM protection scheme was introduced so I whent on a quest to find that 1.00.20 patch and came to my second problem

2. The in-game updater doesn't work - so I found an download of a latest version of the updater and descovered that it returns some kind of quazi-matrix error when trying to contact server for update (same happens when you go into patch downloads sections of the new forum - most of the links are broken) so I went on browsing 3-rd party web sites and discovered that none of them had a 1.00.20 for download all of them had 1.00.19 and after that was 1.00.22 available for download so here comes my 3rd proble

3. Patch 1.00.22 is available in 2 versions - 1 is listed as a Digital River version and the other is listed as "all other versions" , both patches are different in size. So I downloaded both. In my case the "other versions" patch did not work - the game would not start at all after applying it. So I re-installed the game and re-applied all the patches up to 1.00.19 and installed 1.00.22 Digital River patch on top of it. This time the game started and protection software gave me my hardware footprint and asked for a new activation key - so I contacted SC with all my recipts and the whole bunch of other "paper bits required" and he'd sent me a new activation key and it worked and I could access the game

So the moment I thought I was through all the activation and updating ordeal when a new problem struck me:

I can start the game - OK

I can run the game - OK

All the instant scenarios and campaign run ok, but then I shut down the game and next time I start it - my screen starts looking like that when in space:

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So I figured out that the only difference between 2 game starts that a ucconfig.ini file was autogenerated and that caused graphics problems.

So far my only work around is to go to UCAWA folder and delete that ucconfig.ini file, after that I can launch and run the game without that strange stuff splashed all over my screen

One more problem would be that I cannot acces "keys" section of the "config" menu - every time I press on it the game crashes to desktop, so I cannot select joystick as my flight controller, so here it is - I need to delete ucconfig to run the game without graphics problems, at the same time I neeed it to set up joystick as a flight controller.

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It looks like something got corrupted along all that patching line, so I am wondering if anybody has a UCAWA 1.00.20 patch that I could download, any other help would be apreciated

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I've no idea what is causing this graphical error.

However, you can set your joystick as your primary controller by opening the ucconfig.ini file, and looking for the Controller entry.

Setting it to 1 will make the joystick your controller IIRC.

You can even change your key mapping there, but you will have to experiment a bit as to what joystick button is which. Most of the time, the trigger is button1, which should be a good start!

Now, I'd rather recommend you buy UCCE, which is supported and works just fine :beerchug:

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However, you can set your joystick as your primary controller by opening the ucconfig.ini file, and looking for the Controller entry.

Setting it to 1 will make the joystick your controller IIRC.

The thing is that I keep deleting that ucconfig file before starting my game to avoid that graphics glitch, cause having a joistick is no good when your screen looks like that. Although sometimes it does diappear if I turn away from light sources like planets, suns, flux fields. I have played with all kinds of different combinations in the config settings and the only way for me to avoid that glitch is by deleting that ucconfig file, then the game runs ok (only without joistick)

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After a few hours of messing with different in-game and ATI Catalist settings the issue was solved, and the invasion fleet is now heading to attack a starstation in the nearby region

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