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silbersmith Jun 5 2013, 10:48pm Anchor
silbersmith

Hello, i recently joined to play project zomboid and i bought it. So after it was installed i double clicked it and a screen popped up showing if i wanted to launch it in 32 or 64 bit. Since i have a 64b machine, i clicked 64. A small screen pops up for a split second and then goes away, then i try to hit 64b compatability mode, same thing happens, Please help!

nasKoo Jun 6 2013, 3:46am Anchor
nasKoo

Hello silbersmith,

this is most likely because you may have a 64Bit machine but either not a 64Bit OS (less likely) or you do not have Java 64 Bit installed (more likely) or it's somewhere where the game can't find it.

You need to have Java installed to start the game. If you can start the 32x version of the game, that means you have 32 Bit Java installed.
On a 64Bit machine, you can install both 32 and 64 Bit Java. 
Grab it from here:
Java.com

mrbill317 Jun 8 2013, 12:00pm Anchor
mrbill317

I am having the same issue.  Windows 7 - 64bit and I use Java all the time for games.

nasKoo Jun 10 2013, 8:02am Anchor
nasKoo
mrbill317 wrote:I am having the same issue.  Windows 7 - 64bit and I use Java all the time for games.

We need more intel in order to help.

Which version of the game are you trying to run?
It's necessary to have at least java 32 Bit if you want to play the 32x version. If you have a 64 Bit OS you will also need to install Java 64 Bit. Chances are you are running a 64 Bit OS with the 32 Bit version of Java.

Click the link in my previous post and install Java 32Bit.
Ideally, you will install it in the default installation path.

runner6000 Jun 10 2013, 3:10pm Anchor
runner6000

i downloded java 64 bit but 5 mins in and it crashed please help

nasKoo Jun 11 2013, 9:37am Anchor
nasKoo
runner6000 wrote:i downloded java 64 bit but 5 mins in and it crashed please help

We'll need more info than that, please.

runner6000 Jun 12 2013, 3:00pm Anchor
runner6000

well like what

nasKoo Jun 12 2013, 3:53pm Anchor
nasKoo
runner6000 wrote:well like what

The cmd window of it should show an error. The message itself or even a screenshot of it would help. or if you're doing something in-game that might cause the crash.
Anything more than "it crashes please help" :)

Edited by: nasKoo

runner6000 Jun 12 2013, 4:37pm Anchor
runner6000

well i picked up a 9-mm pistol

nasKoo Jun 12 2013, 5:17pm Anchor
nasKoo

Okay.
What about an error message? Or a screenshot of the cmd window?

runner6000 Jun 12 2013, 8:43pm Anchor
runner6000

ok how do i take a screenshot

abbo1993 Jun 17 2013, 3:57pm Anchor
abbo1993

Hello i've just bought project zomboid but as i try to start from version 32 bit it only open a brief window then nothing do you know how to fix it?

Fir3storm208 Jun 27 2013, 12:31am Anchor
Fir3storm208

This thread is rapidly spiraling out of control... Well I have the same problem, I'm running Windows 7 64 bit and I have Java 7 64 bit. My Java is up to date, I just downloaded the update. Now there was no error message and the command window only flashed across the screen so I couldn't get a screenshot. I only just recently started using Desura because I was getting tired of checking the forums to see if the next update was available, so I'm not too familiar with the program...

My apologies, I should have looked at the FAQ instead of posting. Oh well, let's hope this works...

Ok, so I have updated my driver, rebooted my system, PZ wouldn't start, same as before. I reinstalled the game, still fails to start. I have played Project Zomboid on this machine before and it worked perfectly fine, so I don't know if it's just this version or that it's running through Desura. I have run out of ideas to get this game running again.

nasKoo Jul 1 2013, 6:08pm Anchor
nasKoo

A flashing window when starting the game indicates that the game cannot find your Java installation.
Uninstalling Java and then reinstalling it to the default installation folder (not changing it during install) usually fixes this.

On a 64 Bit OS you can install both Java 32 and 64 Bit.

Icemelt Jul 11 2013, 9:37am Anchor
Icemelt

Love this game, but it's always a pain in the butt to intstall and run.  EDIT: Now stuck on validation like so many others. Every time I think about playing this game I'm confronted by update/install/launch issues.

Currently suck on "Removing Old Files ... " after updating.

Here's what I want to do:  Press Play -> Play Game

Thanks

Edited by: Icemelt

Keough1206 Jul 23 2013, 5:50pm Anchor
Keough1206

I'm also having problems launching PZ, just installed Desura and PZ, try to launch but a window flashes open for a second with a bunch of text

I've downloaded Java in its default folder and the problem persists. Any ideas?

mongrol Jul 23 2013, 6:55pm Anchor
mongrol

Same here. It's failing to find some classes. Rumour has it this is down to incorrect case on some files but I've so far not been able to resolve it. I realise this is alpha but still, the thing should be able to launch so we can test the actual game. Noone seems willing help on this forum either. You'd think it would be reasonable to at least patch the desura build so it at least runs.

nasKoo Jul 30 2013, 2:53pm Anchor
nasKoo

Sorry for the late response guys. I've been on vacation.

@Icemelt Please go to the Common folder of your Desura install folder and delete the Zomboid folder there.
Then restart Desura and redownload the game.

Another option would be downloading the game from here: Desura.com
As stated on that page, you have to be logged in to the Desura webpage to get the "Download" option. When you're not logged in it will say "buy"

@Keough1206 Please make sure that you have the right version of Java installed and are also trying to play the game via the corresponding exe (or Desura prompt button).
If you have Java 32 Bit installed, you need to play the game by choosing "Play 32x" or "Compatibility Mode 32x".
If you have the 64 Bit version of Java installed, you need to choose "Play 64x" or "Compatibility Mode 64x".

@mongrol The Desura build is the ONLY build. Desura is currently the only provider of PZ.
Your error doesn't sound like it's the same as with someone else. Please  provide us with the exact error you're getting and what OS you're using. I'm having a hard time making guesses at those things.

AlmightyBuddha Aug 23 2013, 10:38pm Anchor
AlmightyBuddha

I have the same problem as silbersmith. I am running on an E-Machine with Windows XP, an Intel Celeron D CPU 3.33GHz and an ATI Radeon Xpress 200... I know I am running on a x32 copy of XP and I downloaded Java x32 and deleted it and redownloaded it about 10 times and nothing changes... I read the entire log and the only error I could find is Java.lang.IllegalStateException: Function is not supported. I am starting to want my money back... I feel like I wasted $8

nasKoo Aug 24 2013, 12:28pm Anchor
nasKoo
AlmightyBuddha wrote:I have the same problem as silbersmith. I am running on an E-Machine with Windows XP, an Intel Celeron D CPU 3.33GHz and an ATI Radeon Xpress 200... I know I am running on a x32 copy of XP and I downloaded Java x32 and deleted it and redownloaded it about 10 times and nothing changes... I read the entire log and the only error I could find is Java.lang.IllegalStateException: Function is not supported. I am starting to want my money back... I feel like I wasted $8

That's related to your graphics card driver, so updating that should help.
If your machine's manufacturer offers their own drivers, they may be outdated. If you could use the original ATI ones, that'd be ace and most likely fixes the issue.

Edited by: nasKoo

AlmightyBuddha Aug 24 2013, 12:57pm Anchor
AlmightyBuddha

Yep I finally got that fixed lol Installed the original driver and got it fixed. Thanks

nasKoo Aug 27 2013, 4:15pm Anchor
nasKoo

You're welcome.
Glad you finally got it working :)

gagemcnolty Nov 13 2013, 3:42pm Anchor
gagemcnolty

I run the game make a character but when it actually starts the game play its a black screen I can click on items and other things but can not see anything on the screen not my character not houses just a black screen with the huds up any ideas how to fix this?

nasKoo Nov 15 2013, 11:31am Anchor
nasKoo
gagemcnolty wrote:I run the game make a character but when it actually starts the game play its a black screen I can click on items and other things but can not see anything on the screen not my character not houses just a black screen with the huds up any ideas how to fix this?

Please try playing the game in "safe / compatibility mode" which is done by right clicking the game in your Steam library and then selecting "safe / compatibility mode" from the menu.

Colemaj Jan 16 2014, 12:21am Anchor
Colemaj

I am having the quick pop up no game launch problem am running windows 7 have got the latest 32 and 64 bit java's installed did not change anything during the install so they should be in the correct place they have all ways been. I have never had a java related problem ever before. The game will not launch on either desura or steam in 32x-32compat 64x-64compat or normal or compat mode on steam..... have been trying for a week now.

Edit: I have had the game for a pretty long time now and it had all ways worked previously.

I ran the batch file and got this:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Desura\Common\Project Zomboid>set path=C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live;C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live;C:\Windows\system32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem;C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\;C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\syswow64;c:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\;C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\VAIOStartup Setting Tool;C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Shared;C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin;C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\bin;C:\Program Files (x86)\Desura\Common\Project Zomboid>"C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\java" -server -noverify -XX:+UseParallelGC -XX:+DoEscapeAnalysis -XX:+AggressiveOpts -XX:+TieredCompilation -XX:Tier2CompileThreshold=70000 -XX:CompileThreshold=1500  -Xms768m -Xmx1024m -XX:MaxGCPauseMillis=3 -Dsun.java2d.noddraw=true-Dsun.awt.noerasebackground=true -Dsun.java2d.d3d=false -Dsun.java2d.opengl=false -Dsun.java2d.pmoffscreen=false -Djava.net.preferIPv4Stack=true -Djava.library.path=./ -Dsun.java2d.noddraw=true -Dsun.awt.noerasebackground=true -Dsun.java2d.d3d=false -Xms768m -Xmx768m -Dsun.java2d.opengl=false -Dsun.java2d.pmoffscreen=false -Djava.net.preferIPv4Stack=true -Djava.security.policy=applet.policy -cp lwjgl.jar;lwjgl_util.jar;./ zombie.gameStates.MainScreenStatejava.io.IOException: The system cannot find the path specified        at java.io.WinNTFileSystem.createFileExclusively(Native Method)        at java.io.File.createNewFile(Unknown Source)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFile(Core.java:921)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:909)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFolders(Core.java:891)        at zombie.core.Core.loadOptions(Core.java:772)        at zombie.GameWindow.maina(GameWindow.java:874)        at zombie.gameStates.MainScreenState.main(MainScreenState.java:112)java.io.IOException: The system cannot find the path specified        at java.io.WinNTFileSystem.createFileExclusively(Native Method)        at java.io.File.createNewFile(Unknown Source)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFile(Core.java:921)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:909)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFolders(Core.java:891)        at zombie.core.Core.loadOptions(Core.java:772)        at zombie.GameWindow.maina(GameWindow.java:874)        at zombie.gameStates.MainScreenState.main(MainScreenState.java:112)java.io.IOException: The system cannot find the path specified        at java.io.WinNTFileSystem.createFileExclusively(Native Method)        at java.io.File.createNewFile(Unknown Source)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFile(Core.java:921)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:909)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFolders(Core.java:891)        at zombie.core.Core.loadOptions(Core.java:772)        at zombie.GameWindow.maina(GameWindow.java:874)        at zombie.gameStates.MainScreenState.main(MainScreenState.java:112)java.io.IOException: The system cannot find the path specified        at java.io.WinNTFileSystem.createFileExclusively(Native Method)        at java.io.File.createNewFile(Unknown Source)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFile(Core.java:921)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:909)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFolders(Core.java:891)        at zombie.core.Core.loadOptions(Core.java:772)        at zombie.GameWindow.maina(GameWindow.java:874)        at zombie.gameStates.MainScreenState.main(MainScreenState.java:112)java.io.IOException: The system cannot find the path specified        at java.io.WinNTFileSystem.createFileExclusively(Native Method)        at java.io.File.createNewFile(Unknown Source)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFile(Core.java:921)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:909)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFolders(Core.java:891)        at zombie.core.Core.loadOptions(Core.java:772)        at zombie.GameWindow.maina(GameWindow.java:874)        at zombie.gameStates.MainScreenState.main(MainScreenState.java:112)java.io.IOException: The system cannot find the path specified        at java.io.WinNTFileSystem.createFileExclusively(Native Method)        at java.io.File.createNewFile(Unknown Source)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFile(Core.java:921)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:909)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFolders(Core.java:891)        at zombie.core.Core.loadOptions(Core.java:772)        at zombie.GameWindow.maina(GameWindow.java:874)        at zombie.gameStates.MainScreenState.main(MainScreenState.java:112)java.io.IOException: The system cannot find the path specified        at java.io.WinNTFileSystem.createFileExclusively(Native Method)        at java.io.File.createNewFile(Unknown Source)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFile(Core.java:921)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:909)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFolders(Core.java:891)        at zombie.core.Core.loadOptions(Core.java:772)        at zombie.GameWindow.maina(GameWindow.java:874)        at zombie.gameStates.MainScreenState.main(MainScreenState.java:112)java.io.IOException: The system cannot find the path specified        at java.io.WinNTFileSystem.createFileExclusively(Native Method)        at java.io.File.createNewFile(Unknown Source)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFile(Core.java:921)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:909)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFolders(Core.java:891)        at zombie.core.Core.loadOptions(Core.java:772)        at zombie.GameWindow.maina(GameWindow.java:874)        at zombie.gameStates.MainScreenState.main(MainScreenState.java:112)java.io.IOException: The system cannot find the path specified        at java.io.WinNTFileSystem.createFileExclusively(Native Method)        at java.io.File.createNewFile(Unknown Source)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFile(Core.java:921)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:909)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFolders(Core.java:891)        at zombie.core.Core.loadOptions(Core.java:772)        at zombie.GameWindow.maina(GameWindow.java:874)        at zombie.gameStates.MainScreenState.main(MainScreenState.java:112)java.io.IOException: The system cannot find the path specified        at java.io.WinNTFileSystem.createFileExclusively(Native Method)        at java.io.File.createNewFile(Unknown Source)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFile(Core.java:921)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:909)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFolders(Core.java:891)        at zombie.core.Core.loadOptions(Core.java:772)        at zombie.GameWindow.maina(GameWindow.java:874)        at zombie.gameStates.MainScreenState.main(MainScreenState.java:112)java.io.IOException: The system cannot find the path specified        at java.io.WinNTFileSystem.createFileExclusively(Native Method)        at java.io.File.createNewFile(Unknown Source)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFile(Core.java:921)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:909)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:905)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFolders(Core.java:891)        at zombie.core.Core.loadOptions(Core.java:772)        at zombie.GameWindow.maina(GameWindow.java:874)        at zombie.gameStates.MainScreenState.main(MainScreenState.java:112)java.io.IOException: The system cannot find the path specified        at java.io.WinNTFileSystem.createFileExclusively(Native Method)        at java.io.File.createNewFile(Unknown Source)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFile(Core.java:921)        at zombie.core.Core.searchFolders(Core.java:909)        at zombie.core.Core.copyPasteFolders(Core.java:891)        at zombie.core.Core.loadOptions(Core.java:772)        at zombie.GameWindow.maina(GameWindow.java:874)        at zombie.gameStates.MainScreenState.main(MainScreenState.java:112)java.io.IOException: The system cannot find the path specified        at java.io.WinNTFileSystem.createFileExclusively(Native Method)        at java.io.File.createNewFile(Unknown Source)        at zombie.core.Core.saveOptions(Core.java:961)        at zombie.core.Core.loadOptions(Core.java:774)        at zombie.GameWindow.maina(GameWindow.java:874)        at zombie.gameStates.MainScreenState.main(MainScreenState.java:112)AL lib: (EE) alc_cleanup: 1 device not closedC:\Program Files (x86)\Desura\Common\Project Zomboid>PAUSEPress any key to continue . . .

I have never changed my java path so how come the game cant find it? 

Edited by: Colemaj

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