Graphics problems in Portal

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  1. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000

    murdercitydevil

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    #1
    Maybe someone else has this issue, and hopefully, a fix. I was playing portal yesterday and it worked perfectly. Then today I started a new game and no matter what video settings I use, there are graphical problems with the game. The most obvious and game-ruining of these, is the fact that I can't see through portals. They are just black. yes, I have portal rendering set to 2, higher numbers don't do anything. Can anyone help me me with this?

    EDIT: yeah, i totally posted this in the wrong forum, my mistake mods.
     
  2. Pax macrumors 6502a

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    Today I have black portals too, regardless of the rendering number. But no graphical glitches that I have noticed

    It looks like there was a "product update" yesterday which says

    "Updates to Portal have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

    Fixed screen "fuzziness" caused by color correction operation
    .... etc"

    I wonder if there is a bug in this update??
     
  3. mixel macrumors 65816

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    #3
    Start the game in windowed mode and it'll fix it. :) they're working on a bugfix already.

    If you want a more permanent way of achieving that, right click on portal in the Steam list, General/ Set Launch Options and enter;

    -windowed

    There's a list of other commands you can put in here: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=1040-JWMT-2947 - though a lot of them are irrelevent for osX.

    You can put it back in full screen once it's loaded. (and delete the -windowed thing once it's fixed)
     
  4. murdercitydevil thread starter macrumors 68000

    murdercitydevil

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    I guess the most likely explanation is the update that was released. There aren't any especially noticeable glitches besides the black portals, but if I place my character in between portals, like one half of me inside, one outside, and look around, theres crazy color artifacts and such that, AFAIK, were never there before. Clearly something broken related to how looking through portals functions.
     
  5. murdercitydevil thread starter macrumors 68000

    murdercitydevil

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    nice! i'm going to try this now. Thanks for the quick reply.
     
  6. Wee Beastie macrumors regular

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    ha! yeah I was wondering about that too! I actually started thinking it was intentional to make the game a little harder. Anyway, for the most part it is pretty doable with opaque portals. I haven't beaten it yet, but I am pretty far in.

    That said, there are definitely some tests that I completed with clear portals that would have been way harder with the black ones.

    Ps. I am pretty sure that every single time I typed "portals" in this this post, I actually typed "protals" first. Can we just change the name and make my life a little easier?
     
  7. murdercitydevil thread starter macrumors 68000

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    nope, window mode didn't work for me. however I can attest that the game is indeed beatable without clear portals.
     

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