WoW - graphics issues after 2.4 patch

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Bimmi, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. Bimmi macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    Odd behavior since applying the Sunwell patch... using my pet's Dash ability tends to trigger a widespread graphical corruption across the user interface, with buttons breaking up or disappearing, color inversions, and various other lovely effects. The problem tends to go away after five or so attacks, but this is not always so: as it is, the only sure fix I've found for the problem is to disable Dash, which is not exactly a great solution in my opinion.

    I've noticed a slight hit to my framerates under 2.4 as well. Anyone else having issues with this patch?

    (also, is it just me, or is the Omen add-on getting worse with every release?)

    edit: actually, it appears to happen every time ANYTHING in the game uses a Dash-type spell. This is gonna be fun...
  2. siorai macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    Are you using any addons? There might be incompatibility issues there if you are. Try disabling them all. If the problem is gone, enable them one by one until you find the culprit.

    Personally I lucked out. The only issue I have is with CowTip. Any NPC is shown as being in my guild in the tooltip info. :p
  3. gothiquegirrl macrumors regular


    Dec 6, 2006
    Planet Earth
    Luckily, I haven't had any issues other than Quest Helper won't run. :)

    I have to go with the other poster - Check your add-ons.

    BTW - * sorry in advance for hi-jacking** I'm not a Video game person. I just started playing WoW to win back my husband, LOL, but i have found i really like playing... Anyway, what add-ons do you all have?

    Scary that I've made it to lvl 60 and am still so clueless about the game! LOL

  4. Bimmi thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    Add-on conflict was my first suspicion too (running Auctioneer and Omen). However, the glitch occurs even when everything's disabled. I have not tried uninstalling them, nor do I particularly want to, but as far as I can tell they're not the culprits here.
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    couple of things.

    move your WTF and Interfaces folder out of your wow folder and then try and see if this helps the problem.

    you can also try setting your spell detail to the lowest setting.

    there are numerous graphical issues being posted on the wow mac tech support forums
  6. Bimmi thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    No surprises there I guess. I found the 2.3 patch to be bug-ridden as well, though not as intrusively so as this one.

    These glitches actually caused the game to crash out on me a couple of times, and completely hung it once which forced a hard restart. Not happy, since all was working perfectly just a few days ago. I've sent the crash reports to Blizzard; hopefully this will be a short-lived issue.

    edit: WTF folder should not be an issue, since this is happening on top of a brand spankin' new install of the game.
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    RE: WTF folder,

    the tech support has recommended this to several people, worth a try in any event, imo.
  8. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus


    Nov 28, 2001
    down in Fraggle Rock
    Questhelper (and nearly every other major addon, have been updated for the patch already - so run out and update.
  9. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus


    Nov 28, 2001
    down in Fraggle Rock
    Sorry, just a silly joke. no offense intended.

    Unfortunately this is the nature of updates. There are so many different configurations that some bugs sneak through. I don't see any mention of a bug like yours on Blizzard's forum so it is probably not wide spread. Unfortunately this means it might take them awhile to correct the issue (unless it is related to another set of bugs). Other than the suggestion that PlaceofDis made (and that Blizzard has already told you repeatedly to try) there isn't much you can do but report your bug and wait.

    When 2.3 came out there was a graphical bug that made the game similarly unplayable and that could actually damage your graphics card. It killed my 12" powerbook, and was only recently fixed (it went un-fixed for months).

    [edit]You should also note that long before a patch is released, Blizzard provides everyone access to a test server to try out the patch. If these sort of things really get under your skin, you could try testing the patch ahead of time so that Blizzard knows about bugs for your particular computer configuration long before the patch is released on the real servers. Maybe then they will correct your bugs before everyone elses.
  10. Bimmi thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    I've seen at least three reports on the Blizzard forums of problems identical or very similar to mine, though it doesn't appear to be limited to Dash-type spells. One thing that seems consistent is that the corrupted-graphics issue does lead to freezes and hangs as described earlier.

    Again, I don't know what good moving the WTF file is going to do, since this is literally an hours-old, brand-new install and I already tried it when I first started having the issue yesterday. It didn't help.
  11. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Doesn;t seem to affect Warriors charge or intercept.

    The whole damn game is very lumpy, reports 45fps, feels like the terrain is re-drawing at about 10...!

    There were hotfixes launched today, realms down on rolling restarts.
  12. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    because you patch after you install?

    and did you try turning the spell detail to low? that seems to be another source of the problems, and albeit its not a proper fix, it might help.
  13. Bimmi thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    Turning the spell detail all the way down seemed to alleviate the problem, and turning it most of the way back up afterwards did not seem to reintroduce the issue. So, that's a relief. I'm waiting to see how things go over several hours of play as opposed to a quick jaunt into the woods, though.
  14. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

    Apr 28, 2004
    I've been playing wow since launch day and have seen all sorts of bugs/glitches/ui issues. I use my fair share of mods (approximately 50, i hate the default ui) and in general I can say the issues were NEVER caused by a mod that was up to date. If a mod is out of date and has issues, you will get warning messages (assuming you didn't turn them off) which will be your first clue to update that mod (or find a new one if that mod is no longer being kept up to date).

    I suggest Ace mods for everyone, they are well maintained and easy to use. There is an automatic updater for OS X for these Ace mods too (I forget the name but do a google search). Using this mod you can instantly see what mods you have which are out of date and update them all instantly (a massive time/brain saver when you're using dozens/hundreds of mods).

    I've never seen positive results from deleting my WTF folder, so do so at your own risk. It's really just annoying having to reconfigure stuff, so I suggest you make a back up of the folder.

    1. Make sure your mods are up to date.
    2. Make sure you have your error messages enabled.
    3. Use Ace mods when possible (I use all Ace but some people have their preferences).

    Also, turning your spell detail off can be dangerous if you raid/run instances as it makes alot of AOE spells invisible, which can be bad :p.
  15. siorai macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    Here's the addons I use. This is a screenshot from the wowace updater which I would highly recommend using as it will make your life so much easier.

  16. Bimmi thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    On a semi-related note, can anyone recommend a good resource for reviews and descriptions of WoW add-ons? The sites I've seen so far have been less than informative.
  17. merc669 macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2006
    Southern MD, USA
  18. FullCollapse macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2006
    Oneonta, NY

    just wanted to say thank you for that link to wowmatrix, that made my life much less frustrating!
  19. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    Just curious, but why so many mods? I can understand changing the default UI, or adding information that's useful, but some people seem to get really carried away. :eek:
  20. rbarris macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2003
    Irvine CA
  21. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    nice to know that you guys at blizzard still visit here. :)
  22. Bimmi thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    This issue didn't return after several hours of play on a hunter and mage with the spell detail slightly detuned. The sparkle on herb nodes is back to its inconsistent behavior circa 2.3.0, however, and the gathering animation (female NE) is working sporadically at best. My frame rates in Ashenvale have also gone straight into the crapper, while suffering a smaller but still noticeable hit in other zones.

    I've noticed a few other minor graphics issues with this patch, mainly terrain texture blending issues and minor noise on the world map. And alas, the Deeprun Tram sounds are still MIA (though I was thrilled to hear the proper sounds for Stonewrought Dam for the first time after the final 2.3 patch).
  23. PellePirat macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2007
    Right after i installed 2,4, everything worked out super. Some addons needed som caring ofc, but i got it sorted.

    Last night everything started running between 6-45 fps. Its areas like Shattrath, Netherstorm, Quel,Danas no matter how many characters or NPCs that was on the screen. I could pan an inch, and everything runs perfect at 45+fps, if i move back, 6 fps again. Weird. Seems there is something in the image that kills the Mac? Couldnt find it though.

    Well, i tried deleting the config file and it seems to have helped a big deal, but still not perfect.

    I also noticed the very bad landscape graphic FPS, its very jerky, especially in Nagrand and Terokkar forrest.

    I have tried all obvious solutions like NO addons, but it doesnt make a difference. One thing i have noticed is the crazy new combatlog, its just updating like crazy all the time when zoning in and out, especiallyu in raids, and makes the Mac work ridicolously much. Imo, thats WAY to system demanding, and a feature like that, shouldnt be THAT power consumpting.

    Anyways, im glad Blizz cares about Mac owners, its a super way to experience the game in. I just hope bot Apple and Blizz would put a great effort in optimizing drivers and graphic for Mac, because all the new graphic "improvements" in 2,4 is hard to spot so far :-(

    Im running the game on Imac 2,4, 3GB ram, Radeon 2600XT and so on... 1920x1200 (cant remember gfx setup fully, but the landscape and ground clutter is turned down, spectacular lighting is off)
  24. monster1221 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2008
    I'm having a corrupted issue too.

    And I disabled all my add ons. It still is corrupting my interface.
  25. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    2.4.1 patch came out today to address some bugs issues (some were PowerPC Mac related).

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