Dungeon Siege I   v1.11 / v1.5
File Update: System_Detail.gas


Technical background: To start the game in a working graphic mode Dungeon Siege 1 is using a list to look up the settings how to run your graphic card.
This list is content of the file 'system_detail.gas' file that is stored in your DS1 game folder. However with a new graphic card this file may become obsolete - thus let's create a new file here!

How it works:
Probably the pre-made file from above won't contain your graphic card because your hardware is even newer or maybe less mainstream-like, then a custom file version for the own graphic card is required.
You can do this yourself by the following 3 steps.


Step 1: Explore your graphic card.

We need some specific information about your graphic card, namely the 'vendor id' and the 'device id' of your graphic card.
Depending on your Windows version you can find this out with help of the system information tools.
Alternatively you could download ATi/AMD's tool DeviceID.exe (29kB).
This tiny tool was made by ATi (meanwhile AMD) however it works for most other manufacturers too and will give you the ID data required:

Please note, this tool only can find one graphic card/chip, so if you have multiple GPUs in your computer, it may happen that the ID data of your favourite one won't be listed. However via the Control Panel your Windows can tell you these IDs as well.


Step 2: Fill in the collected data.

Although it's not that difficult to update manually system_detail.gas this site can do this for you.
Vendor/manufacturer data:
  Vendor's/manufacturer's name
  His Vendor ID, eg.  0x1A2B   ...enter it here ===>
Garphic card data:
  Name of your grapic card
  Its Device ID, eg.  0x0123   ...enter it here ===>

Border area of complex Shadows:
Smoother shadows with higher value.
Original default was 64. A higher value may look better but also will stress your computer some more. This setting is rather insignificant if you intend to use simple/round shadows (as available in the option menu).
Screen Resolution: (optional)
What is your resolution while gaming?
Natively only 640x480, 800x600 and 1024x768 are supported, anything else you have to define as start parameters (you also can add this in the 'DungeonSiege.ini' file, located in 'My Documents\Dungeon Siege' resp. in 'My Documents\Dungeon Siege LoA').


Step 3: Replacing the old file.

Open now the DS1 game folder and backup and remove the original system_detail.gas file.
Its location may vary - a file search may be needed to find it.
Thenand save it into the game folder.

That's all. Good luck & enjoy the game!