I'm new to the forum, and until a few days ago I hadn't even played a ff game in about 10 years. But I've come upon an old pc copy of ffvii--I'd only played it on ps1--and I stumbled upon this graphics overhaul from aali's driver. This is awesome. I didn't know what to expect performance-wise on my laptop, considering this is NOT a gaming laptop: the graphics card is some junk intel graphics card, the Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD. I'm running the game through Windows 7 64-bit (dual-boot with ubuntu). But it does seem to run pretty well without the shaders on, and adding the remastered music is amazing.
I've had a lot of random graphical glitches, many of them during battles. The biggest concern, though, is the world map. Most of the textures don't come through at all--they're just black. Mountains seem to work okay, but it's not the same for everything else. Not only does this look bad, but it actually makes navigating the world map pretty difficult! The two "sub-maps" you can bring up by hitting start don't really work either. All that shows up from those two maps is the blinking dots indicating your position and the position of your buggy/sub/aircraft. Luckily my memory of this game is still good enough that I can sort of feel my way around the map to find where I need to go.
I should note that when I run ff7config, my setup fails the part about 8-bit textures. I'm not too savvy on this stuff, but I'm guessing that could be part of the problem. But I'm not sure what to do about that. From googling around, the other people that have had issues with 8-bit textures have just said they had problems with the videos, and installing truemotion fixed it for them. I have truemotion installed, and the videos work fine for me, though.
Also, I constantly get messages about glitches while playing, usually stuff about not being able to find a texture or a png file. It happens during battle but also while using the menu, though lots of times I can't even see a glitch occurring. At the very least, is there a way to turn off these messages?
Thanks for any help here.
*Sorry about the images having these huge white borders around them. This is the first time I've uploaded images to a forum from an external site, as opposed to just uploading them directly as attachments, so I'm still figuring it out.