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Every time I launch Tomb Raider, it launches in windowed mode. I have checked both full screen and exclusive fullscreen option. Resolution is 1366 x 768. What is causing this?

This is my configuration:

Windows 7 64 bit
Intel Core i5 2.3GHz
Geforce GT 525M
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Windows modes?? – Jeffrey Lin Mar 9 '13 at 2:12
@jeffreylin_ I believe he means "Tomb Raider is launching in windowed mode" and he wishes the game to launch in full screen mode instead. – SimonL Mar 9 '13 at 2:42
@SimonL: Yes, I am sorry If I wasnt clear. Any suggestions? – Yogi Mar 9 '13 at 2:59

Try unchecking the 'Exclusive Full Screen' option (leaving the 'full screen' option checked). This worked for me on Win7 with an ATI Radeon 7800 series.

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It worked! Win8 + GeForce 9800 GT. Thanks! – daVe Jun 25 '15 at 9:29
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Latest patch available on steam has fixed this problem.

The changelog says:

  • Addressed some stability and startup issues on machines that have both Intel and NVIDIA graphics hardware.

  • Fix for players being unable to progress related to the boat in the beach area.

  • Some fixes for crashes on startup and when selecting Options.

  • Some small improvements to TressFX hair rendering.

  • Fixes for various graphics glitches, including certain effects not being visible in fullscreen mode.

  • Fixed a problem that caused some users to not be able to use exclusive fullscreen.

  • Added support for separate mouse/gamepad inversion for aiming, as well as support for x-axis inversion.

  • Fixes related to the benchmark scene and benchmark mode.

  • Various other small fixes.

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Found A Fix!

I don't know why this worked, but it did, and I'm not planning on figuring out why.

I spread the largest game files out onto multiple disks using symbolic links* and I set the compatibility mode to windows server 2003 (this is not what fixed it, but improves performance when there are a lot of threads)

and suddenly the game did run in exclusive fullscreen mode

*a sombolic link, for those who do not know, is a link to a file or folder which, if looked at from the perspective of a program like a game, looks like a normal file and it will not notice it is in another place.

(the fix):

  1. you will need 2 extra folder (preferably on an extra drive for improved performance) to store the game files.
  2. open the game folder and your 2 extra folders. (right click on game icon and select 'open containing folder' when using steam, right click the steam icon and open steamapps > common > tomb raider (or something)
  3. Move bigfile.000.tiger and bigfile.003.tiger to one of your extra folders and patch.000.tiger (if you've got this files) to your second extra folder. (if you don't have this file you wont need the second extra folder.)
  4. open cmd by going to your start menu and searching for cmd, right click it and select 'run as administrator' (with the shield icon)
  5. type cd /d [path to game folder] (you can find this by clicking in the empty space of the address bar of in the windows explorer window)

eg: C:\user\peter>cd /d C:\Games\Tomb Raider

  1. type mklink bigfile.000.tiger [path to extra folder]\bigfile.000.tiger and repeat this with all files, patch.000.tiger goes into your second extra folder.

eg: D:\games\Tomb Rader 2013>mklink "E:\extrafolder\bigfile.000.tiger" bigfile.000.tiger

after that, you can close your game folders and the ugly command prompt cmd window and play the game.

hope that helped! enjoy your game!

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my game does not have the newer steam patch mentioned above installed but i do have some DLC's. – Boomkop3 Apr 25 '15 at 21:58
I found some other users having trouble with some of the graphics, like the tessellation acting like black triangles and missing blood, I noticed this too. when I used 3d analyzer to emulate an AMD mantle compatible configuration. I don't have this problem now tough. specs: 700 watt cooler master silent pro (modular) 3.7 ghz amd phenom 2 x4 965 gaming edition (not overclocked) MSI 790fx-GD70 (dynamic overclocking) the cheapest 27 euro 4GB of ram i could find GT8800 manually tweaked drivers stock cpu cooler extra silent gpu cooler and a single 120 mm case fan. – Boomkop3 Apr 25 '15 at 22:09
btw, using a resolution lower than your screen and using fxaa in hitman absolution, tomb raider and the splinter cell series causes better performance with what looks like high resolution. – Boomkop3 Apr 25 '15 at 22:09

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