FIRST DEBUGGING STEPS
This applies to all OS. Follow steps in order.
1) Browse to your My Documents folder (Documents under Vista/7/8), then My Games.
2) Rename the folder called "Freelancer" to something else.
3) You will need to reset your resolution again after this; either use the launcher or follow the steps outlined below to go launcher-less.
4) Run the game and see if this helps.
If the above steps have not fixed your issues, attempt to disable features within the launcher. You can disable all of them at once, but do not check Safemode at the same time. Ideal steps would be:
1) Disable everything below "Deferred Rendering".
2) If no change, disable "Deferred Rendering".
3) If no change, enable Safemode.
If the above steps have not fixed your issues, attempt to reinstall Freelancer, the mod, the Visual C++ 2008 redistributable (add the SP1 too), the DirectX 9 June 2010 redistributable and the .NET 3.5 redistributable.
If the above steps have not fixed your issues, attempt to run the game without the launcher by following the instructions below.
If the above steps have not fixed your issues, post here detailing the problems you are experiencing. Please include event log excerpts by following the steps outlined further below if at all possible.
HOW TO RUN THE GAME WITHOUT THE LAUNCHER
This applies to all OS.
1) Browse to your installation folder, wherever it may be.
2) Open the EXE folder, then right click on Freelancer.exe, select New -> Shortcut.
3) Right click on this new shortcut, select Properties.
4) In this new window, look for the Target: textbox and, at the very end of the line, append: -s126.96.36.199:2302
For instance, if my path is:
I should change it to
"C:\Program Files\Freeworlds\exe\Freelancer.exe" -s188.8.131.52:2302
(if you would like to run the game in a window, add " -window" right after; don't forget the space!)
Once this is done, select OK and it'll close the window. You can now start the game with this shortcut. If you would like to also select settings, in the same folder you've been working in, open fw_tow_settings.ini with Notepad (or any other plain text editor). You'll see a bunch of settings which should sound fairly familiar if you've opened the launcher at least once. They're one-to-one equivalents, so all you need to remember is that 0 means OFF and 1 means ON. For debuglevel, higher means more debug, zero deactivates it entirely.
With all of this, you should be set to run the game, except for one thing: resolution. In order to keep it simple, I highly suggest that you run the launcher at least once with the resolution you desire, and then use the previous steps to avoid it. The resolution should stick between launches.
If for any reason, you cannot do this, then follow these instructions:
1) Open My Documents (Documents in Vista/7/8).
2) In it, find My Games, then Freelancer.
3) Open the file PerfOptions.ini.
4) Towards the very bottom, you'll see the section named [Display], and below it, a parameter named "size". This is your resolution, of the format "width, height". Set it to whatever you'd like, save and close the file. You should be set!
HOW TO READ THE EVENT LOGS
This applies to Vista/7/8 only. XP users need to look at the bottom of this post.
1) Open the Start menu and start typing "event viewer" until it pops up. Select it.
2) On the left pane, select "Windows Logs", then "Application".
3) In the large list that appears, look for Application Error logs and select them. You will get something similar to this:
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Faulting application name: WORDPAD.EXE, version: 6.1.7601.17514, time stamp: 0x4ce7a231
Faulting module name: MSCTF.dll, version: 6.1.7600.16385, time stamp: 0x4a5bdfaa
Exception code: 0xc000041d
Fault offset: 0x000000000002915c
Faulting process id: 0x9d0
Faulting application start time: 0x01cd14a5304d7ece
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories\WORDPAD.EXE
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\system32\MSCTF.dll
Report Id: 95ff2c49-8098-11e1-9139-001ec9ff6926
Faulting application name should be FREELANCER.EXE. Once you have found one or more of such logs, what you want to send us is the "Faulting module name" and the "Fault offset".
For Windows XP users:
1) Click Start, then Control Panel.
2) Select Performance and Maintenance and then Administrative Tools.
3) In it, select Computer Management.
4) In the tree, select Event Viewer.
5) Select the Application log.
6) Refer to step (3) above.