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[HowTo] Use TexMod in Mass Effect 2 (PC Only)
« on: May 30, 2011, 06:41:59 AM »
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How To Use TexMod in Mass Effect 2




TexMod is a very cool program that lets you replace textures in any Direct3D application, as long as the texture you're using was made specifically for that application.  Obviously I use it for Mass Effect 2...


The only downside is that if you are using a setup that doesn't have PhysX like I am, there will be a CPU bottleneck in some applications, including ME2.  This may drastically drop your framerate into the unplayable range sometimes.  If this happens, just don't use TexMod for the things that make the game unplayable unless you're silly like me and don't mind getting 4 fps during Tali's trial, or any similarly strenuous part of another game.


Anyway, here's how you do it:


Step 1:  Download and unzip TexMod.  It can be found here.  It will run fine out of whatever folder you download it to.


IMPORTANT: If you are using the Steam version of Mass Effect 2, it actually matters where you put the files!  Follow these sub-steps (taken from social.bioware.com)


1.A: Move TexMod to the Binaries folder.


1.B: Rename MassEffect2.exe to MassEffect2Bak.exe.


1.C: Rename Texmod.exe to MassEffect2.exe


Step 2: Run Texmod.exe


Step 3:  Select the main executable file for the game you're using (in my case, UT3.exe, which is normally called MassEffect2.exe but I renamed it so that I could force AA and AF with my ATi GPU)





Step 4: Click on the yellow folder icon in the middle and select a .tpf (TexMod Package File) to use.  You can use as many as you want.





Step 5: Click "Run" and enjoy!








That's it!  Good luck and happy playing!


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BONUS!  EXTRA VALUE!!!!


List of TexMods that I use and love:


For Tali:



http://social.bioware.com/project/2076/ -- Looks normal but with glowing stuff!

CaptainJean-Luc made the following several textures, because he is just cool like that.

http://www.filehosting.org/file/details/333550/Tali_Loyalty_Colossus.rar -- 4096x4096 red and black texture...  Totally cooler than the new one.

 http://www.filehosting.org/file/details/333551/Tali_Final_ColossusX.rar -- And here's the new one in case you for some reason like it more.

http://www.filefront.com/17594189/Tali_Final.rar -- Hi-res version of the default Tali skin (visible face version).

http://www.filefront.com/17594295/Tali_Final_defaultface.rar Hi-res version of the default Tali skin (default face version).

http://depositfiles.com/files/sk1ybzd4u -- Here's a Hi-Res version of the above glowing texture.  It's awesome and my favorite TexMod of all time.

For Garrus:


http://social.bioware.com/project/2571/ -- Fixes Garrus' face...  Makes it look less blurry.


http://social.bioware.com/project/2269/ -- Same as above but for Garrus' armor.


For ME2 in general:


http://social.bioware.com/project/2109/ -- Fixes the Normandy's windows.


http://social.bioware.com/project/2187/ -- Gets rid of the selection box.  Good for screenshots.


http://social.bioware.com/project/2268/ -- Makes the Galaxy Map look cooler


Also make sure to use all of the TexMods in Captain Jean-Luc's thread!  They're amazing!

This HowTo was originally posted here on 09/14/2010.
« Last Edit: April 19, 2012, 01:03:01 PM by sweffymo »
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Re: [HowTo] Use TexMod in Mass Effect 2 (PC Only)
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2011, 05:06:39 PM »
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Thanks much Sweff, I'm going to need this when I finally give in and use JL's textures :D
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Re: [HowTo] Use TexMod in Mass Effect 2 (PC Only)
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2011, 07:45:36 PM »
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Link isn't working for me.

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Re: [HowTo] Use TexMod in Mass Effect 2 (PC Only)
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2011, 08:07:14 PM »
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I would be able to fix it if I could edit posts... ::)

Just delete the %22 out of the address bar.  I formatted the link improperly.

In fact, here's another link just for kicks:

http//social.bioware.com/project/2015/

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Re: [HowTo] Use TexMod in Mass Effect 2 (PC Only)
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2011, 10:09:59 PM »
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I would be able to fix it if I could edit posts... ::)

Just delete the %22 out of the address bar.  I formatted the link improperly.

In fact, here's another link just for kicks:

http//social.bioware.com/project/2015/


Doesn't work too.

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Re: [HowTo] Use TexMod in Mass Effect 2 (PC Only)
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2011, 11:20:21 PM »
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Doesn't work too.

Fixed OP link.

Also split hardware discussion and moved to hardware board.
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Re: [HowTo] Use TexMod in Mass Effect 2 (PC Only)
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2011, 12:13:21 AM »
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Re: [HowTo] Use TexMod in Mass Effect 2 (PC Only)
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2011, 01:04:45 AM »
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Thanks!  Forgot that for some reason BSN doesn't use HTTP in their URLs.
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Re: [HowTo] Use TexMod in Mass Effect 2 (PC Only)
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2011, 01:08:26 AM »
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Thanks!  Forgot that for some reason BSN doesn't use HTTP in their URLs.

Uhhh you can't -not- use http.  If you don't use it your browser assumes it.  What happened is the forum software got confused by your using quotes.  No need to quote the URL.  Any way, back to topic.
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Re: [HowTo] Use TexMod in Mass Effect 2 (PC Only)
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2011, 04:07:52 AM »
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how in the gently-carress did you find the Collusus tali skin! :D Been looking for that forever.

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Re: Re: [HowTo] Use TexMod in Mass Effect 2 (PC Only)
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2011, 04:29:53 AM »
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how in the gently-carress did you find the Collusus tali skin! :D Been looking for that forever.

I got it early on and reuploaded it, lol.  I do not know why it was taken down from BSN...
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« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2011, 04:32:23 AM »
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I got it early on and reuploaded it, lol.  I do not know why it was taken down from BSN...
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« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2011, 04:44:13 AM »
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I wanna give you a gently-carressing hug right now.

I think that my re-up is the only place to find it on the entire internet right now. :D

GLaD I could make you happy though! ;)
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« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2011, 04:45:37 AM »
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I think that my re-up is the only place to find it on the entire internet right now. :D

GLaD I could make you happy though! ;)
I think I'll put it up on my FTP so that its never lost.

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« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2011, 04:53:31 AM »
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I think I'll put it up on my FTP so that its never lost.

It's on my hard drive too... ;)

May be a god idea though just to be safe.
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It's on my hard drive too... ;)

May be a god idea though just to be safe.
You type god instead of good a lot :P

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« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2011, 11:51:32 AM »
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It's my phone.  It likes to make me look bad. >.<
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« Reply #17 on: May 31, 2011, 04:57:06 PM »
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I think that my re-up is the only place to find it on the entire internet right now. :D

GLaD I could make you happy though! ;)
Yeah, it's the only place.  Unless you want the revised version  :bandit:

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« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2011, 05:03:52 PM »
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Yeah, it's the only place.  Unless you want the revised version  :bandit:

I have both and I like the original one better... :P
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Re: [HowTo] Use TexMod in Mass Effect 2 (PC Only)
« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2011, 05:04:11 PM »
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I have both and I like the original one better... :P
But the original version sucked :(

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« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2011, 05:07:47 PM »
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But the original version sucked :(

But this way we can see how much your skills have improved!
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« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2011, 05:12:08 PM »
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But this way we can see how much your skills have improved!
True enough :P

Will be interesting when I go back and do textures for ME1.  Though I'm not really sure if I can make Mass Effect 1 look all that much better, what with the less advanced shaders and all that.

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« Reply #22 on: May 31, 2011, 07:54:33 PM »
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But the original version sucked :(

It doesn't suck...  I like it better.  If it sucked why would I like it better? ;)
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Re: [HowTo] Use TexMod in Mass Effect 2 (PC Only)
« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2012, 01:04:54 PM »
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Fixed links in OP, and also added a link to JL's NEW (and IMO not as cool) Colossus armor texture.
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