OK, I need a computer person for this.

It goes like this.

  • There is a bug in KOTOR 2 – the infamous Telos Fuel Mission bug.
  • I have a step-by-step explanation of how to fix it, involving GFF and EFF editors.
  • Every time I ‘fix’ it, the changes do not take.
  • Eventually, I worked out that this is because the game file folder and everything in it are read-only.
  • I go to change that.
  • It tells me that I don’t have permission.
  • I get permission.
  • It doesn’t take.  The folder is still read-only.

Dammit, I paid good money for this game.


  • Skip says:

    What version of Windows are you running? What’s the directory name you need to change?

  • Skip says:

    As a follow-up, Windows generally ignores the readonly bit on folders, but not on files, have you tried just setting the flag on the files you need to change? Some software, however, does look at it to incorrectly try and determine if you’re trying to write to a CDROM. So if that’s the problem, best bet is to copy the files somewhere else, edit them there, and then copy them back.

  • Rob Crawford says:

    Shoulda spent the money on Fallout: New Vegas. Oh, it has its share of glitches, but it’s sweet.

  • Derek says:

    I recently was having a similar problem as I just installed Windows 7. One key thing is, once you take a folder marked “read only” and uncheck that, it *should* change all the files in it, but for whatever reason, the folder itself will still show up as read-only. If all that didn’t work, trying right click and check the properties on the individual files might. Failing that (and assuming I’m forgetting a step that solved this for me; which I think I’m doing), the answer is likely in one of the links in the Google search below. Good luck!

  • Skip says:

    OK, I haven’t looked at the GFF editor, but it may be looking at the directory readonly flag, assuming that’s set, and deciding not to save there. Have you tried moving the file(s) in question somewhere else, editing them there, and moving them back?

  • Derek says:

    Also, I have apparently been rendered unable to type coherently. Sorry about that. Not the best problem to have while attempting to help with technical issues.

  • BigGator5 says:

    What version of KOTOR 2 do you have?

  • Mark Erikson says:

    You may need to do “take ownership” of the folder and its contents. Basically, you tell Windows that you own the folder, and then you can change the status of the files inside. See for instructions.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      …and now it’s fixed itself the way that I wanted it to. Without me doing anything.

      Dammit, there should have been ominous chanting. Or an explosion of soundless light. Or something mystical.

  • Skip says:

    It’s a trap Moe!

  • carl says:

    Windows might give you a “read only” error because another process (like the game executable) has the files open. Only one process at a time can write, and if any other process has the file open for read, the write can fail. If you think about it, this makes perfect sense and is pretty much the way that all operating systems handle files. The error would be better described as “contention” error. If it fixed itself, that’s probably because you stopped some other process that also had the file open. The other thing that I have observed is that if you change permissions on a folder it might take a bit for them to take effect. Windows has to do quite a bit of work especially if there are a large number of sub-folders and files. Windows 7 actually made a number of optimizations in favor of returning control to the user quickly, which means that expensive operations (like propagated permission changes) occur in the background and might take a while.

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