same here bud! i get as far as rescuing the first 2 scientists then crash. Im trying to see if I can help solve it.
so far I've uninstalled driver 9.12 and gone back to 9.11 which has improved frame rates and I've been able to get further on the mission.
Now Ive disabled all catalyst features for the card such as AA, AAA, AI etc and put it all to application defined. My next step is to disable visual themes in vista before running the game. I know it sounds odd but this has caused problems in our companies software in the past.
PS have you also noticed in the script they refer to the mission as starbase 13 not 24
Someone from my fleet (NemoSD) mentioned that this is due to an issue with ATI cards and this area. I can't remember what the workaround was, though. It didn't involve downgrading drivers, that much I know.
Edit: It seems I only crash in the middle of combat. I'll initiate combat, then performance starts getting really choppy and the game locks up entirely after about 30 seconds. The strange thing is, this hasn't happened on any other ground mission I've tried...just Starbase 24.
in Catalyst I unchecked all the extra features including openlGL enhancement in the advanced options. I have also disabled vista visual themes. In the game I have adjusted the graphics options to not monitor refresh rates and dubbed down the bloom to 25%. I now actually managed to get almost all the way through that level until it crashed at the very last part.
I am running 9.11 drivers
Also I disabled monitor frame rates in troubleshooting in the games graphics advanced options this seems to also have helped.