rabcp
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FM21 Adboard Patch FAQ & Technical Support Thread

Please read through the frequently asked questions below before posting.

Why are my video adboard’s are black?
https://i.postimg.cc/RZrNhr7j/error-3.png
If the video adboard’s do not work it can be because your graphics card cannot cope with the demand of 'HD' graphics, however, renaming the 'HD' folder 'SD' tricks the system into treating the same files as graphics which put a lower demand on your system. Also keep in mind that video adboard’s will also only display within FM21 if the match graphics quality is set to at least high (Preferences -> Match -> Graphics Quality).

Why are my static adboard’s now showing as bands of colour?
https://i.postimg.cc/28L1CjZQ/error-2.png
This error occurs when FM cannot find the correct static ads, ensure the static ads are the following location:
PC - Documents/Sports Interactive/football manager 2021/graphics/pictures/ads
MAC - Users/YOUR Mac USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/football manager 2021/graphics/pictures/ads

Also Ensure that the path (graphics/pictures/ads) contains only lowercase characters.

Why are my static adboard’s only showing a Football Manager 2008 logo?
https://i.postimg.cc/mZ5cx1tZ/error-1.png
These adboard’s are loaded as a fall back when the game is unable to find the required graphics, ensure the static ads are in the following location:
PC - Documents/Sports Interactive/football manager 2021/graphics/pictures/ads
MAC - Users/YOUR Mac USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/football manager 2021/graphics/pictures/ads

Also Ensure that the path (graphics/pictures/ads) contains only lowercase characters.

If this fails to address the issue there might be an error in the xml file.

Why am I only seeing the FM generic ads?
https://i.postimg.cc/NjZvLCFp/error.png
The xml file may be in the wrong location, ensure that either the ‘clubs’ or ‘no clubs’ fm.xml file is in this location: C:\Users\name\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2021\ads

Do I need to download the full pack or the update pack?
If you never used the FM20 version of the patch you will need to download the full pack. If you used the FM20 version of the patch (and all updated through to V1.4) and copied it over to FM21 then you only need the V1.0 update pack. However, the full pack will not update so any additional updates after V1.0 will need to be downloaded.

Why are there two different xml files?
As the folder names suggest one xml file contains club specific adboards and one does not. This has been done as in previous patches people have complained that they see clubs specific adboards in cup competitions. Due the way the xml file there is no way around this using code. The only solution is the use of two files, the pictures below demonstrate the difference in the xml files.
https://i.postimg.cc/3RDb5LW9/no-clubs.png

https://i.postimg.cc/8Cc0wkS2/clubs.png


How can I play in a cup match (Champions League, FA Cup etc) and see these competitions adboard’s instead of club specific adboard’s?
Before entering the match engine, place the ‘no clubs’ fm.xml file into this location: C:\Users\name\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2021\ads

Do you still have to opt in and out of game when switching the xml files?
As long as you booted FM21 with the 'clubs' fm.xml in place then you can remain in the game but you must switch files before confirming your team and proceeding to the match engine. If you booted FM21 with the 'no clubs' fm.xml file in place then you would need to close down FM21, switch the xml files and then reboot FM21.

When using the ‘clubs’ fm.xml file and playing a game at a natural venue why do club ads show instead of competition ads?
It’s a bug within the game, for some reason the FM21 match engine treats all matches at a neutral venue as a home/away game. to combat this, you can switch to the ‘no clubs’ fm.xml file.

Why do adboard’s included within the patch appear for some clubs but not for others?
You might have missed an update or installed the patches in the wrong order, for the patch to work properly all updates need to be used and installed in chronological order e.g. V1.0 -> V1.1 -> V1.2….

Why are there no folders for xxx?
Any adboard’s that are used for more than 1 club or competition are placed in a ‘Generic’ folder therefore, clubs do not necessarily need to have their own folder to have adboard’s assigned to them.

Why am I seeing random video ads?
Sports Interactive make advertising revenue through introducing new video ads into the game through Bidstack, to disable these adds ensure that the Bidstack fix (see installation instructions) has been applied.

Can I turn off video adboard’s for specific clubs, leaving static ones in their place?
Unfortunately, while SI have given us the function to turn on video ads for any club, they have neglected to give us the function to turn them off, therefore, video adboard’s cannot be turned off.
spiroxes
4 years ago
55 minutes ago
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can i use both club ads and no club ads?

cheers mate
PapaGorda
11 months ago
1 month ago
14
Hi there! First fantastic work. I have only problems with the static ads. I ensure that everything are in its right place but for me its showing as bands of colours
petepompei
12 years ago
1 day ago
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@rabcp. Thank you for this fantastic pack. Are last year's tutorial videos still applicable for this year, please? Cheers
rabcp
14 years ago
10 minutes ago
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can i use both club ads and no club ads?

cheers mate


You can only use one fm.xml at a time, either 'clubs' or no 'clubs' however, you can change the xml files at any time without closing FM or starting a new game.

Hi there! First fantastic work. I have only problems with the static ads. I ensure that everything are in its right place but for me its showing as bands of colours

Why are my static adboard’s now showing as bands of colour?
https://i.postimg.cc/28L1CjZQ/error-2.png
This error occurs when FM cannot find the correct static ads, ensure the static ads are the following location:
PC - Documents/Sports Interactive/football manager 2021/graphics/pictures/ads
MAC - Users/YOUR Mac USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/football manager 2021/graphics/pictures/ads

Also Ensure that the path (graphics/pictures/ads) contains only lowercase characters.

@rabcp. Thank you for this fantastic pack. Are last year's tutorial videos still applicable for this year, please? Cheers

Yes last years tutorials are still applicable
PapaGorda
11 months ago
1 month ago
14
Still being the same for me @rabcp
rabcp
14 years ago
10 minutes ago
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Still being the same for me @rabcp

Can you provide a screenshot of what you are seeing in the match engine and a screenshot of your 'pictures/graphics/ads' folder location
Vassilis_3
5 years ago
3 hours ago
179
hello guys
i did all the steps and suddenly when i got into a game to see Manager has crashed
what happened?
rabcp
14 years ago
10 minutes ago
1,513
hello guys
i did all the steps and suddenly when i got into a game to see Manager has crashed
what happened?


No idea, there has never been any reports of the game crashing with this patch so it may be another graphic addon which is causing this issue
Vassilis_3
5 years ago
3 hours ago
179
No idea, there has never been any reports of the game crashing with this patch so it may be another graphic addon which is causing this issue


strange.. should i install them from scratch?
PapaGorda
11 months ago
1 month ago
14
Can you provide a screenshot of what you are seeing in the match engine and a screenshot of your 'pictures/graphics/ads' folder location


I just sent you a DM
rabcp
14 years ago
10 minutes ago
1,513
strange.. should i install them from scratch?

Remove the xml file and try playing a game, if the game still crashes then it is something else causing the crash
Vassilis_3
5 years ago
3 hours ago
179
it keeps crashing
i dont know whats going on
mons
15 years ago
4 hours ago
56,196
it keeps crashing
i dont know whats going on

Screenshots of the places you've installed the files would help.
Vassilis_3
5 years ago
3 hours ago
179
Screenshots of the places you've installed the files would help.


I have installed them in the right order
mons
15 years ago
4 hours ago
56,196
I have installed them in the right order

Have you changed your user data folder? The default user data folder is Documents \ Sports Interactive \ Football Manager 2021. You can't just place the files wherever you like because the game won't read them unless you manually change the user data folder, either from the game's Steam properties or the in-game preferences.

Your 2nd and 3rd screenshots aren't in the above path, which is why the file might not be working.
spiroxes
4 years ago
55 minutes ago
20
I have only problems with the static ads too i already following the steps correctly and i include the picture of this @rabcp @mons
rabcp
14 years ago
10 minutes ago
1,513
I have only problems with the static ads too i already following the steps correctly and i include the picture of this @rabcp

There is a issue with the Spanish static ads within the ‘no club’ xml file, if you switch to the ‘clubs’ xml file then static ads will display.
Vassilis_3
5 years ago
3 hours ago
179
Have you changed your user data folder? The default user data folder is Documents \ Sports Interactive \ Football Manager 2021. You can't just place the files wherever you like because the game won't read them unless you manually change the user data folder, either from the game's Steam properties or the in-game preferences.

Your 2nd and 3rd screenshots aren't in the above path, which is why the file might not be working.


I have changed them manually from game Steam Preferences (as for the first)
as for the others what is the right path?
rabcp
14 years ago
10 minutes ago
1,513
I have changed them manually from game Steam Preferences (as for the first)
as for the others what is the right path?

Your first screenshot is in the correct location, the other two are not and this is what is probably causing your issue.
Vassilis_3
5 years ago
3 hours ago
179
Your first screenshot is in the correct location, the other two are not and this is what is probably causing your issue.


so i only copy graphics folder and ads folder and not create them?
spiroxes
4 years ago
55 minutes ago
20
There is a issue with the Spanish static ads within the ‘no club’ xml file, if you switch to the ‘clubs’ xml file then static ads will display.


i see but do u think u can fix them in the future?
mons
15 years ago
4 hours ago
56,196
so i only copy graphics folder and ads folder and not create them?

Read this.

You cannot have your user data folder (i.e. where your saved games, tactics, graphics etc. are located) in the same location of your Steam path, like you seem to have.

Put it somewhere else, and follow the steps in the above link to change your user data folder.
rabcp
14 years ago
10 minutes ago
1,513
i see but do u think u can fix them in the future?

It will be resolved in the next update 👍🏼
Vassilis_3
5 years ago
3 hours ago
179
Read this.

You cannot have your user data folder (i.e. where your saved games, tactics, graphics etc. are located) in the same location of your Steam path, like you seem to have.

Put it somewhere else, and follow the steps in the above link to change your user data folder.



I did that and it crashed again
mons
15 years ago
4 hours ago
56,196
I did that and it crashed again

It's clear you're not installing it correctly.

Can you reupload screenshots of the place you've installed it in, and this time also of how/where you've changed the user data folder?
Vassilis_3
5 years ago
3 hours ago
179
It's clear you're not installing it correctly.

Can you reupload screenshots of the place you've installed it in, and this time also of how/where you've changed the user data folder?


Here you go Mons
mons
15 years ago
4 hours ago
56,196



Can you reupload screenshots of the place you've installed it in, and this time also of how/where you've changed the user data folder?
rabcp
14 years ago
10 minutes ago
1,513


Remove the ads folder and try playing a game, if the game still crashes then it is something else causing the crash.

Also how old is your computer and what graphic settings do you have selected in the preferences menu
Vassilis_3
5 years ago
3 hours ago
179
Remove the ads folder and try playing a game, if the game still crashes then it is something else causing the crash.

Also how old is your computer and what graphic settings do you have selected in the preferences menu


i am playing with medium graphics settings... and also FM20 Adboards had been playing in my game

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