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#997209 - 01/09/15 12:38 PM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: Jenny100]
RichAlexis Offline
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Registered: 06/21/13
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Originally Posted By: Jenny100
If you're going from a game started in winter to playing in summer, I suppose you could try disabling daylight time in your clock settings. I don't know if that would work though, and it wouldn't be so easy the other way (game started in summer). Have you tried resetting your computer clock by an hour?
Yes, I tried that, moved the clock forward by an hour to mimic DST - which is indeed easier than trying to modify the saved files, but the game still froze, and the error log read: "MTIME is not the same", so it is a serious flaw.

Rich

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#1109731 - 05/07/17 06:10 PM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: RichAlexis]
Andiox Offline
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Registered: 05/07/17
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I don't know if I'll get an anwser after two years of inactivity on this post, but I'll give it a try.
I can't install the game, I have it on two CDs, but whenever I try to run the installation process, a window pops up with this message:

Error copying to TEMP directory : source:D:\vcl35.bpl
dest:C:\Windows\\TEMP\vcl35.bpl

Anyone knows how to fix it? Thanks

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#1109735 - 05/07/17 07:26 PM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: RichAlexis]
Jenny100 Offline
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Try Right-clicking the game setup and choosing Run As Administrator.

You might also want to delete the contents of C:\Windows\Temp
before installing if you're low on hard drive space.

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#1109892 - 05/09/17 08:02 AM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: RichAlexis]
Iurii Online   content
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Registered: 09/03/13
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Loc: Kiev, Ukraine
That's a well-known problem for almost all Arxel Tribe games! Running as an administrator etc. would not help. Saving games does not work as well.

But I have asked a friend of mine to make a patch! It is in Russian, but it works with most English versions as well. Here: http://nquest.ucoz.com/index/0-106#NQ_ATGSF

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#1109894 - 05/09/17 08:16 AM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: RichAlexis]
MaG Offline

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Thanks Iurii!

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#1109997 - 05/10/17 11:04 AM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: Iurii]
Andiox Offline
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Registered: 05/07/17
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I can't understand a word, will it solve my installation issue?

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#1110004 - 05/10/17 11:29 AM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: RichAlexis]
Jenny100 Offline
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Copy/paste the Russian text into Google's online translator and you get this:

+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+

The main objective of this program, to solve the problem with the inability to implement the preservation of the games developed by the company "Arxel Tribe" when starting them in the OS "Windows 7" and younger. Also, this program will help you solve the problem with installing games from "Arxel Tribe" in the OS "Windows 7" and younger, and run them without CD or DVD discs in the drive. Also, in this program, there are instructions for installing some other games from the company "Arxel Tribe".

SUPPORTED GAMES:
- Ring: The Legend of the Nibelungen (4CD) (6CD) (DVD);
- Faust: The Seven Games of the Soul (RU "1C") (EN 4CD) (DVD);
- Pompei: The Legend of Vesuvius (RU "1C") (EN 2CD) (DVD);
- The Legend of the Prophet and the Assassin (RU "1C") (EN 2CD);
- The Secrets of Alamut (RU "1C") (EN 2CD);
- Casanova: The Duel of the Black Rose (RU "1C") (EN 2CD);
- Jerusalem: The Three Roads to the Holy Land (EN Fargus) (EN 2CD);
- Ring II: Twilight of the Gods (RU "1C") (EN 2CD).
Author, company: Kirill Games
Version: 1.06
Compatibility: "Windows Vista", "Windows 7", "Windows 8.1", Windows 10 "
OS type: 32-bit, 64-bit
Website: visit
Help: Forum "Naphthalene Quests"


I can't get the patch to download, but maybe you'll have more luck.

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#1110333 - 05/13/17 04:04 PM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: Jenny100]
Andiox Offline
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Registered: 05/07/17
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I downloaded it, but as I expected, everything was on russian lol

I don't know what I'm supposed to do now...

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#1110364 - 05/13/17 11:39 PM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: RichAlexis]
Iurii Online   content
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Registered: 09/03/13
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Sorry - Kirill (the author of the patch) is unavailable for several months already, and the patch is not yet translated into English.

OK, let me help:

1. On that page, press the green button on the right.
2. On the next page, press "⤓ Скачать", i.e. 'Download' button.
3. Unzip it.

(The patch has the text help on how install the games, but it is in Russian. Here is some translation as for English CD version of 'Pompei')

4. Create a directory on your HD, like "C:\Pompei" (without empty spaces in the path).
5. Put your 1st CD in the drive and copy all the files to your new directory.
6. Put the 2nd disk in the drive and copy folder 'DATA' to the directory on your HD answering 'Yes' to replacing the file.
7. Put the unzipped 'nq_atgsf.exe' to your 'C:\Pompei' (or something).
8. Run 'nq_atgsf.exe'.
9. The options on the bottom row are: language (that's for DVD versions); speed correction (on/off - turn it on if the screen rotation is too fast for you), launch the game (green button), make a link to the program on the desktop (white button), exit (red button).

Please tell me if it works!

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#1110402 - 05/14/17 09:31 AM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: RichAlexis]
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Registered: 06/03/05
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Thank you, Iurii!
_________________________
Heading out to the gardens...

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#1110419 - 05/14/17 11:40 AM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: Andiox]
RichAlexis Offline
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Registered: 06/21/13
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Hi Andiox,

I tried to install the game (from my multilingual single DVD) on my Windows 8.1 desktop, and I get the exact same error message. The Setup.exe couldn't copy the *.bdl, *.dll and install.exe files to C:\Windows\Temp, whatever compatibility options I tried, such as set Setup to Administrator rights, and change the compatibility mode to Windows 98/Windows ME.

I then tried to manually copy all *.bdl and *.dll files from the installation directory on the disk to C:\Windows\Temp, but while this worked, it broke down at attempts to install the 'install.exe' to Temp. When I had copied it manually, the installation failed, because the program again tried to overwrite 'install.exe'.

I then followed Iurii's instructions, and they worked perfectly! Thanks, Iurii! thumbsup

I copied all the files from the DVD straight to a C-directory, copied the 'NQ_ATGSF.exe' to the same drectory, and started the game from there. It ran astonishingly well: proper low screen resolution of 640x480 at once (I think), cinematics displayed properly, no audio echo or stutter, no spinning 3D image, and saves end up in the same location, in a subdirectory '_backup', and can easily be loaded from inside the game. He really did a fine job!

Generally speaking though, I only install these vintage games inside a virtual machine (emulator) on my desktop host system now, in my case VMware Player (free version). Virtual PC would work as well, as per Jenny's instructions.

The emulator itself takes some time to tweak, but once you have mounted the appropriate old operating system inside it, like Windows 98 or Windows XP, if you still have them, it's nearly always plain sailing installing all the Arxel Tribe, Cryo or DreamCatcher games on these guest systems. It may be worth it, if you plan to play more of these games!

Best,

Rich

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#1143354 - 03/02/18 02:48 AM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: RichAlexis]
paskdigia Offline
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Registered: 03/01/18
Posts: 4
Hi guys,

Yesterday I installed Pompeii on my PC (OS: Win7). Since it didn't work because of the .bdl files, I searched the web and found this forum, so I downloaded the Russian patch and followed Iurii's instructions. Now the game works, but there's a big problem: I can't save! When I enter the Menu and try to save, writing a file-name in the bar, an error box appears:

[img]https://ibb.co/jh4bxc[/img]

I'm Italian, so I'm playing the game in my language. The message says: "It's impossible to save the game".

RichAlexis told that the game "saves end up in the same location, in a subdirectory '_backup'", but there's no '_backup' subdirectory in the folder which contains the game.

What can I do? I tried to play without saving, but it's so frustrating when you die and must restart the game from the beginning.

Please, help me!

Thanks

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#1143370 - 03/02/18 08:10 AM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: paskdigia]
Jenny100 Offline
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Registered: 10/24/00
Posts: 38876
Loc: southeast USA
Originally Posted By: paskdigia
Now the game works, but there's a big problem: I can't save!

Does it make a difference if you start the game by right-clicking the game shortcut and choosing "Run As Administrator" ?

If that doesn't help, try uninstalling the game and reinstalling it. But before reinstalling, change the compatibility mode on the game's setup.exe file (on the DVD) to Windows 98 compatibility before reinstalling. Once installed, patch it and see how it works.

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#1143375 - 03/02/18 08:40 AM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: RichAlexis]
paskdigia Offline
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Registered: 03/01/18
Posts: 4
Thank you for the answer. I didn't install the game by using the Setup.exe file: I followed RichAlexis's instructions, so I copied the files contained in the two CDs in the folder I created (C:/POMPEI).

I tried to run the game as administrator, but it didn't work.

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#1143455 - 03/02/18 10:50 PM Re: Saving problem with "Pompeii: Legend of Vesuvius" (aka Timescape) DVD [Re: RichAlexis]
Iurii Online   content
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Registered: 09/03/13
Posts: 541
Loc: Kiev, Ukraine
paskdigia, the problem is that the patch was created for Russian and English versions only - we did not have the Italian version of the game to test it with, so I am totally not sure if it is supported!

Do you run nq_atgsf.exe before launching the game? What does it say? Does it recognize the game?

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