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#914166 - 09/17/13 06:53 PM Re: If a game disk won't install? [Re: Reenie]
InlandAZ Offline
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I'll bet you selected a file with the "Send To" option and sent it to your optical drive.

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[autorun]
open=EternalJourneyNewAtlantisCollectorsEdition.exe
icon=VM.ico


See if you can locate the "EXE" file on the CD and double click it to start the install.

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#914170 - 09/17/13 07:09 PM Re: If a game disk won't install? [Re: Reenie]
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Here are several reason why this desktop file appears as "to be written." There a tons of hits on the question as it's really common.

http://superuser.com/questions/275797/wh...-dvd-inserted-u
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#914173 - 09/17/13 07:23 PM Re: If a game disk won't install? [Re: Draclvr]
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Yes, I already have tried double-clicking on the exe to start it, and even tried to OPEN it as "Administrator." Still zilch.

I put the disk back in again and tried to copy the contents to another file on my desktop, as Jenny suggested. That worked! I just started up the game to see, and it runs as though nothing had ever been wonky. Thanks, Jenny. You did it again, girl! happydance

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#914185 - 09/17/13 08:23 PM Re: If a game disk won't install? [Re: Reenie]
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Another one for me to remember too!
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#914198 - 09/17/13 10:06 PM Re: If a game disk won't install? [Re: Reenie]
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Glad you got it sorted out thumbsup

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#914269 - 09/18/13 09:27 AM Re: If a game disk won't install? [Re: Reenie]
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As long as it works.

Eternal Journey: New Atlantis has excellent reviews at Big Fish. Enjoy it.

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#914306 - 09/18/13 02:51 PM Re: If a game disk won't install? [Re: Jenny100]
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Yes, I jumped right into the game. Mystery Masters always has a great cut scene entry. Wow. From Atlantis to Mars in 40 seconds. ha ha But what I like about MM games is they aren't so much an HOG with Adventure elements as they are an Adventure game with HOG elements. Love the mini-game puzzles.

I had to laugh, though, when I encountered an HOG scene in this 22nd Century game scenario and it featured an Eight Ball, a hand-crank coffee grinder, a STOP sign, a seahorse, a cowboy hat and a CFL bulb. Oh, and did you know there still will be coin-operated vending machines in the year 2250? LOL

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#914405 - 09/19/13 11:06 AM Re: If a game disk won't install? [Re: Reenie]
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Originally Posted By: Reenie
But what I like about MM games is they aren't so much an HOG with Adventure elements as they are an Adventure game with HOG elements. Love the mini-game puzzles.

Yes I like that better as well. I'm not too fond of the straight HOG's, though I usually like mini-games (unless they're dexterity-related).

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I had to laugh, though, when I encountered an HOG scene in this 22nd Century game scenario and it featured an Eight Ball, a hand-crank coffee grinder, a STOP sign, a seahorse, a cowboy hat and a CFL bulb. Oh, and did you know there still will be coin-operated vending machines in the year 2250? LOL

Maybe they're into retro in the 22nd Century. At least it makes more sense than hot dogs and blenders in ancient Egypt.

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#914412 - 09/19/13 11:52 AM Re: If a game disk won't install? [Re: Jenny100]
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At least it makes more sense than hot dogs and blenders in ancient Egypt.

That's for sure! LOL

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#914600 - 09/20/13 02:23 PM Re: If a game disk won't install? [Re: Reenie]
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There's always a "hot" dog somewhere. wink
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#914602 - 09/20/13 02:28 PM Re: If a game disk won't install? [Re: Homer6]
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Yes, Homer! I just found one deep in a cave on Mars. LOL

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#914893 - 09/21/13 11:06 PM Re: If a game disk won't install? [Re: Reenie]
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Even though Reenie managed to get this game installed, I thought that I would explain a little about what was going on with this installer. If you look at the CD from the attached image you can see that the installer is a very large (600 MB) single file installer. Depending on what installer system they used, there are several things that need to happen before you will see the GUI of the installer. If is just a self extracting EXE that will start the installer after extraction, it will probably just extract to the temp folder then run. This is not that common anymore. It is more likely that it is a single file installer, which may first copy itself to the temp folder then if it is compressed as a solid archive, be expanded before the installer initializes. Add to this any integrity checking that the installer may do on launch and any scanning that Windows and/or security software may do. I suppose that it is possible for something to time out if any of these things take too long.

It is common for such large installers to appear that they are hung. I have had this happen to some of my installers. Often just waiting long enough is enough, but the delay is a design consideration when writing an installer and needs to be weighed against other factors. Solid compression can make for a considerably smaller package, but exacerbate the slow initialization. This was a factor in my SQ2VGA installer. It was 472 MB, but I needed to also keep the download size as small as possible.

Copying the installer to the hard drive first helped because to took the slowness of the optical drive out of the equation. It also confirmed that there was no read or CRC errors as you would not be able copy it if so. Additionally it would seem faster since it is no longer being copied from the disc. It may still copy itself to the temp folder, but at hard drive speeds.


One last note, the desktop.ini is just something that is in the CD Burn Area that shows on the disc if the Windows built-in burning abilities is enabled. Not all burning software disables this. You will also see any files that are accidentally dropped on the drive. These can be safely ignored if not intentional.

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#914902 - 09/22/13 01:04 AM Re: If a game disk won't install? [Re: Reenie]
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Thank you, Collector. That helps me understand what happened here so much more.
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#915029 - 09/22/13 03:08 PM Re: If a game disk won't install? [Re: Reenie]
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Very interesting information, Collector.
Thank you for posting.

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