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First post, by JayAlien

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Hi All,
I'm wondering if someone can help me with this.
What I'm trying to do: Play Bioshock with EAX
What I have: An XP PC with an x-fi sound card. A retail boxed version of Bioshock. A Steam version of Bioshock

I can't install from the retail version as the installer does a 2K games server check, which have now been shut down (irrelevant as my XP PC is not connected to the web). In the absence of a response, the installer deletes the files.
Steam no longer runs on XP (irrelevant as my XP PC is not connected to the web)

Any ideas how to fudge this to get it working. I get that 'EAX isn't that big a deal' however that's what I want to do. 2k games support answer on this is essentially '*shrug*, we don't know'
Thanks,
J

DOS: Pentium 100, S3 Virge DX, AWE64, MT-32, SC-88, ASUS Spax, 32MB
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Reply 2 of 8, by DosFreak

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🤣, guess they still haven't fixed or offered the game for free as they should if they aren't going to fix it. Guess someone needs to bitch on Twitter. Won't be me since I don't use that shit.

See here for your retail copy:
BioShock retail cannot connect to download server

Install game but leave installer open before it tries to download.
Backup the game directory since the install directory will be deleted
Download the exe from the link and copy to game directory and install the game patch if you want to keep the copy protection for some reason.
Download a cracked exe if you don't. Should be 9,700 KB.

As for buying it on Steam I don't see any point of giving these idiots more money for something you already bought I seem to be in the minority on that but there is that option.
The Steam version will run on XP but you'll need to use a cracked executable or the old version of Steam that runs on XP if you want to use Steam for some reason. SSE might work but no point in using that since a cracked executable is prefered for BioShock.

The Remasters require at least Vista and require SSE or Goldberg if you don't want to use Steam.

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Reply 4 of 8, by JayAlien

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Thanks all for the info, I'll try out some of these suggestions when I have some time at the weekend.
J

DOS: Pentium 100, S3 Virge DX, AWE64, MT-32, SC-88, ASUS Spax, 32MB
98SE: K6-II 400Mhz, Voodoo 3 3000, SBLive!/AWE64, ASUS P5S-VM, 256MB
98SE: Athlon3200+ Radeon850pro, Audigy2ZS, GA-7VT600, 512MB
XP: i7-975, GeForce570, Auzen X-Fi, X58, 3GB

Reply 5 of 8, by matze79

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Thats the future of gaming, if a company is gone you can no longer use your purchased software products with out piracy.

welcome to brave new world.

i`m really interested how this will affect xbox one for example if they shut off services some day.

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Reply 6 of 8, by JayAlien

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So I got a little further, I extracted the .gz file and placed the bioshock.exe in the folder. When I run this, I'm now prompted for my serial number, but it's telling me it's incorrect. I'm not sure if this is still trying to ping the 2k servers at this point.

DOS: Pentium 100, S3 Virge DX, AWE64, MT-32, SC-88, ASUS Spax, 32MB
98SE: K6-II 400Mhz, Voodoo 3 3000, SBLive!/AWE64, ASUS P5S-VM, 256MB
98SE: Athlon3200+ Radeon850pro, Audigy2ZS, GA-7VT600, 512MB
XP: i7-975, GeForce570, Auzen X-Fi, X58, 3GB

Reply 7 of 8, by JayAlien

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Does Bioshock 2 (boxed retail) suffer from the same broken DRM?

DOS: Pentium 100, S3 Virge DX, AWE64, MT-32, SC-88, ASUS Spax, 32MB
98SE: K6-II 400Mhz, Voodoo 3 3000, SBLive!/AWE64, ASUS P5S-VM, 256MB
98SE: Athlon3200+ Radeon850pro, Audigy2ZS, GA-7VT600, 512MB
XP: i7-975, GeForce570, Auzen X-Fi, X58, 3GB

Reply 8 of 8, by DosFreak

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Retail
IIRC, Bioshock 2 just used SecuROM for a disc check. You can use the Razor 1911 crack for that.

Steam
Use SmartSteamEmu

Steam
Bioshock 2 Remastered - Use SmartSteamEmu or Goldberg

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