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BioShock retail cannot connect to download server

Postby TheMLGladiator » 2019-7-10 @ 21:41

Recently, whenever I try to install BioShock, it fails to connect to the auto patch server. It worked a few months ago, so I'm not sure why it's not working now.
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Re: BioShock retail cannot connect to download server

Postby DosFreak » 2019-7-10 @ 22:52

Back when the game was released I monitored the download process during the install and backed up the executable. You can probably just use the cracked executable you can find on the internet since the game also uses copy protection. If you can't find the original executable I can attach the file but it uses copy protection and I'm not sure the DRM works on modern Windows if you are using a new version of Windows.

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BIOSHOCK_patch.gz is the file downloaded by the autopatcher during the installation process.
I am saving this file in case the server goes down because the BioShock executable is not included on the CD.
This doesn't protect against the activation servers going down but at least it removes one of the points of failure.


Make sure you install "BioshockVersion1.1PatchWorldwideRetail" as well.
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Re: BioShock retail cannot connect to download server

Postby TheMLGladiator » 2019-7-11 @ 13:15

I'm trying to run it on a system running Windows XP. I just tried installing it again in a VM (the ethernet to the system can be a bit sketchy at times) and it seems like the autopatch servers really have been taken down. What should I do with the file attached? Should I run it while the auto patcher screen is up during the install? Or should i copy it into the game directory?
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Re: BioShock retail cannot connect to download server

Postby RoyBatty » 2019-7-11 @ 19:36

Since SafeDisc and Securom no longer work on windows 7 through 10 (although you can get around it on 7 and 8) they don't have the servers on anymore I would gather. The steam remasters are what they expect people to buy. It's a shame really... They should release a post mortem patch to address this.
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Re: BioShock retail cannot connect to download server

Postby RoyBatty » 2019-7-12 @ 18:26

Nice detective work DosFreak, didn't think to check that.
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Re: BioShock retail cannot connect to download server

Postby TheMLGladiator » 2019-7-13 @ 00:47

Wow, Thanks for finding this! I agree, they really should release a patch fixing this, or at least making a redirect. It really does seem like they want people to buy the remasters.
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Re: BioShock retail cannot connect to download server

Postby Davros » 2019-7-13 @ 16:26

"Unknown how you would get the installer to look there."
Try editing your hosts file maybe
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Re: BioShock retail cannot connect to download server

Postby duga3 » 2019-7-13 @ 20:35

Davros wrote:Try editing your hosts file maybe


I think HOSTS file accepts only IP addresses as destination. But in theory you could try pointing the HOSTS file to your own server IP and then setup that server to redirect to the desired webpage.
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