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Reply 200 of 272, by myne

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Ah.
Glad I left that line in the script. (the 3rd line of your screenshot)
This should do it.

Last edited by myne on 2024-02-15, 04:56. Edited 1 time in total.

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Reply 201 of 272, by ChronoReaperX

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myne wrote on 2024-02-15, 03:25:

Ah.
Glad I left that line in the script. (the 3rd line of your screenshot)
This should do it.

I have tested 2 different copies of MW2 31st CC Titanium but it still failed to install as you can see in the screenshots attached:

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Reply 202 of 272, by myne

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My bad on one of those.
Both should work now unless I'm blind to typos.

"TITAN_MW2-TITMW2W95-MW2 Titanium Edition" {$CDDRIVE =$letter; $edition="TITMW2W95"; break findcd}
"TITAN_MW2-TITW95-Titanium Trilogy" {$CDDRIVE =$letter; $edition="TITMW2W95"; break findcd}

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Reply 203 of 272, by myne

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ChronoReaperX wrote on 2024-02-15, 04:34:

I have tested 2 different copies of MW2 31st CC Titanium but it still failed to install as you can see in the screenshots attached:

Did it work?

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Mechwarrior 2 installer for Windows 10/11 Re: A comprehensive guide to install and play MechWarrior 2 on new versions on Windows.
Dos+Windows 3.11 auto-install iso template (for vmware)
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Reply 204 of 272, by ChronoReaperX

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myne wrote on 2024-02-15, 04:43:
My bad on one of those. Both should work now unless I'm blind to typos. […]
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My bad on one of those.
Both should work now unless I'm blind to typos.

"TITAN_MW2-TITMW2W95-MW2 Titanium Edition" {$CDDRIVE =$letter; $edition="TITMW2W95"; break findcd}
"TITAN_MW2-TITW95-Titanium Trilogy" {$CDDRIVE =$letter; $edition="TITMW2W95"; break findcd}

After extensive testing, I can confirm now that all works almost perfect! Thank you to Myne and Been_Nath for giving a quality of life to one of the most legendary simulation game in PC history (and the most annoying because of so many different versions out there).

SALAM (PEACE) FROM MALAYSIA

Reply 205 of 272, by myne

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Sama-sama

Cheers for your patience and help adding the extra editions.

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Mechwarrior 2 installer for Windows 10/11 Re: A comprehensive guide to install and play MechWarrior 2 on new versions on Windows.
Dos+Windows 3.11 auto-install iso template (for vmware)
Script to backup Win9x\ME drivers from a working install

Reply 207 of 272, by GrampaGotTheKeys

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Really cool project! Wish I knew about this sooner!

Only problem i'm having atm is detecting the two copies of Mercs I use:

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Reply 209 of 272, by myne

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I'll try get to it on the weekend.
If you can't wait, have a read of this:

Re: A comprehensive guide to install and play MechWarrior 2 on new versions on Windows.

It shouldn't be too hard to figure out

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Reply 210 of 272, by myne

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In theory both should work with this
Unless they're a quirky edition

Last edited by myne on 2024-02-24, 05:56. Edited 2 times in total.

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Mechwarrior 2 installer for Windows 10/11 Re: A comprehensive guide to install and play MechWarrior 2 on new versions on Windows.
Dos+Windows 3.11 auto-install iso template (for vmware)
Script to backup Win9x\ME drivers from a working install

Reply 211 of 272, by GrampaGotTheKeys

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myne wrote on 2024-02-23, 06:12:

In theory both should work with this
Unless they're a quirky edition

Thanks for the quick reply, didn't work, had a peek into the changes and there was a spelling error in the new lines:

"MERCENARIES-MercsW95-Merecnaries" {$CDDRIVE =$letter; $edition="MercsW95"; break findcd}
"MERCENARIES-MD3DW95-Merecnaries D3D" {$CDDRIVE =$letter; $edition="Mercs3DSW95"; break findcd}

After changing "Merecnaries" to "Mercenaries" they were detected and installed!

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Bad news is I'm having this weird problem (this is effecting D3D, 3DFX, all versions of them!) the games can start up into the menus fine BUT display this error when trying to start a mission, this didn't happen before:

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Reply 212 of 272, by BEEN_Nath_58

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GrampaGotTheKeys wrote on 2024-02-23, 16:15:
Thanks for the quick reply, didn't work, had a peek into the changes and there was a spelling error in the new lines: […]
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myne wrote on 2024-02-23, 06:12:

In theory both should work with this
Unless they're a quirky edition

Thanks for the quick reply, didn't work, had a peek into the changes and there was a spelling error in the new lines:

"MERCENARIES-MercsW95-Merecnaries" {$CDDRIVE =$letter; $edition="MercsW95"; break findcd}
"MERCENARIES-MD3DW95-Merecnaries D3D" {$CDDRIVE =$letter; $edition="Mercs3DSW95"; break findcd}

After changing "Merecnaries" to "Mercenaries" they were detected and installed!

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Bad news is I'm having this weird problem (this is effecting D3D, 3DFX, all versions of them!) the games can start up into the menus fine BUT display this error when trying to start a mission, this didn't happen before:

Ah there we go. I digged into this error earlier, but I no where found what caused this. I couldn't find any responsible registry key either.

The problem wasn't happening when I did the actual CD installation through InstallShield Wizard. If you want to go through that, its present in my first post

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Reply 213 of 272, by myne

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Ah. Typos. My bane.

So the menus work?
What happens after you change the resolution?

If it works, then look in regedit for Activision, mercenaries and send me the details in that key so I can add it

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Mechwarrior 2 installer for Windows 10/11 Re: A comprehensive guide to install and play MechWarrior 2 on new versions on Windows.
Dos+Windows 3.11 auto-install iso template (for vmware)
Script to backup Win9x\ME drivers from a working install

Reply 214 of 272, by GrampaGotTheKeys

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myne wrote on 2024-02-23, 23:18:

What happens after you change the resolution?
If it works, then look in regedit for Activision, mercenaries and send me the details in that key so I can add it

OH well looking at the regedit clued me in that no settings changed were being saved, everything was just sitting at default.
After setting the shortcuts to run as admin I could finally change resolution and other settings! The 3DFX & D3D versions run great now! 😀
BUT the standard win95 edition still refuses to start any missions (The menus & movies still work though)

On a side note, anyone else having major FPS drops when the setting "Particles" is on?

Here's what the regedit was looking like by default:

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Reply 215 of 272, by myne

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Ah interesting.
Wonder why it can't update reg without admin.

Interesting that it's in WOW6432
What that means is "Windows on Windows 64bit 32bit
So it's a kinda virtualisation subkey. On ye old windows 9x it's NOT in that area at all.

Are they running within DGvoodoo in a much higher res?

The 9x version might be one of those unique editions that doesn't work with that install method I wrote and chose.
I'd have to have a copy to figure it out.

The reg keys should be somewhat straightforward, but it does mean we have to figure out the Mw2 GBL and mercs keys - and any subversions eg 1.1, 1.5 etc
So a whole new layer of potential annoyances.

re-uploaded the above installer with the typos fixed.

Things I built:
Mechwarrior 2 installer for Windows 10/11 Re: A comprehensive guide to install and play MechWarrior 2 on new versions on Windows.
Dos+Windows 3.11 auto-install iso template (for vmware)
Script to backup Win9x\ME drivers from a working install

Reply 216 of 272, by myne

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If you're not scared of the registry...

Backup that key to a reg
Delete it

Then try this from powershell and see if it works:

New-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Activision\Mercenaries 3D\1.0\ -Name "Display Width" -PropertyType Dword -Value 00000280
New-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Activision\Mercenaries 3D\1.0\ -Name "Display Height" -PropertyType Dword -Value 000001e0

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Mechwarrior 2 installer for Windows 10/11 Re: A comprehensive guide to install and play MechWarrior 2 on new versions on Windows.
Dos+Windows 3.11 auto-install iso template (for vmware)
Script to backup Win9x\ME drivers from a working install

Reply 217 of 272, by myne

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Actually, scratch that.
I changed it so all the shortcuts are created with the admin flag set.

Theoretically, it should fix all of the variants with that error.

Beennath are you able to confirm the one you had that didn't work now does (once you set the resolution)

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Mechwarrior 2 installer for Windows 10/11 Re: A comprehensive guide to install and play MechWarrior 2 on new versions on Windows.
Dos+Windows 3.11 auto-install iso template (for vmware)
Script to backup Win9x\ME drivers from a working install

Reply 218 of 272, by BEEN_Nath_58

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myne wrote on 2024-02-24, 05:56:
Actually, scratch that. I changed it so all the shortcuts are created with the admin flag set. […]
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Actually, scratch that.
I changed it so all the shortcuts are created with the admin flag set.

Theoretically, it should fix all of the variants with that error.

Beennath are you able to confirm the one you had that didn't work now does (once you set the resolution)

Give me 3 days. I can't access the game until then nor test it

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Reply 219 of 272, by GrampaGotTheKeys

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myne wrote on 2024-02-24, 03:20:

Interesting that it's in WOW6432
What that means is "Windows on Windows 64bit 32bit
So it's a kinda virtualisation subkey. On ye old windows 9x it's NOT in that area at all.

Oh I forgot I still had virtualisation on, after turning it off still having the same issues even after trying to reinstall mercs, puts the keys in the expected place now at least:

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Last edited by GrampaGotTheKeys on 2024-02-26, 18:06. Edited 1 time in total.