Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New files now up

The updated Jedi Knight Alternate Installer files are now up correcting a problem some people (and by people I mean me and some other guy who contacted me via e-mail) had with disc 2 request coming up when they got to level 9 (the start of disc 2 content.) This fix however has required a bit of changing of what files are copied and adding in registering details so the game requires a game disc to be loaded. I have taken advantage of this change though to give people to option to install that game with out installing the cutscene video files. This saves time in the install process as well as space as it means installation for those who choose not to install the cutscene videos will not need to swap disc during installation. The videos still run with out install they just run from the game discs rather than run off the hard drive. These changes have also been carried over to the Mysteries of the Sith installer.

In addition to updating the individual Jedi Knight and Mysteries of the Sith installers, I've also created an installer for install both Jedi Knight and Mysteries of the Sith at the same time.

Changes added 23/06/2010:
- Installer now sets up the necessary registry keys requires for the game and DirectPlay.
- Game now requires original disc to play, as previous set up had resulted in problems during single player when players got to level 9 being prompted to insert disc 2 on every level passed that point and having cutscenes skipped passed that point.
- added option to install video cutscenes allowing people to be able to do quick and small installs that don't require switching disc.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Update Soon to Come - Registry Entries

An update is being prepared for the Alternate Installer for both Jedi Knight and Mysteries of the Sith that with add the original registry entries for this two games to the install. At the moment the Alternate Installers for these two game only copy over the game files and add the necessary shortcuts. A registry entry is made but only for Uninstall purposes. An other registry entries made are done by the games executables, not the install.

The reason for making this update comes from an e-mail I relieved informing me of a problem that comes up when a user gets to content in Jedi Knight that would usually be stored on the second disc during a single player game and receiving a request for the second disc to be inserted. Testing this myself (and thinking I probably should have tested this earlier) I received this very message. While canceling this message did allow me to continue playing it continued to come back after every level. The game also appeared to skip cutscenes originally from the second disc.

While there probably is other solutions I can use to solve these problems and continue to have to game run with the requirement of the game disc to run, I'm preferring to instead to set up the game to require the game disc and leave it to the end user to change that if they want.

An advantage to adding these registry entries for those into multiplayer is the enabling of lobby launching of Jedi Knight via programs like JKLauncher. Another thing that might come out from this is maybe a third installer for installing both Jedi Knight and Mysteries of the Sith.

The new versions of the Alternate Installer will be available when they're done. If all goes well that could be tomorrow.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Jedi Knight Alternate Installer Updated & New MotS Installer Available

Between random power outages I've managed to update my alternate installer for Star Wars Jedi Knight and produce another alternate installer for Mysteries of the Sith (with some thanks to a recent purchase I made at a local computer swap meet.)

the recent changes made to the Jedi Knight Alternate Installer are:
- Taken out Attribute_Set.bat as it is not really needed
- Corrected AppID in code as it likely conflicted with the Grim Fandango Installer by Ben Gorman
- Size of files from the Jedi Knight disc recorded in installer allowing for the install progress bar to be more accurate
to the actually progress of the install
- desktop icon now installs to the common desktop instead of the current user desktop (useful for multi-user systems and/or people using UAC)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Star Wars Jedi Knight Alternate Installer

An alternate installation program for Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces 2. This has been made for owners of the game who are also running a 64 bit version of Windows (XP/Vista/7). Due to Microsoft choosing not to support 16 bit applications in its 64 bit operating systems the install programs on older Lucasarts games no longer work. This install program allows users how have the old Jedi Knight disc to install the game on newer 64 bit Windows operating systems.

This project is based on code for the Grim Fandango Installer by Bgbennyboy (http://quick.mixnmojo.com/grim-fandango-setup) and contains a modified DDRAW.DLL from The Jedi Knight Editing Hub (www.jkhub.net).

Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces 2 is the copyright of LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC.

This is project I decided to do after discovering the original installer for Jedi Knight doesn't work with Windows 7. Hopefully someone else out there finds this useful.