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AnyGameStarter v. 2.1.3 (for CD/DVD games) * UPD 29 Dec 2017

by Numenor Posted 27th Sep 2007 at 9:41 AM - Updated 28th Dec 2017 at 11:28 PM by Numenor
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This mod is NOT compatible with the Ultimate Collection
If you use the Ultimate collection, please download the AGS v.2.2.0-UC

Collection packs other than Deluxe, Double Deluxe and Holiday Ed. 2005/06 are not supported. If you install the AGS with any other collection pack, you will probably have to uninstall and reinstall all of your games to get back to a working state.

>>> ANYGAMESTARTER <<<
Build your game (and BodyShop!) the way you want it
for testing purposes or nostalgic pleasure!




IMPORTANT - COMPATIBILITY LIST
This AGS version is compatible with any game and expansion on physical CD/DVD.
It support also Store Edition, Deluxe, Double Deluxe and Holiday Ed. 2005/06.
Don't use the AGS with expansions bought online from EA site, the Ultimate Collection or other game editions not listed above

The installer has been tested under Windows 10
(but should work fine with any older Windows version down to XP)
and must be run under an administrator account.


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WHAT'S NEW IN THE LATEST VERSION
  • Version 2.1.3 (29 Dec 2017)
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the AGS to run in a 32bit environment.
  • Version 2.1.2 (27 Dec 2017)
    • FEATURE: The AGS installer now correctly manages both 32bit and 64bit game installations (while previously the installer could run under a 64bit Windows, but couldn't create a working Registry file in such environment).
    • The useless online check for updates has been removed; the AGS now does not require any more an active internet connection.
    • The screen resolutions has been updated to more... modern values (1024x768 / 1280x720 / 1600x900); Bodyshop max resolution is still 1024x768. In order to use these resolutions, some users may need to fix the issue with the Sims2 not recognizing the latest video cards (search Google for a replacement of the "Graphics Rules.sgr" file).
    • The installer, in order to correctly manage some game configurations that include specific stuff packs (H&M, IKEA and K&B) now permanently renames the three mentioned game folders, so to remove any non-standard characters like "®" and "&". This won't affect in any way the normal "full" game.
    • Minor improvements in the internal code and the batch files.
  • Version 2.1.1 (9 May 2009)
    • BUGFIX: The "Replace" function didn't actually delete and replace the AnyGame1 any more (the bug was introduced with v. 2.1.0 and affected only the AnyGame1, while the AnyGames 2 and 3 were correctly replaced).
  • Version 2.1.0 (30 Apr 2009)
    • Introduced the ability to UPDATE existing AnyGames to a different EP configuration, without deleting and replacing the saved AnyGame (neighborhood, sims, downloads, etc.). The option is available only in Standard Mode (not in BGS mode), and only if the update is actually possible (see details in the "How to Use" and "Hints & Tips" sections, below).


WHAT IS THE ANYGAMESTARTER
The AnyGameStarter (in brief: 'AGS') allows to create a temporary test-game (and optionally a test-Bodyshop) including or excluding any Expansion Pack, Stuff Pack and Add-on Packs (among the ones that you own, of course).
Typical usages of the AnyGameStarter include, for example:
  • Set up a game with few (or no) EPs, where to create lots with low (or no) game requirements.
  • Set up mutiple alternate themed Full Games (e.g. medieval, sci-fi etc.), with their own default replacements that don't affect the main game.
  • Set up an alternate game (with or without EP/SP) to play Legacy challenges.
  • Set up a game without Seasons, where to create functional CAS screens.
  • Set up a "base-game only", or a game with an unusual configuration, where to test an object or mod under specific conditions.
  • Set up a game with only one specific EP or SP, so to explore the new objects and features provided by that single pack (ever tried the thrill of running a game with only FFS, CEL and a Xmas pack? Geeeeez! )


HOW TO USE
First off, you have to download the rar attached to this post and extract the installer ("AnyGameStarter_Setup.exe"). I suggest NOT to extract it to the desktop, so to avoid an eccessive clutter: better put the installer in a folder somewhere on your hard disk.
When done, double-click on the "AnyGameStarter_Setup.exe"; you need to double-click on the installer only once: the very first time you run the installer, it will check if your Registry holds the correct path to the Documents folder, and will update all the existing AGS and BGS games making them compatible with Mansion & Garden (if you have it). Then, the installer will create two icons on your desktop:



You won't see any activity from the installer (apparently it doesn't even start...), but you will see the two new icons on your desktop. From this moment on, use the two icons tu run the AGS:
  • use the "Standard" icon to run the normal AnyGameStarter. Click the button below to know more.

  • use the "BGS Mode" icon to activate the special BaseGameStarter operating mode. Click the button below to know more.


Either mode you choose (Standard or BGS), the installer will let you - in addition to create new games - to delete existing games or making them permanent.

NOTE: the AGS installer must be run using an administrator account (the same used to install the full game).

HINTS & TIPS / F.A.Q.
Questions? Doubts? Problems? Click the button below!



HOW TO UNINSTALL
You can either use the Add/Remove Program panel, or run again the AGS installer and choose the option "Delete existing AnyGames" (and then select all the games). When you delete the last mini-game, the AGS is automatically uninstalled anyway.
NOTE: uninstalling the AGS will delete the three AGS games; neither the Full Game nor the PermaGames will be deleted.


CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Thanks a million to MaryLou for creating most of the icons and the community lot included in the mini-game.
The AGS installer has been created using Inno Setup, the ISTool user interface and a lot of self-learned Pascal coding -


CHANGELOG and HISTORY
It's a long story, but if you're interested, click the button!

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Managers Miscellaneous
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
AnyGameStarter_Setup_2.1.3_x32-x64.zip | Version 2.1.3 for CD/DVD Sims2 games (32bit and 64bit systems)

Size: 2.23 MB · Downloads: 1,845 · 28th Dec 2017
2.23 MB 1,845 28th Dec 2017
AnyGameStarter_Setup.zip | Version 2.1.1 for CD/DVD Sims2 games (DEPRECATED, but still working with 32bit systems)

Size: 2.05 MB · Downloads: 20,523 · 14th Mar 2009
2.05 MB 20,523 14th Mar 2009
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Lab Assistant
#101 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 8:38 AM
Numenor, I hope you read comments, I encountered a bug that the shared AnyGames and PermaGames actually delete the windows Shared Documents folder, I also find it rather useless to have a folder in My Computer, can you add a tickbox which asks you if you want to have a shared AnyGame and PermaGame folders.

I really want to use AnyGameStarter, it works alot faster then the normal game
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#102 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 10:11 AM
AELFLAED - Please keep the BGS games installed for another couple days, just in case... Your logs state clearly that the installer could successfully manages file paths up to 256 characters long (excluding the drive letter with its colon and backslash). You too, would had no problems if you didn't create (inside Downloads\Quarantine) a folder "Frogger_NS_2008AdventCalenderGifts_GirlsFlowerRugs" nested inside a folder with the very same name. However, as you already know, clicking Ignore lets the installer complete the conversion, so that you can then move manually the erroneous files.

Thanks for the great help

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ALISAR - It's not the first time you have problems with the Documents pats, is it? And in this case, from what I read, you probably helped the AGS with fooling Windows, by providing inaccurate info (but I think you were only jocking...)

First off, let's clear up one important point (at all users' benefit):
the window asking to select the right Documents folder only opens up when there is something wrong in the Registry. Under normal conditions, the user should never see it.
Now, Alisar, you say that you've chosen, as your Documents path:
C:\All Users\Alisar\Documents\EA Games;
if this is not a joke, then you have made several mistakes:
- the folder "All Users\Alisar" should not exist at all; it should be "Users\Alisar" (probably it's just a typo in your post);
- the Documents path should NEVER end with "EA Games"; the installer was asking your personal Documents folder, not for the location of the save-game folder. since you are the second user (that I know of) who misreads the installer's request, I've included a special check in the upcoming AGS v. 2.0.3, so to prevent such mistakes.

That said, I notice from the files included in the AppFiles you provide that the installer could correctly read and set the paths to the Documents folder:
  • personal documents = C:\Users\Alisar\Documents
  • shared documents = C:\Users\Public\Documents
I think that these paths are the right ones... If you confirm this, then the only thing you have to do is to double-click on the file Sims2_Full.reg (located in the AppFiles that you sent me: to be 100%, I'm attaching it to this post, in case you delete that AppFiles folder).
Then, RESTART WINDOWS!

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SharonSims2 - the situation you describe is NOT what the AGS is supposed to do. The AGS should not delete the common documents folder, nor create an AGS folder in My Computer.
Actually, I think that - due to a malfunction or misuse of the installer - the common documents folder has been renamed as an AnyGame folder.
The AGS installer should only create its folders into the personal documents folder (NOT the common documents one).
Is it possible that you didn't run the installer as Administrator?

If you want me to help more, please provide, if possible, an AppFiles folder and an install log (read FAQ C-1 and C-2). If you can't, then you should at least tell me the exact path to your personal documents folder, and the path to your common documents folder. Both paths must start with the drive letter.
If you don't want to post them on a public forum (for example, because they contain your real name etc.), then send me a PM with the required info.
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I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


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Alchemist
#103 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 11:23 AM
Quote:
a folder "Frogger_NS_2008AdventCalenderGifts_GirlsFlowerRugs" nested inside a folder with the very same name.


There are a couple of other related things in that folder as well. Is there a particular problem with nested folders using the same name?

It's the same one that errored before. I meant to remove it before installing again, but forgot. I was surprised when I saw which it was, as I had misunderstood the problem - I thought it was long file NAMES that were not installing, rather than file PATHS.

I assumed that the entire folder would have disappeared from the Permagame after being 'ignored', but it was there, and the files inside looked fine, except the objects didn't seem to be in the game. (As they are new, I haven't yet seen them in-game, but I couldn't find them.) I have now replaced the folder completely, so they will probably appear next time I run it.

I'll leave the BGS alone for a few more days then. Thanks for your help.
Forum Resident
#104 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 1:33 PM
yes, you remember well, I had problems with bgs and ags from Vista on (never with XP and it was fantastic and this is the reason why I cannot give up ), and on october it was my Vista a bit messed up yes
but this time is different, Numenor .. I think I was a bit inaccurate in relating about the documents path request, yes, the path was C:\Users\Alisar\Documents of course (as far as I can remember AGS requests were about 2 %USERPROFILE% and 2 C:\something else and I chose the one mentioned before ), but I cannot imagine what my registry may have wrong as my pc has a clean installation (but for win updates, antivirus updates, video and audio codecs, my nokia pc suite and the various tools related to the sims2... )... my antivirus does not describe any shell changement and actually my shell is no longer in system32.. .
I can assure you things have changed with AGS - I did not have any yellow documents folder before, just my relaxing green one so, before writing you, I read your last pms back and I checked and I found nothing strange in my registry anyway I did what you suggested (I didn't unistall anything this time, just waited for your answer as a good baby'd do ). I am restarting my system now (crossed fingers Hope this time it will go!)

Thank you for the moment - I will let you know in any case
cheers,
Ali
Field Researcher
#105 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 1:52 PM
I'm glad to inform you that v2.0.3 RC2 works for me.

Standard Game with all EPs and SPs will not open my normal neighborhood anymore. The new AnyGame was created under AnyGame1 folder without problem.

No more complaining about M&G disk when I made an OFB+FT AnyGame either.

It's strange that apparently I'm the only person who had this problem. My computer is not that lightning fast, I built my current machine almost two years ago.

FYI, my PC spec:
Intel Core2Duo 6400 (2.13GHz)
4GB ram
ATI Radeon HD 3800

Thanks again for all your hard work you put into debugging.
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File Type: rar AppFiles_04.rar (492.0 KB, 1 downloads)

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#106 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 2:52 PM Last edited by Numenor : 2nd Jan 2009 at 3:19 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by aelflaed
There are a couple of other related things in that folder as well. Is there a particular problem with nested folders using the same name?
...
I thought it was long file NAMES that were not installing, rather than file PATHS.

No, there is no problem with sub-folders with names identical to their parent folders. I was just pointing out a useless lengthening of the path.
The installer seems to have a 256-character limit regarding the entire PATH+FILENAME (excluding the drive letter).
In any case, I confirm what you have already discovered: even if a single file fails because of any problem (path length or else), the other files are copied correctly, if possible.

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ALISAR - I'm puzzled, too, that the AGS did find something wrong in your registry, in a (almost) fresh Vista installation. Unless I've misunderstood something, there are 4 "documents paths" in the Registry :
  • Current User, Shell Folders: "C:\Users\Alisar\Documents" (absolute path to your documents);
  • Current User, User Shell Folders: "%USERPROFILE%\Documents" (relative path, based on the "USERPROFILE" system variable, that should always poit to "C:\Users\Alisar"; as a consequence, this path and the previous one always point to the same physical folder);
  • Local Machine, Shell Folders: "C:\Users\Public\Documents" (absolute path to the shared documents);
  • Local Machine, User Shell Folders: "%PUBLIC%\Documents" (again, a relative path bound to the PUBLIC variable, that should always point to "C:\Public", so that this path and the previous paths always point to the same physical folder).

However, apart from the technical discussions, the AGS creates a backup of the original Registry settings, and I'd like to read those values.
If you can, I'd like you to open the Registry and go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Numenor\Backup.
You should see, on the right panel, 5 values (4 documents paths and 1 language setting). Can you please post here the 4 paths? Or - if you prefer - you can export the entire key and post it here.

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Lord Darcy - I'm so glad that now everything works fine! I don't know why only you had that problem, but anyway I've taken my chance to improve the installer code, making it even more error-proof.
Thanks for running so many tests, and providing such accurate reports!

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


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Alchemist
#107 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 10:51 PM
Okay, thankyou! Hopefully that's it now from me!
The ModFather
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#108 Old 3rd Jan 2009 at 1:01 AM
Default Update
>>> ANYGAMESTARTER UPDATE <<<


WHAT'S NEW IN THE LATEST VERSION
  • Version 2.0.3 (03 Jan 2009)
    • New "Debug Mode" icon in the Start Menu: use it if you have problems with the Documents folder; the icon forces the installer to open a folder selector, where to select the right Documents folder.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the correct conversion into PermaGame of old BGS games created with BGS installers older than v. 2.2.
      Many thanks to Aelflaed for reporting and helping tracking down the bug.
    • Fixed a rare bug that caused the AnyGame/PermaGame batch files to be mangled, thus preventing the AnyGames or PermaGames to run at all, or forced the Any/PermaGames to run using the "full" save-game folder.
      Many thanks to Lord Darcy for reporting and helping tracking down the bug.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#109 Old 5th Jan 2009 at 9:15 PM
Default confused
ok i am very confused by this anyamestarter thing. I guess my main question is this: does this mean that if we download this that we can start the game without having a certain sims 2 disk in the CD/DVD drive? Because my sister and i both have the games on each of our computers and it says we both have to use Free time to play but we only have one free time game. so if i downloaded this would i be able to play the game without using the free time disk?? sorry if this seems like a stupid question but i am very confused
Test Subject
#110 Old 6th Jan 2009 at 7:13 PM
Numenor!
As always: GREAT!

If I was able to use img-tags here, you would see my personal 275px × 42px signature...
The ModFather
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#111 Old 6th Jan 2009 at 10:29 PM
amk51789 - The games created with the AnyGameStarter do require the CD in the drive; only, the required CD is not always the same, but depends on the latest EP included in the chosen game. If your problem is that both you and your sister want to play the game with all the expansions, then you both need the same CD, and the AnyGameStarter is useless for you.
However, as far as I know, the CD is required only when starting the game, and then can be extracted from the drive and used in the other PC, to start the game.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


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Field Researcher
#112 Old 7th Jan 2009 at 12:24 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
However, as far as I know, the CD is required only when starting the game, and then can be extracted from the drive and used in the other PC, to start the game.


I can tell you for sure that Yes you can remove the disk right after game starts. I share with my two daughters and I am always forgeting the disks in their computers. (my 2 cents).

ClicknPsycho
Test Subject
#113 Old 7th Jan 2009 at 2:30 AM
any chance you can do this for mac users as well? ;]

L'essentiel est invisible aux yeux.
The ModFather
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#114 Old 7th Jan 2009 at 9:40 AM
No, I'm sorry. The AnyGameStarter heavily relies on the Inno Setup installer (only working under Windows) and DOS batches (again, a Microsoft exclusive).
I don't even own a Mac -

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#115 Old 8th Jan 2009 at 8:37 PM
Hey this looks great, I just have one question. I am trying to write a story using the sims for pictures, and everytime I go to install a new EP, mainly for my main game that I play just for fun, it disrupts the custom content I use for my story. So it's almost like I have to choose between my story or playing the game. Is the AGS installer something that can fix this? Can I create a game that just has the EPs up to Bon Voyage and then transfer my saved files to that game and use it for my story? And then be able to play my main game seperate from that? I've been reading through everything and trying to figure it out myself, but any help you could give would be greatly appreciated! Good work!
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#116 Old 8th Jan 2009 at 10:42 PM
After you have played a neighborhood (even one time only!) with an EP, you can't play that game any more with an older EP; for example, if you install FreeTime and play the game, you can't copy the saved game to another game that only contains the EPs up to Bon Voyage. The game would crash.
The only thing you can do with the AGS is to create a separate game that contains the same EPs than the main game, and use it for your stories, without interefering with the main game.

I frankly don't understand what you mean with "installing a new EP disrupts the custom content"... We all know that whenever e new EP is installed, the custom content is temporarily turned off, and must be reactivated. But after that, the custom content should work exactly like before (except, maybe, some particular global mods).

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#117 Old 8th Jan 2009 at 11:58 PM
Thanks for the help. I do have a sims 2 folder saved that is before I installed free time...and I did turn the custom content back on, but when I entered a lot that was for my story some of the custom content was blue and flashy.

So I could then use the AGS, and choose the expansion I want it to be good up to, and then copy my saved files over to the new game? It would be nice to have them separated for future things even if I have to deal with the custom content I've already lost.
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#118 Old 9th Jan 2009 at 1:46 AM
If you have a sims2 folder lastly played with Bon Voyage, then yes, you can create an AGS game with the EPs up to Bon Voyage (I suggest to use the "standard game" option), and use your saved Sims2 folder to replace the one installed by the AGS installer.
Test the AGS game, to check that everything is in good order, and then transform the AGS game into a PermaGame, so to be sure that it won't be deleted by mistake

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#119 Old 9th Jan 2009 at 8:19 PM
Sweet! Ok then one more question, I promise! So if after I install a standard game and transfer all that stuff over and yada yada yada, then if I want to install a new EP on my main game it won't affect the game I created for my story?

Your awesome, thanks for all the help and rad stuff you make!
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#120 Old 9th Jan 2009 at 10:49 PM
Installing a new EP won't affect your AGS game, BUT the AGS game must be updated anyway. You see, the AGS game changes the Registry, in order to fool the game, and the it must restore the "full game" values in the Registry: i.e. the AGS must "know" that you have installed a new EP, or won't be able to restore the correct values.

However, the update of each and every AGS game, old BGS game and PermaGame happens automatically, simply starting the AGS installer. You just have to run the installer after installing a new EP, and cancel as soon as the AGS gives you chance to.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


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Forum Resident
#121 Old 10th Jan 2009 at 6:57 PM
First Numenor, many thanks for this program.
I seem to have a little problem with it though. When I run an AGS for the first time, all is well, with CC or not (well, provided that the CC is compatible, of course!). Only, after I close the AGS game, add, say, a download or two, and try to run it again, I often get the message "Wrong CD, please insert BV's" (BV is the latest EP of my full game), no matter if I'm running a base game, a Uni one, an NL one or a Uni+NL one. Of course, it would be no problem if I only wanted to build one lot, but since I'm working on a large project and sometimes forget to add this or that critical download to my folder, it gets a bit aggravating to move the downloads/NH files back and forth while I reinstall an AGS again and again to be able to run the game. I was using the latest (Jan 3) release, too.
I have joined the Appfiles folder, as you asked. I hope you can fix this problem so that this program can be enjoyed to its full potential

PS: It appears that sometimes, the problem fixes itself. After posting this, I ran the AGS game again and it didn't complain. I'm wondering why.
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#122 Old 11th Jan 2009 at 12:12 AM
The French Sim - Your PC seems to rush a little during the 60-seconds countdown executed before restoring the normal path to the Documents folder; your poor AGS game has actually only 30 seconds to start up, and sometimes this time is just too short. As a consequence, the path to the normal Documents folder is restored too early, and the AGS game is forced to run using the full game folder (thus asking for the Bon Voyage CD).

I'm not sure to have explained the problem clearly enough but anyway, the solution is simple: allowing the AGS game a longer time to start up.
Download the attached file, and unpack it to your AppFiles folder, overwriting the old "RestoreDocs.bat".
NOTE 1: keep a copy of this modified file in a safe place! Every time you run the AGS installer, it will replace the RestoreDocs.bat with the default 30-seconds version, and you have to copy it again in the AppFiles.
NOTE 2: there is only one copy of the RestoreDocs in the AppFiles, shared between all the three AnyGames; and then, there is another copy in the AppFiles of each PermaGame (if you use them). Remember to replace the RestoreDocs with the modified version in all the games.
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: rar For_TheFrenchSim.rar (598 Bytes, 11 downloads)

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#123 Old 11th Jan 2009 at 1:26 AM
Oooooh I see! So that's a matter of running the game when the computer isn't slowing down too much, so that it manages to launch the AGS game before the path is restored? Guess what - after I closed most of my other applications and ran the game in "Nightlife only" mode... it ran. Without moaning about the wrong CD being inserted!
I'll keep that file though, in case I really, really need it. Thanks for the explanation, I'm reassured!
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#124 Old 12th Jan 2009 at 6:13 PM
I just installed the newest version of your AnyGameStarter because the Drag'n'Drop methode for .Sims2Pack didn't work for me anymore. Now I installed one lot. Worked fine... but I can't install any more lots by Drag'n'Drop. It tries every time to start the game . The S2PCI doesn't even start.
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#125 Old 12th Jan 2009 at 9:30 PM Last edited by Numenor : 12th Jan 2009 at 9:46 PM.
Uhm... Please do this:

- Try installing a lot by drag&drop
- When the game starts, close it
- Immediately zip your AppFiles folder
- Post here the zip when you can, and I'll examine it.

You could also try different settings such as a different resolution (fullscreen/windowed), or a different sound setting (sound on/off).
If you see that some settings work, and other don't, please let me know.

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