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D2-XL is awesome, but...
Hey guys.  Just a couple days ago I started wondering whether Descent had ever been ported in such a way that I could play it on my Intel Mac... and iquickly found that it has!  Yay!

I got it networked with my G5 (via Firewire!) and started a game all right... here's the thing: I have all these old maps (multiplayer for the most part) that I copied over from Descent (the original).  In Descent, starting a mission brings up a box with all of the maps for me to choose from.  In D2-XL, it gives me two choices, the Descent 1 and the Descent 2 missions....  Why are the 3rd party maps not showing up?

 

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Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
You have to hit "New Game", do not hit "Single Player Game", that will give you only the D1 & D2 missions...

EDIT: BTW, you have played FreeSpace before, right?

 
Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
Errr... no.

And I get the same two choices when I hit New game, Single Player, MultiPlayer, etc.  It's always just the D1 and D2 missions.

 

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Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
Take a look at my directory, which works:
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EDIT sorry about that, fixed now (re-download the text file, the other did not contain the info I wanted you to have).

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Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
Thanks jr2.  It looks like those extra maps were supposed to be in the Missions folder after all.  Somehow I tried that before and didn't see the maps show up (probably clicked the wrong menu item).  Nice.  Now I'm all set for a LAN game.  Thanks again!

 

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Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
I appear to be cursed trying to run this game.

I finally got all the graphical options wrking properly (except the fullscreen startup, that was still not working), and then somehow the robot AI got switched off.  They wouldn't move, wouldn't fire back, wouldn't do anything.  And no, I didn't have the robot AI turned off in the commandlines.

I've come to the conclusion I'm not meant to play D2 anymore  :(
« Last Edit: March 23, 2007, 11:36:45 am by MP-Ryan »
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Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
The official D2X-XL website has a lot of detailed information on properly configuration, for example directory structure:

config: put all config files here (*.cfg, *.ini)
data: put all game data here (*.pig, descent.hog & .msn, descent2.hog & .mn2, *.256, etc.)
demos: demo files will be saved in this folder (*.dem)
missions: put all game data here (*.hog, *.msn, *.mn2)
models: put all hires model data here (*.oof, *.tga)
movies: put all movie files here (*.mvl)
profiles: put all player profiles here (*.plr)
savegames: put all save games here (*.sg?)
screenshots: screenshots will be saved here if this folder is present (*.tga)
(from http://www.descent2.de/d2x-install.html)

Not to rant here, but it seems like a lot of the "problems" or bugs people have with D2X-XL stem from not reading the installation/gameplay instructions correctly/at all.

MP-Ryan: More details please? (i.e. version number, what OS you are running it on, if you have the original D2 HOG files, etc.. the works.) :)

jr2: Strangely enough I have gotten 3rd party levels to work through the "Single Player Game" option.  Weird.
« Last Edit: March 23, 2007, 01:17:08 pm by fsi.scsi »

 
Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
For what it's worth, I did read the install instructions, but the page says, and I quote:

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D2X-XL supports organizing the Descent 2 data in subdirectories of the main Descent 2 folder. Use of these folders is optional; if d2x-xl finds one of them, it will however only look there for the related data.

Since I had no Missions folder at all, I figured d2x-xl would just look in Data.  The main install instructions tell you explicitly to make a Data folder, but now I notice that the Data folder is also listed as one of the "optional" folders.

Perhaps then, d2x-xl is seeing Data and looking for only the Data files there, not Mission files.  It's rather confusingly worded in the instructions.

 

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Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
Latest version, Windows XP, and I've read basically the entire D2X-XL website trying to get this thing to run properly.

Seems a lot of the lines just don't work properly.
1.  I don't get the new menu backgrounds.
2.  Movies work sporadically (and yes, I removed the high-res options).
3.  Inactive enemies.  Which is odd, because when I tried this a week or so ago I didn't get that problem; instead I couldn't get any of the new graphical options to work.
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Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
MP-Ryan, you need to go into your d2x.ini file, in your d2x-xl\config dir (if you have one in this dir and also one in the main dir, ... move the one in your main dir to the config dir)
remove the
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;-fullscreenThe other probs are the same type... take a look at my working d2x.ini:
(attached text file; rename as d2x.ini if you want... if you can't rename, ask me, I'll show you how)


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Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
@Iritscen:
The link for d'ling FS is in my siggy too, but wait until April, as the bandwidth is exceeded for now... or you can just torrent it.
FreeSpace2 SCP DVD .torrent - please help seed when you finish!!
FileFront direct download:
FreeSpace SCP DVD ISO Now Available for Download (New Mirror Posted!)

 

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Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
I appear to be cursed trying to run this game.

Never use Linux...

 

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Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
Oh.  Linux, I don't know much about.  Sorry.  :(

 
Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
I have the same problem as MP-Ryan, the enemy bots don't seem to do anything even when I nudge or fire at them and after a while the game crashes with the generic windows error message . I'm using version 1.9.159 on Windows XP. I really want to play this game because it seems like fun.

 

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Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
Did you look at my d2x.ini file and compare it with yours?  Or better yet, just back yours up (rename it), then copy mine over, and rename mine from d2x.ini.txt to d2x.ini
Do this by opening the command prompt, start > run, type cmd for 2k/xp or command for win9x , press enter.
change directory to the directory where you put my file.
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c:
cd "\games\d2x-xl\config"
or
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c:
cd "\documents and settings\jr2\desktop"
Once there, type in:
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ren d2x.ini.txt d2x.ini
Then copy the file to your d2x config directory.

 
Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
I've replaced my ini file with the one you uploaded but it is still the same.

 

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Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
Erg.  You put it in the d2x-xl\config directory?  Make sure that you don't have another one in the main directory as well...  Or, if you put mine in the main directory, move it to the \d2x-xl\config directory. If you don't have the \config directory, make one.  Did you see my directory listing from this post?

 
Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
Yes, I placed the file in the config folder and made sure there wasn't another one anywhere but the bots are still inactive. Oh well, don't worry about it. I'll go play something else instead. Thanks for the help anyway.

 

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Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
Try posting on D2X-XL's bug tracker in sourceforge
( http://sourceforge.net - search for d2x-xl , then trackers > bug tracker )

 

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Re: D2-XL is awesome, but...
MP-Ryan, you need to go into your d2x.ini file, in your d2x-xl\config dir (if you have one in this dir and also one in the main dir, ... move the one in your main dir to the config dir)
remove the
Code: [Select]
; from
Code: [Select]
;-fullscreenThe other probs are the same type... take a look at my working d2x.ini:
(attached text file; rename as d2x.ini if you want... if you can't rename, ask me, I'll show you how)


I'm going to try it again, but I've tried everything you've told me and it's STILL acting up.  Normally I have no problems with configurations, which is why this bugs me so much.

EDIT:  Incidentally, I have the Win95 edition of Descent 2

EDIT2:  Well, in a bizarre twist the third reinstall has everything working, albeit for one show-stopping bug.  The first boss robot will not die (level 4 or 5, methinks?).  I enabled the damage indicator and he's at 0, but he won't explode.  Which is bizarre.  Oh, and I still have to go to fullscreen manually by Alt-Enter.  *shrug*
« Last Edit: March 25, 2007, 05:40:30 pm by MP-Ryan »
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