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GOG version not installing C3?   
Delcron

Delcron



  12/31/2019

So I bought Creatures again after losing my installer from my old hard drive, and I installed them off GOG Galaxy. I tried to run docking station but it says that C3 isn't installed. I tried to run C3 and got this:

Error in: DirectoryManager::ReadFromConfigurationFiles
NLE0002: The following directory doesn't exist:

C: \GOG Games\Creatures Exodus\Creatures 3\

Make sure the configuration file entry is correct!

Windows NT/2000 6.2 build 9200 ()
OriginalDisplay DirectX (no modules)

(The space between the : and the \ is to prevent the emoji ahah)

??

Mine says "GOG Galaxy" instead of "GOG Games", and I'm not huge on computers, should I change the names? Does it matter?

 
Delcron

Delcron



  12/31/2019  3

Never mind, I wrecked everything and got it to work. We're good!
 
EmrisKronos

EmrisKronos
United States  


  1/15/2020

how did you get it to work?
i use to play a long time ago and decided to return when i saw the game on Gog games, and it kind of worked for a day or two but was more buggy than it should be but now i can't seem to get it to work at all.

gog galaxy and their version of the installer seems somewhat incompatible with how the game is designed to work as far as i can tell, as does windows 10 to a degree and i'm just practically bashing my head into the wall trying to fix it.

it looks like there's a way to download the original version from Amazon though, but looks like even after uninstalling the gog version it leaves things behind that might cause problems. it seems the gog version sets something in the operating systems directories to permanently associate C3 with the gog folder which i haven't figured out how to fix.

 
EmrisKronos

EmrisKronos
United States  


  1/15/2020

i'm reading that one of the possible answers to some of the registry errors that sometimes come up in the gog version is to find the file named machine.cfg located in the game's folder and open it with notepad. this brings up a list of directories written in a pretty simple lines of text and they just need to be edited to point to the right folders.

i'm not sure if this will fix the problems i encountered as i uninstalled and reinstalled the game several times from different sources in different locations and gog's directory listings where active even when i had uninstalled their version ans used another. but it's possible the file may of stuck around and caused some mayhem. regardless maybe this may be useful information for others, i certainly wish i'd found it sooner.

 
Delcron

Delcron



  1/15/2020

At this point I'm not sure all of what I did, but I went into one of the gog files (probably in programs files with the number). I ran the engine of docking station, which did run fine (I don't remember screwing with it too much, if at all), and C3 was connected to it somehow. I created a shortcut to the engine on my desktop and used the gog docking station icon (same folder) to make it look like it normally did. It runs fine now, I just can't run C3 standalone.

I'm pretty bad at computer-y things in general, so if you try the machine.cfg fix please let me know how it goes! I'm not really sure what .cfg is so I can't validate your theory.

 
EmrisKronos

EmrisKronos
United States  


  1/15/2020

that does seem to work some of the time... still not a total solution but if you're good with it that's great.

i'm looking at digging up some old CDs and installing from them which seems to be working so far but needs the no CD patch(as well as plenty of other patches and DS installed separately) to be entirely practical on newer machines that don't even have a CD drive built in.

i tried the machine.cfg fix and it kind of can help with some of the things that can go wrong but not always, and eventually after uninstalling and reinstalling repeatedly the installer also started leaving vital files like that one out completely... which was maddening as well.

....can't say i'm a huge fan of Gog games....really hope creatures labs somehow gets reestablished and reacquires the whole thing but that may be even more a long shot than creatures 4.

Edit: if i can't find a patch to run the CD version without the CD i'm considering trying copying the files from the CD onto my computer and reinstalling from the copied files to see if that works. annnd.. just tried this and it didn't work. could of sworn there use to be a way to do that.

 
Vermidia

Vermidia



  1/16/2020

Changing the game name for docking station in machine.cfg to anything else can work, I believe. Some agents that use gnam will break, but there aren't too many if I recall.

You know...wait...nevermind.
 


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