Just look at this entire thread…I’ve related in detail as to how to make a successful backup. I’ve reported what has and hasn’t worked for me.
Originally posted by philamber
First, does this problem occur (as Savannah suggests it might) with the original cd? If so, it’s a bug in the original program that, no doubt, will be the subject of a game update patch sooner or later.
No this does not occur with the original, I took it for granted that folks would understand this was a problem with the backup.
Second, which drive are you playing the game from? If the problem lies in reading the twin sectors and it’s not just a bug in the program, you’re less likely to have problems if you run the game from your Lite-on cdrw rather than your NEC dvd.
Third, you can try using a different twin sector step (either 6 or 50; try 50 first) and see if that fixes the problem.
You are correct I humble myself before thy wisdom, I was running it off the DVD, but as you stated I ran it off the LiteOn (with Hide CDR media on) and the problem did NOT show up…seems the NEC DVD is elitist and won’t accept a mere backup of the program. (Why is this Phil?) Luckily seems alot of companies now allow the programs to check all CD/DVD drives for the media check, since I installed it off the DVD but can now run it off a completely different drive (the CDRW).
Fourth, if you’ve got the problem with a clonecd/twinpeak copy, in all probability, you’ll have exactly the same problem with a blindwrite 4.2.5 copy since (Savannah take note) blindwrite 4.2.5 also uses the twinpeak method. It’s just that it’s embedded into the program and the patching is done on-the-fly while burning (if you look at the log file after burning with a bwa file, you’ll see that twinsectors have been inserted and written onto the burnt cd.) Of course, you should feel free to give it a try and see how it goes.
I feel enough CDRs have fallen by the wayside and would like to keep my “latest and greatest” BlindWrite installed…but as I’ve stated I got the backup working with a combo of BW, CloneCD, and Twinpeak, as shown in that nice tutorial of yours.
Finally, if MOO3 is anything like MOO2, you can turn the ambassador animations off at one of the options screens. (A lot of people find them both time consuming and tiresome. )
Off topic: Is the game worth buying when released downunder next week? MOO2 is one of my all time favourites. Is this version better? [/B]
Don’t think theres an option to remove the animation, actually it was looking for music, not the animation.
As I stated in a few posts ago, it is an addictive game, I have never played MOO I or II so I don’t know how it compares. What I do know is that it is more intricate/complex than Birth of the Federation and Civ III: PTW. (Anyone know a new or upcoming game space based that is like Birth of the Federation?) It also only runs at 800x600, you can’t alt-tab and if you get an IM or something in the background pops up it could pop up a “DirectX Surface not Available” message (You’ll have to CTRL ALT DELETE and use taskmanager to terminate Moo3.) It does have a few bugs which have plagued me. i.e. I leave my system on turn 1 and one Alien civ gets pissed at me and threatens me ( I haven’t done anything to them) in a few turns they declare war. They later call the war off but declare again a few turns later, each time I’ve never been attacked. So as you can see it has some wrinkles that need ironing. If anything I’d recommend playing at a friend’s if he/she has it before buying it, since it does cost a pretty penny at $49, but if you wait a 2-3 weeks it’ll be down to $39 probably.