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04-29-2003, 05:10 AM
Alright. So I'm ready to upgrade my motherboard and cpu. I am going to reformat my hard drive just to be on the safe side.

I am wondering if I'll be able to just burn a few CD's with my EQ files then copy the CD's back into a similar directory on the reformatted drive. I am not sure exactly what is occurring when you install EQ from teh original CD's. Do any of you know if it writes some registry entries?

If it DOES write some registry entries... Whats the best way to do a new install of EQ? Just install PoP and then copy all of my burned CD's into that directory? Or do I have to do a fresh install of every single expansion from original game to PoP?

Surely some of you have had to reinstall... I'd like to find out what the best method is. And please don't say buy EQ Gold :D

04-29-2003, 05:19 AM
Pre-Luclin, I copied EQ to may laptop by just Winzipping the entire \EQ folder, burning that .zip file to CD and copying it over. I think Luclin may have put some registry entries in, but I'm not sure. I haven't done it since then to test it.

If you have a high speed connection, the safest way is this:

Copy all your *.ini, *.log, *.bmp, *.opt files to a safe place. Also back up any custom UI changes you have made. Install all the CDs from scratch in order. Connect to EQ, download all the patches which will take a while unless you are on cable/dsl. Then copy your *.ini, *.log, *.bmp, *.opt files back. That will get you up and running with all your logs and screenshots intact, plus with all your settings (friends, keys, UI, etc) saved.

Only problem is to make sure you save the LoY files that were downloaded since there is no CD. Sony was going to put a list of those out somewhere so people would know what ones to back up - not sure if they did or not as I quit before LoY came out :)

If I were going to do this, I'd try the Winzip/CD method first as it would be the easiest, but with Luclin and PoP, they may not all fit on one CD any more, even zipped :(

04-29-2003, 01:00 PM
You dont need to use an EQ installer at all. The registry entries created are mostly all created by the patcher, which uses some built in windows explorer routines to do its thing. There's also a couple more that are created after you log in the first time, but again those are handled automatically.

I've wiped and reinstalled my OS many times since I started playing EQ, but never reinstalled EQ. Still works perfectly.

The real question though is why do you *need* Administrator priveledges to run EQ past the login screen...hmm.... (trust me, you do, I've tried everything to get around it)


PS Oh yeah, SOE did put up the list of LoY files. Pana has a link to it on her Spawnweek page... it's in a dev letter on eqlive. Perfect for burning.

Sobe Silvertree
04-29-2003, 09:15 PM
First - Remove all your screenshots, if you want to keep them burn them to CD.

I just save my EQ directory to my back up drive in full - don't need anything else - when u copy it back - you can even throw the short cut from the desktop inside the folder so you can move it back when ready to copy it back.

It is actual pretty slick. Just remember though as some in the past have found out - burning them to CD will make some files read-only, so when they copy them back certain files that normally change like Text files that add news, holds your username etc.. will not change until they are untagged read only.

Best thing to do is to have an extra large drive used strickly to back up files, drivers, programs downloaded etc... and disconnect that drive when formatting or adding new equipment.. after the computer is set up and ready to do win updates etc.. reconnect the drive and it will recognize it automatically.

- be well

Trystaen Lyonesse
05-12-2003, 12:21 PM
What OS are you running? If you are on XP and you are just swapping in a new motherboard and CPU, you can do that w/o having to re-install. (always back-up your hard drive, just to be safe).

I recently switched my system over from an Intel to an AMD and did not have to re-install anything. I did have to disable PnP for 1 boot cycle to allow the OS to recognize devices as now being on AMD architecture, but that was it!

05-15-2003, 02:34 PM
I was surprised recently to be looking back through my old screens, trying to put together a bit of a history (what date did we kill x the first time) etc and was disappointed to discover the things I had previously decided I didn't need early monk epic fight, etc....would have been good to have.

At the very least, fun to have.

05-25-2003, 02:32 PM
The registry enteries are of no use at all, in fact I'd suggest deleting them all just to be sure that subsequent additions go in the right DIR.

When luclin came out, since I previously deleted all EQ references in the registery, It politely asked me upon install into which DIR it should go. Other people had trouble since luclin was trying to stick it in some SOE dir while they had EQ somewhere else.

Reinstall is the easiest if you simply back up your entire EQ Dir(make sure to get all subfolders as well.) Last time I did that, pre POP, it fit on about 3 regular 650 meg cdroms. Now it would probably take four. You'd want to delete *.txc first, of course (the texture cache files, which can get kind of huge -all total around 500 meg or so)

As sobe says, I also have some spare 3 gig hard drive that I just backed it up on to last time. Plug it in to where the cdrom drive goes, copy over on to new XP install, unplugg 3 gig hard drive plug back in cdrom = very fast ;) Copying it over in a dos command prompt with xcopy *.* was about a billion times faster than doing it with explorer. Then I just copied the folders over in explorer since I can't ever get the hang of what old school command I'd use to copy the folders as well.