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3 hours ago, DarkenedRoom said:

Hey, not sure if anyone would be interested a guide/instructions but I've managed to successfully install ef2000, apply the tactcom patch and then the GFX+ patch on Windows 10. It ended up being a pretty involved process having to mount and create various cd ISO images and I had to use PCEM in order to get properly patched versions but the result works well with reloaded?

 

Basically I had to use PCEM running Win95 to install ef2000/tactcom and apply the GFX+ patch, then extract the ef2000 installation from PCEM and use it in Reloaded. 

That would be awesome!

 

There are 2 ways to do this: 1) post some detailed instructions (preferably including links to the patches themselves, but without the abandonware links) to this article on the TAW Wiki (adding instructions for Windows 10 at the end of the article), or 2) post the detailed instructions here and I can put them on the TAW Wiki myself (giving you a byline, of course).

 

Either way, that TAW Wiki article is linked on the help menu of the EF2000 Launcher, so your instructions would benefit all Reloaded users (and not just people who visit Combatsim).

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Installing EF2000 on Windows 10

 

Overview

 

We’re going to do a completely clean install of EF2000, Tactcom and the GFX+ patch on a Windows 10 box without the need to dual boot or use another physical machine. We’ll do this by creating a virtual Windows 95 installation machine, then we’ll move our newly installed and patched EF2000 into Windows 10 before final tweaking and configuration with the Reloaded application.

 

Now this is quite a long and involved process, as we’ll need to install PCem a PC emulator and setup a Windows 95 virtual machine. PCem more accurately emulates the hardware of an older generation of PC’s. This accurate emulation was key in successfully patching EF2000.

 

Setting Up PCem and Windows 95

 

The version of PCem I used was v12 available here:

 

https://pcem-emulator.co.uk/downloads.html

 

Currently the latest version is v13.1 but I haven’t tried this one yet.

 

Rather than describe the setup of PCem, I’ll instead point you to the impressively comprehensive tutorial provided by THEOLIGOPOLIST here:

 

https://olistutorials.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/setting-up-pcem-for-windows-95-games/

 

You don’t need to follow the complete tutorial, once you have setup Windows 95 you can leave it there, we won’t need the 3DFX drivers, as we will use this box to create our patched installation but not for running EF2000.

 

In order to install into PCem we’ll need to quickly cover how to mount cd’s and cd images for use with PCem.

 

Physical cd

 

PCem can use the host’s cd drive so for those with physical cd’s you can use them normally. Select the CD-ROM menu option and then the Host CD/DVD option.

 

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iso cd images

 

PCem supports iso cd images and you just need to select the iso option within the same settings menu above and then pick your iso image to mount it.

 

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Other cd images

 

Now for those with cd images other than iso things are a bit more involved, at the time of writing PCem only supports iso images, so if you have cd images in other formats they’ll need to be converted to iso.

 

One method is to use an imaging mounting utility, such as WinCDEmu available here:

 

http://wincdemu.sysprogs.org/

 

This will mount the cd and give it a suitable drive letter. Once mounted another utility ISOcreator, can be used to create the iso image. ISOcreator can be found here:

 

https://sourceforge.net/projects/iso-creator-cs/

 

Once there is an iso image, it can be used with PCem as described earlier.

 

Installing EF2000

 

Mount the EF2000 cd in PCem.

Open up a dos prompt in Windows 95 and select a full install to hard disk, this will automatically install it to c:\Ef2000

 

Installing Tactcom

 

Mount the physical cd or an iso image of Tactcom in PCem.

 

Once an iso image is created, mount this in PCem.

Open up a dos prompt and run the tactcom executable, this will automatically find the  c:\EF2000 installation directory and apply the tactcom update.

 

Installing GFX+

 

The GFX+ patch can be found here (and a right pain it was to find):

 

http://www.patches-scrolls.com/dl.php?file=gfxplus.zip

 

The patch should be unzipped, the resulting tactpat.exe executable should be placed in a folder and an iso image created with this folder added.

 

Mount the iso image in pcem.

Copy the tactpat.exe executable to the installation folder c:\Ef2000

Run tactpat.exe from windows in PCem, it’s a 32bit windows executable.

Choose the 3DFX option.

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The upgrade occurs in two phases a dos window will appear and it will patch ef2000.

Once finished close this dos window and another should open and it should patch tactcom. Once complete close the dos window and exit the Tactcom Upgrade.

 

Extracting EF2000 from PCem

 

Now the EF2000 installation folder needs to be extracted from PCEM. Unfortunately at present PCem only uses virtual hard disks in the img format, if it use the vhd format we could have mounted the hard disk in Windows 10 and just copied the folder elsewhere.

 

Another utility is needed to open the virtual hard disk. One such utility is WinImage. WinImage 9.0 works with Windows 10 and is available here (wima6490.zip):

 

http://www.winimage.com/download.htm

 

Shutdown PCem otherwise the virtual hard disk can’t be opened.

 

Start WinImage and select the virtual hard disk used by PCem.

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Select the only partition available

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Right click on the c:\ef21000 folder and select extract.

 

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Pick a folder to extract to, ensure ‘Extract with pathname’ is selected.

 

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And that is a fully patched EF2000 installation folder in Windows 10.

 

EF2000 Reloaded

 

All that remains is to import the ef2000 folder into the reloaded application. Might be worth making a copy of the ef2000 folder (you don’t want to go through all that again!)

There may be some invalid entries in the Clump_3.txt file but once these are removed it should be fine.

 

 

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  • 4 weeks later...

Hi guys,

I just reinstalled ef2000_reloaded on my new W10 system. Although i am meanwhile with DCS, EF2000 is still a blast... free flight glacier... getting goosebumps :)  still good memories...

kudos to all of you!!! 

cheers

flex

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Hey guys, I have just managed to install (using wine in Linux) and ported the files to my Windows 10 machine.

I don't have track ir but Open Track, if I run TrackIR enabler I get the dll location key not present error, and If I run as administrator nothing changes. Is it possible to run it with Open Track?

With TAW 2.3 it works.

Also I cannot get the audio to work (nor music nor engine sound etc) can someone help me please?

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I don't remember exactly what I did in 2013 when we released 'EF2000 Reloaded'

There was some old TrackIR software dev kit that I used, but could not 'talk' directly to the TrackIR DLL, hence the enabler program.

 

For TAW2.30, someone cleverer than me managed to intercept the calls for the 'Unity Reality' headset and repackage them in a way that TrackIR expects.

Unfortunately, we don't have the source code of that patch so I don't know how he did it.

 

To get Open Track working would require a recompile against the Open Track librariies I think.

 

 

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I have seen a video on youtube of someone that uses opentrack and delan clip and th

is is similar to mine setup (I have ps3 camera with open track and a wireless custom track clip).

So it Is doable. In the video he don't show how to do but we can clearly see that it launches trackir enabler before launching ef2000....

I try to do that but I have the "DLL location key not present" error. Maybe he has track-ir software installed...or some dll that he needs in the ef2000 reloaded folder.

I will try to ask him as the video is quite new (7 months old).

Thanks to everyone for helping me out

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, mikew said:

It sounds like you haven't run the 'config' program to calibrate the joystick.

There is a button for it on the 'EF2000 Reloaded' control panel.

No there is no button to calibrate the joystick. I tried to find it.

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:thumbsup:

 

With 'EF 2000 Reloaded' there is some excellent documentation produced by Home Fries detailing how to get the best out of the game.

This can either be accessed from the launcher or by navigating to the !ADP folder where Reloaded is installed.

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Has anyone succeeded in enabling all axes in their joystick? No problems with the pitch axis or the roll axis and I can also enable the throttle which is built into the base of the joystick. However, when I try enabling the yaw axis which is the joystick twist, the aircraft starts rolling uncontrollably and it crashes.

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hi!

 

i have just the no frills ef2000 cdrom - i installed the game with dosbox and then installed reloaded into a different folder and direct it to the ef2000.bat file - however the game doesnt run still- oi just keep getting the mesage in dosbox that only 29,736k bytes of memory found and more memory and/of free disk space needed - how do i make it recognise the extra space and memory, i have certainly enough space to run the game

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okay i changed the memory in the conf to 64 now and the game runs, but where is the campaign? the only options on the screen are quick combat and credits and exit - i hope someone can help me

also i did try first my ef2000 game in just normal dosbox, but it gives the error message of no pci-bus detected - what is this about and is there a fix for that in just now dosbox?

 

looking on the cd, the readme tells me that my ef2000 version use 3d "This version uses the Monster 3D
hardware to accelerate the graphics display" and thr instructions are there for running it from win 95, however the install and bat files and such seem to be dos based still so i am confused by this and the fact that i can play the quick combat section

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6 hours ago, agathosdaimon said:

...but it gives the error message of no pci-bus detected - what is this about and is there a fix for that in just now dosbox?

The Monster 3D is a 3dfx Voodoo card and would be plugged into the PCI bus. PCI bus handling is not included on Dosbox 0.74, so the 'EF2000 Reloaded' version contains a patch that does.

 

The version that supports 3D cards is DOS only, but requires Windows for installation for some reason

 

What's strange is that the 3D version was the last released, so I would have thought would contain all features.

On mine, I get the menu with options in the following order:

Quick Combat

Simulator

Campaign

Multiplay

Credits

Quit

 

If you press 'Credits', does the first line say ''DID Graphics Plus'?

 

 

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thanks - for the reply, though what i am doing now is goign with a version of EF2000 that i bought from an ebay seller Allvideo who provides pre-packaged up versions of old games, set up to run in either dosbox or dosbox built windows 95  - i am going with that version, now, am running it trhough the Reloaded frontend, which lets me alter the resolution, though i am not sure i can get the new reloaded 3dfx.

 

 

it would be the case that the missing simulator and campaign sections from the menu would be how the monster version of ef2000 was made yes?

 

what i am prob going to do is just get a copy of EF2000 v2.0 for my collection when i can.

 

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Yes, v2.0 contains everything in one install.

As I understand it, v2.0 was only released in the USA and I got a got a 'big box' copy from there via ebay which included a cut-down version of the Strategy Guide as well as the manual.

 

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