My name is Downing, new member and FFVII adict since it's original release. I like many other have been waiting for a remake of the game for the modern systems, but I just happened to stumble upon a picture that showed 3D modles of the characters and of course had to persue.
I'm amazed I didn't find this sooner, and perhaps that's a bit of an issue seeing how most of the technical info I've seen so far is a couple years old. But no matter, it's what's out there to work with and I'll make it work.
With that said, I've got a few issues. Now being a Mod myself over at the MBB forums (it's a video game console modding site) I know how annoying it is to answer the same question a thousand times. I know the info is out there, but there's just soooo much of it it's hard to search. Plus I don't know what's out dated and what's current. I've got a fair bit of computer knowledge and have done mods before, but here's what I'm up against.
To start, I had Windows Vista.
I had the 1.02 patch installed and Aail's Graphics Driver 7.11 or the latest that I could find.
I had PRP installed and working.
Then...I tried installing TAO. I got the message that Aail's driver wasn't installed and it was. Reading through I found that with Vista, using the "Run as Admin" usually helps. Well I had a problem with that because of an old error my PC has had since I got a virus two years ago. Any time I would "Right-Click" in Windows explorer, it would crash. Well my computer needed an OS upgrade anyway, so I sprug for Windows 7 upgrade, thinking that would clear up the issue. So after 4 hours or so of going through that mess, I got upgraded and then tried right clicking on Aail's driver to run as admin. CRASH....
So I'd just upgraded for nothing so I went back to the Internet and found the issue was within my regeistry and was a HOT_KEY or something like that. They said that finding the one causing the issue and deleting would fix it. So, I went in and found one that had something to do with WINRAR that was almost a duplicate of the entry below it. Deleted and boom, first try I had my right click back!
So back to the install of TAO. After right clicking and running Aail's, I went to the installer for TAO and it loaded up! So I installed it and everything looked good. Went to test it...the screen would pop up and then close almost just as fast. No message, no reason. I uninstalled the game, patches and deleted the Square Soft, Inc folder and reinstalled everything, same issue. The game wouldn't even run without the mods/patches.
So I guess I'm just wondering what's up at this point. Do I need to uninstall and then do a reg cleaner like CClean or should I just burn my discs to ISO's and give that a shot, though I don't think that's the issue. I will try and update the drivers to my graphics card as I know after the OS upgrade I just downloaded the software and might not have reinstalled the driver, though I figured that would have been done automatically. It's a Radeon HD 6870, so more than powerful enough to run this without issue. Compatiablity mode didn't help either.
Phew, I know that's a mouthful and a long intro post, but I really want to play this game again with the new mods installed. Be like playing it again for the first time! Any direction would be great, I don't mind doing research, but like I said, there is so much info out there, hard to tell what's good and what's crap. Thanks!