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#1 pro5

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 04:59 PM

Reinstalling the game and then the mods again and again can be very frustrating, I know well by myself; unfortunately, it's a common situation when using mega-installation with lots of different mods.

Here's a little guide to help people to avoid wasting half an hour each time they need to revert current installation to "clean" Soa/ToB + patch stage.

First, prepare basic BG2 install - install Soa,ToB and patch v26498. For the purpose of this guide, install must be perfectly clean - make sure to remove previous installation completely or use new folder.

Now, the files and folders we're interested in are:
DATA folder (~920 mb)
OVERRIDE folder (less than 30 mb)
dialog.tlk
chitin.key


Burn them to DVD or copy to another folder where you can easily find them later. I use folder named _BACKUP right in my main BG2 folder to store these, so I don't have to go far looking for them.
The above list is all that we'll need to restore [almost] any kind of terribly broken installation to original "clean" status.

Next step, whenever you want to "start anew", you must do the following:
Delete your DATA folder
Delete your OVERRIDE folder
Delete WORLDMAP folder
(if present)
Delete GUI_Mods folder (if present)
Delete WEIDU.LOG file
Delete Setup-GUI.exe file
Delete Setup-GUI.tp2 file

Finally, copy previously backuped folders and files - DATA, OVERRIDE, dialog.tlk and chitin.key - to your BG2 folder, answer "yes" to overwrite the last two.

You can actually use this method to make more than just 1 backup, and "save/reload" your install status as you wish. In this case, make sure you also backup WORLDMAP and GUI_Mods folders, as well as WEIDU.LOG file in their current state.

Backing up large DATA folder is not ALWAYS necessary, but many mods check for biff files present there. If you're short on space or don't want to waste time copying it, then instead of deleting your current DATA folder you'll have to open it and manually delete only those biff files which were created by mods you have installed.

Edited by pro5, 19 November 2006 - 03:24 AM.


#2 Kaeloree

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:01 PM

Pinned. :)

#3 Azazello

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 10:18 AM

{Michel/Shodan already wrote a similar post: [link]}

Install Order for BG2-ToB

Building and Maintaining a Clean Install
* TO BUILD A CLEAN INSTALL
* TO RESTORE A CLEAN INSTALL
* REINSTALLING WITHOUT A BACKUP
* INSTALLING THE GAME AND MODS ON A LINUX SYSTEM

How to "fake" a [Recommended/Full] install from a Minimum install

setting up Multiple BG2 Installations

Baldur's Gate - Troubleshooting FAQ
1. The Patches
2. Enabling Debug Mode/Using CLUAConsole
3. Installation problems, including the "Insert Disk 5" issue
4. "<Character Name> Appears Busy" NPC dialogue bug
5. How To Manually Uninstall BG2
6. "CD-Protection-Error. Insert Original Game-CD" problem
7. Nvidia Graphics Cards
8. Windows XP
9. Very loud throbbing squeal in dungeon areas
10. "Install" option appears instead of "Play" when BG2 is already installed
11. Random crashes with C-Media sound chips (CMI8738)
12. Configuring firewalls and routers to allow BG2 multiplayer
13. Sound Blaster Sound Cards
14. Anti-Virus and Crash Guard software
15. Assertation errors
16. Mouse/keyboard problems (eg. Non-responding interface)
17. CMI8738/C3DX PCI Audio Device and WinXP
18. Big time installation problems

Mod-Related Installation/Gameplay Issues
* Blank text when an NPC speaks
* NPC's text is garbled/doesn't make sense
* Jaheira/Aerie/Anomen/Viconia/RomanticInterest is stuttering
* Green water problems while using BG1Tutu
* Setting up multiple installs
* "The installer keeps telling me to re-run the installer!"
* No banters or lovetalks
* Game skips right to the end cutscene
* How do I use the cheat keys/CLUA Console?

Make a DVD backup of BG2/ToB

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#4 Azazello

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 10:30 AM

Anyway to double-sticky this to the |>Baldur's Gate I and II<| forum?

And maybe a more detailed title?

#5 Ztartrax

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:38 PM

Is this written here also when installed the BWS ?


Reinstalling the game and then the mods again and again can be very frustrating, I know well by myself; unfortunately, it's a common situation when using mega-installation with lots of different mods.

Here's a little guide to help people to avoid wasting half an hour each time they need to revert current installation to "clean" Soa/ToB + patch stage.

First, prepare basic BG2 install - install Soa,ToB and patch v26498. For the purpose of this guide, install must be perfectly clean - make sure to remove previous installation completely or use new folder.

Now, the files and folders we're interested in are:
DATA folder (~920 mb)
OVERRIDE folder (less than 30 mb)
dialog.tlk
chitin.key


Burn them to DVD or copy to another folder where you can easily find them later. I use folder named _BACKUP right in my main BG2 folder to store these, so I don't have to go far looking for them.
The above list is all that we'll need to restore [almost] any kind of terribly broken installation to original "clean" status.

Next step, whenever you want to "start anew", you must do the following:
Delete your DATA folder
Delete your OVERRIDE folder
Delete WORLDMAP folder
(if present)
Delete GUI_Mods folder (if present)
Delete WEIDU.LOG file
Delete Setup-GUI.exe file
Delete Setup-GUI.tp2 file

Finally, copy previously backuped folders and files - DATA, OVERRIDE, dialog.tlk and chitin.key - to your BG2 folder, answer "yes" to overwrite the last two.

You can actually use this method to make more than just 1 backup, and "save/reload" your install status as you wish. In this case, make sure you also backup WORLDMAP and GUI_Mods folders, as well as WEIDU.LOG file in their current state.


The WEIDU.LOG file which one is that? I can find WEIDU folder, WEIDU (textdocument) and only WEIDU.

Backing up large DATA folder is not ALWAYS necessary, but many mods check for biff files present there. If you're short on space or don't want to waste time copying it, then instead of deleting your current DATA folder you'll have to open it and manually delete only those biff files which were created by mods you have installed.



/Ztartrax

#6 Lollorian

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:56 PM

Usually, for BWP installs, uninstalling means only these steps :)

USe BWS to restore ToB backup
Run BiG World Cleanup.bat
Delete WeiDU.log

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