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Editing Projects / Re: Tails' NFS modding thread
« Last post by Tails on August 18, 2018, 05:16:55 AM »
Fist of all, a big thanks to both of you, MADMAN_nfs and Remko!

It's weird though, you only experienced this random restarts during uploading files to nfsaddons or also at other occasions?

It did happen a few times before, but that was on very rare occasions, and mostly when the PC was under heavy use for a long period of time. In recent times, it only happened while I was uploading my mods here. And I find that very odd.

Like MADMAN says, a double upload is no problem, since we can always easily spot it's a duplicate and simply delete it (happens with SOTDs too, occasionally). Although, since you usually include a lot of preview screenshots with your mods, I can imagine that you don't want to have to upload a whole bunch of files twice everytime, just to be sure.

Okay, great to know that double upload is no problem for any future inconveniences that might happen. It's not that much of a problem to upload something twice for me, but I hope I'll find the cause of the crashes anyway.
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Editing Projects / Re: Tails' NFS modding thread
« Last post by Remko on August 15, 2018, 04:36:25 PM »
hi Tails, I just checked the submission list, & there is nothing there, so I'm afraid the upload failed.
Like MADMAN says, a double upload is no problem, since we can always easily spot it's a duplicate and simply delete it (happens with SOTDs too, occasionally). Although, since you usually include a lot of preview screenshots with your mods, I can imagine that you don't want to have to upload a whole bunch of files twice everytime, just to be sure.

(Feel free to contact me via Private Message too, if you're having a problem or are wondering about the state of one of your uploads. It may take some hours before I can respond though, since I don't have internet access at work)

I've no concrete idea about the cause of your crashes, if it's your whole system that crashes and restarts, maybe a tool like Speccy may help you monitor if one of your components is running too hot, or running out of memory, for example.
If these crashes only happen when you're uploading here, then I'm afraid I can't think of a connection. If it was just your browser crashing, I could imagine it having to do with a file being too big or uploading too many items at once, although I don't have the tech insight to back this up, it's just a hunch. Hope you'll be able to figure it out and don't hesitate to ask for help.  ;)
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General NFS / Re: Online-Resources of classic NFS titles
« Last post by MADMAN_nfs on August 15, 2018, 02:32:59 PM »
The archived link to the pub-section of EA's FTP is in place under 'Files'.

For fino.w6.ru (4Lower mod) one rar file, the 'Key to the highway 1.8', has been archived; containing 19 tracks (including loading screens and edited text files for proper menu names).
Guess i will add it to the webarchive section as well.
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Editing Projects / Re: Tails' NFS modding thread
« Last post by MADMAN_nfs on August 15, 2018, 02:14:37 PM »
Hey,
your computer does not crash and restart because of uploading something here, thats a coincidence.
It's weird though, you only experienced this random restarts during uploading files to nfsaddons or also at other occasions?
A crash as you have described, most likely indicates a problem with your hardware. Unfortunately random shutdowns can happen for various reasons. Could be RAM issues, overheating, damaged mainboard, graphics adapter or a faulty power supply... to narrow it down you should use a tool like Blue Screen View (freeware for all NT systems from WinXP-Win10).
Just make sure your OS is configured to save blue screen dumps at a crash: Link
You not need to be an IT engineer to evaluate these reports. Just throw error codes or file names into your favorite search engine, so you get an idea what could be going on.

If the file actually made it through can only answered by staff here. Just make sure the file size is not too big and uploading process is completed (Upload completed page). If you not sure, it should be no problem if you try it a 2nd or 3rd time. I think they see duplicates and can sort them out.
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Editing Projects / Re: Tails' NFS modding thread
« Last post by Tails on August 15, 2018, 03:13:50 AM »
Sorry for a double-post, but I encountered a problem while uploading a car (Porsche 911 GT2 997 for NFS: Underground) - my PC crashed - the screen showed some funny colours for some two seconds, then it restarted. I'm mainly concerned whether the car is now uploaded or not, because I don't want to upload it twice.

Also, sorry for going off-topic, but this is not the first thing this happened. It happened a few times before, when I clicked the 'Upload Car' command while uploading a car. Did anyone else encounter such a problem?

And since I'm posting anyway, I'd like to mention that I'm working on uploading my older NFS:U mods. I've already uploaded the ones that didn't need any work, now I'm working on those that still need polishing and updating.

Oh, one more thing. If you want to see some of the cars from the list from my first post uploaded here, just tell me. Most of them still need updating, so I don't want to upload them immediately, but if you're curious about any of them, just tell me.
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General NFS / Re: Online-Resources of classic NFS titles
« Last post by GrimReaper on August 13, 2018, 10:35:15 AM »
Just in case someone doesn't know, you have to copy/paste the whole link and not just double click it.
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https://web.archive.org/web/*/ftp://ftp.ea.com/pub/*
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General NFS / Re: Online-Resources of classic NFS titles
« Last post by ExoticLover on August 12, 2018, 08:28:35 PM »
In that case, the better link would be https://web.archive.org/web/*/ftp://ftp.ea.com/pub/* as it allows you to have access to 142 pages of files. Plus, this would benefit whoever out there is looking for the FTP link and stumbles upon this thread which includes people that are looking for things for other games other than the NFS series, but that's a bonus.
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General NFS / Re: Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed difference of patchs
« Last post by ExoticLover on August 12, 2018, 08:04:49 PM »
Does this mean a NFSPU Expansion Pack is in order? I mean, this is the only thing that would make me consider doing a NFS5EP. Oliver asked me to do that before, but I responded with "I don't know about NFSPU to offer a service of doing NFS5EP" and that is the truth as I have never once modded on NFS5PU, but it's certainly possible at this point. Maybe, a little too late.

I'll admit I haven't read so much on the thread, but it's nighty night for me at the time of posting this.
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General NFS / Re: Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed difference of patchs
« Last post by GrimReaper on August 12, 2018, 11:37:01 AM »
On NFSCars, A Future Pilot already made a Combined Patch, I also helped him with minor details.
http://www.nfscars.net/forums/topics/nfs5-essentials-formerly-game-fixes-and-extras/43771/2/#post-643148

@MADMAN_nfs:
I also saw that topic. Too bad I can't do much about it as download link expired.
But I can at least:
1. Login to iplounge.net. I already registered, but admin needs to activate my account. I emailed [RS]JMac, but his last post is more than 1 year old, so he rarely visits the forum. So I also emailed [RS]Razr and [RS]Bart and asked if they can contact one of the admins, but no response from them either.
2. Try how the hand behaves in Win98 with a slower processor.


In the meanwhile I also got a lot of answers by reading the iplounge.net forum. For example, here is the answer to why the Porsche 928 files have 2011 date:
http://www.iplounge.net/ipl2/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2507
Tuurngait just took the files from their download page, he even noticed they are from 2011, but he didn't find it that strange, so he left it like that.

And in the NFSCars topic I found out the exe from NFS5 Essentials doesn't have any more enhancements than the one in Complete Patch:
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Didn't do any hex editing other than the 32-bit menu fix. However the exe had modifications for loading the highest quality textures on processors above 2.1 GHz


EDIT 13.8.2018:
I tried the game in PCem and Win95, the hand movement is just slightly slower, but that's because it emulates Pentium 233.
What I couldn't figure out is why the textures are low quality. Emulated processor is certainly not too fast and I have everything set to High.

Then I read this topic again:
https://www.iplounge.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2364
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On the other hand, maybe the Hand fix Exe is exactly what Im describing - Enhanced exe that just took a step further and completely solved the hand problem.
So I had to try the Enhanced Edition exe (12.9.2012) to see if the hand movement is really worse than in Complete Patch. And it is worse, hand moves just from wheel to gearstick, but it stutters.

With older exe's, 16.3.2000 from MYTH rip v3.0 and 26.6.2000 from official EA v3.5 (interestingly, made from MYTH exe, you can still see the signature) the hand goes all over the place, from horn to gearstick to above the dashboard.
And that's all the exe's that even work today, as SafeDisc protection doesn't work in Windows 7 and newer.

So this is 100% fixed in Complete Patch, end of story here.

EDIT 15.8.2018:
Actually not 100%, the hand still stutters sometimes if you have transmission set to automatic, it goes from gearstick to over the dashboard, but not on the horn. Once it even did a big stutter, almost like with no patch.
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General NFS / Re: Online-Resources of classic NFS titles
« Last post by MADMAN_nfs on August 12, 2018, 06:03:47 AM »
Indeed,
seems many (if not all) files have been captured from the EA FTP. While most NFS related things are in the "pub/ea/" path, beware that some files have been stored in different locations.
(for example the Voodoo3 patch for NFS3 is at ftp.ea.com/pub/easports/patches/)

- EA FTP added to webarchive section
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