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Posted: Dec 6th 2007 8:36AM Krystalle Voecks said

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I downloaded the patch last night and installed it from the free-standing download from the website upgrade version. My boot.ini was not affected, so it's likely CCP has patched the patch.

Posted: Dec 6th 2007 8:51AM Grizz said

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Wow.

I would love to see a 48 hour graph of players.

Servers come up - Huge spike
8 hours later - everyone goes to bed
8 hours later - servers continue to decline and have the slowest recovery ever seen.

Posted: Dec 6th 2007 4:53PM (Unverified) said

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Or a graph that shows how much alcohol the developers consumed while testing the patch client? :) heh heh.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2007 5:04PM Grizz said

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Heh, most excellent!

I can see how a bug like that may have slipped by them.

At my company we had a final product go national that worked fine until it uninstalls. Which destroyed windows networking on the way out.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2007 12:15PM (Unverified) said

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Read about this at work, so before I panicked I called the wife and told her NOT to reboot. Which she had just done. PANIC! But it had rebooted no problem. WHAT?

So I don't know why I was not affected since I patched EVE through the client ESC window and then downloaded the 584Mb patch and applied it. Still, I'll check the boot.ini file tonight just to make sure.

This stinks, all the way to Iceland. Hope that it did not affect too many player!

Posted: Dec 6th 2007 4:53PM (Unverified) said

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Yea, the good thing is a large portion of the euro playerbase probably missed the onset of the premium patch unless they took off from work. How should CCP rectify the situation with free game-time? How exactly do you recover from a mistake this big?

I really hope EVE's subs don't dip below the 200k mark. I don't think they will because EVE players are a different breed, but maybe CCP should give out some free game-time to at least compensate a few headaches.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2007 2:53PM (Unverified) said

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Here's the trick - if you have a partition or dual drives and you keep EVE off the main C: drive, you're safe. Otherwise you're gannked. As I was... lousy CCP bastards... nothing like the cold grip of terror when you get that message "sorry, corrupt or missing file, cannot start windows, have a nice day." Was panicking all morning until I started seeing the issue explained. Now all is well...

Posted: Dec 6th 2007 4:47PM (Unverified) said

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Glad you got your rig up and running again. What a pain in the butt.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2007 6:45PM Pacey said

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My Win XP Pro booted after i shit it off. I had gone to bed before i saw this had happened. Wife turned it on this morning and sense there was no screaming, it had booted. Apparently Pro has a backup or doesnt need it or maybe runs on magic pixie dust, but when i went to check for my boot.ini file, it was LOOOOOOOOOOOON GOOOOONE. little editing and the files operating properly.

Posted: Dec 6th 2007 9:25PM (Unverified) said

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Then that maybe be why mine rebooted no problem; I too have XP Pro. Funny thing is that when I run CCP's tests to see if I still have the boot.ini file, the results indicate I don't.

Still, I've printed their instructions and am about to reboot.

Crosses me fingers.

Wish me luck...
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Posted: Dec 6th 2007 10:02PM (Unverified) said

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You probably also have the problem, that is, BOOT.INI is also missing from your system. When I rebooted I had the an error message come up that said:

INVALD BOOT.INI FILE
BOOTING FROM C:\WINDOWS\

And then my system went on to boot properly. I tried doing a REPAIR with the Windows CD but got a problem when it tried to scan the drive.

In the end, I resorted to doing a Recovery, which went smoothly and fixed the problem.

All I can say is "Thank God I chose XP Pro!"

Good luck to all!
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Posted: Dec 6th 2007 6:52PM (Unverified) said

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It's too bad because otherwise it was a well-executed expansion. They allowed for plenty of downtime and even came up early.

Posted: Dec 6th 2007 10:47PM (Unverified) said

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I was actually thinking the same thing.

I was flipping through The Art of EVE book, while downloading the full Premium client, and thinking to myself how disappointing this turn of event must be for all these CCP developers who've just spent the last 2 years of their lives working on this amazing (and it surely is) upgrade to EVE, only to see it smeared by a major faux pas.

I truly hope that those affected by this was a minority group and that the community will get over it. Most likely CCP will have to come up with some sort of compensation to make up for their mistake.
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Posted: Dec 7th 2007 12:21PM (Unverified) said

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Yea, it really is a bummer. QA really botched it up for the majority of the devs. It happens, but this was pretty big screwup. At least, it should all blow over soon.

I think the other concern that won't go away as fast is the lag in fleet battles stemming from the new graphics, but there's always the classic client.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2007 10:09PM Pacey said

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if you go to 'start' -> 'run' -> 'edit c:\boot.ini' in XP Pro and copy the listed 'document' in the above article i can tell you that it works for me. I mrunning a RAID 0+1 array and didnt have any of the issues others apparently experienced either.

Other than that, the only thing im noticing is that my FPS wont go above 60 no matter what i do... get a couple ships my client hasnt cached yet and things drop to about 25-30. Until i get my other 8800 gte [hopefully christmass] im not to excited about 200 v 200 fleet battles

Posted: Dec 7th 2007 12:25PM (Unverified) said

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I hadn't rebooted yet and my boot.ini file was gone so I made a new one. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that I had an additional hidden diagnostic partition on my drive, so it should have been partition 2 instead of partition 1. So when I rebooted I got the hal.dll error. :( I finally did get it fixed, but it took hours because the recommended method of repair at that point didn't work for me.
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Posted: Dec 7th 2007 12:32PM (Unverified) said

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I'm sorry to hear that; hopefully, you don't quit EVE over this. I should have better clarified in my post more on how-to create a boot.ini for those on multi-partitioned drives. What a mess. Ugh. Glad you are up and running with us again. :)
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Posted: Dec 10th 2007 4:31AM (Unverified) said

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This is the last game I would expect to have this problem. It is Excell Spreadsheets in space after all. I would expect SL or WoW to down my computer, not Eve.

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