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Stridoca 10-03-2006 03:57 PM

Tutorial : How to run Grim Fandango on WinXP!!
 
Hello guys, I was having problem issues with Grim Fandango, it didn't install under WinXP..then, I have opened the CD and copied the files to the correct directory, it works but you can't install the patch on it..so, I asked a friend that has windows 98, to install the patch and send me the files of the update, he send me and I put it on the Grim Fandango directory, I have played it all the way long, finishing it under Windows XP!

Now, I will tell you how to make Grim Fandango work on Windows XP(sorry about my english, I am from Brazil)
PS : Don't mind the WinXP at portuguese language..

****OBS : here is a different solution, an easier one, it will work for Grim Fandango installer too :

http://www.lucasforums.com/showthread.php?p=2370547****


1-) Create a directory for Grim Fandango, like this : C:\Program Files\LucasArts\Grim Fandango\


2-) Open the CD1 of Grim Fandango, open the directory GRIMDATA and copy all the files to C:\Program Files\LucasArts\Grim Fandango\, like this :

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/2763/tuto1vy1.jpg


3-) The directory will now look like this :

http://img68.imageshack.us/img68/8136/tuto2vk7.jpg


4-) Now open the CD2 of Grim Fandango, open the directory GRIMDATA and copy all the files to C:\Program Files\LucasArts\Grim Fandango\ too, like this(when it says to substitute a file, click Yes) :

http://img115.imageshack.us/img115/8161/tuto3zv6.jpg


5-) The directory will look like this :

http://img115.imageshack.us/img115/3938/tuto4zb4.jpg


6-) The game is working now, but you will need the patch to play it correctly and you can't install the patch without installing the game..so, download the patch in .zip and not in .exe, you can download it here :

Download(Click Here)
Download(Click Here)

7-) Open the GRIMPatch1.1.zip and extract all the files to C:\Program Files\LucasArts\Grim Fandango\, like this(when it says to substitute a file, click Yes) :

http://img73.imageshack.us/img73/1196/tuto5xt4.jpg


8-) Now the Grim Fandango directory will be like this :

http://img73.imageshack.us/img73/5796/tuto6pv1.jpg


9-) Execute Grim Fandango.exe and play it! If you have some crash issues, try to setting Windows 98 Compatibility Mode..


If i helped you, let me know..post here or send an email to stridocarox@hotmail.com

Fandastic 10-04-2006 11:20 AM

thanks man , it worked!

before I couldn't even get the game to install on my system!

only small issue now is that the ingame menu is in brazilian.. any ideas how to get it in english? also there is some issue with the cursor in the menu ..ie it keeps on scrolling down by itself and I can't scroll up..

thanks!

Thrik 10-04-2006 12:51 PM

Nice post. I'm not sure if it'll help with all XP issues since there seems to be quite some variation, but it'd be good if those who have success or failure with it could post so we know for sure. :)

Stridoca 10-04-2006 02:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fandastic
thanks man , it worked!

before I couldn't even get the game to install on my system!

only small issue now is that the ingame menu is in brazilian.. any ideas how to get it in english? also there is some issue with the cursor in the menu ..ie it keeps on scrolling down by itself and I can't scroll up..

thanks!

maybe you could ask a friend that have the english version to install the patch, then he zip all the files of the patch for you and you post it here, it will help a lot the non-brazilian players =p
and with some other issues..the game runned 100% fine here, without Windows 98 compatibility..

Fandastic 10-10-2006 09:05 AM

thanks!

DS'er 10-20-2006 05:57 AM

hi to all, i also sent message to Fandastic about my problem...
I don't know why patch don't want to install, WinXP close it, and write "Error...".

Fandastic 10-22-2006 04:24 AM

you should just extract the files from the zip file and copy and paste them in your Grim directory ... no need to 'install' as such

Fandastic 10-22-2006 05:59 AM

Please note that I won't be able to help out ppl with GMAIL addresses since mail won't go through to them!

DS'er 10-22-2006 06:58 AM

2 Fandastic
once again, thank you
No, before your patch I tried to install(*.EXE), but when you sent(thanks a lot) me archive, i unpacked it. No results. I think that all problems in my Russian-official version, maybe they(translators) renamed something and this "something" do not want to work.

Same error...
now i try to find normal English version, it's too hard in Kazakhstan.

curtisreiner 11-01-2006 11:53 AM

Thank you for this tutorial. However it seems that the link for the patch is no longer working: it points to a suspended page. Is there any other location I can download the patch from?

Bye.

Thrik 11-01-2006 12:19 PM

Looks like it's just the regular Grim Fandango patch, so you can download it here:

http://www.grimfandango.net/?page=patch

curtisreiner 11-01-2006 01:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Thrik
Looks like it's just the regular Grim Fandango patch, so you can download it here:

Thank you, but the regular patch works if you are able to install the game without any problem. This is not my case so I need to use the workaround suggested by Stridoca in the first post of this thread and apply the already patched files.

Bye

Added:

I have found in this forum: http://www.lucasforums.com/showthread.php?t=130425
a simple solution to my problem. Simply restart your computer in safe mode. Now it should be possible to install the game (for me it was at least). I Also installed the update to 101 version and the XP patch in safe mode but I think you can do it also after you restart your computer in normal way.

After this you can restart your computer and play Grim Fandango (note that you don't need to start your computer in safe mode every time you want to play the game).

Thank you everybody

iamtheman83 12-20-2006 10:53 PM

The following is a much easier sollution to applying the patch:

After copying the 'GAMEDATA' files as mentioned by the original poster, install the game conventionally through the actual setup program so you can then copy the modified files after applying patch 1.01. Then add them into the "custom made" directory you put all the 'GAMEDATA' files into - there will be quite a few instances where it will ask you to replace a file - only replace CURRENT files (take note of the dates! E.g. the old ones will be 1998, when the game was made).

Or, you could use this modified Lancher: http://quick.mixnmojo.com/software - then apply the patch.

P.S. Disabling Hyper-Threading in your BIOS seems to have stopped the random crashing/lockup issue.

ed2damund 01-07-2007 04:08 PM

Alright, so the game wouldn't install from the disc on my computer, so I just tried the above method and I now have a "Grim Fandango" folder with all the files. The patch wouldn't install either, so I just had a friend send me the files they got from the patch on their computer and put it in the "Grim Fandango" folder. Would this cause a problem? (Geez I probably sound really dumb...but then again me and technology don't really get along well >_<)

Alright, so then I had a full directory, right? The color was alright, and obviously my computer came with DirectX. So now the game runs from my hard drive. But it crashes every five minutes and junk...would this be because of how I obtained the patch files? Should I try the other launcher? Should I try adding the "good_times" thing? I don't know what to do at this point, I'm probably missing something basic.

stewlil 01-21-2007 11:06 AM

Im going to try to get this to just run on xp first then i will be happy, ive never actually used the patch before, I admit it was very hard to do the elevator part, but i managed it.

pette 02-18-2007 01:42 PM

I can't get the GRIMPatch1.1.zip downloaded from the link. Help please.

James Isaac 02-18-2007 01:49 PM

http://www.grim-fandango.com/downloads.php

pette 02-18-2007 03:28 PM

The only file i was able to find on that site was the .exe witch won't install on my computer. Does anybody know where i can get the .zip file?

wraith88 02-25-2007 01:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iamtheman83
The following is a much easier sollution to applying the patch:

After copying the 'GAMEDATA' files as mentioned by the original poster, install the game conventionally through the actual setup program so you can then copy the modified files after applying patch 1.01. Then add them into the "custom made" directory you put all the 'GAMEDATA' files into - there will be quite a few instances where it will ask you to replace a file - only replace CURRENT files (take note of the dates! E.g. the old ones will be 1998, when the game was made).

Or, you could use this modified Lancher: http://quick.mixnmojo.com/software - then apply the patch.

P.S. Disabling Hyper-Threading in your BIOS seems to have stopped the random crashing/lockup issue.


This guy is absolutely right it worked for me, but I don't think he explained it very clearly.

1) Copy the files as the tutorial says, but stop at his step #5

2) Install the game like normal (install it in a different folder, defaults to C:\Program Files\Lucas Arts\Grim instead of \Grim Fandango)

3) Run the .exe patch file (this patches the files that the CD installed, not the ones you copied over yourself in step 1)

4) Go into the C:\Program Files\Lucas Arts\Grim directory, right click, select Arrange Icons By, and click Modified.

5) Copy the files that have a different date from the others (i.e. 2/22/2007 instead of 10/17/1998)

6) Paste them in the directory you made in step 1 (C:\Program Files\Lucas Arts\Grim Fandango) and click Yes to All when asked if you want to replace files.

7) Delete the old directory (\Grim) and you're good to go!

Du Man 08-29-2007 05:30 PM

If you have managed to install Grim Fandango on Windows XP, but you encounter the following symptoms:

1. Game freezes at random when making progress in the game, both video and audio.

2. Game goes silent when coming out of the main menu (F1).

You should follow the procedure mentioned in this thread. This problem is referred to as "hyper threading." Following the instructions in that thread helped me out, so hopefully it will do the same for you.

Wikingus 09-18-2007 09:06 AM

I can't even get the game to install. Is there no .zip version of the patch to be found anywhere online?

ThunderPeel2001 09-18-2007 04:29 PM

The patch won't install unless the game is installed. Why are you bothering with the patch if the game won't even install?

Wikingus 09-18-2007 05:09 PM

Well I might be wrong, but I think the original post is referring to a way to play the game even when you can't install it as such, meaning to copy the files to your disc, then apply the files from the patch over them, and run the game .exe. He uploaded the files in a .zip, but after such a long time I guess they have been removed. The only other kinds of patches that I can find are in .exe form, which I can't apply.

I hope that's clear enough.

ThunderPeel2001 09-18-2007 05:37 PM

Ah, I see. That's annoying. Surely someone could just look at their registry and give you the installation directory entry?

Here's what mine says. I suppose if you add the bits I've highlighted in red, the .exe should find your installation? PLEASE DON'T TRY THIS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING!

http://thunderpeel2001.com/gf.jpg

Edit: ****! I've just noticed that they're pointing to my CD drive, not my HD (so many drive letters!), and so this won't be any of use at all! I'm sure there's an installation dir entry somewhere. There must be! Sorry! :(

Stridoca 09-19-2007 05:44 PM

new links for the zipped patch here :

http://rapidshare.com/files/56870697/GRIMpatch1.1.zip
http://www.sendspace.com/file/8jyskx

here is another solution, it will work for Grim Fandango installer too :

http://www.lucasforums.com/showthread.php?p=2370547

and like Wikingus said, this thread was only for people having issues with the Grim Fandango installer..

Wikingus 09-21-2007 07:39 AM

Now it works the same as before I applied the patch (thanks for the .zip!). I get to the loading screen and then I get a CTD. Didn't help. :(

Stridoca 09-21-2007 08:49 PM

have you tried windows 98 compatibility?

Wikingus 09-22-2007 06:09 AM

Yeah. No effect.

Stridoca 09-23-2007 02:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wikingus
Yeah. No effect.

are you running WinXP Pro SP2? you should try on another computer too, maybe your cd files are corrupted

add me @ msn : stridocarox@hotmail.com

musicpete 10-08-2007 03:13 PM

Hi everybody! Thank you for the hints and tips in this thread! Helped me a lot to find a personal way to install GF. Unfortunately the thread got a little confusing and I thought I'd contribute something (to give something back to all GF lovers). Here is a surefire and totally easy way to install and run Grim Fandango on XP SP2. It worked for me and was a bit easier than the convoluted process described above:

1) Download the official 1.01 update and the launcher utility and save them somewhere. Have the original installation discs ready. Make sure you have at least 1.2GB of free space on the hard drive where you want to install the game.

2) Restart Windows and enter "safe mode" by pressing F8 during booting (after the BIOS screen disappears).

3) Insert disc 1 and install the game normally to any folder of your liking. Remove all discs from your CD-ROM, then apply the 1.01 update. Then restart the computer, but this time let it start the regular Windows interface.

4) Find the launcher utility you downloaded earlier. Extract the contents of the .zip file to the folder where you installed the game in step 3.

5) Start the launcher and select "? Options" (it's on the bottom of the window). A new window opens. Select "Run Grim from hard drive". A box will appear and ask you to insert disc 1. Follow the instructions and let it copy disc 1 and 2 to the hard drive.

6) When all files have been copied, you can close the options window. Choose one of the starting options from the top of the launcher menu. Have fun!

Note: When starting the game in window mode, it may complain about not finding a disc in your CD-ROM drive. Just click "Cancel" a few times and you will be able to play normally.

humberx 12-25-2007 07:07 PM

stridoca's solution works fine with me...i didn't play so long so i dont know if it is going to crash somewhere but i hope it'll be fine...

i want to add one more thing: for those who dont want that brazilian menu, paste the files in the zipped patch except "GRIM.TAB"...thats the file that change the menus language...

blizzardwolf 06-01-2008 02:56 PM

Okay, I seem to be having a unique problem with Grim Fandango. It installs for me under XP just fine, and I can get the patch applied as well, and when I go to run it the game starts just fine, but it always crashes and refuses to progress at the exact same spot: the moment in Manny's office during the intro video when the pipe behind him is about to explode. (I've never played this before, so I don't know if that's when actual gameplay kicks in or what)

I've tried the copy and paste method outlined above, and no luck. My processors don't run hyperthreading. Just the same, since I run a dual-core, I tried disabling one of the CPU's, and still no luck. I've also tried running the game in Windows 98 compatibility, and downloading different copies of the .iso, hoping that maybe it's just some corrupt data. But it's still running into the exact same problem no matter what I do.

I really want to play this game, but Windows apparently thinks otherwise. Can anyone help me?

Bonedagger 08-07-2008 09:07 AM

I figured it out for you!!!
 
[QUOTE=blizzardwolf;2471286]Okay, I seem to be having a unique problem with Grim Fandango. It installs for me under XP just fine, and I can get the patch applied as well, and when I go to run it the game starts just fine, but it always crashes and refuses to progress at the exact same spot: the moment in Manny's office during the intro video when the pipe behind him is about to explode. (I've never played this before, so I don't know if that's when actual gameplay kicks in or what)

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Ok so that's exactly whats been happening with me too and I tried everything I could find until I started doing things on my own. So try the following:

Run it in 98 compatibility mode.
Start the game as normal with all hardware acceleration turned up to full.
Run the game as normal (I am using version 1.0.0.1)
As soon as the intro starts press F1 and select options.
In the options menu turn the 3D hardware acceleration on.
And after the pipe explodes you should be in the game but you may notice that Manny's suit looks a little messy with the graphics so to fix this press Alt+tab and return to the desktop and alter your graphics acceleration to 3 out of 6:
(Display properties / Settings / Advanced /Troubleshoot)
Click apply and then maximise the program to full screen.
Now it should be playable and you're on your way!
You may need to repeat this procedure everytime you want to play the game.
(I am currently running it from CD alone so the next trick for me will be installing the full version and tweaking it here and there)
Good luck and enjoy!!!

PS Let me know if it works for you!

sebekm 09-01-2008 05:59 PM

Solution to Running Grim Fandango with Win XP SP3
 
A few weeks ago I tried installing and running GF on my new (one year old) system (MPC ClientPro 385 /w Intel Core2 Duo processor-2.40GHZ, 4MB cache, 1066 FSB; 4GB RAM, 160GB HDD (2x80 w/RAID controller); ATI Radeon X1650PRO 512 MB PCIE video card; Creative Soundblaster Audigy SE sound card; running Windows XP Pro w/SP3). Initially, I couldn't install the game from the CDs I purchased way back when. When that problem was solved, the game wouldn't run without freezing up after about five minutes or so (video freeze/audio stuttering). I eventually solved these problems and just finished running the game from start to finish with no problems whatsoever. Since my solutions were a combination of suggestions found by searching the internet and my own trial and error, I thought I'd post what worked for me - as it seems that lots of folks are discovering this game and trying to play it on their newer systems.

1. The solution to the install problem was to download and install the Grim Fandango replacement setup and installer program from:
http://quick.mixnmojo.com/grim-fandango-setup
Once this program was installed, I was able to install the entire game on my hard drive with no problems.

2. When I tried to run the game, I encountered the above described freezes and audio stuttering. I found that setting the game's properties in Win XP's compatibility mode to: "Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 5)," and then setting the game's 3d Hardware Acceleration to "OFF" through the game's Options Menu provided the best results - although the freezes/stuttering continued. (Note: I tried running the game in both Windows 95 and Windows 98/ Windows ME compatibility modes, but both of these settings produced an inferior "scratchy" audio, and degraded video.)

3. More internet searching led me to a web page titled "Game Issues with Multiproccessor/Hyperthreading Systems" at:
http://www16.brinkster.com/salvage/thief/darkengine.htm
I followed the instructions on this page for the "permanent way" to fix the problem (the temporary fix didn't work for me). This consisted of downloading imagecfg and unzipping it to the two folders specified; creating processor.bat per the instructions; saving processor.bat to the game directory; copying a backup of grimfandango.exe to a different directory (just in case); and then modifying grimfandango.exe in the game directory with processor.bat.

Once I did this the game ran like a charm - no hangs, no problems with any of the puzzles (although the elevator puzzle and the crane/chain puzzle were a bit "twitchy" - just the same as when I ran the game on my older systems). But the graphics, sound, and everything else was spectacular. I've kept the compatibility mode set to "Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 5)," and the hardware acceleration set to "OFF" in the game's Options Menu.

Hope this information helps anybody having problems running the game on their XP system. Good luck!

kimzeey 05-06-2009 12:06 PM

doesn't work
 
hi i went through the first thread on here because i found that the screen would have fuzzy lines across it when playing , i changed the hardware to windows and then it had fuzzy lines across just the one character.
I went through the first thread did everything successfully loaded up the game and it was still like this apart from the fact that it is now in a different language , i don't know what to do please help
p.s. sry for the bad descriptions i am no good with technicality

Gurges 02-24-2010 06:10 AM

Buenos dias fellow adventure gaming fans! In honor of another one of my favorite games of all time I decided to help resurrect this classic from the Land of the Dead and back onto everyone’s computer screen. This game is thankfully much easier to run than its Dos companions since it’s a Windows native program. But before you search through your closet, attic, or basement to find your old copy make sure that you spend a few minutes to know how to get it running.

williamsmith 06-02-2010 12:37 AM

Sounds good to me.
ts really amazing.

sachashoes 07-15-2010 06:24 AM

don't know if this helps anyone and haven't seen it posted before so maybe it's just me, but Win 95 compatability mode worked for me. Windows 98 did not

I installed according to instructions up top, but got screen flickering in and out of windows. Still flickered with Win95 but eventually held on loading screen and I could play normally

wobble7 09-12-2010 05:02 AM

Have XP sp3 with a Geforce 9800GT card. Installs OK including the patch. I get the start menu but as the game launches the first graphic appears (Glotis racing on his souped up car) the InstallShield crashes out - I know its the instalshield because when you launch grim.exe directly thats what is running when it dies. Have tried compatability options and disabling the graphics accelerators to no avail. Have downloaded the Grim Fandango launcher 1.5 but made no difference. Downloaded the mixnmojo installer GrimSetup.1.0.exe which includes the souped up launcher and .... still no joy ...

wobble7 09-12-2010 07:42 AM

The game starts on an older XP laptop but locks up not far into it - yet it works fine on a more modern Vista laptop !


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