Assumed you play the pc version, you could try a savegame from my ftp server:
There, download the start_15_MACHINE file. Maybe this helps.
You need to have the 1.2 update to be installed. If you don't have it, go download it at lucas arts:
After downloading, just start it with a double click, it installs itself.
Hope this helps.
[This message has been edited by nd (edited October 25, 2001).]