Unsolved installation problem
Okay. After several years, I have decided to reinstall Grim Fandango. I have changed computers, and my current system runs Windows XP. I've read every post on this forum that looked like it even might have been about this problem, to no avail. So here's how it is.
As with a few other users, when I click on 'Install Grim Fandango' in the autorun or try to run Setup.exe, absolutely nothing happens. No error messages, just nothing. I tried running each of the programs in 95, 98/ME, and NT 4.0 compatibility modes. Still nothing. I tried copying all the files to the temp directory on my hard drive and then running setup from there, with and without the 'good_times' key in my registry. Nothing and nothing. The files all copied just fine and the game worked on my friend's old system a couple weeks ago, so I doubt that it's my cd.
In my fooling around, I discovered that I could just run the game by doubleclicking the Grimfandango.exe in grimdata in the temp folder without formally installing the game. However, when run this way, the game crashes every few minutes, no matter what compatibility mode I run it in. When I start the game back up after one of these crashes, rather than taking me to the standard intro, it loads Manny up right where I was, but my inventory is empty (except, of course, for the scythe). I can load my saves and everything just fine from there, so I suppose I could technically play through the game 120 seconds at a time, but that seems somehow... less satisfying.
Don't suggest the patch, please. I have the patch installer downloaded, but since I can't get the game actually installed I can't patch it.
I hope somebody can tell me that I have done some very simple step wrong. Looking like a moron in front of people is a small price to pay for being able to sell travel packages to the dead in style.