I recently got Perseus Mandate and because I had the mouse sensitivity just right on the first F.E.A.R and Extraction point I thought I'd copy off of them so I don't have to go through the hassle of getting the sensitivity just right if I didn't copy off of the two games. So I turned the 1st game on and looked at where the sensitivity was. Then I turned Extraction Point on to compare them and make sure they were the same. But Extraction Point wouldn't turn on. I got an error that said "Warning! Your system time appears to be incorrect, would you like to verify it against the SecurROM Timeserver?" and there's the options yes and no. I click yes and I get: "The application was unable to connect to the SecuROM Timeserver. Retry?" with the options retry and cancel. By clicking retry the error comes up again. By clicking cancel I get: "Invalid system-time detected. Please check and correct your local system-time setting." And the only option is ok. By clicking no on the very first error pop-up thing I get the last pop-up as mentioned above in the last pop-up description. I am completely clueless to what's going on, how to fix it, or what it means, so if someone could please help that would be great.
What OS do you have? XP or Vista? Do you have some CD/DVD recording software installed that includes some kind of virtual drive and/or emulation software (Alcohol, Clone CD/DVD, Daemon Tools, etc.)? If so, try removing it. Also, have you tried simply reinstalling the game?
I think my OS is Vista, and I have Clone DVD installed. But I had all those even before I had Extraction Point and it's worked just fine before. And I have thought about reinstalling it but I have all these saves of the best parts in the game and I don't want to lose those, unless I can backup my saves somehow but I couldn't find them in the data folder unless I'm looking in the wrong place. Unless the problem is when I installed Perseus Mandate it made a new folder called "Sierra Entertainment", and I already had a folder called "Sierra" with the first two F.E.A.R's in it, so I move the first two games from the Sierra folder into the Sierra Entertainment folder with Perseus Mandate to avoid confusion in the future. When I did that the 1st game didn't work, and neither did the 2nd, but I fixed the 1st, but the 2nd still won't work obviously.
If there's a way I can back up my saves (and my control configurations hopefully, I hate setting the controls, especially mouse sensitivity.) then I can just reinstall the the game and everything will be fine, but I can't find the saves or if there is a way to back up my control scheme. However there is a file called "ConfigXP.exe" in the Extraction Point data folder. If that's not the control configuration then where is it, along with the saves?
So, you manually moved the games from one folder to another? No wonder your game won't work. You see, when you install the game, it creates an entry in Windows Registry which then tells the system where the game is located, so if you manually move it or change anything else in it's path (some folder name, for example), Windows won't be able to find it anymore. I have no idea how you managed to get F.E.A.R. working again, though. I'm afraid reinstallation is the only solution here, altough that too might be the problem since you moved the game, but we'll cross that bridge when (or if) we get to it.
About keeping the save games and profile settings. I don't know about you, but I have this folder called Shortcut to User Directory in my F.E.A.R. and Extraction Point folders. The stuff you're looking for is there. Save game files, configuration settings files, etc. Since you're running Vista, I suspect that folder is hidden for you. Here's something that might help you find it:
"Compatibilty Files". To find them, open a Windows Explorer, go to your base folder, then in the Explorer's toolbar a button labelled "Compatibility Files" should appear. Click it, and you'll get to that mysterious shadow folder (whenever a non-elevated program tries to create files somewhere below "Program Files" where the current user doesn't have write access - most commonly save games - vista puts those in this "Compatibilty Folder" somewhere in your home directory, and then tricks the application into believing the files are right there where you've tried to create them).
I have the Shortcut to User Directory in the data folders in both games. I'll back up the saves and settings and reinstall the game and see how it goes.
And I don't know how I got F.E.A.R to work again either. When I tried to fix the Extraction Point problem I made a new folder titled "Sierra" and put the game back in that folder. F.E.A.R works but Extraction Point doesn't as a result. Anyway I'll try it out.
Oh well this is nice. I can't uninstall Extraction Point or F.E.A.R. I click on the uninstall shortcut in the data folder for each of them and nothing comes up. Clicking uninstall on the quick start menu when you put the CD in doesn't work either. I even tried going to the drive with the CD in it and clicking "Explore" and I couldn't find anything about uninstalling the game there either. You think this could be a result of that stupid thing I did when I move the games into the Sierra Entertainment folder? This would be my luck. Now what should I do?
I knew this is going to happen. Yes, this is the direct resoult of what you did. But, no worries. You'll have to do so called brute force uninstallation.
First step is to remove all Registry entries associated to those games. In XP, you can access Registry Editor by typing Regedit in Start -> Run. I don't know if the same goes for Vista. Here, take a look at this thread (it contains something about accessing Registry in Vista):
Once there, look under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE. Now, look for Monolith Productions and TimeGate Studios folders and delete them. Be very carefull not to delete anything else by accident. One wrong move can screw up your system beyond repair.
Second step is to delete games themselves. Just toss in them in Recycle Bin. Reboot computer after that.
You should now be able to normally install both games again. If not, please let me know and we'll see what else to do. Good luck.
Just one problem after another. Now I can't find the CD key for F.E.A.R. Your installation instructions worked and I tried reinstalling F.E.A.R and I looked for the CD key and I couldn't find it anywhere. I have the one for Extraction Point, but not the first game. Unless I'm looking in the wrong place. The CD key is on the white paper case that has the CD's in isn't it? If it is then it's not there. I guess I can just go out and buy another copy. And I'm assuming I can't install Extraction Point without the first game installed. Buying another F.E.A.R won't be too much of a problem. It's probably around $30 now and there's a Gamestop near where I live. I also have credit at Gamestop so I can probably get it for like $15. By the way thanks you've been a big help so far.
Well, my CD key is stickied on the piece of paper inside the box just below the DVD. I even re-enforced it with a piece of scotch tape to prevent it from falling out. Look in the manual. Perhaps it's there.
Unfortunately, you can't install Extraction Point without installing F.E.A.R. first since Extraction Point isn't a stand-alone expansion pack like Perseus Mandate. It shares some files with F.E.A.R. , so it can't work without it. So yeah, if you can't find your CD key, you'll have to get another copy of the game. Unless someone is willing to give you his/her CD key, ofcourse.
Anyway, you are very welcome. Feel free to ask again if you need more help.
Ok I got the Gold Edition of F.E.A.R. which comes with the 1st game and Extraction point. I put the backed up data in the new games and everything's fine now. I do have one question though. Is there a way I can change my profile name without losing the settings I had for the previous one? What I did was put the settings data in one folder, deleted the old profile, started the game, created a new profile with a new name, exited the game, and put the settings back in. The only problem is when I started the game up again there were still two profiles and the one with the name I didn't want had all the settings I wanted for the other profile. I don't know what I did wrong. Any help?
By the way thanks again for all the help with trying to get Extraction Point to work.