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Old 12 Jan 2004, 15:56 (Ref:835518)   #1
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GPL broken...

Trying to load GPL I get the title screen and then nothing, pooter freezes, nothing works.

Or sometimes the title screen goes off and everything stays black, frozen, zilch.

Anyone any idea what I'm doing wrong? I've uninstalled & reinstalled it, have an old enough machine, never had probs before & have no probs with other games. Or will I have to cough up the 5 to get a new one (if I can find one)?
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Old 12 Jan 2004, 16:12 (Ref:835549)   #2
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Tried rebooting?
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Old 12 Jan 2004, 16:55 (Ref:835602)   #3
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Sounds like a layout file is missing

First browse the CD and copy the folder named "layout" and the file called "mainback.pbf and put them in your C:\Sierra\gpl\ (or equivalent) folder
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Old 12 Jan 2004, 17:13 (Ref:835628)   #4
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That may be the problem, there is only 1 file in the layout folder and that is called 'layout'...
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Old 12 Jan 2004, 18:22 (Ref:835723)   #5
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yep that's right. (it's actually layout.dat if you look in file properties)
mainback.pbf will appear in the main gpl folder, not in the layout folder. you'll see it as plain 'mainback' though
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Old 12 Jan 2004, 18:46 (Ref:835764)   #6
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Can't find mainback anywhere, even using the search engine. Seems to have been removed somehow.
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Old 12 Jan 2004, 18:55 (Ref:835772)   #7
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search for "mainback.pbf" just to be sure. If it's not found in either your CD drive or your hard drive, i'm sure one of us can email you it (i don't have the original backed up, but Ayse probably has)
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Old 12 Jan 2004, 19:03 (Ref:835783)   #8
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wait, i do have it. PM me with your email address if you need it
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Old 12 Jan 2004, 19:04 (Ref:835786)   #9
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And it's hcopy you need, not mainback Search for that. Mainback is held within that layout file. Doh!
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Old 12 Jan 2004, 21:38 (Ref:835913)   #10
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OK, they're both in the C drive thingy.

(I must warn you, I know nothing about how pooters work...)
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Old 12 Jan 2004, 22:24 (Ref:835971)   #11
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What version of GPL are you installing? Are you installng from one of the "Sold Out" final versions?
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Old 13 Jan 2004, 06:18 (Ref:836236)   #12
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The Sierra one.
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Old 13 Jan 2004, 08:20 (Ref:836304)   #13
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The one thing I'm wondering about is whether any of your GPL files are (or have become) read only. Highlight and check properties and uncheck any read-onlys and see if that makes any difference. (I'm clutching at straws - its difficult enough sorting out your own GPL problems let alone trying to do it remotely for someone else when you can't actually see whats in the folders...... )
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Old 22 Jan 2004, 06:51 (Ref:846431)   #14
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I had the same problem and tried various things and ultimately had to admit defeat...

I had GPL a few years ago on another (vastly inferior)computer and now I cannot get it to work for the life of me on my sony laptop.

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Old 22 Jan 2004, 08:32 (Ref:846488)   #15
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It can be a problematical sim, but you have to be absolutely methodical how you go about installing from scratch to make sure that you have all the essential files and patches in place - particularly before you start modifying tracks and files. One useful thing to do is when you have it working well (perhaps that should be "if"), take a full back-up copy of your gpl folder. Perhaps burn it to disk? Then if you have to do a fresh install (as I did a couple fo weeks ago after a Windows failure), you can then put back all of the things that you spent months (even years) collecting. Doesn't necessarily work with some ancillary programs which rely on register entries, but it has worked brilliantly for me.

For those struggling. Uninstall everything. Clear out any reference to GPL and start again. Once you have the basic game installed and you make sure it runs OK. Then start to apply the essential patches (perhaps using the all-in-one patch from the RSC forum).
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