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Force 2002 / Emerald V8.06 installation stuck at 84%
« on: January 03, 2022, 03:48:52 pm »
Hi all.

I downloaded the iso images to install the Force 2002 software on my radion machine (ECS Celeron Mobo, square I/O board).  I can start the installer OK, and it shows as "Emerald V8.06" (from this forum, sounds like because I'm not using the original HDD).

The installer runs OK, until it hits 84% on the "Copying Files" step, then it just hangs (have had it running for about 20+ minutes).  Same behavior with multiple different HDDs, CD drives, and CDs.  I've put the installer through Dosbox debugger (surprised it runs there), and it looks to hang when creating the C:\MERIT2\SAFARI\CANADA\MASTER.DAT file.

I was wondering if anyone hit a similar issue trying to install this software?  I tried looking for a different version of the installer isos (perhaps Force 2002.5 or Emerald 2), but no luck.

Any ideas or pointers would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Force 2002 / Emerald V8.06 installation stuck at 84%
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2022, 08:32:54 am »
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Re: Force 2002 / Emerald V8.06 installation stuck at 84%
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2022, 09:49:45 am »
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Re: Force 2002 / Emerald V8.06 installation stuck at 84%
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2022, 12:34:40 pm »
Hey sorry, it shows I sent a PM, but maybe it didn't go through for some reason since this is a new account?  This was the message:

If you don't mind sharing, I'd greatly appreciate it!

The only isos I have that's not in the software archive is V26.01 (Force 2009) and V27.02 (Force 2009.5).  If you interested in either/both of those, let me know and I can share them too.

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Re: Force 2002 / Emerald V8.06 installation stuck at 84%
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2022, 04:40:46 pm »
Thanks for the V9.01 installation isos.  I'm now able to install 100% and get the prompt to restart.  However, upon restart the hard drive does not boot (no text or "no bootable media" error message appears).  Will report back in this thread if I can figure out the issue (likely need to format the hard drive slightly differently before installation?).

Not sure why the V8.06 will hang, guessing the iso might be corrupted?  I got the ones from the software archive directly, with these sha256 sums:
c91b6cd4e6274c6923ce6da8981c0f2f5e3f75761f6e5fce0bab893139700a27 (disk 1)
7b4830dc822faabb445fd04dd476d0ecb208e42565dce2b2016f56a8c0999a4e (disk 2)

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Re: Force 2002 / Emerald V8.06 installation stuck at 84%
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2022, 06:13:15 pm »
Sounds like your hard drive is ---fouled up beyond all recognition---

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Re: Force 2002 / Emerald V8.06 installation stuck at 84%
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2022, 07:59:40 pm »
I ended up doing the following to get V9.01 to boot:

- Modified the iso to boot into dos directly.
- Ran fdisk2, created two Fat16 partitions (one 1.8GB in size, the other 200MB).
- Marked the first partition as active.
- Reboot into dos again.
- format c: /s
- format d:
- Reboot into installation media, install.

I'm now able to boot into the software, however it hangs after detecting the touchscreen.  I think this is an issue with my machine though, and not the installation media.

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Re: Force 2002 / Emerald V8.06 installation stuck at 84%
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2022, 04:29:51 pm »
See if F5 I think it is, or is it F8? When it starts to load DOS, see if it works in that version of DOS. It will do a step by step line by line on config.sys and autoexec.bat
You can see where it is freezing. I think the older versions of the software worked with ELO and Microtouch touchscreens. or was that only on the XL games. I am pretty sure Diamond and Emerald still had ELO drivers in them, maybe it is getting stuck there. It was so long that I worked with DOS, My memory is going.

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Re: Force 2002 / Emerald V8.06 installation stuck at 84%
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2022, 11:17:14 pm »
Thanks Spank for the tips and the image to try!  I figured out my issue - I had the I/O board plugged into a USB PCI expansion card, but it needed to be plugged into the standard ports on the back of the motherboard.  I was able to load and run the software after using the V9.01 installation media.  I still needed to format my HDD beforehand, which I did according to the previous post.