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I’ve sorted it out. I decided to start from the beginning and this time I extracted only the FFED_Complete.7z (why not use zip???). I clicked on FED 3D.exe and it runs great. This file was missing before that’s why I couldn’t get it working. The fact I got the HellMod version working at all is the mystery here.
It would seem that I don’t actually need these files: FFED_v1.11.zip, FFEDAJ_1.01_CoreFiles.zip and FFEDAJ_v1.01_ExampleSkins.zip, unless I’m mistaken; I’m sure someone will know for sure.
I had some trouble getting the aspect ratio correct; the Full Screen option in the FFEWin.cfg file doesn’t seem to work very well; setting fullscreen=1 causes the program to lock up. I messed about with the parameters for a while in the end I set it to 0 then set aspectfix=1 so at least the planets aren’t egg shaped. Another annoying issue is when I use Notepad to edit the cfg file and save as All Files it then adds .txt onto the file making it unreadable to the program; I have to remove the .txt bit. I don’t understand this; in the past Notepad worked fine but on Windows 7 I’m having issues.
One slight annoyance is I keep getting a message on the screen telling me to insert the CD, usually in the Bulletin Board areas.
I have to say that it all looks very nice; there’s an issue with stars showing through the walls in some situations – I notice that this has been discussed in one of the forums and if I remember correctly was an issue with Frontier Elite; It would seem that Frontier First Encounters was really only an upgrade, perhaps better graphics, I presume a lot of things were added.
I’ll have a play around this it and try and make the Window bigger
I had to download and (re)install DirectX because FFED3D reported a missing d3dx9_43.dll
Unfortunately the FFED3DAJ.exe tries to run but closes straight away, same with the Anisotropic version (I did download and extract the other files to the FFED directory: FFED_v1.11.zip, FFEDAJ_1.01_CoreFiles.zip and FFEDAJ_v1.01_ExampleSkins.zip – I was using my Acer Aspire Laptop, running Win7.
However the FFEDAJ_HellMod.exe will run but the cockpit dashboard looks a bit bare; there’s no scanner radar display. A lot of the menu options aren’t working; ie: if I answer an ad for a package delivery, I can agree to take it, I can ask if there will any problems but I cannot ask if I need a permit or ask for more money. I hyperspaced to a nearby system and eventually got the autopilot working and headed for a station pressed the “0” to speed up time but got attacked and was blown up before I cold even ask for help. I am unable to Save or Load a game- these options are on the screen but I can’t find any way to activate them. But what I’ve seen so far looks quite nice.
I’ll try installing the FFED3dAJ on my Tower System (WinXP) and hopefully I’ll have more luck with that.
Thanks for the welcome. Yes it has been about 10 years since I played Privateer 2 The Darkening. I don’t know where the time has gone.
At the moment; I think I’ll give Andy J’s FFED3D a try as it’s a fixed version of Frontier First Encounters, although from what I’ve read there still seem to be a couple of bugs present that were in FE. I’m not sure where things are with Pioneer and XFrontier. Oolite seems to be more along the lines of the PC version of Elite.
Am I right in thinking that I should download FFED3D_complete.7z or do I need to download FIRSTENC.zip first?
Also do I need DosBox or will it run under Windows7 or XP?
I’m looking at Steve’s post from March 5, 2018 at 7:55 am. Am I right in thinking that I don’t need to download FIRSTENC.zip from FrpntierAstro?
I’ve never owned or played Frontier First Encounters; I owned a version of Elite for Sinclair Spectrum then a version for PC. Later I bought Frontier Elite and got bored after some missions couldn’t be completed; ie: a ship I was supposed to destroy never arrived. I haven’t played it for several years.
I’ll probably try it out on my laptop – it’s running Windows 7 so I shouldn’t have any issues with missing DLL files. Later I’ll install it on my desktop.