Accidentally Applied Patch to Disc

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Accidentally Applied Patch to Disc

Post by Havokq3 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:00 pm

I believe that I have finally figured out why I'm having so many problems with the Windows 95 1.1 version of Mercs on Windows 7. Years ago, when I tried patching my 1.05 game to 1.1, I suspect that I (somehow) managed to apply the patch to the disc. I have evidence that supports this, such as the "mixed up" shell sounds (from trying to load the old ones over the new) and the fact that my disc is a 1.05 Win95/DOS disc, which I made sure sure wasn't a rip-off on the versions list; yet when I install the game, I have dynamic salvage, and it reports that it is version 1.1. And now my question is, can I alleviate this problem and restore my game to how it was? I was thinking of downloading a disk image of the 1.05 and overwriting my disc (again), but I'm not sure if that would work or not.
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Re: Accidentally Applied Patch to Disc

Post by slickrcbd » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:22 am

How can you apply the patch to a disc? CD-ROMs are WORMs, Write Once Read Many.
Once the disc is finalized, you can't burn onto it again. While the modern UDF format can allow this kind of thing, Windows would still recognize that it was burned using the older ISO-9660 format (a slight expansion of the venerable HighSierra format).
Unless you've got the game on 3.5" disks, but I was unaware that the game even came that way, I thought it was CD-ROM only due to using cd audio tracks for the BG music.

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Re: Accidentally Applied Patch to Disc

Post by navbuoy » Thu May 25, 2017 9:10 pm

I thought the patches did not go forward if you had the wrong version? I guess so seeing as it was DOS back then and did not run checks beforehand. 20/20 hindsight - before applying anything - back up the entire image - rename it and store it someplace safe in case things do not go according as planned.

Got to be careful with those Dual versions - if you have applied the DOS patch then load the DOS mode (not the Windows mode) and see how it behaves.

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