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#1 Dec 27 2012 at 10:10 PM Rating: Excellent
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I didn't see disks mentioned on the site for Seekers. I hope they are going to release it that way too, but just in case..

Have any of you installed a expansion alone (and I mean electronic distro) from Amazon or one of the other places that sells them? I don't trust getting such things direct from Square since I heard they give you limited installs (ugh!) and I'd rather be able to get it no questions asked if I have to reformat my pc (which happens sometimes. I don't know any pc person who doesn't have to reformat once in a blue moon.)

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Edited, Dec 27th 2012 11:12pm by maryadavies
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#2 Dec 27 2012 at 11:16 PM Rating: Excellent
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I'm not sure where you heard SE only gives limited installs for direct download purchases. I've yet to encounter that with any of the mini-pacs released. I wipe my PC quite a bit to keep it semi-clean (plus testing out different HDD configs for myself) and I've not had a problem re-installing FFXI.

Once you get and register the reg code on your SE account, it's automatically included in all the patch files when you re-install.
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#3 Dec 27 2012 at 11:35 PM Rating: Excellent
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I know about that. I mean the collections, or buying say, Wings of the Goddess alone electronically.

Not the minis; the minis were handled excellently. I've heard when someone buys the full game direct from square however, it has limited installs and that stinks. Makes me worry a little with this xpac, since it's not a mini and they may do it like the full game >< ugh.
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#4 Dec 28 2012 at 2:39 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm not sure where you're getting that information from. As far as I know it isn't true, and it honestly doesn't even make sense.
#5 Dec 28 2012 at 3:18 AM Rating: Excellent
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Calessa wrote:
I'm not sure where you're getting that information from. As far as I know it isn't true, and it honestly doesn't even make sense.


Because SE doesn't sell the digital downloads and some of the websites they've used has only let you download a limited number of times. (Its how I bought ToAU). I used Direct2Drive which doesn't exist anymore. They had a download limit. The easiest way now is to just download it from a torrent. You can already find all the expansions on the pirate bay. I'm sure SoA will be there shortly after launch anytime you need a backup.

Edited, Dec 28th 2012 6:56am by TikkaofLakshmi
#6 Dec 28 2012 at 5:23 AM Rating: Excellent
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maryadavies wrote:
I didn't see disks mentioned on the site for Seekers. I hope they are going to release it that way too, but just in case..

Have any of you installed a expansion alone (and I mean electronic distro) from Amazon or one of the other places that sells them? I don't trust getting such things direct from Square since I heard they give you limited installs (ugh!) and I'd rather be able to get it no questions asked if I have to reformat my pc (which happens sometimes. I don't know any pc person who doesn't have to reformat once in a blue moon.)

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Edited, Dec 27th 2012 11:12pm by maryadavies

I have the Abyssea Ultimate Collection from Amazon, what's your question? I didn't really see one asked. If its "does it work?", yes it works. I've reinstalled it several times from Amazon.
#7 Dec 28 2012 at 8:12 AM Rating: Excellent
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Thank you Altair, that's what I needed to know. Hopefully Amazon'll be better than Steam for not messing up a original install. I know where I'm getting my copy in March :) Also, it was prolly Direct2Drive or something similar that Square was using to sell direct at one point (I read on here some were complaining b/c they could only d/l it once or some nasty shenanigans.)

Tikka; you proly know if you read the thread about swapping from console to pc; I am allergic to torrents for commercial software b/c of one bad copy of MS Office I bought off Ebay a while back. I don't want to torrent anything other than LibreOffice. (And because my ISP is AT&T Uverse, I double do not want to b/c of Six Strikes; I mostly get my animu fansub fix off IRC b/c of that.)

Edited, Dec 28th 2012 9:22am by maryadavies
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#8 Dec 28 2012 at 8:13 AM Rating: Excellent
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Steam also sells it. Download as much as you want. It's on sale right now for $11.99. I had an original PS2 copy, then got a PC version + original expansions, then got it on Steam when it was on sale.
#9 Dec 28 2012 at 8:19 AM Rating: Excellent
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sfdxsm: I don't have a steam account and found out Steam hates my PC but I'll keep that in mind too for when March rolls around. ^^ Tho I seem to remember Steam messing up existing installs.
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#10 Dec 28 2012 at 9:52 AM Rating: Decent
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sfdxsm: I don't have a steam account and found out Steam hates my PC but I'll keep that in mind too for when March rolls around. ^^ Tho I seem to remember Steam messing up existing installs.


I don't believe the problem lies within steam. The error message you're referring to is probably the "The version update failed: Failed to replace Polhook.dll" problem. I recently installed the game via steam to a fresh windows OS and had that error pop up, but I did some research on google and it appears it's happened infrequently since back in 2004. There's a few threads that report the error on several sites, one of which is BG back in the ToAU era. The problem happens when the playonline viewer installs for the first time on your system (or what seems to be exceedingly rarely after a POL version update occurs). It detects that there is an updated version available, but it sounds like when the first version update happens the registry fails to update a pointer or something. What you have is two physical copies of the Polhook, which is the link the game uses to launch the playonline viewer. One is the old version of the file, and one is the new version of the file. One of the web sites suggests a fix that you simply delete the old version and replace it with the new version, but that didn't work for me. Instead I just uninstalled the program and reinstalled it. I got the same error again but after opening the playonline viewer once or twice it seemed to resolve itself. The error isn't a permanent problem, and seems to be fixable with just a few reiterations of opening and shutting the program. What's ironic is that I ended up resetting the operating system back to its factory state the next day just because it didn't have anything important on it yet and tried the install from scratch. The second time it worked just fine and the error never popped up. Both times were right after a fresh steam install, so it's not on their end but something in the playonline viewer. It can happen even if you're using the standard CD installation, but it seems to appear infrequently. If you're overly worried about that just do what i did and create a full system backup before installing the steam client for the first time. That way you can go back and try again if something goes wrong. However you're far more likely to have an issue with your antivirus conflicting with playonline than it installing wrong. Most antiviruses have flagged playonline as a virus for years now, and the install path is different on the steam version than on the CD version. If you're going to use the steam version I recommend setting an exclusion so that on access and on demand scanning ignore the FFXI folders to prevent potential conflicts. I use bitdefender internet security 2013 and made a special exclusion just for FFXI because it was crashing the game every time I loaded it even after the install, but once I excluded on access and on demand scanning FFXI has worked perfectly ever since.

The normal path for the CD version of the game is
C\program files (x86)\Playonline\Square Enix\Final FantasyXI

The steam version installs to the following default directory
C\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\Common\ffxi\Square Enix\Final Fantasy XI

Final note: I use a 64 bit version of windows. If your version is a 32 bit you'll probably have to replace the Program Files (x86) with just Program Files. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the program Files (x86) extension is used for the 64 bit operating system and doesn't apply to the 32 bit version. It's been so long since I've had the 32 bit version I can't even remember if I reversed that or not.

Edited, Dec 28th 2012 10:54am by Melphina
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#11 Dec 28 2012 at 3:20 PM Rating: Excellent
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Thanks Melphina. I didn't know that; I do use Win XP at this time tho soon as I can get some things to take off, next thing to save for is a new pc with Windows 7 on it. The Steam client just seems to freeze this old thing; If I wasn't planning to rep it I'd double the ram (It's 1 gig, I'd take it to 2 gigs) but since it's so old, it's time. ^^
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#12 Dec 28 2012 at 3:52 PM Rating: Good
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Thought I would ask this here. Haven't looked to hard into info on installing and playing FFXI on Win8. Are there any issues playing? If it was answered in another thread would someone link it. Getting another pc for my girlfriend to play, woke up today and after breakfast she said "lets get me a laptop so I can play the game with you".
#13 Dec 29 2012 at 5:46 PM Rating: Good
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Thought I would ask this here. Haven't looked to hard into info on installing and playing FFXI on Win8. Are there any issues playing? If it was answered in another thread would someone link it. Getting another pc for my girlfriend to play, woke up today and after breakfast she said "lets get me a laptop so I can play the game with you".


I would make a new thread for that question, its a good one, I'm sure people are wondering for when they upgrade...




To the OP,

I got mine from Gamestop.com. I had to download a client and then download the Abyssea Ultimate Collection, or what ever. I have it saved under my name, under my account. If I need to reinstall it, I can do it like that, no problems. Amazon, same type of thing. It doesn't matter about how many times you download it because the keys are registered to an SE account. If you don't have them linked you can't use it. That's why you can DL as many times as you want. Without paying for the KEYS you can't use it. No friend sharing allowed. :p
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