So we were making some excellent progress on the mod these last few weeks. GDI is good to go. NOD is almost there. And now we're getting into changes with the Scrin.
And then it happened. It was bound to happen sooner or later, but I really was hoping for later. 3D Studio Max gave me the middle license error finger. Sigh.
If anyone out there has ever used the same copy of 3DMax 8 before on their system over a long length of time then you know what I'm talking about. Somehow, someway, the license had become corrupt and 3D Studio would not run. Uninstalling doesn't fix this. Reinstalling doesn't fix this. So after some more googling I found a solution, find the hidden license file and delete it. This will cause 3d studio to reactivate itself. And it was so, the angels were happy and the sky was blue!
Then 4 hours later I turned the computer back on and 3D Studio said "uh, you be fucked dude". Yea, more problems. So I ran some more tests and came up with a few HD errors. Fixed them tried again. 3D studio started up but once the program got in it would freeze. So I said "hmm, fine, I'll use 3D Studio 9 then. I have that as well (just prefer 8 for mod work)". Yea, same type of problem.
Since 2 different programs have the exact same problem I started thinking it wasn't actually a 3D Studio problem and was more likley a driver or windows issue. Few hours later I had it narrowed down. Windows is a bitch. :p
So now I'm backing up everything and getting ready for a new install of windows. This time there will be no Raid 0, tried it and didn't like it. Is this bad? I don't think so. I may even try dual booting, one HD running XP and the other running 7. We'll see. But for now we're in the ditch waiting for the toe truck. I should be up and running by tomorrow. But the long and the short of it is the release that I had planned on having ready for this weekend won't be here. It's in the ditch. Next to an old copy of XP. :p