Installing Natural Selection

SwiftSwift Lost Keys Join Date: 2005-02-19 Member: 41683Members, Constellation Posts: 510
edited June 2005 in Tech Support
The definitive tutorial.
Okay, assuming you are reading this, you are having major problems with installing Steam or Natural-Selection. While this might be for some reason that is completely obvious for everyone but you, or something that is actually a problem and needs serious consideration, here is my step by step "tutorial" if you will to install Steam and Natural-Selection.

>1. Getting half-Life
>> 1.1 In a Store
>> 1.2 Over Steam
>2. Downloading and Installing Steam
>3. Running Steam for the First Time
>4. Registering your Half-Life 1 key with Steam
>5. Installing and Running Natural-Selection
>6. NS Without Half-Life (CS:CZ REQUIRED)
>7. Some useful tweaks
>8. Impulses




1. Getting Half-Life:


*IF YOU ALREADY OWN HALF-LIFE 1 OR THE EQUIVALENT, SKIP THIS SECTION.
Natural Selection is a modification of the Half-Life engine, therefore you must have the Half-life engine present to play Natural Selection.


1.1 In a Store



This is easy. Go to your local computer software retailer and you should be able to buy it for about $10 or $15. Do not ever buy a key from someone or steal a key, as it will most likely always be in use.

Here is a picture of the box.
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You can also get some of these other games and use their keys:
Half-Life (Collectors Edition/Platinum Pack)
Blue-Shift
Counter-Strike
Day of Defeat
Gunman Chronicles

You are not done. You only have the CD key now. Skip to section 2.



1.2 Over Steam


*THIS SECTION REQUIRES STEAM. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE STEAM, LOOK AT SECTION 2.
*IF YOU HAVE STEAM BUT DO NOT HAVE AN ACCOUNT, LOOK AT SECTION 3.
*THIS SECTION REQUIRES THAT YOU HAVE A VALID CREDIT CARD TO PURCHASE HALF-LIFE 2 GOLD/SILVER OVER STEAM (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex, JCB)
*IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A HALF-LIFE 1 KEY, SKIP THIS SECTION.

Load up Steam. Note that sometimes it is in the system tray.
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Double click the icon in your system tray to bring up the main steam menu.

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Click the button that says Browse Games.

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A window will pop up with three tabs available, Package Offer, Individual Games, and Third-party games. If you would like to play Natural-Selection, and don't want to buy Half-Life 1 in the store or do not own a Half-Life key or the equivalent, you must buy Half-Life 2 Gold (U$85) OR Silver (U$59) Edition so you could receive Valve'sBack Catalog

If you choose to continue to purchase Half-Life 2 Gold/Silver, then click the Purchase this Package button.
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This window will appear. Read the Steam Subscriber Agreement and if you agree, check the box stating so and click next.

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This window will appear. Ready one of your credit cards and put in the information on it. Do not use a name from one card and a number from another. Use only a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex, or JCB credit card. Steam only accepts these types, and NO OTHER. When you are done with this window, click next.

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Select the card type from which you got your name from. Enter the credit card number and expiration date. Double-check to make sure all the information is correct. After you are done with that window, click next.

After that, you will be prompted with confirmations and the such. This is a secure transaction.



2. Downloading and Installing Steam


*IF YOU ALREADY HAVE STEAM, SKIP THIS SECTION.

Steam Website: www.SteamPowered.com

Direct Steam Download: Direct Download from www.SteamPowered.com

When you click the download link, select "Save" and save it to your disk where you will remember it (Your desktop, for example.)

Double-Click "SteamInstall.exe" or whatever you saved it as and follow the on-screen instructions.



3. Running Steam for the First Time


*IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A STEAM ACCOUNT, SKIP THIS SECTION.
*THIS TUTORIAL DOES NOT TAKE LOADING OR UPDATING TIMES INTO ACCOUNT.

Double-Click the Steam icon from your Quick-Launch bar, Start>All Programs Menu, or your Desktop. You will be presented with this window.
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Now, since this is the first time you will be running Steam, You most likely don't have an account. So click Create a new account.
Another window will pop up with information. After reading it, click next.

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This window will appear. Input an account name you would like to have. Don't expect common names to be available; don’t be afraid to use numbers. Also make sure you type in the password the same in both boxes.
Click next when you are done with that window.

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When this windows shows up, put in your REAL e-Mail and confirm it. Click next to continue.

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Select from this window a secret question you will always be able to remember, and no one else will be able to answer. There are choices for what question you want asked. This is for password recovery, in case you forget your password Steam will e-mail it to you. Click next to continue.

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Your account information will be displayed here. I suggest printing it out by clicking the Click here to print this page now link. Make sure to put it somewhere safe where no one else can find it (a safe, sock drawer, behind that loose tile in the bathroom?...)

After that, click next. You will be reminded that steam stays in the system tray, next to your system clock. Click finish.



4. Registering your Half-Life 1 key with Steam


*IF YOU ALREADY PURCHASED HALF-LIFE 2 GOLD OR SILVER EDITION, SKIP THIS SECTION.
*IF YOU ALREADY HAVE HALF-LIFE AS A PLAYABLE GAME IN YOUR PLAY GAMES MENU IN STEAM, SKIP THIS SECTION.

Start up Steam if it is not already running. Remember, it might already be in the System Tray.

Get to the Steam Main menu by Double-Clicking the Steam Icon in the System Tray.
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From here, click Browse Games.

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From here, click Register product I already own...

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This window will pop up; type in your CD key for Half-Life 1 or its equivalent. Click next when you are done. Try again if it fails, and if you are sure you entered your key right and it still fails, you need a new key.

Half-Life should now be available in your Play Games menu.

To access your Play Games menu, click the button from the Steam main menu that says Play Games, or right click the Steam icon in the system tray and click Play Games.



5. Installing and Running Natural-Selection


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Load Half-Life 1 at least once. This can be done by first opening your Play Games menu, and double-clicking Half-Life. Select New Game when Half-Life loads, and select the training course. If it successfully loads, you most likely will be able to run Natural-Selection. Close the game once you are able to move. (Press the Escape [esc] key to get to the in-game menu, click quit)

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Download the Natural Selection Client here. Make sure it's the client and not the server. Click a mirror below where it says 3.0 client, and your download should start the same way the Steam client download started. It's 139 megabytes, so download it when you are taking a jog or eating a healthy snack or something.

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When you have Natural-Selection downloaded, turn Steam off. (By right-clicking its icon in the system tray and clicking exit)

Double-click the Natural-Selection installer. Follow the on screen instructions. Make sure the installer correctly targets your Steam accounts directory. When it is done installing restart your computer and open steam back up (note it might start up automatically and be in your system tray.) Open Steams main menu and from there open the play games menu. Under third-party games, you should see Natural Selection. Double click it to load up the game.

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To start playing, I might first suggest that you fix your settings to look like this. If you are on anything slower than cable/DSL, you should turn the ping filter off.



6. NS Without Half-Life (CS:CZ REQUIRED)


Assuming you are reading this section, You do not own the origional Half-Life. But this does not mean you have to live without Natural-Selection... That is, if you do own Counter-Strike: Condition Zero. This mini-tutorial will show you what to do to trick steam into playing Natural-Selection for you.

1. Broswe to your account directory. (i.e. C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\email@site.com)

2. Find the folder called Condition Zero. Copy it. So, now your account directory has "Condition Zero" and "Copy of Condition Zero."

3. Rename "Copy of Condition Zero" to "half-life" exactly as I have it written.

4. Double click your new half-life folder, and delet the "cstrike" and the "czero" folders.

5. Install NS here, like you would normally (Section 5 covers that.)

6. Open up your Play Games menu. Right-click on Condition Zero, and click "Creae desktop shortcut." Press OK when it notifies you that it made a shortcut to CS:CZ on your desktop.

7. Right-Click the new shortcut on your desktop, and click properties. Now, replace the text in the "Target" text box with this text:
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"C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe" -applaunch 70 -game "ns"
Make sure that it will target your Steam.exe (it differs for computers.) When you are done, click OK.

From now on, whenever you want to play Natural-Selection, click on the icon on your desktop, and it should work.



7. Some useful tweaks


Tweaks can make the difference between life or death in Natural Selection, and getting the most out of your computer is a must to be on the upper-most hemisphere of the score chart. Some of these tweaks will help you very much on your road owning!

First off... How to open your console.
(Click here to see what the console looks like.)
Accessing the Console: Whenever Natural Selection, or ANY Half-Life mod is on your screen, press the Tilde key (~) and it will pop up. Also, accessing the console in overbright maps will dim them a bit.

If you have cable/DSL:
-cl_rate 99999
-rate 99999
-cl_updaterate 50

Misc.:

-fps_max 100 - Allows your PC to always try to refresh your screen at 100 FPS max.

-gl_texturemode gl_linear_mipmap_linear - makes textures look a lot better.
(Click here to see the difference in gl_texturemode settings.)

-net_graph 1 - Net graph and FPS counter. Never leave home without it.
(Click here to see the net graph.)

-hud_fastswitch 1 - Automatically switches to the next weapon when you press a number/use the mouse wheel instead of having you confirm the switch with another click.

-m_filter 0 - Disables mouse smothing, so you can whip around and not worry about your mouse missing a few pixels. If you have a very sucky optical mouse, you might want to try ro enable it.



8. Impulses


Impulses are essentially commands in the console that do actions. Knowing impulses allows you to make some pretty useful binds and scripts, so read on. To learn how to open your console up to bind these, look at section 6.

Bind Impulses to Keys
For example, Type this into the console to bing key P for the Flashlight toggle.
bind p "impluse 100"

If you want to put a message with the binding, use a semicolon, as so.
bind p "impulse 100; say Hey aliens, chomp me first!"

Frontiersmen (Marines)
impulse 3 - Drop your current weapon
impulse 6 - Vote to eject commander
impulse 7 - Voice command: Follow me
impulse 8 - Voice command: Covering
impulse 9 - Voice command: Taunt
impulse 10 - Voice command: Need medpack
impulse 11 - Voice command: Need ammo
impulse 12 - Voice command: In position
impulse 13 - Voice command: Enemy here
impulse 14 - Voice command: Move out
impulse 15 - Voice command: All clear
impulse 80 - Voice command: Need order
impulse 81 - Voice command: Roger that

Kharaa (Aliens)
impulse 7 - Communications: Chuckle
impulse 8 - Communications: Need healing
impulse 9 - Communications: Need backup
impulse 10 - Communications: Incoming (Not used Any more, still available though)
impulse 11 - Communications: Attack (Not used Any more, still available though)
impulse 12 - Communications: I'm building here (Not used Any more, still available though)
impulse 90 - Build: Resource tower
impulse 91 - Build: Offense chamber
impulse 92 - Build: Defense chamber
impulse 93 - Build: Sensory chamber
impulse 94 - Build: Movement chamber
impulse 95 - Build: Hive
impulse 101 - Upgrades: Defense: Carapace
impulse 102 - Upgrades: Defense: Regeneration
impulse 103 - Upgrades: Defense: Redemption
impulse 107 - Upgrades: Movement: Celerity
impulse 108 - Upgrades: Movement: Adrenaline
impulse 109 - Upgrades: Movement: Silence
impulse 110 - Upgrades: Sensory: Cloaking
impulse 111 - Upgrades: Sensory: Pheromones
impulse 112 - Upgrades: Sensory: Scent of Fear
impulse 113 - Evolve: Skulk
impulse 114 - Evolve: Gorge
impulse 115 - Evolve: Lerk
impulse 116 - Evolve: Fade
impulse 117 - Evolve: Onos

Frontiersmen/Kharaa
impulse 1 - Changes to your next weapon (same as "invnext")
impulse 5 - Go to the ready room (same as "readyroom")
impulse 100 - Toggle Flashlight
impulse 201 - Spray logo

For an even more super extensive console command list (not just impulses), compiled by amnesiac, click here

Well... That's all I think about for now. I hope this could help someone. Reply if you think it could be improved. I will update this as new versions come out or as I see fit.

Revisions:
1. Fixed typos, other minor additions.
2. Made links clickable, grammar fix.
3. Edited section 6, added section 7.
4. Edited Section 5 to tell user to restart computer; thanks, Vaelroth.
5. Section 6 is now NS Without Half-Life (CS:CZ Required); Section 7 is now Some Useful Tweaks, Section 8 is Impulses.
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  • XetoXeto Join Date: 2005-02-19 Member: 41698Members, Constellation Posts: 4
    you can buy HL1 off steam.
  • SwiftSwift Lost Keys Join Date: 2005-02-19 Member: 41683Members, Constellation Posts: 510
    The only way I've seen HL1 through Steam is through the Gold or Silver offers. If you click "Purchase this Game" for Half-Life 1 in Browse Games, it takes you to a window with JUST the Gold and Silver packages. Is there another way?
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  • FaskaliaFaskalia Wechsellichtzeichenanlage Join Date: 2004-09-12 Member: 31651Members, Constellation Posts: 2,405
    Woot Woot.

    Good one biggrin-fix.gif

    Maybe add "hud_fastswitch 1" to suggested console commands.
    QUOTE(TychoCelchuuu @ Jul 30 2008, 03:51 PM) »
    The only similarity to Ground Control is that instead of arriving from a building, your dudes arrive from the sky. Why does that merit a meh?
    QUOTE(puzl @ Apr 20 2007, 04:38 PM) »
    You can mince it anyway you like, but if a government can take it a way then it doesn't really matter if it is a right or a privilege, does it?
  • Lt_PatchLt_Patch Join Date: 2005-02-07 Member: 40286Members Posts: 1,229
    Does this mean we have a new installers guide to link to?

    Faskalia, you appear to be out of the job!
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  • FaskaliaFaskalia Wechsellichtzeichenanlage Join Date: 2004-09-12 Member: 31651Members, Constellation Posts: 2,405
    Yeah and i am glad, believe me biggrin-fix.gif

    If you failed my guide you either cant read or you plain suck with computers.

    But with the power of visualisation brought by Swift even those poor fellows might have a slight chance of succesfully installing NS tounge.gif
    QUOTE(TychoCelchuuu @ Jul 30 2008, 03:51 PM) »
    The only similarity to Ground Control is that instead of arriving from a building, your dudes arrive from the sky. Why does that merit a meh?
    QUOTE(puzl @ Apr 20 2007, 04:38 PM) »
    You can mince it anyway you like, but if a government can take it a way then it doesn't really matter if it is a right or a privilege, does it?
  • SwiftSwift Lost Keys Join Date: 2005-02-19 Member: 41683Members, Constellation Posts: 510
    edited March 2005
    I will add a "Installing Patches/Custimizations" section relatively soon.

    *Edit: When the 3.1 patch comes out, oops. ^.^
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  • XtofXtof Join Date: 2003-04-15 Member: 15514Members Posts: 233
    Hi,

    Good job mate !!
    Do I smell a sticky?

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  • xtcmenxtcmen Join Date: 2004-04-20 Member: 28040Members, Squad Five Blue Posts: 437 Advanced user
    This has to be a sticky, its so.... beautiful.
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    Dead Penguin Society.
  • DrummerDrummer Join Date: 2004-02-18 Member: 26654Members Posts: 840
    another vote for sticky
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  • SwiftSwift Lost Keys Join Date: 2005-02-19 Member: 41683Members, Constellation Posts: 510
    It seems I have reached the image cap. Is there a way I could put more for future updates?
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  • BarbraStreisandBarbraStreisand Join Date: 2004-01-14 Member: 25308Members Posts: 34
    /vote sticky
  • urinalcakeurinalcake Can't work a sound card United States Join Date: 2002-11-08 Member: 7799Members Posts: 653 Fully active user
    This just once again proves, NS Devs ignore this forum. biggrin-fix.gif

    heh, Swift.. really awesome job with that dude. It looks really great, even though some parts gave me a brainclot.

    Swift for Sticky-esident! 2005!
  • SwiftSwift Lost Keys Join Date: 2005-02-19 Member: 41683Members, Constellation Posts: 510
    Brainclot? Did I make it too advanced? tounge.gif

    Any suggestions?
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  • xtcmenxtcmen Join Date: 2004-04-20 Member: 28040Members, Squad Five Blue Posts: 437 Advanced user
    QUOTE (urinalcake @ Mar 30 2005, 08:59 PM)
    This just once again proves, NS Devs ignore this forum. biggrin-fix.gif

    heh, Swift.. really awesome job with that dude. It looks really great, even though some parts gave me a brainclot.

    Swift for Sticky-esident! 2005!

    pfft, if anything, swift moniters this forum more than any of the devs. And he helps out everyone too.

    I present swift with an award.

    *gives swift award*
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  • SwiftSwift Lost Keys Join Date: 2005-02-19 Member: 41683Members, Constellation Posts: 510
    :tear: :*) Thanks.
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  • urinalcakeurinalcake Can't work a sound card United States Join Date: 2002-11-08 Member: 7799Members Posts: 653 Fully active user
    Okay, reading it the second time, it didn't seem hazy.

    It might of been because I had a little too much pasta that night? biggrin-fix.gif

    But still, reading over it again, its a very defenitive tutorial and I like it a lot.
    I tried to make room in my sig for a ">> SWIFT'S NS INSTALL GUIDE <<" part, but the forum sig limit is 300chars sad-fix.gif and BBCode counts.
  • SwiftSwift Lost Keys Join Date: 2005-02-19 Member: 41683Members, Constellation Posts: 510
    Lol, thanks anyways ^.^

    I think I can fit it into mine =]
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  • ZaggyZaggy NullPointerException The Netherlands Join Date: 2003-12-10 Member: 24214Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Onos, Subnautica Playtester Posts: 3,652 mod
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  • BlueNovemberBlueNovember hax Join Date: 2003-02-28 Member: 14137Members, Constellation Posts: 1,669 Fully active user
    *Well-deserved bump and a PM to Flay to ask to add to links in FAQ*
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    WTS my two spare NS2 black-armour steam keys
  • MasterhobbitMasterhobbit Join Date: 2005-05-18 Member: 51931Members Posts: 2
    ok i have hlaf life 1 from a while back and it isent under my games and whene i try and regester it it says its already been regesterd to a steam acount mad-fix.gif
    and i downloaded it it isent undear 3rd partty games the only thing there is half life capture the flag what is roung


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  • BlueNovemberBlueNovember hax Join Date: 2003-02-28 Member: 14137Members, Constellation Posts: 1,669 Fully active user
    QUOTE (Masterhobbit @ May 29 2005, 08:50 PM)
    ok i have hlaf life 1 from a while back and it isent under my games and whene i try and regester it it says its already been regesterd to a steam acount mad-fix.gif
    and i downloaded it it isent undear 3rd partty games the only thing there is half life capture the flag what is roung


    asrifle.gif pudgy.gif

    You can't download it if your CD key is already registered by someone else. You've probably downloaded a dodgy cracked copy or something.

    If your CD key is registered to someone else, either you were very unlucky and a store assistant stole your cd key, (if so you must mail the ORIGINAL box to valve, see steam forums) or you've done something stupid or naughty.

    Either way, there's not much we can do for you.

    And this is not the place (thread) to be asking for help!
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  • MasterhobbitMasterhobbit Join Date: 2005-05-18 Member: 51931Members Posts: 2
    ya i know but iv tried other places and no help o and i like you Demon hunter avatar and what if iv lost the box can i just send theme the cd case or do you think it would just be cheeper and easer to buy a new half life1

    and no i didnt jack it from walmart my brother bought the big pack with half life1
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  • SwiftSwift Lost Keys Join Date: 2005-02-19 Member: 41683Members, Constellation Posts: 510
    Well, in that pack, Do they all come with separate keys? If so, you should be able to use one of the other keys.

    When I was making this tutorial, I read a lot about your problem. What happened might be someone snatched it from you and is using it for their own account, or in some rare instances you might be very unlucky enough to buy a game with a cd key that is lagit and viable, but is a dupe (duplicate). In this case, as blue november stated, you will have to go through a pain-in-the-**** process of sending in your cd and box, etc. etc, and never getting it back.. The best thing to do is find someone who doesn't use their key and ask them before taking it or just buying another one from walmart (this time, the cheap $15 one.)

    Hope you have it working soon.
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  • willizwilliz Join Date: 2004-09-04 Member: 31327Members, Constellation Posts: 16
    Nice guide Swift.
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  • SwiftSwift Lost Keys Join Date: 2005-02-19 Member: 41683Members, Constellation Posts: 510
    Thank you. Nice sig, you might want to watch out because you are about to get...

    *BALEETED* =)
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  • DaJMastaDaJMasta Join Date: 2005-01-10 Member: 34750Members, Constellation Posts: 692
    Good works. Just keep adding, i'm sure there will be more problems -_-
  • SwiftSwift Lost Keys Join Date: 2005-02-19 Member: 41683Members, Constellation Posts: 510
    As the problems come, i will edit this post. I just hope that the image host dosn't decide to *BALEET* my pics. =(
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  • VaelrothVaelroth Join Date: 2005-06-05 Member: 53229Members Posts: 9
    There needs to be a restart your computer thing in there somewhere, 'cause thats what got me snagged up. Otherwise the guide is spotless.
  • SwiftSwift Lost Keys Join Date: 2005-02-19 Member: 41683Members, Constellation Posts: 510
    Thank you, Vaelroth. I edited section 5 (which seems to be the place where the user should have to restart) and gave you props. biggrin-fix.gif
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  • ReKReK Join Date: 2004-08-30 Member: 31058Members, Constellation, Reinforced - Shadow, WC 2013 - Silver Posts: 708
    hmmm, I didn't realize that gunman worked over steam...

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