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Problem with TTF fonts when installing a Microsoft game

by mikeaggy / July 25, 2009 10:50 PM PDT

I am trying to install the Microsoft game Age Of Empires 2 on my advent PC which has Windows XP V5.1 SP3.
The installation hangs when it gets to "Copying COMICBD.TTF" this file sometimes varies but it always hangs on a TTF file. I have installed the same (brand new) game on another PC running Vista and another PC running the same version of XP!
I had an idea it might be something to do with folder permissions so I tried to remove the 'Read only' tag from the Windows/Fonts folder, but everytime I checked this it had reset itself to read only!
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Could this Windows be one of the cracked versions?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 26, 2009 11:24 PM PDT seems to find torrents of a version of Windows that could have issues.

My second thought is that if it hangs up on one .TTF but not another then it is NOT a permissions issue but a typical "iffy" CD/DVD drive.
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Problems installing AOE2 with TTF files
by mikeaggy / July 27, 2009 2:53 AM PDT

Thanks for your reply Bob.
I am sorry but I don't understand what you mean by a "cracked version"? Do you mean a pirate version? The S/W was supplied with the PC by PCWORLD so hopefully (!) not.
Your second possibility I think I have ruled out cos I have managed to copy the whole dvd to my hardrive. Incidentally if I try installing it from the HD it fails aswell.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2009 3:12 AM PDT

I've found too many shops give away those versions of XP and later the owners get to deal with the fallout.

"Incidentally if I try installing it from the HD it fails aswell."

And the same error each time or does it change what file fails? Also what other failures are you seeing?

Having said all that, I wonder if some PROTECTION software is balking during the install. Try this. Reply to your first post and paste in your HIJACKTHIS log file after a reboot so we only see what is in play.

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by mikeaggy / July 28, 2009 5:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Sadly.

I have tried comparing this computer and its settings with the other PC which is installing the game OK. The only difference that I can notice is that the one that "works" is on SP2 while this one is on SP3. I tried switching all of the security packages off but this did not help. BUT I managed to install the game by using safe-mode! I am then able to use it in normal mode!
Guess I will never know what it was but thanks for all your help Bob.

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Safe mode is a fine clue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2009 5:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Success!

There are some protection softwares that won't start in safe mode.

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Alternate solution
by tjpj101 / February 13, 2011 12:54 AM PST

I had the same problem using windows 7 starter and found that an alternate solution was to run the installer in windows 95 compatibility mode though other, later versions of windows would probably work(XP sp2 did not work)

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