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How to do a Full Install by Jake

[Update 4th Nov 2010]: For those with the GOG version of Planescape: Torment, there is a guide here on installing Planescape: Torment.

Copying Folders off the CD

[14/Oct/2010] Update for those having the GOG version of Planescape: Torment: Instructions in this section do NOT apply as it is already done.
[17/Dec/2009] Update for those having the DVD version of Planescape: Torment: Instructions below can still apply. Each CD is mapped to one folder in the DVD.

Copy the folders off of the cd's to your system locally. Then edit the torment.ini file that is in the torment directory where you installed the game to. The top part should look like this:

[Alias]

HD0:=e:\Torment

CD1:=F:\CD1\

CD2:=F:\CD2\

CD3:=F:\CD3\

CD4:=F:\CD4\

CD5:=F:\CD5\

If you copied the folders from the cd's to the following directory (which means the 'torment' folder is located in C drive):

c:\torment\
        

Then your ini file should be changed to look like this:

[Alias]
HD0:=e:\Torment
CD1:=c:\torment\CD1\
CD2:=c:\torment\CD2\
CD3:=c:\torment\CD3\
CD4:=c:\torment\CD4\
CD5:=c:\torment\CD5\

Make the Game Go Faster

Got this from a reader:
WARNING: You'll probably need a bit of extra drive space for this, becaue the .bif files probably aren't the only thing Torment stores in the cache dir. So, this is not for the gigabyte-impaired.

hi,

i think i found an improvement to the 'regular' full-install, which minimizes loading time.
just perform the following steps:

  • move all ar*.bif files from the cd2-4 folders to the cache-folder
  • edit torment.ini and set CacheSize to 1000

this change should make the game use the files without copying them first for caching.

Thanks go to Christof for the hint!

UPDATE: From Northlander: Hey, a few notes on the full install, that many would find helpful. These are all -after- one has edited the proper paths into torment.ini:

Contrary to some notes on the page, if you do -move- the ar*.bif's into the cache directory, and set CacheSize=1000 in torment.ini, things would not take up any more space than the game does now. In fact, the game would need less free space to run. The trick is to move them, and not just copy them.

However, if you do this, to load a game saved in an area where cd3 or above is required, -even with using the crack-, it will ask for the CD. Because of how the cache-check works, the workaround for this is to select 'New life' in the main menu, and then load the later save file once in the mortuary.

There's a much simpler and therefore better way to do the full install though, which keeps the game running smoothly without ever asking for the CDs, once the crack is run. In torment.ini, set CacheSize=1. That's all you have to do. Now, it doesn't copy the ar*.bif's into the cache directory, but runs them from the "cds" - your other directories. That's the easiest way to do the Full Install.

The CDs have a few megabytes of files in common, so if there's a desire to shave that off, you can go ahead and move everything into one directory, overwriting when doubles are revealed, and have torment.ini's CD= entries all point towards it.

Make the AI Path Intelligence Smarter

This was posted in the Bootstrike.Com Forums by Jason:

For anyone running Torment on a newer machine (I run it on an P4), you can make the game run better.

Open your torment.ini file (C/programs/black isle/torment) and make these changes;
path search nodes=32000
Maximum frame rate=40

I messed around with these settings alot, and these seem the best. Walking speed is bearable and your PC's take a little smarter path from place to place. If you up the frame rate too much more (you can take it to 60) it's like watching the game in fast forward.

And for computer dummies like me, the .ini file is the one that looks like a notepad with a gear and just says torment.

If anyone knows any other good changes e-mail me at Jtmj2k1@aol.com

Hardlinking (Not Recommended)

This was posted in the Bootstrike.Com Forums by Jor. We do NOT recommend hardlinking as this is advanced.

Save Hard Drive Space

On NT, 2k, or XP, you can save large amounts of harddrive space, if instead of copying all the ar*.bif files into the cache-folder, you create hard links to them.

This will have the same effect as copying them, but save the oh-so-needed harddrive space.

If you don't know how to hard link, you can use Hard Link Magic (link broken, you can use Junction, Same Files Assistant or NTFS Link) to do this.

 

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Unregistered Anonymous I just installed the GOG version (actually in PlayOnLinux/Wine, but that doesn't really matter). To get this to work I just linked the cache directory to the data directory.
posted 28 May 2013 - Reply - Permanent Link
nobby (1 posts) nobby With my original 4 CD version these instructions have worked perfectly for me on several occasions. :)
posted 31 Oct 2012 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous This is what I hate more than anything. Piss poor instructions!
1) You need to burn/mount disc 1 and install the game. In your installation folder you will find torment.ini. You can't simply copy disc 1 to a folder.
2) There is no cd1 folder since the first disk has its data on the root directory so what exactly goes in the cd1 folder that you make a path for in the torment.ini?

I still cannot get it to run and get Assertion errors once I finish inputting my stats.
posted 27 Feb 2011 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Can't get it to work either, there are so many different versions of this game its almost impossible to mod.

If it works for anyone you'll be lucky.
posted 13 Feb 2011 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous When I mount the .nrg file of CD1 with Daemon tools, nothing happens. I get the install screen to pop up, but right after I click install, no further prompt appears. Any advice, I'm new at this...
posted 23 Dec 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous walkthrough is a bit unclear. This won't work until you install patch 1.1 and the no cd hack. the poster makes it sound like this all you need to do, which is incorrect.
posted 24 Sep 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous See I am getting the same thing here, it seemed like it worked but when I get done with the attribute selection I get an error saying "insert disc 2". I've mounted the images, all 4 iso's. I can look in each image, theres a folder with a name corresponding to the disc number. I'm running vista, so it installed to C:\Program Files (x86)\Black Isle\Torment. What should I do here, copy the disc files into THIS folder? Or what. Because when I mounted them, theres different drives. My standard D drive, then E-I, which houses each respective disc.


I just added everything to C:\Program Files (x86)\Black Isle\Torment... now it wont let me edit the ini. CANNOT CREATE C:\Program Files (x86)\Black Isle\Torment MAKE SURE THE PATH AND FILE NAME ARE CORRECT. TORMENT.INI ALREADY EXISTS DO YOU WANT TO REPLACE IT. YES, LOL. CANNOT CREATE C:\Program Files (x86)\Black Isle\Torment MAKE SURE THE PATH AND FILE NAME ARE CORRECT.TORMENT.INI ALREADY EXISTS DO YOU WANT TO REPLACE IT. YES, LOL!!! CANNOT CREATE C:\Program Files (x86)\Black Isle\Torment MAKE SURE THE PATH AND FILE NAME ARE CORRECT.
posted 22 Aug 2010 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Admin Administrator Admin Open torment.ini with notepad as an administrator and copy and paste the torment.ini

See 'How to run a program as an administrator' at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922708
posted 23 Aug 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Ok so, I've followed the instructions to the best of my understandings in order to install a torrent version of Planescape Torment. Yet when I start up the game it cuts straight to a game message telling me to put disk 2 in F:\ drive. I'm not sure what to do any sudgestions?
posted 20 Aug 2010 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous If you want to run the game you should load disk2.iso
posted 20 Jul 2012 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous I purchased localized (pl) version of PS:T on one DVD. After installation I have only one folder called CD2.
On DVD there are only folders as: bonus, directx, instrukcja.
Which sollution I should take to get game working?
How check what version of game I have and if some patch I should install. On box and instruction there are no such infromation.
I have 2 drives on computer: d as CD drive and f as DVD drive.
After installation (from f drive) when I'm trying to run game I have screen: please insert cd2 into D: drive.
Does anybody have dome idea why I can't run this game?
System: XP(with all SP), almost 2GB RAM.
posted 27 Mar 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous do you need the full install to be able to mod the game? I mean is it really required? :/

Because it's not working for me, I keep getting these error messages, and I'm probably doing something wrong.. Just not sure what exactly.
posted 9 Mar 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Bigpuns (2 posts) Bigpuns Okay, I think I followed all the steps correctly, however when I try to run the game I get an error message telling me "no valid video modes supported".
In one of the mod installations (the widescreen mod or ui mod im guessing) i was asked to insert my x and y co-ordinates, which I took to mean my monitor resolution, so I inserted 1680 and 1050 (on a 20" widescreen).
Anyone tell me if this was the wrong thing to do, or is it some other problem you can help me with...?
posted 1 Mar 2010 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Anyone have success with the widescreen mod with the dvd version of the game?
posted 22 Mar 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Pella (1 posts) Pella I need this too!!!!! Everytime I try to install the widescreen mod it comes up with an error! Any ideas?
posted 31 Mar 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Bigpuns (2 posts) Bigpuns Please forgive my oafish ways, but I am stuck with the above.
Copied the DVD onto my c: drive through Explorer. I can now see folders for cd2, cd3, cd4, dx and the manual, plus a load of files. There is however no folder for cd1 (I'm guessing that the loose files from the dvd are effectively cd1), but more importantly there doesn't seem to be a torment.ini file.
I am new to this sort of business and don't know if I've done something silly, but hoping you can help.

Cheers guys

Puns
posted 1 Mar 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Ah you beauty! IT WORKED!!! Thank you so much. Very detailed+helpful.
posted 15 Feb 2010 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous It is named after the torment application... you can see its extension though it is an notepad file with sprockets.
posted 24 Jun 2012 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous I have copied all the cd's to my computer, but the .ini file doesn't seem to exist anywhere.....any thoughts...
posted 24 Jan 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous nONE OF ANY OF THESE STEP WORK!! :( STILL CANT GET PAST CD CHECK, NO MATTER WHICH CRACK OR WHICH TUUTORIAL USED.. I would suggest you modders do a little more testing before you put out faulty info...grrrrrr
posted 3 Jan 2010 - show 2 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous God, Nature or Whatever should have done the same check while assembling your brain
posted 3 Jan 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Don't listen to this guy. If you can figure out how to leave your house by using the door knob, you can figure out how to modify Planescape: Torment to not ask for CDs.
posted 20 Jan 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Yeah, this guys an idiot. Copied the entire contents of the CDs to C:\CD1\, C:\CD2 etc. edited the torment.ini file to point at these folders and the game worked perfectly. (obviously you wont need to change the topline 'HD0:' field as this points to the instalation folder)

to the guy who said he couldn't find the torment.ini file: it will be wherever you installed to, in my case c:\black isle\torment. obviously you'll need to install the game as well as copying the disc contents across.
posted 19 Feb 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous I concur, that guy is a retard, he also spammed the same response elsewhere too, what a turkey.
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