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Medal of Honor - Pacific Assault (Director's Edition) : CD key being unaccepted or rendered as invalid/Game crashes as one attempts to play/Query for OS compatibility (Win XP vs. Win 7) This thread is locked from future replies

I am a big fan of WWII FPS games and especially when the games are based on true historical facts it becomes more interesting to be a part of it apparently as a gamer. However, I do not call myself being "excellent" at playing FPS games but one could see me as a game collector. I own a laptop with Windows 7 (64 bit) which certainly casts an impression that configuration of computers are advanced with high-end graphics but when one thinks of going back in the age when Windows XP prevailed for playing old-gold games like Medal of Honor - Pacific Assault it becomes tackling to synchronize the obsolete configuration of Windows XP with new, user-friendly technology of Windows 7 thus the question on compatibility arises.

Advancement in technology renders the previous technology as "obsolete" and therefore sometimes it gets out of the consideration by the manufacturer that some of the obsolete programs and applications still need to be synchronized with older components in order to run on the new platforms. In this race, the most programs and applications that are apparently being affected are PC-based games. As a matter of fact too, PC games can be considered as the preliminary source to discovering the deficits in new technology. 

So, this article revolves around the question of installing/running the so-called game: Medal  of Honor - Pacific Assault (often abbreviated as MOHPA) released by Electronic Arts in 2004 where most users find it difficult to do so on Windows 7 especially 64 bit edition. 

Recently, I wanted to install the same game on Windows 7 (64 bit) platform but couldn't even pass the CD key prompt dialog box and so I went through several blogs and forums over Internet with success in one resolution of problem but getting stuck to the next one. Therefore, I am going to share my experience with graduation in resolution of chain of problems related to this game.

First of all, let's confirm the original minimum system requirements of this game:

CPU: Pentium 4 or Athlon XP
CPU Speed: 1.5 GHz
RAM: 512 MB
OS: Windows 2000/XP
Video Card: 64 MB AGP Video Card with supported DirectX 8.1 drivers (GeForce3+ / Radeon 8500+)
DirectX version: 8.1 (included)
Sound Card: Yes
Free Disk Space: 3 GB
CD-ROM: 8X speed CD-ROM/DVD-ROM (This game contains technology intended to prevent copying that may conflict with some CD/DVD-ROM, CD/DVD-RW and virtual drives.)

But, we want to install and play this game on Windows 7 (64-bit), isn't it? So, let's troubleshoot in chronological order of encountering the problems of this game on Windows 7 (64-bit).

Query 1: Is the game compatible with OS Windows 7?

Analysis of Facts: The debate between the community users Nige_UK and BossDweebe over their experiences for installing the game on Windows 7 points out the opinion of Nige_UK that compatibility issues could be overcome by easily installing the game on Windows XP machine and then copying the working installation folders from there to Windows 7 machine whereas BossDweebe had the personal opinion that it was needless as the game is fully compatible with Windows 7.

Resolution: The game in fact is compatible with Windows 7 (64-bit) and one can install and enjoy this game regardless of compatibility issues. However, in my opinion it would be better that after installation of game to the particular game directory, explore to the directory and Right-click on all executable files in each folders: 

Step 1: Select "Properties."
Step 2: Click Compatibility."
Step 3: Check "Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)." [For mohpa.exe; mohpa_server.exe; and mohpa_setup.exe under "Privilege Level" check "Run this program as an administrator" and under "Change settings for all users" tab, you can check the same compatibility mode under same headings.]    

Query 2: Cannot pass through the CD key verification dialog after having prompted the correct CD key.

Analysis of Facts: The community user FidelIkambili in response to this problem had suggested contrary to the correct resolution for installing this game about setting the compatibility mode. However, this could work for some but cannot say for everyone. For fail-safe purpose, it's not a harm to roll back the compatibility mode of all .exe files in the game installation directory to Win XP SP2 and it shouldn't exhibit any problems whatsoever. Anyways, the first thing how to install the game while bypassing the CD key verification system is mentioned below. 

Resolution: Follow these steps to bypass CD key verification phase:

Step 1: Insert the game CD or if you have .iso image on your hard drive load it on any virtual drive emulator (e.g., Daemon Tools, Alcohol, etc.)
Step 2: When "Autoplay" dialog appears select "Open folders to view files". (DO NOT select "Run autorun.exe.")
Step 3: Open "setup" folder and seek for "setup.exe" file and Right-click on it and select "Run as an administrator."
Step 4: The installation wizard will open without the display of game's installation menu image.
Step 5: Follow the instructions and when prompted for CD key insertion key in the correct CD key and it will be accepted.
Step 6: Customize the game directory where to install. (Note: It is always better to install games and other programs except Microsoft Corporations' on other physical drive than default OS drive.)
Step 7: Follow the rest of instructions to complete the game installation.

Query 3: Game crashes as soon as scenario movie clip terminates or when fire button (Left mouse button by default) is clicked.

Analysis of Facts: The experienced community user of EA itself attempted to resolve the query with hit and trial method by suggesting to create a new admin account but only earned dissatisfaction of the victim user. The problem lies not with the incorporated components of MS but with the playable executable image file, i.e., mohpa.exe and the relevant game updates. The game was said to be originally released with lot of bugs in version 1.0 which was later fixed in the update patch of 1.1 and then finally in 1.2. The latest released update patch v1.2 is all one needs to run the game perfectly without any crash. If you are using no-CD/DVD exe image fix (for backup purpose) then reportedly the version 1.2 developed by "Deviance" is found to be erratic only the older version of image works fine. However, one can simply update the game by applying the official v1.2 patch to the original installation folder and then later replace the updated original mohpa.exe file with older version of no-CD/DVD exe image fix and enjoy the game. The components of game will already turn updated with v1.2.  

Resolution: Here some of the things one can do to run the game properly,

Step 1: After installation of game, update the version of game from 1.0 to 1.2 by applying the official update patch "Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault Patch v1.0 to v1.2." One can download the official patch from the undermentioned link:

Step 2: Replace the updated original mohpa.exe file image in installed game directory with no-CD/DVD exe image fix. (Note: It is always better to retain the updated original file image to a safer place than replacing it.) One can download the no-CD/DVD exe image fix from undermentioned link:

Step 3: As a precaution, one can follow the instructions explained in resolution of Query 1. 

NOTE: NO-CD/DVD EXECUTABLE (exe.) IMAGE FIX IS INTENDED TO BE USED WITH ORIGINAL LEGITIMATE OWNED GAME CDs/DVDs AND NOT TO PROMOTING ANY IDEA OF PIRACY OR UNAUTHORIZED DUPLICATION OF GAMES.

Conclusion: All queries resolved to the greatest extent.

I hope this article will be of your interest and help you play the Gold WWII war game.

Your comments and further queries will be appreciated.


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GRV-81 -

Thank you for the verbose article.  I am trying to play MOH-PA on a Win8 64bit machine.

Do you have a different URL for Query-3:Step-2, as the EGOFiles.com link is now broken in 2014-May?

While I was able to install the game, after copying discs 2-4 to the HD and pointing disc 1's installer prompts for additional discs to the HD directories, I am being prompted for a disc at game launch ... despite the disc being in the drive.


Thanks, Paulie, for throwing some compliments to my article. While being one of the old and competitive WWII FPS games during the 2000s decade, the EA used different methods of encryption methodology for copyright protections which lies in one of the basic installation components files named "Medal of Honour Pacific Assaulttm_code.exe" which invokes and interferes during installation of the game while prompting you to enter the correct and valid serial key. If I remember good while searching for solutions to install this game on my system, I encountered one of the blogs/forums where the user was advising to modifying this particular file. Although, it didn't sound convincing to me and I continued to search more for some reliable alternatives, Anyways, the problem you're experiencing could be different with ones I had or anyone did have while pointing to the roots about EA copyright protection methodology (CPM). Conventionally, the games that come in more than one CD/DVD must be installed in cyclic manner. I mean let's take this game where we have 4 discs - you'll be prompted for 1-4 discs sequentially during installation and then to finish the installation, the installation wizard will ask you to insert the 1st disc again. However, in your case it seems you're not being approved by the CPM to pass further to running the game possibly because of the CD key you have being overused or the most known reason that your CD key has been duplicated randomly by one of the key generators and is being enjoyed by one of the persons on this earth in the multiplayer arena of this craving game. In any case, you're the genuine buyer and you have the valid CD key what you will surely boast upon and shout out loud to everyone. You're able to install the game as you've said so there's no issue CD key being disapproved for installation; however, I cannot assure you that you might be able to join multiplayer mode in this game as the symptomatology you've presented (unless you would be lucky enough to find some cracked servers on the Internet).

1. After install, I hope you've followed all the necessary steps as I have discussed above. 

2. Copy to the the installation folder no-CD/DVD exe image fix (after you've already upgraded the game to 1.2 version).

From the abovementioned hyperlink, you can retrieve this no-CD/DVD exe image fix what I've updated it in the discussion section. 

Hope this should work for you. Any problems yet? You're free to write/comment here. :)


GRV-81 -

Please share the file via some other means that doesn't require an email-based login account. For example, SkyDrive, YouSendIt, etc where you can place a link here for retrieval.  4Shared.com is simply a lame service.

Thanks for considering it.


That's almost a PhD thesis you've got to now.

Not sure about your term "no-CD/DVD image" though.  I suppose it could be called an image,

but just to differentiate between a replacement for the games  executable, and a 'backup CD' image, 

I prefer noCD fix .

Yeah! I started a bit harsh on Nige, but we did more conferring than debating, I reckon ;)  .

@ Paulie -

No CD fix for MOH-PA -

http://megagames.com/games/medal-honor-pacific-assault-0

The fix for version 1.2 is by Deviance, who usually does successful noCD's,  but I've been using the 1.1 version, by GameHacker  with no problems . This is the first 1.1 version on the list.

- The bottom 1.1 version is by Reloaded, who also generally makes a good working  noCD.

He and Deviance are perhaps the most prolific noCD creators.

I do similar to GRV  when installing the noCD's . I make a new folder (cleverly titled org ;D ) in the games install folder, and move the original files to that folder.                                                                                     I keep all my noCD zips files in a special folder on my HDD ( uniquely titled... wait for it - noCD's )                 and extract the files there. I then move the files to the games folder.

Note that some games get other files replaced that are not in the main install directory.

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Try Mega Games -

http://megagames.com/games/medal-honor-pacific-assault-0

I don't know why I'm not using the 1.2 version by Deviance as he usually makes good working

noCD's,  but  GameHacker's  1.1 version works well, even with the game patched to 1.2.

This is the first 1.1 version. The bottom 1.1 is by Reloaded, who with Deviance are perhaps the

most prolific noCD creators.

I do similar to GRV  with backing up the original  executable when using  noCD fixes.

I download the zip file to a special folder called (wait for it...) noCD's and extract the file/s there.

- I then make a new folder in the directory where the games  .exe is ( cleverly titled  org  ;D  ), and

move the original  .exe ,  and in the case of MOH-PA,  DSL.exe to the  'org' folder.

- Note that most older games have the .exe in the main install folder, but newer games tend to have

the .exe in  the 'binaries' or other folders.

- Then move the noCD fix file/s to the folder the original .exe was in.

- Note that some games have other files that get replaced that are in other folders, so you occasionally

have to browse the games folders to find them.

@ GRV - Didn't notice that last time I read your MOH-PA PhD thesis, but -

The term  noCD/DVD 'image' may be accurate in some respect, but reckon  'image' is more

accurate in reference to making a 'backup CD/DVD.  noCD  fix for when using an executable replacement seems better to me.

Fix (and image) sounds more appropriate for us honest owners of a disk than hack, or crack as well.

Yeah! I may have started at bit hard on Nige initially, and I tend to get a bit stroppy when people refer the flawed Compatibility Centre,  but I reckon we mostly conferred vs debated after that .


Hi, BossDweeBee.

It has been long time, I have not have been on this community blog with this anticipation that this discussion might have gone old since no one was coming up with any questions or whatsoever and I assumed everyone got "gratified" with my "in-depth" article. However, I'm pretty surprised that my article is still being scrutinized in so much detail for the purpose of criticizing it instead of harvesting the solution for the problems that have been prevailing on certain blogs and forums for years "until present" (as Paulie still seems to be succumbed to one of the hurdles which is elaborately resolved in my article) out of this article and get some benefit. 

Well, folks, my smooth intention is not to reflect the power of vocabulary or verbose language through the medium of this article but simply trying to aid the gaming community with the experience I have had and did "some research" in this direction (what anyone would surely do over Internet) to get past the aforementioned hurdles while installing/playing the PC game in question. 

BossDweebee, firstly, before clarifying the remarks you have stressed several times in your response to my article, I would like to thank you for recommending me the Great WWII FPS/TPS Game namely "Hidden and Dangerous 2". I admit I have liked this game so much that I played all the missions more than one including its expansion pack "Sabre Squadron". Thanks for this nice recommendation. 

BossDweebee, you seem to be quite irritated with the usage of the term "no-CD/DVD image" what I have often used in my article. But tell me honestly, weren't you able to make sense out of it while reading my article even for the first time? I think in the first place it only refers to a "Crack" (what is a quite known slang for this thing) or more technically it is termed as "no-CD/DVD executable image fix". If to the likes of you I had to use this term in my article in this expanded form, would this be able to ease some of your tingling on your nerves while going through my article. Simply, referring it to as an "image" could confuse anyone thinking whether one is talking about the ISO/FLT, whatsoever game image or a modification to the ".exe file image" in the game installation folder.

One more thing, I want to address from your explanation regarding the fixed exe image of version 1.1 vs. version 1.2. What you have explained ended to the same point what I have already discussed in my article except you sound to be more on the side of developer "DeVianCe" and seem to be offended when I pointed out the flaws in their defective product. I politely urge you to try to run the game with DeViaNce's fixed exe image of version 1.2 and let the community know your experience. It will definitely exhibit the unexpected results as I have mentioned in my article. But you tend to agree that previous version 1.1 (what you have downloaded the duplicate copy from another hosting server) works fine. This is what all I have explained elaborately in my article.  

Anyways, I might be going to come up with another article on a very popular PC game (of course WWII-based) and will address all the issues with installing and running the game in question. I will try to aggregate all the solutions from different blogs and forums in a precise manner to help the gaming community. I wouldn't mind if it would again sound as a PhD thesis to anyone but my anticipated perception would be to be crystal-clear and comprehensive for someone who even doesn't know how to insert a game CD in the PC system. 

I am not offended but rather pretty greeted by your response implying a silent criticism by the influence of my article. I am looking forward to make you move more and more and talk on my articles. 

All good regards,

GRV


Hello Paulie,

Upon your query, I attempted  to access the link to 4shared as a general user without logging in it and I was able to download it past 20 seconds of wait. In anyways, if you find it hard to download the said content, I have uploaded it on the server of your likes from where you may retrieve it, hopefully, with no further problems. 

The following is the link to the server:

https://www.sendspace.com/file/h5bijd

All good regards,

GRV-81


Thanks GRV-81. I will consider downloading / using it.

The prior download was, in my opinion, a Trojan or similar scam - as it was an InstallShield EXE and not a stand-alone runtime exe as I would have expected.  A good example of a BOGUS MOHPA.EXE file is from ausgamers.com.


Hi Paulie,

Lately, I have noticed such changes too where these freeservers have just become commercial since the time I had uploaded all the files there. 4shared never asked for logging in to any of the social media websites in order to download the file but now when you have brought this thing in to my notice I have also realized the same, Also, ausgamers.com asks for that "idiotic" verifying captcha where you have to rotate the figures in image to 90-degree angle and so on to clear it. However, it's not a big issue to download manual patches from other sites like gamershell.com, etc. Just google it and you'll find a lot of options to download these patches. Anyway, have a good time and enjoy playing!

With all good regards,

GRV-81


Thanks GRV-81 it worked for me on Win7x64. Funny thing though I had several retail DVDs and lost 'em so I obtained an .iso; using my old key code and it took it, but no matter which (have at least 5 of 'em)  'no cd .exe launchers' none of 'em really do launch it by itself, I always have to mount the .iso to play. I've done the patch 1.0>2.0 and for some reason the patch gives me  micro-stutter that I don't remember having so much of when I first played it around 2011. I do remember having a time of it (on a Win7 laptop) even buying several retail versions, after the first install it wouldn't take a re-install ( I think there must've been a registry conflict) bought a new PC and it worked fine. Same with MoHA doing the older PhysX/Legacy install.

I did all the settings you recommended and now at least it doesn't crash after a few minutes. Any idea on why the no cd .exe's have to have it mounted?


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