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Sunday, December 23rd 2012, 12:57pm

Can't find the SaveGame Folder in the TRAOD folder

Hello there!

I've installed TRAOD to my new Windows 7 (64 bit) laptop and things are running great, except I can't find the SaveGame folder. This means that I can't use (or haven't found the way to use...) downloaded savegames - and there's no way I'll be able to finish any of the Kurtis levels. :(

The game does create savegame files to somewhere (and I can load them normally), but I have no idea where. And when I try to search for the TRAODSG files, I only get the ones I've downloaded - not the ones created by the game. And when searching for the folder name "SaveGame", I find nothing. I haven't done anything special when installing it, and I've patched the game with both patches (42 and 52).

The path name of the game folder (TRAOD) is C:\Program Files (x86)\Eidos Interactive, and it contains the following folders:
  • backup
  • bin
  • Data
and files:
  • COREDESIGN (internet-link)
  • EIDOS (also a link)
  • Launcher (.exe file)
  • Readme (.rtf file)
  • ReadMePatch (.rtf file)
if this helps at all, probably not.

I've also tried to look whether the savegames of the game have ended up to some personal user data files, AppData or folders of that sort. I've displyed all of the hidden files too, but so far no good. ;(

Sorry to bother so close to Christmas. :oops But anyhoo, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :presentf :presentm :tree

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Wednesday, December 26th 2012, 9:16am

As with all newer Version of Windows since Vista any "normal" User is no longer allowed to write to the "Program Files" folder. I guess all read/write operations from games are redirected to your personal files. I haven't played AOD in a while so I don't know for sure. The file names of the save game look like 1.TRAODSG, 2.TRAODSG and so on, so you might want to do a system wide search for them.

PS: Try C:\Users\"your user name"\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\ ;-)
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Wednesday, December 26th 2012, 5:15pm

Found it! Thank you, Wile E. :-) :hug

The path name to it was C:\Users\"myusername"\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\Eidos Interactive\TRAOD :-)

Apparently there's a Core Design folder too! Will keep an eye on that... :weird Oh, Windows 7, how I love thee... :grins

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Friday, December 28th 2012, 10:02pm

Ah, well, yes, but Windows 7 is only partly to blame. If all programmers had used the User- or "My Documents"-folder - that has existed in one form or another since Windows 95 - for save games, this problem would never have existed in the first place. This is only a quick and dirty fix, but at least there is some kind of access control to the Program Files folders nowadays.
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Sunday, December 30th 2012, 11:22am

Ah, well, yes, but Windows 7 is only partly to blame. If all programmers had used the User- or "My Documents"-folder - that has existed in one form or another since Windows 95 - for save games, this problem would never have existed in the first place.
At least the mystery is now solved! :thumbsup

Apparently the save files from other classics go to that VirtualStore folder too, to the Core Design one to be exact. The only exception (on my computer) is the original Tomb Raider (I'm running it with the Dosbox emulator): its saves go to C:\tombraider.

And not to mention Tomb Raider Legend (save files in C:\Users\"myusername"\Files\Tomb Raider - Legend), Tomb Raider Anniversary (save files in C:\Users\"myusername"\Files\Eidos\Tomb Raider - Anniversary\ Default Profile) and Tomb Raider Underworld (save files in C:\Users\"myusername"\Files\Eidos\Tomb Raider Underworld).

I think this info would come in handy since I bet I'm not the only one, who has had this "problem". :-)

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Tuesday, January 1st 2013, 9:26am

Maybe we should pin it as an announcement to the top of the forum. Right along with "How Do I Get Off The Quad Bike?"! :D [hehe]

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The only exception (on my computer) is the original Tomb Raider (I'm running it with the Dosbox emulator): its saves go to C:\tombraider.
I guess only programmes that are installed to the "c:\program files\" folder are affected. Additionally, when you play inside the emulator, I guess Windows can't interfere. (Doesn't dosbox need admin rights anyway? Haven't used it in a long while on Windows, so I don't know... Have to test it, I remember I installed a version that supported 3D acceleration via Glide so I could play TR1 in higher resolution. I wonder if it still works...)
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