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  1. Please tell us what you did to solve it so that the next guys with similar cases can use your solution. thanks
  2. Seems that many of our esteemed DEVs, GMs, and web fellows are volunteers who donate their time. What I don't see is how more folk can volunteer ... and what skills are needed. {this has confined my activities to improving the wiki ...}
  3. TraderMagoo's Tech post for "custom resolutions" is all I've needed to support multi-boxing. I have an old Win 7 Pro [64] box with an i3 cpu and 8 Gb ram ... works fine with three instances.
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    Useful Sites for EnB

    here's a link to the after V'rix conquest R4c sector map showing the V'rix nav points. {Many or most nav points in older maps are gone.} http://www.earthandbeyond.ca/sectormap/roc.html note that, last I looked, this Canadian site had two maps -- the old one {Roc} and the new one {R4c} with slightly differing names. Finding the new one isn't a slam dunk.
  5. I'm a retired manager/executive, Mouli. I can read IP [intellectual property] contracts and I understand how they're written in the western world -- it's really, really simple -- everything other than the explicitly permitted uses is prohibited or exclusively reserved to the property owner. My understanding of the EMU/EA contract [which I haven't access to] is that the EMU's legal structure is limited to a non-profit -- any change voids the contract under which we can have EnB at all. {were I running EA, that's exactly how I'd have the contract written.} Of course, such a contract can be re-negotiated. If you've an organization with the funding to, in effect, BUY Earth and Beyond from EA. Since EA has no pressing need to sell, their price would be prohibitive. [I know a bit about negotiating, too.] *** As to your comments about China and Chinese practices -- you plainly haven't done much business over there. I and the people I worked with have. Theft of IP by Chinese entities is rampant and western copyrights/patents, even when registered in China, will not be effectively enforced by Chinese courts. I've many examples of this, including theft from global scale enterprises well able to afford armies of attorneys to litigate for their rights. Nationality of the global IP owner does not seem to matter as long as it isn't Chinese. {Trump's "trade war" with China is, in part, over this exact IP issue.}
  6. My understanding from some of the DEVs is that EA owns the rights to the name, as well as the code. The EMU has very limited rights to operate a not for profit version -- it serves as an outlet for those who would otherwise be poking EA every other day to bring the game back -- which EA isn't going to do because of the cost involved. You can't, legally speaking, organize a separate corporation or other entity to take over or promote EnB. That would be theft of intellectual property which is aggressively litigated worldwide [except in China and then only in favor of Chinese entities]. Like it or not, we have to work within the confines of the contract with EA. Unorganized fan action in unofficial forums and venues, is, legally, the responsibility of those fans -- but the EMU can not in any way approve of or contribute to such actions. That would be another contract violation.
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    Help with screen rez

    umm, oops ... Service Pack 3, please
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    Sign in issue

    nice detecting work, Vacassa. Wish I could be of further help and your situation is beyond my competence and experience ... let's hope that one of the DEVs picks up this discussion and knows what's going on.
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    Sign in issue

    these forums support searching [see upper right corner]. pls search for "INV-300" and read the posts about this error. I think I recall that most common cause is trying to start the game from the old EA provided EnB.exe file instead of the now required "LaunchNet7.exe" file. Other potential problems -- file must be manually set [in the folder containing this file] to run as administrator and to use Windows XP, SP 3 compatibility mode. The LaunchNet7 window that opens needs to have all four checkboxes [top left of center] checked. Also, your firewall in either computer or router may be preventing access. Server is up as I write this and reports that it was up when you posted.
  10. another overlay type program that might be the problem is the one your graphics card may use to capture the action as a video -- AMD's ReLive, for example. {ReLive and similar graphics capture programs work by sending a detailed summary of the entire screen to the cpu to be saved as a file on disk -- this inherently uses the gpu's data path for ReLive while the cpu might be trying to send data for the next frame to be rendered to the gpu -- at best, it makes the whole process slower unless you have a very fast computer.} I wonder if you follow the setup instructions in TraderMagoo's post {on the emulator forums under "technical"} if activating the chosen window by clicking on the taskbar's button under your game window would eliminate this problem [in other words, use this method instead of alt-tab]. I've been using Magoo's method for several years now and the "only" drawback is that I sometimes forget which window is active and accidentally minimize it [after which ant-mouse lets me Restore it to near full screen size].
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    unable to log in

    for the benefit of future people using this sort of connection, it would be helpful if you told us which VPN and which operating system you are using.
  12. pls manually check in the EnB folders that the .exe files are set to run with administrator privilege. If memory serves, those files are LaunchNet7.exe and net7proxy.exe -- these are usually in the "Net7\bin" folder. If they are not, please right-click them and set them to do so. [Rather obviously, you have to have admin privilege on the machine to do this.] Do the same with the client.exe file found in EA GAMES\Earth & Beyond\release folder [it's probably under your C:\Program Files (x86) directory/folder]. Then, check that the square white "LaunchNet7 v2.2.0" screen has all four check boxes [just left of center top] checked. Be sure the 'sunrise' server is selected. If this isn't enough, please investigate your firewall(s) and anti-malware programs to make sure they are not interfering with the .exe programs. Hope this works for you. Plenty of other lads have recently gotten the game to install and run, so this CAN be done. Hang in there and get back to us with results, please.
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    2019 Active Guilds

    I was told ingame that Damage, Inc. and Epic Gamers are the most active currently. No idea how many actives either has. Builders, Inc. seems less active lately. Just ask in New Players chat for an officer ... I suggest doing that during your most active time period to try and find guys playing when you play. total numbers in guild doesn't really tell us a lot since some guilds encourage players to have many of their 'toons in guild and others don't. [I have something like 31 total 'toons and I know several other players with many more than that.]
  14. I hope you mistyped and have Win XP, SP 3 [three] compatibility mode being used. We've reached the limit of my knowledge of EnB interactions with Windows ... so I'll have to be a bit quieter now
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    Incompatible version of Net-7 Proxy

    to everyone who is having install issues: -- hang in there. Earth and Beyond does work. and, PLEASE -- when you post your problem, tell the DEVs what operating system you are running and which service pack. If you're trying to use a Windows emulator [on either an iMac or Linux box], they need those details as well. Yes, Earth and Beyond apparently still runs on Win XP [SP 3]. It runs on Win 7 64 bit [I'm less sure about 32 bit -- haven't had a 32 bit computer in over a decade now]. It runs on Win 8 and Win 10. Yes, you have to run the install under admin privileges [MicroSoft won't allow programs from outside sources to automatically select "run as admin" -- it's a fundamental safety measure]. And YES, after the program is installed, you then have to manually set the LaunchNet7.exe file to "run as admin" as well as run under the proper Windows compatibility mode {Win XP, SP 3 -- I admit that I'm unsure of this for Win 10 users since I'm refusing to use that operating system myself}. And yes, it is quite possible that your anti-virus or anti-malware program, including the firewall in your router or computer, is stopping EnB from communicating with the server. This can be fixed by creating an exception for the LaunchNet7.exe file in the preventing program. We're looking forward to seeing you ingame ....
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    A Space Game That's going into Sunset

    thank you, thank you. More folk always welcome
  17. Gullet -- the emulator's tech support staff needs to know what operating system you are running and that you are running the .exe with administrator privileges, and as an emulation of which operating system [if applicable]. Also that you have all four check boxes on the login screen checked. Windows 7 64 bit is prone to this; possibly other o/s. I use the taskbar for this -- just click on the session you want to make active. Does require setting up the window to be slightly smaller as per the post by Magoo in this part of the forums.
  18. at website ==> www.net-7.org/#maps the map for sector Altair III will not load as of 6 Jan 2019 at 1640 GMT other sectors seem to be loading just fine. Server issue??
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    Where has everyone gone?

    <whew> too much up there to really track. There is and always has been competition from game creators for the attention of the game playing public. This tends to siphon off a few existing players each quarter. That said, Earth And Beyond emulator grows by offering something people want. *** Elsewhere, I've been somewhat critical of the fundamental net-7.org website ... it lacks clear and obvious "how to get started" material -- a HUGE turnoff for newcomers. Such a "getting started" page is where content/links to the basics should all be gathered together. And that includes player generated content such as Magoo's technical post on how to set up your screen for easy multi-boxing, or a possible how to for running EnB under a Windows emulator on a Mac machine [and/or Linux machine] {along with the notice that this is NOT supported by the DEV team}. {And a notice that Windows before version 7 is not supported because there is no required Secure Socket Layer update for such Windows versions as MicroSoft hasn't and won't be releasing any while SSL is required for safety reasons to access the servers.} Lord knows that I'm not a webhead ... I'm decades out of date with web design tools. So this will have to be for someone else to do -- and thank you in advance to the volunteer who does it. I hope there's someone who does volunteer to do it ... the Net-7.org annual budget sure looks like (from the outside -- I'm not part of the DEV team) it is less than three thousand USD ... that doesn't allow paying for much beyond the basic server costs.
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    Help with Portal

    good job, Mouli
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    Volunteering -- wanted? how to?

    ok .. now we're becoming more concrete on the "what" -- write dialogue. That seems possible ... have to admit that i have not tried every mission in the game -- and that my recollection of some is hazy at best. My recollection of the wiki pages I've started is also hazy ... well, that comes with having other concerns for much of the past two years and growing older, I guess. I'll see what I come up with over the holidays ....
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    Volunteering -- wanted? how to?

    as would I. Back in the bad old days, I actually could program. Learned in assembly language on an IBM 360/50 [mainframe] system. The much later x386 assembly language proved to be very, very similar. Graduated to C [before C++] and fiddled a bit with Fortran and other languages I've forgotten now. Never did much database work or scripts -- no Java at all. And if it's any newer than that -- I was doing other things by then and lost interest. Well, logic is still logical. I'm actually decent at that.
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    Volunteering -- wanted? how to?

    Kyp ... "content developers" doesn't communicate much to me. There are a profusion of languages, database systems and scripting tools out here. Plus graphic tools. I can't even find a link to which ones EnB uses. I'm retired and income is fixed plus somewhat scant -- limits my donations. What I do have is time. And a bit of willingness. Might be that our game could use some added ingame publicity regarding the need for donations, too [when was the donation tracker last updated?] --- what comm channels to us players are available for that?
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    Web Portal: Suggestions

    re: these Forums It seems that the "sort by" mechanism [upper right of main page] does not work. I'm using Firefox [don't think it matters] and the "last update" and "reply date" choices appear to do nothing
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    Web Portal: Suggestions

    seems to me that the process for new players starting up with EnB is unclear from the web portal access. Suggest a new icon/entry [on the master net-7.org webpage] to further page(s) titled "Getting Started". Within this the usual suspects could be listed: link to download/install instructions, multi-boxing setup instructions, link to and discussion of the wiki, link to the most used EnB maps, etc.