Minimum to Recommended Install
1. Do a Minimum install.
2. Edit your "baldur.ini" file. Change the line "Install Type=1" to "Install Type=2"
3. Copy the following files from CD2 to your BG2 directory, where [cddrive] is the letter of your CD-ROM drive and [BG2] is the location of your BG2 install
[cddrive]\CD2\Data\CREAnim.bif ===> [BG2]\data\CREAnim.bif
[cddrive]\CD2\Data\CREAnim1.bif ===> [BG2]\data\CREAnim1.bif
[cddrive]\CD2\Data\GUIMosc.bif ===> [BG2]\data\GUIMosc.bif
[cddrive]\CD2\Data\MovHD0.bif ===> [BG2]\data\MovHD0.bif
[cddrive]\CD2\Data\NPCSoCD3.bif ===> [BG2]\data\NPCSoCD3.bif
[cddrive]\CD2\Data\NPCSound.bif ===> [BG2]\data\NPCSound.bif
4. Copy the following files from CD3 to your BG2 directory
[cddrive]\CD3\Data\CD3CreA2.bif ===> [BG2]\data\CD3CreA2.bif
[cddrive]\CD3\Data\CD3CreAn.bif ===> [BG2]\data\CD3CreAn.bif
[cddrive]\CD3\Data\CDCreAni.bif ===> [BG2]\data\CDCreAni.bif
5. Copy the following files from CD4 to your BG2 directory
[cddrive]\CD4\Data\CD4CreA2.bif ===> [BG2]\data\CD4CreA2.bif
[cddrive]\CD4\Data\CD4CreA3.bif ===> [BG2]\data\CD4CreA3.bif
[cddrive]\CD4\Data\CD4CreAn.bif ===> [BG2]\data\CD4CreAn.bif
You now have a Recommended install.
Minimum to Full Install
1. Do a Minimum install.
2. Edit your "baldur.ini" file. Change the line "Install Type=1" to "Install Type=3". Also, you will need to edit the [Alias] section. Make the following changes where [BG2] is the location of your BG2 install
3. Copy the following directories (and all their contents) from the BG2 CDs to your BG2 install folder, where [cddrive] is the letter of your CD-ROM drive and [BG2] is the location of your BG2 install
[cddrive]\CD2 ===> [BG2]\CD2
[cddrive]\CD3 ===> [BG2]\CD3
[cddrive]\CD4 ===> [BG2]\CD4
You now have a Full install.
I've found that when I copy the all the cd's including ToB to using the cd_name as the sub-directory names, then installing BG2_SoA as minimum install from the copied cd's. (I still require the first cd on hand to finish the installation.) Editing the baldur.ini as per the faking instructions for "Full Install" using the path to the cd as the [BG2] section. Then running gameconfig to set whatever setting you use.
If you use ToB install this now using minimum install. Check and edit if needed the baldur.ini so that "CD5" entry points to the copy of ToB cd. Now run the Bioware patches for SoA or ToB depending on what you have installed.
So what you have is a directory containing the 5 cd's in my case (I have this on a different drive for extra speed)and a patched minimum install. I simplily copy this install to a new directory with a different name, just add mod# to the orginal directory name, # being the nunber of the copy of the install. Then edit the baldur.ini so that "HD0=[BG2]" point to the new directory. Add a shortcut to the desktop for BGmain.exe name it the same as the directory and use this to start your game.
I then install whatever mods I want in the copy using the new directory as the root directory to unzipp the mods to, then install them. I have had as many as 5 copies of the minimum install, each with different sets of mods without any problems. Please note that I never mod the orginal minimum install. I have burned a copy of the minimum install to dvd and used this as a master to copy from, but it is required that you change the read/write access from readonly on all the files copied otherwise mods will not be able to patch files that are in the override directory. I have used this method sucessfully with Tutu and Easy Tutu, but have attempted it with BGT
To edit saved games using ShadowKeeper you have to change the installation directory in ShadowKeeper to the directory of whichever copy you are playing, exit and restart ShadowKeeper. DLTCEP also requires you to change the setting. Gamesetting can only be changed from whitin the game and only apply to the copy that you are playing, you are not able to use the confg editor.
There may be a way to further reduce the size of the minimum install, I have not tested this but it may be worth trying. I would suggest testing this with the orginal directory before making any copies as it will save you over 600mb space per copy.
Copy the "data" directory from the root directory to the directory that the cd's copies are in, delete the contents of the "data" in the root do not delete the directory itself as it will be required if any file biffing is performed, then edit baldur.ini so
BG2a points to the root directory and BG2b points to the copy "data" directory with the cd copies. If this did not work copy the contents of the "data" directory back and delete ;[BG2b] from your baldur.ini
Edited by 5th_horseman, 28 June 2006 - 04:22 PM.