Friday, 22 April 2011

Christchurch earthquake: buildings set for demolition, partial demolition or make safe

The Canterbury Earthquake website publishes details about buildings set for demolition, partial demolition or make safe. I've taken their data and turned it into a map giving geographical reference to the destruction that has hit the city of Christchurch.

The data here is from the 27 April 2011 update, showing 362 buildings set for demolish, partial demolish or make safe. See the official list for a complete listing by heritage type.

The process of identifying buildings is ongoing and I'll try to keep this map updated. If you notice it's gotten out of date then leave a comment as a reminder for me. With the updates, links to old maps may stop working, so come back here for the latest.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Setting up Darkstone on Windows 7 x64

Darkstone is an Action RPG released in 1999 that I still play from time to time. The Darkstone installer fails on newer versions of Windows with the error Cannot launch install. Thankfully this is only a problem with the installer and the game works fine when manually installed. Here are the instructions for installing Darkstone on Windows 7 x64.

Note that the below steps that I wrote have been turned into a script by Benjamin Gnau. I've not used the script myself, but you may find it easier than the below instructions. Contact Benjamin if you have any issues with his script.

In the following instructions the drive for the CD is D. If your drive is a different letter, please use that instead.

  1. Create the folder
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Delphine Software\Darkstone\
  2. Copy everything from
    D:\Data\
    into
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Delphine Software\Darkstone\

  3. Copy
    D:\music.MTF
    into
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Delphine Software\Darkstone\

  4. Copy
    D:\voices1.MTF
    into
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Delphine Software\Darkstone\

  5. Copy everything from
    D:\mdata\
    into
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Delphine Software\Darkstone\mdata\

  6. Go back to
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Delphine Software\Darkstone\
    and right click on Darkstone.exe and click Properties. On the Compatibility tab check the box next to "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and select "Windows 98 / Windows Me" from the dropdown.

  7. In RegEdit create the following key chain
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Wow6432Node\ DelphineSoft\ Darkstone\ CurrentVersion\ Darkstone
    and make sure you're in that key before creating the following values.

  8. Create a string value of DataPath and set the value to
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Delphine Software\Darkstone\

  9. Create a string value of Language and set the value to
    ENGLISH

  10. Create a string value of SavingPath and set the value to
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Delphine Software\Darkstone\

This should get Darkstone up and running and allow you update with all the patches.

There are some minor glitches, like parts of speech being skipped very occasionally, but I can't be sure those weren't bugs back in 1999. My original post covering installing Darkstone on Windows XP x64 has comments from readers about Windows Vista and networking issues, which I haven't tested. The instructions above are the only ones that I can vouch for.

Folder structure
Compatibility tab
Registry entries