Silk Posted April 26, 2019 Share Posted April 26, 2019 (edited) DISCLAIMER: Someone has went and used Silk as name and @global name but it's not me. If anyone in game says hey I made that guide and am the one that's been helping people be warned it's not me. It was previously on the Bree server but some joker hurried up and made sure to take it on all four of the current servers. Hello everyone! I had created a how to install guide up along with some other useful tibits and links sadly the panic fiasco that ended up with the forum and the Bree server deleted means we lost the guide too. Sadly I had not backed it up. Here is version 2. Discord link for the new Homecoming discord: https://discord.gg/TcYfy6g Discord link for the older City of Heroes (Homecoming and COX) discord: https://discord.gg/TTJGbfh *For Windows 8 and above, it is important that this is not in your Desktop, Documents, or Downloads folder due to permissions. It is possible that your anti virus or windows defender will give off a false positive and block score.exe, homecoming.exe or even Tequila.exe so be sure the check that if some files seem to be missing, you can also check your A/V quarantine to see if something was moved there. Your firewall may be an issue as well. Windows Install Guide Magnet link: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:FD5ADD155E5FD01D6013B026A8766E56C2841E3D&dn=City%20of%20Heroes You need a bitclient to download via torrents so you need something like utorrent or qbits. If this isn't a first time install but you want to install from scratch you will have to delete the tequila key in the registry. You can delete the Tequila registry key with Start -> Find/Run -> REG DELETE HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Tequila You can also check manually to see if the Tequila folder in the registry was deleted by typing regedit in the start search bar and hitting enter. Then in the window that opened navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software and check see if you have a Tequila folder in the list. If there is right click the tequila folder and delete it. If this is a first time install or first time using tequila ignore the registry key deletion bit above. NOTE: Due to the server migration some of the files will need to update. Namely before doing anything you need to rename the "SCORE" folder to "homecoming". Then when you update it should make a homecoming.exe application. For a first time install Step one Download the torrent..you can simply paste the whole magnet link into your browser address bar which will open up your bitclient and ask if you want to download the torrent, obviously say yes. 😉 While that is downloading. Character max for the passwords seems to be 15 so be sure to keep your password shorter than that. Set up a forum account at: http://score.savecoh.com/ Once you sign into your forum account, proceed to the game account creation portion of the website using the following link: https://score.savecoh.com/account/ Step Two Get your install path ready. Make a folder on your C:/ drive called Games. You can make sure your anti virus has an exception for the whole Games folder. (Some people are afraid of doing this and prefer to only add an exception to score.exe (now after migration will be the homecoming.exe) and Tequila.exe in the City of Heroes folder you are downloading via the torrent). I also run tequila.exe as admin but you shouldn't have to. Step Three Once the torrent is done you will have a "City of Heroes" folder in your torrent download location. Move the whole "City of Heroes" folder, via copy and paste, to C:/Games. Since we are using the old torrent for now you need to delete the "tequila.xml", the "tequilalog.xml", the "TequilaActivityLog.txt", and the "THIRDPARTYSOFTWAREREADME.txt". Rename the score folder to homecoming (due to the server migration). Step Four Note: If on starting Tequila.exe at this point does not ask you for an install path then you had tequila installed before and need to delete it in the registry. See the top of this post. Start the Tequila launcher via the tequila.exe in the "City of Heroes" folder from C:/Games/City of Heroes. This should open a window asking you for the install path. Point it to C:/Games/City of Heroes. This will let it see you have all the games files and all the score files (homecoming now due to server migration). Let Tequila update/validate. Make sure "Homecoming" is highlighted in the Tequila launcher and hit play. You should see this: It is suggested for players to go into option and make sure to put a checkmark in the "Close Tequila after starting the game" box. Too many people were leaving the Tequila launcher open all the time and then getting errors after an update as Tequila only checks that when it starts up. Enjoy the game, kill skulls! Troubleshooting In the Tequila launcher you can hit option and verify the files to make sure it all works proper. Mouse cursor not showing up in game fix On 5/10/2019 at 9:10 PM, SkyRocker said: I couldn't find anything specifically for CoX so I just googled 'mouse cursor missing in game'. One of the hits said to turn off mouse trails. While I was in the mousse settings I saw that had the option to show the pointer location when I hit CTRL too so I disabled them both, loaded up CoX and BAM, there was the cursor. Hope this helps someone else! Tequila launcher crashing at loading banner and other similar crashes This is more than likely caused by your anti virus detecting one of the .exe as a virus which is likely a false postive OR your firewall blocking the game. Windows 10 users note that windows defender can cause this too even if you think it is off. Files deleting themselves is also caused by this. You need to make an exception/exclusion for homecoming.exe and tequila.exe at minimum or to avoid future problems make an exception/exclusion for the whole City of Heroes game folder. How to do this will vary depending on which antivirus or firewall you use. Adding an exclusion to Windows Defender on windows 10 Adding an exclusion to Windows Security Adding an exclusion to Norton Antivirus Adding an exclusion to Eset Adding a whitelist and exclusion to Avast Adding an exclusion to Malwarebytes For crashing problems, including crashing on start up, you can also try deleting the tequila.xml and the tequilalog.xml as this has helped some users according to reports. Resolution Problems: Note: When at the log in screen after changing your setting hit apply then to close the window look for the tiny tiny red circle under the cancel button. You can fix by using Alt+Enter switch from fullscreen to window. If you still have problems you need to disable display scaling on the "launchers" which means on "Tequila or Island Rum". To do so you just right click the shortcut for either Tequila or Island Rum, click properties and choose the compatibility tab and make sure to check the box for "Disable display scaling for high dpi settings". Click apply and ok. For windows 10 Start > PC settings > Display > Under "Scale and Layout," change the drop down option for "Change the size of text, apps, and other items" to the recommended setting (100% in my case). You can do the above for all the .exe's if you're still having problems as someone mentioned they had to do this to homecoming.exe and not just on the tequila.exe. Some 4k user had trouble and this helped them: Quote Fixed it. Had to set the DPI setting to application and NOT system! Remember that the graphical settings are stored in your system registry under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cryptic\coh . You can run Regedit to access and modify the values if needed. See page 4 for more details on the regedit fix. Simpler way to reset video settings to defaults: Start -> Find/Run -> REG DELETE HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cryptic\CoH Some also report having to turn off vsync to get the image correct. Patching Errors One user had problems updating with Tequila and found his patch.xml had the wrong address. He had "https://patch.savecoh.com/manifest.xml".. note the s after http. You should have http://patch.savecoh.com/manifest.xml Wrong Game version fix (credit to The Fifth Horseman): Quote updated with new code. 5/7/2019 Quote In your tequila.xml, the SCORE line should look like this: <launch exec="homecoming.exe" order="0" params="-patchdir homecoming -patchversion 2019.05.16 -auth 22.214.171.124">Homecoming</launch> Working tequila.xml attached, just drop it in the same folder where you've installed Tequila. You can also just delete the tequila.xml and and revalidate the files via options in the Tequila launcher, you can also just replace the tequila.xml with the one in the attachment of this post. If the above still doesn't work you need to check: Quote I thought about the Windows Registry. Ran regedit and looked around. Found the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Tequila > Settings. Had a "params" string that was empty, "". Hmmm, if Tequila chose to use the Registry params over the Tequila.xml params, then Tequila would run SCORE without -noversioncheck..... Deleted the whole HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Tequila key, then reran Tequila. Tequila asked for the directory to install City in, told it to use the one it was already in, and off it went. Updated a few .pigg's and started the City client. Logged in. And could go on all 4 Shards!!! I checked afterwards with regedit. That value HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Tequila > params has not been recreated. And now I know to check there. And now I'm very happy I've fixed this issue. Credits to Jacke for this! You can replace the instructions on deleting Tequila registry settings with Start -> Find/Run -> REG DELETE HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Tequila (Hit Win Key +R to get to the find/run for windows 10 users) Quote Jacke reported an interesting issue: sometimes (perhaps some versions of?) Tequila creates a key named "params" under HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Tequila in your system registry - and it seems it uses that value preferentially over the ones in tequila.xml. If any of these is happening: [*]SCORE continues to report wrong game version even when Tequila.xml contains the -noversioncheck parameter [*]SCORE crashes on launch [*]SCORE is unable to connect to the authentication / login servers Start -> Find/Run -> Regedit -> HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Tequila . Remove everything inside the Tequila key For more details, including pic, of how to edit the registry look at my post on page 4. You can replace the instructions on deleting Tequila registry settings with Start -> Find/Run -> REG DELETE HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Tequila Laptop OpenGL Issues: Quote retchedToday at 11:16 AM @everyone Important update incoming from our friends in the SCOTS team. We finally have confirmation on user's Intel integrated graphics & Windows 10 issues. A community discussion with a member of the team behind Homecoming and SCORE revealed that both Intel and Windows 10 offer next-to-no support for OpenGL or legacy graphics engines, partially due to Microsoft's push for DirectX; Windows 10 doesn't even support hardware-accelerated OpenGL at all. Most of these problems have been experienced by people using modern laptops. We're working on a better way to broadcast these problems for them to know about, and also discussed some possible future software solutions that could be built to overcome this hurdle and keep City of Heroes' game client functional on future hardware. The latter will be further explored by our team down the road once server proliferation and i24 development is at a comfortable stage, but if anyone has a development group familiar with this type of development who would like to get started or lay out the groundwork, there's a lot of people out there who would appreciate it. Fix for the above issues, see post 6 on this page for details. Also those with "laptops" like the Surface Go you may be having heat/throttling issues and need to use an "ice pack" to keep the heat down. credits to Skawt, see page 9 Quote Turns out Microsoft's entire Surface line is designed to throttle the CPU at the first hint of an increase in heat. And it throttles all the way down to 400mhz. It won't stop until the heat level goes back down. If you play at room temperature, it will start throttling the moment the game is loaded. So I put an ice pack under my tablet, and the temp stayed so low that it never throttled, and I could play just fine. I'm willing to bet that most of the people with integrated GPU are using devices with little to no cooling, and Win10 is overzealous when it comes to heat throttling. Fix for movement lag: Quote SO... We went to the NVidia control panel and had to add the score game executable to the list of programs. This was done with a simple browse and click. Then set the NVidia graphics options, and voila! all problems solved. https://score.savecoh.com/index.php/topic,1711.0.html Tequila.xml updated to 6/17/2019 https://ufile.io/axbgyoip Edited July 27, 2019 by Silk 1 Install and Troubleshooting Guide v2 WayBackMachine old forums Calistin ~ on Discord. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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