Bitch and Moan MG, Rival, and others - what gives?

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What's the deal with Microgaming, Rival, and other popular casino software, when it comes to not allowing anyone to choose which drive/directory the casino is installed to?

Not everybody either wants this stuff installed on their system drive/partition for one reason or another....myself, I keep my system files on a partition seperate of my programs, downloads, etc....

Heck, even RTG allows people to choose where the casino software is installed, and they're not half as big as MG...

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vinylweatherman

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What's the deal with Microgaming, Rival, and other popular casino software, when it comes to not allowing anyone to choose which drive/directory the casino is installed to?

Not everybody either wants this stuff installed on their system drive/partition for one reason or another....myself, I keep my system files on a partition seperate of my programs, downloads, etc....

Heck, even RTG allows people to choose where the casino software is installed, and they're not half as big as MG...

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You CAN redirect MG to a different directory, although they don't exactly make it obvious. The new smart (or dumb) installer will allow you to "custom"ise the installation, which then takes you to an option where you can specify the path, or browse to choose a directory.
Playtech seems to have been the worst offender, as it dumps the installer application in the main "windows" folder, and needs this sitting around for uninstalling the casino.

It seems software producers just assume that EVERYONE runs to the default Windows setup, however, many do not, perhaps to make their PC more efficient at some tasks, or to make it easy to locate software by type. I prefer to have my casinos in "program files", where they are supposed to be. Having them on the root directory is inefficient, and having them spread around various directories makes it hard to ensure that when I have uninstalled a casino, it really IS uninstalled 100% (or as near as possible).
 

chuchu59

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Yes, you can choose for RTG and MG software but Rival does not allow you to choose. It must be directed to your 'C' drive.
 

vinylweatherman

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Ok, quit beating around the bush already. How, when, and where? :p
I may have to install one, and take a screenshot of the relevant part.

All MGS casino installers I have seen have allowed the install path to be changed, right back to the older "wise installer", right to the fancy new one that shows all the promos, and lets you register your account while you download (don't though, this can crash it).

The new installer seems to be widespread, and tells you at the top what the path will be. There should also be a link to "custom install". This is what lets you customise the install path. It opens a new screen where you can browse for the relevant folder, or type in the path. It does have a slight bug though, you have to really type the FULL path, even the name of the casino folder, unlike the older "wise" installer that allowed you to browse to your existing casino program folder, and automatically created the final casino specific folder for you (if you miss this, you end up with the casino spread about the "root" of your casino program folder, rather than in a specific folder for that casino).
 

winbig

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lol, all this time and I never noticed that link up at the top of the EULA.

I still have an issue of it throwing its cache files and so forth in the \documents and settings folder on the system partition...but, I guess this is a step up from having to download every single game for every MGS casino you play at.
 

GrandMaster

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lol, all this time and I never noticed that link up at the top of the EULA.

I still have an issue of it throwing its cache files and so forth in the \documents and settings folder on the system partition...but, I guess this is a step up from having to download every single game for every MGS casino you play at.
Me too. I don't have the gigabytes of extra space on my C: MG expects. I have space elsewhere, and it would be nice to be able to put the cache in a different location. MG once managed to fill up my C: drive completely, as a result of which I was not able to boot my computer into Windows. That was a fun thing to sort out.
 

vinylweatherman

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:notworthy

lol, all this time and I never noticed that link up at the top of the EULA.

I still have an issue of it throwing its cache files and so forth in the \documents and settings folder on the system partition...but, I guess this is a step up from having to download every single game for every MGS casino you play at.
This does at least follow Windows protocol, and is a great leap forward from having 2Gig for EACH CASINO!

Me too. I don't have the gigabytes of extra space on my C: MG expects. I have space elsewhere, and it would be nice to be able to put the cache in a different location. MG once managed to fill up my C: drive completely, as a result of which I was not able to boot my computer into Windows. That was a fun thing to sort out.
THis may be possible, I remember that in Windows 98 these "special" folders were linked to pointers in the registry, and software interrogates the registry to locate these "special" folders, rather than assuming where they should go.

Although the registry structure has changed somewhat in XP, this tweak may still be possible, and could allow the cache to be placed elsewhere.

Windows, however, was designed to sit on the C: drive, and such tweaks can sometimes have peculiar effects, as there may be other things that need to be tweaked.

Some users like to install a small, but fast, hard drive for frequently accessed applications, and if you have done this such that Windows sits on a small, but fast, C: drive, I can see why the defaults of such softwares can be annoying.

I have C: and D: drives, both around 300Gig, so this has not become a problem.

It is now possible to get even bigger hard drives, as well as even faster and smaller ones to speed some things up.

I have not seen a great benefit to having the dual core processor under XP, although I have read that VISTA handles these better, but is in itself such a resource hog that it might not be worth the bother.
 

winbig

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I have a dual core CPU under XP, and it's like night and day compared to my old (3500+) single core system. I do a lot of video editing/converting, and I can comfortably convert video at 115+ FPS and it won't lag the system at all, even if I pump it up to real-time processing.

There's no way I could do that with a single core machine..
 

vinylweatherman

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I have a dual core CPU under XP, and it's like night and day compared to my old (3500+) single core system. I do a lot of video editing/converting, and I can comfortably convert video at 115+ FPS and it won't lag the system at all, even if I pump it up to real-time processing.

There's no way I could do that with a single core machine..
I have never pushed mine to this limit. I have, however, managed to get SIX MGS casinos to run simultaneously, and this tells me one thing, and that is that when ONE MGS casino running solo starts lagging, it is NOT MY PC!!!

I went for the fastest dual core processor available at the time, although by now this will have been superceded. I thought it best to go down this route, and upgrade other things later. Upgrading the processor at a later date seemed to be more trouble than simply plugging in new peripherals.
 
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