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if steam update works like Beamdog launcher update then the EET (and any other mods) are no longer installed. (check the override directory - if it's empty then the game has been restored to vanilla state)

 

If you didn't use any other mods your EET save will be perfectly ok once you do a new installation (EET saves behaves exactly the same as vanilla game saves thanks to using pre-set TLK range)

 

If you used other mods in your installation then it's normal that your save may have some wrong strings stored in it if you load it on a different installation (although only when it comes to strings added by those other mods, not vanilla BG:EE, SoD, BG2:EE ones). Exactly the same thing would happen without EET.

 

Installing mods in the exact same order that you had before may help, but not necessary considering one of the mods may had been updated in the meantime, which may affect the strings order.

 

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But EET itself has a feature that may help you even in this situation. During setup-EET_end.exe installation you will see message like this:

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If you want to use it keep in mind that you should do it after installing other mods that you want to keep in your new installation. This feature cleans up save from stuff that is no longer present in game (which eliminates crashes even with completly different mod selection), updates mod added strings referenced in save using string.tra located in save directory (created during your previous installation) and re-implements worldmap from scratch (using values from your save for areas that still exist in game).

 

Keep in mind that despite the feature being present for ages in EET I don't know if it ever has been used by anyone. No one ever informed me if it works as indented, so I can't promise the outcome (let us know if you encounter any problems after using it). Make a save backup before using it since this change can't be uninstalled.

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Thank you so much for this. i used bws recommended setting. so i will do the same installation and try your eet trick. i will let you know how it turns out. thank you again for your kind detailed response.


Before using it please make a backup copy of the save directory. There are 2 files from previous installation that are crucial here - saves.tra, saves.txt. I'm pretty sure BWS automatically chooses "No" to the question if saves should be updated. And after installing EET_end both saves.tra and saves.txt are overwritten, using your latest installation, which will prevent you from updating your old saves. If you will have copy of your saves you will be able to do it, even after using BWS.


1. Once BWS installation is finished uninstall setup-EET_end

2. Copy back your backup copy of saves (at least old saves.tra, saves.txt)

3. Open override/EET.flag file in notepad and remove following lines from it:

- SAVES_UPDATED

- TRA_EXPORTED

4. Install setup-EET_end.exe again - this time you should see above mentioned save update option, even if BWS skipped it the first time it installed EET_end

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(EET saves behaves exactly the same as vanilla game saves thanks to using pre-set TLK range)

I take this as an opportunity to thank you for this genius move!

 

Keep in mind that despite the feature being present for ages in EET I don't know if it ever has been used by anyone. No one ever informed me if it works as indented, so I can't promise the outcome (let us know if you encounter any problems after using it). Make a save backup before using it since this change can't be uninstalled.

I know of one player who used it and it worked perfectly.
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