There’s trouble in the space simulation MMORPG world of Eve Online. If you installed last week’s Eve Online patch using the content upgrade, you should NOT reboot your computer, because in all versions of Windows NT/2k/XP/2003 the patch accidentally deletes the Boot.ini file. As a result reboot would cause your PC to tell you it can’t start Windows because there’s an “Invalid Boot.ini” on account of it being deleted, after which you need a bootdisc to repair the system.
By now the corrupt patch has been removed, but if you’ve download a patch in the past week or have had your computer on since last week, you might want to check your Boot.ini file. The mistake was the result of a new graphic engine that replaces the old one and then some. This is probably the worst possible way they could introduce the Eve Online: Trinity expansion graphics upgrade seen in the following movie.
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Pete Thacker from Eve Online’s development team advises about the issue on the Eve Online forum:
“If you are only using the Classic client or installed the Premium client using the full Premium installer than you are not affected.
If you upgraded from the Classic client to the Premium client, using the content upgrade, then please read on.
Check the root directory of your hard drive and see if you have a boot.ini file, if so then you are not affected. The file is normally hidden so you need to click Tools : Folder Options : View and select “Show hidden files and folders” and uncheck “Hide protected operating system files” to be able to see it.
You can also check for the presence of this file by clicking Start : Control Panel : System : Advanced : Startup and Recovery : Settings (third button down). Windows will alert you if the boot.ini file is missing.
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