Post by Jimi on Sept 2, 2019 13:40:44 GMT
We just successfully tested the install procedures on a range of systems with no prior install of VDL, or a V1 install; plus differing Virus protection products. Following are some observations and notes so you know what to expect when running the installation of Phase II.
The kit (right now) is 600MB (Route, Assets, Stocks, Scenarios, etc.). Seems a lot until you realize that the JT LA/Met route is over 2.5GB, and the JT S8 alone is about 145MB.
It is a single executable running an install procedure requiring only a few mouse clicks. It will auto-discover your TS install location. FWIW install time on my system (albeit a very fast system with SSDs) was just over 2 minutes after answering the preamble questions.
Be aware that the install procedure will DELETE any prior VDL installation (route files, scenarios, assets, stocks, etc.) before it copies in all the new stuff. We can not possibly maintain/support systems with multiple disparate installs of VDL and its scenery and stocks assets. The key message here is backup anything you want to preserve before installing Phase II. Old scenarios you created MAY work, but are not guaranteed due to extensive changes to trackwork and signals in Phase II. Better off to go with the all new route and contents. Mods you may have made to the stocks may no longer work.
There are a few 3rd party route pre-requisites that are listed during the install preamble, including URL links to their providers if needed. These are also listed on the Backdated TrainSim VDL Download page - so please check these so you are prepared to install VDL Phase II ahead of time. No - the download buttons are not live - yet.
Installing on a system running Windows Defender (in-built Win10 virus/security) ran cleanly with no issues, and no need to make adjustments to Defender standard settings.
Installing on a system running Norton Antivirus demonstrated the NEED TO DISABLE Norton prior to installing, else the file copy procedures will fail. You can re-enable Norton once the install has fully completed. Please make a note of this if you run Norton.
The installation includes the whole new Phase II route, new scenery, new 3D tracks and juice rails and all new LUL/NR signals; a total of 7 trains or locos in multiple variations, with consist files; QuickDrive scenarios with realistic AI traffic; 18 authored scenarios including stocks and route training, and normal and timetabled scenarios of varying degrees of difficulty. And almost 100 pages of well-illustrated route and stocks documentation!
As part of the install, 2 PDF documents are copied to <TS location>\Manuals\EN - the VDL Route Guide and the VDL Stocks Operator Manual. You will need Adobe, Edge or your favorite PDF viewer to read these - and we strongly encourage you to do so.
Welcome to Phase II. More news and info very shortly...