To ANYONE INTERESTED in using the server......PLEASE READ:
This computer is running Windows 7 64 bit. It uses a quad core processor......and not a really "fancy" one. Without getting into a lengthy description......this machine works perfectly, simply because it is maintained properly and has been for 4 years now. I DO however, CHEAT.....BIG TIME....I use a program called ROLLBACK. This program allows me to make a bit for bit "snapshot" of the hard drive.....either manually or automatically. With this capability, I can test software, program changes, etc. etc to my hearts content. If there is a problem or issue of ANY KIND I simply revert the hard drive to a known, good snapshot. This is NOT the SYSTEM RESTORE program.....in fact System Restore is turned off. This program, unlike System Restore reverts EVERYTHING......not just certain important files. The program is, in my opinion, priceless and I've been using it for many years......98SE, XP and 7. Rollback works the way it does because it is NOT working within Windows.
NOW.......I have found a way to make this machine work on the existing NOLF 2 server.....I don't know about other servers because I don't see any others :)) This is what I did : I installed the game, using the original discs from 15 years ago, and added the required files found on this site. I experimented with several combinations of settings. I ended up with running the game in compatibility mode for Windows XP (service pack 3) Once the game starts I DO NOT CLICK THE MOUSE......or do anything else. I found that even simply clicking the mouse or pushing any key will STOP the process of getting onto the server. I was able to repeat this several times.......and the RESULTS were the same EVERY TIME: one way it works, the other way it doesn't. IF YOU TRY THIS AND THE GAME LOCKS UP (CRASHES) BECAUSE YOU EITHER DID SOMETHING WRONG OR IT SIMPLY WON'T WORK ON YOUR MACHINE..... YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RE-BOOT......JUST HIT CONTROL...ALT.....DELETE....AND LOG OFF.....AND THEN LOG ON AGAIN......it's a lot faster. I use a password, but if you don't it should just start right up and go to the desktop. Remember, to get on the server (or try to...lol) you have to first highlight the server listed on the "Launcher" window. REMEMBER.....THIS IS ONLY FOR GETTING ON A SERVER.
One additional note.......check the box that says "run as administrator" when changing compatibility......that may help as well.
I should add that playing the game NORMALLY (without getting on a server) has ALWAYS worked perfectly. I came up with this routine because I was not able to get onto the server without a "client MFS" pop up.........or something like that. In other words it would crash. I don't know if this will work on Windows 10 as I have never run that operating system......but it's worth a try.
This is a great game, but it needs LIVE activity, and that's what a server is for. 15 years ago, when the game was new, there was ton of activity. Now, either those machines are long gone, the players are dead, or both...LOL. Regardless, thanks to Eliteone and a possibly a few others, NOLF 2 survives. I, for one, would be willing to help "support" ( $ ) this project and I imagine others would as well....IF THERE IS SOME ACTIVITY.......otherwise what's the point? FWIW........I'm not a kid.......I'm 68 and retired for the last 10 years......I just never grew up....:)))))) A lot of these newer games SUCK and this GAME is a perfect example of the expression "they just don't make em like they used to". This computer has 3 flight simulators installed along with numerous other games and EVERYTHING works exactly the way it's supposed to.
At least it looks like there SOME people trying to make "things" work.......from what I can see on the forum. GOOD LUCK!!! ........... IM TIRED OF PLAYING WITH MYSELF!!!! LOL!!!!!!!