Medal of Honor: Airborne won’t install? Blame Ageia/Nvidia’s PhysX driversMarch 25, 2009
I’ve just bought the 18-month old Medal of Honor: Airborne game – PC version – and felt I would share my disappointment with the situation I was faced with: the game would not install. And give you a way out.
If you had or have the same problem – it could very apply to other games -, read on!
First of all, yes, I noticed, the game is not brand new – I had been waiting for a price drop… in France (everything coming a while later in the European Gaming market… Rock Band 2 instruments, anyone? – and this makes the post even more relevant.
So, back to what is happening: you insert the DVD in the tray, launch setup, enter your serial number. Ageia’s (not Nvidia’s at that time) drivers start installing and… that’s it. Nothing else happens, not even a warning message saying the installation has been aborted. That, you have to notice it by yourself, and that is quite frankly the easy part :)
When such a thing happens, you can either use your brain or Google; I used Google. Reading a few forums posts eventually got me on track: the PhysX drivers were to blame. What precisely happens is the installation wizard notices a newer version of the PhysX drivers and rather then (a) skipping the install of the drivers (b) downgrading silently, in case of an hypothetical compatibility issue that would impede the game to run with newer drivers or (c) notifying the user of the situation… the game installation is just canceled, how lame?
So, ‘what should I do?’ you might ask? Piece of cake:
- Uninstall the PhysX drivers,
- Install the game and therefore an old version of the PhysX drivers,
- Update the PhysX drivers – recommended if you want to ensure the newer games will play properly
That’s it, you’re good to go!
But I’m not. I just felt like I would add a few lines.
I sincerely hope the developers of such softwares will be – or rather have been since MOH: Airborne’s release – smart enough to improve the user experience. Even Microsoft got it right with DirectX, didn’t they? Is it so hard to think that newer versions of the software will come out and test the current installation process against it? Programming 101, right?
This kind of issues really makes me envy the simplicity of console systems sometimes.