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I'm trying to apply that patch to Tomb Raider 3 Gold ( Lost Artifact ). Tried various compatibility settings and running as admin, but nothing worked. It either crashes when I press the Patch button or when I select tr3gold.exe for patching. Anyone have any tips on how to make this work?
Post edited February 19, 2017 by Malleus
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Found a workaround:

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1) You need to have TRLA installed on your PC (obviously) and TR3 too.

2) Download the TR Multi Patch updater from here: http://www.tombraiderchronicles.com/vista/patch.html and install the updates. IMPORTANT: you must install the TR3 update especially: this is not going to work without it.

3) You've done that? Good, this is where it gets interesting. In the folder where TR3 is installed (usually C:\....core design\Tomb Raider III) right click on on the tomb3.exe file and select "copy"

5) Go to where TRLA is installed (usually C:\.... core design\Tomb Raider - The Lost Artifact) and paste the tomb3.exe file here.

6) Rename this file tr3gold.exe

7 Copy the following folders from the TRLA CD-ROM:- DATA, FMV, AUDIO and PIX to the TRLA folder on your HDD.

8) Go into the DATA folder: theres a file in there called trtla.dat - rename this TombPC.dat

Thats it. You can now play TRLA without any CD's in the drive.
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Malleus: Found a workaround:

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1) You need to have TRLA installed on your PC (obviously) and TR3 too.

2) Download the TR Multi Patch updater from here: http://www.tombraiderchronicles.com/vista/patch.html and install the updates. IMPORTANT: you must install the TR3 update especially: this is not going to work without it.

3) You've done that? Good, this is where it gets interesting. In the folder where TR3 is installed (usually C:\....core design\Tomb Raider III) right click on on the tomb3.exe file and select "copy"

5) Go to where TRLA is installed (usually C:\.... core design\Tomb Raider - The Lost Artifact) and paste the tomb3.exe file here.

6) Rename this file tr3gold.exe

7 Copy the following folders from the TRLA CD-ROM:- DATA, FMV, AUDIO and PIX to the TRLA folder on your HDD.

8) Go into the DATA folder: theres a file in there called trtla.dat - rename this TombPC.dat

Thats it. You can now play TRLA without any CD's in the drive.
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Thanks a bunch, Malleus! Worked flawlessly.
I thought I would return to give some feedback on how well The Lost Artifact works with Malleus' technique for no-CD:

- it's clear that using the tomb3.exe file in the TRLA installation folder makes the latter game not entirely independent from the original workings of Tomb Raider 3: the number of secrets listed in each level is not correct (rather the numbers refer to the number of secrets in TR3 levels); after 4 levels, you have the "adventure" interface with the world map popping up (selecting the default Pacific Islands allows the player to continue the TRLA campaign);

More problematic (concerns the ending - SPOILER):
using this technique for playing TRLA makes the final boss invincible - Sophia Leigh was originally not meant to be vulnerable the traditional way, and since the .exe file carries over some code from TR3 which overwrites some info from TRLA, the new confrontation with Leigh is effectively impossible to finish given that it was intended to be finished in a more "traditional" way (i.e., player using guns to kill the boss when it is vulnerable).

Otherwise, everything works as intended, and given that the post-boss end is nothing special, at the end of the day I am grateful for the technique provided as it allowed me to enjoy the TR3 stand-alone expansion :)

EDIT: downloaded an ISO file for The Lost Artifact, which together with Daemon Tools Lite allowed me to pick up from my last save and defeat the final boss in order to finish the game properly ;)
Post edited September 10, 2017 by Sat42