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Just bought all the Ultima games on GOG and am trying to play through the second trilogy.

In the original versions you used to be able transfer your Ultima 4 character to Ultima 5 but when you try on the GOG version all you get is a black screen. I assume something similar will happen with U5 to U6.

I have seen some older threads with some suggested fixes but they did not seem to work. I also found a couple older patches online but the exe files won't work with my 64 bit Windows 7 saying that they are incompatible.

Does any one have any updated fixes for this issue or should I just start a new character?

Thanks for any help and thanks to GOG for making these classics available.
There is a link to FIXPARTY.EXE in the sticky thread:
http://www.gog.com/forum/ultima_series/ultima_series_ressource_collection

Fixparty is a DOS executable, so you have to run it in DOSBox, but don't ask me how, I'm on OS X, I don't know how to use DOSBox on Windows. What i did was create folder with Fixparty and the Ultima IV save file in it and mount that as the A drive (floppy) in DOSBox while the folder with Ultima V was mounted as the C drive (hard disc). Then, in DOSBox, I switched to the A drive and called Fixparty. I was then able to import the save file from the "floppy disc" in Ultima V. It's definietly worth it, you get a nice boost to you experience and stats, cutting down the leveling up time for your character.
Post edited December 07, 2013 by HiPhish
I assumed fixparty.exe was a 16 bit Windows file. Now it makes sense. Thanks for your help. I will mess around with DOSBox and see what I can do....
Just want to quickly say that this worked. I had to shorten the name of the folders temporarily to mount them and get them to work with DOSBox but it was no problem. Now I get to start at Level 5 with 999 experience which is so much better because I do know this game can be a grid!

Thanks again.
Post edited December 07, 2013 by stevenbaker1
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stevenbaker1: Just want to quickly say that this worked. I had to shorten the name of the folders temporarily to mount them and get them to work with DOSBox but it was no problem. Now I get to start at Level 5 with 999 experience which is so much better because I do know this game can be a grid!

Thanks again.
Actually, you shouldn't need to rename the folders. If you've installed the games in their default locations the path for Ultima 4 would be this:
C:\Program Files\GOG.com\Ultima Second Trilogy\ULTIMA4 or C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG.com\Ultima Second Trilogy\ULTIMA4
In DOSBox you would type this instead:
C:\Progra~1\GOG.com\Ultima~1\ULTIMA4 under a 32-bit system or C:\Progra~2\GOG.com\Ultima~1\ULTIMA4 under a 64-bit system.

This assumes you don't have anything that comes before "Ultima Second Trilogy", so maybe it's easier to just rename folders and then name them back. :) I'm just trying to note an alternate method.

Also, if you put the path into quotation marks, such as "C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG.com\Ultima Second Trilogy\ULTIMA4", DOSBox should be able to mount the folders as normal.

And one last thing...
If you download Pix's Ultima Patcher from here you should be able to use that to get the party transfer working properly without fixparty.exe... should be able to. :)
Post edited December 08, 2013 by VisElEchNon
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stevenbaker1: Just want to quickly say that this worked. I had to shorten the name of the folders temporarily to mount them and get them to work with DOSBox but it was no problem. Now I get to start at Level 5 with 999 experience which is so much better because I do know this game can be a grid!

Thanks again.
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VisElEchNon: Actually, you shouldn't need to rename the folders. If you've installed the games in their default locations the path for Ultima 4 would be this:
C:\Program Files\GOG.com\Ultima Second Trilogy\ULTIMA4 or C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG.com\Ultima Second Trilogy\ULTIMA4
In DOSBox you would type this instead:
C:\Progra~1\GOG.com\Ultima~1\ULTIMA4 under a 32-bit system or C:\Progra~2\GOG.com\Ultima~1\ULTIMA4 under a 64-bit system.

This assumes you don't have anything that comes before "Ultima Second Trilogy", so maybe it's easier to just rename folders and then name them back. :) I'm just trying to note an alternate method.

Also, if you put the path into quotation marks, such as "C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG.com\Ultima Second Trilogy\ULTIMA4", DOSBox should be able to mount the folders as normal.

And one last thing...
If you download Pix's Ultima Patcher from here you should be able to use that to get the party transfer working properly without fixparty.exe... should be able to. :)
Thanks for the help . I wasn't sure how to properly abbreviate the folders. I will also try that patch.
I just found this after digging a nit and taking a guess at how to do this transfer.

In my Ultima 4 files, I found a file names party.sav. I just copied that file from my Ultima 4 directory into my ultima 5 directory and transfer worked perfectly.

This was on Win 7- 64 bit, assume would work on other windows machines.
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Roguetrt: I just found this after digging a nit and taking a guess at how to do this transfer.

In my Ultima 4 files, I found a file names party.sav. I just copied that file from my Ultima 4 directory into my ultima 5 directory and transfer worked perfectly.

This was on Win 7- 64 bit, assume would work on other windows machines.
this did not work for me. I got an error message
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LatelyLucid: this did not work for me. I got an error message
What was the error message?