I recently installed Mike Worden's superb B&M GP-40-2 #316 skin, together with the EMD 40-Series Sound Pack v3.0. I did not (I think) install the .ENG file update that adds new physics values and lighting (by Dan Garcia) as I wanted to test the original first. I then enjoyed a quick look at engine no. 316 in the sim. Although I experienced the "too many streams" issue referenced elsewhere on this forum, I decided to ignore this for the moment.
Next, I installed the B&M GP-40-2 #302 & 307 2-pak but immediately ran into a bigger problem:
Since this error was hampering my use of MSTS, I tried to delete both the 307 and 302 trainset files as well as their corresponding consist files in order to await a better time to deal with this. The error messages inexplicably persisted, however. I have since restored these files from the recycling bin and have tried to read up on the problem on various forums.
Note: I am using both the 1.2(4) update as well as MSTSBIN. Why in the world might this error message persist even after both of the Trainsets and corresponding consist files are removed? I have no activities installed that would call for these engines.
I'm still without a fix here. I have now tried both Route Riter and Route Control Lite, but neither one flags these particular B&M engines as a problem. I have run the appropriate Route Riter tests on all activities as well as well as the trainset and consist files.
Any suggestions on what I might try next would be appreciated.
I was finally able to free up my MSTS installation from error messages after noticing an overlooked consist linking two of the engines (BM 302 & 307). I deleted all of the B&M Trainset files and consists, leaving in place only the EMD 40-Series Sound Pack v3.0 previously installed and started fresh.
I reinstalled B&M 316, but without the engine file update. My test run resulted in the "too many streams error" during loading. It didn't actually crash the sim, but I was without sound.
I next installed the engine file update to B&M 316. Now I got the "error reading train database file", line: 206 messages with this engine, the identical problem as I had previously experienced with the 2-pak (B&M 302/307).
The B&M 302/307 2-pak already comes with the engine file update and generates these "error reading file database" messages from the start. I can only guess, therefore, that something in this eng. file update is not compatible with my personal MSTS set-up and that there is likely some additional issue related to my computer's ability to handle the sound pack. I'm looking forward to eventually understanding and solving this problem and consider it a valuable learning experience. Thanks for reading.
Incidentally., How do you figure out which eng. file line is actually #206 when reading it in Word Pad?
Yes, Kurt, I did install MSTSbin, one of the later versions 1.8xxxx I believe ... (however) .... A few months ago I had progressed to the point that I first wanted to use the MSTS Editor and Tools and found that they were missing from my installation--probably deleted by an inopportune Anti Virus software sweep. Not wanting to reinstall various updates such as the 1.2(4) update, Xtracks, MSTSBIN again, I backed up my entire Train Simulator folder, reinstalled MSTS from the CD's in order to get the Editor & Tools back, and then replaced the freshly reinstalled Train Simulator folder with my saved version. All seemed well after this operation. At least I haven't had any indication that MSTSbin is not fully operative.
I'm assuming here that the required MSTS SD40-2 Content Update V.1.2 would have been installed as part of the official 1.2(4) patch.
Unless you removed the respective files updated by BIN in the new installation, you pretty much overrode the new version with the old.
Personally, I would re-install clean again, add the updates, then BIN. Follow up with a test to make sure everything works (particularly the full #4-view passby), then re-install X-Tracks, manually copy/paste your routes, CamCFG, et cetera.
"Because you're cool, Kurt." "So is my refrigerator."
I followed your suggestion and looked at the KM_216.eng file in Microsoft Excel. The error line #206 seems to relate to lighting under MSTSBIN. I'm using MSTSBIN Patch 1.8.0521. The text on line 206 of the .eng file: Headlight ( 4 )