Battlefield 1942 Complete Collection and Vista 64 Invalid cd-key

#1bls_essexPosted 3/24/2009 3:38:34 PM

Hey,

I picked up the BF 1942 Complete collection. Installed it and applied the 1.6 to 1.61b patch. Single player works fine and everything but whenever I try to connect to an internet server I get an "invalid cd-key" message. Any ideas on how to fix this?

#2bls_essex(Topic Creator)Posted 3/24/2009 3:40:29 PM
I guess I should mention that I bought it brand new from Best Buy. Still in its shrink wrap...
#3dark striderPosted 3/24/2009 7:42:38 PM
You should use the BF1942 CD key changer (NOT a keygen) to see if you accidentally inputted the wrong key during the installation process. Check it with the key on the manual. If the key is correct, then you need to return your game.
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#4kingjeremyPosted 3/24/2009 7:43:09 PM
Is this the edition with multiple keys for the different games? If so, you might be using the wrong code. I am not sure, but I know this was a problem for someone for one of the multiple game editions of 1942.
#5kingjeremyPosted 3/24/2009 7:43:51 PM
Didn't read the message of the topic...ignore my post lol.
#6bls_essex(Topic Creator)Posted 3/26/2009 9:24:12 AM
Thanks, I'll try the key changer today and see if it works but I think I know what the problem is.

The cd-key is usually stored at:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Electronic Arts\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\ergc

Vista 64-bit adds another level named:

\Wow6432Node

So for 64-bit systems the key is actually stored here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Electronic Arts\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\ergc

My hypothesis is the program is looking for the key at the old location and not finding it which is why it says I have an invalid cd-key.

It would be nice if other people having this problem that bought the game brand new post their OS to see if my hypothesis is correct. :)
#7jpalmiPosted 3/27/2009 8:25:26 AM
I just checked the cd keys in the registry for all 4 apps and they are correct.
bf1942, Road to Rome, Secret Weapons of WWII and Vietnam Something else is causing the issue I guess.
If EA gets back to me with an actual solution rather than requestion my DOB or zip code (because that really would have something to do with this issue) then I'll post it here.
#8bls_essex(Topic Creator)Posted 3/27/2009 12:01:59 PM
What OS are you using?
#9prophet242000Posted 3/28/2009 3:28:13 PM
I'm in the same boat too. I bought several copies for the family today, and only one computer with vista is able to play multiplayer.
My laptop is running xp, and it also gives me the invalid cd key.

I've done the following so far (with no avail)
- properly uninstalled the game
- checked the registry to make sure there were no remnants..
- ran crap cleaner to double check the registry
- rebooted for safe measure
- clean install of 1942, rtr, sw
- got the latest 1.6b patch and incremental
- and double checked the punkbuster, manually updating it through punkbuster setup (downloaded from their website)

I also tried the ea support forum and found where they said the codes arent in order.. tried that too and got an invalid code message too.. (rinse repeat the above)
still having no luck myself.

maybe we can work through this. my kids have 2 identical laptops, and one of them can play over the internet. the other one gives invalid key.

I find it extremely hard to believe that 3 out of 4 copies have invalid keys.
#10bls_essex(Topic Creator)Posted 3/31/2009 12:43:22 PM

prophet242000 posted...
I find it extremely hard to believe that 3 out of 4 copies have invalid keys.

The only thing I can think of is pirates using cd-key generators to get their keys. They were subsequently blacklisted by EA one way or another we were unfortunate enough to have picked the games with keys that were already generated by pirates. It sucks because I'm having a blast playing the single player. Would love to play it online. :/