Yes, the VP (Viva Piñata) installation eventually works OK - takes A-G-E-S
though (about 2 days of very slow unpacking and I/O, and I have no idea why) - and the DirectX needs to be installed after
that because VP checks at startup and complains if it can't find the relevant DirectX DLL files (they are not automatically installed). The DirectX installer is on one of the source DVDs.
You then need to download and install the GFWL (Game For Windows Live) Client installer.
I'm currently stuck at the point where the GFWL Client starts up but for some reason will not accept perfectly valid logins. You need to get it to do that because VP won't start up unless:
- (a) it has the original DISK1 in the DVD drive, and
- (b) it can make a connection to your already logged-in game account via GFWL.
The GFWL game account is tied to your Microsoft Hotmail/Outlook account ID. There is a workaround for the fact that the GFWL Client cannot cope with two-step authorisation to the Hotmail/Outlook account ID - you just make a special one-off app password for the GFWL gamertag to be used as the ID input to the GFWL Client. That doesn't seem to work though - not sure why. I haven't tried going back to one-step authorisation yet.
I suspect that part of my problem just might
be a scratched DISK1, so I am going to get that polished up. It reads OK using IsoBuster
(which is a great tool for DVD data recovery/backup), but I suspect that the VP startup process
(not the installation process) might be having difficulty deciphering some licence data through some of the scratches - I say this because the drive head sounds like it is "hunting" at VP startup.