If you have bought the US CD version and find you are getting an error installing the game then read on.
If you have version 1.0 on 6 CDs
It seems that due to a manufacturing fault, quite a few copies of the game are affected and have a problem reading two particular files, 08105.mp3 and 08106.mp3, from CD2.
The primary solution to this is to return your game to the retailer you bought it from for a replacement. Note that retailers in most countries, including the US, are legally obliged to replace or refund for faulty goods, and you should not accept "store policy" as an argument against this. A second, related, solution is to contact Enlight directly for a replacement as described on this page.
However, if, for whatever reason, you do not wish to return your game or otherwise obtain a replacement, it is possible to work around this problem manually:
- Start installing and allow the process to continue until you get the error.
- When the error appears, insert CD3 and when it gives you an error message again, click on Ignore for both files.
- Continue with the installation right up to CD6 (actually the game disk).
- Download the missed files from the links below and copy them manually into the game's "soundtrack" folder (the default is "C:\Program Files\EGOSOFT\X3 REUNION\soundtrack").
Thanks to Elysian_souls whose original explanation of how to do this has been shamelessly plundered . A similar solution is described on the this page of the Enlight website.
If you have version 1.2.01 or 1.3 on 5 CDs
A manufacturing fault also appears to have affected this pressing of CD2, but with more severe consequences in that it cannot be installed at all using certain PCs and/or drives.
In this instance your retailer may only have more copies from the same batch which are likely to have the same problem. If you find yourself in this situation, contact Enlight directly and they will exchange your copy of the game for the 6 CD version. Enlight can be contacted at:
Enlight Interactive USA
8707 Yvonne court way
Parkville, Maryland 21234