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  • Run LEGO Rock Raiders with dgVoodoo

    This guide is more or less a re-write of many posts of this method that are scattered around the forum with updated links and pictures to make it easier to follow.

    First and foremost there is sometimes confusion between dgVoodoo and Cafeteria. These are significantly different and perform entirely different things. dgVoodoo is an graphics API wrapper (or “converter”) for DirectDraw & Direct3D (Part of DirectX 6 - a graphics API developed by Microsoft). Most modern graphics cards are not compatible with games utilising old versions of DirectX, Rock Raiders is one of them. Cafeteria on the other hand is a Mod Launcher that allows easy installation of game resource modifications for LEGO Rock Raiders. It also has the ability to force LEGO Rock Raiders to run in resolutions higher than 640x480. You can use both of these together for optimal graphics improvements. So in summary - dgVoodoo is what makes it possible to run LEGO Rock Raiders on modern graphics cards, not Cafeteria. Cafeteria is merely a toolkit to make an already working game even better.

    Secondly, Microsoft has updated Windows Vista through to Windows 10 with patches that remove SafeDisc and SecureRom support from those systems. This is a problem if you own a copy of LEGO Rock Raiders that is copy-protected. If you own the copy-protected version of LEGO Rock Raiders (some of the re-releases did not have copy protection) you'll probably find the game will not run, even after the below steps are follow. What can you do about this? Unfortunatly, you don't have many options. You'll need to aquire a non-copy protected version of the game or attempt to self-sign SafeDisc on your computer. Self-signing SafeDisc is another whole process in itself and isn't exactly recommended, however you can find tutorials to do this with a quick Google Search.

    Now that we know what dgVoodoo is and have dealt with the SafeDisc issue, lets begin.

    Guide
    While setting this up is really a piece of cake and requires barely any steps, people still can still get it wrong, so please follow the steps below. If you get stuck, try it again. If you're still stuck, reply to this topic.

     

    STEP 1
    Before you begin, you will need to download the following two files. Please note that some Antivirus software may complain that they are viruses. This is a false positive and they are both clean.

    • D3DRM - Download
    • dgVoodoo 2.53 (WIP50 is the latest compatible version) -  Download


    STEP 2
    If you haven't already, install LEGO Rock Raiders. Once this is done, navigate to it's installation directory (usually: c:\Program Files (x86)\LEGO Media\Games\Rock Raiders ). This folder should look like this:

     

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    STEP 3
    Next, from the D3DRM archive you downloaded before extract the D3DRM DLL File into the install folder.

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    After that, open the dgVoodoo archive you also downloaded. You will need to extract: dgVoodooCpl.exe and the contents of the MS folder into your installation directory.

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    STEP 4
    You're almost done. We'll now configure dgVoodoo, so double click dgVoodooCpl.exe to start the configuration program. Ensure that you are running the program in Administrator Mode (Right Click > Run as Administrator) or changes may not be saved. When it starts, look at the "Config Folder" path, if it is not the same path as your Rock Raiders install folder, click the ".\" button on the right. Next click the "DirectX" tab. You may want to play with some settings in here, however for this guide we'll just do the important ones. Change the "Resolution" to the same resolution that you are currently using (e.g 1920 x 1080 is common) and uncheck the "dgVoodoo Watermark".  Finally click apply.

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    STEP 5
    Congratulations, you're set! There's one thing left to do and it's very important. You need to start the game from LegoRR.exe. Afterwards a window will appear, and if you've set it up correctly it will display the driver as "dgVoodoo DirectX Wrapper (display)".

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    I hope this guide has helped you get your copy of LEGO Rock Raiders to work. Be sure to reply below if it worked for you or if you're having any troubles. Don't forget that if you do get it running, check out some of the great mods for the game around the community.

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On 7/18/2018 at 3:13 AM, giedo18 said:

Hi I'm new on this whole site, im not English so please bear my english :P.

I played Lego Rock Raiders all day long when I was a child. Today I found the game at a friends house and I thought hey I want to play it again. Unfortunately my PC doesnt have a discdrive so I downloaded a file of the internet. I followed all of the steps on this page but the game wont start, it just doesnt do anything. Than i saw ur comment about the LegoRR.icd  file. Mine has 720kb in it, should I change anything to make the game work?

 

Hey @giedo18, Your game is copy-protected, so it won't run unless you get either a unprotected copy, or try this guide instead.

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I followed the instructions but the  "dgVoodoo DirectX Wrapper (display)" driver still isn't showing up. 

 

EDIT: Nvm I forgot to copy the MS folder contents to the installation directory. Game works fine now, thanks for the help.

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Hi, I think i have a unique problem that when i run the game it opens a black screen and i hear the lego intro music for a bit and then silence and i look in task manager and it says not responding. Any ideas? Thanks!

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On 9/10/2018 at 6:13 AM, WillRousee said:

Hi, I think i have a unique problem that when i run the game it opens a black screen and i hear the lego intro music for a bit and then silence and i look in task manager and it says not responding. Any ideas? Thanks!

 

Hey Will, thats interesting. Could you please try dgVoodoo WIP50, it's the latest version and the first compatible again since v2.53

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Well, i followed this tutorial and while the game also starts without it, it is far away of being playable.

 

Since i use a german release i also have the text Errors that letters like ä, ö, ü are shown as zZ.

 

But to summarize it:

- It's laggy

- The rock falling animation is missing in Menus.

 

I use Win10 x64 Pro Build 1803 btw.

 

 

#Update:

 

The game runs fluent now when started with the LegoRR.exe

 

However in combination with the Cafeteria Mod, which would provide the Music, the Text Hud in Tutorial Levels below the Oxygen Bar is broken.

 

So what's left is:

 

- Text Bug

- Missing Falling Rocks Transition animation in Menu's (either caused by:  -reduceanimation even though its not active at all, starting the game with the -best parameter)

- Oxygen Hud is misplaced (when in combination with Cafeteria Mod)

 

I also use compatability mode Win XP SP2 for this.

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Any updates on the "Directx6 not installed" error? I've tried everything and can't find anything other than on this site. Using a laptop.

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I literally love you. Dude marry me pls. I've been trying for years to run this game on windows 7. After 100 of guides your worked. If you play any games I am willing to buy some paid content for you or donate anyway I can. Thank You SO MUCH!

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On 1/4/2018 at 1:14 AM, Cyrem said:

@r147 You're welcome! No, the uninstaller won't have any effect on whether the game will run or not. My uninstaller is different as I've repackaged my copy with a new installer that is compatible with newer versions of Windows. Regarding your issue, does the "Mode Selection" window ever appear? Is your LegoRR.icd file 0kb like mine? ( This should mean that the copy you have doesn't need a disc to run - or be mounted in your case ) Have you tried changing the compatibily settings of LegoRR.exe to something like: http://prntscr.com/hpdue6 ?

 

 

I have downloaded all the mentioned files, but when i try to run the game the "mode selection" doesn't appear... My CD is scandinavian (danish, sweedish and norwegian). Is this the reason as to why it won't start?

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On 11/8/2018 at 7:47 AM, adamajh92 said:

Any updates on the "Directx6 not installed" error? I've tried everything and can't find anything other than on this site. Using a laptop.

Try the latest version of dgVoodoo, if it still appears I'm afraid we have no fix for that issue still sorry.

 

On 11/22/2018 at 10:56 AM, Zacxion said:

When clicking on the legoRR.exe it doesnt pop up with any window. doesnt pop up with anything

Sounds like you have a copy protected version of the game. Check the size of your LegoRR.icd file, if it's any bigger than 0kb it's copy protected and that exe won't run. You'll need to get a version that runs without the CD (Masterpiece Edition does).

 

On 12/31/2018 at 3:54 AM, lukiluzak said:

I literally love you. Dude marry me pls. I've been trying for years to run this game on windows 7. After 100 of guides your worked. If you play any games I am willing to buy some paid content for you or donate anyway I can. Thank You SO MUCH!

Haha, glad it's working for you :)

 

On 1/2/2019 at 12:20 AM, tao said:

I have downloaded all the mentioned files, but when i try to run the game the "mode selection" doesn't appear... My CD is scandinavian (danish, sweedish and norwegian). Is this the reason as to why it won't start?

Probably the same reason as @Zacxion, see what I wrote to him above.

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