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. 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.
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.
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
- Version 2.55.4 is recommended if you have lighting issues while playing - http://dege.fw.hu/dgVoodoo2/dgVoodoo2.html
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:
Next, from the D3DRM archive you downloaded before extract the D3DRM DLL File into the install folder.
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.
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.
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)".
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.
Written By Cyrem