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    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.

    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.


    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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Hello All,

 

I got my copy of lego rr off of my abandonware, unfortunately I am having troubles with this guide, after having installed the game and following the directions to the letter, when I try to open the application it just shows me a 640x480 resolution of whatever is on screen and then the application closes a few seconds after opening. If anyone could help me with this issue it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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On 28/01/2018 at 2:27 PM, elipson said:

im having a problem, i cant open voodoo for some reason

 

On 03/02/2018 at 3:27 PM, bonusdonut said:

Hello,

I am new to the forums, but have been itching to play Rock Raiders for a while now. I tried your guide and I am running into some issues with dgvoodoo. When I hit "Apply", the button does not go black like it normally does to "register" the changes. I notice that when I close dgvoodoo and open it again, the path name has changed back to what it was before I hit "./" and the resolution has switched back to "Unforced". So for some reason it's not saving the changes. Have you ever run into this issue or know how to take care of it? I am using Windows 8.1, so I don't know if that's part of the problem. Also sorry if this is not the place for this question, I just figured it's dgvoodoo related, and hopefully someone else can benefit as well. Thanks in advance!

 

Try running the application in Administrator Mode (Right Click > Run as Administrator) and see if that helps.

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On 28/2/2018 at 4:48 PM, Cyrem said:

 

 

Try running the application in Administrator Mode (Right Click > Run as Administrator) and see if that helps.

no already tried that, it just appears at a program on second plane

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Hi everyone,

 

I followed the instructions but I have some troubles. When I try to run LegoRR.exe in the mode selection window I had this message: "Error: DirectX6 not installed"

 

What can I do?

 

Thanks

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I'm currently struggling with trying to get it to launch. The issue I'm currently having is that when I try to launch it, I have Primary Display Driver, and two Devices, but in screen modes there are no supported screen modes, in windowed or full-screen. Any help would be much appreciated.

 

For quick reference, Full screen says no supported screen modes, and windowed says no supported 32 bit modes found.


EDIT: I completely missed a step. Forgot to move the files from DGVoodoo\MS

Edited by LordVen
Absolute baffonery.

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@Cyrem, I seem to be having a unique problem, I can get the game to launch ok, but inside the fps is about 2 and every mission open is broken with fragmented pictures from apparently the start menu screen and it's impossible to escape to actually do something in the mission. Chief does his little explanation, but I can't go past that.

Here's a link to a SS of my problems.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, I just want to play one of my childhood favorites again.

https://imgur.com/fsHGkvr

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This was the most helpful so far. When first loading RR, it would do nothing. Then I tried using the command prompt "bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING ON", which now is the only way I can get it to run at all. I tried Cafeteria and it ran, but with a ton of graphical bugs and lag. So much so it was unplayable. If I held the mouse still for any amount of time, all the previous locations the mouse had been would flash on the screen. Finally came across this post and downloaded dgVoodoo. Following the steps outlined in this post, I was finally able to get it to work completely how I remember it, until I got to the second mission. Now it keeps freezing and nothing I do fixes it. I have tried running in windowed mode and even tried the rr-fix that makes windowed mode look better. It always ends up freezing. 

 

Any suggestions? (You would have to make it fairly simple for me as I am new to this type of thing, but I can follow directions.) 

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On 02/03/2018 at 1:49 PM, elipson said:

 

no already tried that, it just appears at a program on second plane

 

 

Not sure I understand, it appears at a program? Will LRR run without using the configuration program?

 

On 03/03/2018 at 11:21 PM, Alessandro said:

I followed the instructions but I have some troubles. When I try to run LegoRR.exe in the mode selection window I had this message: "Error: DirectX6 not installed"

 

 

Several users have been experiencing this, oddly they're all using laptops. To be sure, is the files: DDraw.dll, D3DImm.dll, d3drm.dll all in the same folder as LegoRR.exe?

 

On 06/03/2018 at 7:42 AM, HeatStroke said:

@Cyrem, I seem to be having a unique problem, I can get the game to launch ok, but inside the fps is about 2 and every mission open is broken with fragmented pictures from apparently the start menu screen and it's impossible to escape to actually do something in the mission. Chief does his little explanation, but I can't go past that.

Here's a link to a SS of my problems.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, I just want to play one of my childhood favorites again.

https://imgur.com/fsHGkvr

 

Hey HeatStroke, sorry you're getting that. Someone else has been experiencing the same thing. Have you tried both Windowed and Fullscreen mods of the game? Perhaps you could try an older (or newer) version of dgVoodoo.

 

On 21/03/2018 at 6:21 AM, LimeDovah said:

This was the most helpful so far. When first loading RR, it would do nothing. Then I tried using the command prompt "bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING ON", which now is the only way I can get it to run at all. I tried Cafeteria and it ran, but with a ton of graphical bugs and lag. So much so it was unplayable. If I held the mouse still for any amount of time, all the previous locations the mouse had been would flash on the screen. Finally came across this post and downloaded dgVoodoo. Following the steps outlined in this post, I was finally able to get it to work completely how I remember it, until I got to the second mission. Now it keeps freezing and nothing I do fixes it. I have tried running in windowed mode and even tried the rr-fix that makes windowed mode look better. It always ends up freezing. 

 

Any suggestions? (You would have to make it fairly simple for me as I am new to this type of thing, but I can follow directions.) 

 

Hmm usually Windowed mode fixes lag. Cafeteria is experimental, but the next update will be much better. You could try a different version (older/newer) of dgVoodoo & disabling visual themes, or perhaps try varios settings with Microsoft's Application Compatibility Toolkit, available as part of ADK (just install the compatibility tool): https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/get-started/adk-install

 

40 minutes ago, OsMax said:

Followed this guide but when I run LegoRR.exe nothing happens

 

Sounds like you have a copy-protected version of LRR which requires SafeDisc support on Windows, unfortunately, Microsoft removed it and thus makes games using it unable to launch normally. You may want to try the end of this guide, or locate a non-protected version of the game (sorry I can't give you a link to one).

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1 hour ago, Cyrem said:

 

Sounds like you have a copy-protected version of LRR which requires SafeDisc support on Windows, unfortunately, Microsoft removed it and thus makes games using it unable to launch normally. You may want to try the end of this guide, or locate a non-protected version of the game (sorry I can't give you a link to one).

Yeah that was the issue, got it working now, thanks!

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Worked an absolute charm. I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to compile the information you have here. Straightforward, easy to understand and the game now looks and functions better than ever. You are a legend, sir.

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Alright so I have been at these for now 9 hours ( I'm determined now lol)  messing around with compatibility mode, Dg files different iso and cues different mounting softwares, my actual RR disk I still cant get the mode selection window to open figured if i cant find help here i guess nothing will help next to just virtual box or digging up my old e machines project whit windows 98 on it any help would be appreciated!

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4 hours ago, flared3 said:

Alright so I have been at these for now 9 hours ( I'm determined now lol)  messing around with compatibility mode, Dg files different iso and cues different mounting softwares, my actual RR disk I still cant get the mode selection window to open figured if i cant find help here i guess nothing will help next to just virtual box or digging up my old e machines project whit windows 98 on it any help would be appreciated!

 

Are you attempting to run the cop-protected version of LRR? You can check by seeing if the LegoRR.icd file is more than 0kb. If it is copy protected, it won't run without explicitly allowing your system to allow the safedisc driver to run each time you run the game, you can than Microsoft for removing it's support. It is however easier to just located a copy of a newer re-release of the game which has no such protection.

 

If you a keen to push ahead with the copy protected version, read the latter half of this guide - https://www.rockraidersunited.com/guides/lego-rock-raiders/lrr-windows-10-setup-guide-safedisc-version-r4/

 

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10 hours ago, Cyrem said:

 

Are you attempting to run the cop-protected version of LRR? You can check by seeing if the LegoRR.icd file is more than 0kb. If it is copy protected, it won't run without explicitly allowing your system to allow the safedisc driver to run each time you run the game, you can than Microsoft for removing it's support. It is however easier to just located a copy of a newer re-release of the game which has no such protection.

 

If you a keen to push ahead with the copy protected version, read the latter half of this guide - https://www.rockraidersunited.com/guides/lego-rock-raiders/lrr-windows-10-setup-guide-safedisc-version-r4/

 

ohh thank you soo much finally got it working with a no cd patch, knew I was missing something very small. it runs at full frames with no problems now to get cafe working

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Thank you so much Cyrem! It worked perfectly. I have tried multiple methods to get Rock Raiders to work on Windows 10 and this has been by far the best results. Thank you for putting this together!

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I have been trying to install rock raiders for about 5,5 hours now and with absolutely no luck..

I reinstalled the game 6 times(the original installer won't even start so I used a alternative installer) and checked with all the compability(like 16bit color and all the windows versions) modes and most settings in dgvoodoo and also cafeteria. (I did try to use the Lego Masterpice EXE with no luck too)

When I start the game EXE file the screen goes black for about 2 seconds and then it reverts back to normal and nothing more happends at all.

The game does not come with legorr1.wad but it comes with legorr0.wad so that could be the issue(if so please send the file for legorr1.wad because I can't find it anywere on the internet). Other than that I don't really now what to do so if you have any suggestions please do tell them.

Some maybe usefull info: LegoRR.icd file is not more than 0kb so it's not copy protected, the cd I used was the 2003 edition I think.

Specs: Windows 10, gtx 1060 6gb, i7-7700k, 16gb ram

 

Thanks in advance!

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On 5/7/2018 at 4:55 AM, GalaxyNexus said:

The game does not come with legorr1.wad but it comes with legorr0.wad


Thats very odd, perhaps the file copy failed? LegoRR1.wad is required as it has all the configuration files in it. Whats the file size of your LegoRR0.wad?

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16 hours ago, Cyrem said:


Thats very odd, perhaps the file copy failed? LegoRR1.wad is required as it has all the configuration files in it. Whats the file size of your LegoRR0.wad?

It never gave me any errors in the installation but yeah maybe it faild to copy the LegoRR1.wad file. The LegoRR0.wad is 73,2 MB (76 772 227 byte).

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On 5/13/2018 at 9:02 AM, GalaxyNexus said:

It never gave me any errors in the installation but yeah maybe it faild to copy the LegoRR1.wad file. The LegoRR0.wad is 73,2 MB (76 772 227 byte).

I have the exact same problem. My original cd is too scratched up so I had to go dl an iso file from online. Maybe that's why I don't have the correct .wad file

 

I also have the exact same problems as you do, btw. followed all instructions to a T, and when I try to run it screen goes black and my resolution changes for a few seconds, before going back to normal like nothing ever happened.

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4 hours ago, nutmeg said:

My original cd is too scratched up

Mine isn't scratched at all but I hope somebody could provide the .wad file or a solution for getting the file another way.

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15 hours ago, GalaxyNexus said:

Mine isn't scratched at all but I hope somebody could provide the .wad file or a solution for getting the file another way.

I found a pretty cheap disc of rock raiders on ebay and ordered it. I'm hoping I"ll have better luck with that once it arrives. If it works, I can try to get the wad file uploaded.

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Hello!

 

So I have followed this setup to the T and the game runs (as far as I can tell)- however I do have one rather irritating issue.

I have a dual-monitor setup, and the game defaults to the 2nd monitor, not the primary (which would mean I would have to twist around awkwardly to play). The user guide for the DGVoodoo setup was rather vague on how to fix this, I have tried all the options listed in the config tool and it still defaults to the 2nd monitor. In addition I should also mention that disconnecting the 2nd monitor gives the "RR.exe file does nothing" issue. Windowed mode is a puny little box and I'd rather run full screen anyways. I have tried in Admin mode as well.

 

*** EDIT- I discovered quite by accident that by alt-tabbing out and back in the game went to monitor 1. How odd. Works for me i guess. :D

 

 

PC specs (just in case)-

OS- Win 10 64-bit

CPU- Intel i7-6700 (3.4 GHz)

GPU- NVidea GTX 960 (2 GB dedicated)

RAM- 8 GB

 

Any thoughts? Amusingly Wofenstien the New Order and GZDoom did the same thing when first ran. :P

 

Also- the DGVoodoo setup and the D3DRM files, can they be used to make other games of a similar vintage run on modern hardware? Or are these two LRR specific? This is the first time I've had to make these old games run on newer hardware by myself.

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On 5/26/2018 at 7:35 AM, nutmeg said:

I found a pretty cheap disc of rock raiders on ebay and ordered it. I'm hoping I"ll have better luck with that once it arrives. If it works, I can try to get the wad file uploaded.

I actually tried to put a few difrent rock radiers "versions" on other completely new and clean discs to try and install them but with no futher luck then before.

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Hi, 

 

Once Ive changed the settings in dgvoodosetup I cant seem to get the voodoo driver option when selecting the lego rr to start to run the game. I only get the primary display driver option come up which is the glitchy /laggy option which i want to fix. Any ideas??

 

Cheers Legends

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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 ?

 

 

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?

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