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    • Cyrem
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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 at all. Following this guide will also correct this issue as well.

    Now that we know what dgVoodoo is and we know about 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.

    PREPARATION
    Before you begin, you will need to download some files. Please note that some Antivirus software may complain that dgVoodoo contains a virus. This is a false positive, it is a clean file. Download the files in the list below.

    1. LRR Masterpiece Editon Executable - Download
    2. D3DRM - Download
    3. dgVoodoo 2.55.4 - Download
      Note: dgVoodoo 2.53 is also compatible with LEGO Rock Raiders, download this version if you have issues with the latest version above.

     

    STEP 1
    If you haven't already, install LEGO Rock Raiders. If the installer isn't working, try the Alternative Installer. Once this is done, navigate to the Rock Raider's installation directory (usually its: C:\Program Files (x86)\LEGO Media\Games\Rock Raiders ) and extract the contents of the "LRR Masterpiece Edition" zip file you downloaded just earlier into your installation folder, overwriting the original files. This folder then should look similar to 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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    STEP 6 (OPTIONAL)
    While the game will now run, you will notice an absence of music. Typically, Rock Raiders plays music from the disc. However I have a fix to restore the game music into the game without the disc. If you would like to do this, follow this short guide.

     

    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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15 hours ago, JetEriksen said:

Gave this a try, sadly no go. Rock raiders have been having the same issue for me for a while, that being whenever i try to open it, i see the spinning circle cursor showing me that its loading, then it just stops and nothing happens.

If nothing happens when you open the exe, you have a copy protected version. It won't work because Microsoft removed safedisc compatibilty. You'll need to get the Masterpeice Edition EXE which does not have the protection or follow this work around:

 

https://www.rockraidersunited.com/guides/lego-rock-raiders/lrr-windows-10-setup-guide-safedisc-version-r4/

 

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As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in Discord, this guide helped me in running a 20 year old game on a modern PC.

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Confirmed to Work (Win 10)

1. find: your personal cd/iso/cue, and insert/mount, stop any autorun
(WinCDEmu is excellent for people who want to have a digital backup of physical CD's)

2. find online then use: Lego Rock Raider Alternate Installer

3. find online: LEGO Rock Raiders Masterpiece Edition executable, keep outside of install directory

4. follow this wonderful guide TO THE LETTER
- Exception 1: I believe the alternate installer provides the first missing dll already (I overwrote with the one from this guide)
- Exception 2: I went straight for the latest version of the voodoo software

5. FINALLY: Move the Masterpiece Edition executable into the install directory, and overwrite.

This was my second overall attempt at installing this game on a modern machine, first was about a year ago.
This time it worked on first try.

Bonus Step: Create your own Rock Raiders playlist using your music source of choice. All other audio works as expected.

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2 hours ago, JackAuduin said:

find online then use: Lego Rock Raider Alternate Installer

No need to search on Google. The Alternative Installer(s) were created by @le717 a member here, the topic for these are: https://www.rockraidersunited.com/topic/3904-lego-media-alternate-installers/

 

2 hours ago, JackAuduin said:

I believe the alternate installer provides the first missing dll already

Just a note for readers: I could be wrong (I haven't checked) but the DLL used in the installer is the same one used in this guide. There are many versions of the DLL, but some simply do not work. So it's good to get the correct one.

 

2 hours ago, JackAuduin said:

Bonus Step: Create your own Rock Raiders playlist

I've nearly finished the fix for the game music, just ironing out a last issue.

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4 hours ago, JackAuduin said:

Confirmed to Work (Win 10)

1. find: your personal cd/iso/cue, and insert/mount, stop any autorun
(WinCDEmu is excellent for people who want to have a digital backup of physical CD's)

2. find online then use: Lego Rock Raider Alternate Installer

3. find online: LEGO Rock Raiders Masterpiece Edition executable, keep outside of install directory

4. follow this wonderful guide TO THE LETTER
- Exception 1: I believe the alternate installer provides the first missing dll already (I overwrote with the one from this guide)
- Exception 2: I went straight for the latest version of the voodoo software

5. FINALLY: Move the Masterpiece Edition executable into the install directory, and overwrite.

This was my second overall attempt at installing this game on a modern machine, first was about a year ago.
This time it worked on first try.

Bonus Step: Create your own Rock Raiders playlist using your music source of choice. All other audio works as expected.

Well, seems like i have something new to give a try! Hoping that i can find a masterpiece Edition executable. Though i don't have any idea of where to go looking. Hm...

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Guide Updated!

The guide has been updated. It now assists with fixing the safedisc compatibility problem as well as the music.

 

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9 hours ago, MrHemlock said:

Is anyone still here?

Of course, are you having an issue running LRR?

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On 2/23/2019 at 9:27 PM, Cyrem said:

Just a note for readers: I could be wrong (I haven't checked) but the DLL used in the installer is the same one used in this guide. There are many versions of the DLL, but some simply do not work. So it's good to get the correct one.

I can imagine that has been the source of many people's agony installing this game.
 

  1. Looks in directory
  2. sees correctly named dll
  3. moves to next step
  4. ?
  5. No Profit

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13 hours ago, Cyrem said:

Guide Updated!

The guide has been updated. It now assists with fixing the safedisc compatibility problem as well as the music.

 

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Of course, are you having an issue running LRR?

Yes I do. I have Windows 10 64-bit. I followed the main guide but the game does not start. In task manager I can see the LRR process but it dies a few seconds later :/

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45 minutes ago, MrHemlock said:

Yes I do. I have Windows 10 64-bit. I followed the main guide but the game does not start. In task manager I can see the LRR process but it dies a few seconds later :/

I'm sure someone will follow up with more comprehensive advice, but it sounds like you're dealing with the safedisk issue that is described in this guide.

 

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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 at all. Following this guide will also correct this issue as well.


The guide was updated with a way around this about 10 mins after your first post, so I'd try following the guide one more time. 

PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL! lol, the first time I tried this I thought I followed the directions exactly, just to find that I was moving a folder when I should be moving only the contents of the folder.
 

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