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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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10 hours ago, JackAuduin said:

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.

Pretty much this. If the game isn't even showing the "Mode Selection" window you need to go back and follow STEP 1 exactly.

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I've tried it again and it worked! Thanks guys and dgVoodoo!

I've also installed Axel's Mod 1.5 and that works as well. It's quite difficult 😀

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@Cyrem Hey i would just like to say thank you sooo much for this and all your hard work!! youre a legend mate!!

Just a heads up the tutorials dont work. they start just fine but i think because they are scripted the screen goes black and im unable to do anything. the menus and the on screen controls are still there as well as the music and sound but the actual area where everything happens is black. i dont know if this happens outside of the tutorials.

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23 minutes ago, REDNOVASUN said:

@Cyrem Hey i would just like to say thank you sooo much for this and all your hard work!! youre a legend mate!!

Just a heads up the tutorials dont work. they start just fine but i think because they are scripted the screen goes black and im unable to do anything. the menus and the on screen controls are still there as well as the music and sound but the actual area where everything happens is black. i dont know if this happens outside of the tutorials.

No problem, glad it's got it working for you 👍

Two things to try for that issue:
1. Ensure VSYNC is being forced in dgVoodoo (checkbox in the DirectX tab, at the bottom)
2. Try a different emulated graphics card in dgvoodoo (also in the Directx tab)

Let me know how you go.

BTW: Nice to see another aussie around.

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23 minutes ago, Cyrem said:

No problem, glad it's got it working for you 👍

Two things to try for that issue:
1. Ensure VSYNC is being forced in dgVoodoo (checkbox in the DirectX tab, at the bottom)
2. Try a different emulated graphics card in dgvoodoo (also in the Directx tab)

Let me know how you go.

BTW: Nice to see another aussie around.

Tried both steps no luck. I downloaded the game as i couldnt find my version of the game. the game also came with a Patch .exe file but im not sure what it fixes or how its meant to be installed as it doesnt overwrite anything just creates files in a separate folder (upon seeing this i canceled the install) . also no cut scenes, sad times

 

If needed i can send the web address to you in some private message so i dont break the forum rules. Oh nice dude! melbs man here.

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13 minutes ago, REDNOVASUN said:

Tried both steps no luck. I downloaded the game as i couldnt find my version of the game. the game also came with a Patch .exe file but im not sure what it fixes or how its meant to be installed as it doesnt overwrite anything just creates files in a separate folder (upon seeing this i canceled the install) . also no cut scenes, sad times

 

If needed i can send the web address to you in some private message so i dont break the forum rules.

Hmmm, I had the same black screen issue, but it was vsync that fixed it for me. Leave it with me.

The cutscenes were on the disc and originally were played from the disc. However, you can get them back, download them here: https://www.rockraidersunited.com/files/dl-r296/. Extract them to your Data\Avi\  folder. Note you might need to do the manual install of this (in ReadMe) https://www.rockraidersunited.com/files/lego_rock_raiders/resources/indeo-iv50-avi-codec-r111/ if you're missing the codec.


Send me the patch exe via PM and I'll see what it does.

Edit: Cool, i'm from Goldcoast ;)

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4 minutes ago, Cyrem said:

Hmmm, I had the same black screen issue, but it was vsync that fixed it for me. Leave it with me.

The cutscenes were on the disc and originally were played from the disc. However, you can get them back, download them here: https://www.rockraidersunited.com/files/dl-r296/. Extract them to your Data\Avi\  folder.

There are no official patches and no 'unoffical' ones that I am aware of. PM me the patch exe if you could and I'll have a look to see what it's supposed to be.

 

Thanks man will do! really appreciate it! Also how to pm i cant see it for the life of me haha

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4 minutes ago, REDNOVASUN said:

Thanks man will do! really appreciate it! Also how to pm i cant see it for the life of me haha

Up the top next to the bell, you'll see it now as you've done the initial 3 posts. (Or just hover over my username and you'll see a button) ;)

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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.

 

It does now. :D v1.1.1 of the installer automatically installs the version of the DLL used in this guide.

 

(I've been meaning to fix that for literal years but never have so I went ahead and did it)

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