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  • Run LEGO Rock Raiders with dgVoodoo

    • 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.

    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 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:




    STEP 3
    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.



    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.



    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)".



    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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Thanks for making this tutorial! I am unfortunately experiencing an issue shared by a few in threads detailing this method where when I click LegoRR.exe nothing happens. I re downloaded all the required files from the links you posted and followed your instructions to the letter. I have long since lost my childhood copy of this game and had to resort to downloading it from the isozone and mounted it using virtual clone drive. My folder setup is identical to yours save for the uninstall option where instead of unins000.exe and unins000.dat I have uninst.isu. Does this mean that my copy of the game or installation won't work with this method? I've tried this method using a game folder in program files (x86) and one on the desktop in case there was an issue with administrator permissions but both have the same issue.  

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@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 ?



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It might be worthwhile to toss in a note about Win10 + LRR version needing CD = will not run under any known circumstances, in the OP.

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@Cyrem I may have spoken a bit too soon unfortunately. The game runs at a nice frame rate and the saves and in game audio work as well. It seems I get a pretty pervasive graphical issue where the screen glitches out whenever there's any 2-D layover text from leaving the cursor still too long or selecting a rock raider, moving the cursor or deselecting makes things go back to normal, however. Aside from that everything works fine but this makes the game almost unplayable. I tried the compatibility settings you suggested and they didn't seem to help. Running in compatibility mode for windows 95 had the intro video run but didn't fix the problem and gave me about 2-3 fps. Any pointers?


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9 minutes ago, r147 said:

It seems I get a pretty pervasive graphical issue where the screen glitches out whenever there's any 2-D layover text


I actually still have a similar problem to this, though I'm still able to play without too much difficulty as long as I keep doing things. I actually found rotating the game camera stopped it for a time. I haven't really looked into seeing if I can stop this completely, maybe it's worth while going to the official dgVoodoo site and downloading v2.53 or the WIP version to see if that does anything to help?

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1 hour ago, r147 said:

@Cyrem Using v2.53 of dgVoodoo seems to have done the trick! Thanks!

Might switch over to that version and test myself, thanks.

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@Cyrem Thank you for this guide it really helped :) . (BTW: I was having the same graphical issues as "r147" (before following this guide), but "dgVoodoo 2.53" fixed my problems and it now runs a lot better)

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