Author Topic:  MechCommander Gold - Darkest Hours v3.2 - Bug Reports & Solutions  (Read 8595 times)

25 Oct 17

Reply #90

Offline Gunner

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Another item - not sure if it's a bug or not.

Playing the expansion - just after mission 1 and I am in the Mech Lab trying to configure mechs for the next mission. I have Ilka in a Bushwacker-W with the following loadout:

1 x C small pulse laser - Load Value = 4
4 x C LRM - LV = 3 each, 12 total
2 x C ER medium laser - LV = 3.5 each, 7 total
1 x C LB 10X AC - LV - 13.5

I decided to add: 1 C large pulse laser - LV = 11.

This SHOULD mean that all I need to remove to make room for it, is the 4 C LRMs. Unfortunately, that doesn't work. I finally had to remove 1 C ER medium laser as well. 15.5 LV points removed to fit in one weapon with a LV of 11 - that is some bad mathematics there! And there is no space left to add anything else.

The only thing I can think of is that the AI is somehow seeing different load values than what is shown to us for each weapon.

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25 Oct 17

Reply #91

Offline wherewulf

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Windows 10
Darkest Hours V3.0

I'm having a couple problems. The main one is that I don't know how to exit a mission. In the old MCG, it automatically exited once you had completed all mission objectives. But in Mission 1, Op 1, I'm stuck. I complete the main 3 objectives but it never goes to the "win screen". What do I do to exit?

RizZen added an objective when he redid the game. You have to cross a very long bridge to the west and capture a handful of resources. Just be careful as there is a Timberwolf guarding them. You can try and capture the T-wolf (I can never do it) but just make sure you don't complete at least one of the other objectives before going after the Timberwolf or the mission will finish.

2 Nov 17

Reply #92

Offline tobik_pt

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3 months ago I reported a bug for Op2Mis13 of expansion, I'm still hoping it will be fixed soon :)
Unfortunately I also got stuck now at the original campaign, Op2Mis17. I always try to start the mission with 2 mechs and immediately after the mission completes loading it says "Mission objective can not be completed - Mission failed".
Any ideas why this happens? I tried several combinations of mechs and pilots for the mission, but i can not play it, always mission failed directly at beginning.

Thanks for any help!


Operation 2, Mission 13/14 - BUG FIXED!!! (Expansion Merge)
I´m sorry for the delay. Lastet some time after i could finally go on with my modding-work. But now it´s fixed. Okay it lastet some months - but from the original developers you couldn´t have expected any result for two decades lol - joke. Have fun downloading last hotfixes and enjoying the last 16 missions of MCG-Darkest Hours.
Regards RizZen
« Last Edit: 25 Mar 18 by RizZen »

6 Nov 17

Reply #93

Offline MoNrOo

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Bug: last mission Original campaign.
After the end of the mission, game crash.

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EXCEPTION (Access violation at 0x00644964)
Address  : 0x00644964
Location : FullPathFileName::init() +0x24
File     : L:\mcx\Lib\Cident.cpp(50)

Processor/Stack    EAX=0x00000000 EBX=0x0018F2F0 ECX=0xFFFFFFFF EDX=0x0000000E    Flags=0x00210286
===============    ESI=0x0079433C EDI=0x00000011 EBP=0x0018F128 ESP=0x0018F11C    EIP=0x00644964
0x006FC87C Logistics::getCurrentMission() +0x6C G:\mcx\logistics.cpp(10324)
0x0072C0E0 Mission::EndScenario() +0x4C0  L:\mcx\mission\mission.cpp(1515)
0x0072CB8C MissionResultsScreen::destroy() +0x18C L:\mcx\mission\mission.cpp(1827)
0x0072C561 moveOnButtonHandleEvent() +0x21 L:\mcx\mission\mission.cpp(1671)
0x00609EE9 aButton::handleEvent() +0x1A9  L:\mcx\gui\aButton.cpp(254)
0x006116DC handleEvent() +0x72C           G:\mcx\gui\Asystem.cpp(3647)
0x006128EA CheckMouse() +0x10A            G:\mcx\gui\Asystem.cpp(4378)
0x00615846 aCallback::exec() +0x16        G:\mcx\gui\Asystem.cpp(6142)
0x0061455C aSystem::run() +0xCC           G:\mcx\gui\Asystem.cpp(5407)
0x00610EE1 RealWinMain() +0x301           G:\mcx\gui\Asystem.cpp(3081)
0x0075F82A WinMain() +0xCA                L:\mcx\rmain.cpp(74)
0x00762CF2 WinMainCRTStartup() +0xCE      

Machine Details
Executable name           : C:\Giochi\MCG Darkest Hours\MCX1024x768.EXE
Current time, date        : 10:43:05 Tuesday 10/24/2017
Executable time, date     : 08:40:44 Friday 8/25/2006
User name                 :
Machine name              :
Processor                 : GenuineIntel Pentium II MMX
Operating system          :
Version                   :
Time since booted         : 1h 42m 17s
Physical memory           : / bytes  (0 Meg)
Available physical memory : / bytes  (0 Meg)
Swapfile size             : / bytes  (0 Meg)
Swapfile available        : / bytes  (0 Meg)
Virtual memory            : 2,147,352,576 bytes  (2047 Meg)
Available virtual memory  : 1,956,249,600 bytes  (1865 Meg)
Memory load               : 20%

PCI bus

ISA bus

DLL Version numbers
amstream.dll - Version 6.6.7600.16385
quartz.dll - Version 6.6.7600.16385
devenum.dll - Version 6.6.7600.16385
dsound.dll - Version 6.1.7600.16385
dinput.dll - Version 6.1.7600.16385
Could not find 'd3dhalf.dll'
d3dim.dll - Version 6.1.7600.16385
ddraw.dll - Version 6.1.7600.16385
dplayx.dll - Version 6.1.7600.16385
Could not find 'dplay.dll'
ntdll.dll - Version 6.1.7600.16385
rpcrt4.dll - Version 4.00.1073
Ir50_32.dll - Version R.

Information returned by Game

ScenarioTime: 1744.42
ScenarioTurn: 370461
MoverUpdateFreq: 000.00
TurretUpdateFreq: 000.00
WorldStateUpdateFreq: 000.00
WeaponFireUpdateFreq: 000.00
MissionAppName : MechCommander Expansion Release  Version: -- Logistics
DrawingVFXElement : actor1

Mission 2x13 Expansion
After the end of the mission, when i came back on logistic phase, all the mech used in the 2x13 seems without weapons and if i click and try to go to the hangar the game crash, without the option to send a bugs report.

PS: I don't use the "new" mechwarriors, maybe it will help.

Thanks for the works, MC is one of my favourite game.


Waypoint Bug - Access violation
I´m sorry that i can not offer more than a workaround, but this error comes from the early days of MC1 when they introduced waypoint-system. On some maps Artificial Intelligence Collides with waypoint system on certain bottlenecks on the map. There are multiple maps with tight ways that can´t be passed without such a crash when you don´t follow the "security moving" steps. Only choose your mechs one by one passing bottlenecks, don´t do it with larger groups and don´t use waypoints, try to evade by bypassing the points where errors happens, even if it means burning down some woods to get a bypass.
Regards RizZ
« Last Edit: 25 Mar 18 by RizZen »

9 Nov 17

Reply #94

Offline Sublime Turkey

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Also tried to run game on notebook for another test, same Windows 10 x64, but got this: "Error with application run 0xc0000022".

Hi all,

Just downloaded this and am keen to get it running but I'm getting an error similar to the above:

"MCX1920x1080.EXE - Application Error
The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000022). Click OK to close the application."

ISO is mounted and in a separate directory, compatibility is set to XP SP2 and 8-bit colour. Nothing else running. I've tried the various executables but I get the same error every time.

I've found this error posted elsewhere but no working solutions. Any assistance would be appreciated.


EDIT: Looks like the issue was not having Direct Play enabled. Up and running now.


Resolution notes!
High-Resolutions have less stability on the technical side of view than lower ones. 1980x1020 can´t be played on some maps. Using lower resolutions to workaround is recommended. Even if it might be that you will be forced to play the one or other mission with 1024x768 only...
« Last Edit: 25 Mar 18 by RizZen »

2 Dec 17

Reply #95

Offline MoNrOo

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« Last Edit: 25 Mar 18 by RizZen »

10 Dec 17

Reply #96

Offline drages

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Hey people!

I am exited to see this kind of a mod when i want to return mech commander 1 and i jumped on it..

I started to expansion campaign and sadly, like most of you, i stuck at 2-13.. any saving attempt crushed the game.

Please help us great modder!

Hotfixes for v3.0: Op2Mis13, Op3Mis1 - Download
« Last Edit: 25 Mar 18 by RizZen »

13 Dec 17

Reply #97

Offline wherewulf

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Rizzen disappeared :'(
Or maybe the guy actually has a life and is busy with other stuff. It's not like he's getting paid for this plus half the bugs reported on here, like the game crashing after Op2Mi13 in the expansion, have been mentioned a dozen times and RiZ has said they should be fixed in the next release.

29 Dec 17

Reply #98

Offline MoNrOo

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Or maybe the guy actually has a life and is busy with other stuff. It's not like he's getting paid for this plus half the bugs reported on here, like the game crashing after Op2Mi13 in the expansion, have been mentioned a dozen times and RiZ has said they should be fixed in the next release.

I didn't see anyone talking about crash after op2m13 expansion.

Operation 2, Mission 13/14 - BUG FIXED!!! (Expansion Merge)
« Last Edit: 25 Mar 18 by RizZen »

16 Jan 18

Reply #99

Offline Krushak

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So I will say, I am enjoying MCG Darkest Hours, the version I have is whatever the main thread is cause I downloaded it a week ago. I get to about OP 2 mission 14(expansion)? It's the one after you capture the clan HQ/APC/Command Center. What happens is then all my mechs are in the red for little to no reason(None of them were brought down below half), and when I go into the mechbay, everything is empty and then I crash. I am using windows 7, 64 bit and I have tried running the EXE 640x480 under compatibility mode but that doesn't seem to work. I am attaching the error report I have for you. Thank you.

28 Feb 18

Reply #100

Online RizZen

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Hotfix Op2Mis13
Hotfix Op3Mis1

Im not disappeared. But i have a business and life :P

I am still working on update when i have a time window and motivation to use for.

There are some bugreports and im happy about to see them cause the postings of you in this thread will be my work table for all future updates.

Atleast the story will be completely different. All missions will have an epic story background.

@Gunner: Music volume issues: Music / Sound Volume settings in MCG-DH

@Krushak: Op2Mis13/14 will work after update. The problem is rewriting ALL purchase files efforts much time cause you need to care for multiple specified issues to keep mixed tech working for the whole campaign. Maybe it only can be done without mixed tech but we will see, i think its just a minor issue that will be removed when ALL the files get completely overhauled what not happened yet. At the moment i can not say how long it will take but i bet it will be still faster then anyone who tried to work on it before the past two decades.
« Last Edit: 25 Mar 18 by RizZen »

19 Mar 18

Reply #101

Offline jedthegreat

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Posting for my brother. Game works great on my system, not sure what's wrong with his. I have some ideas, but why not go to the masters?
All versions start up, play the initial startup screens (FASA, Microsoft) then it goes black and nothing more happens. Finally after waiting forever, he'll hit ESC and he gets this error.
running Windows 8.1 x64. Running the game in XP SP2 compatibility, I've had him adjust display settings as well as disable his audio Playback device. Nothing works. Please advise if possible.

21 Mar 18

Reply #102

Online RizZen

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I'm honest when I say I never saw this bug before. My experiences with Windows 7/8 is rare... I have positive and negative feedback, especially windows 7 has problems with MCG.

For best performance I recommend using windows 98/2000/XP and 10.
Resolutions - How to handle them (before gamestart)
Keep in mind that game only can be started with maximum desktop resolution. When ur desktop has 800x600 resolution all resolutions above won't work.


Operation 2, Mission 13/14: ~ BUG SOLVED ~

Operation 3, Mission 01: ~ BUG SOLVED ~

Download last hotfixes in order to play Expansion to the end.

All Hotfixes for Darkest Hours Full Version 3.0 on this list:
Original Campaign Mission Hotfixes
- Bugfix Op5Mis13 - MisObj6 - Kill Wirth! = Kill all!
- Bugfix Op4Mis10 - Turkina // Mad-Cat Bug
- Multi-Player Pilot-Downgrade (optional)
Expansion Campaign Mission Hotfixes
- Hotfix Op2Mis13
- Hotfix Op3Mis1
Installation notice:
For original campaign you find installation notices in related threads above. The expansion mission hotfixes come as Customer Distribution Packages. Two *.fst files for main game directory MCG-DH\ - where the game-*.exe files are. Just overwrite existing ones with updatet versions. --- v3.1 Updatepack for bugfixes - All above as one download ---

All known workarounds for most common crashs and errors:
Mission workarounds
- Operation 1, Mission 1 - RizZen Remake - Mission objectives
- Operation 1, Mission 7 - Finding all crates!
- Original Merge: Operation 1, Mission 14 - Optical missing extraction marker
- Original Merge: Op02Mis17 - Hidden forces - Objective Kill All!
Technical workarounds
- Targeting specific location on enemy mechs
- Resolutions - How to handle them (before gamestart)
- Waypoint Bug - Access violation!

All known ingame bugs / cosmetic errors that will be solved on a long term:
Original campaign
- Operation 1, Mission 13 - Turret Controls -> re-linking all buildings (Turrets)
- Operation 1, Mission 14 - missing extraction marker (workaround above) -> maybe i find time and motivation to add marker with the ongoing updates
- Operation 1, Mission 20 - Star League Base - Crate update
- Operation 4, Mission 10 -> Crate update
- Operation 4, Mission 16 -> This original X-Ray campaign mission has a bug created by its developers. I will extract the mission files and search for bug when time comes but im optimistic it can be solved.
- Operation 5, Mission 7 -> re-linking all buildings (Sensor tower)
- Operation 5, Mission 9 -> Crate update
Expansion campaign
- rebalancing purchase files - rebalancing shop
Technical & Story related
- non logical tactical briefings due to merged campaign missions order -> Story overhauling planned
- Right Arm bug (for player mechs all weapons are assigned on Righ Arm) -> Maybe on real long time perspective, many entries have to be done before completing this issue
Those bugs and errors are any bugs which the developers have left when they published their campaign-standalones. For usermade campaigns there are not existing any source files which means a big workload when editing them. But it can be done. Let´s see how long it will take. But i´m happy to announce that all of those left are harmless origin bugs that won´t affect your games to crash. But loosing a pilot by replacement on a mission is a no-go. I just will focus on issues like that in the first place.

There will be a final update for MCG-DH-v3.0 which will include all of those in one package but this will last on some time cause it will be the last update for v3.0 until standalone v4.0 is finished. With version 4.0 the final upgrade package for all v3.0 users will be released so that they won´t be forced to download 2GB file again - but just a small update package.
« Last Edit: 26 Mar 18 by RizZen »

24 Mar 18

Reply #103

Online RizZen

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Good evening dear MechCommander community,

today i have good news for all fans of real time tactics. I finally found the needle in the haystock. It was a long - more than three month´s ongoing search but finally i could isolate the mistake and updatet my prototype version with it. The result is a full functioning Operation 3 in Expansion Campaign of my Darkest Hours - Modulation.

In the first place my subject was the "master" campaign file for expansion. All lines of file where correct. Then i thought it might be a problem with new created purchase files for merged campaign - negative, all entries where correct. Last option was xStart - the master file and its master-purchase indexes - i found no bugs. Today i´ve had the idea - while taking my breakfast - that mission fst files could be the reason for corrupted game at Op2Mis13. So there was minimum one of two certain missions at the end of second operation that might be the reason for game crashing at this moment after finishing Original Mission Op2Mis4 from expansion mission order.

So i extracted XRiz0204.fst and found a wrong terrain entry relating this mission with the original 0204 file - which caused the crash after you have finished the mission. I corrected the entry and recompressed the fst file in order to paste it into my prototype mcg-dh - and e voila: Mission works fine and game goes on without serious issues or crash showing the Operation movie of Operation 3, the final operation of MCG - Darkest Hours remastered game version.

It will take some time for me to update the full-version. But for people who can not wait i created the most wanted bug & hotfix for MechCommander Gold - Darkest Hours, download below:

Operation 2 - Mission 13 - Hotfix - Download
Operation 3 - Mission 1 - Hotfix - Download
Installation notice:
1. Download File
2. Copy file into MCG-Darkest Hours gamefolder by overriding existing older versions (where the *.exe files for resolutions are)
3. Start game and load at Op2Mis12 savegame if you have one
4. Enjoy Operation 3

I know it took some time to find this last bug and that expansion couldn´t be finished before, but that most serious issue finally got solved now. Finally MCG-DH works with technically 100% original & expansion major campaign merges. The first big step is done. Now the focus will be on writing a new storyline for the whole game. As you can see all missions which got ever created and published for MCG are working in a single game standalone together giving MechCommander a better long time
motivation and possibilities to create each imagineable mech crew outmaxed at some point before certain campaign ends. This is my gift to the MechCommander / BattleTech community. I will inform about new storyline in other threads later. Although i am working on version 4.0 now. This version will include all single mission hotfixes, this last major hotfix, new music for expansion campaign, new purchase files for expansion and finally new mission briefings for ALL 130 campaign missions. The missions themselves won´t change neither the mission objectives. They will only logically match with the new background story for this part of timeline in battletech universe.
Last thing to say for me at the moment now is: THE WORST PART IS FINALLY DONE - what comes now is what many people could effort - updating mission briefings and rebalancing all purchases to fit in storylines order.

Regards RizZen
« Last Edit: 25 Mar 18 by RizZen »

25 Mar 18

Reply #104

Online RizZen

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Now i encountered more problems at the beginning of Operation 3, don´t worry, final solution is nearby, updatet files will show up soon. I will finish this campaign off now.

Edit: I have only one more mission update to do for the last Operation. Original missions Op03Mis01 will be there for hotfix-update soon. Then game will be playable to its end.

That´s what im talking about when im saying: MCG Source Code is a b***h!

Edit II: It´s finally done. Expansion campaign now works 100% fine:

Operation 3, Mission 16 - Ending movie.

Now i can finally focus on Version 4.0 making it the most complete and error free MechCommander version ever. Technically all missions are working fine now. You can play 89 basic campaign missions in a big five operations ongoing one on Port-Arthur and about 41 missions in expansion campaign with three operations. This was a mass of work and problems to solve to get all existent campaigns together as a merged one. Focus now relays on visual aspects and erasing lack of logic by overhauling the storyline from Darkest Hours. This is the most important aspect and - im happy to say that - the most easy part from the technical perspective.

So everyone who already owns version 3.0 of Darkest Hours won´t need to download version 4.0 as full version then. I will release v4.0 Full version and a final update for v3.0 upgrading it to 4.0 without the need to paste in all hotfixes for game manually one by one.

I´m working on this Mod now for about two years. It was a hard way from having the first ideas / inspirations - to v3.0. The Prototype Version 1.0 "Ultimate" was only a merge of all user campaign missions. All original scenarios couldn´t be introduced cause they where not mergeable the way they where stored in *.fst source libraries. Beneath the fact that those scenarios where already extracted by the guys from github there where many problems left with it. The origin developers left them behind in a mess. It worked for original campaigns but changing only one little thing collapsed the game due to the way these files where stored. It was cMunsta knowledge only that helped me to get all the files isolated. I rewrote the whole original missions manually and used cMunsta tools to create CDP Packages for MCG-Engine to operate. 42 Missions got recreated from zero by me. After this was done i could implement them into "Ultimate" version without any serious further errors and brought out the first official "Darkest Hours" Version 2.0. Versions 2.0 a-d where multi-player and solo-mission updates for other game features than single-player campaigns. After succesfully making MCG-DH multi-player compatible to play via gameranger i introduced the new features into version 2.0 and added some artwork fixes (new pilots avatars and nameplates for example) and pilots data cards. After fixing some bugs with campaign merge issues - primary the purchase files got reconfigured and all starting files / conditions got rebalanced - version 3.0 was born. MechCommander - Darkest Hours Version 3.0 was the FIRST standalone version. Before version 3.0 came out people needed to do sophisticated updates on a basic MCG game version before they could play the mod. With version 3.0 Darkest Hours became simple to install. Only thing people need to do is to download the full installed game folder and extract it into their game directories. Then entering the gamefolder, mounting included *.iso file and starting the game-resolution *.exe file they desire to play. Compatibility changes not forced to be necessary on my Windows 10, 64-bit game runs without compability settings but is most stable with Windows XP SP2 compability played with 16-bit colors and 1024x768 - 1440x900 resolution - 1920x1080 is best graphic but unstable - some missions have to be played with lower resolutions.

So atleast Version 4.0 will be familiar to 3.0. It will be a full-version download containing pre-installed game folder to extract with included *.iso file and resolution *.exe files to start game as comfortable as possible for users.

For more information to version 4.0 visit this thread:

Version 4.0 - Ideas & Improvements
« Last Edit: 25 Mar 18 by RizZen »