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Launcher Modifier (Launchmod)
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Make the game playable. This is the forum counterpart to the patching lab (www.dateiliste.com/descent-3/71-patching-lab.html). Apply and use with care.
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TOPIC: Launcher Modifier (Launchmod)
#2420
Launcher Modifier (Launchmod) 2019-08-26 11:54, 7 Months, 1 Week ago Karma: 0
A lot of punctual/solitary modifications have accumulated.
The long time that needed to be maintained any proper way.
With help of Launcher Modifier project that stuff becomes way more convenient.

The project itself isn't Descent 3 or any other game relevant at all.
It rather is relevant to launching a Win32 executables and launch-time modifying them.
After that the EXE works on its own and Launchmod exits.

github.com/alex-i-1/launchmod/

Here comes a pack with an example on how to use it to run Descent 3.
The project itself can currently apply only static changes.
Thus any later loaded DLLs like "dmfc.dll" or any other can not be changed that way.

File Attachment:
File Name: 01___.zip
File Size: 8200


Usage:
Unpack the content of this file into the Descent 3 game folder.
This way You will add one .bat file and one folder in the main folder of the game.
Put Launcher Modifier EXE and DLL files into that main game folder also.
Launch the "_launchmod.bat" file.
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#2422
Re: Launcher Modifier (Launchmod) 2019-09-10 22:27, 6 Months, 3 Weeks ago Karma: 7
My plan was to look at this last weekend but I forgot
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#2436
Re: Launcher Modifier (Launchmod) 2019-12-05 21:02, 3 Months, 3 Weeks ago Karma: 7
I've been playing with this now for the past hour.
I have no idea how this is supposed to work.
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#2439
Re: Launcher Modifier (Launchmod) 2020-01-30 21:20, 1 Month, 4 Weeks ago Karma: 0
I tried this on Windows 10.
Now, after clicking on 'Play', instead of getting something like this:
"Error: OGL: ChangeDisplaySettings failed. Make sure your desktop is set to 16bit mode!"
I get
"Error: !!MISSING STRING!!"
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#2440
Re: Launcher Modifier (Launchmod) 2020-02-01 10:15, 1 Month, 4 Weeks ago Karma: 0
@BryanFRitt
In my environment it gives exactly "Error: OGL: ChangeDisplaySettings failed. Make sure your desktop is set to 16bit mode!" if press "Play" button on the normal Descent 3 launcher. Which is a file named "Descent 3.exe".
The story is that the modifying launcher - the topic of this thread - is meant to avoid running the original Descent 3 launcher at all wherever is possible. And I am yet not sure how good I succeeded in that.
The state of this launcher is not yet multipurpose as I wished it to be.
The ideal condition would be to have unmodified EXEs and then start this launcher by running "launchmod.bat".
This project in its current state doesn't change any of registry or stored-in-a-file settings (hence it wouldn't change one error to another error).
It might though in the future write something in the registry or do some setup-affecting changes.
For now it only does a run-time job. Means all modifications are vaporized when the launcher's EXE exits.
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#2441
Re: Launcher Modifier (Launchmod) 2020-02-01 10:17, 1 Month, 4 Weeks ago Karma: 0
Thomas, what do you mean you played with it and don't know what it did?
You tell me.
The resolution of your screen didn't change anymore, but the game was adapted at your screen resolution?
Did the other stuff, which you might see in the folder named "main.exe", gave you the desirable effect?
There are a lot of files in the directory, and you can see if any/all of those just worked or not.
There also is a log file named "engine.log".
Finally I should note, this launcher wouldn't had ran your game if something was bad with its configuration or it stumbled upon some trouble.
On the other hand, "I played and I didn't notice a trouble running this game" - is exactly what this launcher should do
So I can't perceive your statement

An intermediate versions of it I can apply.
File Attachment:
File Name: 01_____.zip
File Size: 9824

File Attachment:
File Name: 0c__.zip
File Size: 57026
There are some minor changes what though might appear being significant.
The search of patterns requires few seconds to be done each time you launch it. I have a plan to change that later.
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