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DarkBASIC Discussion / The 3D Gamemaker in 2020 - Problems

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Joined: 11th Sep 2020
Posted: 11th Sep 2020 21:01
For starters, sorry for my poor English. Well... then...
Maybe many of you will remember the old program called "The 3D Gamemaker". Yes, i know it's very old, but recently I was remembering the old years I used it. So I decided to again install the program and play with it. But the years went on and everything grew old. As a result, the program suffers from many bugs in 2020.
The biggest problem is saving the game and runtime error 9, 136, 138, 139 etc. This is because the program saves files in the folder Windows/Temp/AckGame. On 98 or XP this folder had different security and everything worked fine, but on Windows 7, 8 and 10 the security is higher and there is a problem with running saved games because the program has problems reading information and saving it in the system folder.
I realize that the program has its age, but maybe one of you could help in this matter. I would like to know if it is possible to somehow change the path to save files. The 3D Gamemaker just saves files to the Windows folder by default. I would like to know if there is any way to change this file path? So that the .exe file (game exe generated by the program) unpacks, for example, in the folder where it is located and does not try to enter the system.

If it is impossible I would like to know if there is any other option. Opening the .exe file as administrator doesn't help.
Thanks for reading!
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Joined: 23rd Mar 2005
Location: Hertfordshire, England
Posted: 22nd Oct 2020 12:55
Easiest solution is go to the C:\Windows Folder... Right-Click [Temp] > Properties > Security > Select Users (YourComputerID\Users) > Edit
Then just Allow All and hit Apply.

That will ensure that you'll always have unrestricted access, which really should be the Default Behaviour of said Directory today.
Now beyond that, you might be running into Runtime Errors not because the Directory is inaccessible but because some feature of DirectX 8.1 isn't supported via Emulation.
For that you'll need to get a copy of D3DRM.DLL and have that in the 3D Game Maker directory (where the 3dgm.exe is).

Believe it or not, just having that in the Directory actually solves like 99% of the issues for 3DGM and DBC on Windows 8.0 and above.


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Joined: 21st Jan 2009
Location: Sarasota, FL
Posted: 21st Dec 2020 16:03
My kids use it all the time on their computers. They both have Windows 10 and they use "Run as Administrator" to prevent those errors.

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