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> "Invalid File Format"? WTF?, Error in Mordor 1.1
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post Jun 14 2007, 09:15 AM
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Having a blast trying to install this bugger.
Have use both installer and no-install versions of 1.1. Once I finally got around all the missing .dll's (thanks for the nice folder of essentials), i now get an interesting error:
I boot the game: get the splash screen for a bit, and the screen res/colour depth resets itself to game defaults.
Then error: "Error 'invalid file format' occurred. Continue anyway?"

Whats up with this?


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post Jun 14 2007, 10:38 AM
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Screwed computer? happy.gif

Seriously, I haven't the foggest idea. What OS are you on? The no_installer is supposed to work right away. If you are on Vista put your Mordor directory out of Program Files.
Another possibility is to not use a shortcut, but click directly on the Mordor.exe.


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post Mar 19 2008, 03:12 AM
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Yeah, I could use a little help with this too... I tried installing mordor on my flash drive and it tells me, "Error: Invalid format: Contine Anyways?" I click yes, and nothing happens. I wish it would tell me which file isn't right.
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post Mar 19 2008, 07:10 PM
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Are you on 64-bit OS? That's the only thing I can think of. Or, if it's the no_installer version try copying it to your hard-drive, although I can't imagine what difference it would make.

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Other possibilities:
1) You are on Win ME. Do not use the built-in unzipper as it is my experience that it tends to go corrupt and extract files incorrectly from a perfectly fine zip. Download instead an archive manager like winzip, winrar, winace or 7zip.
2) Your OS may be corrupt. Try downloading any zipped file, for example from Underdogs, extract the file and try to play whatever game you picked. Does it work? If it doesn't, tough luck. swoon2.gif


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post Mar 21 2008, 12:50 AM
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maby its vista if he has vista i dunno laugh.gif i never heard of this error before laugh.gif theres a first time for everything! am i right?


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post Sep 25 2008, 02:30 AM
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Exactly the same thing for me here at work. However, I didnt use an installer, I merely copied the game onto my usb drive at home, and tried to run it here. After manually downloading and installing all the associated VB runtime files, it came up with this same error.

Xp pro, service pack 2. Home computer only has sp1.
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post Sep 25 2008, 03:27 AM
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Ok, I looked up the MSDN as to what this meant and it basicaly means the game is calling things into places it shouldnt. In short, it means the VB run time files you are using, are TOO new!

http://mordor.uni.cc/forum/downloads.html&showfile=22
Copy those files into your system32/system folder, overwrite EVERYTHING and it will work.
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post Sep 25 2008, 07:28 AM
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BTW: and be prepared that newer stuff using VB will NOT work anymore!!! I'd really advise against doing anything like that... (unless you decide that you will not do anything else on this PC except playing mordor...)
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post Sep 25 2008, 07:55 AM
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Ive been here but a few days and Ive labled you as "The warning guy"

It shouldnt make too much a difference actually. Newer versions of VB dont use the same run time files as the older versions. In fact, Im pretty sure they dont use any at all. Older VB applications did need them as the whole 16bit thing was too complicated to be handled by old school windows handlers. In fact, theyre so old now, that windows needs specific handlers to deal with these old applications. I dont think switching out these VB run time files will be an issue. But Im not 100% sure about this.
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post Sep 25 2008, 08:39 AM
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Let's call it the professional programmer in me who encountered way too many problems due to some "You just need to..." solutions. (Not that I myself don't do any mistakes. I've added my share of "You just need to..." as well). But after about 15 years of debugging experience you start to see some obvious problems very quickly
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post Sep 25 2008, 02:32 PM
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In this time and place, XP is starting to be phased out by Microsoft in favor of Vista. Eventually, games that worked for XP will no longer work. The best solution I can think of is to just buy a real crap computer, like 512 mb of ram, a few gb of harddrive space and a cheap processor. Run Windows 98 on it. It's not flashy, but damnit, I think it's the most reliable OS Microsoft has, and it can run a whole schwack of old games. smile.gif
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post Sep 25 2008, 07:52 PM
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Whoa, thanks for that!

As the resident back-up maniac, I'd suggest to back-up the files before overwriting them. If you've got VB runtime chances (like, huh, 100%) are you have, or had, a program that uses it.


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post Sep 25 2008, 11:54 PM
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QUOTE (Danjen @ Sep 26 2008, 12:32 AM) *
In this time and place, XP is starting to be phased out by Microsoft in favor of Vista. Eventually, games that worked for XP will no longer work. The best solution I can think of is to just buy a real crap computer, like 512 mb of ram, a few gb of harddrive space and a cheap processor. Run Windows 98 on it. It's not flashy, but damnit, I think it's the most reliable OS Microsoft has, and it can run a whole schwack of old games. smile.gif


I dont believe that will happen. Games such as Starcraft, built back int he windows 95 day, still SELL. If Microsoft provided an operating system, that is WINDOWS, as such, and it didnt run a product it is suppose to and is bringing in revenue to a company that built their software for their OS, lawsuit ensues.

My computer still has 512mb of ram. About 5 years ago it was top of the line fastest ram you could get. I still use it to run new games. Most, new games.

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Whoa, thanks for that!

No probs. I figure you guys have been at this thing for a while so fixing issues is something you just cant be stuffed anymore.... And I had to fix it for myself.
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post Jul 22 2010, 10:42 PM
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AnmanIndustries, thank you so much (2 years later) for the fix! My Windows 7 PC crashed so I was trying to get Mordor to work on my Windows XP Service Pack 2 netbook. Was getting the "Invalid File Format" error, but your instructions fixed everything! Sound works too, it's all good now!!
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post Apr 6 2011, 07:19 AM
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I guys, I can't find the path to download the old VB run time. Pls help me ^^
[Sorry for my english, i'm an italian player]
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I found the reqfile XD but i was unable to fix the problem. I solved with your super fantastic guide of VM VirtualBox and Standard Xp Sp2. I think this is the fastest and the best choice. Thank you very much.

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post Apr 8 2011, 06:28 AM
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http://mordor.uni.cc/forum/index.php?autom...amp;showfile=22


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post Apr 15 2011, 07:18 PM
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@Soloon: Ciao, benvenuto! happy.gif I'm glad the tutorial was useful, it took a while to put it all together! It is strange that the fix suggested by AmmanIndustries didn't work this time, what is your OS on the host system?
And you English is fine! wink.gif


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