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Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 10:42 am
by AngeI
Ok unfortunately I've found another bug which seems to relate to the updated Hook_32bpp.dll. I noticed suddenly any mission that has Mines in them immediately performs a CTD when they start trying to fire at you. Confirmed after some testing, using the initial V2.1 backdrop, works fine. Soon as I add in the updated Hook32 file to make the explosions appear, the CTD will happen.

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 10:51 am
by JeremyaFr
Hello,
You can try to update all the hooks with XwaHooksSetup. Recently, there was a crash related to the mines that have been fixed in the weapon color hook.
If it still crashes, please post a crash report details from the Events Viewer.

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 10:55 am
by AngeI
Tried XwaHooksSetup, didn't seem to download anything new. Confirmed in event viewer its the Hook_Weapon_Color.dll at fault:

Faulting application name: XwingAlliance.exe, version: 2.0.0.2, time stamp: 0x3765a9b7
Faulting module name: Hook_Weapon_Color.dll, version: 1.0.0.1, time stamp: 0x5eb96ef8
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x00009593
Faulting process id: 0x2298
Faulting application start time: 0x01d630f05cd92507
Faulting application path: D:\Games\Star Wars - X-Wing Alliance\XwingAlliance.exe
Faulting module path: D:\Games\Star Wars - X-Wing Alliance\Hook_Weapon_Color.dll
Report Id: d585f1b1-86a8-474f-b8ee-92df90eea8f1
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 11:01 am
by JeremyaFr
To re-download the hooks, you have to delete the "Hooks" directory.

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 11:09 am
by AngeI
JeremyaFr wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 11:01 am
To re-download the hooks, you have to delete the "Hooks" directory.
Did this, the CTD is still occuring unfortunately.

EDIT: However manually downloading the latest weapon_color dll does fix the problem :)

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 12:06 pm
by Darksaber
You have to delete both the Hooks and the Setup folder the run XwaHooksSetup.exe

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 12:46 pm
by AngeI
Thanks for the help guys, appreciated :)

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 7:53 pm
by keiranhalcyon7
Jeremy - What is the reason for XwaHooksSetup doing nothing if the download directories already exist? I think it would be more intuitive if rerunning it would always populate the latest hooks, regardless of what's been done before. If it were me, I would put a timestamp in the download directories' names, and on rerun, look at the versions of each hook in the most recent download dir, compare to the versions reported by the server, download what's new, and copy from the prior dir what's unchanged.

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 8:13 pm
by JeremyaFr
What XwaHooksSetup is:
- download the hooks to the "Hooks" folder as zip files
- extract the hooks zip files to the "Setup" folder

If the "Hooks" folder already exists, then the tool does an offline extract.
You can remove hook zip files or manually add a hook zip file, and run the tool. In that case, only existing zip files are extracted to the "Setup" folder.
If someone is not connected and re-runs the tool, then the existing hooks are not deleted.

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 12:03 am
by Trevor
I was looking at your source and was sorely tempted to add code that auto removed the dir and downloaded fresh.
Same for the tools, but I thought "he must have a reason for this" so left it.

basically, delete everything and start fresh everytime.

Trev

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 12:25 am
by keiranhalcyon7
That's why I lead with the question. And not deleting things, in the event of running while offline, is a worthwhile failsafe.

The tools downloader does download the new things and keep the old things with each run. It's able to do this because each tool release is contained in a uniquely-named directory. What if the hooks did the same thing? Put a version number, or a date stamp, in the zip file name, but inside, the dll & other files have the same names across versions. Then when unzipping, only unzip the most recent one for each hook.

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:00 am
by DTM
Super Backdrops Patch Version 3.0

What's new? The Planet2.dat file has been updated as follows:

- Low orbit scenarions have been updated with transparent sky, to make it possible to have planets and stars rising on the horizon
- Scenario of the Kothlis missions has been updated with HD textures

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- 3 new scenarios of the Coruscant low orbit (night, daylight, battle of Coruscant) to be used for your mission editing
- New scenario of an industrial planet low orbit

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- New backdrop of the Starkiller Base (Slot 49-5 for Allied users)

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- Fix for the second mission of the battle of Endor (only for standard Y-Wing with Red Squadron as the main color)

You may find the new version of the Super Backdrops Patch here and soon in the download section.
You may download the fix for the second mission of Endor (GOLD squadron as main color) separately from here


Special thanks to Darksaber, for his great and valuable work for version 2.0 of this patch.

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:10 pm
by Trevor
WOW.... those look beautiful

trev

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:39 pm
by Ace Antilles
DTM wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:00 am
Super Backdrops Patch Version 3.0
Fix for the second mission of the battle of Endor (only for standard Y-Wing with Red Squadron as the main color)
:!: Seems GT has found another bug in the mission, sorry DTM. Check the Private Forum.

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:24 am
by keiranhalcyon7
Nice!

If I may ask, why is the "straight down" portion always some kind of hurricane-looking thing, with a solid-color fade to the high-detail image as you pan toward the horizon?

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:49 am
by DTM
Ace Antilles wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:39 pm
:!: Seems GT has found another bug in the mission, sorry DTM. Check the Private Forum.
Fixed, please use the link above to townload the fix and the SBPv3.0 with the fix for Endor.

@Forceflow: please update the SBPv3.0 in the download section.
Thanks!

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:19 am
by Forceflow
Done, though really... shouldn't it have been v3.1 then ;)

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:45 pm
by Ace Antilles
There's not much feedback on these new backgrounds yet. I think they look awesome.
The Kothlis mission is so different with a backdrop compared to Vanilla XWA.

Anyone planning on making cool missions with these? How about attacking Starkiller Base? :D

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:35 pm
by Trevor
agreed, they look awsome and the atmospherics are really nice.
just a pity that flying toward them they never get closer or induce atmospheric turbulence to the craft

Trev

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:47 pm
by Ace Antilles
Trevor wrote:
Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:35 pm
agreed, they look awesome and the atmospherics are really nice.
just a pity that flying toward them they never get closer or induce atmospheric turbulence to the craft

Trev
You don't want much from the XWA old engine do you? lol ;)
Maybe the new Microsoft Flight Simulator can be hacked and totally modded into a space one :? :D
It would be cool to finally complete the old Atmospheric Project goal of decent planets.

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:29 pm
by Trevor
:lachtot:

Well, just putting it out there incase blue decides to add atmospheric shaders to ddraw.
Also, you could damage the player (using engine wash) if they go "Out of bounds" toward the planet.

Trev

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:17 pm
by Ace Antilles
Super Backdrops Patch v3.1

Now available to download is v3.1 of the Super Backdrops Patch.
This version is a only a bug fixing update but it really is worth installing.

This fixes issues in LightingEffects.dat, the first image in the DAT had been made too big in older versions.
That meant when you shot an unshielded starship you saw coloured blob effects shooting out into space with every hit.
Now this has been resized to 128x128 and works properly again. So you should now see like plumes of smoke effects escaping the hull again.

It really makes a massive difference and is essential! Thank you to AgMaywind for his bug report and Ronin65 for making the fix.

V3.1 also includes an older Bug Fix which some of you may already have anyway.
Several Mission INI files had a simple error but one that stopped the newer Starfield showing up.
It fixes the [Resdata] line in 8 Mission INI files. There was no return space meaning the PLANET2.DAT wasn’t used.

Super Backdrops Patch v3.1 is available in the Download section now. :)

IF you happened to have already downloaded v3.1 today before this announcement (4pm BST) please can you download it again.
There was an error in the installer which I have just fixed. Thanks for understanding.

Re: XWAUP presents: the Super Backdrops patch

Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:18 am
by keiranhalcyon7
Oh thank the Maker... err, thank you AgMaywind and Ronin65!