Hmm, everything appears to be in the right places...
I followed the tutorial myself and didn't encounter any issues (aside from black textures in DirectX Viewer, which it seems @X-Lord has also run into).

Maybe metaex has some problem with the formatting of the mini.csp file? It's hard to tell what the latter portion of that error is without being able to look up the line in the metaex source code.
I attached my mini.csp - can you see any differences?

If the files are the same, I don't know what's going on. Hopefully it's not some weird Windows 10 compatibility issue...

PS: Machines doesn't seem to like small maps like this at widescreen resolutions - the camera would flicker rapidly whenever I tried to pan around unless I zoomed in a bit.

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That first command is for navigating Command Prompt to your Machines install folder. If yours is in the "Machines WFW" folder in your screenshot, then the command would be:
CD "C:\Users\[your_username_here]\Downloads\Machines WFW\"

For the second command to work, you need to have metaex.exe in the same folder as mach1.met. Extract metaex.zip into the Machines install folder if you haven't already.

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Getting Half-Life 2: Episode Two Hunter flashbacks...

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Filled as much space as possible without cropping the outer Warlords off or stretching everything:


1280x600 is an unusual resolution - does Machines allow you to select 1920x1080 in the options menu?

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If you have some spare time and a blank CD you can try following these instructions to make a copy of CD2 with (hopefully) working music using files available from wiredforwar.org. As far as I know, it should be the English version...

Is Machines set to run in a compatibility mode? Some compatibility modes break the CD audio.

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@Warharvest_ said:

Can anyone make this image 1920 x 1080 and enhance it?
Awesome background.jpg


16:9 crop:
Enhanced wide cropped

4:3 full frame

Don't think much more can be done without turning it into a painting :p

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@X-Lord Nice :-)

Around the time I posted this thread I experimented with using the waifu2x-Caffe upscaler on Machines textures - results were pretty good for most textures, but they would benefit from some manual work to clean up dithering/banding (8-bit artifacts from original textures), missed edges and colourkey alpha textures (I think gun barrels, etc. use magenta as full transparency, blending the edges may cause pink outlines).

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@Mahmoud said:

Hi, I'm just wondering if you've made any of the let's play videos yet. It's been a couple of weeks, so I thought I'd revive the post.

Last Online
11 months ago

Maybe try posting a comment on his YouTube channel (a channel with the same username exists, I assume that's him)

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Awesome :)

Nice group picture.

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@ZemoBladeWalker said:

Just followed your steps. The game boots up but now it crashes at loading screen with memory access error.

Hmm... so far I've found 3 possible causes for memory access errors on loading screens:

  • less than 32MB of VRAM allocated under the DirectX tab in dgVoodooSetup.exe (dgVoodoo 2.53) / dgVoodooCpl.exe (dgVoodoo 2.54) - I suggest setting this to at least 64MB (higher values may be useful if running at a very high resolution or if someone makes a high-resolution texture pack)

  • Videocard set to "dgVoodoo Virtual SVGA Card" under the DirectX tab in dgVoodooSetup.exe (dgVoodoo 2.53) / dgVoodooCpl.exe (dgVoodoo 2.54) - set it to "dgVoodoo Virtual 3D Accelerated Card".

  • texture(s) in unsupported formats in the models folder (seems unlikely in this case)

I'll keep trying different things.

Were you able to get in-game before you installed dgVoodoo 2?
What graphics card and operating system are you using?

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All I did was downloading the files from this forum in the section dedicated to the game itself (the one that appears on the main page).
Maybe I downloaded an incomplete version. Or maybe I missed a step.

You didn't miss anything - due to the limitations of the ISO format, the music is not present in the Disk 2 ISO files available from the site.

Until someone updates the downloads with disk images in a format that supports CD audio, the instructions I posted are the only way I know of to get working music using the files available here.

(another possibility might be to use the soundtrack files in conjunction with an audio wrapper like _inmm.dll or ogg-winmm)

I'll try to follow the instructions from the last item and see what happens.

Good luck, hope it works for you.

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The CUE / BIN files you're using - were they

• converted directly from a CD2 ISO (or other format) file - (won't work as far as I know)
• downloaded from somewhere - (reliability depends on the original creator)
• created from a physical CD2
• made using these instructions (using the Machines Disk 2 ISO and soundtrack files from this site)

Once music is working you should be able to hear it almost immediately after launching the game - music should play over the first loading screen, logo videos, and in the main menu.

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I'll have to test it again next time I get access to a PC with Windows 10 installed, but I remember dgVoodoo 2 fixing similar graphical issues last time I tried it - do you still have it installed?

EDIT: andreasaspenberg claimed that the options menu causes pink squares (even with dgVoodoo) on their AMD graphics card, and that avoiding the options menu avoids the problem - don't know if that would apply to you (or if it's reliable info), but thought I'd mention it just in case.
I don't have any AMD graphics cards to test things with.

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Is machines.exe set to run in a compatibility mode? If so, try unchecking that option (right-click on machines.exe → "Properties" → "Compatibility" tab).
So far this is the only thing I've found that causes the music volume slider to reset to 0 - at least on Windows 7.

(hopefully compatibility modes aren't required for the game to run on Windows 10...)

Running as an administrator could help, in case a user permission is preventing the game from reading/writing settings to the registry.

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Not (currently / directly) Machines-related, but the creator of dgVoodoo, Dege, recently posted this:

I have an announcement:
This week I became affiliated with Good Old Games which means that GoG can now utilize dgVoodoo2 for their game releases.

Bodes well for future pre-DirectX 9 game releases on GOG.com.

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@pianist88 You might get better performance if you install dgVoodoo 2.

Some parts of the game may still run a bit slow at times - I think maps with day/night cycle might suffer from some weird performance issues on modern computers.

Sorry for the late reply.

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You could try using Machines Loader to play the game without a CD in the drive - the game won't be able to play music if it can't find any...
You may need to copy the flics folder from each disc into the Machines install folder if you want the campaign videos to play.

If Machines Loader doesn't work for you, you could try making an ISO image of your CD and mounting that in a virtual drive instead of using your physical CD. (game will detect the CD as being in the drive, but ISO files don't store CD audio tracks)

(I think the slider issue is due to a change in how CD audio works in Windows Vista (maybe XP?) onwards - seems like CD audio volume can't be adjusted separately from overall volume anymore, so both sliders in-game do the same thing.)

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I'm not sure what to suggest for the fog issue. Don't know if dgVoodoo works under Wine, but it could be worth trying.

For the main menu size, there is a setting in the options menu called "Screen Resolution Lock".

  • If it is checked, the menu displays at the selected in-game resolution with black borders all around
  • If unchecked, the menu tries to run at 640x480 (resulting in resolution switching every time you access it if you have a different in-game resolution selected). Scaling or lack thereof would be handled by the display driver / Wine / monitor.

If for some reason the checkbox toggle doesn't work, the setting is saved in the registry under

HKEY_CURRENT_USER → Software → Acclaim Entertainment → Machines → Screen Resolution

(assuming the registry structure is the same as on Windows)

Change the value Lock Resolution to 0 or 1 for off / on.

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@schubot That sounds unpleasant o_O

The issue might be fixable by installing dgVoodoo 2 - instructions here

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then, even burn a CD with files cd 2 + OST of the game, not work, because even so the volume of the music is bugged on current "windows"?

On Windows Vista and newer, Machines will always play music at full volume - which can make some sound effects and voices difficult to hear (even with the SFX volume turned up).

To make a new CD 2 disc image or physical disc with working music using files from the CD 2 ISO and the OST files:

I suggest using PowerISO to create the image (unregistered version worked for this despite usually having a 300MB size limit) and Daemon Tools Lite to mount it. PowerISO can be used to write to a CD if desired.

  1. Run PowerISO.
  2. Create a mixed-mode CD image.
  3. Add the files from the Machines CD 2 ISO to the data track.
  4. Add the OST music files as audio tracks.
  5. Label the disc image as "MACHINES_DISK_2".
  6. Save as MACHINES_DISK_2.BIN.

At this point you could try burning the image to a CD. It might actually be easier and more convenient than using it in a virtual drive. Default burning settings in PowerISO seemed to work fine.

Continuing instructions below are for mounting the new disc image in a virtual drive:

  1. Exit PowerISO
  2. Run Daemon Tools Lite
  3. Mount MACHINES_DISK_2.CUE file (should be in the same folder as MACHINES_DISK_2.BIN).
    Ensure the virtual drive is assigned a drive letter "before" any existing physical disc drives. If you have a DVD drive assigned "E", the virtual drive needs to be A, B, C or D, otherwise Machines (probably) won't play the music.
    If you can't select the right drive letter using Daemon Tools Lite, you can use the Windows Disk Management tool to change it separately.
  4. Play Machines.

Good luck, hopefully one of those methods works for you

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