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Modded Game Crashing Pre-Menu (Solved)
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For a while, i've been having a problem with a mod i've been working on, where it crashes between the title card and the main menu. When this has happened before, it was the result of something incorrect or missing, but i've struggled to track down the cause.

Up til now, i've used FLScanII to root it out, and have fixed several other minor issues en-route, but though this has helped me narrow the issue down to probably being in the MISSIONS folder - maybe in factionprop.ini - i'm not versed enough in the errors FLScanII's giving me to know where to look past that.

The fact that the scan aborts looking at the MISSIONS folder at this point doesn't help, so all i've really got to go on is this:

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[info] Checking faction_prop.ini
[fatal] Scan aborted: setting file not found in section system


Help would be appreciated, as this issue has effectively killed my enthusiasm for modding.

-Wixelt

Posted on: 2021/9/1 23:27
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DATA\UNIVERSE\universe.ini has a [system] without a file = ....

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Putting aside that this clearly is an error I have my doubts that it can explain the crash at this early point.
FL seems to load the system files at a later point.

It's pretty hard to tell what causes such a crash without further info but the vast amount of crashes at this specific point are related to savegames being no longer compatible with the modded files. It would be worth a try to rename the savegame folder and try to load the game then.

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DATA\UNIVERSE\universe.ini has a [system] without a file = ....

I have MultiUniverse as part of my mod files. Would its region entries in the Universe.ini not having a file directory trigger the error?

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Putting aside that this clearly is an error I have my doubts that it can explain the crash at this early point.
FL seems to load the system files at a later point.

It's pretty hard to tell what causes such a crash without further info but the vast amount of crashes at this specific point are related to savegames being no longer compatible with the modded files. It would be worth a try to rename the savegame folder and try to load the game then.

I read the issue with save files somewhere before, I think, and tried that. The mod presently doesn't have any save files attached to it and still crashes out, though thanks to how the Mod Manager handles seperating modded files, they're still there in a split off folder.

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I have MultiUniverse as part of my mod files. Would its region entries in the Universe.ini not having a file directory trigger the error?

Yeah, that would do it.

As for your crash, could it be an intro? Nothing in the spew?

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Yeah, that would do it.

As for your crash, could it be an intro? Nothing in the spew?

If that's what's causing the fatal error, that might not be the cause of the crash, given I feel like i'd had MultiUniverse integrated for a while before the crashes started.

As for the spew, I did find this. Not sure why this line didn't stand out to me before when I looked since this seems like something that'd cause a crash:

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E:\FL\Scratch\Source\RPCLocal\RPCServer.cpp(62) : *** ERROR: Connect - failed to LoadLibrary(server.dll)
E:\FL\Scratch\Source\DALib\DALib.cpp(376) : WARNING:General:******* DA SYSTEM: trailing references *******
E:\FL\Scratch\Source\DALib\DALib.cpp(376) : WARNING:General:******* DA SYSTEM: trailing references *******

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The mod presently doesn't have any save files attached to it and still crashes out, though thanks to how the Mod Manager handles seperating modded files, they're still there in a split off folder.


You should double check that. When being launched, FL automatically creates a savegame if there is none. If you did changes to the modded content since that happened it still might be possible that such an incompatibility is the cause.

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You should double check that. When being launched, FL automatically creates a savegame if there is none. If you did changes to the modded content since that happened it still might be possible that such an incompatibility is the cause.

I tried renaming the entire Accts folder at one point to force the generation of a new one, and I still got a crash. I don't think the saves are the problem, or at least not the root issue.

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then more info is required

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then more info is required

I'm unsure what other info I have to provide at the moment. Originally there were several other significant errors FLScanII was picking up, but I managed to track down their causes and fix them, so what's been talked about on this thread is more or less all i've got to work with right now.

Edit: Also, I have discovered the cause of the error (thought it was the leftover files from another mod in my file backup that I missed previously, but it really was the MultiUniverse entry in universe.ini not naturally needing a file directory - adding one but leaving it blank removes the error), so now i'm just down to whatever's in FLSpew for whatever's causing my crash.

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E:\FL\Scratch\Source\RPCLocal\RPCServer.cpp(62) : *** ERROR: Connect - failed to LoadLibrary(server.dll)

Well there's your problem - you have no EXE\server.dll. Heaven knows what else is missing, then, do a fresh install.

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E:\FL\Scratch\Source\RPCLocal\RPCServer.cpp(62) : *** ERROR: Connect - failed to LoadLibrary(server.dll)

Well there's your problem - you have no EXE\server.dll. Heaven knows what else is missing, then, do a fresh install.

That's confusing then, because if it is the server.dll that's the problem, the mod does actually have one, and Freelancer runs just fine when the mod's uninstalled, meaning a reinstall might not solve it. I'd assume then, that the problem is the server.dll in the mod being in error, but I feel like i've attempted to replace it with the wprking, vanilla one before, and since I don't think i've edited the server.dll during any other work on the mod (the closest I think would be my mixed success attempt to remove the level cap, which didn't touch the server.dll, as far as I remember) I assume I copied it over just in case.

Actually, if the server.dll is the issue, I might see what happens if I just remove it from the mod. Maybe having it there to overwrite the default one when I don't need it is the problem. Will see if this works and then edit here if it does.

Edit: Didn't work. I'm considering that reinstall, now, but still don't think it will solve the problem.

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If you have the .dll I wonder if its an access issue.

Are you running the game as Administrator?

Is the .dll blocked? See example screenshot.

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If you have the .dll I wonder if its an access issue.

Are you running the game as Administrator?

Is the .dll blocked? See example screenshot.

The Server.dll in my mod doesn't seem to be blocked, and I set the freelancer.exe to run as Admin, but it didn't change anything. Good thought, though.

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Could you post the mod's server.dll?

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