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Topic Subject:C3 Map Editor won't launch
FistinPenguin
Pleb
posted 09-20-17 10:44 ET (US)         
Whenever I try to launch the Caesar 3 map editor, I get an error message saying I don't have smackw32.dll and can't launch it.
Can somebody help me with this? (maybe a step by step guide)
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PCDania
Pleb
(id: PCD)
posted 09-20-17 13:21 ET (US)     1 / 8       
Where did you get the game? Neither the game nor the editor works without that file.

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user3
Pleb
posted 09-20-17 15:53 ET (US)     2 / 8       
Perhaps he installed the editor or game in 'Program Files' or different drive paths. Good luck in discovering the issue.
FistinPenguin
Pleb
posted 09-20-17 16:00 ET (US)     3 / 8       
I found the issue, I needed to put the files one directory deeper. Thanks for the help!

[This message has been edited by FistinPenguin (edited 09-20-2017 @ 04:00 PM).]

PCDania
Pleb
(id: PCD)
posted 09-21-17 01:53 ET (US)     4 / 8       
Pretty strange. The installer should place that file in the correct place.

"Cats are the only animals that are both uber, pwns and 1337 at the same time." -King Euric
By reading this fine print your soul is now the exclusive property of HeavenGames.
user3
Pleb
posted 09-21-17 04:55 ET (US)     5 / 8       
@PCDania
Does the installer contain smackw32.dll -or- expect the one from the original installation?
Does the editor install use a standard directory path -or- verifies the path&installation from the registry?

Could of downloaded and ran the exe on one OS and moved to another OS. [Virtualization]

[This message has been edited by user3 (edited 09-21-2017 @ 05:02 AM).]

PCDania
Pleb
(id: PCD)
posted 09-21-17 08:37 ET (US)     6 / 8       
The installation from the original game from Sierra includes that file.

The version from gog.com contains the exact same file.

Neither the game nor the editor use the registry for anything (see last paragraph). Only thing in the registry is some links to web pages, the Start menu and for uninstalling.

It is unlikely that other official releases of the game does not include that file as the game can not run without. As far as I know, Pharaoh also requires that file for running.

Installing the game on one computer and moving it to another computer makes no difference as the file belongs in the games main folder. The orignal version of Caesar 3 came on a CD and the CD is only used for checking the Copy Protection. Back when people got Vista some had problems running or installing the game, solution was to install on WinXP (or older game compatible OS), move the folder to the new computer, load the CD in the drive, close the window that popped up and start the game using an icon on the desktop.

"Cats are the only animals that are both uber, pwns and 1337 at the same time." -King Euric
By reading this fine print your soul is now the exclusive property of HeavenGames.

[This message has been edited by PCDania (edited 09-21-2017 @ 08:42 AM).]

user3
Pleb
posted 09-21-17 09:00 ET (US)     7 / 8       
The questions were for you to think through the issue and realize how it might happen; making it not 'pretty strange'.

archive of the editor added march 2017

16 bit editor installer

If the dll is not were it is expected in the directory path then the error message is issued even if you have a properly licensed copy of the game. I'm sure he had the dll file and C3 ran fine. Read his opening post it was the stand alone Map editor he ask for help with.

Your response was off base.

[This message has been edited by user3 (edited 09-21-2017 @ 09:23 AM).]

PCDania
Pleb
(id: PCD)
posted 09-21-17 13:32 ET (US)     8 / 8       
Umm, the game does not work without that file. The editor was not a part of the original game but was added later on. A 16 bit installer does not work on a 64-bit OS so you can not install the original game on Win-anything 64-bit. The file is part of the game, not of the Installer used to install the game. When installing the Map Editor it searches the drives on the computer for where Caesar 3 is installed.

As far as I remember, a user was so kind to repackage the Caesar 3 map editor so it use a 32-bit installer thereby making it possible to install on 64-bit systems, the resulting file was uploaded here at HeavenGames. Maybe Pecunia can confirm if I am correct if she reads this?

"Cats are the only animals that are both uber, pwns and 1337 at the same time." -King Euric
By reading this fine print your soul is now the exclusive property of HeavenGames.

[This message has been edited by PCDania (edited 09-21-2017 @ 01:41 PM).]

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