Ok, so after 2-3 tries at installing 2.7, following Ben's step by step walkthrough, I finally got the game to actually load... However, in order to get it to load, I had to go into the config and restore all the sound files, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, except for the fact that its the VC cutscene dialogs, and in a very strange order at that, for instance:
The opening bank robbery scene has the dialog between Tommy and Lance right before they go in to kill Diaz, the cutscene where 8ball takes you to Luigi's has the dialog from Trojan Voodoo, etc.
I can't for the life of me figure out what I'm doing wrong, but I would be eternally grateful if someone could help me out, or explain it to me, or point out something I'm missing somewhere... This is eventually going to drive me insane...
Am I not deleting the right sound files, or rebuilding the wrong SFX archive, or... ?
I've been beating my brains out all day long trying to figure this out, and I just can't see what I'm doing wrong... I'll edit this post with the link to Ben's installation walkthrough, which I'm following to the letter, I even copy/pasted it into notepad so I could have it up while I'm installing the mod...
| Ben said: Alrighty, I'll see what I can do to help you out. The installation of v7test is a pretty complicated process, so I'll go through it step-by-step for you. The easiest thing to do would be to start from scratch I think, so the first thing I want you to do is to delete your LC folder.|
Ok, now you'll need to make a copy of VC folder, and name the copy LC - this ensures that you can still play VC as well as LC. Next, you need to extract the 2.7t rar archive into your new LC folder, choosing Yes To All to overwrite relevant files. Then, you need to do the same with the 2.7t update rar file - extract it into your LC folder, choosing Yes To All to overwrite relevant files. After this, you must delete the IIItoVC_VC6.asi file (you should still have IIItoVC.asi though) - this file is in your main LC folder. Also check to ensure that you have a file in your main LC folder called vcversion.dll - if you don't, you will need to go to the Launcher topic, and download the latest package from the link in the first post, and then put vcversion.dll in your main LC folder. This process gives you the most up-to-date files needed to play LC.
If you have GTA3, you may also like to install the cutscene audio and GTA3 radio stations - to do this, you need to insert your GTA3 play CD, and Explore it. Find the Audio folder, and copy everything in that folder, and paste it into your LC\audioLC folder (not LC\audio). You can now take your GTA3 CD out as you won't need it again for LC.
You should probably also set up the Show Config utility now - to do this, you need to right click in your LC folder and select New -> Shortcut. In the wizard window that pops up, click Browse, and find gta-lc.exe. Click OK, and the path to gta-lc.exe should appear in the box. At the end of the path, after the " you need to type -showconfig - the path should read something like "<your LC directory>\gta-lc.exe" -showconfig.
The next step is the complicated part, and it involves updating the SFX for LC - the SFX is all of the background sounds you hear in-game, such as car engines, weapons, police, etc. The easiest way to do it is to go to your LC\audio folder, and make a new folder called SFX (the path of the folder will therefore be LC\audio\SFX). Move sfx.raw and sfx.sdt from your LC\audio folder into the SFX folder, and then check to ensure that they do not have the Read Only attribute applied - right click on each, and select Properties to check (if the Read Only box is checked, uncheck it and select Apply and then OK). Now, extract the SFX.rar file onto your desktop, and find the Nullpointer's Tool folder. Copy the contents of this folder into your LC\audio\SFX folder, and then run audext.exe - this will extract the SFX files from SFX.raw. Wait until the audext window closes itself - this can take a few minutes. When it has finished, you should now see a series of files that go from sfx00000.wav through to sfx09940.wav. Now, go back to your desktop and find the LC SFX folder. Copy the contents of this folder and paste into your LC\audio\SFX folder, choosing Yes To All to overwrite relevant files. Run Blanks.bat and wait until it closes itself. Now, run audimp.exe - this recompiles sfx.raw and sfx.sdt. Again, wait until the window (the audimp window) closes itself. Find sfx.raw and sfx.sdt and move them into your LC\audio folder (if prompted to Overwrite, choose Yes - this just means that you copied them into the SFX folder originally instead of moving them). You can now delete the SFX folder as well as the files/folders you extracted onto your desktop (from SFX.rar), as you no longer need them.
I follow this to the letter each and every time I attempt to install it, and it's just not working right... any advice would be greatly appreciated, as well as whoever can help me wins my Personal Hero of the day award!!
POST SCRIPT: I know that nsane's installer is for V 2.6, but it is awesome, saved me a great deal of time today, its a fast download and a faster installation, and I haven't had a problem with it yet... *paces floor waiting for 2.7 installer*... Also, thanks to Craig for sending me the link to it, had it not been for that, I'd still be wracking my head trying to get that thing installed.
for ya nsane, you are now offically my hero...