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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the RCT Station Frequently Asked Questions section.  Over the course of time, we've been asked a ton of questions.  Some seem to come up far more often than others.  This section is our collection of Frequently Asked Questions.  The contributors of this section is far too many to list.  The entire RCT community had a hand in this.

Categories:
   A. About the game
   B. Technical Info.
   C. Scenarios
   D. Rides
   E. Shops & Stalls
   F. Staff
   G. Guests
   H. Landscaping & Theming
   I. Research
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   K. Park Management
   L. Cheats & Trainers

    
Technical Info.

1. Are there any add-ons and extra scenarios on the web
2. Are there any known bugs in Rollercoaster Tycoon
3. Are there any patches for the game
4. Does Rollercoaster Tycoon run under Windows 2000 or Windows ME
5. Is there a scenario creator and/or editor available.
6. I want to reinstall Rollercoaster Tycoon or move it to another computer. How can I keep all the progress I've made in scenarios.
7. When I installed Roller Coaster Tycoon: Loopy Landscapes there was no problem.  But when I played the game it went black and said inaccessable file or corrupted file. What can I do?
8. After I get the game installed the start page is too big. So I can not see the top menu bar to even play. My question is if there is a settings button or a solution to my problem. PLEASE HELP ME!
9. The game starts to install but quits to the Desktop. What's wrong?
10. I decided to remove RCT from my computer and re-install it. Every time I start it up, it crashes; what's wrong?
11. When I launch the game, I get a message saying "Error Trapper: Access Violated".
12. The game crashes after just a few minutes, and I get a message that says "GSK Exception Trapper."
13. I launch the game and the screen just turns black, or quits back to Windows without any error message.
14. The game randomly freezes, crashes, or locks up the computer.
15. I can't hear any sound or music in the game.
16. The game occasionally locks up or crashes for no apparent reason.
17. I have RCT/LL, installed the Drexler Patch, and have been playing for several months. Suddenly, after about 20 seconds of play I get a "Data corrupt or inaccessible" error. And when I close the box, the game crashes to Windows.
18. Shutting Down All Your Applications
19. I've finished several Scenarios, but I turned on the game one day and my finished Scenarios were gone.
20. Scenario Progress Loss Patch
21. What does the Loopy Landscapes Patch fix or change?
22. Latest Bug-Fix Patches
23. I am trying to run RCT under Windows NT but it won't work.
24. I am trying to run RCT under Windows 2000 but it won't load Save Games.
25. I am trying to run Loopy Landscapes under Windows 2000 but it won't run.
26. Data File Corrupt or Inaccesible Error.
27. I keep getting a DD Help Error during play.
28. RCT crashes when I press the Right-mouse button.
29. After reinstalling my Corkscrew Follies/Added Attractions, or Loopy Landscapes, I keep losing all my scenario progress.
30. When I record WAV files and convert them to DAT files for the game, they play too fast.
31. I have CF/AA or LL and replaced some of the CSSX.DAT music files for the carousel, but the new ones won't play.
32. When I try to open a Save Game .sv4 file downloaded from a website, I get an "Invalid Data Error".
33. I used a Trainer to swap train types on my coaster. Now the ride's reliability drops to zero after 15 seconds of game play.
34. I just downloaded a .td4 track file from a website but it will not open in my game.
35. I have LL and the .td4 track file still will not open.
36. I am having problems running RCT, CF/AA, or LL on Windows XP.



1.  Are there any add-ons and extra scenarios on the web  
Yes. There are two extra scenarios on the official Rollercoaster Tycoon web site. You can find our scenarios right here.
 
2.  Are there any known bugs in Rollercoaster Tycoon  
Yes, although Hasbro have not always been forthcoming about what they are. Earliest versions of the original game lost all record of completed scenarios after any daylight saving time change. The earliest version of Loopy Landscapes stopped any new guests arriving after around 62 or more different types of rides, shops and stalls were available to build.
As a general rule, you should intall the latest patch available for your version of the game. The latest official patches for the game can be found here.
 
3.  Are there any patches for the game  
Yes. There are both official and unofficial ones. The latest official patches for the game can be found here. The most well-known unofficial patch is known as the Drexler patch and is named after its author Josef Drexler. This allows unofficial scenarios and parks to be used with the game.
 
4.  Does Rollercoaster Tycoon run under Windows 2000 or Windows ME  
Rollercoaster Tycoon and the first add-on Added Attractions (Corkscrew Follies) are not officially supported by Hasbro to run under Windows 2000. However, Loopy Landscapes (which includes Added Attractions) will run under Windows 2000. You will need version 1.20.013 or later of Loopy Landscapes. The latest official patches for the game can be found here.
 
5.  Is there a scenario creator and/or editor available.  
There is no official scenario editor available.  You can use the latest version of either the Dragons Trainer or the Save Game Modifier.  Both allow you to make a lot of changes, and both pieces of software will get the job done.
 
6.  I want to reinstall Rollercoaster Tycoon or move it to another computer. How can I keep all the progress I've made in scenarios.  
Follow the instructions here. Don't panic! They are not as complicated as they look.
 
7.  When I installed Roller Coaster Tycoon: Loopy Landscapes there was no problem.  But when I played the game it went black and said inaccessable file or corrupted file. What can I do?  
You need to reinstall if you get this message. Uninstall first, but choose to keep your saved games.
 
8.  After I get the game installed the start page is too big. So I can not see the top menu bar to even play. My question is if there is a settings button or a solution to my problem. PLEASE HELP ME!  
This sounds like a problem with your graphics card. But most of the menus can be accessed by pressing keyboard shortcuts. These are detailed in the manual.
 
9.  The game starts to install but quits to the Desktop. What's wrong?  

Make sure that you have enough hard drive space available on your hard drive before installing. If you don't have at least 50 Megabytes free, the (RCT) game can't install. The expansion packs will require even more.

If you are using an "active" anti-virus scanner (i.e., one that detects virus activity as your computer runs as opposed to one that only scans files for viruses when you tell it to), you may need to disable that feature before you install the game. The installation utility must be able to create and/or modify executable files to do its job, and many active anti-virus scanners will detect this as "virus activity" and literally blow the installer out of the water.

If you have enough space, check the shiny underside of the game CD for fingerprints, smudges, scratches, or anything else that may cause your drive to have trouble reading it.

If the CD looks clean and undamaged, then your CD-ROM drive may be running in "MS-DOS Compatibility Mode". Consult your Windows 95/98/ME manual.

 
10.  I decided to remove RCT from my computer and re-install it.  Every time I start it up, it crashes; what's wrong?  

You must find and remove the file named RCT.ICD from your Hard drive. The easiest way to do this is to use the Windows 'Find' feature.

1. Press F3 and then type in the name of the file.
2. Click search.
3. Select the file and hit delete.
4. Re-install.

Before attempting to re-install it is recommended that you go into your hard drive using your Windows Explorer and also manually delete ANY leftover game folders to insure that your new re-install is clean. Make a backup copy of your Save Game's folder.

 
11.  When I launch the game, I get a message saying "Error Trapper: Access Violated".  

My early experience with this error and RCT seemed to be due to some programs not releasing all of my computer's memory. Early versions of AOL was a prime example, and rebooting the computer prior to playing RCT was the usual solution. Virus scanning programs, and Crash Guard type programs are also likely suspects. It is also best to empty your System Tray of any programs that are also fighting for mutual memory space. Computer games DO NOT like to share computer memory! See Shutting Down All Your Applications.

If you have installed the Loopy Landscapes add-on pack and are receiving this error when you launch the game, a patch is available that fixes this error, as well as a few other minor game play issues. Be sure to download the Loopy Landscapes patch. It is available at the official game site: www.rollercoastertycoon.com in the Downloads section.

 
12.  The game crashes after just a few minutes, and I get a message that says "GSK Exception Trapper".  
There are a number of problem Windows sound and video drivers which don't properly support some Direct X functions used by the game. In most cases, all crashes can be solved by installing the latest Windows driver updates for your sound and video cards from the manufacturers.
 
13.  I launch the game and the screen just turns black, or quits back to Windows without any error message.  
There are several things that you can try to fix this problem:
1. Shut down any other applications that you may have running on your system such as screen savers, virus scanners, etc. See Shutting Down All Your Applications.
2. Turn down video hardware acceleration in the Windows control panel.
3. Try resetting your computer's video resolution to 640x480 with 256 colors.
4. Update your video card drivers.
 
14.  The game randomly freezes, crashes, or locks up the computer.  

First, shut down all other applications that may be running on your computer. Other applications can interfere with the game's operation. See Shutting Down All Your Applications.

If this doesn't help, then the software drivers that Windows uses to communicate with your hardware may be out of date, or incompatible with the game. Install the latest Direct X compatible drivers available for your video and sound card from the card's manufacturer. If you have already updated to the latest driver version from the manufacturer and the problem persists, you may want to see if reference drivers are available from the video chip manufacturer. Reference drivers are usually more standardized than the manufacturer's versions and may work better with a wider variety of games.

 
15.  I can't hear any sound or music in the game.  

First, check your speakers to make sure that they are turned on, connected properly to the rest of the system, and that the volume controls are turned up. If they are, then check your windows volume controls by clicking on the small yellow speaker icon on your Taskbar.

If you still can't hear sound, then you'll need to update your sound card drivers to the latest versions available.

This game uses Microsoft's Direct X for all graphics and sound effects. It cannot run properly unless Direct X version 5.0 or higher is installed on your computer. It may also exhibit problems if the video card and/or sound card in your computer are not 100% Direct X compliant.

Re-install the latest version of Direct X, then reboot your computer and try playing the game again. You can usually find the latest Direct X relevant to you and your computer by opening the CD of the last game you bought and installing that Direct X version directly. Otherwise, go to the official Microsoft Windows site to download a copy.

If you experience crashes and have a Yamaha sound card use an emulated driver. One is the Yamaha Softsynthesizer which you can get at www.yamaha-xg.com. Download any one, the driver will still work after the trial period.

 
16.  The game occasionally locks up or crashes for no apparent reason.  

First, shut down any other programs that you have running on your system. Other programs can interfere with the program's operation. See Shutting Down All Your Applications.

If your computer has a fast processor such as a Pentium II or III, try turning down your video hardware acceleration in Windows. Consult your Windows Manual.

Next, be sure that your computer has plenty of free hard drive space to use for a swap file in case your system runs out of memory.

Make sure that you have installed the latest version of Direct X. Older versions may not have all of the right drivers for your hardware. That could cause the game to crash under certain conditions. You can usually get the latest version of Direct X off the CD of the last computer game you just purchased, otherwise, you may need to go to the Microsoft website and download a copy.

 
17.  I have RCT/LL, installed the Drexler Patch, and have been playing for several months. Suddenly, after about 20 seconds of play I get a "Data corrupt or inaccessible" error. And when I close the box, the game crashes to Windows.  

Once you start getting this message it will always pop up no matter what scenario or saved game you load. Don't worry about the message; your data is NOT corrupt! This is purely a blatant anti-consumer scare tactic to dissuade you from using trainers. Using the TRG Trainer, run the "Clean Config" option to clean out your game's configuration files. This can sometimes occur when using a trainer. Most peeps never experience this error.

 
18.  Shutting Down All Your Applications  

1. Find your Windows 95/98/ME Taskbar. This is the bar where your START button is located.
2. For every button on the Taskbar except for the start button, right-click once and then left-click on "Close".
3. Do the same for each of the icons on the opposite side of the Taskbar. If there is no option to Close or Exit the application, don't worry, we'll deal with that in a moment.
4. Once you have closed down all of the applications that you can using this method, press <control> <alt> <delete> (only once!) to bring up the Windows 95/98/ME task manager. You will see a list of programs that are still running.
5. The only 2 programs that need to be there are Explorer and Systray. For everything else, click once to highlight the program you wish to close, and then click on "End Task". The task manager will close too, so you will need to press <control> <alt> <delete>again if you need to terminate any other programs.
6. Once you have closed down all of the applications on your system except Explorer and Systray, try running your game again.

Don't worry about losing these programs permanently as they will re-load next time you start or boot up your machine.

 
19.  I've finished several Scenarios, but I turned on the game one day and my finished Scenarios were gone  

Due to a problem in how the game keeps track of time, this issue may occur after the switch to or from Daylight Savings Time. To recover your progress in the game, go to www.rollercoastertycoon.com and click on the Downloads section. There you will find the "Scenario Progress Loss" patch that solves this issue.

 
20.  Scenario Progress Loss Patch  

Due to a bug in the early versions of RollerCoaster Tycoon, you may find that your progress through the scenarios is reset when Windows changes your PC's clock between normal time and Daylight Savings Time. This problem was fixed in later versions, and updating the game to the latest version will prevent this problem affecting you. The following methods of retrieving your scenario progress and scores are:

A.) If you DO NOT have the Added Attractions / Corkscrew Follies Add-on:
1. Download the progress recovery utility from www.rollercoastertycoon.com.
2. Run by double-clicking on the file.
3. Wait for it to complete.
4. Start RollerCoaster Tycoon as normal and your progress should be restored.

B.) If you DO have the Added Attractions / Corkscrew Follies Add-on:
1. Un-Install the game (Make sure you DON'T delete saved games when prompted).
2. Install RollerCoaster Tycoon from the original CD, but DON'T start the game.
3. Install Added Attractions / Corkscrew Follies from the CD .
4. Start the game as normal - The scenario progression should then be restored.

Note that in both cases, you need to have saved games for all your 'completed' parks in the "Saved Games" folder for the recovery process to work. Your saved games must have been saved AFTER completion.

 
21.  What does the Loopy Landscapes Patch fix or change?  

The Loopy Landscapes patch allows the following fixes, changes, and enhancements to your RollerCoaster Tycoon: Loopy Landscapes game:

1. Allows the game to work better in Windows 2000
2. Fixes a small problem in the first ten scenarios in Loopy Landscapes wherein Guests stopped coming to the Park after you reached a certain level of Research.
3. Includes all previous patches and fixes, such as the "Daylight Savings" patch from the original game and the Corkscrew Follies add-on.
4. Resolves the 'Error Trapper: Access Violation' error that some users experience when attempting to launch the game.

The patch is available for download at www.rollercoastertycoon.com, along with additional information about the previous fixes included.

 
22.  Latest Bug-Fix Patches  

Since being released, RollerCoaster Tycoon, Added Attractions / Corkscrew Follies add-on pack, and RollerCoaster Tycoon - Loopy Landscapes have been updated to fix a number of bugs. The latest version of RollerCoaster Tycoon is V1.08.187, the latest UK and US versions of Added Attractions / Corkscrew Follies is V1.10.026 (V1.10.021 all other languages) and the latest version of RollerCoaster Tycoon - Loopy Landscapes is 1.20.013.

RollerCoaster Tycoon can now be played under Microsoft Windows 2000.

There was an issue where guests would stop entering the park once the player had reached a certain level of ride research. This problem was only evident in the first ten Loopy Landscapes scenarios. This has also been fixed so that guests will continue to enter the park throughout the duration of the scenario. You can check which version number you currently have by selecting 'About RollerCoaster Tycoon' from the disk icon pull-down menu while playing the game -- the version number will be displayed at the top of the window before the credits.

If you don't already have the latest version, you can download and install a patch to update your game and take advantage of the latest bug fixes at the www.rollercoastertycoon.com website Downloads section.

 
23.  I am trying to run RCT under Windows NT but it won't work.  

RCT requires full Direct X5 or later Direct X support to function correctly, so until Microsoft releases full Direct X, drivers for Windows NT, the game is unlikely to function correctly in NT.

 
24.  I am trying to run RCT under Windows 2000 but it won't load Save Games.  

You must click on the Save Game directly which will launch the game.

 
25.  I am trying to run Loopy Landscapes under Windows 2000 but it won't run.  

The Loopy Landscapes official patch will allow you to launch LL under Win2000. It also addresses issues with game startup on certain AMD-equipped systems (related to the issue with W2K). Available at: www.rollercoastertycoon.com Downloads section.

 
26.  Data File Corrupt or Inaccessible Error.  

The CD ROM drive is dirty, or the CD itself is dirty, damaged, or defective.

Even with a full install, certain files (such as CSS17.DAT) are left on the CD, so the game must be able to read them from the CD at various points during game play (while viewing the intro screen, starting a new scenarios, when loading or saving a game, and, after loading a saved game, the first time the game clock ticks over to a new day). If your CD ROM drive is "cranky" or the CD is damaged, the game won't be able to read those files.

This error can also occur after you've been using a trainer with the game. The primary symptom is that you get the "data file corrupt..." error message after you've been playing a saved game for a few minutes. If this is the case, Henry Winkelstein's TRG Trainer has a "Clean config" function that can usually clear up this problem. Note that unlike all the other functions of this trainer, the "Clean config" command will only work properly when RCT is not running.

 
27.  I keep getting a DD Help Error during play.  

This is a sound card issue and non-compliance with Direct X. See if you can locate newer drivers for your sound card at the manufacturer's website, and the latest version of Direct X. Yamaha's sound card is especially susceptible to this error.

 
28.  RCT crashes when I press the Right mouse button.  

It is caused by a conflict between the mouse driver and Microsoft's Direct Input code. One driver which causes this problem is the 'Genius NetMouse' mouse driver, and it can be solved by removing the driver from Windows, and then installing a 'standard serial mouse' driver, or 'standard PS2 mouse' driver.

 
29.  After reinstalling my Corkscrew Follies/Added Attractions, or Loopy Landscapes I keep losing all my scenario progress.  

Symptom: After installing RCT, CF/AA or LL, and CF/AA or LL official patches, copying over the old Save Games folder, and running RCT, I play a scenario and save it. When I return to it later it is gone and all the scenarios are locked except for the first 5.

Cause: People you who experienced this have usually "burned" a copy of their Saved Games folder onto a CD-R(W).

Effect: The 001 file created by the RCT/CF/LL install is overwritten by the user's 001 file from their CD-R(W). The copies of the Saved Games (and the 001 file in the folder) are all Read-Only. Depending on the technique they have used to make the CD-R(W) copies, perhaps the date and time stamp on the 001 file are also not what the game would expect.

Cure:
1. Delete the "burned" 001 file.
2. Copy the 001 file from the CF/AA or LL CD Saved Games folder.
3. Mark the new 001 file as NOT Read-Only, but mark the Archive Attribute as Set.
4. Delete the CSS0.DAT file on your hard drive.
5. Restart the game to force a rebuild of the CSS0.DAT file. This will rebuild progress using the saved games in your Saved Games folder.

Alternative cure:
1. Uninstall the whole game, using the option to delete the Saved Games. (First ensure that you have a copy of the Saved Games elsewhere.)
2. Reinstall RCT
3. Reinstall CF/AA or LL
4. Install the official CF/AA or LL patches if required to bring your version up-to-date.
5. Copy the burned Saved Games into the Saved Games folder, BUT NOT THE 001 FILE.
6. Install the Drexler patch (if you require it) once the game is up and running.

Second Alternative Cure: (if you do not have the saved games you need to restore all your progress)
1. Using a backup of your CSS0.DAT file, follow the instructions for restoring scenario progress using this knowledge base article.

 
30.  When I record WAV files and convert them to DAT files for the game, they play too fast. 

When recording and replacing the Carousel or Bumper Car DAT files, you must use the following specifications in your WAV Recording program:

PCM; 22,050Hz; 8 bit; mono

16 bit can be used for improved music quality, but with twice the number of bytes for the final WAV/DAT file. Within the context of the game, along with all the other background noise, 8 bit is just fine. I have also found that mono can be used instead of stereo without losing the directional "stereo" effect in the game. There is little use in recording the WAV in Stereo since the game plays it from a distant, point-source flat ride. (You can never get close enough to the ride.) It may also save you some bytes.

 
31.  I have CF/AA or LL and replaced some of the CSSX.DAT music files for the carousel, but the new ones won't play.  

You need the latest Drexler Patch to fix this bit of anti-cheat code introduced with Corkscrew Follies.

 
32.  When I try to open a Save Game .sv4 file downloaded from a website, I get an "Invalid Data Error." 

Most save game files available for download from the various RCT dedicated websites have been altered with the use a program called a Trainer. To open these files it will be necessary to download the Drexler Patch. This patch removes the game's anti-cheat code which checks for "tampering" of the .sv4 Save Game files.

Note: There are no Drexler Patches available for the stand alone version of RollerCoaster Tycoon. The Drexler Patch can only be applied to RCT that is using the expansion disk Corkscrew Follies/Added Attractions, or Loopy Landscapes.

 
33.  I used a Trainer to swap train types on my coaster. Now the ride's reliability drops to zero after about 15 seconds of game play.

You need the latest Drexler Patch to fix this bit of anti-cheat code introduced with Loopy Landscapes.

 
34.  I just downloaded a .td4 track file from a website but it will not open in my game.

Now that Loopy Landscapes has been out for a year most track files have been created with games using this expansion pack. The LL .td4 track files are slightly different than the earlier stand-alone RCT version .td4 track files (having more data), and are not backward compatible. That means that even the standard wooden roller coaster, for instance, created under LL cannot be opened by stand-alone RCT or Corkscrew Follies.

 
35.  I have LL and the .td4 track file still will not open.

It is quite likely that the particular scenario you are attempting to install this roller coaster in either does not allow this style roller coaster, or your Research Department has not yet researched out all the features required to build it.

 
36.  I am having problems running RCT, CF/AA, or LL on Windows XP.

Since Windows XP and 2000 are based on the same kernal, the problems are similar with both.  Download the Windows 2000 patch from the official site.

You MAY need to recopy the RCT.ICD from the correct language folder on the CD onto your hard drive.

 

 

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