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I am running OFF with the Hat in the Ring addon at Phase 3 V1.47. I am able to run the game fine in stand alone mode, but when I try to launch the multiplayer mode, I get an error message that Combat Flight Simulator 3 has stopped working, and then I get an "OFFManager Run-Time Error '53'" message box, and I return to the main menu. it is possible to run the standalone version fine at that point. I was following the directions for starting a multiplayer game posted in this forum. I did install the Essential MP File Installer, but I'm not sure if that is related.

Thanks for any ideas.

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I am running Windows 7 64bit. That might be significant, but other parts of the game seemed to run OK. On the other hand, I noticed that the Quick Scenarios choice gave me the same error at the same time. While I am able to run a quick combat after this crash, I can't get either multiplayer or quick scenario to work even after restarting the game.

 

Thanks for the replies!

 

What OS are you running? The old game gets a little quirky with different versions of Windows, but I am sure it can be resolved.

 

Beard

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Just so happens I went through a similar problem just last week. I too am running Windows 7 64 and was getting stopped when trying to enter a Multiplayer game. I would get booted back to the opening screen every time and when I tried to fly after that I got the old Error 53. I never really tried to fly a mission after rebooting the game so I can't speak the your last problem, I was just trying to get into Multiplayer.

 

Anyhoo, Sitting Duck posted the following to me to help fix the problem

 

Burning Beard

 

this is a fix for w7 and multiplayer. this is from the over flanders fields faq section

 

 

Q5M. Windows 7 comes up with errors in Multiplayer.

 

A5M. Microsoft posted a fix for a similar issue in article KB555608.

Also check out this thread on Sim-Outhouse.

 

Basically simply rename oleacc.dll to oleaccold.dll in the "CFS3WW1 OverFlandersFields" folder. This file is very old and causes a problem loading MP. Renaming it makes Windows use it's own newer version of that dll held elsewhere. You may need to make CFS3MP.exe and CFS3.exe set to "run as administrator" or XP SP3 compatibility mode (or both - experiment). Right click on each of those programs and go to properties to reach the Compatibiity settings.

 

 

I of course had not checked the faq section to find this problem (my bad) but then again I have been flying this since day 1 of phase 1 so I stupidly thought I had run up against or read about any problem that had come up.

 

Try the above and see if that helps, my problem was fixed by changing the dll. You must realize of course there are no games on a server somewhere that are always up. You will need to check with one of the guys that fly online to get a time and an IP to load to join a game. Most guys that fly online will probably be willing to help you set up your game. Check under Vasco's Volunteers to find the address for the Black Haze room of teamspeak 3 (you can download that by googling teamspeak) and you will probably find Winston hanging out there, he is always a great help and has run up against a lot of the problems and knows the bells and whistles. By the way you will of course need a working microphone to use teamspeak, though there is a text box (one of the two tabs on the bottom of screen opens it) where you can type if you are having microphone problems or if someone needs to send you a URL for a file. If you post a time you can get on teamspeak it will make it easier to catch up with you for one on one instruction.

 

After you fix that dll you can check to see if it works by hosting a game (with yourself). You don't need to open an account just hit the host game and follow the tips there. You can do a dogfight (nobody will be flying against you) and the game will load, Just pick a plane and hit start after you get through the set up screens and if you end up in a plane everything is working properly.

 

Hope this helps,

Beard

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Thanks so much for the detailed response. I did try the dll replacement, and managed to get a different error message. After that seemed to not work, I tried running the executables under Admin and with XP SP3 compatibility, but still had the new error and hard freeze.

 

 

The new error occurres when loading CFS3: "An error has occurred initiating CFS3 - Make sure your CFS CD is in your drive. Patch DLL Error:VirtualProtectEx(.rdata)failed. error 0x00000005=5"

 

I am going to do some research on this new error to see if anything is different.

 

 

 

Thanks again!

 

Just so happens I went through a similar problem just last week. I too am running Windows 7 64 and was getting stopped when trying to enter a Multiplayer game. I would get booted back to the opening screen every time and when I tried to fly after that I got the old Error 53. I never really tried to fly a mission after rebooting the game so I can't speak the your last problem, I was just trying to get into Multiplayer.

 

Anyhoo, Sitting Duck posted the following to me to help fix the problem

 

Burning Beard

 

this is a fix for w7 and multiplayer. this is from the over flanders fields faq section

 

 

Q5M. Windows 7 comes up with errors in Multiplayer.

 

A5M. Microsoft posted a fix for a similar issue in article KB555608.

Also check out this thread on Sim-Outhouse.

 

Basically simply rename oleacc.dll to oleaccold.dll in the "CFS3WW1 OverFlandersFields" folder. This file is very old and causes a problem loading MP. Renaming it makes Windows use it's own newer version of that dll held elsewhere. You may need to make CFS3MP.exe and CFS3.exe set to "run as administrator" or XP SP3 compatibility mode (or both - experiment). Right click on each of those programs and go to properties to reach the Compatibiity settings.

 

 

I of course had not checked the faq section to find this problem (my bad) but then again I have been flying this since day 1 of phase 1 so I stupidly thought I had run up against or read about any problem that had come up.

 

Try the above and see if that helps, my problem was fixed by changing the dll. You must realize of course there are no games on a server somewhere that are always up. You will need to check with one of the guys that fly online to get a time and an IP to load to join a game. Most guys that fly online will probably be willing to help you set up your game. Check under Vasco's Volunteers to find the address for the Black Haze room of teamspeak 3 (you can download that by googling teamspeak) and you will probably find Winston hanging out there, he is always a great help and has run up against a lot of the problems and knows the bells and whistles. By the way you will of course need a working microphone to use teamspeak, though there is a text box (one of the two tabs on the bottom of screen opens it) where you can type if you are having microphone problems or if someone needs to send you a URL for a file. If you post a time you can get on teamspeak it will make it easier to catch up with you for one on one instruction.

 

After you fix that dll you can check to see if it works by hosting a game (with yourself). You don't need to open an account just hit the host game and follow the tips there. You can do a dogfight (nobody will be flying against you) and the game will load, Just pick a plane and hit start after you get through the set up screens and if you end up in a plane everything is working properly.

 

Hope this helps,

Beard

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