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aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 03-21-13 05:21 AM ET (US)         


UPatch HD 1.1


For more details and full list of features - visit the official site.

NOTE: You are not allowed to use or include UPatch HD or any parts of it (including graphics) in other software, mods or websites (this includes re-uploading here) without the author's permission. You are not allowed to sell or bundle UPatch HD with other software, mods or services.

[This message has been edited by aoe_scout (edited 11-22-2016 @ 11:33 AM).]

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Ris1ng
Clubman
posted 04-25-16 07:06 PM ET (US)     1801 / 1956       
Great update, I think I'm the most happy with the option to keep score/time always enabled. Everytime I start a new game I always had to press F4/F11.
Kenntak
Clubman
posted 04-26-16 10:08 AM ET (US)     1802 / 1956       
Okay, apparently when I try to add the launcher to my allowed programs list on my antivirus program, the file is renamed by Windows Defender to a name located in its scan history. I have Windows Defender disabled, and deleted the scan log, but when I try to allow the program, it is still renamed. Very confused.

[This message has been edited by Kenntak (edited 04-26-2016 @ 10:09 AM).]

aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 04-26-16 02:55 PM ET (US)     1803 / 1956       
Well, Windows Defender is not a very reliable AV, so it's not very surprising it caused such a problem (but could also be caused by bad configuration of the program). This is not a proper behavior and could potentially affect any other less popular (not created by big companies) free programs that can't afford to pay for digital signature. You need to fully disable W.D., restart PC, reinstall the patch and then apply your settings. Run a File Check too. And only after all that - re-enable W.D. (or replace it with another AV).

[This message has been edited by aoe_scout (edited 04-26-2016 @ 03:42 PM).]

Kenntak
Clubman
posted 04-28-16 08:25 AM ET (US)     1804 / 1956       
Wow, after two days dealing with tech support, they have not been able to fix the problem with the virus shield. The good news is that I can play the game now. The bad news is that I cannot run set up. But I don't need to do that until there is another update. At that point, I will just turn the shield off temporarily, and then run set up. Thanks for the latest patch aoe_scout, makes a great thing even better.

[This message has been edited by Kenntak (edited 04-28-2016 @ 08:25 AM).]

kortefa
Clubman
posted 04-28-16 04:21 PM ET (US)     1805 / 1956       
Hello! I have SIS Mirage 3 graphic card in my laptop and I get the following message: "Could not initialize graphics system. Make sure that your video card and driver are compatible with DirectDraw" I have WIN7 32bit system. It happens both with upatch and without it. How could I avoid this?
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 04-29-16 06:09 AM ET (US)     1806 / 1956       
Use Windowed mode from Launcher - Settings, that should solve it. Some laptop graphics systems (especially some less popular models) do not support 8-bit color mode, which the game's engine uses.

If you have any problems, don't forget to first check the Help section of the site, most procedures to avoid problems are already there.
redl
Clubman
posted 04-30-16 00:50 AM ET (US)     1807 / 1956       
Hello AoE Scout.
(My Eng is not quite good)
I can customize my AoE by binary patcher, Hex editor, DRS SLP editors, advanced genie editor... but I can't find the way to enable the quick right click option, auto dislaying F4 and F11. When I make change the AoE 1.1 resolution, the empirex.exe hash changed. But, if I change the mouse, F4 F11 option, the hash of all file in AoE folder nott changed. Can you show me the way to do it? Thankx!
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 04-30-16 04:52 AM ET (US)     1808 / 1956       
I'm not sure what you mean? To change these options, just go to Launcher - Settings - Advanced. As for hashes, use Settings - File Check to ensure your game is clean, you don't need to do anything else. If you want to make experiments with the game (and they caused you problems), I'm afraid I can't help you - I only support UPatch HD in its clean form, nothing else. You can use the UPatch HD modding system for mods (explained on the site).
redl
Clubman
posted 04-30-16 09:40 AM ET (US)     1809 / 1956       
I mean, how to manually make change to empiresx 1.0c with right click, F4 F11 options? I can't find how the uhd save these settings, because there is no setting file in aoehd folder, and the empiresx.exe not changed like it done when changing resolution.
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 04-30-16 12:32 PM ET (US)     1810 / 1956       
UPatch HD is game version 1.1, it's not 1.0c (nor a simple binary patch over it), things just don't work the way you think (certainly not with hex editing). I've been working on this project for 3 years to make all that possible - by reverse engineering the code and creating my own version.

If you want to use UPatch HD with default 1.0c game balance (more accurately ROR 1.0a) without loosing the new UPatch HD features - there is a simple UPatch HD mod that can do that.

[This message has been edited by aoe_scout (edited 04-30-2016 @ 02:01 PM).]

redl
Clubman
posted 04-30-16 05:38 PM ET (US)     1811 / 1956       
I had used many tools to customize AoE. My computer has all RoR versions. I have customized RoR 1.0b and 1.0c that completely compatible to play online with GameRanger, Garena. The options I maked change is resolutions, minimap... All the balance change,technologi s, path finding... will make sync errors when playing.
I had tried customizing empiresx 1.1. The file size is same as 1.0c. The version can change easily to 1.0d e f, 1.1, etc. Game balance, techs can change in empires.dat.
So I want you show me how to make the special options. I really need your help. Thankx
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 04-30-16 10:18 PM ET (US)     1812 / 1956       
Well, you seem to already know what's right, I must be the one who doesn't understand how the game works.

Creating multiple accounts is not allowed here.

[This message has been edited by aoe_scout (edited 05-01-2016 @ 01:35 AM).]

redl
Clubman
posted 04-30-16 11:31 PM ET (US)     1813 / 1956       
Sorry for my English. But this account is my only one. I just want you show me the way to make those option. In previous post, I mean I have already know basic knowlegde to mod AoE. So you can explain me the main thing to do
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-01-16 01:31 AM ET (US)     1814 / 1956       
I already answered you how things work and that it's not simple, it's part of everything else I did in my version. It's just not my job to teach anyone how to modify the game or to work on other people's mods, I barely have time to work on my mod. Also it seems you don't have any interest in using UPatch HD, but this thread is intended for UPatch HD users, not for modding questions or other mods.

[This message has been edited by aoe_scout (edited 05-01-2016 @ 01:58 AM).]

kortefa
Clubman
posted 05-01-16 05:26 AM ET (US)     1815 / 1956       
Windowed mode works for me, thanks! Is there any way to reduce CPU usage? My CPU works on 70% during the game constatly.
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-01-16 07:36 AM ET (US)     1816 / 1956       
Don't worry, it's normal for Windowed Mode, as it requires constant conversion from 8 bit mode in real time. It's not a problem, I use it a lot too, including while running other programs.

[This message has been edited by aoe_scout (edited 05-01-2016 @ 11:54 AM).]

gag2000
Clubman
posted 05-01-16 08:30 PM ET (US)     1817 / 1956       
minor issue, if i place stone gate in editor it places a wood gate and vise versa (i used english language)
i also have the issue that i can not see the letters in the "chat box" but maybe its just a issue on my end.

Otherwise, good work with 1.1 Release 3 !

[This message has been edited by gag2000 (edited 05-01-2016 @ 08:30 PM).]

aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-02-16 06:44 AM ET (US)     1818 / 1956       
Thanks!
About the issues you mentioned - there are no gates in AOE1, perhaps you meant the stone/wooden fence. These are hidden scenario objects that do not work properly in-game (they disappear when you start the game), that's why their names were not fixed (the are switched in the original game). And the reason I haven't fixed them to be always visible is because then scenarios created with these objects will not playable in the original game, which at least for now, I try to avoid. But I will consider changing this in the next major release.

The other problem you mentioned is explained in the Help section of the official site, it's caused by Windows, not the game, and it can be fixed by enabling Windowed Mode.
gag2000
Clubman
posted 05-02-16 07:57 AM ET (US)     1819 / 1956       
yes stone/wooden fence, didnt recognize they disappeared because i just placed the hidden units into the scenario to look at them, but thanks for the answer
ugrabadi
Clubman
posted 05-03-16 08:39 AM ET (US)     1820 / 1956       
Hello aoe_scout. I installed upatch hd v1.1 (revision 3). I'm using windows 10. The launcher works fine. File check result shows passed (green). But after pressing the "Play" button I cannot proceed beyond the splash screen that follows. I cannot click on any of the buttons: single player, multiplayer, help, scenario builder or exit. The screen just freezes. I have tried using different resolutions, windowed mode and compatibility modes but in vain.

Please help.
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-03-16 10:20 AM ET (US)     1821 / 1956       
This is a very weird problem. I've never had such problems with Windows 10 during any of my tests. There are no changes on these buttons as well. Does this happen with the original game too?
ugrabadi
Clubman
posted 05-04-16 05:04 AM ET (US)     1822 / 1956       
Thanks for the reply aoe_scout. The original game works fine. I'm using gold edition.
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-04-16 07:52 AM ET (US)     1823 / 1956       
Please tell me which options you have enabled in the Launcher and what resolution. Also tell me your system specs. Make sure you are not using any mods in the Mod Manager or any other modifications. Have you used 1.1 Release 2 before - if yes, did it have this problem?
ugrabadi
Clubman
posted 05-05-16 07:43 AM ET (US)     1824 / 1956       
@aoe_scout: I'm using Lenovo e520 Windows 10 Home Intel Core i5 64 bit Intel HD Graphics 3000 AMD Radeon 6600M and 6700M series. My display resolution is 1366x768. I have tried using the possible 1024x768, 1280x720 and 1366x768 resolutions in the HD launcher. Other resolution options are disabled (gray). I have enabled "new mouse control" only in the settings>advanced options. I'm not using any mods and I haven't used previous versions of HD launcher.
Thank you.
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-06-16 11:49 AM ET (US)     1825 / 1956       
It must be some weird problem on your system, but I'm not sure what could cause it. Do you hear the music when the game starts? If not - try renaming the sound\ folder in game directory to something else ("sound_disabled" for example) and start the game like this. This will help if there is a broken/incompatible codec on your system that freezes the game when it attempts to play music.

Can you click the buttons Single Player, Multiplayer, Help, etc on the main screen or are they not clickable (completely frozen game screen)?

[This message has been edited by aoe_scout (edited 05-06-2016 @ 11:55 AM).]

ugrabadi
Clubman
posted 05-08-16 12:25 PM ET (US)     1826 / 1956       
@aoe_scout: Renaming the sound\ folder did the job. Now I can play the game but without any music. Other unit and building sounds work fine. Thank you very much.
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-08-16 05:45 PM ET (US)     1827 / 1956       
Just as I thought - a codec pack (or a program) you installed must have replaced or disabled the system codec, responsible for mp3 decoding (used by the game). A clean Windows install or a system with properly installed and configured codecs (like mine - with K-Lite Codec Pack) will not have such issues, the problem is entirely on your system. You can try to uninstall or configure your codecs (search online for documentation) and this will hopefully fix the problem.
stoneeh
Clubman
posted 05-10-16 02:29 AM ET (US)     1828 / 1956       
Hello aoe_scout, good sir.

First off, thanks for the patch. It really freshens up the game.

I have an issue. I always play against computer opponents with the map shown. Now, in the old max. resolution, 1024x768, and my computer's native res, 1680x1050, this works fine.
For every resolution inbetween however, there is an issue with the scaling of the fog of war. It wouldn't show on screenshots - obviously because the screenshot would be shown in correct aspect ratio in Windows, not scaled/stretched to screen, like in-game. So I took pictures of my screen with my camera. This is what it looks like.

1440x900:



1280x1024:



I assume this is a known issue.


Also, the cheats "no fog" and "reveal map" don't work in Multiplayer, even though I enabled cheats, and other cheat codes do work.


And a suggestion: can you add an option to disable the green food icons in the mini map? It's the only of the new features that bugs me a little.

Thank you!

[This message has been edited by stoneeh (edited 05-10-2016 @ 03:17 AM).]

aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-10-16 05:52 AM ET (US)     1829 / 1956       
This is not an issue with the patch, this is the interpolating algorithm of your monitor being far from perfect. It's just more obvious with the fog of war, because it's a sort of "pixel net of black pixels" - hard to interpret/resize to any given size. Use GPU scaling for resolutions in your video card options (search online, depending of your video card and drivers), it solves it.

An option for food can't happen without modding (but there is a build-in modding system, so you can change it yourself). The cheats you mentioned don't work in Multiplayer, because they were removed by ES in the last official patch (1.0c, ROR version 1.0a) to prevent cheating and exploits. As stated on the official site, UPatch HD includes all changes and bug fixes from ROR 1.0a.
stoneeh
Clubman
posted 05-10-16 08:07 AM ET (US)     1830 / 1956       
Worked! Switched to native GPU scaling on my AMD R9 series card, which did the trick. Thanks for the support, got you playing general IT support here :/

Alright. I already enjoyed AoE more with the patch, even without the new resolutions, but this is a whole other ballgame. Very nice. Just donated a small amount, and maybe again in some time.
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-10-16 08:19 AM ET (US)     1831 / 1956       
Thanks a lot and I'm glad you fixed your problem.
Tommy Nightmare
Clubman
posted 05-12-16 01:43 AM ET (US)     1832 / 1956       
Is there somebody using a population limit extending mod for single player mode succesfully? Im interested in which one youre using.

Edit: Found one on http://upatch-hd.weebly.com/some-up-mods.html

[This message has been edited by Tommy Nightmare (edited 05-12-2016 @ 01:50 AM).]

aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-12-16 08:04 AM ET (US)     1833 / 1956       
Yes, you don't need any old tools (old mods/tools will not work properly anyway), because it's a build-in feature of the modding system.
kortefa
Clubman
posted 05-13-16 07:18 AM ET (US)     1834 / 1956       
Is it possible to make a similar change like this:

"The game will no longer take up 100% CPU, which will reduce heat buildup and energy consumption, which is mostly a problem with laptops."

http://www.forgottenempires.net/age-of-empires-ii-hd-patch-4-3-released
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-13-16 07:39 AM ET (US)     1835 / 1956       
No, this patch has nothing to do with AOE2-HD (there is no relation on how it works). Most importantly - there is no problem with CPU usage. Even if you use Windowed mode, the game is not heavy, so it will not have any significant impact in real-life usage.
ephestion
Clubman
posted 05-14-16 00:32 AM ET (US)     1836 / 1956       
Sorry ephestion, you are free to make recommendations here, but I feel that your post needs to be moved or edited so heavily it will be better to write a new post all over. You have your own thread to advertise your projects already.


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[This message has been edited by Suppiluliuma (edited 05-15-2016 @ 08:10 AM).]

aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-14-16 12:53 PM ET (US)     1837 / 1956       
Why do you post about your mod here? Did you accidentally posted in the wrong thread? If not - this is not the place to discuss (or advertise) other mods, the topic here is about UPatch HD (based on ROR), not about AOE or general balance discussion. You already posted in several other threads in the forum.

Could a moderator please remove (edit) ephestion's post? As you know, he is a well known offender with many bans for disruptive behavior (including in this very thread).
Suppiluliuma
AoEH Seraph
posted 05-15-16 08:02 AM ET (US)     1838 / 1956       

[This message has been edited by Suppiluliuma (edited 05-15-2016 @ 08:06 AM).]

aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-15-16 11:38 AM ET (US)     1839 / 1956       
Thanks a lot, Suppiluliuma.
herdmanalex
Clubman
posted 05-21-16 11:15 AM ET (US)     1840 / 1956       
Wow!! My dream came true!! The first Age of Empires is my favorite version of the game series, and I am pleased to see it has been continually supported and improved by aoe_scout with ipatch-HD and his latest patch, "Version 1.1 Release 3."

My question is I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 2, I took your suggestion from the FAQ's on your website and copied my original disk's contents using another PC to a flash drive and installed it from there on my Surface. After installing the RoR expansion and the upatch-HD latest version, I ran the file check and it passed.

How can I play the game without getting the "no cd" error when trying to play single player or have my Surface think it has the cd for the purposes of multiplayer? I found a mod that you wrote about that allows a "disable cd check" on it that you mentioned in another forum. Will that affect the Version 1.1 Release 3 patch in any way?

Thanks again aoe_scout for revamping this game; I am surprised I never found your patch (or looked for it) before, but I'm excited to jump in now!
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-21-16 09:22 PM ET (US)     1841 / 1956       
That's very strange, you shouldn't get the "no CD" if you installed the patch and start Rise of Rome in Single Player. The patch is based on AOE Collector's Edition, which doesn't have CD check (your previous game version doesn't matter, the patch is the same). So it must be something else, try clean installing the game again, if something went wrong during install. Unfortunately I have no idea what could be causing this, I never used a Surface Tablet.
herdmanalex
Clubman
posted 05-22-16 02:39 AM ET (US)     1842 / 1956       
I uninstalled and reinstalled the patch and now it works like a charm! Thank you for creating this! I let a friend know about your work and we played through Gameranger today. Never has the game performed so smoothly until now!
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-23-16 06:47 AM ET (US)     1843 / 1956       
Thank you! And the reinstall helped as I hoped, that's great.
yohomes2
Clubman
posted 05-23-16 10:05 PM ET (US)     1844 / 1956       
How to install if the game is not in default directory? It should have a way to choose your path.
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-24-16 09:19 AM ET (US)     1845 / 1956       
It doesn't have to be in the default path, of course, just installed properly from the installer. This was answered several times before and I explained that the game needs proper installation (it's in FAQ and Download page on the site too).

[This message has been edited by aoe_scout (edited 05-24-2016 @ 09:38 AM).]

EdgarSamuel
Clubman
posted 05-26-16 10:12 AM ET (US)     1846 / 1956       
you guys could work with mods in this patch. Just as an upgrade to the slinger (strong slinger) and the camel rider (camelry armored). this link here: http://aoe.heavengames.com/cgi-bin/aoecgi/display.cgi?action=st&fn=17&tn=6491&f=17,6491,0,10&st=100
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-26-16 11:04 AM ET (US)     1847 / 1956       
I'm well aware of these developments, but for now I'm working only on UPatch HD (which is a patch, not a mod, so it doesn't add new units, technologies, etc). UPatch HD already includes an extensive modding system and Mod Manager, so other modders can easily create mods with new content (like new units) that will work with all the features and improvements of UPatch HD.

[This message has been edited by aoe_scout (edited 05-26-2016 @ 11:47 AM).]

Tommy Nightmare
Clubman
posted 05-28-16 11:26 AM ET (US)     1848 / 1956       

Could it be, that something is wrong with the random map generator in the multiplayer mode? I often played it with some friends but we never had maps like coast or mediterranean sea. Its mostly Highland, small/great islands or rivers.
I started 20 singleplayer games with the map type random and this is the result:










































































































Map type Occurencies Percent
Small Islands 5 25
Great Islands 2 10
Coast 1 5
Outback 0
Highland 3 15
Continental 2 10
Mediterranean Sea 1 5
Hill areas 2 10
Straits 1 5
Oasis 2 10
Rivers 1 5


Sorry, I couldnt remove the blank space. Maybe a Moderator can.
aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 05-28-16 04:56 PM ET (US)     1849 / 1956       
There is nothing wrong and Single Player and Multiplayer work the same in this aspect. The original random generator is far from perfect, but it's relatively OK (I've tested it). I will probably replace it, but it can only happen in the next major version (to preserve MP compatibility).

[This message has been edited by aoe_scout (edited 05-28-2016 @ 04:59 PM).]

aoe_scout
Clubman
posted 06-03-16 02:47 PM ET (US)     1850 / 1956       
Yep, I checked the random generator again and it's working. It's true that sometimes it seems to have a weird pattern (some maps seems are more frequent), but it's actually still random. Also if you make enough trials, each of the maps will be selected.
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