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Robot Arena => Technical Support => Installation Support => Topic started by: cephalopod on March 22, 2014, 05:27:53 PM

Title: ROBOT ARENA 2 INSTALLATION GUIDE - STOCK, DSL 2.2 AND IRONFORGE
Post by: cephalopod on March 22, 2014, 05:27:53 PM
Hey all! This is a quick tutorial to installing all 3 most-played versions of Robot Arena 2 - the original Stock game, the DSL 2.1 mod and the newer Ironforge mod. The process is identical for all 3 versions, so I have just made 1 guide and pointed out the only place it differs - downloading the file. The picture examples show DSL 2.1, and the guide will assume you are using Windows 7 or 8/8.1.

NB: To install any of these, your computer will need either WinRAR (http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm) or 7zip (http://www.7-zip.org/) installed. Both are free and completely virus-free. My example pictures will show screenshots of 7zip, but WinRAR is similar.


1) Download your chosen versions file:
Stock (https://gametechmods.com/forums/index.php?action=downloads;sa=downfile&id=4)
DSL 2.2 (https://gametechmods.com/forums/index.php?action=downloads;sa=view;down=262)
Ironforge (https://gametechmods.com/forums/index.php?action=downloads;sa=downfile&id=228)
My examples show DSL 2.1 but the process is exactly the same.
(http://i.gyazo.com/1ca78d16cb3f58c18516327b97ffd8ea.png)

2) Ensure you have either 7zip or WinRAR installed and open the .rar file. I'm using 7zip in this example but it's similar.
(http://i.gyazo.com/52a7ecd5173b754942f31b345a347aad_1.png)

3) Extract to whatever location you desire - if you're made a version crash or mess up, extract it to a different location to get a clean copy.
(http://i.gyazo.com/59c37ad05e1de10e7372d4947c25f5dc.png)

Game should now be ready to play using the Robot Arena 2.exe in the folder that was extracted.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: FuzzieBoy on March 22, 2014, 05:30:47 PM
Thank you so much!
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: cephalopod on March 22, 2014, 05:52:34 PM
No problem :)
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: nixphoe on March 22, 2014, 05:59:39 PM
Thanks
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Post by: jc73mustang on March 22, 2014, 06:54:20 PM
Awesome! Thank you!!
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Kossokei on March 22, 2014, 07:01:23 PM
And on an unrelated note: Anyone coming here new from Dan's video; There is a New Member section for you to introduce yourself and get your first post in. We don't usually punish people for bumping older threads, but it does get a bit distracting.

That said, Welcome to GTM.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: cephalopod on March 22, 2014, 07:04:31 PM
Absolutely! And after you've introduced yourself, why not take some screenshots of your creations and show us them in the Showcase section of the forum? :D
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: concererjak on March 23, 2014, 12:45:16 AM
I am having an Issue, I have downloaded and extracted the files as stated above however when I go to launch the .exe the game instantly crashes. I am running windows 7 64bit. is this a comparability Issue or am I missing a step?
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: BURNTPOTATOCHIP on March 23, 2014, 01:12:10 AM
Thanks for this man. I've been lookin' all over for this.
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Post by: Dangerfield7up on March 23, 2014, 05:50:15 AM
I PREDICTED THE FUTURE.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: cephalopod on March 23, 2014, 05:51:46 AM
I am having an Issue, I have downloaded and extracted the files as stated above however when I go to launch the .exe the game instantly crashes. I am running windows 7 64bit. is this a comparability Issue or am I missing a step?

It shouldn't be a compatibility issue to my knowledge - you can always try running it in compatibility mode if you want. If that doesn't work, extract it all to another location, maybe use your User file. Being 10 years old it's not the most stable game - well, most people say it wasn't even stable at release...
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Domanating on March 23, 2014, 06:11:46 AM
I am having an Issue, I have downloaded and extracted the files as stated above however when I go to launch the .exe the game instantly crashes. I am running windows 7 64bit. is this a comparability Issue or am I missing a step?

I know this might sound trivial but did you enable the "run as administrator" checkbox on the .exe properties? Without it, it will attempt to run but fail.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: concererjak on March 23, 2014, 09:51:03 AM

I know this might sound trivial but did you enable the "run as administrator" checkbox on the .exe properties? Without it, it will attempt to run but fail.

It shouldn't be a compatibility issue to my knowledge - you can always try running it in compatibility mode if you want. If that doesn't work, extract it all to another location, maybe use your User file. Being 10 years old it's not the most stable game - well, most people say it wasn't even stable at release...

I have tried all of these things with no luck.  :(
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Badger on March 23, 2014, 10:58:03 AM
Try copying your folder over to another PC of yours, so we can see if it's a problem with the PC you're using now or a problem with your install. Good luck fixing it!
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: HurricaneAndrew on March 23, 2014, 11:02:04 AM
Try copying your folder over to another PC of yours, so we can see if it's a problem with the PC you're using now or a problem with your install. Good luck fixing it!

Not everyone has the luxury of having more than one PC.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Badger on March 23, 2014, 11:40:01 AM
I know, but maybe he can use a friend's PC temporarily if they live close or whatever. You could even use a virtual machine I guess, or install Win 98 on a new partition for the authentic RA2 experience.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: HurricaneAndrew on March 23, 2014, 11:47:41 AM
I know, but maybe he can use a friend's PC temporarily if they live close or whatever. You could even use a virtual machine I guess, or install Win 98 on a new partition for the authentic RA2 experience.

You're just digging yourself into an even deeper hole.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Rattman on March 23, 2014, 12:41:36 PM
Hell yeah it worked!
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Domanating on March 23, 2014, 12:48:57 PM

I know this might sound trivial but did you enable the "run as administrator" checkbox on the .exe properties? Without it, it will attempt to run but fail.

It shouldn't be a compatibility issue to my knowledge - you can always try running it in compatibility mode if you want. If that doesn't work, extract it all to another location, maybe use your User file. Being 10 years old it's not the most stable game - well, most people say it wasn't even stable at release...

I have tried all of these things with no luck.  :(

hmmm.... I'm still one of the few running a XP so I don't have experience on your OS. Sorry I can't help you any further.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Badger on March 23, 2014, 02:04:17 PM
I know, but maybe he can use a friend's PC temporarily if they live close or whatever. You could even use a virtual machine I guess, or install Win 98 on a new partition for the authentic RA2 experience.

You're just digging yourself into an even deeper hole.
OK. No more bad tech support from me.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: madman3 on March 23, 2014, 04:19:00 PM
One thing to note for newer players:
Once you've got the hang of building, it's worth checking out the showcases of people like 123Savethewhales, Naryar, The Ounce, Pwnator and so on in the DSL section. In those you'll probably see terms like "axle-loaded" or AGOD thrown around. For dealing with glitches and using techniques like those, you'll normally need your pause key to be active in games, as it makes a lot of building techniques a lot less strenuous. Most keyboards on laptops and desktops constructed post-Windows 7 lack this sort of functionality by default, but you can set it up in your keyboard settings normally.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: WeirdWebbster on March 25, 2014, 01:24:13 PM
I am having an Issue, I have downloaded and extracted the files as stated above however when I go to launch the .exe the game instantly crashes. I am running windows 7 64bit. is this a comparability Issue or am I missing a step?

I was having the same problem as you, i then went into the ra2.cfg file in notepad and turned off fullscreen, and that fixed it for me :D
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Sage on March 25, 2014, 02:05:13 PM
I am having an Issue, I have downloaded and extracted the files as stated above however when I go to launch the .exe the game instantly crashes. I am running windows 7 64bit. is this a comparability Issue or am I missing a step?

Sometimes you can't run the game in full screen. Go into the main folder and find the file called ra2.cfg (make sure it's NOT the one labeled RA2.CFZ). Right click and edit with notepad. Find the line called Fullscreen = 1, and change it to Fullscreen = 0. (This should be the second line down).

Save, and try opening RA2 again.

EDIT: wow i got ninja'd by Webster.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: concererjak on March 26, 2014, 04:11:11 AM
I am having an Issue, I have downloaded and extracted the files as stated above however when I go to launch the .exe the game instantly crashes. I am running windows 7 64bit. is this a comparability Issue or am I missing a step?

I was having the same problem as you, i then went into the ra2.cfg file in notepad and turned off fullscreen, and that fixed it for me :D

Fixed the issue thanks very much
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Avalanche on March 26, 2014, 07:38:24 AM
New Member Beats Veteran to technical support. Wha?
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Sage on March 26, 2014, 12:57:16 PM
New Member Beats Veteran to technical support. Wha?

my rank has nothing to do with when I'm online >.>
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: HurricaneAndrew on March 26, 2014, 01:59:15 PM
New Member Beats Veteran to technical support. Wha?

my rank has nothing to do with when I'm online >.>

We're talking about LRA2 here. He doesn't have enough brain power to think about that.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: bagman87 on March 26, 2014, 06:09:40 PM
does anyone know a good site to download the trial to windrar?
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Mr. AS on March 26, 2014, 06:12:38 PM
does anyone know a good site to download the trial to windrar?
http://www.win-rar.com/download.html?&L=0 (http://www.win-rar.com/download.html?&L=0)
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Bubbleman on May 09, 2014, 11:20:44 AM
Failrace recently played this game, so we may get another small influx of new/returning members. I can't promise I'll come back for good (with revision and exams approaching), but I'll be hovering and lurking as I always have. However, for now, my builders block has been cured! :D
Here's the video link if anyone wants it:
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Kossokei on May 09, 2014, 04:33:33 PM
Failrace recently played this game, so we may get another small influx of new/returning members. I can't promise I'll come back for good (with revision and exams approaching), but I'll be hovering and lurking as I always have. However, for now, my builders block has been cured! :D
Here's the video link if anyone wants it:
Nice to know I'm not the only one who watches FailRace.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: OriginalSinner_ on November 04, 2014, 12:34:58 PM
For me it works for an hour then it crashes, if I ever try to start it up again it says I need python22.dll no matter how many times I download it or what folder I put it into.

Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Sonny_Resetti on November 04, 2014, 06:27:49 PM
Python22.dll is a file that randomly disappears sometimes.  Grab a new copy from the zip file in that main RA2 folder.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: Shield on November 05, 2014, 01:11:08 AM
Can we just link DSL2.1.1 here?

And the wiki...
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2: DSL 2.1 DOWNLOAD HERE!
Post by: cephalopod on January 05, 2015, 03:12:18 PM
Updated with slightly more in-depth steps to extracting the game.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2 INSTALLATION GUIDE - STOCK, DSL 2.1 AND IRONFORGE
Post by: cephalopod on April 12, 2015, 08:17:49 AM
Updated to show this applies to all 3 main current versions of the game, and moved to Installation Support.
Title: The game will load then freeze
Post by: EJaws on May 26, 2015, 05:01:51 PM
Ok i used to LOVE RA2 i couldn't get enough of it now I'm having trouble getting it to play. I still have the RA2 disc and i have transferred the whole game on to my laptop, but it says i need to enter the disc and i cant my (laptop doesnt have a place i can enter it). I would really like to get the DSL version but even when i download that and unRAR it i get the same problems. What should I do.

I am using a Macbook Air on OS X version 10.9.5
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2 INSTALLATION GUIDE - STOCK, DSL 2.1 AND IRONFORGE
Post by: Avalanche on May 26, 2015, 05:04:17 PM
Mac and RA2 do not work. There may be a solution but i cant help you there.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2 INSTALLATION GUIDE - STOCK, DSL 2.1 AND IRONFORGE
Post by: EJaws on May 26, 2015, 05:07:05 PM
Mac and RA2 do not work. There may be a solution but i cant help you there.
D: man that blows, well hopefully i or someone can help me find a solution
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2 INSTALLATION GUIDE - STOCK, DSL 2.1 AND IRONFORGE
Post by: cephalopod on May 26, 2015, 05:08:21 PM
You can use stuff like VirtualBox I believe to create a virtual Windows environment to play it in.
Title: Virtual Box
Post by: EJaws on May 26, 2015, 05:26:20 PM
 Hey its just good to know that i need to stop fighting a battle that I won't win,but everyone here at GTM does great jobs. Virtual Box looks helpful, but its a little too confusing for me at the time.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2 INSTALLATION GUIDE - STOCK, DSL 2.1 AND IRONFORGE
Post by: jaydee99 on May 26, 2015, 06:04:34 PM
If I'm not mistaken, you should've opened a new topic under "General Support".
Never heard of Virtual Box nonetheless.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2 INSTALLATION GUIDE - STOCK, DSL 2.1 AND IRONFORGE
Post by: cephalopod on May 28, 2015, 03:27:27 AM
If I'm not mistaken, you should've opened a new topic under "General Support".
Never heard of Virtual Box nonetheless.

The guys trying to install his game so he's not gone for wrong by posting here, although a new thread in this section would have been preferred. It would've been more wrongly placed in general support.
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2 INSTALLATION GUIDE - STOCK, DSL 2.1 AND IRONFORGE
Post by: Devilsgamer666 on December 13, 2015, 06:15:55 PM
Thanks for the help
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2 INSTALLATION GUIDE - STOCK, DSL 2.1 AND IRONFORGE
Post by: pokebro14 on August 17, 2016, 12:38:02 PM
Hey all! This is a quick tutorial to installing all 3 most-played versions of Robot Arena 2 - the original Stock game, the DSL 2.1 mod and the newer Ironforge mod. The process is identical for all 3 versions, so I have just made 1 guide and pointed out the only place it differs - downloading the file. The picture examples show DSL 2.1, and the guide will assume you are using Windows 7 or 8/8.1.

NB: To install any of these, your computer will need either WinRAR (http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm) or 7zip (http://www.7-zip.org/) installed. Both are free and completely virus-free. My example pictures will show screenshots of 7zip, but WinRAR is similar.


1) Download your chosen versions file:
Stock (https://gametechmods.com/forums/index.php?action=downloads;sa=downfile&id=4)
DSL 2.1 (https://gametechmods.com/forums/index.php?action=downloads;sa=downfile&id=5)
Ironforge (https://gametechmods.com/forums/index.php?action=downloads;sa=downfile&id=228)
My examples show DSL 2.1 but the process is exactly the same.
(http://i.gyazo.com/1ca78d16cb3f58c18516327b97ffd8ea.png)

2) Ensure you have either 7zip or WinRAR installed and open the .rar file. I'm using 7zip in this example but it's similar.
(http://i.gyazo.com/52a7ecd5173b754942f31b345a347aad_1.png)

3) Extract to whatever location you desire - if you're made a version crash or mess up, extract it to a different location to get a clean copy.
(http://i.gyazo.com/59c37ad05e1de10e7372d4947c25f5dc.png)

Game should now be ready to play using the Robot Arena 2.exe in the folder that was extracted.
so the game has the data for all the robots but is there anyway to add them in the game. I know there is importing them from the robot designs but most of them GMF files plz help me . :confused: 
Title: Re: ROBOT ARENA 2 INSTALLATION GUIDE - STOCK, DSL 2.1 AND IRONFORGE
Post by: 090901 on August 17, 2016, 12:41:33 PM
GMF files are never used for robots, they are used for components and arenas. .BOT files are the only ones ever used for robots in RA2