Problem with the game Road Rash

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Posts: 2
Joined: November 12, 2017 - 02:02
Problem with the game Road Rash

Hey, I have a problem with the 1996 game Road Rash. The game uses CD-Audio for the menus and MIDI-music during races, and whenever I start a race, I get a "MIDI-Error" message. The MIDIs play fine from the selected device, so you might think that everything is correct, however after finishing (or aborting) the race, the game is unable to stop playing the MIDI-Music, so the music plays indefinetly, even in the menus. The normal behaviour should be, that it stops immediately when you hit "ESC" during the race. It is also not related to the selected MIDI-Device (I also tried the "Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth", and it had the same issue). If I uninstall CoolSoft MIDIMapper however and use the Windows default one, everything works okay (beside being stuck with the Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth). Unfortunately I cannot give you any further details as the game doesn't have any log files that I can see.

Do you think there's anything you can do about that error on the programs side? If you need any further information, just let me know.

Thanks

Posts: 1845
Joined: March 25, 2012 - 01:19
Re: Problem with the game Road Rash

Well, a 1996 game (I don't know and don't have), no logs and no source code... what a nice bug to work on 😂

Let's go step by step: is there a trial/legal/free copy of the game available online?

Posts: 2
Joined: November 12, 2017 - 02:02
Re: Problem with the game Road Rash

I don't know. It seems to be avaible on several abandonware websites. I know those websites are questionable in their legality, but it would be the easiest way to ge the game for free just for debugging it.

But maybe it's also a common issue with the game. When I checked pcgamingwiki.com (to see if it is avaible digitally in a more legal way) it shows that there's an unresolved issue which simply says "MIDI Error" like the one I am getting, but doesn't give any specifics on how or when the bug occurs. I can get it only triggered with the Coolsoft MIDI Mapper, while it works without it. I also tested the game with Windows XP (Virtualbox) and there's no error message either, so it doesn't seem to be related to a MIDI mapper in general.

Posts: 1845
Joined: March 25, 2012 - 01:19
Re: Problem with the game Road Rash
XxJonathXx wrote:
But maybe it's also a common issue with the game.

Well, it could be. And also consider that CoolSoft MIDIMapper is not a real "MIDI Mapper", because MIDI Mapper support was removed from multimedia SDK years ago.
It only tries to emulate its features by receving MIDI stream and re-playing it on another device.

Will have a look but can't promise anything 😉