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We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/3/2017 9:25:54 PM   
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Forget about all those other attempts at fixing the Artillery Screen.




I am so proud to announce that The Depot is releasing a solution that has finally once and for all fixed the notorious Artillery Screen bug that has plagued this fine game for many years now.
A small patch that fixes a few lines of buggy code.
We have been testing this patch for a month now, and I can report to you that it works on every machine we've tried it on.
Intel / AMD / multi-core / even single-core / Win 10 / 9 / 8 / 7 / XP - it just works.

This patch, on top of solving the Arty problem - as if that isn't enough!!, also fixes the super-fast scrolling on these other screens:
- Paratroop setup Screen
- Glider setup Screen
- Infiltration setup Screen
- Edit Victory Objectives Screen
- C&C Objectives Screen
these following items had to be dealt with in another fashion, these ones will have a different (but OK) scrolling speed
- Build Mines/Barbed Wire/Tank Trap Screen
- Set Front Line Screen
- Entrenchment Screen
- Load/Unload Units Screen

Wooo Hooo!!!!!! is all I can say, other than shout out a big Honkin' Thank You to the two gentlemen that looked into the problem and came up with the fix - Riitaoja2 from this site, and Ghotik, the developer of DxWnd.


Also, to take advantage of this impressive breakthrough, a game patch with some minor OOB, graphics and Scenario fixes has been bundled up to be offered to you at the same time. We were also given permission by Mr. Erik Cumps to include his fine program - War Cab in our new release.


So, for you the discerning Gamer The Depot has now provided three options to enjoy this game as it should be.

A brand new complete installation of the most up to date Enhanced mod of SPWaW along with all the other bits and pieces.
The Depot are calling this new iteration of the game SPWaW Enhanced-FR Full Install

If you have the SPWaW 2016 download already on your HD, we have a patch file that will bump that version up to this new and improved Steel Panthers: World at War.

The Full Game and/or the patch for SPWaW 2016 can both be found HERE!!!

Annnnnnnnnnd, to also allow the many players that prefer the stock 8.403 game (along with all those folks that have bought the Generals Edition over the years) we took the time to patch the stock 8.403 mech.exe and you can find that version right HERE!!


I am soooooo happy!!!!
(and I think you will be too)



Come visit The Depot, download this and then go blow something up.


cheers to all of you

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/4/2017 11:06:42 AM   
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Thanks very much Gentlemen that worked for me when all the previous fixes did not. Time to revisit operation Weserübung

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/4/2017 8:41:11 PM   
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When I try and run mech.exe (8.403 version), it is blocked because it tries to run an outside app from www.tapatalk.com, what is that all about?

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/4/2017 9:04:01 PM   
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When I try and run mech.exe (8.403 version), it is blocked because it tries to run an outside app from www.tapatalk.com, what is that all about?


I have no idea, but I'll find out.

Do you mean that when you went to D/L the 8.403 patch you got blocked??
My apologies for not clearly understanding you.

I'll get back to you.

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/4/2017 9:15:05 PM   
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Hi, I'm back.

I just downloaded the 8.403 patch from The Depot site.
It's a .zip file, I unpacked it in my Download folder with no issues.
I then dragged the mech.exe file on to my 8.403 install an it overwrote the original.

What am I missing here??
Tapatalk hosts The Depot, that I know.

You're saying that Tapatalk is trying to dump something else on to you???
Do you run any adblockers on your web browser?? I use Chrome with uBlock so maybe I don't get to see anything like that.

Anyways, I'd copy/paste your post over there and try to get some sorta answer.


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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/4/2017 10:20:10 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: tjfox1

When I try and run mech.exe (8.403 version), it is blocked because it tries to run an outside app from www.tapatalk.com, what is that all about?


Can you describe the message in more detail?

And also what package did you download?
-ENH-FR_Full_Install.exe
-SPWaW ENH-FR updated files - Oct 31 2017.zip
-Depot Patch 8403d.zip

Microsoft Windows can block downloaded executables from running but this should not happen if the executable is distributed in a .zip file. I see that the Enhanced full mod is distributed as "ENH-FR_Full_Install.exe" and this might cause Windows User Access control to be triggered causing all the included files to be blocked from running and tagged as unsafe. If this is the case then you will need administrator rights to be able to bypass the lock.

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/4/2017 10:25:29 PM   
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When trying to run the game, after DL and unpacking and overwriting the Mech.exe file, my Trend Mico blocks the Mech.exe file from running or at least gives me a warning not to proceed. Yes it seems Tapatalk is trying to dump something else onto my system.

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/4/2017 10:34:54 PM   
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Depot Patch 8403d.zip

I've tried DL it 3 times always the same.

The Trend Mico message that pops up says it has to do with software trying to hijack my system
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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/4/2017 10:52:22 PM   
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Here is screen shot




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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/4/2017 11:25:14 PM   
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Hi tjfox1, this just seems to be a false alarm from your security program.
I can assure you that I myself and many others are running this file and it is not malware.

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/5/2017 12:41:59 AM   
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It is classified as a suspicious file by Trend. That is better than a false positive which would actually deny running the file completely. Now at least it gives you the option "Open File" that should run it.

Just to be sure I downloaded the patch and compared it to the original 8.403 mech.exe and found nothing out of the ordinary. So it should be safe to run.

When you right click the patched 8.403d mech.exe and go to properties the size should be:
2.86 MB (3 001 256 bytes)
and the modified date should be:
21 October 2017, 2:12:25
(Windows tends to change the Created and Accessed dates but I think the modified date should stay constant.)


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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/5/2017 1:35:09 AM   
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Thanks everyone for checking this out, I'm very careful about downloading files anymore and when a warning pops up it's a real concern.

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/5/2017 2:07:35 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: tjfox1

Thanks everyone for checking this out, I'm very careful about downloading files anymore and when a warning pops up it's a real concern.

That is perfectly understandable in this day and age.

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/5/2017 3:07:47 AM   
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Norton does not like the full-install.exe either although that is because they do not have enough information about it. It asks me if I want to trust it or not. Microsoft Edge takes the same stance.

Many, many thanks for solving the arty bug. I bought the General's Edition a long time ago but the arty bug kept me away from this game for so many years. It will be nice to finally enjoy it. Thanks again.

Best wishes,
Steve

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/5/2017 8:02:44 AM   
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My Avast gave similar message and asked to send it into their "lab" for checking... After some minutes came "ok" message;). Now SPWAW works ok:)

PS.Does this work with H2H and 1960-79 mods too? Can I copy same files "safely" into them?

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/5/2017 11:19:48 AM   
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quote:

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My Avast gave similar message and asked to send it into their "lab" for checking... After some minutes came "ok" message;). Now SPWAW works ok:)

PS.Does this work with H2H and 1960-79 mods too? Can I copy same files "safely" into them?



Not yet but I bet R2 could do that. :)

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/5/2017 12:06:56 PM   
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For 1960-79 mod it is fine. However for Panzer Leo's H2H mod a separate update may be needed. The simplest thing would be to just use MechEdit04 to transfer the H2H experience/morale tables into the 8.403d mech.exe. However the original H2H mod is based on SPWAW v.7.1. I do remember that an updated H2H mod for 8.403 was also released but I do not think it is available anymore.

So in summary we have a couple of options for H2H mod:
1. Update the H2H mech.exe v.7.1 with the mouse click and scroll delay fixes.
2. Find the H2H mech.exe that is based on 8.403 and update it.
3. Simply copy the H2H exp/morale tables into 8.403d. However this option would miss out on some naming changes and possibly other tweaks that Panzer Leo made to the mech.exe.

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/5/2017 3:11:05 PM   
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We have the files for the 8.403 version of H2H over at The Depot.


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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/5/2017 6:05:01 PM   
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Probably safest to take the H2H version and add the lag fix to it. Unless you are certain that you know every edit in the H2H version. It may be more than just the exp/morale values.

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/5/2017 6:21:57 PM   
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Ok I play H2H more seldom than Enhanced/1960-79 mods. I will add those files to 1960-79 mod.... Thanks about solving arty problem !

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/6/2017 8:45:16 PM   
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Tried the Enhanced FR Full Install, but doesn´t work. Sends me round & round with no file.

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/6/2017 10:14:00 PM   
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quote:

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Tried the Enhanced FR Full Install, but doesn´t work. Sends me round & round with no file.



Dunno what you mean Mate.
I just tried it.
I clicked on my banner, took me to The Depot page.
I clicked on the D/L link, a small window appeared on my browser on the bottom left corner. It states "This type of file can harm your computer. Do you want to keep ENH-FR Full Install.exe anyway?" with two buttons beside it - Keep / Discard.
Click on Keep and away you go!!!!

You will get that flag because I didn't fill in all the boxes when I made that install file, not being a big-time outfit like Matrix/Slitherene sometimes these things will happen.

Is that what you're talking about???
My apologies for being confused a bit.


Hope that Helps, if not, pls lemme know.

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/7/2017 7:08:56 AM   
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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/7/2017 9:51:55 AM   
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sorry to be a dunce, but when you say full install, you mean i dont need my copy of SPWaW to play it?

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/7/2017 4:06:09 PM   
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sorry to be a dunce, but when you say full install, you mean i dont need my copy of SPWaW to play it?



You are not a dunce.

You don't need your copy of SPwaW to play. This is the full game, with the Enhanced Mod.
Over 300 scenarios and close to 40 campaigns, all adapted to the Enhanced standards.
All the supporting programs that we could find, and a totally revamped set of sound files.
Plus a bunch of other stuff.

All in one installation.


HTH

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/7/2017 9:02:44 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Tesuji

Tried the Enhanced FR Full Install, but doesn´t work. Sends me round & round with no file.



Dunno what you mean Mate.
I just tried it.
I clicked on my banner, took me to The Depot page.
I clicked on the D/L link, a small window appeared on my browser on the bottom left corner. It states "This type of file can harm your computer. Do you want to keep ENH-FR Full Install.exe anyway?" with two buttons beside it - Keep / Discard.
Click on Keep and away you go!!!!

You will get that flag because I didn't fill in all the boxes when I made that install file, not being a big-time outfit like Matrix/Slitherene sometimes these things will happen.

Is that what you're talking about???
My apologies for being confused a bit.


Hope that Helps, if not, pls lemme know.

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What happens is this:

1- I click on your photo and get this page:
https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/spwawdepot/enhanced-fr-full-installation-file-aka-sp-waw-2016-t67.html

2- I click on the red text and get this:
(Either Microsoft or my server simply to not allow to access that page. Perhaps there is some pirated content on mediafire, so it´s considered illegal hereabouts?)




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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/8/2017 12:06:56 AM   
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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Agathosdaimon

sorry to be a dunce, but when you say full install, you mean i dont need my copy of SPWaW to play it?



You are not a dunce.

You don't need your copy of SPwaW to play. This is the full game, with the Enhanced Mod.
Over 300 scenarios and close to 40 campaigns, all adapted to the Enhanced standards.
All the supporting programs that we could find, and a totally revamped set of sound files.
Plus a bunch of other stuff.

All in one installation.


HTH

Major Mess


great thanks, i just didnt think you would be able to make available the full game, when Matrix is still selling in their store, but i am guessing one needs the serial key still nevertheless

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/8/2017 1:13:33 AM   
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great thanks, i just didnt think you would be able to make available the full game, when Matrix is still selling in their store, but i am guessing one needs the serial key still nevertheless



To be clear, this is just a mod of the free game, for the Mega-Campaigns you still gotta go buy them from Matrix.
We do have the patched mech.exe for the stock version (8.403) that will make the Generals Edition playable if that's what you'd like.

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/8/2017 2:34:01 AM   
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Regarding the naming confusion:

1. Steel Panthers: World at War = Free game.
2. Steel Panthers: World at War "Generals Edition" = Free game + commercial Mega Campaigns. (NOT FREE!)
3. Steel Panthers: World at War Enhanced FR mod = Fan made mod for the free game.
4. Steel Panthers: World at War Enhanced FR Full = Free game + fan made mod in one package. (a.k.a. SPWAW 2016)

Now a source of additional confusion may be the word "Enhanced" which is not to be confused with the naming of Shrapnel Games / Camo Workshops "WinSPWW2" and "WinSPMBT" games where they market the commercial version as "Enhanced CD version".



Regarding download problems:

If the Enhanced FR Full mod download is blocked by your ISP you can still get the stock free game from here:
http://www.gamershell.com/download_6363.shtml
Assuming of course that gamers hell is not also blocked...

Then apply the patches as needed.

I would recommend 8.3 patch:
ftp://ftp.matrixgames.com/pub/SteelPanthersWorldAtWar/SteelPanthersWorldAtWarUpdate-v830.zip
Followed by the Unofficial Depot Patch 8.403d to fix the artillery screen and scroll delay.
(You can skip the 8.4 and 8.403 patches.)

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RE: We've Fixed the Artillery Screen - Guaranteed!!!! - 11/8/2017 5:26:23 AM   
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okay so i have the Matrix Games store bought SP WaW game and so the SP Waw full enhanced game is lacking the mega mod thingy - i noticed since having installed this new version of hte depot game, that it doesnt show up in the start menu except for uninstall option - is this right?

it is all a bit confusing tbh - so now for the matrix games steel panthers game, if i want to make sure that one also has this artillery fix added i just add the mech.exe file to that game directory

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