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adam1224
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"Failed to Start DROD

Couldn't access DROD data. If you are running DROD from a networked location, this could be a cause of the problem. It's also possible that another application is trying to access DROD data at the same time; you may wish to retry running DROD after other applications have been closed."
What can I do with this? Tried reinstalling, verifying files, running as an admin from folder, and nothing changed.
05-28-2017 at 06:16 PM
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Problem still there, anyone here?
06-21-2017 at 11:47 PM
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Looks like the most likely reason for that error is if there's some problem accessing the user data files in your documents folder. DROD saves user data (your progress, any holds you've created or imported, etc) in your Documents folder under Caravel\drod-5_0. That folder should have a handful of files including data.dat, hold.dat, player.dat, save.dat, and text.dat, and the folder and everything under it should be both readable and writable. Can you start by making sure that's the case?
06-22-2017 at 12:42 AM
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I have the same problem as adam1224. The folder Caravel\drod-5_0 has the attribute "read only" (and I can't change it, even through the command line). In this folder there is not a single file you specify. There are only 4 empty folders. What do we do? :?
(I have tried it on WinXP, but i'll try it later on Win10)
btw, the same problem with DROD RPG :|

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06-29-2017 at 11:05 AM
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The first thing I'd suggest trying is deleting the Caravel folder entirely then running DROD, which ought to re-create it. (You won't lose any data, since the folder's empty.) If that fails, it might be worth trying this technique to resolve any potential permissions issues with the folder.

Also, please let me know if it works for you on Windows 10! I'm running the Steam version on W10 without issues, but I don't have an XP machine at hand to test, so I'm curious if it's a problem with Steam DROD and XP.
06-29-2017 at 04:46 PM
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So, I tried your method. I managed. The game started. I created a profile (in the folder there were 5 .dat files that you mentioned).

Now there is another problem. After choosing the keyboard configuration (whatever I choose), the game crashes with
Error signature - AppName: drod.exe AppVer: 0.0.0.0 ModName: drod.exe ModVer: 0.0.0.0 Offset: 000e1185
Without clue what it is)))

p.s. On Win10 everything is fine
06-30-2017 at 12:25 PM
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I suspect that the Steam version of DROD may just be incompatible with Windows XP due to a bug that appeared while the game was being updated for Steam. XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and less than 1% of Steam users still use it, so it's possible that this problem could have gone unreported for months.

I'm not a member of the dev team, and while DROD is open-source I don't know my way around its code well enough to track down this issue, even if I did have an XP machine to test on. It might be worth sending an email to bugs@caravelgames.com to make sure Caravel is aware of this thread, but I don't think I can offer any more help. Sorry about that!
06-30-2017 at 09:56 PM
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