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#1 Shaltif

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 11:55 PM

Hello everyone,

I'm starting to notice a general confusion about installing GM7 extensions. So, to alleviate this problem, here is a basic 'how to' guide.

1.)  First, download an extension.  It should be a .gex file (or one included in a archive format like zip).  If archived, other files might be present as well, but the .gex file is what you want.

2.)  If archived, unzip to a temp location such as your desktop.  It doesn't really matter where, since you can remove/delete it after it's installed.

3.)  Pop open Game Maker 7.x and double click where it says 'Extension Packages' in the tree view on to the left.

4.)  This should bring up a dialog displaying various installed extensions.  For now, click the button on the lower right that says 'install'.

5.)  Another dialog appears, this time showing the various extensions you can uninstall.  To install a new extension, click on the button at the top which says 'install'.

6.)  Now you are given a typical 'open file' dialog.  Go to the temp location where you  placed the .gex file earlier.  Then select open.

7.)  You should now see it listed on the left with the other 'currently installed' extensions.


And that's it, you can now close out and even delete the original .gex file.

To uninstall an extension, do the same procedure as if installing (click the lower right install button), but instead of clicking install again, select an extension on the left and click uninstall.

Hope that helps.

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#2 lukesterspy

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 12:23 AM

Cool, thanks. I still have one question though. How do I choose the location of the help file for the gex file? Thanks.

Never mind, I figured it out. Sorry. Thanks.

Edited by lukesterspy, 04 March 2007 - 12:30 AM.

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#3 SquareWheel

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 01:39 AM

I didn't realize Install meant search for them on your computer. =o Thanks.
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Posted 22 March 2007 - 12:27 PM

At first I thought that installing was just like library files: put it in the right folder and it'll automatically pop up in GM.

Good tutorial :) I feel pretty stupid now.
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#5 FunnyGames

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 12:46 PM

EDIT: Nevermind... ;) Great tutorial.

Edited by FunnyMaker, 25 April 2007 - 01:05 PM.

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#6 jobt

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 02:15 PM

It looks really nice!
I like the chrome effects :)
I wish there were more extensions like this...
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#7 lego_sniper

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 03:28 PM

Man I feel stupid. Thanks for the tut I finally figured it out L0L.

Edited by lego_sniper, 09 June 2007 - 03:39 PM.

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#8 NullDragon

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 06:44 AM

great thanks, the install button is somewhat confusing. glad to see i wasnt the only person with that problem:)
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#9 t-roll

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 04:44 AM

I have a question though

most of the time when i install a new extention file it will come up with an error accoured installing the extention package. :D

can i fix this?
if so how?
could it be because i have windows vista? :(
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#10 Daniel-Dane

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 10:21 AM

Should not be that. You could reinstall GM7 (you will still have the Pro version) and make sure you install the correct files.

The extension is .gex, not .ged. And I hope you aren't using any of the beta versions. :wacko:

Edited by Daniel-Dane, 13 July 2007 - 10:21 AM.

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#11 gmkaya

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 12:05 AM

Once i install the gex file then what? How do i actually use the extension?
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#12 Ruby

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 02:02 PM

An extension adds an action library and/or some GML functions. Please check the help file of the extension you downloaded.
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#13 miluaces

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 11:51 PM

I have a question though

most of the time when i install a new extention file it will come up with an error accoured installing the extention package. :)

can i fix this?
if so how?
could it be because i have windows vista? :)

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I'm having the same problem, and yes I have Windows Vista Ultimate.

I've reinstalled Gamemaker 3 times already. What can I do?
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#14 Ruby

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 11:23 AM

I never had that problem. I'm using XP Pro.
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#15 Botyto

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 06:40 AM

Nice but can i use them for <_<
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#16 Daniel-Dane

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 03:21 PM

Nice but can i use them for  <_< ?

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#17 BlinKer9

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 04:56 PM

What is this about iam a noob. is it so it goes .exe file istead of gamemaker file?

Edited by BlinKer9, 03 November 2007 - 04:56 PM.

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#18 64days

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 05:00 PM

Is extensions only for PRO???? :blink: :wacko:

#19 Daniel-Dane

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 05:18 PM

Yes!!!! :blink: :wacko:

Edited by Daniel-Dane, 23 December 2007 - 05:18 PM.

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#20 Shadow X

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 07:06 AM

I have a question though

most of the time when i install a new extention file it will come up with an error accoured installing the extention package. ;)

can i fix this?
if so how?
could it be because i have windows vista? :)

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I'm having the same problem, and yes I have Windows Vista Ultimate.

I've reinstalled Gamemaker 3 times already. What can I do?

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I have the EXACT same problem. I also get this when I start Game Maker:
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And better yet - I JUST found the solution to that problem AND the extension package installation problem! Check out my tutorial! Click the link in my signature and there's your solution!
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#21 Smarty

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 12:48 PM

Windows Vista seems to require administrative privileges to install an extension.

Shadow X, your tutorial might have a point but not everyone will be allowed to make themselves administrator (what is the point of security if you have that choice?).

When an extension package is installed, the package saves 3 files to the Extensions directory under Game Maker: a CHM, a GED and a DAT file. It is the location of this directory that is most likely the problem: Game Maker needs to make adjustments to its subdirectory in Game Maker, which is in the Program Files directory, which, under Vista, apparently isn't accesible for writing for all users.

But once installed, do you really need to be an admin to use them? I doubt it.
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#22 Blue Leader

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 08:45 PM

I'm having a problem installing an extension. I've never had a problem installing them before, but for some reason I am now.

I've done exactly as this thread suggested, but whenever I open up the extension from the "Installing Extension Packages" window (Game Maker > Select Extension Packages > Install > Installing Extension Packages, Install > Select extension > Open) the extension will not install. It wont show up in the list of installed packages or anything.
I've tried putting the file in different locations on my PC, uninstalling previous versions of the extension, and everything else I can think of. No dice.
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#23 Smarty

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 12:04 AM

What operating system do you use? And do you see the files of the extension actually appearing in the Extensions directory under the Game Maker directory when you install them?
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 01:03 AM

I'm using Windows XP Home Edition.

And no, the files aren't appearing in the "extensions" folder under the Game_Maker7 folder. There's a DAT, LIB and GEX of every other extension I have, though.
But this one... Nothing happens. When I select it in the install window through GM, it acts like I didn't select anything at all.

Actually... scratch that. It looks like it's something wrong with the extension itself. I just noticed it, but when I "install" the latest version of the extension, it puts a single GEX file from a previous version into the "extensions" folder. But the file has no data in it at all and is 0 KB.
Heh, I just realized that. I'll have to shoot a message over to the creator.

Thanks. If you wouldn't have pointed that out I probably wouldn't have noticed it. Heh. <_<

Edited by Blue Leader, 18 February 2008 - 01:10 AM.

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#25 revoprod

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 12:46 PM

Wow. I didn't know that's all you had to do!
Thanks so much!
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#26 sargunster

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 09:00 PM

I have the EXACT same problem. I also get this when I start Game Maker:


And better yet - I JUST found the solution to that problem AND the extension package installation problem! Check out my tutorial! Click the link in my signature and there's your solution!


After changing GM7 to run as administrator, the error in the beginning "Failed to set data for" is solved.

But, the error related to extensions..."An error occured installing the extension packages" is still not solved.

If reinstall is a solution...how do I do it without losing my license for Pro.
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#27 LaLaLa

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 06:59 AM

I have a question though

most of the time when i install a new extention file it will come up with an error accoured installing the extention package. :P

can i fix this?
if so how?
could it be because i have windows vista? :D

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I'm having the same problem, and yes I have Windows Vista Ultimate.

I've reinstalled Gamemaker 3 times already. What can I do?

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I have the EXACT same problem. I also get this when I start Game Maker:
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And better yet - I JUST found the solution to that problem AND the extension package installation problem! Check out my tutorial! Click the link in my signature and there's your solution!

Yes I knew that granting administrative privilages would fix the loading error dialouge but I didn't even think of this for the extension problem which I was also having pretty stupid but makes sense lol. Thanks.
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#28 deceit13

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 06:51 AM

to fix the extention problum you need to right click on the game_maker 7 folder in your directory, from there go to proporties then i think it is security...

you should see the admin and a few other users, go thro the admin and all the rest and click allow for all the boxes, it gives everyone permission to make edits inside the file folder which is what GM is doing when it installs an extention
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#29 dbgames

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:34 AM

There's nothing wrong with the gex extension itself. Every extension I download doesn't work. It always says the same thing:
An error occoured installing the extension package.
(Is it because I need to have admin rights?)

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#30 WEREM

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 08:23 PM

This is a very usefull extension. If you are making a multiplayer game and want to send several data in one message(example: the server side creation of an enemy in a random position).

Thank you very much, great code.
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#31 jacuzzi man

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 05:22 AM

When i try istall an extension package it says and error has occurred.

Wat errors are there and how can i fix that? ::lmao::
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#32 jarcon

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 11:37 PM

When I tried to install an extension, I get an error saying; an error has occurred installing this extension.
Why is it doing this? If it matters, I'm using Windows Vista.
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 01:13 AM

i can't seem to download extensions, everytime i click download, it takes to a page full of letters like ի��������[�eH�<�ލ��� ��
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i can't seem to download extensions, everytime i click download, it takes to a page full of letters like ի��������[�eH�<�ލ��� ��

Use right click -> Save Target As instead.
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#35 Keiferr

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 10:10 PM

Edit: Wrong thread. lol. But thanks for the help with .gex.

Edited by Keiferr, 24 November 2009 - 10:34 PM.

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 04:00 PM

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COMPILATION ERROR in extension package JS Message Engine
Error in code at line 1:
{ var butNo,b,alpha,col,out,range; butNo=NUMBER_of_BUTTONS(); if (_msQDefault) { if (_msQDefaultVal==-1) { butNo-=1; if (keyboard_check(vk_escape) and image_alpha>=1) { execute_string(js_msg_cbuf_value(butNo)); js_msg_cbuf_clear(); anim=3; } } else if (keyboard_check(vk_escape) and image_alpha>=1) { execute_string(js_msg_cbuf_value(_msQDefaultVal)); js_msg_cbuf_clear(); anim=3; } } var b; for (b=0; b<butNo; b+=1) { var bx1,bx2,by1,by2; bx1=argument0+2; bx2=bx1+argument2-5; by1=argument1+argument3-butNo*_strHeight*2-_msTxtPad+(_strHeight*2)*b; by2=by1+_strHeight*2; range=RANGE_of_AREA(bx1,by1,bx2,by2,mouse_x,mouse_
y); switch (range) { case 0: alpha=.2; col=_msButCol1; out=true; break; case 3: if (image_alpha>=1) { execute_string(js_msg_cbuf_value(B)); js_msg_cbuf_clear(); anim=3; } case 1: alpha=.7; col=_msButCol1; out=false; break; case 2: alpha=.5; col=_msButCol2; out=false; break; } pCol=draw_get_color(); pAlp=draw_get_alpha(); draw_set_alpha(image_alpha); if (argument4) { draw_set_halign(fa_center); draw_set_valign(fa_center); var X,Y; X[0]=bx1+argument2/2-_tbWidth/2; X[1]=bx1+argument2/2+_tbWidth/2; Y[0]=by1-_strHeight*3+2; Y[1]=by2-_strHeight*3-2; draw_set_color(_tbCol); draw_rectangle(X[0],Y[0],X[1],Y[1],false); draw_set_color(_tbOutCol); draw_rectangle(X[0],Y[0],X[1],Y[1],true); draw_set_color(_tbTextCol); var txtD; txtD=""; if (_tbRule==2) repeat (string_length(_tbInput)) txtD+=_tbPassChar; else txtD=_tbInput; draw_text(bx1+argument2/2,by1-_strHeight*2,txtD); draw_set_alpha(pAlp); } draw_set_color(col); draw_set_alpha(image_alpha*alpha); if (_msQDefaultVal==b and range==0) draw_rectangle(bx1+3,by1+3,bx2-3,by2-3,true); draw_rectangle(bx1,by1,bx2,by2,out); draw_set_color(pCol); draw_set_alpha(pAlp); }}

at position 1630: Variable name expected.

Does this mean it didn't install right?

Edited by Lbckf, 28 December 2009 - 04:03 PM.

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#37 majix560

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 01:55 AM

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COMPILATION ERROR in extension package JS Message Engine
Error in code at line 1:
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at position 1630: Variable name expected.

Does this mean it didn't install right?


Yes, but not because of you.
It didn't install because it was built wrong.
You should post the same error message to the page/person you got the extension from.
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#38 Masterjohn74

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 09:42 PM

it wont work for me every time i get one it said its damaged or unknown can soom one help me with this
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Posted 04 April 2010 - 09:39 AM

Thank you very much, great code.


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#40 Nubcake

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:25 AM

i get an error when trying to install a extensions : an error has occured
how to i get around this.
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Very useful
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Posted 09 May 2011 - 10:26 PM

I have downloaded some gex files and I've installed them, but when I do click on button OK it appears on my screen an error message screen which says "List index out of bounds (18)" and obviously I can't use gex files.

I'm using win xp sp2, gamemaker v8.1 ultimate

How can I fix it?

I hope you can help me
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#43 Guypeop

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 06:40 PM

Thanks!
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#44 NicharCZ

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:12 PM

Hi all,
i use GM Printing. If i start new file, I should find it in "extension packages". I have installed that. Then, I save and close the .gmk file and open saved file. It shows me an error, that GM Printing is not found. Where is GM Pringting and other extensions? I just have found only .dat and .ged file. Therefore, I cannot open this .ged file, it's corrupted or something like that.. How should I save .gmk file with extension? If I make my own, I have .gex file, which I use and add. Here is nothing to install.. Would someone help me?

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:37 PM

Thanks for showing how to install a .gex file.

Edited by waterserpent, 17 January 2013 - 07:43 PM.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:06 AM

There's nothing wrong with the gex extension itself. Every extension I download doesn't work. It always says the same thing:
An error occoured installing the extension package.
(Is it because I need to have admin rights?)

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I have admin rights and it still doesn't work.


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Posted 03 February 2014 - 05:24 AM

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#48 johnboy

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 05:42 AM

I know I'm a bit late to the party - but can anyone tell me how to use gex files and other dll's with gamemaker 6 ? Any help would be appreciated, thanks.


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