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MrFancypants Forum Admin

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#1 11 years ago

I'm having trouble with an old game (X-Com Apocalypse) and Windows XP. I installed all sorts of fixes and aditional programs to overcome the typical problems with old DOS-games (mouse-speed, sound etc.) but whenever I load the game the color look weird, as the game tries to use 16 colors instead of 256.

I enabled Win95 compability mode with 256 colors, tried to set resolution and colors to game-values before starting, to turn off hardware-acceleration and to run the game from a command-window, but I still get those weird colors.

Do you have any idea what else I could try? I can't find anyone with a similar problem with google, so maybe I just overlooked something.




ConstanceJill

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#2 11 years ago

MS Virtual PC 2004 is available for free at microsoft's website ( http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=6D58729D-DFA8-40BF-AFAF-20BCB7F01CD1&displaylang=en ) You may install FreeDOS ( http://freedos.org ) in such a virtual PC.




ConstanceJill

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#3 11 years ago

(Hmm post jump, there is another reply from me to read above ^^' )




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#4 11 years ago

Dosbox Emulator




ConstanceJill

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#5 11 years ago

Did noone see my post that jumped up there ? =(




ConstanceJill

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#6 11 years ago

Argh damn post jumps !! I'm gonna continue until it stays where it should be :o




ConstanceJill

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#7 11 years ago

Hey, don't ignore my post up there, please :'(




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#8 11 years ago

Tried that, it gives me the Dos4gw for a few seconds and then returns to the prompt. Besides, I read that even if you get it to run with Dosbox you won't have any sound, so I'd rather figure out how to get proper colors instead.




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#9 11 years ago

It's a real pain to be sure.

I've found that the least frustrating way to run an old game is to either have a dual boot setup (such as having winXP as your primary OS and win98/win95 secondary) or setup an old pc dedicated to running old games.

The drawback to running a second pc is obviously having to setup a whole other pc just to play some older games. Plus, some folks don't hang on to their old pc's anyways. Sometimes dual boot isn't ideal either as the pc is too fast for the old games, and even the "slowdown your pc" apps aren't too reliable in overcoming this.

That's probably not the answer you're looking for, but I ran across the same issues you're having last time I tried to run an old game on a newer pc with XP. Endless, fruitless Google searches and attempts.

You might search for a forum/fansite for the specific old game(s) you are trying to run to see if someone has figured out the best solution for it (or if it's a lost cause and all the game's fans know it).

Best of luck with it. :)




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#10 11 years ago

Well, I found a config-file for dosbox whichis supposed to make the game work, but I'm not sure how to change and use this file, anyone here familiar with this dosbox?




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