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playing older games on XP

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  1. mattyryan

    mattyryan Member

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    i have a problem with some games...for example duke nukem and warcraft 2. i had the problem of 16-bit subsystem error...but that's fixed. wen i click the .exe file the screen goes black as if it's going to load, but then it goes back to where it was as if nothing happened. if anyone knows why could you help me out please
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    in xp i think you have to go to compatibility wizard in xp to fix that problem. only used that part twice on customer's computer as i use win98se
     
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    Try to find a program called NOLFB.COM. It works real well with some older DOS games that use VESA modes as Duke3D did. One trick to using it is that you have to run it from a DOS window then use DOS commands to cd to the program you want to run and run it that way. If you close the DOS window the program is closed as well - it doesn't stay memory resident in Windows, only the DOS window it was started from.
    http://advsys.net/ken/build.htm

    A very good resource for running older DOS games is http://vogons.zetafleet.com
    Besides the Hitchhiker reference, VOGONS means Very Old Games On New Systems. It is the support forum for DOSBox (a great emulator for running old DOS Games) and VDMSound (which emulates a virtual sound card for DOS games).
    DOSBox can run Duke3D but not perfectly yet. I know it runs Warcraft 1 well, not sure about 2. I use it a lot for many older games that do not run on XP. I have been playing Magic Carpet with it lately.
    http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/news.php?show_news=1

     

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