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Playing Old Games On Your New(ish) PC
      #13173724 - 11/29/07 04:28 PM

Old games always crash on my computer, despite the patches that supposedly fix the problem. What can I do to get them to work smoothly?

Thanks in advance...


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Re: Playing Old Games On Your New(ish) PC [Re: 2218]
      #13174501 - 11/29/07 05:06 PM

Quote:

Old games always crash on my computer, despite the patches that supposedly fix the problem. What can I do to get them to work smoothly?

Thanks in advance...




If they are old, old games, DosBox is a powerful tool. I used this recently to play Ultima Underworld I and II, which I'd really been jonesing for for a long time.

If they are medium old games, I've yet to find a general purpose solution. If you find one, let me know! There are a lot of older games I'd be interested in tracking down and playing at some point that I think have these kinds of problems in XP - Deus Ex, Thief, etc.


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Re: Playing Old Games On Your New(ish) PC [Re: gumpzilla]
      #13177901 - 11/29/07 09:02 PM

Quote:

If they are old, old games, DosBox is a powerful tool. I used this recently to play Ultima Underworld I and II, which I'd really been jonesing for for a long time.

If they are medium old games, I've yet to find a general purpose solution. If you find one, let me know! There are a lot of older games I'd be interested in tracking down and playing at some point that I think have these kinds of problems in XP - Deus Ex, Thief, etc.




Yeah, it's the medium old games that I want to play (basically the ones mentioned here, like Fallout and System Shock 2).

Would a virtual machine with windows 98 work?


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Re: Playing Old Games On Your New(ish) PC [Re: 2218]
      #13177967 - 11/29/07 09:06 PM

I've never had problems running old games (unless they're games that were made for Win95, like Red Alert). Try running on different compatability modes?

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Re: Playing Old Games On Your New(ish) PC [Re: g-bebe]
      #13178245 - 11/29/07 09:29 PM

Try compatibility modes and for fallout specifically I remember that there was one problem with it running too fast on current systems.

This was fixed by some download to slow the game down. I would check nomutantsallowed for something.

Also I think the DVD compilation of Fallout games may not have this problem, don't know for sure because I've only played Tactics from it.


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Re: Playing Old Games On Your New(ish) PC [Re: 2218]
      #13198057 - 12/01/07 06:09 AM

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Yeah, it's the medium old games that I want to play (basically the ones mentioned here, like Fallout and System Shock 2).




There is a well-known workaround for SS2. Look
here.

Generally, Google "[the game] xp". Many other people will have wanted to do the same things that you do.


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Re: Playing Old Games On Your New(ish) PC [Re: 2218]
      #13205400 - 12/01/07 07:41 PM

I don't know how old we're talking about here, but DosBox is a must, and there are some absolute classics that run on ScummVM.

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Re: Playing Old Games On Your New(ish) PC [Re: Moozh]
      #13206958 - 12/01/07 10:05 PM

This thread inspired me to try and get Red Alert installed. I couldn't get it done. I'm pretty upset about this.

Well, it installed, but the game won't run.


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Re: Playing Old Games On Your New(ish) PC [Re: SoloAJ]
      #13208758 - 12/01/07 11:56 PM

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This thread inspired me to try and get Red Alert installed. I couldn't get it done. I'm pretty upset about this.

Well, it installed, but the game won't run.




I don't know if it makes any difference which version you have, but I have the C&C "The first decade" collection and everything runs flawlessly.

Might be worth checking out if you can't get regular RA to work.


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Re: Playing Old Games On Your New(ish) PC [Re: Corpsebean]
      #13210691 - 12/02/07 02:18 AM

Thanks for the idea Corpse. I shall consider it if I get a strong enough urge to play RA.

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