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Old 11-29-2007, 05:28 PM
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Default Playing Old Games On Your New(ish) PC

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?

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Old 11-29-2007, 06:06 PM
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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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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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Old 11-29-2007, 10:02 PM
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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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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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Old 11-29-2007, 10:06 PM
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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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Old 11-29-2007, 10:29 PM
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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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Old 12-01-2007, 07:09 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).

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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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Old 12-01-2007, 08:41 PM
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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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Old 12-01-2007, 11:05 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.
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Old 12-02-2007, 12:56 AM
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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.

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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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Old 12-02-2007, 03:18 AM
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Thanks for the idea Corpse. I shall consider it if I get a strong enough urge to play RA.
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