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i know it may be more work, but did you try it without the patcher? Just dl the files and make the cd image yourself from scratch, or mount it like i explained before.
Post edited January 27, 2013 by herecomethe2000
Hmm. It still won't freeze no matter what I do. I did run into some glitches in main menu though. Sometimes the buttons stop working. Mouse works fine, menu music plays, but none of the buttons do anything. I have to shutdown dosbox. And when I run the game second time, it works fine. Strange.

If the problem is not within the image itself, it could probably be something with the files. I posted md5 hashes of my old Heroes CD on pastebin. If you check them with your installation, maybe we can find some differences.

The paths won't probably correspond and you should also replace backslashes with regular since you're on mac, but I think you can handle that. :)

Drop a note if you find anything, perhaps it will put us on a right track.
BlackChar: Drop a note if you find anything, perhaps it will put us on a right track.
Your md5 hashes are correct and corresponds with HoMM original v1.0 DOS release (September 6, 1995). But you can try to replace heroes.exe v1.0 with v1.3 exe from HoMM Compendium CD1 (md5 0aac4ed9eaab48fba3863182dcb7a490).
But if you do this then you have to additional rename 2 folders: Heroes\ANIM to Heroes\DANIM and Heroes\DATA to Heroes\DDATA
Post edited January 28, 2013 by Tarnum
Woohoo, heroes 1 got officially updated to stereo music!
I'm afraid I haven't made much further actual progress since the above. My files seem to be the same as everyone else's. However, since GOG released the new version 2.1 installer with the stereo files already in place, I've made a further discovery.

Just to check if there was a difference, I installed a fresh new copy of Heroes using the new version 2.1 installer. As before, I created the installation in a Wineskin and then used Boxer to turn it into a game package. However, this time I kept a temporary copy of the Wineskin installation and tested that, too.


1. Boxer: The game freezes exactly as before. This at least proves that there wasn't anything wrong with the music patching process on my system with the previous version.

2. Wineskin: The game works perfectly! No freeze at the expected point.

So that's interesting. I'm using the current version of Boxer (1.3.2), which is based on DOSBox 0.74 (also the latest version). So perhaps this is boiling down to Mac versus Windows environment issues? I.e. the exact same set of Heroes files works with DOSBox running under a Windows environment (emulated by Wineskin) but fails to work correctly under DOSBox running natively on Mac OS X.

NB This doesn't really explain why my previous copy of Heroes (from the V1 installer with 8-bit sound) doesn't freeze at the same point, either.

Nevertheless, that's the situation.