if its not a question of a overtly fragmented hardrive (if so defrag it), or the powersupply (a very underlooked part of a computer!, not strong enough might resolve in overheating! its not the fans, its the powersupply!)
if its pure software based...then try this...
It worked for me...I had issues to with grafix from the first starting area...
Windowskey + R (to get Run command)
type "C:\yourgamefolder\Messiah\MessiahD3D.exe -x"
the " -x" part will popup an window that will ask..
800 x 600
1024 x 768
1280 x 960
1280 x 1024" <-- I picked this one
Then click "OK"
Now a new window pops up that says..."Messiah by Shiney Entertainment (c) 2000"
This is what I picked
Driver: (NVIDIA GTX 560Ti) my card. avoided the generic "primary display driver"
Device:Direct 3D HAL (very important!, otherwise might stutter, according to posts)
Mode:1280 x 1024 32 bit (this is the highest res I got out of it and it still shows the HUD! Yay!)
Let me know if this works for ya!
Btw Im on a Win7 Pro 64-bit, Intel i7 Quadcore, Nvidia GTX 560Ti Direct II CU, 8 GB RAM, Intr. sound card.
And it worked for me! Dont know about ATI cards...
Post edited September 19, 2011 by caffinemasta