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I used to be able to play this on XP. I got it working a year or two ago on Win7. But now, despite all I try, it won't work. I install it just fine, I launch it...black screen. I try to launch in -swindow, it says "16 bit programs must be in high color" or something like that. I then install the Quest update, and avast instantly starts detecting it as a virus. No option to mark as false positive, no 'restore' from chest (its still in folder, not listed in quarantine). Even if I have it excluded in both 'file system shield' and the 'exclusions' tab in general settings.

I've tried excluding, reinstall, run as admin, remove desktop interlacing or w/e, ran in 256 color, ran -swindow. I've tried just about every fix I can think of, and the end result is either a consistent black screen, a temporary black screen that reverts to desktop...or nothing opens and there's no error message (This happens after avast warns about it).

I miss this game, I want to play it, but no matter what I do it won't work :(

EDIT - Tried a true fresh install. No quest, no 1.2, avast isn't detecting it. If I launch it with no compatibilities; black screen.
If I launch either nox.exe or game.exe shortcuts with win98, it instantly says it's stopped working n lists error as "APPCRASH".
If I try launching game.exe shortcut with -swindow, whether with or without 98/xp compatibility or with 256 colors, it says "16 bit color mode requires use of high colors (65336)" or some such, then shuts down.

If I try launching game.exe shortcut with -swindow, 256 colors, run as admin, and win98 compat, it instantly crashes just like with only compatibility.
If I try launching game.exe shortcut with run and disable composition/themes, it'll open go to black screen, where I'll hear the audio of the menus dropping, and the sound of clicks, but no music or other audio, and nothing visual.
If I try adding windpws xp service pack 3 as compatability, it does the same black screen thing as before, no crashing. All other options the same.
Post edited December 05, 2014 by EonofAeon
Ok, this might not be the solution you are looking for, but right now (as I'm writing) Nox is 50% off. $3 for the game. Maybe repurchasing a version reworked to run under the right environment is the solution.

I can't help with the other issues, since I haven't had them, but I do own the gog version and have run it under Windows 7 successfully. I'm sorry I can't be of more use.
I think anomaly may well be right about buying the GOG version. I too have the original big box version and like you tried everything to get it to run on Win 7 with no luck. In the end I bought the game here and it runs like a charm - no problems, no hassle. It's a good time to buy it right now too with the 50% discount :)