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sinbad269: All praise GOG.com for allowing people with shit hardware to satiate their gaming desires!
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Darvond: Let me clarify something. This isn't so much about bad hardware, but a type of 3D rendering API that doesn't exist anymore. OpenGL was just a wee babe, DirectX was at best fledgling, so 3DFX was king.
Doesn't diminish the fact that this is an ancient game that just wouldn't work on anyone's hardware with a current OS.

Or any other similar game for that matter
I can't get it to run on Windows 10 with any compatibility mode, with either .exe file. I have direct play enabled. I don't know what else I can try! If I try to run through gog I get a popup that says "Program Crashed". If I try either of the exe files the screen goes black for a moment and then nothing happens -- it doesn't even show up in task manager.
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sheenasan: I can't get it to run on Windows 10 with any compatibility mode, with either .exe file. I have direct play enabled. I don't know what else I can try! If I try to run through gog I get a popup that says "Program Crashed". If I try either of the exe files the screen goes black for a moment and then nothing happens -- it doesn't even show up in task manager.
The same thing was happening to me. In the support article below is a link to 3 dll files on Dropbox. Download them and put them in the game folder. After that the game stopped crashing on startup for me.

https://support.gog.com/hc/en-us/articles/360007643793-DirectX-errors-random-crashes-graphics-issues
Okay, let's try this Troubleshooting Thing for Populous:The Beginning in 2019. Let's see if we can update this waaaay better?!...

I'm Using - Windows 10. I cannot play the game directly from GOG, but I can play the game using the "popTB.exe" file. After Windows 10 automatically finds Direct Play and asks if you'd like to install it (for older games). To play the game go to your game files folder. Location on my drive is; Program Files (x86) > Galaxy Client > Games > Populous: The Beginning).

Find the popTB.exe file, right click and go to "Properties" > go to "Compatibility" > click "Change settings for all users" > *Check mark the box, then "Run this program in compatibility mode", then select "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)", and "Run as an administrator", click Apply and/ or Okay, then Right Double-Click the "PopTB.exe" file to run and play the game.

To be clear, this is the more pixelated or earlier version of the game, like Minecraft. I'm not playing this version, because it's totally unacceptable. When I played this at release in and around 1999 I played the better version even then, and that's what I want now. I've acquired this game many times through DL over the years, as recent as 3 years ago and had to alter the game files. Newer PC and using Windows 10 has altered the way to change files, even IF I had the way I changed them before. I did so by doing lots of research via Google Search, however I can't find anything up to date now and that works for me. Soooo, how do we get this alternate version/ file to work? Using the "D3DPopTB.exe" file Version to work that has much better graphics!? There are workaround for EVERYTHING!... Come on you, Brainiacs! Give me some solid, easy to understand facts that will work, for me, and others to come in 2019. And, Thanks, in advance!!!
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Catpsyche: Okay, let's try this Troubleshooting Thing for Populous:The Beginning in 2019. Let's see if we can update this waaaay better?!...

I'm Using - Windows 10. I cannot play the game directly from GOG, but I can play the game using the "popTB.exe" file. After Windows 10 automatically finds Direct Play and asks if you'd like to install it (for older games). To play the game go to your game files folder. Location on my drive is; Program Files (x86) > Galaxy Client > Games > Populous: The Beginning).

Find the popTB.exe file, right click and go to "Properties" > go to "Compatibility" > click "Change settings for all users" > *Check mark the box, then "Run this program in compatibility mode", then select "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)", and "Run as an administrator", click Apply and/ or Okay, then Right Double-Click the "PopTB.exe" file to run and play the game.

To be clear, this is the more pixelated or earlier version of the game, like Minecraft. I'm not playing this version, because it's totally unacceptable. When I played this at release in and around 1999 I played the better version even then, and that's what I want now. I've acquired this game many times through DL over the years, as recent as 3 years ago and had to alter the game files. Newer PC and using Windows 10 has altered the way to change files, even IF I had the way I changed them before. I did so by doing lots of research via Google Search, however I can't find anything up to date now and that works for me. Soooo, how do we get this alternate version/ file to work? Using the "D3DPopTB.exe" file Version to work that has much better graphics!? There are workaround for EVERYTHING!... Come on you, Brainiacs! Give me some solid, easy to understand facts that will work, for me, and others to come in 2019. And, Thanks, in advance!!!
I've had a similar issue and just tried this, and it seems to work like a charm:

http://dege.freeweb.hu/dgVoodoo2/dgVoodoo2.html


UPDATE: a little bit of skipping as I scroll across the screen, but at least the thing actually now seems to load in D3D mode!
Post edited March 31, 2019 by generalktan
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sheenasan: I can't get it to run on Windows 10 with any compatibility mode, with either .exe file. I have direct play enabled. I don't know what else I can try! If I try to run through gog I get a popup that says "Program Crashed". If I try either of the exe files the screen goes black for a moment and then nothing happens -- it doesn't even show up in task manager.
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Milfay.324: The same thing was happening to me. In the support article below is a link to 3 dll files on Dropbox. Download them and put them in the game folder. After that the game stopped crashing on startup for me.

https://support.gog.com/hc/en-us/articles/360007643793-DirectX-errors-random-crashes-graphics-issues
I can't access these files.
So just wanted to post to all I just installed v1.02 regfix on Win10 64-bit

I added -alres to all the shortcuts of the game sept the default dx settings software that comes with the gog install.

then I opend the directx settings file and set the resolution to what my monitor is, as in not set by application (Default) or Same as desktop. Why? Cus those are the options that typically cause a crash from what I experienced.

I then made Presentation Fullscreen and left Aspect ratio enabled (Default) and scaling to integer and vsync enabled and gamma I left alone and Anistropic filtering 16x and antialiasing msaa 8x and saved it.

I was able to launch my games perfectly fine then with 0 crashes.

you can even goto ingame options and switch landscape and what not to high and get 0 crashes.

Hope this is useful for others. but just note technically you shouldnt need to download any new files or anything to enjoy the game.

heck while making this post I even have the game minimized and I can open it backup and still experience 0 crashes

Note I am running a low end rig. I have attached a screenie of the game running max resolution and quality on my rig.
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Post edited March 27, 2020 by Stixsmaster
Hello,

Is anyone able to shed some light on this?

I am running Windows XP 32bit in a VirtualBox on an iMac. Whenever I try and open the game it crashes and I get this error report. I am not intelligent enough to understand this so any guidance on this would be brilliant!

Before this crash happens I get another pop up saying

"Missing or incomplete Registry information. Use C:\POP3.CD as default hard drive path?"

...from what I have read elsewhere this is not a fatal problem though so I am assuming that I have a second problem causing the crash?
Well i just tested this and the game really doesn't have flickering graphics anymore since new update.
Had to bring the save files from the previous installation to C:\POP3.CD
So first time you run it, it probably creates the pop3 cd path and then you bring the old save files there.
It seems it needs to create that folder for the game to run and this time it doesn't need to run it twice to work.
It works on first try.
Post edited April 06, 2020 by Fonzer
use dgVoodoo2_63_2 can be found at dege.freeweb.hu/dgVoodoo2/dgVoodoo2 can not post links in post as new fixed this game and settlers 4 gold follow instructions and game launches in dx much better looking. mess with settings in the voodoo control panel, must copy to where game exe is and even if got a 64 bit system I found I had to copy the 32 bit drivers as game is 32. will crash out on the load screen in game but just reclick from taskbar and no problem. only thing noticed issue was the oceans are white but everything else works have fun
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moribund_A_BUG: use dgVoodoo2_63_2 can be found at dege.freeweb.hu/dgVoodoo2/dgVoodoo2 can not post links in post as new fixed this game and settlers 4 gold follow instructions and game launches in dx much better looking. mess with settings in the voodoo control panel, must copy to where game exe is and even if got a 64 bit system I found I had to copy the 32 bit drivers as game is 32. will crash out on the load screen in game but just reclick from taskbar and no problem. only thing noticed issue was the oceans are white but everything else works have fun
http://dege.freeweb.hu/dgVoodoo2/dgVoodoo2.html