Yeah, the redbook music issue was the entire reason I purchased this version, as (a) I hate having to have a CD/DVD in the drive to play a game, (b) my optical drive seems to really hate my Timeshock CD, and (c) I found I was getting heinous issues running it on my current machine (I hadn't tried installing Timeshock on this box previously).
However! I'm delighted to say that I now have my Windows version running smooth as silk, music and all, on my WinXP/SP2 and Intel dual-core CPU machine.
I resolved the redbook issue by way of the wonderful Daemon Tools, which nowadays seems to have perfect emulation of an optical drive playing redbook audio off a CD. I downloaded and installed Daemon Tools Lite (I suggest saying "no" to the DT Toolbar feature), I used its built-in imaging feature to make an image of the CD in DT's native .mdf format, and then I mounted the image on the virtual drive and ran the game (it was already installed from the real CD).
The other problems turned out to be solved trivially by setting Timeshock!.exe to Windows 95 compatibility mode, so before running the game just go to your installation directory, right-click the executable, and use the Compatability tab.
I didn't need to set CPU affinity or anything else. It just works, 1600x1200, 24-bit colour, perfect music. Everything.
Happy me :)
Naturally, this means that I REALLY REALLY want Empire and GOG to provide an ISO of the WIndows version as an option for anyone who buys a Pro Pinball game, because with a bit of external effort (as described above), some of us will be able to run it perfectly in that format (and I don't have Big Race USA on CD!)
The benefits are:
* Higher-resolution (for me, the DOS version was restricted to 1024x768)
* Higher colour depth (24-bit colour)
* Better performance (no need to emulate a DOS machine as well as run the game)
You needn't support that version. The DOS version can remain the official GOG version of the game, But please please provide it, so that we can try it out, just in case it works.
Post edited March 17, 2009 by Shadowcat