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With all the excitement over the Star Wars: Squadrons trailers, there's also been some talk about how great TIE Fighter and X-Wing were... and how hard they are to get working on modern systems.

In the case of the Collector's CD is sadly quite true... but as for the Special Editions, all you really need to get going is a joystick (or Xbox controller if you're in a pinch).

so I made a short(?) video guide of what mods you need, and what settings you can tweak:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0yJQUHJVRM

Hope you enjoy.

Here are the mods I'm using, sorted in the order you should install them.
XWA_DDRAW_d3d11 - Enables Hardware acceleration, AA and shading on new computers:
https://github.com/rdoeffinger/xwa_ddraw_d3d11/releases

Justagai's X-Wing series 60 FPS - enables 60 FPS:
https://community.pcgamingwiki.com/files/file/1853-justagais-x-wing-series-60-fps-fix/

TIE Fighter Reconstructed - rearranged and enhanced DOS-CD music for TIE Win95 version:
https://www.savingcontent.com/2014/08/09/guide-play-xwingseries-on-modern-pc/7/

X-wing & TIE Music Fix - enables music in missions again:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/wjj50h7v1cin6vz/X-Wing_TieMusicFix.zip?dl=0
Post edited June 24, 2020 by Eleriel
Is there any fix for the missing proton torpedoes lock-on sounds ?
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rhaak: Is there any fix for the missing proton torpedoes lock-on sounds ?
I'll answer here as well, for the benefit of others.

I've only found two topics on GOG and Steam talking about the lock-on sounds missing in X-Wing (1998):
https://steamcommunity.com/app/354430/discussions/0/1742265965890410774/
https://www.gog.com/forum/star_wars_xwing_and_tie_fighter_series/xwing_1998_no_music_and_missing_sounds

but neither topic has a solution, as of yet. Technically it should be possible to fix. as the Win95 version of X-Wing actually contains all of the files from the DOS-CD version. Best case scenario, it's a matter of a miss-named file... though I doubt it.
Great guide, thank you!
PERFECT guide TUSEN TACK man!! I played this years ago but forgot how to set it up properly on a new PC and this really speeds things up saving a few hours/days of frustration lol. Only thing left to fix now is how to get that joystick twist mapped to roll!
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Eleriel: Justagai's X-Wing series 60 FPS - enables 60 FPS:
https://community.pcgamingwiki.com/files/file/1853-justagais-x-wing-series-60-fps-fix/
Are you sure that one's necessary? The ddraw.dll should already include that, though I admit it's possible some part is still missing.
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Reimar: Are you sure that one's necessary? The ddraw.dll should already include that, though I admit it's possible some part is still missing.
I just tested it, so I could be certain... and Justagai's fix is necessary to get consistent 60fps.
In the ddraw.cfg file there is a setting in the "Debug Options" called RefreshLimit, with three options:
; RefreshLimit = 1 (default, enabled), 0 (disabled), 2 (old method used up to v1.49)
; If disabled, causes constant 100% CPU load and movies might play too fast.
; If set to 1, emulates a screen refresh rate of 24 Hz which is what the
; game normally expects/works best with. The method used might not be supported
; by all graphics drivers, causing it to behave as if disabled.
; If set to 2, the method from older versions is used. This has massive
; compatiblity issues at least with Intel GPUs and multisampling enabled,
; and there might be issues with other drivers as well.

I tested all of them, and 0 and 2 are indeed very buggy. and 1 gives me around 24-30fps (MSI Afterburner says 30?)
While I haven't had any problems with Justagai's fix.
Post edited July 09, 2020 by Eleriel
In the video it states always start with a fresh install if you've used the dosbox conf program is this still true? Thanks
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smuggly: In the video it states always start with a fresh install if you've used the dosbox conf program is this still true? Thanks
... the video is of the Special Edition version of the game, which does not have a dosbox conf program.
so in that sense: no, not true. (I did use the phrase "out of the box", though... was that it?).

Either way, if you're using the mods listed in the video, I don't think you necessarily need to use a fresh install.

In the case of the Collector's CD version, which does have a dosbox.conf, though... I've found that the times where I messed around with the config before using a guide, I'd usually run into problems with the game either not launching or not wanting to be in full-screen or correct aspect ratio etc. So when that happened, a fresh install did the trick. These days I have a folder in my archive with the dosbox.conf that I know works.

In either case, If you do find yourself needing to reinstall.. and want to save your progress in the game. find the <yourname>.PLT or <yourname>.TFR (PLT for X-Wing and XvT. TFR for TIE Fighter) and save that elsewhere for a bit before uninstalling.
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smuggly: In the video it states always start with a fresh install if you've used the dosbox conf program is this still true? Thanks
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Eleriel: ... the video is of the Special Edition version of the game, which does not have a dosbox conf program.
so in that sense: no, not true. (I did use the phrase "out of the box", though... was that it?).

Either way, if you're using the mods listed in the video, I don't think you necessarily need to use a fresh install.

In the case of the Collector's CD version, which does have a dosbox.conf, though... I've found that the times where I messed around with the config before using a guide, I'd usually run into problems with the game either not launching or not wanting to be in full-screen or correct aspect ratio etc. So when that happened, a fresh install did the trick. These days I have a folder in my archive with the dosbox.conf that I know works.

In either case, If you do find yourself needing to reinstall.. and want to save your progress in the game. find the <yourname>.PLT or <yourname>.TFR (PLT for X-Wing and XvT. TFR for TIE Fighter) and save that elsewhere for a bit before uninstalling.
Thank You for the info.
I might be mixing up the videos. It may be the other I was watching.
Post edited October 05, 2020 by smuggly
Nice video overall.
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Eleriel: Justagai's X-Wing series 60 FPS - enables 60 FPS:
https://community.pcgamingwiki.com/files/file/1853-justagais-x-wing-series-60-fps-fix/
NOTE FOR EVERYONE READING THIS THREAD:
This patch makes the game run great but it kills the turret AI, see here:
https://www.gog.com/forum/star_wars_tie_fighter_special_edition/guide_for_enhancing_the_special_editions_of_tie_fighter_and_xwing_as_well_as_xwing_vs_tie_fighter

(to the OP author: yeah I know we already talked about this, this post is for the others)
Post edited October 13, 2020 by SOURCE_OF_TRUTH
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smuggly: In the video it states always start with a fresh install if you've used the dosbox conf program is this still true? Thanks
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Eleriel: ... the video is of the Special Edition version of the game, which does not have a dosbox conf program.
so in that sense: no, not true. (I did use the phrase "out of the box", though... was that it?).

Either way, if you're using the mods listed in the video, I don't think you necessarily need to use a fresh install.

In the case of the Collector's CD version, which does have a dosbox.conf, though... I've found that the times where I messed around with the config before using a guide, I'd usually run into problems with the game either not launching or not wanting to be in full-screen or correct aspect ratio etc. So when that happened, a fresh install did the trick. These days I have a folder in my archive with the dosbox.conf that I know works.

In either case, If you do find yourself needing to reinstall.. and want to save your progress in the game. find the <yourname>.PLT or <yourname>.TFR (PLT for X-Wing and XvT. TFR for TIE Fighter) and save that elsewhere for a bit before uninstalling.
As far as dosbox and the collector cd versions go, I've just been going to the .conf file, and setting:

resolution=0x0 (this is normally blank)
output=ddraw (this is normally overlay or surface)

if you make that change, collectors cd, xwing/tiefighter will launch at fullscreen without any border issues.