What OS do you have? I have Exult installed on my Win 7 64bit rig and it works fine. Might be a silly question, but when trying to play Ultima 7 with Exult are you opening it through GOG's shortcut (which plays via DosBox) or Exult's shortcut?
Hey, thanks for replying! To answer your first question I am using Windows 10 Professional 64-bit, which I believe is supported by the latest updates to the GOG version.
I'm not sure what you mean by opening it with a shortcut, my problem is that upon first setting up exult it asks you to browse to the directories for the game data, and the filepaths I listed in my first post don't work.
if I try to open the exult shortcut after that, all I get is a fade-in and then this static screen with a looping midi (see attatchment, I cropped the screenshot but its just a 1920x1080 black rectangle with that dead center)
Edit: Also, thank you for trying to help even though I forgot to check the "help" box. I was concerned that no one would be willing to try to help without the siren song of 5 completely meaningless points
You're welcome! That's my OS as well so that shouldn't be the issue. Do you know which version of Exult you installed? In their FAQ they suggest using the latest snapshot which is Exult 1.5.x, instead of their official releases, so maybe just uninstall and make sure you downloaded the correct snapshot for Win7.
In their installation guide they wrote some directions if you didn't get the correct locations for U7/SI.
"-Now run exult (exult.exe on Windows) and quit it immediately.
-Edit the configuration file with a text editor (e.g. on Windows use Notepad) and enter the correct paths for the game folders - see 2.3. for details
-Run exult and enjoy the game :-)
Word of advice: Don't mix the files from BG and SI." http://exult.sourceforge.net/docs.php#exult_config