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I bought both War Wind games on sale a while ago, but only just tonight tried to get this going and was immediately met with this error: (Unable to get screen mode 640x480x8 error=590) and then the game just closes. I couldn't find anything else on the net about it other than one other guy having the same issue but with no answer. I get this same error when trying to start either game.

has anyone else encountered this error or have any ideas how to fix it?

I'm on an older laptop running winxp sp2. It does the job fine for most other games I've gotten on gog likeage of wonders, morrowind, daggerfall, all the add&d games, and others that aren't too graphics intensive. .

thanks.

Edit: I posted the wrong error message in the title and can't change it. It's slightly different since I copy/pasted it from the thread I found mentioned above.

The exact error message I am getting is: "Unable to get screen mode 640x480x8 error=590"
Post edited November 29, 2017 by Brewtal_Legend
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Hello, sorry for the massive necro but I've just bought this game and I'm having the same issue
Annnnnnd, I have the same problem with WW 1 ("Unable to get screen mode 640x480x8 error=590")...
WinXP sp3 I think. It's a laptop, too.

EDIT: Oh, umm, I think I just solved the problem (at least it works for me).
Just rename the ddraw.dll file in your "war wind" folder and it should be fine. This is a trick I learned from the GOG version of Arcanum. GOG seems to use ddraw.dll to help the newer systems with some of the older games, and that somehow breaks the games on the older systems. (well I don't really know that much about the mechanics. For more details you may have to check the Arcanum forum for posts regarding ddraw.dll, sorry:)
Post edited June 23, 2020 by Makotolia
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Makotolia: Annnnnnd, I have the same problem with WW 1 ("Unable to get screen mode 640x480x8 error=590")...
WinXP sp3 I think. It's a laptop, too.

EDIT: Oh, umm, I think I just solved the problem (at least it works for me).
Just rename the ddraw.dll file in your "war wind" folder and it should be fine. This is a trick I learned from the GOG version of Arcanum. GOG seems to use ddraw.dll to help the newer systems with some of the older games, and that somehow breaks the games on the older systems. (well I don't really know that much about the mechanics. For more details you may have to check the Arcanum forum for posts regarding ddraw.dll, sorry:)
Hey,

are there more ideas?
I searched the whole forum and tried everything I found (get the 3 - 4 additional dlls from voodoo, do a voodoo config, do no voodoo config, do various different voodoo configs, rename ddraw.dll, ...)
It still gives me the error :( I also tried it on an older laptop but got the same results


Thanks!
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Makotolia: Annnnnnd, I have the same problem with WW 1 ("Unable to get screen mode 640x480x8 error=590")...
WinXP sp3 I think. It's a laptop, too.

EDIT: Oh, umm, I think I just solved the problem (at least it works for me).
Just rename the ddraw.dll file in your "war wind" folder and it should be fine. This is a trick I learned from the GOG version of Arcanum. GOG seems to use ddraw.dll to help the newer systems with some of the older games, and that somehow breaks the games on the older systems. (well I don't really know that much about the mechanics. For more details you may have to check the Arcanum forum for posts regarding ddraw.dll, sorry:)
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Rinilein: Hey,

are there more ideas?
I searched the whole forum and tried everything I found (get the 3 - 4 additional dlls from voodoo, do a voodoo config, do no voodoo config, do various different voodoo configs, rename ddraw.dll, ...)
It still gives me the error :( I also tried it on an older laptop but got the same results

Thanks!
Hmm, I don’t know, I’m really not that good at these technical details. But maybe, well, have you tried the compatible mode? And maybe compatible mode + renaming ddraw.dll + Windows XP combo. Beyond these, I really don’t have much more ideas, sorry.
intente cambial el nombre del ddraw.dll pero solo me genero otro error y parece que este foro esta algo muerto