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Hey guys,

that patch will just not run for me.
I extracted it, set the darkfix.exe to compatibilty mode with Win95 but it won't even start anything.

Did I miss an important step?

I am experiencing the performance issues in the GOG version so am really looking forward to a solution to this.

regards

Stordyr
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stordyr_gaming: Hey guys,

that patch will just not run for me.
I extracted it, set the darkfix.exe to compatibilty mode with Win95 but it won't even start anything.

Did I miss an important step?

I am experiencing the performance issues in the GOG version so am really looking forward to a solution to this.

regards

Stordyr
-> If your game is not installed on your C: drive you have to edit the DARK.FIX file and change the first two lines in order to match with your installation folder (e.g. C:. -> D:.)

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Mesenzio: Same here, it looks like the mouse cursor gets reset to the bottom right corner constantly.
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jp3: Is there a fix to this mouse cursor issue? I am experiencing the same issue ...
-> Try Darkfix.exe / Compatibility / Run in 640x480
OR
-> Lower the desktop resolution to less than 1920x1080 and start the game
OR
-> Lower the DPI scaling of Windows 10 to 100% (this seems to be the main issue for many older games!)

All solutions worked for me ;-)
Post edited May 29, 2019 by Ertman81
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rebb: Is there a way to make DarkFix less invasive ?

Whenever some kind of error occurs, it becomes impossible to just close the application because DarkFix is force-grabbing application focus, even when opening up the Task Manager ..

The only way to recover from some error ( that isn't even visible because DarkFix has of course grabbed focus ) is to log out and back in as a user, which ends up closing every other application that might have been open.

It would be nice if DarkFix would be more lenient in this regard.
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PiesOfNorth: As pointed out in an earlier post, the way the darkfix steals your application focus, preventing you from minimizing, is pretty irritating and I wish something could be done about it.
Yeah I had that same problem. I've not found a way to make it take the alt+tab without locking me up, but I did figure a way to at least recover my windows session without logging out or hard resetting:

I ended up writing an autohotkey script that remaps one keyboard key (I used the "Break" key) to run taskkill.exe /IM darkfix.exe

the code is:

Break::
Run taskkill.exe /IM darkfix.exe
Return

this needs to be put into a text file with .ahk extension (and you need autohotkey installed obviously).

I should point out I actually use nircmd instead of the windows native "taskkill", but it's the same deal (except smoother).

Also, I actually came here to add my lament: the patch seems to work fine for the most part, but SOMETIMES it's incredibly difficult to not die from half a second of getting shot at. I assume this means the game runs at inconsistent speeds for me, using darkfix.exe.. I did not use any compatibility options for the first 5-10 hours, but Ive tried a few now, and they are basically the same.
My suspicion is, if I recall correctly, the difficulty sort of auto-adjusts upwards the more kills/missions you have flown. I guess the only reason I didn't notice it being impossibly hard due to speed is, because they weren't shooting that accurately before.
But now I'm like 150 kills in - and they kill me in 2 seconds flat.. unplayable.. :(
Post edited September 21, 2019 by sydneyfife
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rebb: Is there a way to make DarkFix less invasive ?

Whenever some kind of error occurs, it becomes impossible to just close the application because DarkFix is force-grabbing application focus, even when opening up the Task Manager ..

The only way to recover from some error ( that isn't even visible because DarkFix has of course grabbed focus ) is to log out and back in as a user, which ends up closing every other application that might have been open.

It would be nice if DarkFix would be more lenient in this regard.
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sydneyfife:
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PiesOfNorth: As pointed out in an earlier post, the way the darkfix steals your application focus, preventing you from minimizing, is pretty irritating and I wish something could be done about it.
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sydneyfife: Yeah I had that same problem. I've not found a way to make it take the alt+tab without locking me up,
Alt-tab with old windows games is almost always a bad idea, they just weren't made with that in mind since keeping anything too heavy running in the background would have been a bad idea anyway with the computers of the time.
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sydneyfife: Yeah I had that same problem. I've not found a way to make it take the alt+tab without locking me up,
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Det_Bullock: Alt-tab with old windows games is almost always a bad idea, they just weren't made with that in mind since keeping anything too heavy running in the background would have been a bad idea anyway with the computers of the time.
That's oversimplifying things. It would usually end up taking a minute but it was definitely possible with the majority of games. That was one of the main ideas of windows after all, that you can switch between tasks that way.

Either way though, I bet few games would deadlock the user as finally as darkfix.exe does when alt+tabbed.

This reminds me, I added some precautions to the autohotkey script, disabling the windows and alt tab keys while the script is running:


; Disable Alt+Tab
!Tab::Return

; Disable Windows Key + Tab
#Tab::Return

; Disable Left Windows Key
LWin::Return

; Disable Right Windows Key
RWin::Return
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Det_Bullock: Alt-tab with old windows games is almost always a bad idea, they just weren't made with that in mind since keeping anything too heavy running in the background would have been a bad idea anyway with the computers of the time.
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sydneyfife: That's oversimplifying things. It would usually end up taking a minute but it was definitely possible with the majority of games. That was one of the main ideas of windows after all, that you can switch between tasks that way.

Either way though, I bet few games would deadlock the user as finally as darkfix.exe does when alt+tabbed.
I remember very few games that let me alt-tab at all under windows 98 (went from DOS to win98 skipping win95) and of the few that did most of them had some kind of issue with it.
Alt-tabbing was made with office applications in mind, not with games (especially 3D accellerated ones really didn't like it), alt-tabbing in games started to be more common only from windows XP onwards and became commonplace during that time but before? It wasn't guaranteed.
Hell, most games didn't even have windowed mode, it was either fullscreen or nothing.