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Hey guys!

I was really excited about playing this game, since I've lost the CD and so I bought it yadda yadda.

Anyways, the installation ran fine and properly, but when I start up the game it goes black, to a smaller black window in the upper left corner (800*600 px I assume). About every 10-15 times it works and the game starts up. Then I can play properly, but that's not acceptable for me.
Sometimes it just crashes, sometimes it shows me the (German version of) the "... stopped working" error.

Things I have tried: (and all combinations of it):
- All kinds of compatibilty modes (Win 98, XP, ...), reduced colors, etc.
- Setting my resolution to 1024x768 and starting the game
- Downloading the widescreen patch that fixed the very same problem for many
- downloaded the DirectX June10 SDK someone posted (would post a link but I am not allowed to)
- disabling Shadowplay (I don't have Shadowplay, so "disabling it" was quite easy)
- restarting the PC (getting desperate here)
- reinstalling three times

I am trying to run it on Windows 10 Educational Version. I assumed it would work, as it says on the shop page. Does anyone have any idea what I am missing?

Looking forward to seeing some answers! :)
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Alright. I got to start it up AND work with the widescreen fix now, after installing GOG Galaxy launcher. Not sure wether it will work everytime.

So that's GOG Galaxy launcher + compatability mode Win 98 + run as admin + widescreen patch.
firalasun: Alright. I got to start it up AND work with the widescreen fix now, after installing GOG Galaxy launcher. Not sure wether it will work everytime.

So that's GOG Galaxy launcher + compatability mode Win 98 + run as admin + widescreen patch.
Hi, This game can run, but in a smallish windowed format as firalasun initally described also.

I tried the fixes on gog galaxy with widescreen patch (ie compatability mode Win 98 + run as admin), but it didnt work.

Anyone else facing my situation? any fixes pls? thank you.
Try right clicking on the .EXE, Properties
"Run as Admin" + "Windows98/XP Compatibility" (+ "Disable Scaling" + "Color Rendering 16bit")

When the Game starts for the 1st time, it tries to run in full screen (not windowed) mode at a resolution of 800x600.
Some modern graphics cards and monitors don't like this.
(now often the minimum supported native resolution is 1024x768)
You can change these settings only from the Menu, but it does not reach it.

The Game saves all settings in the .INF binary file.
There are special .INF sets for changing Game settings bypassing the Menu.
"Display option patcher scripts"

To run Windowed Mode, it is very important:
1) Color Rendering equal 16bit;
2) Scaling equal 100%;

During game development, Color Rendering was 16bit (Today 32bit);
(the eye of an ordinary person almost does not see the difference)

If you have a laptop or 4K monitor or TV.
Scaling over 100% (125% or 150%) is often used at high screen resolutions.
(this is to make the elements larger and the text to be readable)
Because of this, the picture or buttons are displaced, the mouse click does not fall.

For Windows 10, it is possible to set options only for the Game
(to avoid changes to the entire System)
Right click on the .EXE
Properties =>Compatibility =>LowColorMode =>16bit
Properties =>Compatibility =>HighDPISettings
check the box OverrideScalingBehaviour and "Application"

For Windows 7, you will have to set options of the entire System
Start =>ControlPanel =>Screen =>Resolution =>AdvancedSettings =>Monitor =>Color Quality =>16bit
Start =>ControlPanel =>Screen =>EaseScreenReader =>Small-100%

Overlays are known to interfere with the Game
(we are not talking about overlay-filters from the Game)
Disable overlays or close these programs:
- AMD GPU (delete GPU gaming profile)
- Nvidia GPU (GeForce Experience, Shadowplay as Share)
- AfterBurner, RivaTuner
- Origin
- Discord, Skype
- Windows Xbox
- Steam? (Steam overlay doesn't seem to interfere)
- other
Shadowplay, known as Share, must be disabled in the GeForce Experience Settings Panel.
Closing the process in Task Manager will not disable Shadowplay!

Try renaming the "/BINKS" folder
Sometimes the Game works, but it crashes when try to play Video.
Sometimes the Game works but crashes when trying to play a Video.
This is due to the fact that the Video briefly changes the screen resolution to fit, which may not be available for your monitor.

Need to install DirectX 9.0c on the system
DirectX 9.0 with Runtime Pack (June 2010)

Jamming sound, jerking
Turned off "3D sound", in-game Menu =>Options =>Audio

Looping audio problem
When you have more than 2 speakers (2.1 or 5.1 or 7.1 sound)
Older games don't know what surround sound is.
Also, modern sound cards can work in surround sound emulation mode.
Download, unpack and copy-paste with replace to game folder.
Try v12 (EAX=ON) or v14 (EAX=OFF) or v15 (noX3DAudio)
This dsound.dll replaces the native one from DirectX, like a wrapper, reconciles the old with the new.

Spaces and Unicode (umlauts, cyrillic, hieroglyphs) in the path to the Games folder can lead to missing sounds.

Windowed Mode with DXWnd
This method allows you to bypass some of the rules:
- removes window frame, which is so annoying for many in native windowed mode;
- drag the Game Window to another Monitor (mouse dont stops working);
- bypass "noWindowed" bug in widescreen patches;
- bypass NOT 16bit in Windows 7;
- (maybe, Scaling NOT equal 100%;)

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Post edited February 22, 2022 by Telariust