I have a Pentium II 399 MHz, 192 MB, and a Rage128 PRO (16 MB) video card. Of course I'm running every classic gamer's favorite OS with the latest for Service Pack 2. The download from an abandonware site has been occupying most of my time for the last 8 hours. I've surfed several forums, including this 1, and found but a single post with a problem like mine. Sadly, that person never received a reply. I hope I don't suffer the same fate.
The abandonware site download has a lot going for it. The 'Savegame' and 'Scenario' folders R already there after U unzip it. Mouse2kv.exe is in place and there's even a .bat file which is set up to run VDMSound (which I installed) and the mouse fix. I've found that I can watch the intro with unbroken sound just by unpacking the .rar's, setting the compatibility for Windows 95 and 256 colors, and then firing up VDMS_Apoc.bat by double-clicking. Following the intro I'm given the black screen which I Esc from. This puts me back onto the desktop with the following error message:
16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem
The NTVDM CPU has encountered an illegal instruction.
CS:0000 IP:43a4 OP:ff ff 00 00 00 Choose 'Close' to terminate the application.
I'm then given the options 'Close' and 'Ignore'. I generally choose 'Close' at that point because choosing 'Ignore' presents me with the same choice a few more times B4 the program decides to close itself. Strangely, fiddling with the sound configuration axes the intro even though the default sound setting won't give me a successful sound test; the auto-detect setting produces a warbly alarm sound but the intro will invariably fail to play. Seemingly no matter what, I end up with the black screen followed by the above error message -- sometimes the codes on the last line will have changed. I was able to start the game using DOSBox but it's so choppy that I'd rather not play the game if that's the only option left to me.
Believe me, 8 hours is a lengthy time for me to try different things. I've been able to get many other DOS-based games from the abandonware site to work on my machine at other times. I used to run X-Com 1 on this computer. There seems to B ample evidence that other people have been able to get X-Com 3 working on their systems without having to resort to an emulator. At this point I will usually have either gotten the program working or determined that it is beyond my system's capabilities; the former obviously hasn't happened and the latter is almost certainly negative. I feel as if I've mined as much data as I can from various Web locales and I've tried most everything that has proven effective for other people in similar situations. Barring DOSBox, every attempt has resulted in a kick to the desktop and a variant on the above error message.
I'd have posted this on the abandonware site if their forum registration wasn't broken. Also, it was on this forum that I found the post closest to my own problem and U guys seemed more focused on the X-Com games in general. I thank U for reading to this point and I await your timely and helpful reply.
Edited by Zombie, 20 September 2007 - 10:34 AM.
Removed abandonware site name.