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For playing older AGS games on new computers
« on: 13 Aug 2012, 07:01 »
I hope I am not posting something that is already been posted.

Here is a very simple way to make most if not all old games that use DirectDraw renderer to work on newer operating systems, just extract this archive in the directory of game with the game executable and voila, problems like screen not updating, slow downs or game simply refusing to start will go away. These files are actually ddraw implementation of Wine, that is used to run windows software on linux. Hope this helps.

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Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #1 on: 14 Aug 2012, 04:15 »
Nice!  It took me a while to figure out how to extract the archive, but this definitely works.  I've been 4 months on a new Win7 system that would not run anything pre-AGS v3.0 (i.e. anything without the Direct3D option in winsetup).  Now I'm back in the saddle, baby!  Thanks!

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Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #2 on: 14 Aug 2012, 07:29 »
I've just requested this to be moved to the Beginners' Tech. Forum, since this may fix a problem many players could run into.

Initially I was curious about this, but as I couldn't test whether it was authentic (AGS games work under DirectX on this office Win7 system I'm using) I was waiting until someone had tried it and gave some positive feedback.

Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #3 on: 27 Oct 2012, 07:04 »
I am trying to unzip the file in the directory of a game (where the .exe file is), but i just keep getting error messages. What do I do wrong? Cheers in advance

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Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #4 on: 27 Oct 2012, 09:50 »
WHAT IS THE ERROR MESSAGE? (wrong)

Ahem, sorry.
Do you get an error when you try to unpack the archive or run the game?
If it's the former: get the latest version of 7zip or try a zip archive: ddraw(wine).zip

Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #5 on: 01 Nov 2012, 06:53 »
not work on "Prodigal 0" and "Trilby's Notes". when you run this games with this dll's it writes:
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There was a problem initializing graphics mode 640x400 (8-bit)
(Problem: 'Unable to find suitable graphic driver')
changing resolution (320x200) does not helps

edited some minutes later:
just found solution. use DXWnd (OG Edition) from russian old-games site. extract this into directory with game. use "dxwnd.exe" to setup. in "target setup" window (edit -> add, modify):
1. choose executable game file
2. check boxes: "Hook DirectDraw", "Colour Convert", "Use GDI", "Fullscreen"
3. set "Resolution" to "640x400" or "320x200" (like in "winsetup.exe")
4. set "Surface Location" to "System Memory"
5. use "launch.exe" to launch the game
« Last Edit: 01 Nov 2012, 08:05 by lordixi »

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Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #6 on: 03 Feb 2013, 06:47 »
I'm looking for any clues on how to solve sound issues with DirectX 11. I have a player who says the game works fine but no sound/music. Has anyone else run into this issue with DX11 and if so how solved? Many thanks :)
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Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #7 on: 19 Mar 2013, 14:36 »
I hope I am not posting something that is already been posted.

Here is a very simple way to make most if not all old games that use DirectDraw renderer to work on newer operating systems, just extract this archive in the directory of game with the game executable and voila, problems like screen not updating, slow downs or game simply refusing to start will go away. These files are actually ddraw implementation of Wine, that is used to run windows software on linux. Hope this helps.

Produces that:

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Illegal exception
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An exception 0xC0000005 occurred in ACWIN.EXE at EIP = 0x62B5EB59 ; program pointer is -199, ACI version 3.21.1115, gtags (0,0)

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Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #8 on: 19 Mar 2013, 15:26 »
There's also a way to run many older AGS games using new development version of engine. It now allows to run games from v. 2.5 and up, and you may select Direct3D renderer for them (there might be still a problem with certain plugins, that require DirectDraw), as well as scaling filters.
Not all versions are fully compatible, but I know that numerous old games were successfully tested.

You may get the preliminary release here:
http://www.mediafire.com/?spm2y64et0r2dfz
Unpack the archive, then copy "acwin.exe" file to your game's directory.
To start the game - run acwin.exe (NOT game exe).
You won't be able to use winsetup.exe to set new settings, because winsetup.exe will run original game's setup. To configure game new way you should run acwin.exe with "--setup" parameter from command line.
If you don't know how to use command line in Windows, just download this batch file, copy it to game's directory too, and run anytime you want to change game settings:
http://www.mediafire.com/view/?66373m22i8pa6b8


Please tell, if there are any problems.

NOTE: I should underline again, this unfortunately won't work if the game uses plugin, that requires DirectDraw (meaning, there will be no difference).

EDIT: explained how to run setup having acwin.exe.
« Last Edit: 19 Mar 2013, 16:06 by Crimson Wizard »

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Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #9 on: 24 Apr 2014, 13:55 »
I'm having this exact same problem.

I followed the steps and downloaded the archives instructed.

Got the same message:
An exception 0xC0000005 occurred in ACWIN.EXE at EIP = 0x62B5EB59 ; program pointer is -199, ACI version 3.21.1115, gtags (0,0)

Tried to follow crimson wizard's solution but it no longer works.

I've just upgraded to windows 7 and am running the 32 bit version.

Is there an updated remedy for this issue?
I also can't run AGS' Test mode due to the same problem.

I'm sure there's got to be an easy fix that maybe someone can point me in the right direction of.


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Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #10 on: 24 Apr 2014, 19:35 »
hey giraffadon, I'm not easily frightened (no really not) but your avatar is haunting 8-0 ;-D 8-)
 

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Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #11 on: 24 Apr 2014, 20:09 »
I know...it's the moustache...right? (nod)

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Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #12 on: 24 Apr 2014, 21:44 »
absolutely, especially the 666° angle it forms with the teeth (wrong)
 

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Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #13 on: 24 Apr 2014, 22:31 »
Who needs a comb when you can carry a protractor.:cool:

Oh and can anyone help me?

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Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #14 on: 27 Apr 2014, 02:13 »
Tried to follow crimson wizard's solution but it no longer works.
The link in my post above was directing to very early 3.3.0 build. You do not need that anymore, since we have official 3.3.0 release. You may take acwin.exe right from there:
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=50021.0

Not sure if that will help in your case though... my solution was for very old games which did not provided Direct3D support.
« Last Edit: 27 Apr 2014, 02:16 by Crimson Wizard »

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Re: For playing older AGS games on new computers
« Reply #15 on: 27 Apr 2014, 17:06 »
Hey Crimson.

Thanks for the response.
I have the latest build as i have only just discovered AGS.
I can't run the games or the editor due to the blank screen appearing, which strangely
enough updates when i move the window.

Now it just tells me the run-time engine has stopped working in the editor.
I've tried running the program as an admin and in compatability mode.
Not been able to play anyone's games :(