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Old game won't work on mordern(ish) PC

By odriscoll27
Jul 2, 2012
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  1. Hi all,

    ok so I do like to get out the old games now and again to play (nostalgic reasons) and decided that I would try an old Tomb Raider game once again.

    However im having an issue with installing and running it.

    So.........details
    The Game is the origional Tomb Raider 1 game designed to run on 95/98 and ME. I am currently using my friends computer which is running Windows Vista Home Premium. When I try to run the install package I come up with an error "this wont operate in full screen mode". I though this might be a compatibilty issue to I tried to install it under 98 / XP compatibilty modes but im coming up with the same error.

    The PC has a Dual Core 2.5 Ghz CPU 3Gb Ram and a Radeon 8500 512Mb Graphics Card installed. (might have wrong card number but its what he told me was in there but def a 512).

    Has anyone had this problem when using old games or am I going to have to make a dual boot system for it? or is there a way of installing a "Virtual OS" onto the PC without partioning the HDD and installing an older version of windows?

    Thanks in advance

    James
     
  2. DevilDevansh

    DevilDevansh TS Member Posts: 53

    OK so first of all you are trying to install a ms dos program in windows. Seacondly your system is far too fast for that game.
    So you can do a couple of things:-
    1. Install Ms dos beside windows as an alternate OS
    link http://www.classic-gaming.net/applications/7/
    2. after installing dos tomb raider will run but uncontrollably fast.Download a program which slows your computer as to let old software work.
    LINK http://www.classic-gaming.net/applications/45/
    OR
    you can use DOSBOX application
    link http://www.classic-gaming.net/applications/27/
    I would recommend dos box as its easy you dont really need to install an os or make a partition and you can also decrease pc speeds and fps.An all in one fully compatible app
     
  3. odriscoll27

    odriscoll27 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 81

    Hi sorry been away on service but have tried everything you suggested and bingo it works :)

    Many tyhanks its fantastic

    james
     
  4. jtobscure

    jtobscure TS Rookie Posts: 23

    FYI, if you feel like dropping a little cash, they remade the original Tomb Raider several years ago--same plot and locations, updated engine that will run on modern machines--as "Tomb Raider: Anniversary."
     
  5. DevilDevansh

    DevilDevansh TS Member Posts: 53

    Glad to help you...:D
    By the way I too am a fan of old games(and lara croft...), as new ones(I mean the new games) do not seem to have a proper storyline.
     


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