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.

    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

  2. DevilDevansh

    DevilDevansh TS Member Posts: 48

    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
    2. after installing dos tomb raider will run but uncontrollably fast.Download a program which slows your computer as to let old software work.
    you can use DOSBOX application
    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: 66

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

    Many tyhanks its fantastic

  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: 48

    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.
  6. I had the same problem when I put in backyard football 1999. I have a windows vista and it doesn't work. I need help.
  7. First try compability mode. Then read what DevilDevansh wrote. If that don't help you, you can always try to download ps or ps2 emulator and try to play it that way.

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