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Surface Tension demo crashes in v.074

Postby MrFlibble » 2017-10-11 @ 15:47

I'm trying to run the Surface Tension demo in v0.74 (stock version that came with my Linux distro) but it crashes upon start with a segmentation fault message. I'm running this with cycles=auto 7800 limit 70% 26800 and everything else pretty much set to default. I've tried using no EMS and different video card settings (vesa_oldvbe and vesa_nolfb specifically) but to no avail. Any fix to this? Or should I try a different DOSBox version?
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Re: Surface Tension demo crashes in v.074

Postby ripsaw8080 » 2017-10-11 @ 16:12

It works for me with default settings in 0.74 and SVN. However, it may not be obvious that the contents of the archive should be treated like a cdrom for installation and playing. The following is an example; the directory names can be changed to suit your preference. Make sure you extract the directory structure contained in the archive.

To install:
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mount c c:\dos
mount d c:\stdemo -t cdrom
d:
install

To play:
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mount c c:\dos
mount d c:\stdemo -t cdrom
c:
cd st
st
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Re: Surface Tension demo crashes in v.074

Postby MrFlibble » 2017-10-11 @ 16:37

ripsaw8080 wrote:However, it may not be obvious that the contents of the archive should be treated like a cdrom for installation and playing.

I know that. It would not let me install if I did not mount it as a CD-ROM drive in the first place. Moreover I have also tried a different demo (a repacked version of the Internet demo available from Gametek) which does not have a CD-ROM dependency (it's available here), with absolutely the same results: a "segmentation fault" upon start.

This leads me to believe that the problem lies with my DOSBox version after all.
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Re: Surface Tension demo crashes in v.074

Postby ripsaw8080 » 2017-10-11 @ 17:17

Maybe try different core= settings, if you haven't already.
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Re: Surface Tension demo crashes in v.074

Postby Qbix » 2017-10-11 @ 18:53

precisely. Try core=normal. the 64 bit dynrec core in 0.74 isn't 100% stable if compiled with latest compilers, which might be what is happening in your case.
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Re: Surface Tension demo crashes in v.074

Postby MrFlibble » 2017-10-11 @ 19:36

Cool, core=normal solved the problem for me. Thanks!
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