Originally posted by EZekeel hmm done but still the same problem..anybody know where to get this hires patch?
Err...It's not a patch. It's the alternate version that should be installed to your hard drive along with 320x200 version.
Here are my test results:
For the DOS version:
Needs SAPUCDEX, otherwise it won't run (MSCDEX won't cut it).
INSTALL refused to work in XP due to MSCDEX problem. Period (even with SAPUCDEX) You can manually unzip instead.
For the Windows version:
In Win98, DD2 worked fine.
DD2 HiRes all video was distorted and it was unplayable.
In WinXP, DD2 and DD2 HiRes: all video was distorted and it was unplayable.
Decreased Hardware Video Acceleration down to third notch from the left. Now both work.
In Win98, you may need to reduce acceleration a bit more.
NOTE: Some weirdness I came across...
Game alternated between requiring the 1st CD-ROM drive (in the actual physical setup) and the Lowest Driver letter required for CD depending on whether I was running Win9x or WinXP and whether I was running the DOS version or the Windows version. Very confusing.
When I ran this from my DVD-ROM drive, I encountered a Freeze+Thaw effect: Many screens (including menu screens and the start of each game) appear to be locked-up for up to 8 seconds, immediately after that, they "thaw". Meaning they are no longer frozen, but horribly lagged for up to 8 seconds. This seems to happen all the time. Decreasing acceleration doesn't help.
This only happened when played on my DVD drive, when I swapped it to my CD-RW with the analog audio connection, the problem went away.
All-in-all, I'd say the best option is to run the HiRes DOS version. It ran the smoothest without speed issues and worked fine so long as you use SAPUCDEX (besides, I don't have to fiddle with video acceleration).
BTW, the only patch I found was a MultiPlayer Windows executable. Unfortunately, it appears to be horribly incompatible. Won't run more than a minute before crashing with 16-bit subsystem errors.