First post, by VirtuaIceMan
I'm trying to get the 1998 Synetic game Breakneck (UK version of N.I.C.E.2, aka Excessive Speed) to work on Win8.1 on GTX 980. I think it might be a tricky one.
To install the game, apply Win98 mode compatibility to both autorun.exe and setup.exe on the CD-ROM, then it'll install.
The nice2.exe launcher in the game folder always gave me grief, even on WinXP, so I tend to launch the game from the n2_arc.exe or n2_std. exe (for arcade or standard modes). However when I do, it immediately crashes, with an Event Viewer log blaming either the game exe or ntdll.dll
At least twice I got into the n2_arc.exe file and half selected my car track before it crashed.
I've tried the 1.0.4a patch (from Patches Scrolls) but that doesn't help. This seems very similar to issues I'm having with Superbike 2001 (EA/Milestone), where I managed to get into the game precisely twice on my PC, but it soon crashed. However that game (SBK2001) works fine on my ATI powered work PC, so I suspect it might be down to Nvidia drivers once again (as both these games were on my "have issues with later Nvidia drivers in WinXP" list)...
UPDATE: Mercedes-Benz Truck Racing (also by Synetic) also crashes the same, boo!
UPDATE2: Mercedes-Benz World Racing works fine, though that uses DirectX8.1, so whole different ballgame...
My PC spec: Win10 64bit, i7-4970K (not overclocked), KFA2 GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, Creative Soundblaster ZXr, 16GB RAM, Asus Z97-A motherboard, NZXT 410 case, ROG Swift GSYNC monitor