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First post, by ludicrous_peridot

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Contraptions is a Windows 9x era remake of the Incredible Machine and I have just recently pulled a 2000s re-release of the subj from a box of CDs in my storage room in hopes that my retro-gaming machine that runs Windows 98 could allow playing it with my kid.

Unfortunately the game would keep complaining about at least 50 megs of free disk space needed to run it. While I obviously had way more than 50 megs available, I tried different approaches for satisfying that requirement: from putting more stuff on the drive to reduce the free disk size to something slightly above 50 megs, to shrinking the partition from 9Gigs to 2 Gigs, but unfortunately nothing helped.

So I ended up firing up a debugger end hex editing in rage a jump that would cause the game show an error and quit. This was enough to get it working.

However, this solution being rather unelegant, I am wondering if I was experiencing a known issue with Sierra/Dynamix games for Windows 9x, and of more systemic fixes existed for the problem.

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Reply 1 of 3, by dr_st

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This game? https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/The_Incredi … re_Contraptions

It runs fine for me even on Windows 10 and not complaining about anything of the sort. Maybe there are different versions out there with different bugs? Or maybe it's a specific bug in its interaction with Win9x?

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Reply 2 of 3, by ludicrous_peridot

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Actually this one: https://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/return … ne-contraptions
Well, maybe I shouldn't have used Windows 98 to run it in the first place but my perception was it was a pretty ancient Windows game.
Once I get Windows 10 installed on the PC will try and see if it just works.

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Radeon RX570 8Gb - Yamaha YMF744B-R PCI - X3MB Buran MPU-401
WDC 80Gb IDE ~ Win 98 SE - TOSHIBA 3Tb SATA ~ Win 10 Pro 64bit - Pioneer SATA BD-ROM/DVD+RW

Reply 3 of 3, by dr_st

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ludicrous_peridot wrote on 2021-08-17, 15:34:

Yes, this is the one I meant (just posted a wrong link). 🙃
Here's the correct link to PCGamingWiki:
https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Return_of_t … e:_Contraptions

They don't mention the issue there, so I suspect it is not a common one. It could be specific to Windows 98 or maybe even to your system configuration...

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