collector, unfortunately, i've only got the one system with xp on it, no old boxes with win95 or 98. and i don't think it would work anyways, as i tried what akula did (mimicing a 98 install), and though it did help the game to run at a better resolution for my 19" lcd monitor, it didn't clear up my sound issues.
akula, thanks for that. i did everything you mentioned with the exception of creating registry keys (it didn't seem to be necessary, and i'd rather not mess around in my registry if i don't have to). it got me somewhere, but the sound still works through the intro video, but kicks out the minute i try to talk to the "guides" or run a tutorial. the tutorials actually won't even run. they simply start and finish in a couple of seconds without actually running through. i can still play, but i really don't want to play it without the sound.
i'm fairly certain this is a sound driver issue of some sort. does anyone have any suggestions on what settings i should be trying to use? or even where i should be trying to change them? there are "imuse.ini" and "imuse.exe" files, but i think those would be for the dos version of the game. should i edit "alife.exe" itself somehow?
has anyone been able to get it running through dosbox? if so, how?
thanks again. any further help would be wonderful.