Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

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Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby ductTapeDJ » 2010-7-27 @ 03:40

I was able to get this old Broderbund title working on my parents' vista machine, but my new Windows 7 laptop doesn't seem to like the Setup program, even with compatibility set to Windows 98, the system this game was designed for! The error I get says that it won't run on my 64-bit machine because it is a 32-bit program, but other 32-bit programs work on my machine so I think it may be able to work around this. If not, what is a good windows 98 emulator? I still have my old windows 98 discs and I tried running it in a windows 98 machine in VirtualBox but it would not run because it didn't recognize the virtual sound card.
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby DosFreak » 2010-7-27 @ 11:11

Post the exact error message.

and for Windows 9x you want to use Virtual PC NOT Virtualbox.
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby ductTapeDJ » 2010-7-27 @ 15:39

Attached is a screenshot of the error message. How do I get Virtual PC? I'm using Windows 7 Home edition, so I can't get the one microsoft's offering, at least not from their page.
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby DosFreak » 2010-7-27 @ 15:48

Yep, you'll need to install Virtual PC 2007 and then install Windows 98 in that.

The error you posted means that you are trying to run a 16bit executable in 64bit Windows which is not supported.

You CAN run the new version of Virtual PC on Windows 7 Home Edition but you CAN NOT run "XP MODE". (Although there probably is a way to "hack" it).

It's generally recommended to use VPC 2007 over the new version of Virtual PC if you plan to use Windows 9x.
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby ductTapeDJ » 2010-7-27 @ 18:44

Thanks! It works perfectly!

Hey, my friend wants to play this game too, but she's on a MacBook Pro. What's a good program for that?
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby DosFreak » 2010-7-27 @ 19:07

Parallels or Vmware Fusion but I'm not a Mac guy.

Not sure how well 9x works in Parallels\Vmware Fusion.

On the PC Windows 9x works fine in Vmware Player\Workstation.
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby ductTapeDJ » 2010-7-27 @ 20:22

Well we found this program called Q... it's a QEMU interface that seems like it might work. I'll tell you later if it does.
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby olafsson » 2011-3-12 @ 02:37

I'm in the same situation: runnings Windows 7 and trying to play my old Zoombinis game. I have Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 running with Windows 98 installed. Put in my Zoombinis disk... and got this error message when I tried to open the set-up. Any ideas of what I need to do?

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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby olafsson » 2011-3-12 @ 03:00

Oh, also, I get this error with any executable that I try to open.
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby Jorpho » 2011-3-12 @ 05:10

Did you install Windows 98 in VPC yourself, or did you download a pre-installed virtual machine from somewhere?

Also, since this is a Windows 3.x game, it may actually be easier to run it under Windows 3.x in DOSBox.
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby olafsson » 2011-3-12 @ 05:37

I installed it on VPC myself, but from an iso that I downloaded since I don't have a CD for Windows 98.

I'm going to try DOSbox now. Thanks for the tip!
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby olafsson » 2011-3-12 @ 06:47

DOSbox wasn't really working out for me, so I installed MS DOS and then Windows 3.1 in my Virtual PC. When I try to run the setup for Zoombinis in Windows 3.1 I just get a black screen with flickering white lines... time to try Windows 95?

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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby Jorpho » 2011-3-12 @ 16:36

You can try Windows 95 if you want, but obviously Windows 98 is not supposed to give you a "not a valid WIN32 application" with any executable that you try to open, so something went wrong with your installation somewhere.

Either that, or your Zoombinis CD has become unreadable.
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby olafsson » 2011-3-12 @ 20:03

You're right! It was my disk. I downloaded a new ISO of the disk, mounted it to my Windows 98 virtual machine, and it worked!
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby benny57358 » 2013-4-07 @ 22:58

Hello i have zoombinis on my windows vista desktop and have a windows 7 laptop and cant get it to install. when i try to install it it says "Unable to run E:\setup.exe". any advice?
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby Jorpho » 2013-4-08 @ 04:04

Are you running the 64-bit versions of Windows Vista or Windows 7? If so, you will have to use either Virtual PC, or DOSBox+Win 3.1, or XP Mode if you have Windows 7 Ultimate.
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby benny57358 » 2013-4-18 @ 13:51

Thanks dude and yes it is windows 7 64 bit. My vista desktop is 32 bit and that might be why i got it to install. When i installed zoombinis on vista it gave me the same error as my 7 is, but on another forum site told me to download a different Broderbund (the publisher) game and then install zoombinis. I tried to do that on my 7 but is gave the same error to that game. I really as a last resort want to use a virtual pc so if there is any other way to install it without errors than that would be awesome.
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby Jorpho » 2013-4-18 @ 14:06

Unless there's some extra-fancy patch out there that no one knows about, there is no way you will get this game to run on Windows 7 x64 without Virtual PC, DOSBox, or something else along those lines. Period.
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby benny57358 » 2013-4-18 @ 20:20

Ok dude thanks for the help. Just as a random question, would it possible run on a win 7 32 bit?
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Re: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis on Windows 7

Postby Jorpho » 2013-4-18 @ 20:38

It would be more possible than running it on x64, but there could very well be other issues.
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