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First post, by plutonick

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I have a Vista pc.
I managed to install windows 3.1 under dosbox .
I also managed to mount the Dark Seed 2 iso so when I load windows 3.1 under dosbox I can seed the cd.

I did install darkseed 2 plus the Wing player, but when I play the game I get an error 'error loading avi' during cutscenes. Then the game proceeds to run normaly, just skipping the cutscenes.

However this is not a ripped iso. The avi's are both in the image CD and in my instalation directory. Also, when I click on the avi's when I am in Win 3.1 they do run [outside of the game].

Anyone know what am I doing wrong?

Reply 4 of 18, by wildweasel

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AVI files are not played using Quicktime, at least not a version that old. Try looking for old Video For Windows codecs.

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Reply 6 of 18, by plutonick

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Skardavnelnate: I have vista and when I play vista it goes fullscreen. Whole screen is black except a small window in the upper right corner which is the game.

Wildweasel: I installed video for windows 1E, and Windows media player. Both under windows 3.1. It didn't help.
I repeat that when I am under windows 3.1 and click the .avi file, it does play normaly. It just won't play within the game for some reason. Other than installing qt, wmp, and video for windows, I don't know where else i can get the codecs.

Reply 7 of 18, by SKARDAVNELNATE

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Whole screen is black except a small window in the upper right corner which is the game.

Yeah, mine too. I either adjusted my resolution to compensate or changed a setting to play windowed. Cut scenes and voice were good. It just didn't scale on it's own.

Reply 11 of 18, by SKARDAVNELNATE

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Eh, I should really investigate more before posting. Dark Seed 2 doesn't use Quick Time, it does use Video for Windows and WinG.

I haven't been able to get AVI or voice to work in DOSBox. However I have been trying a few things with Virtual PC 2007 lately. VPC running Windows 3.1 gets AVI but still no voice. Instead use Windows 98. This gives both AVI and voice.

The game requests 640x480 at 256 color, which is what I set Win98 to. There are also two VPC settings.
- Adjust screen resolution so the host operating system is the same as the guest operating system
- Use guest operating system screen resolution
With these VPC makes full use of my monitor when put in full screen.

Reply 13 of 18, by SKARDAVNELNATE

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Just retested this in DOSBox with Windows 3.11. The issue is with Heavy install. Minimum and Medium do work. Although I'm noticing an audio stutter right when a character starts to talk so everyone's voice sounds shaky at first.

Reply 14 of 18, by Da Easy Mitch

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I installed the game in my Win 3.11 DosBox just yesterday and noticed the stuttering as well. After changing the resoltution of Windows 3.11 to the desired 640x480 8Bit and disabling all the sound hardware not needed for Darkseed 2 (Speaker, Tandy, Disney, GUS) in the .conf-file, the audio now plays perfectly. Though I don't know which of the actions caused the "fix". I'd go with the resolution change first.

Reply 15 of 18, by KainXVIII

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Da Easy Mitch wrote:

I installed the game in my Win 3.11 DosBox just yesterday and noticed the stuttering as well. After changing the resoltution of Windows 3.11 to the desired 640x480 8Bit and disabling all the sound hardware not needed for Darkseed 2 (Speaker, Tandy, Disney, GUS) in the .conf-file, the audio now plays perfectly. Though I don't know which of the actions caused the "fix". I'd go with the resolution change first.

Can you post your conf. file, because i can't rid of speech stuttering. Thanks in advance!

Reply 16 of 18, by Yesterplay80

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Sure, here it is:

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WIN311.conf
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10.77 KiB
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Fair use/fair dealing exception

Though I'm pretty sure the resolution change had more to do with the game working than the actual config. Did you set your Windows 3.1 to 640x480 and 256 colors?

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Reply 17 of 18, by KainXVIII

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Yesterplay80 wrote:

Sure, here it is:

WIN311.conf

Though I'm pretty sure the resolution change had more to do with the game working than the actual config. Did you set your Windows 3.1 to 640x480 and 256 colors?

Yes, i have set S3 864 1.41B5 640x480 256 colors in display settings.

Still no luck with your config, maybe its something with how Win 3.1 is configured and what drivers installed, i don't know.

Reply 18 of 18, by Silanda

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Excuse the bump, but I found a solution to the Dark Seed 2 stutter problem and I thought I'd post it for future reference. After the game has installed, there should be a file in the Windows directory called wavemix.ini. Inside that file is a bunch of settings that Dark Seed 2 seems to use for audio playback, and if you scroll down a bit you'll see that there are settings for specific sound cards, however, those do not appear to be being applied. What you'll want to do is alter the default settings to the ones for the SB16, so from the top of the file change WaveBlocks=3 to WaveBlocks=5, add WaveBlockLen=4096, and change SamplesPerSec=11 to SamplesPerSec=22. Stutter be gone!

If that sounds confusing, don't worry, you'll see what I'm talking about when you edit the file.