First post, by jgf
First posted about this game/TSR over 15 years ago, no one had a solution. It's back, 🤣.
I still enjoy the ancient Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe (Oh, the hours I wasted ...er, spent ... with it 25-30 years ago) and have run the base game via DOSBox in XP and Win7 with no major issues. But there is a utility which runs as a TSR and greatly enhances the game - SWOTL Manager (SWMan) - which I've never gotten to work; when installed it adds an exe with cfg file, creates a new folder, and you add a start and stop command in the SW.bat file which starts the game. Once the game is running you hit ALT+F1 from any menu screen (never when in cockpit) and get a fullscreen DOS menu with options to swap default aircraft for custom aircraft, restore all defaults, resurrect dead pilots (yours or wingmen), change weather overlays, change number of missions for a Tour of Duty, change aircraft during a TOD, even swap sides (USAAF to Luftwaffe or vice versa) during a TOD; when done you exit and are back in the game.
Apparently SWMan is running, I get a brief glimpse of its notice screen during game launch, but ALT+F1 gets me either a full black screen or a green screen the size of the intro video but nothing else, hitting any key at this point gets a solid black screen with a blinking underscore in the upper left and no further response from any key or mouse input; I must ALT+Tab out and kill DOSBox. If I do not try to invoke the utility SWOTL runs normally.
I believe this may be a system issue rather than game issue as trying to run SWMan alone from a DOS prompt ... pardon, command prompt ... (which worked in DOS since the util only copies/renames files or edits pilot files) produces the same results, except never the green screen.
FWIW, UAC and DEP are disabled, AV is disabled when running games; system is Win7 32bit on old Inspiron laptop.