That's a really extreme answer to this relatively simple problem, Llewen. There's no reason for you to do that, if you'd just be a bit more experimental about things. From what you've said, it doesn't sound like you've tried very many of the suggestions we've given you.
I'm a little confused. I no longer own a copy of Win 9x or of DOS and at this point I can't afford them so I'm afraid I'm stuck with what I've got for now, which is Win XP. Even if I did get a copy of Win 9x (preferrably Win98SE) it wouldn't work on my machine because I have too much memory. There are many people who have gotten their Win9x systems working with 512MB of memory but I have never heard of anyone getting Win9x working with 1GB of memory. **I just clued into the fact that Nicht has given me a possible workaround for this, but again, I don't have Win98SE anymore, so I can't very well try it.**
As for other suggestions... I have followed all the suggestions that I recieved with regard to VDMS. I used the Launchpad program and got VDMS working quite nicely thanks to you and Nicht. However, while I got to the place where the game would actually play the intro, as soon as it hits the game proper the program abrubtly terminates and screws up my display.
I could set up a dual boot into DOS with a WinXP DOS disk but I would have to set up a FAT partition because my partitions are all NTFS at this point. I probably could download a trial version of Partitionmagic or some such program which would mean I wouldn't have to reinstall my OS and all my software. However, that won't work in any event because my mouse is a USB mouse and I don't have the option for USB support in my BIOS.
Even if I did manage to set up that FAT partition and boot into DOS with the WinXP disk, setting up the DOS drivers could prove to be tricky because the only DOS drivers I have available for my sound card were the ones that were included for DOS support under DOS 7.0 that came with Win 98SE. I'm not sure that they would work. I'm also not sure that the DOS that you boot into with the WinXP DOS boot disk is a fully operational version of DOS. The "edit" command doesn't work, neither does the "help" command. I don't know if you can use the DOS disk to run DOS programs, maybe you can.
I have been posting to two boards throughout this process, both here and the VDMS boards. When I started I didn't realize I would be running into the same person on both boards (Nicht). You may have missed out on some of the dialogue because I didn't post all my comments to both boards.
At any rate, I am very grateful for the time and attention you and Nicht have lavished on me, but I feel as though I'm stumped, unless you can offer me some further insites into the workings of VDMS. I have tried the VESA mode along with tinkering with alot of the other VDMS settings. I have set up the .pif menu as proscribed in the VDMS faq. I really don't know what else to try. And right now I've got to go pick up my sister at work... 🤣