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First post, by swaaye

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A poster over on TrekBBS has created a wrapper that works around some of Dominion Wars' issues with hardware. I got the game running on my lowly Intel GMA 900 netbook for the first time thanks to this (and it runs quite well). It solves some serious oversights by the programmers, including the secondary output bug.

http://jiridvorak.webpark.cz/dw/

😁

You need a hex editor to tweak the game exe. I suggest XVI32.
http://www.chmaas.handshake.de/delphi/freewar … xvi32/xvi32.htm

Reply 1 of 11, by Jorpho

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I do like these little writeups.

Unlike the Klingon Academy wrapper, this wrapper only fixes interaction with existing DX4 API.

DX4? Huh?

Game expects that palettized texture formats are supported (8bit per pixel). This format is not supported by newer GPUs anymore. The wrapper emulates this format and converts it to normal RGB textures.

So this can be done? There were several games with this problem, weren't there?

Reply 3 of 11, by Komat

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Jorpho wrote:

Unlike the Klingon Academy wrapper, this wrapper only fixes interaction with existing DX4 API.

DX4? Huh?

You are right, there was no DX4. While writing that text I forgot that the interface names did not match the DX versions until DX7 so the real version is probably DX6.

Reply 6 of 11, by RanCorX2

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are there any more ddraw wrappers out that might make this playable on a new machine?

been playing it on an old laptop for the last couple of days but would like to play it on my 13" laptop if possible, the wrapper doesn't work though.

set lowest res
set 16bit colour
tried all windows compat options

game just crashes on menu.

Reply 7 of 11, by Stiletto

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RanCorX2 wrote:

are there any more ddraw wrappers out that might make this playable on a new machine?

Try contacting the original author, Komat, by PM here?

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Reply 8 of 11, by yochenhsieh

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Hello,

Sorry for bumping old topic. Just want to inform that Komat released a 0.2 version of wrapper to fix issues on Windows 8+:
http://jiridvorak.webpark.cz/dw/

If you have mouse/sound problems in windows7, it also helps too.

Happy New Year!

Reply 11 of 11, by yochenhsieh

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The wrapper still works in WIn10.
1. install the game.
2. patch to v1.04 (there're different version, US, English, German, each with different patch)
3. (optional, but recommend) use a no-cd crack (replace ds9dw.exe).
4. use a hexeditor to edit ds9dw.exe and replace ddraw.dll to ddra2.dll
5. copy the wrapper dll into game folder.
=== at this stage, game should be playable ===
optional, if you have lag or low framerate:
6. download dgvoodoo2
7. copy ddraw.dll, d3d8.dll, dgvoodoo.conf, dgvoodoocpl.exe to game folder.
8. edit dgvoodoo.conf
Dithering = appdriven
(might be other setting, will check later)