First post, by Zup
So I'm trying to "pirate" three simulators and making it work on my computers. Please read completely before nuking the thread 😉
The computers involved are a Windows 7 laptop (Core 2 Duo), a Ryzen 3 1200 running Windows 10 and Linux with Wine 5.0, and a Ryzen 5 1600 running Windows 10. Also I've tried to run them through virtualbox.
Flight Simulator 2000: The game is the spanish Microsoft release. Installed the game from CDs, applied last patch from Microsoft and some crack to avoid having the CD on the drive. Results: it works in my Windows 7 laptop, on both OSs on the Ryzen 3 but refuses to run on the Ryzen 5. On that computer it goes past the first movie but locks on the splash screen, never showing the menu. I've tested it using dgVoodoo 2, and forcing it to start full screen locks the entire computer (I must Ctrl+Alt+Del and close session, because the game prevents Task Manager showing). Strangely, Combat Flight Simulator 2 (based on the same engine) works without problems.
F-22 Total Air War (SOLVED): Don't use any compatibility options and don't install it on paths with spaces or non ASCII characters. If you use the DirectX version, don't use dgVoodoo 2 ddraw.dll; but if you use the 3Dfx version you can use dgVoodoo 2 glide emulation. The game can run without CD, does not need any patch.
X-Plane 7 (SOLVED): Use nvidia profile inspector and set Extension Limit (under 5 - Common) to 0x00001B58 (the same as Quake 2 & 3). FX Interactive version should run without patches; original versions will need a crack.
Why backups? Because old CDs often fails, because DVD drives are disappearing and because FX Interactive is bankrupt and I don't know how long their store will work. FS2000 was the last game of the series that had paper manuals (so it's easier to have the manuals besides the computer); and the three games will run happily on my retro-laptops. Having them patched and ready to fly on 7z format would be nice.
Does anybody knows how to make them work reliably?
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