MechWarrior 2 Jumpjets Recharge on Windows 98SE

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MechWarrior 2 Jumpjets Recharge on Windows 98SE

Postby w0lf42 » 2019-10-12 @ 19:22

I've recently installed MechWarrior 2 Pentium Edition (which I believe is identical to the Windows 95 version).

Hardware
  • Mainboard: Gigabyte Desktop ATX Motherboard- GA-6VX7B-4X
  • CPU: Pentium III 933
  • RAM: 256MB
  • Video Card: GEFORCE 2 GTS AGP NVIDIA ASUS V7700 TI DELUXE 64MB

Software
  • MechWarrior 2 Pentium Edition
  • Windows 98 SE

After playing for a bit, I noticed that my jumpjets were not recharging.

My understanding is, according to PC Gaming Wiki, that the jumpjet recharge rate is based on the system's framerates.
Jumpjet recharge rate is dependent on framerate and often do not recharge at all unless the framerate is low.


I thought a good solution to this would be to install a screen recording utility and when I needed recharge my jumpjets, I could begin recording (through a shortcut-key). When my jumpjets were fully charged, I could stop recording.

I found three programs that will install on Windows 98 SE
I installed the K-Lite Codec Pack. According to the Wiki, 3.4.5 is the most current version supported on Win98:
The last version officially supported on Windows 98/ME is K-Lite Codec Pack 3.4.5 (17.September.2007).


Here is my problem. Neither of these programs start recording while I am in MechWarrior 2. Though, I've gotten Fraps to work in Need for Speed Porsche Unleashed.

Any suggestions to either make either of these (or other) programs record video or another option to temporarily lower my framerates? Thanks.
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