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#1 Erabbit777

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 12:05 AM

Hello bleeping computer, new member here. I'm trying to play my old flight Sims (USAF, F/A-18, flight sim X) but those games don't like to run on my Windows 8 Lenovo Y50.
I have a gateway 700GR with Windows XP it has a P4 3.4ghz, 1gb RAM And a 128 MB radeon video card.
I'd like to upgrade the video card to something with an HDMI out and maybe 256mb. If possible I would like to keep the power source. I'm also open to running the games on Windows 8 if there's a way. Thanks in advance.

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 11:19 AM

those games don't like to run on my Windows 8 Lenovo Y50.

Before we go out and buy a bunch of components, I want to ask if you have tried running the games in compatibility mode for windows XP?

Here's how to enable compatibility mode on a program:
Navigate to the program's location, or locate a shortcut that points to the program. Right-click on the icon and select "properties".
A window with several 'tabs' should pop up. Click on the "Compatibility" tab.
Under the section marked "compatibility mode", check the box that reads "run this program in compatibility mode for:" and select "Windows XP" from the drop down menu.
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Posted 13 March 2016 - 05:02 PM

 

those games don't like to run on my Windows 8 Lenovo Y50.

Before we go out and buy a bunch of components, I want to ask if you have tried running the games in compatibility mode for windows XP?

Here's how to enable compatibility mode on a program:
Navigate to the program's location, or locate a shortcut that points to the program. Right-click on the icon and select "properties".
A window with several 'tabs' should pop up. Click on the "Compatibility" tab.
Under the section marked "compatibility mode", check the box that reads "run this program in compatibility mode for:" and select "Windows XP" from the drop down menu.

 

Thanks for responding!

 

I had not tried, or knew about compatibility mode. After following the steps you mentioned none of the games work. I also tried windows 98/ME and it didn't work either. Flight Sim X gives me the same message "Error=25 (Null)" that I was getting before.

 

I heard about a program called DOSbox I might give that a try.

Any other suggestions?



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Posted 13 March 2016 - 06:17 PM

I have heard a fair bit about DOSBox, but I'm not personally familiar with it so I can't say whether or not it would work.

 

Is Flight Sim X and installed title? If so, try installing under compatibility mode then running it under compatibility mode.


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Posted 14 March 2016 - 10:37 PM

I have heard a fair bit about DOSBox, but I'm not personally familiar with it so I can't say whether or not it would work.

 

Is Flight Sim X and installed title? If so, try installing under compatibility mode then running it under compatibility mode.

 

All 3 games are installed. I will try doing what you mentioned when I get a chance. I will also mess with Dosbox and post the results






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