Tiberian Sun windowed mode

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To run Tiberian Sun windowed mode, you’ll have to follow these steps:

  1. Change your color quality to 16 bit. To run Tiberian Sun in windowed mode you’ll first have to change your desktop color quality to 16bit otherwise you’ll get this error:
    This product requires a 16bit pixel depth
    tiberian_sun_product_requires_16bit_pixel_depth
    To change your color quality:

    • Windows XP – Right click on your desktop > Properties > Settings tab > Set your color quality to 16bit.
    • Windows 7 & 8 – Right click on your desktop > Screen Resolution > Advanced Settings > Monitor tab > Set your colors to: High Color (16bit)
  2. Add the -win option to your shortcut. Now right click on your Tiberian Sun shortcut, select properties and then in the target field after the quotations put a space and then type:
    -win
    e.g. “C:\Program Files\EA Games\Command & Conquer The First Decade\Command & Conquer(tm) Tiberian Sun(tm)\SUN\Game.exe” -win.
  3. Run Tiberian Sun from this shortcut to run in windowed mode.

If you’ve followed the above steps and are still having issues with Tiberian Sun windowed mode, please post in the comments below. To increase your chances of a solution being found include as much detail as possible (which version of the game you’re running, what operating system you have, what video card you have and steps to reproduce the issue). Screenshots are also very useful!

Mechcommander Gold on Windows 7

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Mechcommander Gold can be run on Windows 7 but you’ll likely have to follow a few steps to ensure it works on your machine. The first issue is installation, as the game uses a 16bit installer which is unsupported on 64 bit operating systems.

Freeware installation – Before you start, know that Mechcommander Gold has been released as freeware, so you can freely download ISOs for the game from the web. You can find freeware download links in the Mechcommander Gold freeware download post.

Installation from disc/ISO – Note you’ll still have to have the disc inserted or have the ISO mounted to run the game, unless you find a no-cd executable for the game:

  • Windows 7/Vista 32 bit – If simply running setup from the disc/ISO doesn’t work right away, right click on your cd/iso and select explore. Then set the following files to run in Windows 95 compatibility mode and attempt the installation again:
    _ISDL.exe
    CPUID.exe
    SETUP.exe
  • Windows 7/Vista 64 bit – 64 bit Windows does not support 16 bit installers such as the one for Mechcommander gold. There is a workaround though – create a directory named MCG (name is unimportant) and then manually copy the entire contents of your MCG disc/iso into this folder and start the game using MCX.EXE in your new directory.

Compatibility – To ensure that you don’t run into some common crashes and bugs associated with the game on Windows 7 you’ll want to follow these additional steps:

  • Create a shortcut to MCX.exe (if you don’t have one already).
  • Add the following compatibility tab settings to your MCX.exe shortcut:
    • Run this program in compatibility mode Windows 95
    • Run in 256 colors.
    • Disable desktop composition (to get around the corrupted textures glitch)
    • Run this program as an administrator
  • Run the game from the shortcut

If you’ve followed the above steps and are still having issues running Mechcommander Gold on Windows 7, please post in the comments below. To increase your chances of a solution being found include as much detail as possible (which version of the game you’re running, what operating system you have, what video card you have and steps to reproduce the issue). Screenshots are also very useful!

Sources: link 1

Industry Giant 2 on Windows 7

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When trying to run Industry Giant 2 on Windows 7 the main issue you’re likely to run into is with unsupported graphics cards rather than the issues with the OS itself. Industry Giant 2 seems to have the most trouble with newer Geforce cards (Geforce 6xxx series and later). Having an unsupported graphics card can cause random crashes as well as invisible game objects. To fix these issues follow the steps below:

  1. Install the IG2 addon version 2.1 patch OR disable popups and videos.
    Download link 1 <– fileplanet
    Download link 2 <– gamershell
    Download link 3 <– softpedia
    This patch will only install on 32 bit machines! If you are running 64 bit Windows as mentioned by Krellebobz you’ll have to disable popups and videos instead. To do this start the game, start a mission and from the options menu uncheck News Automatically Popup and Videos.
  2. Install the video card fix. Go to http://forum.jowood.de/showthread.php?t=167118 (web archive of post) and download the appropriate fix. Too2 posted the fix for the Gold edition and the addon and Stach posted the version for the original game. Once you have downloaded the patch, install it in your main Industry Giant Directory e.g. C:\Program Files\Industry Giant 2.
    Local mirror <– IG2 Gold NVidia patch (not sure if it’ll work with the main game)
  3. Delete the following files OR run Installer.bat (if you have it):
    enginetest.exe
    uif\uif.jfl
    uif\uif.ind
    gfx\gfx.jfl
    gfx\gfx.ind

    If add-on or gold edition are installed:
    gfx\uif\7_Icons\98_Icon_C_01.tga
  4. Run as administrator and with Windows 98 compatibility. Right click on your Industry Giant 2 shortcut, select properties. Select the compatibility tab and run the program under Windows 98 compatibility and select Run this program as administrator (if you are on Windows 7 or Vista).
  5. (Optional) Change language to English. If, like me, you don’t speak any German you’ll want to switch your language back to English as the video card fix will likely have changed your game language to German. See changing Industry Giant 2 language.

If you’ve come this far and you’re still having issues check the list below to see if any of them match the ones you’re experiencing:

  • menu icons are invisible – you have likely only installed the 2.1 patch. You need the video card fix at least in order to see the menu properly.
  • trees won’t appear – you have likely installed the 2.1 patch and the video card fix but haven’t removed all of the listed files (see #3 above).
  • buildings don’t appear – you have likely installed the patches and removed the appropriate files but haven’t set your game to run in Windows 98 compatibility or checked off Run this program as administrator. Trying to build a building will lead to a crash to desktop until you have done these two things.
  • crash when furry pets are invented – if your game crashes at the start of 1902 you have the furry pet crash. This is most likely caused because you haven’t installed the 2.1 patch. If you’re using a 64 bit version of Windows you won’t be able to install the patch but you can get around the crash by disabling popups and videos from the in-game options (see #1 above).

If you have any issues with running Industry Giant 2 on Windows 7 that aren’t covered here, or if you’re still having trouble running the game after following the above steps, please post your issues below. To increase your chances of a solution being found include as much detail as possible (which version of the game you’re running, what operating system you have, what video card you have and steps to reproduce the issue). Screenshots are also very useful!

For those of you that love economic simulation games like IG2 and/or need something similar to play while you wait for a solution check out the amazing OpenTTD project.

sources: link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4

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