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old games are very slow

  1. #11


    Posts : 59
    windows 8.1


    I tried those solutions for Blood 2 and it wont run or still runs slow. around 2fps-15fps.

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  2. #12


    for me the game is playable but it works with about half to 2/3 of the original speed
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  3. #13


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by oneeyed View Post
    A solution which works for me on some old games is direct x emulation via linux wine... Sounds weird relying on linux to have a working windows but here is how it works...

    Wine provides its directx wrapper component free, and you can download precompiled windows builds at : WineD3D builds for win32
    As said on its page, all direct x calls are redirected to open gl, so this isn't emulation per se and can be very fast depending on your graphics card/drivers.
    Download wind3d.exe. Don't execute it directly, extract it with an utility like 7-zip or similar.
    In the extracted folder or subfolders, look for the files : ddraw.dll, libwine.dll and wined3d.dll (if they are not present, try downloading an older build, not the latest)
    Copy them to whatever old game folder you want and try the game again.
    Unfortunately that's not maintained and has bugs. I could play through desperados, but it was messy. I had a broken user interface and invisible dynamic objects. Like a train.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by madmax1100 View Post
    Stronghold crusader uses DirectX7. Windows8 newest version of directx is 11.2 if i recall correctly.
    This version emulates older versions of Direct x exactly like Windows7 , except.... it appears the screwed it up.
    It was already emulated in 7? Surprising because I didn't have such crappy performance and compatibility issues with seven.
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  5. #15


    i noticed a strange thing lately
    i installed the HD patch for stronghold crusader to increase the resolution so it fits my 1366*768 screen then the game became slower
    stronghold crusader extreme -without the HD patch- is running very smooth and fast just like it should be but in 1024*768
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  6. #16


    What about an old game like Q-Bert or Frogger 2: Swampy's revenge? I loved those games as a kid and was thinking of buying them again but I'm afraid they won't work on my computer or be too slow (similar to what you're experiencing). I have win 8 64X too.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 85
    Windows 10 64-bit/ Windows 8.1 64-bit


    I'm about to uninstall Neverwinter Nights 2 on my laptop and try reinstalling the base game only because the updater program's broken which you need for vital patches to help the game run. It was the first game which literally couldn't run without turning on DirectDraw on 8.1 and on my desktop, the game can be played fast after a system restart... sometimes I feel like I'm kicking the operating system repeatedly to make games run. Try playing after a restart, it can occasionally help with an old game.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Allison View Post
    I'm about to uninstall Neverwinter Nights 2 on my laptop and try reinstalling the base game only because the updater program's broken which you need for vital patches to help the game run. It was the first game which literally couldn't run without turning on DirectDraw on 8.1 and on my desktop, the game can be played fast after a system restart... sometimes I feel like I'm kicking the operating system repeatedly to make games run. Try playing after a restart, it can occasionally help with an old game.
    What does "turning on DirectDraw on 8.1 and on my desktop" mean?
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  9. #19


    Posts : 85
    Windows 10 64-bit/ Windows 8.1 64-bit


    As in the first time I ran the game on my laptop which has 8.1, it automatically activated DirectDraw to let me play it at all. On my desktop with Windows 8, the compatibility issue of lagging on a system which many times over can play the game is resolved by playing it when you start the computer and solving lagging by restarting the entire machine.
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  10. #20


    Direct Draw is part of DirectX that deals with 2D.
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