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old games are very slow

  1. #81


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    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    For people with ATI cards experiencing problems with old games here is an interesting link :kn00tcn » List Of AMD/ATI Catalyst Driver Profiles

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  2. #82


    Wynnum Australia
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    Windows-10-Pro-Build-11099.rs1-x64


    Maybe try VMPlayer, which is available for free.

    I got this way Netgammon to work, even that it is really old and wouldn't even install in compatibility-mode without errors.

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  3. #83


    Posts : 36
    Windows 10 Professional


    Quote Originally Posted by avada View Post
    Well done for finding that! I've only tried it with Rayman 3 & Midtown Madness 2 so far but it does work. Before applying the fix the game was fluctuating between 40-20 FPS. With the fix applied using the ACT the games at a constant 72FPS during gameplay and the lag has gone away.

    Midtown Madness 2 still runs at 27FPS but it may just be capped, I'm not sure as I haven't got an older version of Windows running to test it at the moment.
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  4. #84


    Posts : 59
    windows 8.1


    I just ended up using vmware player for windows 7 to play some of the games that dont work in windows 8

    but the only problem is now I have to msi after burner to control the fps in vmware because some of the games will play with turbo speeds.
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  5. #85


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by dskiller View Post
    I just ended up using vmware player for windows 7 to play some of the games that dont work in windows 8

    but the only problem is now I have to msi after burner to control the fps in vmware because some of the games will play with turbo speeds.
    You might give it a try without the VM Tools installed: that way some of the extra acceleration won't be enabled.

    You can even partially install the tools (deselecting components during install). In some cases the SVGA graphics gets way accelerated and some of the older games run better with 3D acceleration disabled in the VM.
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  6. #86


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by dskiller View Post
    I just ended up using vmware player for windows 7 to play some of the games that dont work in windows 8

    but the only problem is now I have to msi after burner to control the fps in vmware because some of the games will play with turbo speeds.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dskiller View Post
    I just ended up using vmware player for windows 7 to play some of the games that dont work in windows 8

    but the only problem is now I have to msi after burner to control the fps in vmware because some of the games will play with turbo speeds.
    You might give it a try without the VM Tools installed: that way some of the extra acceleration won't be enabled.

    You can even partially install the tools (deselecting components during install). In some cases the SVGA graphics gets way accelerated and some of the older games run better with 3D acceleration disabled in the VM.
    A virtual 7 guest, how quaint. I have XP Home guest for the really old stuff.
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  7. #87


    Posts : 36
    Windows 10 Professional


    Update, that fix did work for some games however even though the FPS was higher it was still rather choppy. I got fed up with keep messing around with this and VMware isn't a solution because some of the games are old but not old enough to run acceptably in VMware. I'm back on Vista now for the foreseeable future until there's a proper fix (Don't like Windows 7, long story).

    I can now play both old and new games on my machine again which means I can actually have more fun using my computer. It's such a shame that after nearly 3 years of use I've had to resort to this, even more so because I'm a system administrator and have successfully rolled out Windows 8 to around 200+ machines so far and would liked to have used Windows 8 at home as well but it just seems stupid to be running an OS on my PC which doesn't do half of what I would like it to. There have been rumours of 8.1 Update 2 being released soon, so I'll be interested to know if they fix this issue but I doubt they will since it doesn't seem even be a priority for them.
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  8. #88


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    What about dual boot configuration?
    I have Windows XP-Vista-7-8.1 on my computer...
    Also, I have a P2 machine with Win95 and dual soundcards too.
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  9. #89


    Posts : 36
    Windows 10 Professional


    Quote Originally Posted by quailstorm View Post
    What about dual boot configuration?
    I have Windows XP-Vista-7-8.1 on my computer...
    Also, I have a P2 machine with Win95 and dual soundcards too.
    No point really. Since I'm mainly using Vista on this computer now I'll just use VMware player for the other OS's.
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  10. #90


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Vince800 View Post
    I'm back on Vista now for the foreseeable future until there's a proper fix (Don't like Windows 7, long story).
    How come. It's like Vista, but sucks less...

    Quote Originally Posted by Vince800 View Post
    but it just seems stupid to be running an OS on my PC which doesn't do half of what I would like it to.
    Yeah. I have similar feelings. Although booting is far quicker and they decreased the stupid winsxs bloat with 8.1. (I got like 8+ gigs space freed up after installed it)
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