Gamers, do I have a Windows 98 conflict?

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  1. Margie Kritzer

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    I just received my long-awaited original edition Worms CD! I installed it as the directions indicated, but when I set up the teams and clicked "Start," the game froze (the music kept playing).

    Originally, when I tried to run the game STARTING in DOS, I got this message:
    2.2 The message 'Stub exec failed - no such file or directory' is displayed

    The tech support linked with this old game stated:

    This error either refers to the fact that you have no CD-ROM device driver loaded in MS-DOS or that the Worms CD is not located in the drive.

    It might mean something that when I try to switch to the D: drive in DOS, it fails. I have NO problem switching to the a: drive or c: drive. The CD-DVD player works in windows.

    I run Windows 98, and this game gave directions for for Windows 3.1 or 95, because it was released around 1995.

    So where do I begin? OR am I sentenced to Windows 95?

    BTW, I tried to find a patch online, but I couldn't find anything available for the original game. I'll gladly accept a link if you find one!
     
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    Ouch, brings back not-so-fond memories. Yes, that's the root of the problem. Windows past 3.1 uses its own CD drivers. When you switch to DOS to run the game -- which is what happens -- there is no driver loaded to control the drive.

    The way around this is to write a PIF file (in 95 anyway) that executes a command to load the specific device driver(s) when you switch to DOS. It's been so long that I don't remember how to do that. And I haven't done it since 95, so I'm not sure how 98 handles it.

    I'm sure someone here can help you. The other alternative is to make a floppy with a special autoexec.bat file that loads your devices and use that to boot the machine when you want to play the game.
     
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    You might try creating a shortcut to the program, and then set the properties to recognize it as a DOS program.

    Not sure if that will fix the problem....
     
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    The program is already recognized as a DOS program. I agree that the problem is that DOS doesn't recognize the drivers for the D drive.

    I sure would appreciate some specifics on how I might change some settings to correct this.
    I'm willing to go into DOS setup to get this to work.

    The computer is a Gateway, and the drivers are either on the Windows 98 CD or the Gateway back up disc.
     
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    I'm mostly guessing, but I think you need entries in your config.sys and autoexec.bat files...have you checked those to see what they say?
     
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  8. Margie Kritzer

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    Interestingly, I purchased the game from the UK from that very company ("Sold Out")...and the detailed tech advice DID work! The game runs, with sound, no conflicts.

    Here is the solution that worked for me:

    Thanks for the input! "Sold Out" included a pdf file with the original instructions, but I would have never thought that they would have a website that specifically addressed "modern" problems.

    Now, does anyone know where I can download the demo (better yet, the full version) of "Jazz Jack Rabbit?" Dead links abound!

    [ December 24, 2002, 01:28 AM: Message edited by: Margie Kritzer ]
     
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