Re: At my wits end
Posted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:21 pm
Arokhs Lair - Covering Drakan and Severance / Blade of Darkness
Well, it didn't seem to have hurt anything in this case.Compatibility modes are practically useless in this case. They're there to address issues with applications relying on specific differences in Win32 APIs. And even then it's best to use Compatibility Administrator (part of Windows ADK) to setup a program to use only specific compatibility shims. There are cases where compatibility mode actually breaks the program. Also not all quirks are handled by it, sometimes it's necessary to patch the problematic program.
However, the original game discs tend to be quite valuable nowadays, precisely because they're rare - a collector's item, if you will.
Most interesting compatibility fix IMO is EmulateHeap, part of compatibility modes for Windows 9x systems. It works magic for stuff with buggy memory management. I wonder if it does anything for Drakan in the long term, particularly for running the server.
You can check that with some scandisk-like software, doing a sector-by-sector scan. I think that Nero Burning ROM has one such utility in its toolkit.make an image copy of the disc. I did it back in 2013, though I suspect it might have been too late, there are 2 or 3 glitches in the soundtrack, unless they were already there before