Concerning running old CDV games like Cossacks

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Concerning running old CDV games like Cossacks

Post by miggoycor » Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:28 am

I have Cossacks Back to War and American Conquest Fight Back; they run well on low end computers and are quite old.
I have encountered many reports from google search that these games work for some people, but I have not gotten it to work.

I notice that when I load American Conquest, music plays but all I see is a black screen. Same for Cossacks. I know also the games play and work because I can hear gameplay when I enter editor (by guessing) and when the game engine tests a battle in its screensavers (which is a replay of a battle I can hear).

Its game engine works, sound works, but no video, no menu, no rendering of anything. Any ideas? I've been tinkering with ddraw.dll and found it will load the game in builtin, but will not render anything. it won't even start with any other settings.

I am using Linux Mint Cinnamon 32bit, if that helps.

Any ideas? I'm stumped.

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Re: Concerning running old CDV games like Cossacks

Post by voice » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:44 am

Try running the game from terminal and post the output.
http://wiki.winehq.org/FAQ#run_from_terminal

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Re: Concerning running old CDV games like Cossacks

Post by miggoycor » Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:03 pm

It got worse when i did that. Now it won't load at all as if I installed a wrongly compiled mod (I know because I have experience with this game engine in windows)

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wine start 'C:\Program Files\Cossacks\dmcr.exe'
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fixme:exec:SHELL_execute flags ignored: 0x00000100
And various ''string not found'' errors associated with bad mods. Oddly, the game still works the same way as I said before in my previous post when I load the game by double clicking it.

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Re: Concerning running old CDV games like Cossacks

Post by dimesio » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:40 pm

The latest AppDB test report for American Conquest is pretty old, but it does mention the exact problem you describe, and has a workaround that is derived from a similar report for Cossacks EW. http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.p ... &iId=24902

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Re: Concerning running old CDV games like Cossacks

Post by miggoycor » Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:22 am

I did that already actually.
Now it loads an error box without loading when i do those instructions:

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LoadNativeDirectDraw() failed with error 127: Procedure not found.

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Re: Concerning running old CDV games like Cossacks

Post by miggoycor » Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:25 pm

How do I fix "LoadNativeDirectDraw" fail? Do I download extra dlls? What do I need?

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Re: Concerning running old CDV games like Cossacks

Post by core » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:14 pm

miggoycor wrote:It got worse when i did that. Now it won't load at all as if I installed a wrongly compiled mod (I know because I have experience with this game engine in windows)

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wine start 'C:\Program Files\Cossacks\dmcr.exe'
Best way it's to run program from folder. And why you use wine start? Simple wine enough.

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Re: Concerning running old CDV games like Cossacks

Post by miggoycor » Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:20 am

From all over the internet, I am told do do this:

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"dciman32"="native" 
"ddraw"="native,builtin" 
"ddrawex"="native" 
"devenum"="native" 
It works for them and not for me. When I

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 wine 'C:Cossacks\dmcr.exe'
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 LoadNativeDirectDraw() failed with error 127: Procedure not found. 
Are there workarounds for problems like this? What is LoadNativeDirectDraw? Are there dlls I need to download? Is this related to wine's new bugs mentioned here http://forum.winehq.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=15802, (since I use Linux Mint 14 Cinammon based on Ubunto 12.04)?

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