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#1141189 - 02/10/18 10:53 AM Fix for flickering in Kheops games
Jenny100 Offline
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This fix for the flickering problem in Kheops games was discovered by Iurii, who posted information about the fix in ***this thread***
The fix has been tested as working with Nostradamus, Secrets of Da Vinci, Dracula 3, Safecracker, and Cleopatra: A Queen's Destiny. It seems to help with both disc and download versions for those Kheops games that get the flicker.

Originally Posted By: Iurii
OK, the flickering problem is finally solved!

Here is the right utility: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_bTojcH2Yj0d0G9QPqazNVzGsX9DlTIe/view?usp=sharing

Just unrar the files into the directory of any problematic Kheops game - and it could be run with the fullscreen on.

More information about the fix...

Originally Posted By: Iurii
Jenny100, the last fix, in difference from the first one, has nothing to do with (especially) Russian versions of the games, - it is a universal solution!

As for how it works - as far as I know, the reason for the flicker is the incompatibility of (some) Kheops games with later (in relation to their release dates) versions of DirectX 9.0c. Kheops blamed Microsoft, and Microsoft blamed Kheops, but somehow neither had done anything about it.

And the fix is just an 'alternative' version of DirectX 9 libraries made for Wine project in order to run Windows games in other OSes like Linux or ReactOS. Luckily for us, it works even in Windows proper smile Thanks to a person from Russian forum who told me it could help!


The wined3d.rar file extracts to three files,
which need to be placed in the game folder:
d3d9.dll
d3dwine.dll
wined3dcfg.cpl

EDIT --

If anyone has trouble downloading from Google Drive, there's an alternate link ***here***.
It's the same file as was on Google Drive though.
The file is 515.9 kb in size -- very small.

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#1141264 - 02/11/18 04:39 AM Re: Fix for flickering in Kheops games [Re: Jenny100]
Iurii Offline
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I have to add that I have tested this fix with all seven Kheops games that have problems with the flickering: in addition to the mentioned five, it is 'Destination: Treasure Island' and 'Return to Mysterious Island 2' as well.

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#1142417 - 02/20/18 10:43 PM Re: Fix for flickering in Kheops games [Re: Jenny100]
CountZero Offline
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Registered: 01/26/11
Posts: 396
Wow. Thanks so much. I can finally play Treasure Island joy

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#1142418 - 02/20/18 10:50 PM Re: Fix for flickering in Kheops games [Re: Jenny100]
Draclvr Offline
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I was hoping we could sticky this one!
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#1143344 - 03/01/18 10:00 PM Re: Fix for flickering in Kheops games [Re: Jenny100]
sanford Offline
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 1981
Loc: Hicksville, NY USA
Hi Boomers,
I bought "Cleopatra A Queen's Destiny" from BigFish today, installed it, then
tried to run it, and all I got was a BLACK screen, but with sound, so I went to Their support team with my complaint,filed a report, and I've been waiting for a reply. So far The only mail that I received was a confirmation that they had received my message. HOWEVER, I remembered reading THIS thread, so I downloaded the "fix" file. I extracted the 3 enclosed files, copied them to the game folder, and the game is now running well. I even mailed the FIX file, as an attachment, and a brief explanations on how to install the "FIX"
to Bigfish Support.
I can hardly wait for their reply. LOL Thank you Iurii and Jenny.
Sandy

I DID get a reply from Bigfish, telling me that they are very glad that I got their game working for me.
They also thanked me for sending me that "fix", which makes me feel very good.


Edited by sanford (03/05/18 11:07 PM)
Edit Reason: added text

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#1143866 - 03/07/18 01:14 PM Re: Fix for flickering in Kheops games [Re: sanford]
RichAlexis Offline
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Registered: 06/21/13
Posts: 216
Loc: The Netherlands
Hi Sanford!

Just like you contacted BigFish, I got in touch with FireFlower games, which resulted in a forum link to our site for the patch.

Let's all keep up the good work! thumbsup

Rich

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#1143886 - 03/07/18 04:16 PM Re: Fix for flickering in Kheops games [Re: Jenny100]
sanford Offline
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 1981
Loc: Hicksville, NY USA
That's great news, Rich. Enjoy your game. I certainly AM.
Sandy

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#1153037 - 06/03/18 07:54 PM Re: Fix for flickering in Kheops games [Re: Jenny100]
Attaboy20 Offline
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Registered: 08/11/15
Posts: 37
This Fix works on several Kheops Games, Even with the black screen but on some games like Voyage journey to the moon and the first Return to Mysterious Island on windows 8 it gives me an error which says Error: Access Violation at 0x774F234D (tried to read from 0x000000080) program terminated. Can someone please tell me how to fix this? The fix for this is nice for some games but for others it just doesn't work!

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#1153041 - 06/03/18 08:28 PM Re: Fix for flickering in Kheops games [Re: Attaboy20]
Jenny100 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Attaboy20
This Fix works on several Kheops Games, Even with the black screen but on some games like Voyage journey to the moon and the first Return to Mysterious Island on windows 8 it gives me an error which says Error: Access Violation at 0x774F234D (tried to read from 0x000000080) program terminated.

The fix is not meant for Return to Mysterious Island or Voyage: Journey to the Moon.

From Iurii's post #1120024 here
http://www.gameboomers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1141025/2
Originally Posted By: Iurii
All the newer titles are affected: "The Secret of Da Vinci", "Nostradamus", "Return to Mysterious Island 2", "Treasure Island", "Cleopatra", "Dracula 3" and "Safecracker".
Older games run fine: "Return to Mysterious Island", "Egypt 3", "Echo: The Lost Cavern" and "Journey to the Moon".

So don't use the "fix" with
Return to Mysterious Island,
Egypt 3,
Echo: Secrets of the Lost Cavern, or
Voyage: Journey to the Moon."

If you've installed the fix with one of these four games, uninstall the game, delete the game folder and all contents, and reinstall the game.

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#1153515 - 06/08/18 11:06 PM Re: Fix for flickering in Kheops games [Re: Jenny100]
sanford Offline
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 1981
Loc: Hicksville, NY USA
Thanks for this very valuable info, Jenny.I happen to own ALL of these games you have mentioned.
Sandy

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#1165739 - 10/12/18 06:17 PM Re: Fix for flickering in Kheops games [Re: Jenny100]
Tally Ho Offline
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Registered: 08/11/00
Posts: 5191
I am playing Bridge to Another World - Through the Looking Glass.
Yes, I know it's a casual, but it's flickering that brought me to this thread.

Played it through a few chapters with no problem at all, but now it flickers badly at the top area of the screen. Restarting the computer did not help, and I don't know why a problem like this would start midway through. It's so bad I won't be able to continue the game. Flickering does not happen with any other game or anything else. Only this one game. Too bad, it's a good one.
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#1165806 - 10/13/18 01:32 PM Re: Fix for flickering in Kheops games [Re: Jenny100]
Tally Ho Offline
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Registered: 08/11/00
Posts: 5191
Well, it's not really solved, but I am able to play by opting out of the Full Screen option.

That means it runs about half-size, but at least no flickering. This is the only game I have played that had this problem. Maybe other people will experience the problem. If so, play it not in full screen. Hopefully they will publish a patch.
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#1165808 - 10/13/18 01:37 PM Re: Fix for flickering in Kheops games [Re: Tally Ho]
Marian Offline
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Registered: 07/04/00
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Loc: near Yosemite in California
Perhaps this flickering in full screen has something do with the refresh rate? Just a thought.

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#1165822 - 10/13/18 03:45 PM Re: Fix for flickering in Kheops games [Re: Jenny100]
Tally Ho Offline
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Registered: 08/11/00
Posts: 5191
Good thought, but why would I be able to play this game halfway through with absolutely no problem; then suddenly - - -
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