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#880898 - 04/14/13 08:36 PM Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Final Cut
PilotJack Offline
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Registered: 04/18/08
Posts: 40
Loc: CA
Has anyone been able to play this game since it will not run on my windows 7 computer except in safe mode but then there is no sound

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#880908 - 04/14/13 09:14 PM Re: Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Final Cut [Re: PilotJack]
MaG Offline

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Registered: 12/28/99
Posts: 69950
I'll move you to Glitches forum where the Tech experts can give you their opinions.

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#881058 - 04/15/13 10:48 AM Re: Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Final Cut [Re: PilotJack]
Jenny100 Offline
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According to Google, there are people who have played it in Windows 7, and the fact that you can get it playing in safe mode means that it should work. There must be something that loads in normal mode on your computer, which doesn't load in safe mode, and that something is preventing the game from running.

Could there be an antivirus blocking it?

Have you installed it in a location that Windows 7 considers "protected," like in C:\Program Files (which is probably the default install location, as it is for most Win98 games)?
If so, have you tried installing it in your User's Documents folder instead?

Have you tried running it as an Administrator? (right-click the game shortcut, change compatibility to XP, 98, or 2000, and check the boxes to disable visual themes and desktop composition before starting the game)

What does it do when you try to run it in normal mode? Does it give any message?

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#1166536 - 10/19/18 03:29 PM Re: Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Final Cut [Re: PilotJack]
Ozymandias Offline
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Registered: 05/18/14
Posts: 2
Hi.! Could you please let me know how i can run this game on Windows 7. My specs are P4 2.8Ghz, 2Gb RAM, NVIDIA Geforce FX5500...All i get is a blank screen...No compatibility options seem to work. In another modern PC with Windows 10 it runs well though.!

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#1166539 - 10/19/18 04:46 PM Re: Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Final Cut [Re: Ozymandias]
Marian Offline
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Registered: 07/04/00
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welcome to GameBoomers, Ozymandias.

Hopefully someone will be able to offer some suggestions.

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#1166556 - 10/19/18 07:53 PM Re: Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Final Cut [Re: PilotJack]
Jenny100 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ozymandias
Hi.! Could you please let me know how i can run this game on Windows 7. My specs are P4 2.8Ghz, 2Gb RAM, NVIDIA Geforce FX5500...All i get is a blank screen...No compatibility options seem to work. In another modern PC with Windows 10 it runs well though.!

If at all possible, play the game on the computer where it's already working.
It's not worth the effort of trying to troubleshoot this particular game with an FX5500 on Windows 7.

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A 2.8ghz Pentium 4 with 2gb system memory and a Geforce FX5500 would be a good candidate for Windows XP , but is a poor candidate for Windows 7 except for desktop use (MS Word, Internet, maybe some casual games). If you want to use the computer for older adventure games, the biggest problem is that there were no official Windows 7 drivers made for the FX5500.
Try searching for Windows 7 drivers for the Geforce5 FX series over at
https://www.geforce.com/drivers
and you get "no drivers found."
There is only one result for Vista, but multiple driver options for XP. Any purported Windows 7 drivers you find for the FX5500 are apt to be tweaked versions of the 96.85 Vista driver -- so if that driver is not working with a particular game, you can't just try another Windows 7 driver for the FX5500 to see if it works better with your game.

The Windows 10 computer probably has a newer video card than the FX5500 and has the proper video drivers to run the game.

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#1166834 - 10/22/18 01:59 PM Re: Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Final Cut [Re: PilotJack]
Ozymandias Offline
Junior Boomer

Registered: 05/18/14
Posts: 2
Hi to all and thanks to all for your answers.

My question regarding Win7 came from PilotJack's original comment that he can run the game only in safe mode. I actually have the 96.85 Nvidia drivers which work on Win7 because all the effects and Aero is working. So, no matter how old the game i play it will run, one way or the other.

From my point of view, it is strange for the game to run in modern hardware and not able to start in a much older configuration. Usually, old games have problem on newer machines, because of different hardware parts.

I will try to run it in another Win7 approved PC when i get the chance.

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#1166856 - 10/22/18 06:09 PM Re: Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Final Cut [Re: Ozymandias]
Jenny100 Offline
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Posts: 39143
Loc: southeast USA
Originally Posted By: Ozymandias
From my point of view, it is strange for the game to run in modern hardware and not able to start in a much older configuration. Usually, old games have problem on newer machines, because of different hardware parts.

The problem is the combination of a newish OS like Windows 7 on a computer with old XP-era parts that have limited driver support on Windows 7.

P4 2.8Ghz,
2Gb RAM,
NVIDIA Geforce FX5500

These look like the specs a computer with XP from around 2003 might have had.

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Here are the minimum system requirements for Hitchcock:

Windows 95/98/2000/ME
Pentium 333 mhz
128 mb RAM
32 mb video card
SoundBlaster certified 16-bits-stereo sound card
DirectX 7
24x CDRom

Both your Windows 7 and your Windows 10 computer are way overpowered for this game, the difference being that the Windows 10 computer has appropriate drivers for its video card while the Windows 7 computer is using Vista drivers that were tweaked to force them to install.

If you want to play Hitchcock on the P4 you might consider playing it in a Virtual Machine -- VirtualPC or VMware with an earlier version of Windows installed inside the VM.

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