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#902889 - 07/22/13 11:07 AM Both Arthur's Knights games are now working in Virtual PC in Windows 7
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I had been wanting to replay Arthur's Knights: Tales of Chivalry and Arthur's Knights: Secrets of Merlin for quite some time, but all attempts to install it on a newer OS, including Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (with and without Virtual PC), had failed. The last time I was able to get both of these games working was when I had my Windows 98 computer, many years ago.

So, over the weekend my son and I installed Virtual PC 2007 on my Windows 7 computer, then installed Windows 98 SE as the guest on Virtual PC. We then installed the first Arthur's Knights and got as far as the main menu and noticed that hardware acceleration was checked by default. Assuming we needed to run the game in software mode, we tried to uncheck hardware acceleration and could not; for whatever reason, the game did not allow us to uncheck the box, and again when trying to get into the actual game, it crashed.

My son pondered this problem for a while and did some googling - and then he arrived at the solution. This was the key that led to success for us: he went into the BIOS and enabled virtualization, which was disabled by default. After having done this, we were then allowed to check a box in Virtual PC under File: Options, pertaining to enabling virtualization, which had previously been greyed out; then you can make sure that hardware virtualization is enabled in Settings afterwards. We then tried to run the game again and this time the game ran perfectly with hardware acceleration enabled! We then went on and installed the second Arthur's Knights game and were met with the same success.

I wanted to post this info in case it helps someone else. These games are notoriously difficult to get running properly, sometimes even on systems for which they were intended, and now they both run perfectly on Windows 7 in this virtual environment. I played the first Arthur's Knights game yesterday for about three hours and had no problems whatsoever.

One caveat is that not all processors support virtualization. If your processor has at least two cores, though, it should support virtualization. wave

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#902890 - 07/22/13 11:15 AM Re: Both Arthur's Knights games are now working in Virtual PC in Windows 7 [Re: Marian]
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Marian,

That is so useful, thanks! praise
Wasn't it also your son who found the wide screen mods for Planescape Torment?
We should hang onto him as a consultant. grin

Gil.
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#902893 - 07/22/13 11:20 AM Re: Both Arthur's Knights games are now working in Virtual PC in Windows 7 [Re: traveler]
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Originally Posted By: traveler
Marian,

That is so useful, thanks! praise
Wasn't it also your son who found the wide screen mods for Planescape Torment?
We should hang onto him as a consultant. grin

Gil.


Yes, it was. smile He is really good at this stuff! He is very determined about finding solutions. He was about ready to throw those Arthur's Knights CDs out the window, let me tell you. lol

Just as an aside, we also installed Windows 3.1 on DOSBox on my computer this weekend, so between Windows 7 and three emulated OS's on my machine, I can now run games that support Windows 7, Windows 3.1, DOS, and Windows 98/95; in other words, pretty much any game I throw at it - and all on one computer. wave

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#902936 - 07/22/13 01:15 PM Re: Both Arthur's Knights games are now working in Virtual PC in Windows 7 [Re: Marian]
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Hi Marian,

Give VMware Player a shot, it supports Hardware Acceleration for Windows XP and above.

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#902938 - 07/22/13 01:19 PM Re: Both Arthur's Knights games are now working in Virtual PC in Windows 7 [Re: InlandAZ]
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Right. Actually we did download and install VMware Player and plan on working with that as well - we were just more familiar with VPC so chose that instead this time.

Anyway, good stuff all around. thumbsup

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#903110 - 07/23/13 07:56 AM Re: Both Arthur's Knights games are now working in Virtual PC in Windows 7 [Re: Marian]
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Congratulations, Marian.

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#903151 - 07/23/13 10:17 AM Re: Both Arthur's Knights games are now working in Virtual PC in Windows 7 [Re: Jenny100]
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Thanks, Jenny. smile

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