Windows 7 and 80 Days

Posted by: kiraalt

Windows 7 and 80 Days - 02/26/13 04:46 PM

This states in the Windows 7 thread that is should play. However, I have never been able to get it to even start. The game appears to install from disc just fine. But then gives me an error message saying it needs runtime (what is that?) from XP.

Is there a patch or has someone figured out how to get it to play on Windows 7?
Posted by: Jenny100

Re: Windows 7 and 80 Days - 02/26/13 06:35 PM

The patch is here, though I don't know if it's for your problem.
http://www.gamershell.com/news_27037.html

Have you tried right-clicking the game shortcut, choosing Properties --> Compatibility tab --> Compatibility set to Windows XP or 2000 --> OK it.

Have you tried right-clicking the game shortcut and choosing to Run As Administrator?
Posted by: kiraalt

Re: Windows 7 and 80 Days - 02/26/13 06:55 PM

Thank you for your help. It may be my system. The patch is not cooperating. Yes, I have tried the compatibility and it made no difference.
Posted by: InlandAZ

Re: Windows 7 and 80 Days - 02/26/13 07:39 PM

Post the exact error message - it may be looking for the C++ runtimes.
Posted by: Jenny100

Re: Windows 7 and 80 Days - 02/26/13 07:41 PM

According to ***Frogwares Tech Support***
Quote:
All Intel, or S3 (Via) videocards are not supported and the game will not work.
There could be troubles with earlier ATI and GeForce cards and some of low end laptop videocards, which are not fully compatible with directx 9.
To launch the 80 day game you'll need Nvidia or ATI videocard, fully compatible with Microsoft DirectX 9.

There could also be problems with newer video cards if the game isn't compatible with the drivers.

And I don't remember -- does this game need PhysX to run? Some of Frogwares' other 3D games required it.
Posted by: kiraalt

Re: Windows 7 and 80 Days - 02/27/13 08:44 PM

Not sure what the issue is. Tried it on 3 different computers with same results. One XP and 2 Windows 7.

I wish Big Fish would offer 80 days as a download. I had issues with Center of the Earth (another Frogwares game) from the disc, but the Big Fish version works fine. So for some reason I have it in my mind that version would work.

Sad as I guess I just have realize I won't be able to play this game.
Posted by: InlandAZ

Re: Windows 7 and 80 Days - 02/27/13 09:04 PM

Post the runtime it's looking for -
Posted by: Drummerboy

Re: Windows 7 and 80 Days - 04/13/13 04:05 PM

I had the same problem as Kiraalt; tried everything I read here at Gameboomers and the web. Nothing worked. I downloaded and installed the patch and still nothing.

I found a "game.exe" file here: http://mail.frogwares.com/support/files.php?id=5

I replaced the original file in the game folder with the one at the link above and it worked (ran at Windows 2000 compatibility and Admin).
Posted by: Marian

Re: Windows 7 and 80 Days - 04/13/13 09:04 PM

Thanks, Drummerboy. Good info! wave
Posted by: Rushes

Re: Windows 7 and 80 Days - 04/14/13 09:16 AM

I just reinstalled 80 Days on my Win 7 and tried the "game.exe" switch. It didn't work for me, even trying different compatibilities. I got a white screen, the sound of the splash screen loading with no visuals, and then nothing. I'll fiddle around with it some more. Bah!

(I think the problem is that my OS is 64-bit and the game as it is only supports Runtime for 32-bit.)
Posted by: Drummerboy

Re: Windows 7 and 80 Days - 04/14/13 11:02 AM

Sorry to hear that Rushes. I have 64-bit Win 7 also.

I had the same problem loading Dark Star a while back. Seems I was missing DirectX. I checked Frogwares site here http://www.frogwares.com/game/80days.html and they said DirectX 9 is a requirement.

Here's Microsoft's DirectX 9.0c link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35
I copied the .exe file into the game directory and ran it from there.

FYI, I stumbled upon this link that shows what version works with a particular Windows:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/179113

If your video still doesn't work, you may require DirectX 11.0 for 64-bit Windows 7 instead of 9.0c but I'm not 100% sure. I hope this works for you!
Posted by: Jenny100

Re: Windows 7 and 80 Days - 04/14/13 11:27 AM

Originally Posted By: Rushes
I got a white screen, the sound of the splash screen loading with no visuals, and then nothing.
(I think the problem is that my OS is 64-bit and the game as it is only supports Runtime for 32-bit.)

It could also be that the only video drivers it was made to work with were drivers for 32-bit Windows.