Archive for March, 2009

BattleField 1942 in Windows 2008

I decided to play BF1942 today. I installed it and Battlefield Vietnam. These two games are about the only first person shooters I can play without getting simulator sickness. It had been a while since I played BF1942 so I wanted to try it first.

It should be noted at this point that I've been using Windows 2008 server as a desktop operating system for about three months now. Up until now everything pretty much worked out of the box, but once I tried to start up BF1942 I ran into a slight problem. It complained about having the wrong version of DirectX installed. It requires DirectX 6.0 or higher.

I knew I had a higher version of DirectX than this. So after digging around for a while I found out that there is a bug that causes this issue. The fix is a little strange. One person suggested that it was an issue with fullscreen mode. True enough, after changing one line of a config file for BF1942 to force it to start in windowed mode, there was no issues. The only problem is that windowed mode sucks.

So, searching further, I discovered that there is a fix that involves a patch for GTA2. Here are the instructions to execute this solution:
1.) Download this.
2.) Unzip
3.) Copy the dmusic.dll and dmusic.inf files to C:\Windows\System32
4.) Inside the system32 directory find dmusic.inf...right click on it and choose install.

BF1942 should now work in full screen mode.


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Xlack Download!

As stated in a previous post, I couldn't find the Xlack system information script anywhere. Well I was looking through some old backup DVD's I'd made and sure enough I have a backup of it. So for anyone that wants it you can find it here.

Xlack is my favorite sysinfo script for XChat. It isn't supported any longer and that may be the reason it's so hard to find. Also isn't working any longer. I'm guessing it is an abandoned project. I may actually take it over, eventually. I don't have the time at the moment, however.

So, download and use at your own risk. If you need help, please post a comment to this post. I will answer to the best of my knowledge.



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