DeathGate Game (DOS Works, DOSBox Doesn't - BUT....)

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DeathGate Game (DOS Works, DOSBox Doesn't - BUT....)

Post by Tawmis » Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:28 pm

So this is interesting.

First, I have the original "Death Gate" Cycle game on CD. It's an old DOS Game, works on Windows XP.

GOG briefly had the game on their site (2 months), before it and SHANARRA were pulled (both by a company called Legend Entertainment, so I assume something went south with the deal).

I had managed to get it on GoG too, because I always like to support the games I enjoyed.

Well, I dug out my Windows XP MINI, which I've always used for writing and old games.

Decided, I'd download Death Gate from GoG and throw it on there.

It installs. I launch - and it comes up (in the DOS4GW window) -

Unable to open voice file on the CD-ROM. Verify that the CD-ROM is in the drive (shiny side down). You also check the VOCDATA path in LEGEND.INI

So I go in, look - everything looks solid. Pointing in all the right directions.

I then take the same installer, and put it on my Windows 7 machine.

Works like a charm.

Wait. What?

I compare settings - everything's exactly the same.

I think, "Maybe it needs to see a CD-ROM like GK3 does for GOG?" (Yeah, don't ask me why).

Plug in USB CDROM - GK3 works. Try Death Gate, no love. Same error.

So I even try to get fancy and fiddle with the GoG stuff to make it look like a CDROM where the CD data is stored and pointed to on the MINI, no dice.

So now, I dive into my garage (a perilous task, I assure you) - dig out my Death Gate CD.

Install it on the Mini, launch it through Windows XP native DOS. Works like a charm.

Wait. What?

So now I go into Windows XP native DOS, go into where it's installed from GOG, works like a charm.

So it's weird that native DOS, it works; but DOSBox on the Mini it doesn't (but it does on my Windows 7 machine).

I was (am) puzzled. I have made an .ISO of the CD, that I will just mount so I can try to play CD-less - and see if that works in DOSBox. That's my next step.

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Re: DeathGate Game (DOS Works, DOSBox Doesn't - BUT....)

Post by Tawmis » Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:35 pm

Or just use the installer Collector made... I knew this existed. For the life of me, couldn't remember where. I thought I looked at all the threads for "DeathGate"

http://sierrahelp.com/forums/viewtopic. ... 291#p51291

Edit - I see why I didn't see it - Collector wrote it the correct way "Death Gate" where as I always type "DeathGate" :D

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Post by Tawmis » Tue Jul 20, 2021 1:36 am

And Collector's installer worked flawlessly!

Thanks, yet again. :D

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Re: DeathGate Game (DOS Works, DOSBox Doesn't - BUT....)

Post by Collector » Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:34 pm

Didn't I write that specifically for you?
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Re: DeathGate Game (DOS Works, DOSBox Doesn't - BUT....)

Post by Tawmis » Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:22 am

Collector wrote:
Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:34 pm
Didn't I write that specifically for you?
Yes! That's why I said I swore there was one... but I searched "DeathGate" rather than "Death Gate."

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