AGI under Windows XP
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- AGI under Windows XP
If you've been having trouble running AGI games, loading certain versions
of AGI Studio, or trying to run some of the patches for AGI, this page might
be helpful. While Windows XP is (apparently) amazing, it still has trouble with
some older-style games which make some assumptions about the hardware or
are just trying to be tricky.
There's not much information at the moment, but I should be able to update it as more comes to my attention
AGI Studio Problems
If you are having troubles trying to run AGI Studio, load games or just get
strange error messages.. make sure you have the latest version. Peter
released the original version of AGI Studio and it worked fine for
the earlier editions of Windows. Unfortunately, Peter is no longer
updating it so he was not able to patch it to run under Windows XP.
Fortunately for everybody, he released the source code. Nailhead,
proficient in Delphi, is now the current developer of AGI Studio.
What does this all mean? If you got AGI Studio from Peter Kelly's site,
it is old and not supported anymore. The latest and greatest version
can be found on agidev
or at Nailhead's AGI Studio site
. This new version has many new features and supports Windows XP
Running AGI Games
There are a few scenarios that you could encounter:
Unoriginal Unpatched AGI...
. These are clones of the interpreter
but access the hardware through the "standard" Windows channels so there
should be less troubles. NAGI has the best compatibility at the moment
but AGIL and Sarien support more operating systems.
Some games made by fans use patched interpreters to add Sound Blaster
support or different palettes.
Still having problems?
- You can try downloading an original
interpreter to see if that works.
VDMSound emulates several soundcards for Windows NT/2000/XP to allow older
games to still think it's accessing the sound hardware.
- SoundFX is a commercial alternative to VDMSound if you still have no luck.
- Abandonloader is another loader for old games. It supports VDMSound and also lets you slow down games.
The last thing I can suggest is to emulate a complete PC and run the game from there:
emulates an older style PC in the Windows environment
also emulates older style PCs as well as hundreds of other systems but needs ROMs to properly work.
emulates a pcjr or Tandy system but needs to boot from a bootdisk.
is another open source PC emulator.
I have not got access to Windows XP so I can't say if they will work for
you. However, I have heard that it's worked for other people and I
would love to hear of any other successes.
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