Issues with Myst and Riven in XP SP2 and Vista PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING
Posted 21 December 2007 - 01:43 PM
As of right now, there are no "guaranteed" fixes for these issues, and most of what we have to work with is trial and error. Over the coming weeks I will try to compile some of the "possible" fixes into this thread for easy access and reference, so that we will have ONE place to look for the "possible" solutions.
Posted 13 May 2008 - 06:54 AM
I have Vista 32 bit Home Premium on a dual core Athlon with 2 year old Nvidia and realtek cards. I have successfully run all three games in the Myst 10th Anniversary trilogy of DVDs. I don't remember fiddling with them in order to get them to run. If there were problems, I must have resolved them by using one of the Three Universal Panaceas for Vista.
1. Change compatibility mode. Find either the game icon or the main executable file and right click. Choose properties. Change compatibility to WinXP sp2 or an earlier Windows version; or
2. Run as administrator. Find either the game icon or the main executable file and right click. Choose "Run as Administrator"; or
3. Uninstall. Log on as administrator and reinstall, giving rights to your main user account. Repeat steps one or two if necessary.
If the above fails, you may need to either turn off UAC (User Account Control) or turn off data protection services while installing or running these games. I've never had to try these two.
Riven runs on my setup, but does not save well. The save file becomes corrupted after five or six saves. I would guess this is a data protection services issue. I still have WinME on my other machine and it runs well there.
I also have Uru Complete Chronicles, Myst IV, and Myst V, which all play well for me. I downloaded a patch for Myst IV which cleared up a "floaty cursor" problem, and extended the time on two time sensitive puzzles.
I also have a copy of Myst which game in a Family Fun Pack along with mahjong and chess. It plays under WinME, but not on Vista.
I seem to recall that one of these games required dx 9.c and would not run under dx10, which is what Vista comes with. I downloaded and installed dx9 from the Microsoft website. You do not need to uninstall dx10 for this to work. Afterwords, I discovered that MS has a dx runtime environment which allows you to manage different versions of dx on the same machine. I did not need the runtime environment to get my two dxs playing well together.
Posted 13 May 2008 - 09:34 AM
Posted 14 May 2008 - 06:56 AM
Hella usefull! Wish I'd known about this a year ago! The site doesn't explain what this programme actually does; but, I assume it would work on Riven's main executable. However, we are not having a run problem with Riven running; we're having a problem with Riven saving. If Riven is having problems writing to the save file, I would guess that this is a data protection issue. My solution -- to run it under an older Windows install -- obviously won't work for everyone.
I should note that Riven crashed with every save; but it did save. So, maybe taking ownership of the main executable would be the solution.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 12:59 PM
My only problem was the random freezing. So, I uninstalled quicktime and installed the version that came with Riven. Then I used windows 98 compatibility mode to run Riven and it works beautifully.
The Quicktime is a version 3.0 and I tried even 2.0 before it but it didn't install correctly.
Also, my Riven is version 1.1 if it has any meaning.
1. Install the Quicktime that comes with Riven (or try some other older one http://www.oldversio...php?n=quicktime )
2. Run under Windows 98 compatibility mode.
Edit: Now it freezes on a certain point but before that it worked OK. It might be an error in the copy I have but I'll see if I can fix it.
Edit: I got past it. I yet again uninstalled QT and this time changed into a newer one and didn't run it under any compatibility mode. Quite the hassle. Let's see if runs smoothly from now on.