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I've had a bit of a battle getting my Myst games to run in Vista 64-bit but have finally succeeded with all of them (even Riven)! However, because the standard fixes wouldn't work (either because I had SP1 or because I was running 64-bit), I wanted to post some additional help for those who have come up against the same barriers, but who have access to another PC with XP installed. First off, here are the results I encountered on first install into Vista Ultimate 64-bit:
Myst I (Masterpiece Edition)
Installed perfectly (incredible how such an old game STILL works). Ran the Quicktime install and that was fine too. There were a few sound problems with the Selenetic Age though - hissing and popping sounds instead of the sounds I should have been hearing. Without giving too much away, this made the Selenetic Age almost impossible to play (go for the Good Old Games version and save yourself the tears and the cheats!)
RealMyst (Interactive 3D Edition)
Installed, but failed to run (see fixes below).
RealMyst (Good Old Games edition: http://www.gog.com/e...ort/search/Myst) - NEW!)
This is a fully patched version rereleased for Windows XP and Vista (32 and 64 bit). It installed perfectly, and no separate Quicktime install required, and moreover no antiquated Indeo plugins required! The Selenitic sound bug is gone. However, it failed to run properly until compatibility settings were changed, but these are easy to change. It also crashed to desktop when DirectSound was ticked in the game's options. Note: once working and set up correctly (see fixes below), this is the BEST version of realMyst for 64-bit machines.
Myst II (Riven - 5CD version for Windows 95)
Failed to install. The installer is 16-bit which simply won't work in Vista 64-bit. There is a patch for Vista 32-bit users, but us 64-bit players are out of luck. IThis older 5-CD version certainly works with fixes below, though expect some crashes. Better still, pay $2.99 for the Good Old Games version (below) whilst it's available.
Myst II (Riven - 10th Anniversary DVD for Windows XP)
Installs beautifully (hoorah - a 32-bit installer compatible with Vista!), but using the accompanying Quicktime on the DVD (QT6.3), those movies simply will not run! See fix below, or better still, pay $2.99 for the Good Old Games version (below) whilst it's available.
Myst II Riven (Good Old Games edition: http://www.gog.com/en/search/sort/search/Myst - NEW!)
IT WORKS!!!! A version of Riven that installs in 64-bit, scales correctly on widescreens if you set up this option on your display card's settings, no separate Quicktime install, and does not crash during the movie scenes that typically caused crashes). There is an initial problem (crash to desktop when saving the game, but the fix is simple - see fixes below).
Myst III (Exile)
Installed perfectly, as did Quicktime.
Myst IV (Revelation)
Myst V (End Of Ages)
Installed, but failed to run (gave the infamous stack errors). This problem is due to SP1 in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Vista. People who have not installed SP1 on Vista are reportedly fine. Windows 7 users also report this fault. See possible fixes below.
FIXES (most fixes are now 'buy the GOG version!')
RealMyst Good Old Games - this is the best edition to go for
This edition of the game is now the patched version which presented problems for people who ran the original version. Two problems surface on initial attempt to start the game: either the book has no movie in it whatsoever (a bad start) or the movie is there and the game starts, but the framerate is so slow and poor that the game is unplayable. BOTH these issues I solved by changing compatibility settings. Both the new realMyst launcher (yellow icon) and the game executable need to be changed. The compatibility settings that work for this version seem to be different to the original realMyst and are as follows:
* run as Windows XP Service Pack 2
* run as Administrator
I also recommend NOT ticking the DirectSound tick-box in realMyst's options. With this ticked, I experienced a never-ending series of crashes to desktop when in the Selenitic Age. Once I'd unticked this box, the game ran flawlessly.
RealMyst Interactive 3D
I recommend doing yourself a BIG favour and dropping $6 at Good Old Games for the new edition!
For anyone who wants to persist with this older version, then my thanks to Binomb for this solution (http://www.mystcommu...showtopic=28043).
2 - Take a copy of realMyst.exe and put it somewhere safe! Now install the patch v1.11 from Ubisoft ( http://www.ubi.com/U...fo.aspx?dlId=62 ). If like me you find the patch makes your game run cripplingly slow, simply replace the copy you made of realMYST.exe. The game runs fine without the patch.
3 - You might need to download and install the Indeo 5.11 audio codecs (they're old and won't be part of Vista). People who haven't installed the codec seem to report that the game runs incredibly slowly. http://www.free-code...ec_download.htm
4 - If you have a Creative EAX-enabled soundcard such as Audigy or X-Fi, install Creative's ALchemy software. Once installed, run ALchemy, click ADD, enter RealMyst as a title, select 'Use Game Path' and paste the path to your RealMyst game folder. Then use the 'arrow' buttons to move your new entry into the ALchemy-enabled games list. http://connect.creat...my/default.aspx - note there are different versions for Audigy and X-Fi cards.
5 - Modify your compatibility settings (right-click the RealMyst icon and click the 'Compatibility' tab) as follows:
- Window 98 / Windows ME compatibility
- Disable visual themes
- Disable desktop composition
- tick 'run as administrator - even if you are running Windows with an administrator account
UPDATE: UNFORTUNATELY, THIS FIX WORKS RANDOMLY. One day, the game will start; another day, it won't (it's due to a programming error in the way the program uses a memory address, apparently). It's surprisingly easy to fix the fault, but not legally, so I can't make available an unofficial patch or provide any links to the solution, but if you search the net, you too should find it. I successfully patched my copy and got the game running without any compatibility settings, though some of the sound was not correct (which proved to be a BIG problem with one of the Ages).
Myst II - Riven 5-CD version Windows 95 - recommendation - seriously, get the Good Old Games edition instead! Only $2.99 rather than beat yourself up with this version!
For 64-bit users, this version of Riven will simply not install - which is a pity because, if installed, it WILL run (with a few crashes here and there). The installer is a 16-bit application which cannot run in 64-bit, and the only patch made for Riven is for 32-bit Vista only. However, if you can possibly arrange for Riven to be installed temporarily on another PC, you can simply copy the entire Riven game folder from that PC to your Vista PC, and Riven will then run perfectly (no installation required) because the wonderful thing about Riven is that it doesn't write anything essential to the Registry. Copying the game folder will be enough. Whilst the game is still in XP or older version of Windows, apply the official Riven_Updater patch from Ubisoft, as this patch won't run in Vista 64-bit either.
After copying the Riven game folder onto your Vista PC, EITHER download and apply the unofficial Riven_Vista patch (even though labelled for 32-bit Windows, it will run in 64-bit too) to give Riven its own Quicktime files (no need to install Quicktime separately).
Finally, in the Riven folder, locate the file 'Mohawk.w32' and open it in a text editor. Locate the line fEnableAudioProxy=true and change true to false.
There are plenty of tales on the net about random lockups and it could be that you experience the same, but the above should at least get Riven working in Vista 64-bit. [Get The GOG version instead!
Myst II - Riven 10th Anniversary DVD - Recommended: get the Good Old Games edition at just $6
(1) Download the Riven_Vista (RivenGSD) patch. Don't install it (it won't install) but extract the contents. Locate the file Quicktime.qts (it'll probably be in a folder called 'divers') and put this in the Riven game folder (newer Quicktime files don't seem to work when used this way - not even the version that came on the Riven DVD).
(2) Set the following compatibility options:
- Run in Windows 98/ME compatibility (essential to avoid black screen and then crash to desktop)
- Disable visual themes
- Disable desktop composition
- Disable display scaling on high DPI settings - very important (leaving this one unticked seems to cause all the crashes)
- Run this program as the administrator
Note: I still encountered some freezing, so I'm not 100% sure that this version of Riven can be played successfully in Vista. [Get The GOG version instead!
Myst II - Riven - Good Old Games edition (new!)
This game seems to be the very best option for Riven on Vista 64-bit and it works beautifully (NO CRASHES), but it has an initial problem with gamesaves that you'll need to fix if affected. The solution (also displayed at Good Old Games) is as follows:
Inside your new directory, create a folder called "Data" (without the quotes). Go into the Data folder inside your Riven directory and copy/paste everything from that into your New Folder/Data directory. Run the game from there, and you should be able to save and load with no problem.
Myst V - End of Ages
Myst V's problem is a configuration check that is run the first time you run the game. If you have Vista SP1 installed (both 32 and 64-bit), this checker crashes the game immediately. Vista users who have not installed SP1 will be fine. Again, the solution is to copy the necessary files from a good Myst V install on another PC...
I installed Myst V on my old XP PC and ran it once (very important to run the game at least once in XP - this forces the configuration check to happen).
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Application Data\Myst V End of Ages
To the following folder on my Vista machine:
C:\Users\[user name]\App Data\Local\Myst V End of Ages
If you can't see the 'App Data' folder, then you need to 'unhide' them. To do this, open up My Computer (Windows Explorer) from the Start Menu. *Vista users now need to press the F10 key to show the window menu*. For both XP and Vista, click the TOOLS menu, FOLDER OPTIONS, and then click the VIEW tab. Look for HIDDEN FILES AND FOLDERS, and ensure the 'Show hidden files and folders' option is ticked. Click OK. The folders above should now be visible. Likewise, if this fix appears not to work, then you are using the wrong App Data folder - UNHIDE your hidden folders to be sure you're using the correct App Data folder!
UPDATE: If you don't have access to another PC, unzip the attached MystVInitFiles.zip to C:\Users\[user name]\App Data\Local\Myst V End of Ages. This will hopefully prevent your PC making the initial hardware check and you should then be able to start your game. ENSURE YOU ARE PUTTING THE FILES IN THE CORRECT USER-NAME FOLDER! If you find this fix doesn't work, unhide all files in your C:\USERS folder as follows...
Open MY COMPUTER
Open the C Drive
Open the USERS folder
Press the F10 key to open a new menu
Click TOOLS > FOLDER OPTIONS > VIEW
Ensure "Show hidden files and folders" is ticked.
Apply the fix to the user folder you are currently using.
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