Post by vipe155 on Aug 27, 2014 22:32:40 GMT -5
I've been trying to track down a way for those that are attempting to play Fighting Steel to work around the issues on more modern systems.
I have a Windows 7 system, with a NVIDIA video card. I can start the game, and play, but get mouse cursor/ocean texture soup (have to turn off ocean textures), and missing ships. Unfortunately, this seems to be an issue present on all modern NVIDIA drivers and something that can't be worked around. I've heard AMD cards may still work, but those aren't an option for me because of other incompatibilities with more modern games.
So, the next attempt I made was to use a virtual machine. VirtualBox does support Direct3d and Directx version 8/9. It doesn't support DX7 or earlier. Now, I've attempted to run FSP project on this VBox system, but it doesn't start the game because of this issue. The original game was Directx 6, but it is my understanding from the FSP manual that the game was updated to Dx8/9 for the new material. Therefore, why doesn't FSP work in a 8 or 9 only environment? I can play other DX8 titles on this virtual machine, just not the updated 10.43 version of FSP.
Can anyone that worked on this project shed some light on this? Is there anything that can be done with the program to update it past this issue?
There are a good amount of us out here that would love to play this game again. I wouldn't be bothering you if a newer game like this had ever come along, but it didn't. This game comes up on the SimHQ forums, Subsim, etc. without anyone being able to fix these problems. I'd like for the community to be able to still use this without having to put together a "Retro" box or switch to AMD video cards. Considering that NWS is the last group to work on this game, there isn't anyone else to ask. Thanks