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Thread: Odd error when i try to install alpha centauri




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    Angry Odd error when i try to install alpha centauri

    I tried to install Alpha Centauri (an old but VERY good game) and an odd error appeared:

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    Windows 16 bits subsystem
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    c:\windows\system32\autoexec.nt The file is not appropiate to run ms-dos and windows applications. Choose "close" to finish the application
    ______ ______
    |Close| |Ignore|
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Note that i have installed this game before under windows xp and i didn't have any trouble. Also there is a patch tha fixes incompatibility issues with xp but you must have the game installed first, so don't bother suggesting it. Also note that hitting ignore doesn't do any good and running the setup program in any compatibility mode doesn't works either.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Odd error when i try to install alpha centauri

    An old trick I have used at times on my daughter's machine may be of help to you. Create a shortcut for the installation executable and then right click it. From there you should be able to go into the shortcut properties and under the compatability tab change it to Win95 or Win98 or some such. It doesn't always work, but I have been able to successfully fool the OS at times and it will go ahead and install the game.
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    Default Re: Odd error when i try to install alpha centauri

    Didn't work :'(, but thanks for the suggestion. I don't know why this happens, it never happened to me before and i have installed this gem in windows XP several times in the past.

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    Default Re: Odd error when i try to install alpha centauri

    I have also done it before, but you need to use that trick on the setup.exe files on the install cd to make it work. Good to see others still enjoying that game
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    Default Re: Odd error when i try to install alpha centauri

    You also might try creating a directory on the hard drive and copy all files into it. Then try installing the game locally from these copied files (after once again choosing an older compatibility under the exe file's properties).
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    Default Re: Odd error when i try to install alpha centauri

    Didn't worked either, i tried using win 95 compatibility, win 98 compatibility. This is an odd error because i have installed this game before under windows XP, then i formated the computer, reinstalled windows xp and downloaded all services packs and now i want to install it and i can't, so i suspect service packs have something to do with it but then again i don't know.

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    Default Re: Odd error when i try to install alpha centauri

    Same thing happened to Williams Classic Pinball sometime in 2003. It used to work just fine with xp but some update wrecked this great game forever.(it will still install on an unupdated non sp1 xp machine)
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    Default Re: Odd error when i try to install alpha centauri

    it will still install on an unupdated non sp1 xp machine
    Do you or anybody know a way to revert the service pack effects on a computer?. I'd sooner risk security holes, virus, spyware, worms and errors in windows than rather bear the possibility of not playing alpha centauri
    Last edited by computernewbie; 04-23-2005 at 07:20 AM.

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    Default Re: Odd error when i try to install alpha centauri

    Quote Originally Posted by computernewbie
    Do you or anybody know a way to revert the service pack effects on a computer?
    Reformat it. Or better yet, run dual boot with win98se just for your older games and such.
    athlon xp-m@2456mhz(12x204)
    tt aquariusII liquid cooled/ arctic silver ceramique
    asus a7n8xe-dlx
    thermaltake xaserIII lanfire
    bfg 6800gt
    seagate sataII 250gb/seagate 7200rpm 160gb ide
    samsung dvdrw
    2x1024 kingston hyper-x pc3200/ windows xp pro sp3
    logitech mx518/ logitech wingman rumble
    2x samsung 955df 19"/ canon i960
    creative x-fi fatal1ty 64mb/ altec lansing 251-5.1
    mushkin 550w

    opteron 146 @ 2850 (10x285)
    DFI infinity nf4 ultra
    thermaltake tsunami dream -black
    seagate sataII 500gb
    evga 8600gt oc ssc edition
    samsung sata dvd-rw
    2x1024 ocz black
    logitech ifeel/ nec accusync 75f
    ocz fatal1ty 550w

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    Default Re: Odd error when i try to install alpha centauri

    run dual boot with win98se just for your older games and such.
    this is an excellent idea why didn't i think of it before , thank you kind sir you just prevented my world from falling appart. :)

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