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1  Games / Bugs/Suggestions / Re: "Failed to Load the Game Data. File Seems Corrupted." in Windows 7 on: November 04, 2009, 11:31:58 PM
Hmm. I just want to say that I encountered the same error message, on Vista. But this message only appeared when I tried running Spelunky in 640x480 resolution. I was trying all kinds of crazy things because Spleunky does not want to work on my Vista comp (my thread here). When not trying to run in 640x480 resolution, it would just give me the 'spelunky has stopped working' splurg.

I assume I had no registry entries at that point, because I had never got it working at all. I since copied the related registry entries from my XP machine (is that healthy?) but anyway that made no difference to my situation at all.
2  Games / Spelunky Classic / Re: Spelunky via VirtualBox? on: November 04, 2009, 11:23:51 PM
I can handle the Yetis now, I'm tring to work out how to deal with the UFO's!

@DeLGato232, VirtualBox is like an emulator, that emulates an imaginary seperate PC, that you can install various OS's onto (you need the original install disks or ISO's though). It runs as an app in a window, in whatever OS you are using normally.

Like, some people use it to run XP or Vista apps from within Wine or all those crazy Linux OS's. I run Vista normally, but I have VirtualBox set up with an XP install. Somehow, Spelunky will run on the virtualised XP machine, but not under Vista directly. I'm still unclear if its a hardware or Vista issue, but the VirtualBox method gets around both.
3  Games / Bugs/Suggestions / Re: Fatal technical problems with Spelunky? Yes, it is possible! on: October 29, 2009, 10:30:07 PM
My Motherboard is 'Foxconn G33M05 with Viiv'? no idea if its ati or not. Realtek ALC High Definition Audio onboard, I got the latest sound drivers but it made no difference.

Graphics card is a GeForce 8400 GS (I've been meaning to upgrade Smiley ). As far as I know I have the latest forceware driver thing. I might check that again actually...
4  Games / Bugs/Suggestions / Re: Fatal technical problems with Spelunky? Yes, it is possible! on: October 28, 2009, 07:17:05 PM
My theme may be crazy, but it has all the fancy blending etc turned off!

If its just a missing .dll, then I am much encouraged. Would it be a DirectX thing? Some old file missed out with the later DirectX, unless you happen to have reinstalled it with some random old games?
5  Games / Bugs/Suggestions / Re: Fatal technical problems with Spelunky? Yes, it is possible! on: October 17, 2009, 08:09:46 PM
Derek, I am honoured! This is one fine game Cheesy

I have since been able to play (kinda) on my main machine, via an VirtualBox windows XP install. Since others can play on Vista, and VirtualBox creates virtual hardware, I still guess that its a random hardware/driver issue that prevents me playing on Vista straight off Huh?

Since my case seems unique, I wouldn't want to waste any of your time. I will be looking out for the new version Smiley
6  Games / Spelunky Classic / Re: Awesomeness on: October 16, 2009, 08:48:53 PM
He falsified that image using a paint program :p
7  Games / Spelunky Classic / Re: Spelunky via VirtualBox? on: October 15, 2009, 03:56:00 PM
I have to say that Dungeon Crawl isn't my thing Sad (although, to be fair I've never given it much of a chance). I have started playing Cave Story though.

EDIT: BTW, I can now play pretty reasonably on Vista, via an VirtualBox XP install, and a program called Magnifixer (a max of about 30 FPS, which is the best I could find, the Vista default magnifier is much worse). I got onto the first ice level today, but only lasted a few seconds... I guess you can't stun Yeti's by jumping on them Smiley
8  Games / Spelunky Classic / Re: Spelunky via VirtualBox? on: October 13, 2009, 03:27:01 PM
Thanks, smileygamer6 and Arucard Smiley

Well I do have an actual XP machine that runs Spelunky just fine. It just won't run most of the other stuff I want to run these days. And it has no dedicated peripherals, which means dismantling my main PC each time and swapping over. Not ideal for a game you want to play randomly and often  Cry

I'm getting used to the miniturised display Smiley I've tried Vista's built-in magnifier (under accessibility tools) which will works over the VirtualBox window, but its very choppy. I'm on the hunt for a better zoom util now.

EDIT: I should say I had other reasons for trying VirtualBox, like I've now got 3D Studio Max 5 working on it, and I'm trying to get older games like the Settlers III and stuff. Though Spelunky has a lot of appeal for me. I'd never even head of rogue or nethack, but it reminds me of Amiga games like lemmings, diggers, rick dangerous, and I kinda like the Mario-ness of it too. /rant
9  Games / Spelunky Classic / Re: Spelunky via VirtualBox? on: October 12, 2009, 08:49:43 PM
Its a Vista 'host' (the real PC), XP 'guest' (virtual).

After installing the 'guest additions' correctly via safe mode, I can now play, kinda. The display is all messed up in both config and the game itself. I manually edited the config file to get fullscreen and lowest resolution, this is the only way I can actually see the whole game screen, squashed into a tiny area at the top-left. Its too small to play, really. But any other setting, the graphics are either outside the window or are dissapearing into blackness.

Getting Spelunky to work has become a never-ending quest Sad I'm very tired now.
10  Games / Spelunky Classic / Spelunky via VirtualBox? on: October 12, 2009, 07:23:55 PM
Does anyone play Spelunky this way? I've got Sun VirtualBox working with a virtual XP machine, under a Vista real machine (which will not run spelunky). With this I can play at least one older GameMaker game, and some OpenGL stuff, but not Spelunky. After the splash appears, I get the error:

"Failed to initialize drawing surfaces. Please check that your graphics card meets the..." etc.

This is one step further than before, but I'm not quite into the game yet Smiley

I'm hoping its not terminal, and that I just need to install directX stuff on the virtual machine, which I am looking into now. If anyone can confirm this off hand, it would be good to know.

Thanks  Smiley
11  Games / Bugs/Suggestions / Re: Fatal technical problems with Spelunky? Yes, it is possible! on: October 11, 2009, 05:31:57 PM
I haven't tried VirtualPC yet (actually I'm reading about Virtual Box now) but I just want to report that I manually added registry keys for highscore (copied from my old computer that will run Spelunky) and this made no difference. I'm assuming its not a permissions thing, rather the exe simply fails before getting to that stage. Or doing anything, probably.

At this point I give up, and put it down to a random hardware dislike Sad
12  Games / Bugs/Suggestions / Re: Fatal technical problems with Spelunky? Yes, it is possible! on: October 10, 2009, 05:52:06 PM
Yeah its weird what goes on with 'program files' in Vista, and the whole virtual store thing it does. So I had spelunky folder on my desktop, and I've also tried from C:\ and from flash drives, but no luck.

Strangely I have found one GameMaker game that works, its called 'balls up', its pretty basic and it doesn't have any sound.... I have updated my sound drivers, but unfortunately that didn't help the other games.

Just for the record, here's the motherboard and sound (its a store PC, so I'm not 100% on the motherboard):

Foxconn G33M05 with Viiv
Realtek ALC High Definition Audio

Anyway, I had some games today when I took the time to connect up my old PC. I accidentally blew up one damsel and had another crushed by a giant boulder Smiley I guess I'll have to content myself with such rare sessions. I'm reading up about VirtualPC in the meantime (anyone run Spelunky that way?).
13  Games / Bugs/Suggestions / Re: Fatal technical problems with Spelunky? Yes, it is possible! on: October 09, 2009, 06:43:14 PM
Thanks very much for all the help Smiley But I think this is just my bad luck Sad

Since it seems all GameMaker games will not run on my PC, I guess that older versions of Spelunky will not work either. I don't even get the Spelunky splash logo to appear, and I get the exact same crash if I rename the SuperSound.dll, so now I'm guessing its not sound related.

Does Spelunky write any files to 'my documents' or etc? I'm wondering if its a permission thing with Vista, though I have tried running it as an administrator, to no avail.
14  Games / Bugs/Suggestions / Re: Fatal technical problems with Spelunky? Yes, it is possible! on: October 08, 2009, 03:48:22 PM
Hey thanks for that link Smiley I downloaded the tool but it just says the Spelunky.exe and the games I downloaded should already run under Vista Sad

I had a look on the YoYo forums yesterday, there were some posts relating to vista problems, but no solutions, unfortunately.

Do you think it could be a sound hardware issue?
15  Games / Bugs/Suggestions / Re: Fatal technical problems with Spelunky? Yes, it is possible! on: October 07, 2009, 04:12:58 PM
Hey,

The compatbility mode for XP is service pack 2, so it says. It does not work.

I just downloaded a couple of games from the YoYo games site, they do not work either (one crashes straight away, the other hangs invisibly in the background and has to be terminated via task manager). So I guess its a problem with all gamemaker things. I have a feeling its related to sound somehow.

There are some people who run this on Vista, right?  Huh?
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