Older games issue

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by Randy P, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. Randy P

    Randy P Guest

    The Campaign Series by talonsoft sofware, while over 8 years old is still
    higly regarded and sought after in wargaming circles. The games have
    installed and run fine thru all Windows versions, until Vista.

    Vista appears to Make some changes in the actual files within the game,
    notably the OBX, PDX and OOB files which control the data of the units used
    in game play.

    What happens is upon installing to a vista OS, the ranges for units to fire
    at hard targets becomes ZERO and makes the games unplayable as one cannot
    engage another hard target.

    The games install and start up fine in vista just the internal coding
    becomes re- arranged either due to the way Vista is processing the data or
    something to do with the lines used in the coding being read by Vista wrongly.

    Any ideas on how to get something like this resolved?
    vista should NOT be reorganizing/editing the files within a game !?
    It doesnt not appear to be an issue with the game not running or
    installing, it has to do with the actual processing of the data by Vista.
    Randy P, Mar 17, 2007
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  2. The short answer is going ot be, probably by Talon soft. That Vista is not
    supported by their game. EA and a few other companies take this apporach
    with their latest released games like Battlefield 2142. Iin BF2142's case,
    it works fine, but if you have any problems under Vista. EA will offer to
    refund you money and that's it.

    Seems odd that Vista would make actual changes to the game files. How are
    you determining that it's actually modifying the file ? It might mark the
    files for superfetching and such, but I would be surprised it would\could
    make any other changes. Odds are, the code is just not executing correctly
    because of the way Vista runs different, probably in more protected mode to
    prevent games from crashing the system

    If they Talsonsoft doesn't offer a vista ptach, then you might be out of
    Dale M. White, Mar 17, 2007
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  3. Randy P

    Betty Guest

    Heck, I had old games that wouldn't play on Windows XP!! I'm still having
    problems with programs and games that are only 3 or 4 yrs old on Vista!!

    Good luck!

    Betty, Mar 17, 2007
  4. Randy P

    Randy P Guest

    Talonsoft has been out of business for a few years, so there's nothing going
    to come from them Matrix games however bought the license to redistribute the

    What is noticable is that the Vista OS reads these files and converts the
    ranges for hard target to a 0 within the file,
    the file itself is an non-encrypted txt based file that can be read with

    the soft target ranges are not affected and neither are the movement costs
    and action point costs. Just the ranges for hard targets. This issue is not
    present in any other OS

    We have a few coding gurus looking at it within our community, and matrix
    games is working on a re-release that will hopefully work with Vista.

    I was taking a chance on perhaps one of the techs here might have an idea on
    the reasons for the foul up.
    Randy P, Mar 17, 2007
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