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help! why can't i play DOOM on vista? Answered

okay so i downloaded doom at my friends house, cause i realized i had not played it for a while. So i played it at his house for a while then i saved it on my flash drive, when i got home i started it up and it says "This system does not support fullscreen mode. Choose 'Close' to terminate the application",the title of said window is "16 bit MS-DOS subsystem". My friends computer runs XP, while mine runs Vista Home Premium, I figure this is part of the problem. will someone please tell me how i can fix this? Please?!

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jedi pen-gui-n (author)2010-02-11

Are you trying to run this in a dos window?
I found out vista doesn't support  full screen mode in a dos window.

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angolob (author)2010-02-10

 Hello, I had the same problem as you with running DOOM CE on vista. This is how I was able to get it to work. Provided you are receiving the dplay.dll not found error. Windows vista uses a different file name for the same file as above. To make older windows programs, like doom and other pre- PC DVD and games for windows games work with vista, you must take the above file and save it in the C/windows/system32/ folder. An easy way to do this is to copy the dplayx.dll file to your desk top by right clicking it, rename the desk top copy as dplay.dll by right clicking it, then drag it in to the system32 folder right above the original one. Now you can play DOOM CE on Windows vista. J.

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DJ Radio (author)2008-07-19

because if you do, vista will be DOOMED!

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jaded13640 (author)2008-07-19

I wonder if it is becasue I moved doom into the doom directory instead of installing it there. Maybe? Wayne

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aeromancy (author)jaded136402008-07-19

The following sites may also be of interest. Here
and here

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aeromancy (author)jaded136402008-07-19

Here is another site. I hope it helps, and am sorry that I cannot provide you with any further assistance.

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aeromancy (author)jaded136402008-07-19

I would recommend putting Doom in its own directory on the C drive. I am not sure if this will fix it though. If it does not, try posting this problem in a forum on Dosbox's web page or contact customer support here, for this is getting to be past my knowledge. I wish you the best of luck, and hope that you get it working soon.

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jaded13640 (author)2008-07-19

ok latest issue, I got to the correct directory, c:\msd\dosbox\oldgames\doom\doom2> but then when I type in the exe file, doom2 I get this message, this is a windows nt windowed excecutable. could this possibly be anymore complicated? LOL Any advise? Wayne

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aeromancy (author)2008-07-19

Use the dosbox.conf file to change the usescancodes entry to =false

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jaded13640 (author)2008-07-19

I tried two different keyboards, the one I'm using now is a labtec. \\\see, it works here but not in dosbox Wayne

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aeromancy (author)jaded136402008-07-19

Ignore the post above. Click here and see if what they say works.

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jaded13640 (author)2008-07-19

Is there a good reason why my keyboard won't type a back slash? I'm typing it but it types a bracket, the key right next to the back slash. This is getting kinda frustrating. Thanks, Wayne

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aeromancy (author)jaded136402008-07-19

This may be due to either a hardware or software issue. What type of a keyboard do you have?

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jaded13640 (author)2008-07-19

ok, I got the dosbox to open but it says I'm on the z drive, how do I get doom to open now that I've got the dos emulator open? Getting closer, Please help me get the rest of the way there, Thanks, Wayne Thomas

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aeromancy (author)jaded136402008-07-19

To do this, view the "Running a game" section on the same site. (Located here)

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jaded13640 (author)2008-07-19

How do I instal and run a dos emulator? I tried yesterday but it wouldn't run. now that it's already on it won't let me download it again. Do I need to put it in a particullar spot or does the computer know where to put it and how to run it? Thanks in advance, Wayne

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aeromancy (author)jaded136402008-07-19

This should help. Just scroll down to where it says installation. Good Luck.

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jaded13640 (author)2008-07-18

so frickin frustrated... maybe I'm doing this wrong but I can't get dosbox to work. maybe I'm downloading it wrong. Maybe I'm not loading it right. I downloaded it and it won't open. It asks what program I want to open it with, I want it to open itself do I not? Please help, I'm getting the doom jones. Wayne

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lemonie (author)2007-09-16

Ooh what a sod. Having played Doom on a 486, it's a bit poor that Vista gives you a problem. Still you might find a solution, let us know if you do. L

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jaded13640 (author)lemonie2008-07-18

I have the doom collectors edition. I guess it's the same as doom 95. It worked on xp but won't work on vista. Will the dos box fix this too or what? I get a message saing run.dll can't be found. Thanks in advance, Wayne Thomas

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aeromancy (author)jaded136402008-07-18

The DOSBox will most likely fix this. When doom was first released, it was designed for MSDOS (Microsoft disk operating system). This worked fine until Windows XP was released. After XP was released, you could download DOS emulators such as DOSBox to be able to run it. This will most likely repair it, but I am not making any promises. If that does not work, try googling it.

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its a lion (author)2007-09-16

have you tried a dos emulator? i dont know if it will work, but some dos games i couldnt get to work on xp worked on it.
http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/news.php?show_news=1

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its a lion (author)its a lion2007-09-16

looks like this may be the problem you are having. if so, they suggest dosbox
http://www.hackszine.com/blog/archive/2007/01/play_msdos_games_on_vista.html

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wingman246 (author)its a lion2007-09-18

freakin' sweet it works, thanks.

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acer73 (author)2007-09-17

Its because vista is too picky my friend can't play and games that were made with in the last year.

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Goodhart (author)2007-09-17
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Tool Using Animal (author)2007-09-16

Is it Doom or Doom95? Did you run the install as an administrator?

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whatsisface (author)2007-09-16

Have you tried finding the doom.exe file in your program files, right clicking it and clicking run in compatibility mode for--> Windows XP? You may also want to try as above but click "run windowed" instead.

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wingman246 (author)whatsisface2007-09-16

yeah, i tried that, it won't let me edit the properties.

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