After a 6 month lull, I decided to try the SVGA patch again. AND IT WORKS. WOOHOO. In conclusion, try reinstalling X-com a few times, it's bound to work sooner or later. Now blow up the Cult Temple again and again.
Well this is the latest in a long series of crushed hopes on my part.
First there was the issue with the buffers then the svga error. But, I struggled through all this determined I would play this great game again.
Finally I find the patch on this site and install it with trembling hands.
I start the game and........... IT WORKS!
I send a few minutes re-organising my men and equipping my hover-bikes.
Suddenly an alert, with a spring in my step, I go merrily on my way to kick some alien ass when THE POXY GAME CRASHES TO THE DESKTOP.
It crashes everytime I start a battle, right before the agent teams screen comes up.
Did I install the patch wrong or can anyone help me?