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#1 Lonestar

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Posted 07 October 2002 - 05:03 PM

For some unknown reason X-Com UFO Defense and Terror From the Deep work perfectly on my Windows Milliennium Edition, (except for a crash every once in a while) but Apocalypse does not work at all on it.  When I try to play it it says something like "Apocalypse was forced to stop because your SVGA card either is not working correctly or it is not there."  

    So what is a SVGA card and how do fix this problem?

#2 NKF

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Posted 07 October 2002 - 11:11 PM

VGA - Video Graphics Array.  

SVGA - Super VGA. Has much higher resolutions than the VGA. Must be accessed via a graphics driver of some sort, whereas VGA normally doesn't need one.

The dos versions of UFO and TFTD use a VGA mode (mode-13h) that comes standard with almost all video cards, whereas Apocalypse uses the SVGA, which isn't as widely supported.

A lot of new video cards don't seem to want to support some of the old SVGA modes anymore. Beats me why they don't want a bit of downward compatibility.

The only advice I can give is to update your video card drivers or look for a SVGA emulator. Or, look for an older video card, such as an s3 Virge or s3 Trio, or maybe even a Voodoo 2 Rush. Although replacing a video card just to play one game is a little silly if you ask me. :D

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Posted 15 October 2002 - 10:35 PM

Someone way back when developed a patch that would allow you to run the game with this error...  Check the downloads section, it should be there.  I haven't had any side effects or anything yet...  Try it at your own risk.  :D
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Posted 18 October 2002 - 09:37 AM

Scitech Display Doctor should fix it.....its a TSR that'll give you full VESA 2.0 compatibility which includes SVGA.  Can't remember their website offhand, but plug it into Google and you should find it.

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Posted 20 October 2002 - 08:20 PM

I couldn't get it to work... not all cards are compatible with SDD.  Check the compatibility list to make sure though.  :D
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Posted 04 November 2002 - 10:20 AM

ah.....the blasted SVGA bug......the patch that DH posted on the old forums work mind you, but my good PC seems to have this grudge against APOC.....first its the SVGA bug, then its the "enter TAC mode and freeze" routine.....geez.....
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