Posted 19 September 2002 - 06:27 AM
Found this on usenet and it acutally worked!
Here an alternate link for the file
WARNING: I do not condone software piracy of any kind. The following
"trick" must only be used to get a LEGALLY owned copy of X-Com Apocalypse to
work under Windows XP. There are a variety of reasons why one must use this
method - mainly because dual-booting is impossible with your current
hardware configuration, or you do not wish to purchase another OS. This
solution is for the "after viewing or skipping the intro movie, a blinking
cursor briefly appears in the top left corner of the screen, and then
returns the user to Windows with no explanation," from my observations, the
most common Apoc problem. The problem arises from the fact that Windows
doens't like programs to try to directly access drives without going through
First, you must download the xcom3_cd.zip file.
If for some reason the link above doesn't work, I will be glad to e-mail the
file to whomever needs it. Once downloaded, unzip the file to your
Apocalypse directory. To run the game, use the "Run X-com.bat" file
included with the zip. To get sound to work, go to:
Download the newest version of VDMSound. After installing it, set up
Apocalypse to use a Sound Blaster, 220, IRQ 7, DMA 1 (the default for SB
emulation under VDMSound). Exit and save from the setup program. Finally,
edit the run x-com.bat file that came with the zip from the first step. Add
the command "dosdrv" on a new line between the "xcom3_cd.com" and
"xcomapoc.exe SKIP" lines. This will invoke a VDMSound session inside the
DOS box of the batch file, which will end when the game is exited.
Many thanks to the dedicated users on the WWW forums who realized this
solution. Personally, I've been trying to get this to work for months, and
I'm thrilled it's now possible. I hope this helps others run the game.
Good luck! [QUOTE]
We start in the light and we end in the darkness