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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:23 am    Post subject: I need help ... I cant start Sid Meiers Pirates Reply with quote

I found Sid Meiers Pirates a few months ago and directly wanted to play it because i used to play it back in 2009 2010 ... so i installed it ... then i wanted to start the game but everytime i try it it gives me a blackscreen....
i have windows 7 .. i tried to change the windows version but it didnt help..

Maybe someone can help me here


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try right clicking the executable. go to properties then at the top go to compatibility. At the bottom you should see settings. select run in 640 480 screen resolution. This might get you going.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Windows 7 and am currently running SMP. I have it on computers running 32 bit version of Windows 7, and on the 64 biut version.

What version of the game do you have? If downloaded, where did you get it?
If not downloaded, are the installation files on CD or DVD?

Where is it installed? SMP is a 32 bit game. If you're running a 64 bit version of Windows, the game should be in the C:\Program Files (x86) folder.
If you're running the 32 bit version of Windows, the game should be in the C:\Program Files folder.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 4:26 am    Post subject: Windows 10 with DirectX 12 Reply with quote

I would like to be able to play on my Windows 10 machine with DirectX 12. I'm getting a DirectX error. I have the CD version.

https://storage04.dropshots.com/photos7000/photos/987303/20180514/202635.jpg

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 6:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Windows 10 with DirectX 12 Reply with quote

Jake wrote:
I would like to be able to play on my Windows 10 machine with DirectX 12. I'm getting a DirectX error. I have the CD version.

https://storage04.dropshots.com/photos7000/photos/987303/20180514/202635.jpg

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Did you install the version of DX9 that comes with the game disk?
Did you try running the game in Windows XP compatibility mode?
Is your version of Windows 10 32 bit or 64 bit?
What folder did you install the game?
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I talked to the governor about your problem. He seemed to be stoned out on pot to be of much help.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xgn8b1wm8isvcf8/Screenshot%202018-05-16%2020.31.34.png?dl=0
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 1:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Windows 10 with DirectX 12 Reply with quote

Jake wrote:
I would like to be able to play on my Windows 10 machine with DirectX 12. I'm getting a DirectX error. I have the CD version.

https://storage04.dropshots.com/photos7000/photos/987303/20180514/202635.jpg

Sad


There is no hope to make your game run on any new computer. The reason for this is the DRM security that were put on those cd in those days.
The bad news is that you can throw away all your old games on cd format (most of them).
The good news is that there is a site that has cured most of this old games and put it back on the market. It is GOG.com.

It is legal so you'll have to pay for the rights, but some games like pirates! are dirt cheap some are not...there are some great promotion though...I recently bought Pirates! for 2.99.
Here is the link...sadly it is now back at 9.99
https://www.gog.com/game/sid_meiers_pirates

I know it is odd to have to pay twice for a game you own, but once you get over it you'll have the pleasure to be able to play those great old games again.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 9:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Windows 10 with DirectX 12 Reply with quote

Cagliostro wrote:
Jake wrote:
I would like to be able to play on my Windows 10 machine with DirectX 12. I'm getting a DirectX error. I have the CD version.

https://storage04.dropshots.com/photos7000/photos/987303/20180514/202635.jpg

Sad


There is no hope to make your game run on any new computer. The reason for this is the DRM security that were put on those cd in those days.
The bad news is that you can throw away all your old games on cd format (most of them).
The good news is that there is a site that has cured most of this old games and put it back on the market. It is GOG.com.

It is legal so you'll have to pay for the rights, but some games like pirates! are dirt cheap some are not...there are some great promotion though...I recently bought Pirates! for 2.99.
Here is the link...sadly it is now back at 9.99
https://www.gog.com/game/sid_meiers_pirates

I know it is odd to have to pay twice for a game you own, but once you get over it you'll have the pleasure to be able to play those great old games again.


I suspect that the problem is the version of DX, and NOT a DRM problem. For DRM, the CD version of Pirates uses a keycode printed in the game manual.

I'd try reinstalling the game as an admin, or running the game in XP compatibility mode, or running it in SAFE mode, or downloading and installing DX9 from microsoft https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34429 before buying the game from any site.
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