I am trying to run NBA Live 97 in MS-DOS Mode. I believe it would run better than in Windows. It didn't work by just shutting down to MS-Dos Mode, so I created a boot disk. But I still get the same result. When I type nba (.bat) the very first copyright screen shows up, but then the monitor turns black and the computer freezes. I have a Compaq Presario; 133 Mhz; Pentium; 4X CD-ROM; S3 Trio64V+ PCI video card; ESS AudioDrive 1788 (SoundBlaster Compatible) sound card;
The following are the lines contained in my Boot Disk:
SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 T4
The game installs and sets up correctly, but it just doesn't run. I installed it under Drive F: (compressed using DriveSpace), but that's not the problem because I had tried to install it before in C: before even creating a compressed drive. I know that insufficient memory is not a problem because I have over 130 MB of hard disk space in both drives after installation. Also, by typing mem/c/p at the DOS Prompt, I see that I have 550K free conventional memory (400K required) and over 15,000K free extended XMS memory (12,050K required).
Another thing I need to add is that I install an upgrade to the 1.2 VESA Bios (or something like that) for S3 Video Card every time I try to run any game in MS-DOS. I was introduced to this program by EA Sports Tech Support, which solved a similar problem for NHL 97. The problem was that it caused green vertical lines to come up on the screen on S3 Video Drivers whenever you tried to install the game. When I use this program (called S3 VBE 2.0 ver. 3.14) by typing c:\windows\system\s3vbe20 /install clear-, to run NBA Live 97, the copyright screen comes out, then it turns black and freezes. If I don't use this S3 upgrade, the screen immediately turns black and freezes (with no screen whatsoever).
I feel I have been as specific as possible (maybe too specific). There must be someone out there who knows the answer. I've tried EA Sports, but they can't seem to help me out.