windows 95 games

why can i not play win95 games on my win 98 setup
should i install QUEMM to allow myself more memory or what
any ideas.my set up is as follows
cpu-amd-k6-tm-2; sb16 sound card.video card,
64mb rom;8.5gb hard drive
base mem====640k
exended mem===64512k
cache mem======1024k; cpu clock 400
dlawreAsked:
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bchewCommented:
What problems do you encounter?  Are you getting error messages?  If so, exactly what do they say and when do they appear?  Is it ALL Win95 games or just certain ones?  Which ones work and which ones do not?  What else do you have running at the same time (check the task manager)?  What are your system "specs" (memory size, disk size, free disk space, Win98 version, Video card, etc)?
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Have you done

Start
WindowsUpdate?

Many fixes to the Windows 98 system, including improvements to game support.  

When you respond with more details about your hardware, etc., itwould also help to know what games you're having problems with.  Have you checked the GAME Web site to see if patches are there?

Often, it's a directX issue (also updated from WindowsUpdate) or driver issues.  Some games require openGL driver updates, some have unique settings which need to be modified in the game setup.

I assume you've checked Device Manager (right click on MY COMPUTER, choose properties and check information on the device manager tab for any problems).  Also  START - RUN - MSINFO32 - check if there are any problem devices listed, or for any key devices, missing drivers noted.  Also in there under the TOOLS menu is the DirectX diagnostic tool, let this check your sound and video drivers as well as directplay, etc.

Advise outcome.

Best wishes,

Asta
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Did you also happen to change your sound card and/or joystick?  Sometimes doing this doesn't actually show problems in device manager when you are in normal mode, but will reflect problems, duplicates and errors in SAFE MODE.  YOu can get to safe mode by holding the CTRL button down at reboot and selecting Safe Mode from the menu.
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dlawreAuthor Commented:
the games i'm trying to run are mainly dos games
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bchewCommented:
OK, but we still need answers to the rest of our questions.  Please furnish all the details you can.

Bert
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dlawreAuthor Commented:
when in dos mem says i have only 577k free.
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bchewCommented:
dlawre,

There are several people checking the progress of this question daily.  You need to spend as much time on this as we are.  Please answer the questions we have asked!  If you can't (or won't) do that, we can not help you!

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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
I must chime in with a YES, because, for  example, we play numerous DOS based games in Windows 98 environments that work fine.  Unless you tell us specifics, we and you may chase our tails in vain.
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dlawreAuthor Commented:
Edited text of question.
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dlawreAuthor Commented:
read my edited question
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bchewCommented:
I'm outta here!
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Question asked still unanswered, so I'll repost here, Dlawre.  Also, rather than modifying your original question, it makes it easier for you and us if you just add comments.  That makes following the events of 1. problem and 2. solution easier to follow (assuming you then provide the needed feedback to make it all sync).  Before I go on, though, I wanted to add that Windows 98 has been VASTLY BETTER than Windows 95 on all fronts, INCLUDING GAMES.

That's why we asked:

1.  What games?
2.  Start - WindowsUpdate, current?
3.  Start - Run - MSINFO32 - Tools
    Then select DirectX diagnostics
    Check the details and results of
    each diagnostic process, perhaps
    you need new drivers for your
    various multimedia items.
4.  Do you know about how Windows 98
    works in regard to setting up
    Dos based games or want more?

Bchew also asked question we haven't heard back on.

It would make life easier to get feedback on specifics so we don't waste your time or ours.

Asta
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Perhaps this helps:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q192/2/32.asp

Sound Problems with MS-DOS-Based Games in Windows 98

The information in this article applies to: Microsoft Windows 98
SYMPTOMS
After you upgrade your computer to Windows 98, the sounds in MS-DOS-based games may not work properly.

Click the link above to get more.

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http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q134/4/00.ASP

General Tips for Using MS-DOS Mode

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The information in this article applies to:

Microsoft Windows 95
Microsoft Windows 98

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SUMMARY
You can use MS-DOS mode in Windows to run MS-DOS-based programs that require exclusive use of all your computer's resources. This article contains tips on how to configure MS-DOS mode.



MORE INFORMATION
Windows normally uses MS-DOS mode when it detects that a program requires it. If the program you want to run is not recognized by Windows, you receive an error message stating that the program cannot be run within Windows. You can then manually configure the program to use MS-DOS mode.

Once you configure a program to use MS-DOS mode, double-clicking the program's icon causes Windows to switch to MS-DOS mode automatically.

Before switching to this mode, Windows ends all running tasks, loads a real-mode copy of MS-DOS, and loads customized Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files if appropriate. When MS-DOS mode loads, you see the following message:

Windows 95/98 is now starting your msdos based program.
When you exit MS-DOS mode, Windows restarts.

Configuring MS-DOS Mode
To configure an MS-DOS-based program to run in MS-DOS mode, you should have a shortcut icon for the program. If there is no shortcut icon for the program, use the right mouse button to click the program's icon, and then click Create Shortcut on the menu that appears. Once there is a shortcut icon for the program, follow these steps to configure the program to use MS-DOS mode:

Use the right mouse button to click the shortcut icon, and then click Properties on the menu that appears.


On the Program tab, click Advanced.


Click the Prevent MS-DOS-based programs from detecting Windows check box to select it.


Click OK.


Try to run the program by double-clicking its shortcut icon. If the program runs, stop here. If the program still does not run, continue with these steps.


Use the right mouse button to click the shortcut icon, and then click Properties on the menu that appears.


On the Program tab, click Advanced.


Click the MS-DOS Mode check box to select it.


Click OK.


Try to run the program by double-clicking its shortcut icon. If the program runs, stop here. If the program still does not run, continue with these steps.


Use the right mouse button to click the shortcut icon, and then click Properties on the menu that appears.


On the Program tab, click Advanced.


Click the Specify A New MS-DOS Configuration option button. This option lets you specify a custom Config.sys and Autoexec.bat file for the program. The custom configuration is in effect for this program only.


Specifying a New MS-DOS configuration
To change the configuration to suit the program, follow these steps:

Review the lines in the Config.sys For MS-DOS Mode and Autoexec.bat For MS-DOS Mode boxes. Make any necessary changes directly in the boxes.

NOTE: If you must add a driver or program for every MS-DOS based program you run, create a new file called Dosstart.bat in the Windows directory. Add the driver or program to this file.


If a program does not run or performs poorly because of insufficient memory or the lack of a driver, click the Configuration button to choose the options you want for the program. To learn the purpose of each option, click the option's text and then read the description. Click the options you want, and then click OK.

NOTE: Using these options removes any entries you may have already made in the Config.sys For MS-DOS Mode and Autoexec.bat For MS-DOS Mode boxes.

WARNING: Although some MS-DOS-based programs require direct disk access, most do not. Use this option with caution. Using this option can allow an MS-DOS-based program to destroy long filename support in Windows.


For more information about configuring an MS-DOS-based program, consult the program's documentation.

For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

ARTICLE-ID: Q77083
TITLE: Optimizing Your Use Of Upper Memory Blocks


Default Changes to Configuration Files
When you start MS-DOS mode, new Config.sys and Autoexec.bat files are created. The following lines are added automatically by Windows:

The first line of the Config.sys file:

   DOS=SINGLE

The last lines of the Autoexec.bat file:

   REM
   REM The following lines have been created by Windows.
   REM Do not modify them.
   CD \<directory of the application>
   CALL <name of application>
   <Windows>\WIN.COM /WX

The line "DOS=SINGLE" causes your computer to start in MS-DOS mode. The "Call" line starts the MS-DOS-based program. The "WIN.COM /WX" command restarts Windows with the normal configuration.

Troubleshooting
Windows does not restart after you quit the MS-DOS-based program.

Type win /w at the command prompt to restart Windows.


The program does not run in MS-DOS mode because of an incorrect configuration.

Add the appropriate lines in the Advanced Program Settings dialog box.





REFERENCES
For additional information about the process that occurs when you restart your computer in MS-DOS mode, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:


ARTICLE-ID: Q138996
TITLE : Description of Restarting Computer in MS-DOS Mode

For additional information about games that require or perform better in MS-DOS mode, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

ARTICLE-ID: Q132994
TITLE : Games (A-H) Requiring or Performing Better in MS-DOS Mode

ARTICLE-ID: Q132995
TITLE : Games (I-Q) Requiring or Performing Better in MS-DOS Mode

ARTICLE-ID: Q132996
TITLE : Games (R-Z) Requiring or Performing Better in MS-DOS Mode

Asta
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Thank you, Dlawre.


The only thing I wanted to add that helped my daughter and nephew through Windows 95/98 and GAMES was to ensure that they had DirectX current, and any WindowsUpdate modules that fixed the original release of the Windows Operating System.  Both have found that when they moved form W95 to W98, all games performed better.  Some, though, required OpenGL drivers.

Hopefully all is now functional; best wishes.

Asta
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