Video problems, etc. with Wing Commander
I've just built a "legacy machine" from parts since I want to run WC and a couple other older games but couldn't on my current hardware without too many problems. What I have found is:
1) Strongly suggested to start with Win95 (DX3, can install DX5) or Win98SE (DX6.1).
2) For WCP, SO video: I could only get all video effects to work when I went with a nVidia TNT2 card, used an older 12.41 driver, and of couse selected DirectX. A newer driver caused explosions. However, SO looks absolutely beautiful.
No problems on other WCs for video.
3) For WCP videos: I found disabling the hardware acceleration on my SB Live to make things run perfectly, again in Win98SE. I could also run Win95 and DX5 to fix this, but chose to use Win98SE since it's a lot more up to date.
4) For WC3, 4 sound: The SBLive has an excellent SB16 emulation mode which you can fiddle with in the Device Manager. Using an SBLive worked perfectly where an SB16 PCI and SB128 did not.
For those who choose another path: remember the base, safest configuration is Win95 DX5. If you're using some type of compatibility mode I would strongly suggest selecting Win95/DX5.
Between the above, and my VirtualCD software, I can play WC1 - SO, Tex Murphy, etc. blazingly fast w/o problems.