Wc3 no dosbox
I have had good success running original CD version WC3 on XP Home without Dosbox. Runs just by clicking on the executable from CD, but with poor digital FX sound. Music sound works fine using MPU-401. I am using VDMS 188.8.131.52 beta 5 to correct the sound problem.
When installing, using a soundblaster/compatibles a220 i5 d1 setting results in choppy digital sound- guns, explosions, chirps, and all movies. Very unsatisfactory.
Thanks to old messages on this forum I tried VDMS, and have been successful after minor troubleshooting. Perhaps some of the problems I encountered will be useful to others:
VDMS likes to save its parameters in a file in the same directory as the executable you're running. Naturally, it can't do this for the CDROM version of WC3, so I created a simple .bat file in the c:\wc3 directory that simply calls the executable, then run it using the batch file. VDMS then saves its settings to that directory.
(Non-dos people: A batch file is simply a text file with the extension .bat which contains a series of dos commands. When you run a batch file, all the commands are executed in order. Use notepad to create a file c:\wc3\wc3.bat containing f:\wc3.exe where f is the drive letter of your CDROM. Save, then run the .bat file (by right-clicking on it) with VDMS. VDMS will apply its settings to the dos window in which it runs the batch file. The batch file merely calls the game's executable, so the game runs with the VDMS settings you applied to the batch file. Thereafter, you will not have to change settings, merely double-clicking on the .bat or the VDMS config file will start the game using VDMS.)
Error loading .iff file: the error could specify one of 2 .iff files (that I ran into). Solution was to enable low-level CDROM support (MSCDEX) in VDMS using the advanced button, compatibility tab.
Opening video works, in game videos lock up, esc works: enable VESA support in VDMS.
Hope this helps. Glad to know there are others like myself (and unlike EA) who still appreciate these great games.
I would be interested in running a downloadable version of wc1 and 2, but am not a wizard with dosbox. Any possibility of running either or both without hours of trouble?