Running old win 311 game

rogerdv

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Im trying to run Mordor: Depths of Dejenol, an old game, but without success. Under Windows 7-10 I cant run it, even using compatibility checker. The closer I got was using wine in Linux: the game runs, but I cant move in the dungeons. I even tried to install Windows 3.11 in DosBox, but the mouse doesnt works. Can somebody suggest em something to solve this problem?
 

BSim500

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Old games compatibility is like a bell shaped curve. Late 90's onwards games are often easy to run with a little tweaking. Pre-Windows MS-DOS games are also fairly easy via DOSBox, ScummVM or some other emulator. Unfortunately there's this "bump" sometime around the mid 90's, where games were written as 16-bit Windows (not DOS) games during the Win 3.11 to Win 95 transition that have no official emulators and don't run well natively.

First thing to note is your OS:-

64-bit OS's support 64-bit and 32-bit but not 16-bit.
32-bit OS's support 32-bit and 16-bit but not 64-bit.

Your best bet is to maybe try installing 32-bit Windows XP on a VM or use Microsoft's official Windows 7 "XP Mode" (I don't mean "Run this program in compatibility mode for" tab in the typical right-click on .exe file settings, but rather the official "XP Mode" and related Virtual PC tools Microsoft released that creates a virtual 32-bit Windows XP installation running like a VM). I think this and this are the right links (you need both "XP Mode" and "Virtual PC"). Basic instructions here. Best of luck.
 
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TheELF

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I even tried to install Windows 3.11 in DosBox, but the mouse doesnt works.
Do you mean in windows?Because the mouse should be working...
If you mean only inside the game,well games back then didn't have the mouse as the default input device since a lot of people didn't have one,you will have to run the setup of the game to select the mouse.

Also follow a proper guide so you get better graphics and sound support.
 

rogerdv

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Do you mean in windows?Because the mouse should be working...
If you mean only inside the game,well games back then didn't have the mouse as the default input device since a lot of people didn't have one,you will have to run the setup of the game to select the mouse.
sorry, I mean mouse doesnt works in Windows 3.11.
 

rogerdv

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Does the game have mouse support at all? In the 3.x days a mouse was a $100 add-on that required a control board and board-specific drivers.
Actually, the game is more mouse than keyboard, as it has a lot of buttons in the UI.
 

Dahak

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sorry, I mean mouse doesnt works in Windows 3.11.
Make sure that in dosbox, that you have a mouse driver loaded at boot. something like cutemouse (ctmouse) is loaded.
I think it has to be loaded in dos before win3.11 .... but its has been ages and ages since i did anything with 3.11
 

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