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Windows 7: Master of Orion II - Anyone got it to work correctly?


11 Apr 2011   #31

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hbk0012 View Post
I have the actual game disc for Master of Orion 2 but when I click install, nothing happens. I waited for over an half an hour. Can anyone help me?
"Install.exe" is the DOS installer. Run "Setup.exe" for Windows.

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11 Apr 2011   #32

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SaltySquid View Post
Here's how I got it to work FINALLY on Windows Ultimate x64!! And it didn't require any scripts.

First - Install the game
Second - Change the compatibility to Windows XP (SP2) - 256 color - 640 x 480 resolution - Admin mode
Third - Copy the entire CD into a folder on your HD. I put mine in a folder named "CD" inside my Orion 2 install folder
Forth - Open the folder on the CD called DIRECTX and find the file called DPLAY.DLL and copy it to your install directory.
Last - Edit the file called orioncd.ini inside your install directory. There should be a path in the file that looks like this "H:\" only it will point to whatever letter your CD Rom drive is set as. Change the path to the folder you copied the CD to, in my case it is "D:\Master of Orion 2\CD\". Close and save.

Tada! The game runs without the CD and all color/compatibility issues are solved. I really hope this helps someone else because I've been wanting to play this game for the past week and the color issue was driving me crazy.
This is just what I needed. Though I think you need to install the 1.31 patch on top of this.
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11 Apr 2011   #33

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Has anyone tried running it in XP Mode for Win 7 x64? It seems like that might address some of the other compatibility issues, though probably not the dplay.dll version issue.
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11 Apr 2011   #34

Windows 7 32 premium 32bit
 
 
I got it to work.

I found a website where you can buy and download old games, like masters of orion 1&2. They have been set up to work with windows 7 and I only paid 6.99 for both games. It's www.GOG.com and I love it! lol
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03 May 2011   #35

Windows 7 home
 
 

I've followed the above posts, copying and renaming the dplayx.dll to dplay.dll and the Batch file ready to go. Works nicely enough. Noticed some problems though. First load up worked fine for a few minutes, then graphical errors appeared. Dissapearing borders, missing backgrounds, systems, buttons. Quit, reloaded, seemed fine. Loaded up save file, went for a few, then crashed. Reloaded, then when tried to load up save file from Continue or loading from saves, Moo2 Crashes.

Any others having these problems?
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16 Jul 2011   #36

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

I just tried what you said and it still says the dplay.dll is missing. I added it myself so I don't know what is wrong.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dumbfire View Post
Hello,
Excellent guide for getting this working in Windows 7! Thanks! I have automated your process in a .bat file. Just create a text file using notepad and save that file with the following information below (this is using the default install path for Moo2). Be sure to save your file as "moo2.bat"

TASKKILL /F /IM "explorer.exe"
cd C:\"Program Files"\Microprose\Orion2
start /w C:\"Program Files"\Microprose\Orion2\Orion95.exe
start C:\Windows\explorer.exe

Just double click the bat file and it will kill the explorer.exe, start moo2 and then restart explorer when you quit moo2. I hope someone finds this useful!
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14 Jul 2012   #37

Win 7 x64 Pro
 
 

Without access to an OS like XP...... is there another way to get this game as well as a few other older games I've dug out of the closet installed??
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02 Aug 2012   #38

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32bit
 
 

Hi Tahl,

On Windows 7 32-bit, DOSBox runs the DOS version of MOO2 with good sound and accurate graphics.

People have run it on 64-bit Windows 7 too.

DOSBox also runs MOO2 on Linux, and I've just read of people running MOO2 on Blackberry too.

If you'd like more assistance, I can offer some more pointers on request.

Regards,
zoetropo
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11 Oct 2012   #39

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I thought I'd share the way I fixed it for me.

I found a post on another forum regarding Diablo2 and Windows 7 and I modified it for MOO2 (Orion95) and it worked.

For 64bit:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\DirectDraw\Compatibility\Orion95]
"ID"=dword:333982cb
"Name"="Orion95.exe"
"Flags"=hex:00,08,00,00

For 32bit, it should be (I don't have 32bit so...ymmv):
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DirectDraw\Compatibility\Orion95]
"ID"=dword:333982cb
"Name"="Orion95.exe"
"Flags"=hex:00,08,00,00
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