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Myst on Windows 7

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    Doctor Who

    My son wants to run Myst on his Windows 7 Home Premium laptop.  I've got my doubt that it will work, but thought I should ask.  Can you install and run Myst on Windows 7 with no problems?

     

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    Bryan Baldwin

    In addition to operating system compatibility, you also have the problem of matching up the right video adaptor as well. If I were you, I would assume that Myst is ok on Windows 7 and check the rest of the system requirements first. Is your video adapter new enough, have enough video ram and main ram, cpu speed, etc etc? If those are okay and it still doesnt work, then you can suspect an OS incompatibility and troubleshoot from there.

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    figuerres

    well try it and see if it has any problems.

     

    if it does there are several things you can do.

     

    1) right click the icon and set it to "compatability mode"

    if that does not work then

    2) virtual pc / XP Mode

     

    try native first and just see what happens.

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    figuerres

    Bryan Baldwin said:

    In addition to operating system compatibility, you also have the problem of matching up the right video adaptor as well. If I were you, I would assume that Myst is ok on Windows 7 and check the rest of the system requirements first. Is your video adapter new enough, have enough video ram and main ram, cpu speed, etc etc? If those are okay and it still doesnt work, then you can suspect an OS incompatibility and troubleshoot from there.

    What?  Myst is a *VERY OLD* game.... any vga card would be ok for it.

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    Sven Groot

    Well, which version of Myst? The original, the masterpiece edition, or the 10th anniversary masterpiece edition?

     

    The original version was a 16 bit application, so running it on x64 is impossible. X86 might work, but I wouldn't have too much hope. It also depends on a 16 bit version of QuickTime (2.x I think) which may be harder to get working than Myst by itself.

     

    The two masterpiece editions aren't that different (except for the installer used, which is I believe still 16 bit for the original masterpiece edition, and 32 bit for the 10th Anniversary). They might work, except that they depend on an old version of QuickTime and I don't believe they'll work with the newer ones. I know the 10th Anniversary version uses QuickTime 6, and will only work with QuickTime 6. So if you have a newer version of QuickTime you'll have to remove that and install QuickTime 6.

     

    It's much easier to just forget about this and install Myst in a virtual machine. A VM with Windows XP should do (which you should have if you have Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate, through XP Mode; just remember to disable the integration features while playing). If that's giving you trouble, try Windows 98 instead if you have it.

     

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    Myst in Windows 98 under Windows Virtual PC

    That's how I do it. It's the 10th Anniversary masterpiece edition, but any of them should work fine this way. I would recommend either of the Masterpiece editions because they have much better graphics (the original is 8-bit paletted), and have a hint function built in which can save a lot of frustration. Smiley

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    littleguru

    Sven Groot said:

    Well, which version of Myst? The original, the masterpiece edition, or the 10th anniversary masterpiece edition?

     

    The original version was a 16 bit application, so running it on x64 is impossible. X86 might work, but I wouldn't have too much hope. It also depends on a 16 bit version of QuickTime (2.x I think) which may be harder to get working than Myst by itself.

     

    The two masterpiece editions aren't that different (except for the installer used, which is I believe still 16 bit for the original masterpiece edition, and 32 bit for the 10th Anniversary). They might work, except that they depend on an old version of QuickTime and I don't believe they'll work with the newer ones. I know the 10th Anniversary version uses QuickTime 6, and will only work with QuickTime 6. So if you have a newer version of QuickTime you'll have to remove that and install QuickTime 6.

     

    It's much easier to just forget about this and install Myst in a virtual machine. A VM with Windows XP should do (which you should have if you have Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate, through XP Mode; just remember to disable the integration features while playing). If that's giving you trouble, try Windows 98 instead if you have it.

     

    EDIT:

    Myst in Windows 98 under Windows Virtual PC

    That's how I do it. It's the 10th Anniversary masterpiece edition, but any of them should work fine this way. I would recommend either of the Masterpiece editions because they have much better graphics (the original is 8-bit paletted), and have a hint function built in which can save a lot of frustration. Smiley

    Man... Windows 98. Memories of a screen telling you that it is safe to switch off your computer now. Big Smile

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    Cannot​Resolve​Symbol

    Sven Groot said:

    Well, which version of Myst? The original, the masterpiece edition, or the 10th anniversary masterpiece edition?

     

    The original version was a 16 bit application, so running it on x64 is impossible. X86 might work, but I wouldn't have too much hope. It also depends on a 16 bit version of QuickTime (2.x I think) which may be harder to get working than Myst by itself.

     

    The two masterpiece editions aren't that different (except for the installer used, which is I believe still 16 bit for the original masterpiece edition, and 32 bit for the 10th Anniversary). They might work, except that they depend on an old version of QuickTime and I don't believe they'll work with the newer ones. I know the 10th Anniversary version uses QuickTime 6, and will only work with QuickTime 6. So if you have a newer version of QuickTime you'll have to remove that and install QuickTime 6.

     

    It's much easier to just forget about this and install Myst in a virtual machine. A VM with Windows XP should do (which you should have if you have Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate, through XP Mode; just remember to disable the integration features while playing). If that's giving you trouble, try Windows 98 instead if you have it.

     

    EDIT:

    Myst in Windows 98 under Windows Virtual PC

    That's how I do it. It's the 10th Anniversary masterpiece edition, but any of them should work fine this way. I would recommend either of the Masterpiece editions because they have much better graphics (the original is 8-bit paletted), and have a hint function built in which can save a lot of frustration. Smiley

    The original Myst doesn't work well in XP, much less Vista or 7 (the ancient version of Quicktime doesn't agree with XP).  Run it in a Windows 3.1 or Windows 95 VM.

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    Cannot​Resolve​Symbol

    littleguru said:
    Sven Groot said:
    *snip*

    Man... Windows 98. Memories of a screen telling you that it is safe to switch off your computer now. Big Smile

    Only on a PC that doesn't support APM.  Computers from around the Windows 95 era on should be able to turn themselves off (if everything's working properly).

     

    What's really fun--  I've personally seen the "Safe to turn off your computer" screen as late as Windows 2000 (it's a little prettier there) and it's there at least up until XP, just in case ACPI is missing or broken on a computer.

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    spivonious

    That game was fun, except for the stupid guess-and-check underground train part.

     

    I could never get it running reliably on XP and never even attempted Vista/7.

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    Sven Groot

    spivonious said:

    That game was fun, except for the stupid guess-and-check underground train part.

     

    I could never get it running reliably on XP and never even attempted Vista/7.

    That game was fun, except for the stupid guess-and-check underground train part.

    You don't need to do the underground train in the Selenitic Age by guessing. There's actually a sound-based clue in the Mechanical Age that links north, south, east and west each to a different sound. Every time the underground train stops, you'll hear one of these sounds telling you where to go.

     

    Of course, if you go to Selenitic before Mechanical, you might never notice this. Smiley

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