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March 23, 2011 8:55:10 PM

How can i run Hard Truck 2,an old game, on my cpu that has windows vista? Becuase when i starts the game there is an error box that pops-out saying: Your computer dus not have graphic accelerator. I went on my graphic\'s card site and they told me it becuz the game canot detect new hardware because its an old game. Pease help!

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March 24, 2011 2:57:18 AM

By old, how old are we talking about? If it is the game made in 2002 that came up in the Google search, try running the game in Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode, or possibly Windows 98 compatibility mode and see if it launches. If we are talking really old, as in DOS era, you are going to need DOSBox, an emulator program that creates a DOS environment that can run the old 16 bit DOS applications that can no longer be run on Windows. You can find it at www.dosbox.com

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March 24, 2011 3:24:34 AM

Hard Truck 2 was released back in 2000 for Win 98 and is a DirectX 7 game.

The problem is I think I read somewhere, sometime ago that DirectX 11 only goes as far back as DirectX 8 for game compatibility. If that's true, then that is the issue you are running into. I don't know if that is the same with DirectX 10.
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March 24, 2011 1:04:17 PM

Jaquar, I don't know if that is to true, I am running windows 7 32bit, direct X 11 with my ATI radeon 5770 and I am playing Wizardry 8, which is a direct X 7 game (also runs direct x 6 and open gl). But I did have to install direct x 9c update to run some of the other games I own (L4D and L4D2 require direct x 9) so is it because of DX9 that I can play older game, not 100% sure, but I would say that the game in question is playable in windows XP, VISTA is very picky with games that age and Windows 7 will play the games VISTA doesn't. I have somewhat tested this theory by testing a couple of games on a VISTA PC and a windows 7 PC. Now both systems are different so can't confirm possible hardware issues with these games, but they are games for Windows XP. The games run on the Windows 7 machine but not the VISTA machine, even in compatibility mode. So is the issue Windows, the PC, or another factor. I say try compatibility mode, and if you have a friend with a PC and VISTA or Windows 7, have them try run the game.
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March 24, 2011 3:58:26 PM

I don't see where you have posted your video card information. Vista might have an issue but you might also being using a very generic on board video card with no hard ware acceleration.
DOSBox is great and I use it for old DOS games but I don't think it will help you in this situation.
Post your video card specs.
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March 25, 2011 7:54:11 PM

Supernova1138 said:
By old, how old are we talking about? If it is the game made in 2002 that came up in the Google search, try running the game in Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode, or possibly Windows 98 compatibility mode and see if it launches. If we are talking really old, as in DOS era, you are going to need DOSBox, an emulator program that creates a DOS environment that can run the old 16 bit DOS applications that can no longer be run on Windows. You can find it at www.dosbox.com

Yea well i went on my graphics card site wich is NVIDEA and they told me to run in comptability thing like you saiy but therz a new error that pops out form microsoft saying Ht2 has stopped functioning, oh and yep i think i need dos thing becaus everything i try to open in the file like a patch and stuff its says error please be sure if you have this file in 60bit or the other bit thing,
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March 25, 2011 7:56:26 PM

rattman169 said:
Jaquar, I don't know if that is to true, I am running windows 7 32bit, direct X 11 with my ATI radeon 5770 and I am playing Wizardry 8, which is a direct X 7 game (also runs direct x 6 and open gl). But I did have to install direct x 9c update to run some of the other games I own (L4D and L4D2 require direct x 9) so is it because of DX9 that I can play older game, not 100% sure, but I would say that the game in question is playable in windows XP, VISTA is very picky with games that age and Windows 7 will play the games VISTA doesn't. I have somewhat tested this theory by testing a couple of games on a VISTA PC and a windows 7 PC. Now both systems are different so can't confirm possible hardware issues with these games, but they are games for Windows XP. The games run on the Windows 7 machine but not the VISTA machine, even in compatibility mode. So is the issue Windows, the PC, or another factor. I say try compatibility mode, and if you have a friend with a PC and VISTA or Windows 7, have them try run the game.

yea well i dit it its just says ht2 stoped working but yes alot of pepole say that vista sucks and that windows xp was better
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March 25, 2011 7:56:29 PM

The only two ways I know of that might let you play older games on new software and hardware are by changing compatibility options in the game launcher under properties or you can try DOSbox at http://www.dosbox.com/ it is a free emulator you can download and some people say you can even play games as old as doom95 on windows 7 when using it.

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March 25, 2011 8:30:47 PM

Supernova1138 said:
By old, how old are we talking about? If it is the game made in 2002 that came up in the Google search, try running the game in Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode, or possibly Windows 98 compatibility mode and see if it launches. If we are talking really old, as in DOS era, you are going to need DOSBox, an emulator program that creates a DOS environment that can run the old 16 bit DOS applications that can no longer be run on Windows. You can find it at www.dosbox.com

Its says in DOS this game cannot be installed so i guess i cant.... but my game HT2 went out like in 2000, i played with it before on windows me any other solutions?
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March 25, 2011 9:12:09 PM

gummybear_qc said:
Yea well i went on my graphics card site wich is NVIDEA and they told me to run in comptability thing like you saiy but therz a new error that pops out form microsoft saying Ht2 has stopped functioning, oh and yep i think i need dos thing becaus everything i try to open in the file like a patch and stuff its says error please be sure if you have this file in 60bit or the other bit thing,



I use windows 7 64 bit and the Dosbox version .74 is what I have it is for 64 bit... if you are using 32 bit check the site link I gave you they may have a 32 bit version too!
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March 25, 2011 9:32:06 PM

knk2009 said:
I use windows 7 64 bit and the Dosbox version .74 is what I have it is for 64 bit... if you are using 32 bit check the site link I gave you they may have a 32 bit version too!

th game cannot be installed with dbox thing, and it complicated
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March 25, 2011 9:39:24 PM

jgiron said:
I don't see where you have posted your video card information. Vista might have an issue but you might also being using a very generic on board video card with no hard ware acceleration.
DOSBox is great and I use it for old DOS games but I don't think it will help you in this situation.
Post your video card specs.

my game is like out in 2000 i think and hes wut the problem with windows solutions ( when i put comptability thing)


Problem Siganture
Nom d’événement du problème : PCA2
Problem Siganture 01: htruck2.exe
Problem Siganture 02: 0.0.0.0
Problem Siganture 03: htruck2.exe
Problem Siganture 04: unknown
Problem Siganture 05: unknown
Problem Siganture 06: 200
Problem Siganture 07: -1
System version: 6.0.6002.2.2.0.768.3
regioneal identifactor: 3084

More info in problem:
Recipient ID : 15457559

Note: I tranlated might have error with words :p 

Graphic card (will b in french but juste check the "Nom" line and the "Type de carte" line for card name)

Nom NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS
ID de périphérique Plug-and-Play PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0644&SUBSYS_13301462&REV_A1\4&13D7CD30&0&0008
Type de carte GeForce 9500 GS, compatible NVIDIA
Description de la carte NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS
Mémoire vive sur la carte 512,00 Mo (536 870 912 octets)
Pilotes installés nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Version du pilote 8.17.12.5896
Fichier INF oem62.inf (section Section004)
Plans de couleurs Non disponible
Entrées de table des couleurs 4294967296
Résolution 1680 x 1050 x 59 hertz
Bits/pixel 32
Adresse mémoire 0xFD000000-0xFDFFFFFF
Adresse mémoire 0xD0000000-0xDFFFFFFF
Adresse mémoire 0xFA000000-0xFEAFFFFF
Port d’E/S 0x0000DC00-0x0000DC7F
Canal IRQ IRQ 16
Port d’E/S 0x000003B0-0x000003BB
Port d’E/S 0x000003C0-0x000003DF
Adresse mémoire 0xA0000-0xBFFFF
Pilote c:\windows\system32\drivers\nvlddmkm.sys (8.17.12.5896, 12,58 Mo (13 187 176 octets), 2011-03-21 14:24)

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December 10, 2012 8:20:15 PM

Has anyone found a solution to this problem?
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December 10, 2012 9:33:26 PM

alxace said:
Has anyone found a solution to this problem?


Its pretty much impossible if you dont have a win me or win 97 computer :( 
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April 18, 2013 8:51:32 AM

gummybear_qc said:
How can i run Hard Truck 2,an old game, on my cpu that has windows vista? Becuase when i starts the game there is an error box that pops-out saying: Your computer dus not have graphic accelerator. I went on my graphic\'s card site and they told me it becuz the game canot detect new hardware because its an old game. Pease help!


alxace said:
Has anyone found a solution to this problem?


hi buddy I had the same problem n fix it :) 
was running the game on win 7 on a Radeon 7900 n it came up with "No graphic accelerater blah blah'
so all I did was plug my monitor cable into my on-board card a 'intel HD Graphics 4000' n worked fine apart from start page was a bit fussy but in game was fine. Hope this helps bro :) 
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April 18, 2013 10:38:56 AM

ahayuta said:
gummybear_qc said:
How can i run Hard Truck 2,an old game, on my cpu that has windows vista? Becuase when i starts the game there is an error box that pops-out saying: Your computer dus not have graphic accelerator. I went on my graphic\'s card site and they told me it becuz the game canot detect new hardware because its an old game. Pease help!


alxace said:
Has anyone found a solution to this problem?


hi buddy I had the same problem n fix it :) 
was running the game on win 7 on a Radeon 7900 n it came up with "No graphic accelerater blah blah'
so all I did was plug my monitor cable into my on-board card a 'intel HD Graphics 4000' n worked fine apart from start page was a bit fussy but in game was fine. Hope this helps bro :) 





I would recommend Dual boot for Windows XP and virtual machine for Older OSs
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