VPA 3.62c and BGI

Archived from groups: alt.games.vga-planets (More info?)

Sorry but I run the vpa whith option /bgi the see follow mex

"vpa 5 ironforge /bgi:svga256,0,1"

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Using custom BGI driver: svga256/0/1
Graphics initialization failure

Writing ironforge\HCONFIG.INI...
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and exit by VPA.

The svga are the Borland Turbo Pascal, and I run DEMOVGA.EXE with
svga256.bgi the program is good.

P.S. sorry for my bad english
P.P.S. my sk video (notebook) are SIS 650
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.games.vga-planets (More info?)

    delQuesto wrote:
    > Using custom BGI driver: svga256/0/1
    > Graphics initialization failure

    Why do you want to use that driver? What about "vpa /s"?

    Otherwise, the syntax is "/BGI:DRIVER,DIRECTORY,MODE", and I doubt you
    have the driver in a directory ".".

    > The svga are the Borland Turbo Pascal, and I run DEMOVGA.EXE with
    > svga256.bgi the program is good.

    Borland Pascal doesn't have a "svga256.bgi", so it would be interesting
    to know which one you use. The one built into VPA is by Ullrich von
    Bassewitz, so if your's is the same model, there's no need to play with
    "/BGI".


    Stefan
  2. Archived from groups: alt.games.vga-planets (More info?)

    Sorry for time delay

    Stefan Reuther ha scritto:
    > delQuesto wrote:
    >
    >>Using custom BGI driver: svga256/0/1
    >>Graphics initialization failure
    >
    >
    > Why do you want to use that driver? What about "vpa /s"?

    When I use vpa /s my vpa.exe is frezen (block) with sk video SIS and sk
    video ATI (other computer)
    >
    > Otherwise, the syntax is "/BGI:DRIVER,DIRECTORY,MODE", and I doubt you
    > have the driver in a directory ".".
    >
    the driver are in directory VPA.exe and subdir game
    >
    >>The svga are the Borland Turbo Pascal, and I run DEMOVGA.EXE with
    >>svga256.bgi the program is good.
    >
    >
    > Borland Pascal doesn't have a "svga256.bgi", so it would be interesting
    > to know which one you use. The one built into VPA is by Ullrich von
    > Bassewitz, so if your's is the same model, there's no need to play with
    > "/BGI".

    I dowload a SVGABG31.ZIP and in this file are a program DEMOVGA.exe and
    the follow files
    svga16.bgi
    twk16.bgi
    svga256.bgi
    twk256.bgi
    svga32k.bgi

    the file DEMOVGA.exe working ok with my pc, I deduction the svga256.bgi
    is ok.

    My sk video are SIS 650, you have the BGI correct ?

    Daniele
    In the borland package (dir demo) are program DEMOVGA.exe that use the
    driver external bgi
    >
    > Stefan
    >
  3. Archived from groups: alt.games.vga-planets (More info?)

    Hi there,

    delQuesto wrote:

    Please don't post & mail without reason.

    > Stefan Reuther ha scritto:
    >> delQuesto wrote:
    >>
    >>> Using custom BGI driver: svga256/0/1
    >>> Graphics initialization failure
    >>
    >> Why do you want to use that driver? What about "vpa /s"?
    >
    > When I use vpa /s my vpa.exe is frezen (block) with sk video SIS and sk
    > video ATI (other computer)

    Okay, sounds like a reason.

    >> Otherwise, the syntax is "/BGI:DRIVER,DIRECTORY,MODE", and I doubt you
    >> have the driver in a directory ".".
    >>
    > the driver are in directory VPA.exe and subdir game

    Sorry for the typo, I meant "I doubt you have the driver in a directory
    "0".".

    The syntax is /BGI:DRIVER,DIRECTORY,MODE, so you probably need something
    like "/BGI:svga256,.,1". Not sure about the 1, that's the mode number,
    and that's something you have to figure out. I guess there's some
    documentation with the driver.

    > I dowload a SVGABG31.ZIP and in this file are a program DEMOVGA.exe and
    > the follow files
    > svga16.bgi
    > twk16.bgi
    > svga256.bgi
    > twk256.bgi
    > svga32k.bgi

    Sounds like the Jordan Hargraphix drivers. The version I have here wants
    mode number 2 for 640x480. However, it is dated 1991, so yours may be
    newer[1]. The 1991 version does *not* work with VPA (it only implements
    BGI 1.0 (from Turbo Pascal 6), VPA needs BGI 2.0 (from Turbo Pascal 7)).


    Stefan

    --
    [1] after searching for a while, I found a file identifying that which I
    have as version 2.21, so yours *is* newer.
  4. Archived from groups: alt.games.vga-planets (More info?)

    Stefan Reuther ha scritto:
    > Hi there,
    >
    > delQuesto wrote:
    >
    > Please don't post & mail without reason.

    Pardon !
    >
    >
    >>Stefan Reuther ha scritto:
    >>
    >>>delQuesto wrote:
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>>Using custom BGI driver: svga256/0/1
    >>>>Graphics initialization failure
    >>>
    >>>Why do you want to use that driver? What about "vpa /s"?
    >>
    >>When I use vpa /s my vpa.exe is frezen (block) with sk video SIS and sk
    >>video ATI (other computer)
    >
    >
    > Okay, sounds like a reason.
    :-)
    >
    >
    >>>Otherwise, the syntax is "/BGI:DRIVER,DIRECTORY,MODE", and I doubt you
    >>>have the driver in a directory ".".

    I tried with "." but nothing :-(
    >>
    >>the driver are in directory VPA.exe and subdir game
    >
    >
    > Sorry for the typo, I meant "I doubt you have the driver in a directory
    > "0".".
    >
    > The syntax is /BGI:DRIVER,DIRECTORY,MODE, so you probably need something
    > like "/BGI:svga256,.,1". Not sure about the 1, that's the mode number,
    > and that's something you have to figure out. I guess there's some
    > documentation with the driver.
    >
    >
    >>I dowload a SVGABG31.ZIP and in this file are a program DEMOVGA.exe and
    >>the follow files
    >>svga16.bgi
    >>twk16.bgi
    >>svga256.bgi
    >>twk256.bgi
    >>svga32k.bgi
    >
    >
    > Sounds like the Jordan Hargraphix drivers. The version I have here wants
    > mode number 2 for 640x480. However, it is dated 1991, so yours may be
    > newer[1]. The 1991 version does *not* work with VPA (it only implements
    > BGI 1.0 (from Turbo Pascal 6), VPA needs BGI 2.0 (from Turbo Pascal 7)).
    The driver is the Jordan Hargraphix and are the version 2.31 Dec 06 1991
    this is the list of my Dir Game:

    --------------------------------- copy and paste ------------------
    Il volume nell'unit… H non ha etichetta.
    Numero di serie del volume: 3264-9540

    Directory di H:\PLANET-R

    04/03/2005 19.46 <DIR> .
    04/03/2005 19.46 <DIR> ..
    15/08/1995 22.00 0 --------.---
    29/09/2002 09.08 17 1-FLEETS.BAT
    23/02/2005 21.03 34 1universo.bat
    02/12/1998 06.06 64 A-PHOST5.BAT
    14/01/2000 11.57 219,001 ADVANCED.HTM
    05/11/1992 17.54 360 BEAMSPEC.DAT
    05/05/1995 19.17 15,658 BSHOST.EXE
    17/03/2004 18.35 688 BSIM.CFG
    02/02/1996 21.35 29,697 BSIM.DOC
    16/02/1996 08.33 216,062 BSIM.EXE
    17/03/2004 18.35 534 BSIMINIT.TMP
    31/07/1994 17.24 92,624 BSVCR.EXE
    23/12/1995 06.14 8,138 COMPLETE.FRM
    05/03/1998 07.09 89 CONFIG.TXT
    07/11/1997 23.10 212 CONQ.TXT
    17/02/2005 22.03 6,002 CONTROL.DAT
    23/12/1995 06.15 441 DESCRIPT.ION
    04/05/2004 22.50 3,528 DISTTABL.DAT
    03/03/1993 05.01 65,376 DPMI16BI.OVL
    03/03/1993 05.01 36,724 DPMIINST.EXE
    03/03/1993 05.01 22,324 DPMILOAD.EXE
    25/04/2002 21.32 93,968 dpmisys.zip
    23/08/1992 19.38 598 ENGSPEC.DAT
    30/01/2003 17.35 1,825 EVENTI.TXT
    23/12/1995 06.14 7,457 FEATURES
    27/11/2001 18.58 506 FEDERAL.TXT
    15/07/1998 16.29 4,473 FEVAL.TXT
    13/05/2004 16.54 340 FIZZ.BIN
    17/09/1994 18.29 54,973 FLEETS.EXE
    25/11/2001 07.55 471 GANDALF
    28/01/1993 18.20 6,300 HULLSPEC.DAT
    15/01/2000 20.47 38,546 IN2
    07/03/1999 08.20 24,469 INCEPT.DOC
    07/03/1999 08.20 44,751 INCEPT.EXE
    07/03/1999 08.20 2,131 INCEPT.INI
    07/03/1999 08.20 2,213 INCEPTC.DOC
    07/03/1999 08.20 11,702 INCEPTC.EXE
    15/04/2004 20.51 0 INIT.TMP
    31/05/1993 11.01 45,242 MAKETURN.EXE
    16/02/2003 22.50 711 MISSION.INI
    26/03/1993 11.07 39,420 NAMERACE.EXE
    18/09/1997 10.57 7,543 PARTITE.TXT
    23/02/2005 21.08 9 PATH.DAT
    25/12/1992 14.21 10,000 PLANET.NM
    21/04/1995 12.58 298,178 PLANETS.EXE
    18/03/1993 07.04 41,502 PLNHELP.DAT
    18/11/2000 05.25 337 PREPARA.BAT
    23/12/1997 21.33 1,496 PREPARA2.BAT
    27/11/2001 19.01 453 PRIVATER.TXT
    20/05/2002 17.59 157,476 PROVA.LOG
    30/11/1998 17.20 26,299 PVCR.DOC
    19/11/1998 05.03 141,040 PVCR.EXE
    24/12/1998 13.50 0 PVCR.LOG
    17/03/1993 19.25 682 RACE.NM
    23/12/1995 06.24 836,087 RESOURCE.PLN
    03/03/1993 05.01 108,846 RTM.EXE
    13/04/1999 19.22 1,537 SENDPLAY.CFG
    15/12/1997 03.22 583 SENDPLAY.DOC
    15/12/1997 03.22 27,936 SENDPLAY.EXE
    28/06/1993 19.35 109,164 SHEET.EXE
    26/03/1993 11.08 64,286 SHIPS.EXE
    23/08/1992 19.38 1,911 SWEEP.BAT
    16/10/1993 15.44 3,072 TECH.MOF
    11/05/2000 11.48 90,866 TEJUPITE.TXT
    12/04/2005 20.22 5,337 TEMP.PLN
    02/05/2005 18.14 44 TEMPLOCK.DAT
    15/09/1992 11.42 470 TORPSPEC.DAT
    12/11/2002 06.48 176 TRNList.adf
    29/11/1992 22.22 940 TRUEHULL.DAT
    28/03/1993 09.57 41,160 UNPACK.EXE
    07/03/1999 08.20 398,416 VBRUN300.DLL
    30/11/1998 17.20 141,040 VCR.EXE
    13/05/2004 16.33 8 VCRINIT.TMP
    31/03/1993 17.07 92,624 VCROLD.EXE
    25/02/2003 20.21 457,728 VPA-old.EXE
    01/03/1996 17.49 2,237 VPA.DOC
    11/04/2005 21.00 641,024 VPA.EXE
    11/04/2005 21.00 22,083 VPA.HLP
    03/07/2004 08.50 1,400 VPA.INI
    11/12/2004 16.16 12,342 VPA.MSG
    23/12/1995 06.15 241,452 VPA.OVR
    07/01/2005 09.11 2,855 VPA.PIF
    11/06/2004 22.13 220 VPACLR1.INI
    24/08/2004 11.28 220 VPACLR10.INI
    08/04/2004 15.31 220 VPACLR11.INI
    23/02/2005 16.33 220 VPACLR2.INI
    04/09/2004 15.33 220 VPACLR5.INI
    10/04/2004 12.46 220 VPACLR7.INI
    25/10/1996 16.18 12,238 VPAMSG.OLD
    20/04/1998 22.01 7,278 VPATRUNC.EXE
    06/01/2000 16.06 238,623 VPLUSIT.HTM
    21/10/1996 14.18 132,320 VPMKTRN.EXE
    21/10/1996 14.18 119,488 VPUNPACK.EXE
    19/01/1994 10.25 3,000 XYPLAN.DAT
    04/03/2005 19.46 <DIR> RISATA
    04/03/2005 19.46 <DIR> RED
    08/03/2005 21.56 <DIR> BIGGERBO
    08/03/2005 21.56 <DIR> GHOSTWAL
    08/03/2005 21.56 <DIR> IDENTITY
    08/03/2005 21.56 <DIR> Ironforg
    08/03/2005 21.57 <DIR> OUTERSPA
    08/03/2005 21.57 <DIR> Universi
    14/04/2005 09.50 220 VPACLR4.INI
    18/04/2005 17.35 <DIR> EXAMPLES
    06/12/1991 18.19 5,372 SVGA256.BGI
    06/12/1991 18.24 4,143 TWK256.BGI
    03/05/2005 11.15 114 lolo.txt
    18/02/1992 03.00 5,554 EGAVGA.BGI
    99 File 5,617,978 byte
    11 Directory 314,228,736 byte disponibili

    ------------------ end paste ----------------------------

    In the dir "h:\planet-r"
    I run the vpa with this option:
    "vpa 4 outerspa /bgi:svga256,.,1"

    this is the output

    ------------------ copy and paste ----------------

    -= VGA Planets Assistant 3.62c (c) 1993-98 Alex V. Ivlev, 2002-05 VPA
    Team =-
    ==============================================================================

    Running with 15340K of free memory

    Registered version of VGA Planets 3.0 found
    Reading VPA.INI...
    Reading outerspa\VPACLR4.INI...
    Loading PLANETS data...
    Fascist data files found
    Current turn is 47 [host date: 04-30-2005 01:24:00]
    Reading VPA database file outerspa\VPA4.DB...
    Checking for PHOST...
    Reading outerspa\HCONFIG.INI...
    Reading outerspa\RACES.INI...
    Reading starmap...
    Reading game data...
    Reading outerspa\UTIL4.DAT...
    Using custom BGI driver: svga256/./1
    Graphics initialization failure

    ----------- end paste ----------------------

    Sorry for the length

    Daniele
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    Daniele De Nigris wrote:
    > Stefan Reuther ha scritto:
    >> Sounds like the Jordan Hargraphix drivers. The version I have here wants
    >> mode number 2 for 640x480. However, it is dated 1991, so yours may be
    >> newer[1]. The 1991 version does *not* work with VPA (it only implements
    >> BGI 1.0 (from Turbo Pascal 6), VPA needs BGI 2.0 (from Turbo Pascal 7)).
    >
    > The driver is the Jordan Hargraphix and are the version 2.31 Dec 06 1991
    > this is the list of my Dir Game:

    Then it will not work. Borland Pascal 7.0's release date is April 1992;
    it's unlikely that BGI 2.0 drivers were out before that date. For a
    final check, open the .bgi in a hex editor (or in a normal editor, if
    you don't have a hex editor). If it starts with the letters 'pk' (BGI
    1.0 signature), it will not work. It must start with 'FBGD' (BGI 2.0
    signature).

    So I think your last chance would be to try VPAMM, which is based on a
    completely different graphics kernel (no BGI).

    If that still does not work, try VPA inside <http://dosbox.sf.net/>.
    Beware, it's slooooooow.

    Apart from that: why do you want to use "vpa /s"? You will not get more
    colors or higher resolution this way. The only thing which you can get
    with "vpa /s" is higher refresh rates (because most graphics cards can
    configure the refresh rate for 640x480x256, while the refresh rate for
    640x480x16 is fixed to 60 Hertz by definition). But - on a notebook with
    an LCD this should not matter at all.


    Stefan
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    Daniele De Nigris wrote:
    > In the dir "h:\planet-r"
    > I run the vpa with this option:
    > "vpa 4 outerspa /bgi:svga256,.,1"

    The syntax is correct, although "/bgi:svga256,,1" should do the same.
    This means that the driver you've got does not work with your video
    card, at least not in mode 1.

    I implemented this feature because a friend of mine would only get
    scrambled characters when running vpa on his new pc. I found a
    third-party BGI-driver somewhere on the net that did work for him. I'll
    try to find it again and let you know when I do.

    Christian

    P.S.: See you in "Outer Space"... ;-)
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    Christian Graefe wrote:
    > I found a
    > third-party BGI-driver somewhere on the net that did work for him. I'll
    > try to find it again and let you know when I do.

    You might want to try the one included in this archive:
    http://www.tank-cleaning.demon.nl/pasfiles/svga.zip

    Mode 5 works fine for me, i.e. say "vpa 4 gamedir /BGI:svga,,5".

    Christian
  8. Archived from groups: alt.games.vga-planets (More info?)

    Christian Graefe ha scritto:
    > Christian Graefe wrote:
    >
    >> I found a third-party BGI-driver somewhere on the net that did work
    >> for him. I'll try to find it again and let you know when I do.
    >
    >
    > You might want to try the one included in this archive:
    > http://www.tank-cleaning.demon.nl/pasfiles/svga.zip
    >
    > Mode 5 works fine for me, i.e. say "vpa 4 gamedir /BGI:svga,,5".
    >
    > Christian
    Sorry I tried whith many bgi, but my notebook accepted only resolution
    640x480, while (mentre) I need resolution 640x400.
    My notebook cut the bottom rate ov screen and I see only 3/4 the screen.
    I tried (provato) whith demo of bgi and a best screen is 640x400.

    Thank for help, I pass all in usb pen and reboot with usb first (usb pen
    whether (if, come se) to be a little Hard disk in ms-dos).
  9. Archived from groups: alt.games.vga-planets (More info?)

    delQuesto wrote:
    > Sorry I tried whith many bgi, but my notebook accepted only resolution
    > 640x480, while (mentre) I need resolution 640x400.

    VPA only does 640x480.

    If you set a lower resolution, the screen will be truncated. If you set
    a higher one, VPA will ignore the excess, and maybe draw garbage on it.
    So you should use 640x480.

    > My notebook cut the bottom rate ov screen and I see only 3/4 the screen.
    > I tried (provato) whith demo of bgi and a best screen is 640x400.

    What does "better" mean here?


    Stefan
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