Unable to Play Ken's Original and JonoF's BUILD Demo

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Unable to Play Ken's Original and JonoF's BUILD Demo

Postby BEAST » Thu Dec 06, 2012 09:22 am

I've downloaded Ken's BUILD demo, and tried to play it on DOSbox. Doesn't work. Then I downloaded JonoF's port of the BUILD demo, and it's unable to play. Wish I could contact Ken and the guy behind the JonoF port, but of course, the main site for the BUILD guys is abandoned.

Since I am among the experts in BUILD and BUILD powered games: how do you play the classic BUILD demo? I've been dying to play the demonstration which got 3D Realms' gears going.

I operate with a Lenovo Windows XP laptop, so could it be that its software confliction with the port that's the problem?
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Re: Unable to Play Ken's Original and JonoF's BUILD Demo

Postby Tchernobog » Thu Dec 06, 2012 06:48 pm

Is this what you mean?

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Re: Unable to Play Ken's Original and JonoF's BUILD Demo

Postby BEAST » Fri Dec 07, 2012 09:13 am

Good God, that is exactly what my problem is! So you haven't figured out this problem either? Where's Ken when we need him!
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Re: Unable to Play Ken's Original and JonoF's BUILD Demo

Postby Tchernobog » Fri Dec 07, 2012 06:05 pm

Alright, now that I know the problem I was able to diagnose it. It is actually fairly simple to fix.

You simply need to download the DOS4GW.EXE file and place it in your KENBUILD directory (or wherever you have Dosbox mounted as C:\).
This is a DOS extender, it allows programs to use more than 640kB memory (up to 64MB) on a 386 or above. It was distributed with the Watcom C compiler and is needed for many later DOS games.


http://www.download-central.ws/System/DOS4GW.EXE/

Seriously, if more Windows users were aware of the wonders of console outputs... :P
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Re: Unable to Play Ken's Original and JonoF's BUILD Demo

Postby da_weezle » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:34 am

I think you can also use the dos4gw.exe from Blood (or any other game).
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Re: Unable to Play Ken's Original and JonoF's BUILD Demo

Postby ZedSlayer » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:25 pm

Actually Ken has a link for it on his own page since he knows this is an issue.

Under utilities page on his site

http://advsys.net/ken/utils.htm

"Ok, obviously this isn't mine. It's the default DOS extender that Watcom C uses. I put it here just in case you need it to run one of my programs."

Though the Jonof version does seems to not be able to run, thought I wonder if that has anything to do with Windows 7 64...

Edit:... Ah nevermind, found the answer was some buffer error that windows XP compatibility mode solved

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