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Mark Lawler Aug 27, 2005, 08:20am EDT Report Abuse
i have an old game called transport tycoon deluxe but when i go to play it it just keeps exiting the game and returning to windows. i have the compatibilty settings changed to what it need but it doesnt do out. anyone help?

when i try to play it gives me an error saying:

16-bit MS-DOS SUbsystem
The system cannot open COM2 port requested byt the application.

when i chose ignore it gives me another one but this time says COM4 istead of 2. when i chose ignore again it loads up the game but after 30secs in the game in returns to windows.

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Mr. Aveng Aug 27, 2005, 12:12pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Playing older games
I'm guessing ur using windows xp. Xp has some problems playing older games. Try to right click on the shortcut --> properties, and under compatibility there should be an option to play it in compatibility mode (or something like that) for older OS. Try setting it to windows 95 or something.
There are programs to play older games. For Lucasarts games there's ScummVM. Don't know if that'll work with your Tycoon tho.

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FordGT90Concept Aug 27, 2005, 12:39pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Playing older games
My guess is that it is trying to initialize an old mouse which were often on the COM ports (serial connections). If it is a DOS game and you don't have a computer that will run it, you might be able to make a MS-DOS start up disk and run it from a DOS prompt prior to even loading Windows.

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Mr. Aveng Aug 27, 2005, 03:06pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Playing older games
Yeah! What GT90 said! Good idea.Or a DOS boot cd would work. Or dual booting DOS and Windows, but that might not be worth it for just one game...

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Jason d Aug 28, 2005, 03:21am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Playing older games
Perhaps running virtual PC and setting up a DOS PC would help. that would boot in no time.

Mort1616 Aug 28, 2005, 08:28am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Playing older games
I had a similar problem with a game called Warhammer : Dark omen, it wouldn't run on XPpro but will on WIN98SE dual booting DOS seems a little pointless but WIN98SE is always nice to have and plays a multitude of games that XP wont

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rgt53 Aug 28, 2005, 08:43am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Playing older games
try dosbox

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