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Possbily impossible to run Sim City 3000 on Windows 7?

Discussion in 'Gaming (Software and Graphics Cards)' started by hernandez, Dec 9, 2009.

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  1. hernandez

    hernandez Notebook Enthusiast

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    Well hello there everyone, hope you're all having a fantastic evening (or whatever the time may be for you)

    I am currently trying to install Sim City 3000 UK Edition on my lovely Dell XPS M1530, which has the super duper Windows 7 installed on it.

    However, I was sad to find out that, well, nothing happens. I try to open up the launcher, but all I get is a bit of music then it stops. I try to open setup.exe, but nothing happens. I've tried all this in compatibility mode for older versions of Windows and even set my screen resolution to 800x600@16bit. My attempts are futile and was wondering if any boffins over here might come up with a solution to this somewhat minor annoyance.

    Thank you!
     
  2. bagienny

    bagienny Notebook Consultant

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    Have you tried installing latest patches?
     
  3. hernandez

    hernandez Notebook Enthusiast

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    Dude, how can I possibly do that if I can't even open up the installer on the CD? Did you even read my post, or is this some automatic message you reply to every game problem to boost post count? :confused:
     
  4. Explosivpotato

    Explosivpotato Notebook Consultant

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    Have you tried running a VM? Does your processor support virtualization?
     
  5. surfasb

    surfasb Titles Shmm-itles

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    You can run a VM even if your processor doesn't support hardware virtualization.
     
  6. Kocayine

    Kocayine Formerly 'myDooM'

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    Probably but gaming in it wouldnt be much of a joy D: ?

    Although i know that it's possible to play Simcity 3k on win7 i do it myself
     
  7. BrandonSi

    BrandonSi Notebook Savant

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    Have you tried running setup as an administrator? Hold down (left) shift and right click on setup, choose run as admin.

    Probably not going to fix it, but it's worth a try.
     
  8. hernandez

    hernandez Notebook Enthusiast

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    That didn't work unfortunately :\

    Not too sure about the virtual machine thing...
     
  9. surfasb

    surfasb Titles Shmm-itles

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    Well, Simcity 4 works just fine.
     
  10. Kocayine

    Kocayine Formerly 'myDooM'

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    Well theres a huge difference between those two games 4 is made for xp and 3k for w98
     
  11. Explosivpotato

    Explosivpotato Notebook Consultant

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    Learn something new every day!

    I thought there was a way to do this natively within W7.. Am I on the right track or am I spouting nonsense?
     
  12. crazycanuk

    crazycanuk Notebook Virtuoso

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    right click the installer go to properties, then the compatability tab and select XP or 98/ME then OK

    then try running as administrator, it may work then but unknows as I hvae never tried anything that old on any of my machines.

    W7 pro and Ultimate have a specific XP install within it but not WHP.
     
  13. Kocayine

    Kocayine Formerly 'myDooM'

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    Its mentioned in the post that he has already done that...
     
  14. insanechinaman

    insanechinaman Notebook Evangelist

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    Well he might not have tried the compatibility part.
     
  15. DEagleson

    DEagleson Gamer extraordinaire

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    I recommend using a virtual OS install for older games.
    Using a VirtualBox install with a OS that the game supported would make the game playable, and it even supports using the host OS (In your case Windows 7) gpu to accelerate 3D.
     
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