Getting Descent 3 disc version running on Windows 10

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Getting Descent 3 disc version running on Windows 10

Post by Quadruplesword » Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:46 am

Since I first heard about Descent: Underground, I've been going back and finally beating all of the old Descent games. I've already finished Descent 1 and 2, and am currently working on the vertigo expansion for the latter. However, since I want to finish out the trilogy, I decided to dig up my old Descent 3 disc set and get it up and running. I managed to get around the problem of the installer not working by booting my system in safe mode. Only problem is, so far, I've only made it as far as the title screen and part of the training map. The issue I keep running into is that the game keeps minimizing itself to the task bar and no matter how hard I try, I can't get it back up. I click the icon on the task bar and my screen resolution goes haywire, I can hear game audio but I can't actually see anything. If I click again, the game minimizes itself again. Here's my system specs:

Windows 10 64-bit
Intel Core i5-4460 CPU @ 3.20GHz
16GB of DDR3 memory
GeForce GTX 970
Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500gb

My biggest fear is that my only recourse is to hope and pray the dispute between Parallax and Interplay over unpaid royalties gets resolved and Descent 3 finds its way back onto GOG. I have a feeling that won't happen, though, since more than likely the losses Parallax would be entitled to would be way less than the cost of the lawsuit, so they just won't bother. I suppose I can always try setting up Windows XP on a virtual machine and playing the game that way, although I have a feeling something like that would be well outside my skill set.
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Re: Getting Descent 3 disc version running on Windows 10

Post by Lothar » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:45 am

http://www.dateiliste.com/en/descent-3.html has a lot of info on getting D3 running.
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Re: Getting Descent 3 disc version running on Windows 10

Post by Sirius » Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:13 pm

D3 source code release would be hugely appreciated too. It's not like it's worth anything anymore.
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Re: Getting Descent 3 disc version running on Windows 10

Post by CDN_Merlin » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:49 pm

What are your command line options?

I have
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