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    Scrabble v2 (WinXP Home Edition)

    Hi Everyone: Here's a new one. This is a brand new computer, and I loaded my scrabble game on it, and ran it in compatibility mode for windows 95. Everytime I make a word and press play, the game shuts off. I was told I need to update the drivers. How can I have old drivers with a 1 week old computer. Anyway, does anyone know where I am supposed to get these drivers from? Is it NIVDIA?

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    Re: Scrabble v2 (WinXP Home Edition)

    1. Have you tried ticking one or more of the other options in the Compatibility tab? Ticking "Turn off advanced text services for this program" worked for me in at least one occasion where just setting compatibility to Windows 95 didn't work.

    2. You can see if the Windows Update has new drivers, otherwise, if you have an NVidia video card, go to their site.

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    Re: Scrabble v2 (WinXP Home Edition)

    Oh yeah, it's very possible that the computer was actually assembled and the software loaded quite some time ago. There's no telling how long ago it was actually built, but you really don't (shouldn't) care. What do you mean by "the game shuts off?" Do you get any error messages; does it close completely and leave you back in Windows? Since I know nothing about your computer or the game in question, I don't know if you need to run this game in compatibility mode or not. My first instinct (assuming WinXP) would be to try to run it as "normal" and see what happens. Have you tried that?

    Now for your other question. It is also a FREQUENT event that you DO need to check your video drivers. If you know that you have an NVIDIA card, yes, you probably should go to their web pages and see what you find out about drivers. I see it in a lot of posts here in The Lounge. However, since I have no experience with NVIDIA cards, give a short wait to see if anyone else jumps in here with more specific advice on how to handle your video situation. You might post back with a little more info on your computer if you can.

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    Re: Scrabble v2 (WinXP Home Edition)

    I have not seen this mentioned yet, but keep in mind also that some older games just do not like to run on the Windows 2000/XP platform, regardless of compatibility modes or other changes. It is a rare situation to be sure, but perhaps the game was designed for Windows 9x and needs a little additional help to run.

    If Hans' and Al's suggestions do not bear fruit, let us know. There are other options to try.
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    Re: Scrabble v2 (WinXP Home Edition)

    Ok what I mean by the game shuts off is that I make the word then click on "play" and the entire screen goes black and the game shuts down. I have tried running it in regular mode and compatibility mode. Nothing is working. Yet my other game which is Upwords and is older than Scrabble is running.

    Ok Mark any other suggestions. I un installed it for now; and I am going to re install it. Then hopefully you can help me.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Scrabble v2 (WinXP Home Edition)

    OK Nancy, here's hoping you have a little grit to try this out. There is a tool called the Application Compatibility Toolkit that is available for download and is also on the Windows installation CD. Install this package, and then run the program. It may look a tad scary at first, but as long as you don't fiddle with the advanced options, you should be alright.

    What this will do is to create an application patch for the specific program you are having problems with. I have used this to get games installed on my children's Windows XP PC, and it has worked beautifully. I hope that it will do the same for you.

    A little additional information: the "compatibility mode" option is actually just a nice front end for an older tool that Microsoft once had. What it does is to force Windows to lie to the program about the version of the operating system, in addition to allowing you to change screen depths and a few other items. Outside of that, it is not making any changes. The reason it exists is because many programs ask the operating system what version it is, and if the program is not intended to run on that platform it fails - even though it may run just fine.

    Hope that helps - post back with any issues you run into, or better yet success stories!
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    Re: Scrabble v2 (WinXP Home Edition)

    Well Everyone you will NOT believe this. Scrabble v2 would not work no matter what you guys told me to do. So, I put in Scrabble version 1, and it works. Go figure. This version is way older than Scrabble v2. I can't play it on the Zone though because I can't find out what url I need to go to to do the update to 1.21. But.................. it works. lol

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    Re: Scrabble v2 (WinXP Home Edition)

    So you can still brscabel just in a different version? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> The things we do for our games...
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