Patrick vervoo 2009-11-21 05:30:37
I recently installed Windows 7, the 64-bit variant on a spare harddisk,
Anyway, one of the things I’d like to get to work is Diablo II.
I still have on the D: disk the ‘old’ Diablo II directory. From my
experience, double-clicking the Diablo II executable there should just
start the game up (works under WinXP32 in any case), but no go under
Tried the various compatibility options (WinXP-SP3), but no go.
Has anyone here gotten Diablo II to work under Windows 7 64-bit? If you
did, I’d be very interested in how exactly you got it working…
Thanks in advance,
Snobrdr 2009-11-21 05:30:37
Works here. I just installed it from the install disks.
It did say that it was incompatable with Win7 but it works perfect.
Zombie elvis 2009-11-21 05:30:38
On 18 Nov 2009 15:46:15 GMT, Patrick Vervoorn
I have been able to successfully run Diablo II on at least two Windows
7 laptops; one with 32-bit Windows 7 and one with the 64-bit version.
There is a problem with the video becoming corrupted on my
NVidia-based 32-bit machine but this appears to be an issue with buggy
NVidia drivers, not with Windows 7 itself. The ATI-based machine runs
DII perfectly under 64-bit Windows 7.
Try to run the video test application (it should be in your Diablo II
directory) before trying to run the game itself. This should allow you
to choose the proper video driver for the game.
“Fate is like a caged gorilla. If you mock it, it
will pelt you with dung.”
Patrick vervoo 2009-11-21 05:30:41
What graphics mode are you running it?
The main problem for me, now that I think about it, is that Diablo II
was still configured to use a Glide Wrapper. I should perhaps retry it
in D3D mode (although it will look like c*** using that). I’ll hopefully
be able to try this this evening…
Patrick vervoo 2009-11-21 05:30:42
Yay, got it running, even using the Glide Wrapper.
What I had to do was:
Make shortcuts to the desktop for both the main Diablo II executable as
well as for the Video Test, and in the properties of these, ‘Disable
Desktop composition’ (old trick, already needed under Vista).
Finally, to avoid having it running in a poststamp-sized center-part of
the my 1920×1200 display, I had to set the Glide Wrapper to use the
All looks fine.
Interesting… While I never did go to Vista-64, I might migrate to
Win7… We’ll see how other games/apps behave…
Another, much more recent game, Borderlands, is running significantly
more smoothly under Win7-64 than it does under WinXP32…
Mark p. nelson 2009-11-21 05:30:42
Thanks for following up, Patrick. If ever I upgrade my OS, I’ll know what to
Verbing weirds language–Calvin
Mickey 2009-12-21 13:10:46
I will stay with XP PRO until it is no longer supported. One thing I
have learned about MicroSquish, NEVER take the first bite out of the
Patrick vervoo 2009-12-21 13:10:47
While I certainly share your view with regard to WinXP vs Vista, I’m
inclined to disagree where Windows 7 is involved.
As already mentioned above by myself, there are things which run much
more smoothly under Win7-64 than they did under WinXP32. Also Crysis
runs quite a bit better under Win7-64 than it did under WinXP32 (perhaps
the special 64-bits comilaed executable helps there).
I’m slowly going to migrate to Win7. I’m not saying everyone _should_,
but if you can, be sure to check it out (either in a VMWare player, or
on a spare HD/partition on ‘real’ hardware).
Mickey 2009-12-21 13:10:55
Ah, but XP/PRO is not 32 bit, it is 64 bit. So far, I have had not a
single issue with it other than the fact that IE8 sucks hard. I
installed Google Chrome, which is about 100 times faster, and also
spell checks even when I reply to a post via Google Groups.
Patrick vervoo 2009-12-21 13:10:57
You mean to say _you_ have the 64-bit version of WinXP installed? The
regular version is 32-bits, and for instance only addresses about 3.0 to
~3.5GByte of memory, depending on your graphics card installed.
Haven’t tried Google Chrome yet, but use Firefox for my ‘serious’
Mickey 2009-12-21 13:11:01
That’s XP Home… XP/PRO is the server version. Not sure of prices
there, but here, when XP/Home was selling for $99, XP/PRO was selling
for $199. I have it loaded as a shell on the server, and as my primary
OS on my gaming machine.
I have FF also, and while it is MUCH better than IE, it is not as fast
as Chrome. Chrome does page pre-fetching, which makes it lightning
Patrick vervoo 2009-12-21 13:11:01
I’m running XP/Pro on several machines here and it is a 32bits OS. Only
if you buy the ‘special’ x64 version, you have a 64-bits OS.
If you are indeed running Windows XP Pro x64, it’s something which is a
bit more obsolete than WinXP32 is (XP x64 did not apparently get SP3 for
instance), read all about it on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP_editions
I’ll try it out then. Thanks for the recommendation. 😉
Mickey 2009-12-21 13:11:03
That’s odd, as I have the server version, which is 64 bit, and I just
checked, it’s at SP3
I first noticed it when I was playing Mafia Wars on Facebook… I
assumed it was just that one application that ran better, until I
started checking other apps. Where it really shines is when you have a
page with links of it. It seems that it preloads the links behind the
scenes (or at least a part of them), and navigation is VERY fast.
Patrick vervoo 2009-12-21 13:11:04
Well, that’s simply amazing, since there is no Service Pack 3 available
for any flavour of Windows XP x64 on all of microsoft.com.
Or that string got modified due to another updated installed somewhere
along the way, which would be a rather careless slip-up of MS’s
Better email Bill then, they don’t need to develop SP3 for WinXPx64,
since you already have it available for them! 😉
I’ll compare it to FF in a head-to-head ‘battle’ for my desktop. 😉
Mickey 2009-12-21 13:11:06
ROFL!!! You may be right, it may just be the string… when I click on
MY COMPUTER, and select properties, I see WINDOWS XP PRO, Service Pack
3. I have never actually updated anything on windows, I let it do the
automatic updates. It may be the IE8 install or Windows Live. BTW, I
think LiveMail is one of the best products windows has released. Mickey
Patrick vervoo 2009-12-21 13:11:08
I’ve never had WinXP x64 installed, but I would expect it to mention in
that same Properties tab that it’s the x64 version?
How do you know you’re not just running the Pro 32bits version, but the
Pro x64 version? Is the x64 mentioned somewhere else?
Mickey 2009-12-21 13:11:08
Oh yes… it is on all the documentation that came with the server
version. Also, I can tell because I can see ALL my memory. Wife has XP
Home, with 4 GB ram, and it shows 3.23 GB as available. Also, I have a
couple of proprietary products (MicroFucus, for one), that ONLY run on
a 64 bit OS.