Full Throttle and Win XP

Reading this article http://www.avault.com/articles/getarticle.asp?name=remake on Avault brought back memories of Full Throttle, the second best adventure game I have ever played. I remember how I doubled my RAM (up to 8 Mb 8) ) just to be able to play it, making my very first upgrade to my computer. I know my original copy of the game is missing, but I want to play it again.

My problem is that I’m running Windows XP. Since DOS is not supported getting the game to run would be a gamble at best

I could track down a copy of Full Throttle, but I don’t know if I can play it on my computer. Buying Full Throttle just to be unable to play it is not something I would enjoy.

Is there a good way to make sure old DOS-games run reasonably well on XP, or does it differ for each individual game?

And no, I am not asking nor am I going to ask anyone to send me a copy of the game to try it out, though I realise that I could give that impression.

According to http://www.ntcompatible.com/f.shtml, Full Throttle runs in WinXP using SoundFX (http://www.softsystem.co.uk/page3.htm).

You could also try VDMSound (http://ntvdm.cjb.net/). VDMSound has helped me getting several older DOS-games to run in WinXP (Although I haven’t tried Full Throttle).

Finally, there is also the ScummVM-project (http://scummvm.sourceforge.net/).

XP does come with its own SoundBlaster emulation for virtual DOS machines; that’s certainly worth a try as well.

I’m running XP and I’ve got Full Throttle, when I finish getting unpacked here (moved back onto campus) this afternoon I’ll try it out for you.

Thanks for the help everyone. Never thought to check ntcompatible.com, I don’t think of XP as an NT OS, to me it’s just an upgrade from my Win 98.

I’m off to find that bastard Ripburger, free the Polecats and save Corley motors.

I’d help you out–I have Full Throttle and Win XP–but I’m too busy chasing whiskey, chitlins and skirt.