I've successfully played and completed the DOS version of RAMA on WinXP Home (service pack 2), yet now that I've switched to a new computer with the same OS, I can't even make it past the animated Sierra logo at the beginning.
I've adjusted the game's compatibility settings and tried installing the GoSierra patch, but no matter what I try, when I try running the game in VDMSound, I get this error message:
DOS/4GW Professional error (2001): exception 00h (divide by zero) at 2DF:0357660
TSF32: prev_tsf32 6808
SS 2E7 DS 2E7 ES 2E7 FS 0 GS 177
EAX 0 EBX 1 ECX 1 EDX 0
ESI 3623424 EDI 0 EBP 3605904 ESP 36058EC
CS:IP 2DF:03576603 ID 00 COD 0 FLG 13246
CS= 2DF, USE32, page granular, limit 7FFEFFFF, base 0, acc C7FB
SS= 2E7, USE32, page granular, limit 7FFEFFFF, base 0, acc C7F3
DS= 2E7, USE32, page granular, limit 7FFEFFFF, base 0, acc C7F3
ES= 2E7, USE32, page granular, limit 7FFEFFFF, base 0, acc C7F3
FS= 0, USE16, byte granular, limit 0, base 0, acc 0
GS= 177, USE16, byte granular, limit FFFF, base 10C40, acc F3
Crash address (unrelocated) = 1:00076603
And when I try running the game in DOSbox, the video of the Sierra logo plays flawlessly, then I get a window saying "Alert - Error opening resource 1001.snd. Use ENTER to retry ESC to quit." I can't find a 1001.snd file on CD 1, and it can't be a problem of a scratched CD, since all three CDs give me the same error message when I try starting the game in DOSbox.
I tried copying the CD files to my hard disk and nothing bad happened, but I couldn't run it in DOSbox -- I kept getting a "We're sorry, you have encountered an internal game error message." Things seem to be even worse than before. I searched the DOSbox forms for help on this, but I couldn't find any.
I've tried following all the instructions on this page
, but after that, the game would either not run at all or give me the same "divide by zero" error message I mentioned before.
Attempting to run the game without the patch, VDMSound or DOSbox merely turns the screen black for a couple of seconds, then I end up in WinXP again.
Any tips on getting this game to run again?