I am currently receiving some incredible support on these forums from Oldman960 with regards to some virus and malware issues, I was so impressed with the support that is offered here that I thought I would see if anyone could offer any potential solutions to a small issue I have been having.
There is a very old game called Settlers 2, part of the Settlers series. Settlers 2 goes back to the days of running games from DOS and you need a program like Dosbox to actually run the game.
Whilst the expansion pack has never worked on my P.C., the issue I would love some help with is actually with the main game. The game itself runs perfectly for me, the only issue that comes up is when trying to play local multiplayer.
I am not technically proficient with P.C's, but I'll try to share all the information I know about the issues and some information on potential solutions that I didn't fully understand/ couldn't implement.
Some information about my P.C. from an OTL log;
Windows XP Professional Edition Service Pack 3 (Version = 5.1.2600) - Type = NTWorkstation
Internet Explorer (Version = 7.0.5730.13)
Locale: 00000809 | Country: United Kingdom | Language: ENG | Date Format: dd/MM/yyyy
1,014.00 Mb Total Physical Memory | 687.00 Mb Available Physical Memory | 68.00% Memory free
5.00 Gb Paging File | 5.00 Gb Available in Paging File | 96.00% Paging File free
Paging file location(s): C:\pagefile.sys 4000 4000 [binary data]
%SystemDrive% = C: | %SystemRoot% = C:\WINDOWS | %ProgramFiles% = C:\Program Files
Drive C: | 37.24 Gb Total Space | 22.36 Gb Free Space | 60.03% Space Free | Partition Type: NTFS
Drive D: | 207.75 Mb Total Space | 0.00 Mb Free Space | 0.00% Space Free | Partition Type: CDFS
Drive E: | 279.39 Gb Total Space | 197.42 Gb Free Space | 70.66% Space Free | Partition Type: FAT32
Program used to run Settlers 2 in windows;
When the game was developed, I am guessing because it was run from Dos, the computer was able to differentiate between a mouse as being Com1 and another as being Com2, thus with two mice plugged in you could control to separate pointers in the game. This meant you could play split screen with mouse 1 on the left half and mouse 2 on the right half.
Now when running it via windows, windows seems to accept both mice as inputs, but uses them both to control the one mouse pointer. As a result, the two mice fight for control over player 1's mouse and player two is uncontrolable.
Suggested and attempted solutions;
There are 2 videos on youtube for a solution to this problem.
1st video - I do not understand how he has done what he has done, nor if my P.C. has the capabilities to do this, I do know both my mice are USB mice, so I don't think this would work.
2nd video - Here he is using a mouse emulator to get the keyboard to function as a mouse, I did try this method and did successfully get my keyboard to function as a mouse (though using a different program from his I believe as I couldn't get his method to work), but alas it still controlled the first players screen and not player 2.
What I would love to get help with;
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for any methods to be able to independently control both players on this game. Settlers 2 is actually abandonware, so it is free to download the game online from various sites if anyone did want to have a play around, alternatively I can follow instructions well to make an attempt on my P.C. here.
Many thanks for any help, suggestions and time you can give to this little puzzle,
Edited by Lost Dose, 13 March 2011 - 10:55 PM.