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    I got a copy of theme park fro my birthday, and I've sat here for about 2 hours this morning trying in vain to install it.

    The minimum requirements are for 95, and I've got XP, and basically I'm just stuck. I can get to one screen, but I can't physically play the game.

    I've been after this for years, and now I've got it and I can't play it!

    If anyone could help it would be really really really appreciated. In fact, Rep for anyone who can get it working.

    Thankyou

    Becki
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    tried running it in compatibility mode?
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    It's not the old original copy of theme park is it? Like the one that requires a 486 minimum or something?

    If it is, mine used to run at like double speed on any computer above 200MHz...

    If it's the later Theme Park World you'll be ok though
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    Microsoft Link (see about half way down page)

    Give this a go. If this doesn't work, then, unfortunatley, it's quite a complex proceedure to get it all running.

    Good Luck.
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    There is also another problem, the way Theme Park works it uses the processsors clock cycles to calculate the games speed, the game was designed when a 33Mhz 486 was state of the art. Now of course our PCs are running at 2000Mhz+.

    I read some where that even a 300Mhz PC would have trouble playing it.

    Then of course it was written for MS-DOS and not Windows or NTFS. I have a cracked copy of Transport Tycoon which plays perfectly but the core has been modified to allow this.

    If you want to play games like this have you thought about buying an old 486 laptop?
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    Try DosBox?
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    (Original post by python05)
    Try DosBox?
    I probably should have mentioned that I know basically nothing about computers...
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    (Original post by pixiepeep)
    I got a copy of theme park fro my birthday, and I've sat here for about 2 hours this morning trying in vain to install it.

    The minimum requirements are for 95, and I've got XP, and basically I'm just stuck. I can get to one screen, but I can't physically play the game.

    I've been after this for years, and now I've got it and I can't play it!

    If anyone could help it would be really really really appreciated. In fact, Rep for anyone who can get it working.

    Thankyou

    Becki
    Use compatibility mode... (Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Program Compatibility Wizard). The "Disable visual themes" button can help, especially if you have graphics problems. Try any of them though... Windows 95, 640x480, 256 colour etc. Perhaps first have all of those options on then if it doesn't work then the game won't work at all with compatibility mode... if it does work switch the options off one by one so you can figure out which one it is making the game work.

    Good luck. Alternatively... there's always Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 or 3
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    Just install win98 or something... on a different partition. Most of my Dos games work fine with 98 on a 2.5GHz P4.
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    (Original post by Camford)
    Just install win98 or something... on a different partition. Most of my Dos games work fine with 98 on a 2.5GHz P4.
    I've got 98 on my computer upstairs, but it still works at what I can only call Hyperspeed... I managed to get it working on XP, but it was too fast still
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    There are cpu hogging programms that can hog processor time... which basically slow your computer down.
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    dosbox is the way to go its fully supported with it,
    runs fine for me
    go here and download and install it
    http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/d...r.exe?download

    its a dos emulator, its pretty easy to use, you basically 'mount' the game onto it and then run it in dosbox
    this is the FAQ its pretty usefull although if you have any other questions i can probably answer them.
    http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php
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    (Original post by OldPanda)
    dosbox is the way to go its fully supported with it,
    runs fine for me
    go here and download and install it
    http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/d...r.exe?download

    its a dos emulator, its pretty easy to use, you basically 'mount' the game onto it and then run it in dosbox
    this is the FAQ its pretty usefull although if you have any other questions i can probably answer them.
    http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php
    I can't get it to get to the setup screen. I've set my cd drive as the local directory ( I think that was the right thing to do :confused: ) but it wont get any further than that

    My game is on CD rather than saved on the computer, I guess that's fairly standard.

    I just don't know how to get it running
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    I said it would be too fast but people just ignored that comment.
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    (Original post by pixiepeep)
    I can't get it to get to the setup screen. I've set my cd drive as the local directory ( I think that was the right thing to do :confused: ) but it wont get any further than that

    My game is on CD rather than saved on the computer, I guess that's fairly standard.

    I just don't know how to get it running
    you need to install the game and then point dos box to the location you saved it on the hard disc.
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    (Original post by AT82)
    I said it would be too fast but people just ignored that comment.
    You can slow DosBox down I got 1986 tetris working on my laptop!!!
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    (Original post by pixiepeep)
    I got a copy of theme park fro my birthday, and I've sat here for about 2 hours this morning trying in vain to install it.

    The minimum requirements are for 95, and I've got XP, and basically I'm just stuck. I can get to one screen, but I can't physically play the game.

    I've been after this for years, and now I've got it and I can't play it!

    If anyone could help it would be really really really appreciated. In fact, Rep for anyone who can get it working.

    Thankyou

    Becki


    hi, i cant even get to the install screen and i have no idea what to do i have tried everything i know and i know a bit. i was just wondering if anyone could help me

    i click "install" and it goes into msdos but it comes up with many errors


    thx

    grant
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    (Original post by zakubos)
    hi, i cant even get to the install screen and i have no idea what to do i have tried everything i know and i know a bit. i was just wondering if anyone could help me

    i click "install" and it goes into msdos but it comes up with many errors


    thx

    grant
    omg u have the same problem as well?

    my soln: get an old computer and install it on that.
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