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Hi, everyone.

I'm new to these forums so please excuse me if this is not the right place to post this.


When running the RA1 with pure ddraw (http://hifi.iki.fi/cnc-ddraw/) no items appear on the building sidebar. I know the project is probably in an abandoned state, still by some posts I understand many people use it, so maybe someone has seen this problem before.


This happens ONLY when I run RA1 directly with ddraw in RA's main dir. If I delete ddraw.dll or run RA via ra95-303-hires-launcher-alpha2.exe (with ddraw) all works just fine. ra95-hires is great, but still pure ddraw offers the unique possibility to run the game in windowed mode or under emulated low res that I'm interested in.


I saw there was another project called Arda (http://www.stuffhost.de/files/redalert/arda.html) which embeds both hires and ddraw mods, but so far I couldn't make it run stably since as soon as I start any mission the game freezes after a few seconds (probably similar issue described in http://cnc-comm.com/community/index.php?topic=889.0).


Any suggestions on the solution to the bug or different settings/setup recommendations?


My RA1 installation:

- Windows 7 x64

- MIX Cleaner applied (http://nyerguds.arsaneus-design.com/cncstuff/tfd_ra_main_patch.rar)

- RA1 TFD v3.03 (http://nyerguds.arsaneus-design.com/cncstuff/ra303patch.exe)

- ddraw.dll (http://hifi.iki.fi/cnc-ddraw/ddraw.dll)


Thanks and regards



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seems weird. what happens if you launch RA95.hires..... -w 640 -h 400    ?


what videocard do you use?




you can and *MUST* use the hires with the cnc-ddraw.


Anyway, if you are only getting this issue with ddraw, you can disable it by deleting ddraw.dll, and add Win98 compatibility with the game to avoid crash.


*DO NOT EVER* use compatibility with cnc-ddraw.



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