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written by Gogibor on Apr 18, 2008 23:18
Hi!. Fisrtly I'm sorry about my English as it'isn't my native language. So, does anyone knows a way to run Noctis on a vista computer? I get a error window with 'cannot run in fullscreen mode'. I've also tried to run it with dos box, but I get a error window with 'cannot run in dos mode'... Thanks
written by Bensel on Apr 19, 2008 00:04
Looks like the same problem as http://anywherebb.com/postline/posts.php?t=3390 . To summarize: download NICE and run dwnoctis.exe.

edit: Also, welcome!
written by Cryoburner on Apr 19, 2008 00:16
After downloading NICE 11.x from the Noctis IV CE releases thread, you should also install the most recent beta patch from here, since it improves the Windows version quite a bit. You can make it fullscreen by making a shortcut to it with --fullscreen at the end of its target address.

Hmm... this is the third time I've repeated this in the last week or so. Maybe I should get around to starting that Noctis FAQ thread I suggested half a year ago. : P
written by Gogibor on Apr 19, 2008 17:09
Ok, it works ! thanks !
written by Norman on Feb 08, 2009 01:02
Hello everybody. This is my first message.

I have Vista and Noctis NICE installed.

DWNoctis works, but the screen is almost too small, and is located at the upper left corner of the computer-screen, and I can't move it to the centre of the computer-screen, because I can't move the mouse as long as the game is activated (unless I press "Esc" by exiting).

I'm worthless when it comes to stuff like this, so what exactly do you mean by "You can make it fullscreen by making a shortcut to it with --fullscreen at the end of its target address."

What is the target adress? Am I supposed to add text to something?

Anyone's answer is fine with me, as long as I can play it in fullscreen.

I have a laptop, by the way (if it matters).

Thank you (anyone) for your time.
rose pony is best pony
written by Starchaser on Feb 08, 2009 01:50
The only way (That I know of) to make that little window bigger is to make your desktop resolution 800X600 or lower.

Alternatively you could use the windows magnifying glass/ But I don't think that will work to good.
written by Cryoburner on Feb 08, 2009 11:44
That's terrible advice, Starchaser. : P

The most recent version of NICE, currently 11.6a, available from the Noctis IV CE Releases thread, should be able to run fullscreen. You shouldn't even have to mess with adding a --fullscreen argument on your own, since this has already been done for you. Just start it by opening DWNoctis_fullscreen.bat rather than DWNoctis.exe. This should make it fill your screen rather than appearing in a tiny window.

If that does not work, then your screen or video hardware most likely has some incompatibility with NICE's fullscreen mode. Your only option then will be to temporarily drop your Desktop resolution to 640x480, which will allow it to fill most of the screen. This can be done automatically by using Windows compatibility settings. In XP, right click DWNoctis.exe and selet 'Properties'. Switch to the 'Compatibility' tab, and place a check mark in the box next to 'Run in 640x480 screen resolution". Windows should switch to that resolution when the program is run, and return to your normal desktop resolution when you close it. I should note that when testing this on my system just now, Windows did not return to my normal resolution on it's own, so I had to manually set it back. Of course, you won't have to mess with any of this if you use the latest version with the fullscreen shortcut. : )
rose pony is best pony
written by Starchaser on Feb 08, 2009 12:32
Well I wasn't informed of a new version...
Or I have just started ignoring new NICE releases. :\
written by Cryoburner on Feb 08, 2009 13:19
It was released 6 months ago. : P

By the way, I mentioned how to get to the compatibility tab in XP, but it should be the same for Vista. I just didn't have a Vista machine on hand to test it on. : )
written by Norman on Feb 08, 2009 14:58
Starchaser, Cryoburner, thank you both!

I'll try out the 11.6a.

What's the difference between NICE and the original?

Is it the same game, but with updates?

Thanks!
rose pony is best pony
written by Starchaser on Feb 08, 2009 15:17
NICE has some extra features that Noctis doesn't have.
And of course extra computability with Vista.

I don't use it myself so I don't know many of them.
I know one cool feature is continued exploration. So when you reach the invisible wall instead of being stuck and having to go back to your ship and move over to the next region you will automatically move into the next region. There is also a jetpack for faster travel.
journeyman
written by Stargazer on Feb 08, 2009 17:56
You could always get a X58 motherboard and a Intel Core i7 965 CPU, overclock it to around the ballbark of 4.0 GHz, pair it with 6-12 gigs of RAM (and 64 bit Vista to take advantage of it), and then you should be able to run vanilla Noctis quite smoothly in DosBox.

Just sayin'.

It is probably cheaper to try DWNoctis, though. Unfortunatly, I am still having compatibility and stability problems running that myself, but you might be luckier.
written by Cryoburner on Feb 08, 2009 19:45
NICE is a modified version of Noctis, featuring a lot of changes and additions, most of which were added by Megagun and Shadowlord. One thing to note is that it uses a different Starmap from the one in Nocts, so if you name or write comments on any planets, and submit them, they'll only be included with a future NICE inbox, rather than the official Noctis one.

From a planetary features standpoint, there are new terrain types, more varied trees, a few new animal types, and some minor graphical tweaks. There are also a number of new tools and controls including alternate vision modes, a jetpack, the ability to check terrain type before landing, and much more. A more extensive list of controls can be found in-game by pressing F1. You'll see different controls depending on whether yoou are on a planet's surface or onboard your stardrifter.

NICE also fixes a number of bugs found in the original Noctis, but it introduces a few more as well. NICE is more prone to crashing, and there's an issue with some terrain features like hills randomly appearing and disappearing at times. Maybe someday, someone, somewhere will fix those things. : P
written by Norman on Feb 08, 2009 20:44
Hate to be a pain in the arse, but when I start the game - DWNoctis_fullscreen - it reads that I need a direct x 7, or higher. But when I check on my computer which version I have, it (the computer) says DirectX 10.

What am I doing wrong?

Thanks!

journeyman: lol.
hello! :) felysian
written by Hello! :) on Feb 08, 2009 20:46
Your video card may not be able to support the resolution 320x240 / 320x200 (I forget which).
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