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written by Speedshift on Jan 19, 2012 05:56
I've tried using this, but it locks up completely when I try to chose a star. Any idea what might be causing this?
Also, when I try to use the GOES net, it keeps giving me a message that I don't have sufficient memory...
ah didn't learn anything!
written by Selbio on Jan 19, 2012 08:45
Are you trying to play NICE, vanilla Noctis, or NIV+?
written by Logicalerror on Jan 20, 2012 12:20
NICE always whines about memory.
written by Speedshift on Jan 21, 2012 07:16
I've tried all three, and get the same result. I wouldn't have thought that memory would be an issue...
written by Cryoburner on Jan 21, 2012 12:46
Memory is only an issue because these are DOS apps, and are only able to access 640 kB of memory at most. The exact amount of available memory can vary based on DOS drivers and other things resident in that limited memory. Noctis left some room to spare, but NICE requires a bit more.

When you say it 'freezes' when you go to choose a star, do you mean that everything completely freezes at you aren't able to move, or you just aren't able to access any of the controls within the stardrifter? When chosing a target, you need to point at it and double-click, so make sure you're doing that.

If you are experiencing out of memory errors, you might try the Windows port of Noctis IV CE (DWNoctis). It's no longer 'supported', is incompatible with the standard star map, and has some additional bugs, but it should get around the DOS memory limitations.
written by Speedshift on Jan 21, 2012 23:27
Thankyou for you reply! Yes, I have been using the DWNoctis.exe version in the meantime. It works rather well, though, as you noted, does have some bugs.
The main reason I wanted to try to get the boot working was to be able to play the original as it was intended. As for the 'freezes' it would probably be beneficial of me to clarify:
Upon clicking 'select remote target', the game then fails to operate correctly. It freezes temporarily, and then minimal mouse function returns. If I try to look left or right, it jerks around in unintended directions, and then freezes again. Attempting to double click a star is completely inoperable.
I'm not too upset about it, I've been playing Noctis on and off for about 5 years now, and on my previous machines it worked. I finally decided to connect with the community, but won't be able to contribute much without a supported star map.
Thankyou all for your support!
written by Mopedslug on Mar 26, 2012 20:32
Same thing happens to me.. Any ideas anyone? I've finally managed to get the game working again after two years with a win7 pc.. (I run it on my EEE with Eeebuntu, on which I figured it would work after the release of the boot disc.. And it sort of does.. My HP win7 won't allow for selective booting...)
written by Mopedslug on Mar 27, 2012 07:22
It turns out that I can fix the bug by moving slowly when "browsing" stars.. The GOES.net works with a small delay....
Omg I'm back in Noctis! Soo sweet
ah didn't learn anything!
written by Selbio on Mar 27, 2012 19:53
Mopedslug said:
It turns out that I can fix the bug by moving slowly when "browsing" stars.. The GOES.net works with a small delay....
Omg I'm back in Noctis! Soo sweet

oh no was that a one-word post oh no oh no maybe emoticons count as words too
written by Insistent on Apr 29, 2012 16:10
I got the game working with the disk image for my 8gb stick, but the problem is that my mouse wont work, i cant control my character, any idea?
written by Cryoburner on Apr 30, 2012 01:08
Does the DOS distribution used for the Noctis boot disk include a USB mouse driver?

Most motherboards include an option for legacy USB mouse and keyboard support, so that the motherboard can report their input as if it came from the mouse port. Enabling this in the BIOS will likely fix the problem, if it isn't enabled already.
written by Insistent on Apr 30, 2012 01:51
The legacy usb thing is enabled on bios, and a CuteMouse driver appear to be installed in COM1 when i boot on the usb stick on dos.
written by Different55 on Dec 08, 2014 07:12
All links here are dead. I have another version (based off of vNoctis, which uses FreeDOS) but I need people to review it and vouch for it since I'm new here. Or if anyone has a copy of this lying around, you could upload that.

Also, you can get around the memory errors you get with NICE by using the HIMEM and XMS drivers, which gives DOS access to all your RAM as extended memory.
written by Przem on Dec 08, 2014 09:38
I might have a solution for this (although untested with Noctis, but it should run).

Head here: http://chtaube.eu/computers/freedos/bootable-usb/ read the page and download then write the appropriate image to your pendrive. All the info you need is provided on that page.

Be advised that is it more convenient if you have a pendrive of the size the images are, because writing smaller image to a bigger drive will overwrite its partition table with a smaller one thus making any surplus amount unusable and should you ever need that pendrive in full size - you will have to do some gparted kungfu to rebuild its partition table.

I have done this for some old dos games for my terminal and works like a charm - Duke 3D, TTD, Rally - anything runs just fine with one of the memory config presets included in the image.
Installing Noctis or its mod (if it is a proper dos app, I've played mods years ago and I don't remember. Vanilla is my thing to play.) is as easy as extracting the archive and copying the files to your pendrive.
written by Different55 on Dec 08, 2014 23:53
Didn't work out, at least on my computer. NIV+ refused to even start up. I'd navigate to C:\NIVPLUS\MODULES, run noctis.exe, and sit there watching my flash drive blink the way it does during read operations for about 5 minutes before I hit the power button. I tried both with and with all the available driver setups and none of them made a difference. :/

Would you mind giving it a try to see if it works for you?
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