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written by Fierymoustache on Sep 25, 2010 02:29
Hey everyone. I'm extremely stuck and in need of help. Any help anyone could give me would be highly appreciated.

I want nothing more than to play Noctis IV. My problem is that i have a x64 win7 system.

I did see that there is already a thread on this kind of thing, but I've literally tried everything in the thread, including downloading D-Fend Reloaded in order to try and make a Dosbox profile for Noctis to run it.

I need to figure out how to make this run properly in DosBox, and I'm so frustrated because I just cannot figure it out.

So, does anyone out there have either a foolproof guide as to how to get this up and running in Dosbox, or am I just up the creek without a paddle?

Thanks in advance guys!

p.s. feel free to flame me for creating a thread just for this.
written by Fierymoustache on Sep 25, 2010 03:49
apologies for the double post, but I just wanted to specify that I think my problem is actually in where I am placing noctis as far as directories and such go, although I can't be absolutely sure. Like I said before, I tried following the guide on getting it to run smoothly in dosbox, and changed everything in the dosbox settings to the suggestions in that thread. I then tried setting it to automatically start up noctis upon starting dosbox and it just wont start. I apologize for being such a nOOb.
written by Raptorjedi on Sep 25, 2010 07:56
There's four threads all about this issue (or issues relating to it), including one that has been stickied, all on the front page of this section.

written by Fierymoustache on Sep 25, 2010 13:17
Thanks for your direction to those threads RaptorJedi.

Anyway, I'm getting to the last step right before playing Noctis.

In dosbox, i get the C: drive mounted as noctis, then i go to use the command "cd noctis"
then it tells me that it's "unable to change to noctis."

Anyone know whats going on? All of my pathways and everything all seem to be correct. This is difficult being relatively new to getting things to run in dos, let alone noctis.


Thanks for any help guys.
written by Megagun on Sep 25, 2010 14:05
mount C: C:\noctis
cd modules
that should do it, provided that you installed noctis to c:\noctis
written by Fierymoustache on Sep 25, 2010 14:37
GOT IT! Thanks people.
written by Cryoburner on Sep 25, 2010 17:20
An issue you might run into when running Noctis IV in DOSBox is the performance. Unless you have a higher-end modern processor, the framerate can get unbearably low when inside the drifter near stars or on planet surfaces. DOSBox can't quite keep up with Noctis IV's demands on most computers.

If your processor supports hardware virtualization, which the majority of newer ones do, Noctis might perform much better in VirtualBox. It's probably easier to set up there as well, though with the currently available VNoctis disk image, you might start with no fuel. : P If so, you'll have to go to emergency options -> send help request from the in-game menu, and wait several minutes for an AI drifter to arrive and leave you with a small amount. Also, as I mentioned in that thread, I had a problem starting Noctis in the latest version of VirtualBox for Windows, so I went back to an earlier release. If you want to try to run it that way, I'd recommend trying VirtualBox 3.1.8 first, as that version should work. On the other hand, if Noctis performs well enough for you on planet surfaces, you can just stick with DOSBox. : )
written by Fierymoustache on Sep 25, 2010 17:45
In my hurried excitement earlier I had to rush off to play Noctis as soon as possible.
I did find it to be kind of sluggish in DOSBox.

I am going to try virtualbox, although it is yet another program I will have to trial and error my way through till I can get Noctis to run with it.

Like you said Cryoburner, the framerate takes a hit while in the drifter, especially with a lot of menus up on the glass. While I would definitely play it even with the framerate issues, I'll only resort to that if I can't get Virtualbox to work.

Anyway, thanks so much for the advice, it is much appreciated!
written by Fierymoustache on Sep 25, 2010 18:38
Upon further play, the framerate is at a crawl when in the drifter near a planet, and on a planet itself. I am going to have to go the virtualbox route.

When I'm on the roof of the drifter, no matter whats around me, the game runs lightning fast though. I saw another poster that had this as well. Strange.
i haz title: speed-g-dof
written by Speeder on Sep 25, 2010 18:51
It is not strange at all

When you are in the roof, there are no need to calculate transparency, because there are nothing between you and the planet, star, etc... So it allow a faster framerate.

When you are inside the stardrifter, the stardrifter it is transparent itself, and there are the windows (that are not completely clear).

Also on the roof of the stardrifter there are no need to calculate the internal SD lighting.
written by Fierymoustache on Sep 25, 2010 19:03
I thought it would for some reason. *facepalm*

Soooo the Virtualbox website seems to be down, I have the 3.1.8. version of Virtualbox downloaded, now i'm trying to figure out how to load this http://anynowhere.com/bb/posts.php?t=4522
into virtualbox so I can play Noctis without having a seizure due to the crazy low framerate a la' DOSBox.

I apologize for all the questions. I just wanna play this damn game.
doing pushups
written by Megagun on Sep 25, 2010 19:53
Just create a new DOS Virtual Machine and instead of creating a new harddrive, import the VNoctis one
written by Fierymoustache on Sep 26, 2010 02:50
I got it to run in Virtualbox, and it runs GREAT inside the drifter, but when i get to a planet surface, it is very slow moving. It isn't really like jolted movement...just slowwww movement.

I checked out some Noctis videos on the yootoobz, and it seems that my planet surface framerate sucks in comparison to some other people.

I'm damn near ready to actually downgrade to winXP just to have a solid OS to run Noctis at it's peak.

Good call or should I just stop complaining?
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