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scott27349
02-12-2003, 08:46 AM
how hard would it be to change win 9x programs so they would run on nt based os's? have always wonderd this because iv got like 40 programs i cant use no more because i upgraded to win 2000 pro.i also have a $250 video card i cant use no more because of this.would the big thing be memory management?i saw in another thread about someone injecting a dll into a game, after watching the proces of it.could a general program be written to change a program? i guess that would be impossible, taking into account all the differant programming styles.just imagine how much a program like that would be worth. imaging all the people that have games and such that they like, but cant use no more.

Travis Dane
02-12-2003, 09:01 AM
A 250$ videocard? And it's not working on NT? That doesn't
right, What videocard is it? Anyway, I doubt there will be a
simple solution as a program converter to use Win9X programs
under NT simply because NT's kernel is different (more structured,
seperated memory etc.).

scott27349
02-12-2003, 09:06 AM
actualy its a video capture card made by stb, the best iv ever used. anyways, stb went out of business, 3dfx picked it up, they updated the drivers for it, but only have the functions work.it will capture, but the fm radio and the tv part doesnt work.i liked the radio part, i used it a lot when i was on here, it took my mind off of other things so i could stay focused. and just as a note, how many people on here have old programs that they cant use anymore?

Travis Dane
02-12-2003, 09:10 AM
Originally posted by scott27349
how many people on here have old programs that they cant use anymore?

I lost my music with Blood:(

Govtcheez
02-12-2003, 09:15 AM
>i also have a $250 video card i cant use no more because of this

No, you can't use your video card because the manufacturer got bought by someone that went out of business a couple years ago. Try to look for new drivers (http://www.driverscollection.com/main.php?Vendor=STB), I guess, but my best advice would be to buy a new one.

scott27349
02-12-2003, 09:18 AM
what if i had the source code? would it be impossible to change?

RoD
02-12-2003, 09:23 AM
Sorry to tell you, but my V5 is worth more than that, and its like 30.00 now lol.

It would be very very very difficult to change, do as hammer suggested and look.

scott27349
02-12-2003, 09:54 AM
hammer? whos hammer? i didnt see a post by a hammer. did i miss it?

Govtcheez
02-12-2003, 10:00 AM
I think he was talking about me.

Ignore RoD - he's the village idiot 'round here. ;)

adrianxw
02-12-2003, 10:20 AM
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how hard would it be to change win 9x programs so they would run on nt based os's?
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Not terribly difficult, in fact, most will compile/run without modification. What problems are you having? If you mean drivers and such, that's a different game, see the above posts.

Travis Dane
02-12-2003, 11:19 AM
Din't NT had some kind of backward compatibility system?

RoD
02-12-2003, 01:25 PM
i finally have an official title

-=SoKrA=-
02-12-2003, 01:56 PM
Originally posted by scott27349
what if i had the source code? would it be impossible to change?
windows.h is souposed to compile to work depending on the OS it's compiled in (based on the few looks I've made into it). If you're having problems I image it's not standard (using windows.h) so if you compile them again in NT it might work.
If you have the source code give it a try compiling again. Who knows, it might even work...

Waldo2k2
02-12-2003, 05:08 PM
my advice, install win98 or something onto another partition, don't mess with the backwards compatability stuff for winxp/2000, cause some stuff written for 9x is EXPLICITLY for 9x, and will seriously f up an nt box. You'll have less headaches with a duel boot than you will trying to recompile (if the source is not yours as it seems to be the case)