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« on: July 10, 2008, 12:32:32 PM »

Dark Omen runs fine on both Windows 32bit & 64bit XP/Vista/Win7/8/10 if you follow this guide, so please don't post that it doesn't work for you because it will, hehe ->

YouTube Video Guide ->

1) You must run setup.exe (not autorun) from an English/UK Version of a Dark Omen CD and install English language to C:\Program Files (x86)\  and select Maximum Full installation & Direct X 5.

2) Locate your Dark Omen folder, such as  C:\Program Files\Dark Omen or C:\Program Files (x86)\Dark Omen and rename the PRG_ENG folder to PRG_ENGOrig

3) Then download this mod pack and copy paste/extract its 3 new folders (armytmp,Mods,PRG_ENG) to your Dark Omen folder.

4) To avoid screen Flickering on Windows 7 = set your Desktop Screen Resolution to 16bit colour and for Win8.1/10 open your new PRG_ENG folder in C:\Program Files (x86)\Dark Omen\ and right click on the new Win8.1/10 & 3d enabled EngRel.exe -> Properties and set its compatibility settings by pressing Change settings for all Users to Run As Administrator, 640x480 and to run in 16bit colours

5) Copy the Movies folder from your Dark Omen Cd and paste into your newly installed Dark Omen folder. Start the game by double clicking on EngRel.exe and go straight to Dark Omen's in game options and Turn OFF coloured cursors and choose to run in CPU mode unless you have a high end expensive NVidia/ATI(AMD) graphics card to try 3D mode.

Fixes ->

Any problems Turn Off User Account Control, Reboot PC and repeat steps 1 -4.

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If Dark Omen still doesn't work it means that you haven't followed the guide and the game hasn't installed the correct registry settings. So install these Registry settings depending on your version of Windows, by double clicking on them after extraction/unzipping. They can also be found in the Mod Pack folder.

Windows 64bit
Windows 32bit

Check your Registry Settings look like these -> Start -> Regedit

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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2016, 11:08:57 PM »


1) Flickering Screen = See Step 4 and means you haven't set Desktop Screen Resolution to 16bit colour on Win 7 or on Win 8.1/10 Set 16bit colour in compatibility mode on the new ENGREL.exe (modified for Win8.1/10 and 3d mode).  Otherwise your Dark Omen didn't install properly and you need to import the Registry keys in Step 5  or User Account Control is still turned on.

2) Turn off User Account Control in Control Panel otherwise you will have to Run As Admin in compatibility mode on ENGREL.exe and Run Game Ranger As Admin in compatibility mode.

3) If you find the Game won't install on Win 10 =  When running the Setup.exe you will have to do following:
a) Open your Task Manager
b) Goto Detailed View
c) Right Click the Setup.exe process
d) Click Analyze Waiting list (My Windows ain't English, but I guess that should be the name)
e) You will see a box with Setup.exe and some other processes below it, mark the processor below it and select "Terminate/close App, or whatever it says in English)
f) Do this again and again, until there are no more processes that are in the queue before the Setup.exe and your Installation will begin.

4) Try Alt Tabbing out of the game and back in again if the mouse doesn't work

5) If you receive error message "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000022)" then enable Direct Play
    by going to Control Panel ->  Programs and Features -> Add/Remove Windows Features -> Legacy Components and Tick  DirectPlay

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6) Compare your NVidia settings

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Unfortunately 3d mode only works with high end graphics cards such as ATI & NVidia GTX range. However, you can try using the dgvoodoo 2.45 emulator

Copy and paste the dgVoodooSetup.exe, MS D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll into your Dark Omen PRG_ENG folder

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and Rob found pcem also works


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« Last Edit: October 22, 2017, 02:18:01 PM by olly » Logged

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