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Archon Ultra - SSI (1995)
Tested By: Ancientleech

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
100% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.73 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
100% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.70 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
28% (runnable)
  DOSBox version: 0.61 (runnable)


Works flawlessly on DOSBox 0.70 (2007-07-13 17:22) galneon
Everything above is no longer necessary as of version 0.70. No additional setup or modifications is required, just be sure to install using DOSBox and 15000 cycles. I've only tested using the 1.1 version of the game.
DOSbox 0.63 works: use these settings EXACTLY and hope (2005-10-22 02:08) krzysz2471
This forum completely blows because you can't post a dosbox.conf to help people.

Instead I will post elsewhere a dosbox.conf file for this game that I just spent hours tweaking. It works just great for me. If you change anything other than the fullresolution and scaler than your mileage may vary. The steps are:

Patch Archon Ultra to 1.1.

Replace DOS/4GW with DOS32A like everyone says.

Change the [AUTOEXEC] portion of the dosbox.conf file to reflect your folder structure but make sure and start the game through the [AUTOEXEC] portion of the dosbox.conf file and use the LOADFIX and switch /S:SBLASTER with it like it says in the file.

I wish you luck!

Go to http://warsawpact.org/archonultradosboxconf.txt
How to make it work with 0.63 version, with sound (2005-07-11 12:01) bugger
Used the underdogs version, applied patch found commonly on the net (google it).
I used D-Fend, and dos32a.
Settings: run the new exe file made by patch (archon1.exe) with parameter /S:SBLASTER, use loadfix. 8mb of dos memory, no xms. initally 8000 cycles (later can be increased), normal cpu core.
Sound: type, sbpro2 and raise all rates to 44100.
Good luck, and post if you have improvements of these settings
Finally runable in 0.63! (2004-12-16 03:14) LWC
But you must do the following: 1) Use DOS32A. 2) Have "core=dynamic" in the conf. 3) Specify just enough cycles to reach 100% cpu usage (but NOT more!) - you can, of course, lower it after the game has successfully loaded. 4) Use absolutely NO parameters (not even /s:sblaster). It's not perfect and has speed problems, but it works.
Enabling The Sound (2004-11-28 06:30) LWC
Replace the "archon.exe"'s internal DOS4GW with Sourceforge's free DOS32A (using DOS32A's "sb.exe" - the forum has more detailed help on the DOS32A applications).

Note that you must still start the game with the parameter "/s:sblaster".

This worked on 0.61 (the game is broken in 0.62-3).
Final solution (2004-09-18 02:29) Jolaes
Okay, I was partly wrong BUT IT IS I who found
out what to do... :) I sum it up for you again:

1. reconfigure DosBox with these settings:

machine=vga
memsize=8 (4 is also OK)
core=normal
mixer=44100 (because game sound is 32 kHz!)
ems=false
modem=false

2. launch Archon Ultra 1.1a in DosBox:
"archon /S:SBLASTER"

Voila, IT WORKS!
EVEN ON WIERD AMDs CONFIGS ! :D
Jolases is wrong (2004-08-31 09:53) LWC
The game CAN'T save its settings, even when you save the chess board.
So obviously disabling the sound & music is only for the CURRENT game.
And as soon as you re-launch the game with "/s:sblaster", it gets stuck again.
Archon Ultra 1.1a and Dosbox 0.61 (2004-06-24 10:41) Jolaes
Sorry for the last comment, I made two mistakes,here is the correction:
1st: it is version 1.1a that works well (because it has a standalone DOS4GW extender),
2nd: you also need to specify 8 or 4 megabyte machine in dosbox.conf (memsize=8) !
Sorry once again.
Archon Ultra (2004-06-04 07:40) Jolaes
Archon Ultra 1.0 runs well on my machine,
the patched version 1.1 terminates on startup.

Version 1.0 works well under XP with these Dosbox parameters:

core=normal
ems=false
modem=false

You will also need much more "CPU cycles" than the default. (I went up to 12000 on a P4 3.2 Ghz machine)
Reducing "blocksize" to 1024 is also advisable.

VERY IMPORTANT !!!!!
RUN THE GAME WITHOUT SOUND ONCE ("ARCHON.EXE /S:SILENT"), and disable Sounds and Music in the game menu. Exit game, and run it again (type "ARCHON.EXE /S:SBLASTER").
Works in 0.6.1 (without sound + virtual modem) (2004-04-15 05:45) LWC
Ok, it's like this: you MUST use parameters or it can't start at all.
Although it gets stuck in the main screen if you use the SB parameter (i.e. /s:SBLASTER),
It works perfectly if you use the no sound parameter (i.e. /s:SILENT)!

Also, the virtual modem works, but only a couple of minutes for some reason.
Note: (2004-02-23 02:44) Ancientleech
VGA Palette is messed up to the point of not making sense.



Compatibility statistics (3881 games in database)
Version: Games broken: Games runnable: Games playable: Games supported:
DOSBox 0.74-2 (961) 41 (4.27%) 20 (2.08%) 36 (3.75%) 864 (89.91%)
DOSBox 0.73 (619) 14 (2.26%) 13 (2.10%) 13 (2.10%) 579 (93.54%)
DOSBox 0.72 (710) 41 (5.77%) 20 (2.82%) 28 (3.94%) 621 (87.46%)
DOSBox 0.71 (152) 28 (18.42%) 5 (3.29%) 7 (4.61%) 112 (73.68%)
DOSBox 0.70 (944) 21 (2.22%) 13 (1.38%) 30 (3.18%) 880 (93.22%)
DOSBox 0.65 (714) 35 (4.90%) 26 (3.64%) 39 (5.46%) 614 (85.99%)
DOSBox 0.63 (912) 75 (8.22%) 43 (4.71%) 45 (4.93%) 749 (82.13%)
DOSBox 0.62 (391) 54 (13.81%) 24 (6.14%) 27 (6.91%) 286 (73.15%)
DOSBox 0.61 (998) 87 (8.72%) 58 (5.81%) 68 (6.81%) 785 (78.66%)
DOSBox 0.60 (768) 109 (14.19%) 67 (8.72%) 72 (9.38%) 520 (67.71%)
DOSBox 0.58 (1141) 263 (23.05%) 14 (1.23%) 19 (1.67%) 845 (74.06%)






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