I have been playing SMAC since it came out, 20 years. I finally got round to playing on the hardest level and, late game (just about GravShip), it looks like I have a chance to win.

However, the game is now crashing, and I would suspect a resource problem.

Except, I have been playing exclusively on huge map of planet since the start, when my PC probably had only a few MB of RAM. My current laptop has 32 gB, which ought to be enough.

The only time i previously saw this for 5 years of so back when I made a custom sized map which was larger than the huge map, so I now stick to huge & have never once had a problem with the huge map until now.

I booted into safe ore, but terranx.exe won't run. I have tried a fresh boot, then kill a few processes, but with 32gB of RAM for a 1999 game, there ought not to be a resource problem - unless it is a 32 bit thing.

Any ideas how I can finish this game?

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    Do you know how much RAM the game is using when you load your map? For a game made in 1999, it's highly likely to be that 32-bit thing. See if you get near the 2GB limit for 32-bit applications. It could also be a number of other issues, bad asset, etc. That game for me was always somewhat unstable, but I was playing the Mac port. – Troyen Aug 20 '19 at 8:20
  • Strange! I loaded the auto-save from one year previously, and task manager shows the game using only 33.1mB – Mawg says reinstate Monica Aug 20 '19 at 8:25
  • Total memory usage 23% – Mawg says reinstate Monica Aug 20 '19 at 8:54

There are several possible causes:

  1. Your system may not have all necessary patches, listed here — namely, smacp4e and smacxp103fus;
  2. There are some old builds that cause crashes when an Air interceptor-capable unit is set to Sentry on a friendly base (Shift+L), that base get attacked by an enemy's bomber, and your unit automatically stands up for protection. The symptom is that the crash occurs during the AI move, and you don't really see at what moment it crashes (link, link).
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  • Thanks a 1,000,000 for the patches If, for some reason they don't help I guess I will buy it (again) from Steam & hope that they have an updated version – Mawg says reinstate Monica Aug 21 '19 at 12:47
  • It can be bought form Good Old Games. I found the first patch, but not smacxp103fus :-( – Mawg says reinstate Monica Aug 21 '19 at 16:11
  • But GOG has a "keep game up to date" option, so no patching should be necessary – Mawg says reinstate Monica Aug 24 '19 at 7:04

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