I'm trying to play X-Wing Alliance on my Windows XP with Core 2 Quad Q6600 and GeForce 8800GT, but I have to disable all graphics acceleration and I'm still getting major rendering glitches. Did anyone manage to properly configure this game (and/or the system) to run on modern hardware? If not, which virtual machine will most likely support this game?


You'll probably need to play around with XWA Hacker, from a guy named Reimar. You can obtain it at the XWA Upgrade forums. The thread I linked to has to do with graphical glitches, which sounds like what you want.

I believe I had this working a few years ago on my machine, so I think it's possible.

Another path you could take is to try emulating it through DOSBox or virtualizing an older operating system. One of those should work well for you.

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This may be a little off topic, but yesterday I successfully started X-WING in a MS-DOS 6.22 virtual machine, set up with VMWare Player. At first I tried VirtualBox but EMM386 didn't work properly. With VMWare I had no problem to configure the OS to have enough memory to start the game. I assume X-Wing Alliance would run with VMWare too. Of course you may stumble across other issues than me. Let us know how you did it in the end.

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  • Yep, most Virtual Machines will help you with running old games, I've used VirtualBox for running SimGolf and Theme Hospital - I think GOG distribute their copy of Theme Hospital with DOSBOX as their method of getting it to run on modern OSes as well... – kalina Nov 26 '12 at 14:01
  • This morning I installed and ran XWA on WinXP that was modified to run on Win7. I have no idea what the modification is, but I could play the game without obvious graphics issues. But I don't have such an up-to-date GPU. – Kai K. Nov 28 '12 at 8:24
  • Yes, I'd agree this is off topic. Even though X-Wing might have a lot of value history and story wise, from the perspective of non story random clashes is largely rendered obsolete by X-Wing Alliance, and so this answer is a little bit noisy here. However the suggestion is fine. – 205822 Sep 15 '19 at 11:34

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