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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Purple and green color, resolution fix for old school games

How to fix old games running on Windows 7 from schowing up in purple and green colors, Age of Empires, StarCraft, etc.

StarCraft Classic with the blotchy purple and green resolution problems.

Having a newer computer is always a nice asset for gaming, so we like to think, right? There's just one problem... being a cool hipster and all, you want to play some of those retro and old school games you used to play as a kid, the only thing is the game companies do not update those games anymore and you are in a completely upgraded hardware era.

This is for those games that have purple, green or even blue blotchy areas and seem to be distorted due to resolution or graphics problems.

Now, there are probably a few different ways to fix these types of display issues with older games, but the one I am writing about isn't one of those difficult registry tweaks or the kill explorer trick, those are really tedious fixes and require in-depth computer knowledge, which we do not always have the time to research. As much as I'd love to make things difficult, I am not going that route.

The fix is a neat little tool dubbed "DirectDraw Compatibility Tool" created by a Russian programmer named Лёха Galogen, it applies a one time registry entry for the game you want to fix. All you have to do is download the program and run it, it's pretty simple to use, just find the executable of the game...

C:\Program Files (x86)\StarCraft\StarCraft.exe

Then, click apply, all done. No more blotchy colors or resolution errors, play the game with nice DirectDraw support. This tool works on both 64 bit and 32bit operating systems, the latest version as of 04/03/2012 is 1.01.

DirectDraw Compatibility Tool (Software)

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