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28-09-2005, 10:55 AM
I'm 15 Years old and I was looking through my old games I had and my little brother found Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? and he really wanted to play it! So I went to install it and a window popped up saying:
16 Bit Windows Subsystem (Title of WIndow)
An Installable virtual Device Driver failed DLL initialization.
Choose 'Close' to terminate the application.

I press 'Ignore' then another window pops up saying:
16 Bit Windows Subsystem (Title of Window)
The system file is not suitable for running applications. Choose 'Close to terminate the application.

What do I do? Is there a solution? :confused:
Thanks for the help!
P.S Also I have Windows XP

28-09-2005, 11:28 AM
A quick Google turned up the following:

You get a DOS Virtual Device Driver failure after you install a program which generates one of the following error messages. If you ignore the message, the program may or may not run. The problem is caused by the program corrupting the VDD value.

16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem
drive:\program path
XXXX. An installable Virtual Device Driver failed DLL initialization. Choose 'Close' to terminate the application.


16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem
drive:\program path
SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\VirtualDeviceDriv ers. VDD. Virtual Device Driver format in the registry is invalid. Choose 'Close' to terminate the application.
You can resolve the problem by deleting the value, followed by readding the value.

Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\VirtualDeviceDriv ers
Name: VDD

Delete the value. When you re-add VDD, when the multi-string editor appears with a blank entry. Leave the entry blank and click OK This should resolve the problem. The problem shows up on Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems. It can occur in Windows NT if someone (or some program) deletes the VDD value.

Edited - Cos I spose I should ask if you know how to edit the registry :)

28-09-2005, 11:46 AM
Go and get DOSbox (http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/news.php?show_news=1) it a DOS emulator which supports Carmen Sandeigo.
See Here. (http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/comp_list.php?letter=W) FAQ for it is Here (http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php)

Mods, am I allowed to post the above?

28-09-2005, 12:29 PM
Thanks for the help but I am not sure on how to work the DOSbox software! Could someone explain it to me? Thanks

28-09-2005, 12:43 PM
Oops, I forgot. Go get the DFend front end...
http://members.home.nl/mabus/ ...
It gives you a gui to work.

28-09-2005, 12:47 PM
The Installation instructions are here (http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php?page=Basic+Setup+and+Installation+of+Dos Box)

14-10-2005, 01:39 PM
I am having similar problems, however with a different game. I already got DOSBox and set it up as instructed. However, it refuses to install from a cd rom, always saying that it is an illegal command. Does DOSBox only work with downloaded games or something?