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MS-DOS "The Need for Speed SE" (1996) installation OK, but not launching


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I followed the instructions in this official video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqJg5XH80pw very carefully after trying to follow the instructions I found in this more specific non-official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-Ifhb0KYIM

It occurred to me that my CD may have some form of copy protection when I watched the official video, as I repeatedly came across problems including a failed CUE file creation error and stalling/freezing of LaunchBox when trying to copy CD contents to my C drive. After some searching, I realised this CUE file was critical to getting my BIN file to work. As suggested in the official video I opted not to copy the CD contents to my hard drive and instead use the CD each time I play, circumventing the BIN and CUE file problems.

The installation went well, and exactly as pictured in the non-official video, but when trying to launch The Need for Speed SE (1996) with LaunchBox following a successful installation, DOS Box would open and rapidly close without launching the game. This is where my experience differed from the non-official video, as he could play, and I cannot. I am unsure where to go from here. I have spent a number of hours on this now and have uninstalled and reinstalled LaunchBox itself, as well as removing, editing, deleted and reinstalled NFS:SE numerous times with lots of little changes (launcher exe etc). I even tried right click copying the CD's contents into the Games --> MS-DOS folder in an attempt to not need to have a BIN file reliance, but I don't really know enough about what I'm doing, and it all ended in similar problems and failures.

I'm looking for help and suggestions on people successfully running this game on WIindows 10, and similar issues they solved. Please help if you can. Thank you.

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1 hour ago, SabreAnt said:

I followed the instructions in this official video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqJg5XH80pw very carefully after trying to follow the instructions I found in this more specific non-official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-Ifhb0KYIM

It occurred to me that my CD may have some form of copy protection when I watched the official video, as I repeatedly came across problems including a failed CUE file creation error and stalling/freezing of LaunchBox when trying to copy CD contents to my C drive. After some searching, I realised this CUE file was critical to getting my BIN file to work. As suggested in the official video I opted not to copy the CD contents to my hard drive and instead use the CD each time I play, circumventing the BIN and CUE file problems.

The installation went well, and exactly as pictured in the non-official video, but when trying to launch The Need for Speed SE (1996) with LaunchBox following a successful installation, DOS Box would open and rapidly close without launching the game. This is where my experience differed from the non-official video, as he could play, and I cannot. I am unsure where to go from here. I have spent a number of hours on this now and have uninstalled and reinstalled LaunchBox itself, as well as removing, editing, deleted and reinstalled NFS:SE numerous times with lots of little changes (launcher exe etc). I even tried right click copying the CD's contents into the Games --> MS-DOS folder in an attempt to not need to have a BIN file reliance, but I don't really know enough about what I'm doing, and it all ended in similar problems and failures.

I'm looking for help and suggestions on people successfully running this game on WIindows 10, and similar issues they solved. Please help if you can. Thank you.

Just tested on latest Windows version 20H2 build on Windows 10 Home and works and plays perfectly here.

used game from eXoDos 4.0

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