I consider myself a Myst fan who fell off the wagon for a number of years. I'm only just now picking up where I left off at the end of Riven, having seen and bought a used copy of Exile.
But! While the game has no trouble whatsoever installing, when I try to run the installed game, the screen turns black for a few seconds (as though it were about to run) and then drops me back to the desktop without explanation, message, or ceremony.
I have changed the compatability mode to Win95 and 2000/ME and neither causes any change, let alone improvement.
I've also tried forcing the resolution down, through the compatability options, and I've tried lowering my colors settings to the settings detailed in Exile's sys-req.
When I run the program, the resolution does change, but then the same thing happens. Black screen, desktop. Though it has the courtesy of returning me to my regularly scheduled resolution.
I've tried it with the DirectX version in the box, and I've tried it with DirectX 9.
I've tried it with a normal install and I've tried it with a full install.
Every change I make, I get nothing. Same problem. Run the program, screen black, desktop.
I've got 512 MB of RAM, a 1.20 GHz AMD Athlon processor, and an nVidia GeForce 6600 with driver version 126.96.36.199
I'm running it all on Windows XP Home Edition version 2002 (Service Pack 2).
Any help would be greatly appreciated.