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Microsoft KB Archive/104654

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Dinosaurs: Can't Run 16-Color Mode in Windows NT 3.1

Article ID: 104654

Article Last Modified on 12/8/1999


  • Microsoft Dinosaurs 1.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q104654


Dinosaurs does not run under Microsoft Windows NT 3.1 in 16-color mode.


You must use a video driver that provides support for at least 256 colors. You will receive a warning message if you try to install Dinosaurs under Windows NT 3.1 while using a 16-color video driver.

Dinosaurs can run under Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 in 16-color mode. However, the display quality is poor compared to 256-color modes. We recommended 256-color displays for all Microsoft Multimedia programs.

To avoid this problem, you can either run Dinosaurs under Windows NT 3.1 using a video driver that supports at least 256 colors, or you can run in 16-color mode using Microsoft Windows 3.1x, Windows for Workgroups 3.1x, or Windows NT 3.51.


The following information is from the Dinosaurs readme file.

Microsoft Dinosaurs was released before the final version of Windows NT, thus Dinosaurs has been tested only on Beta versions of NT. There are two potential problems with Dinosaurs running under NT:

  • There is no VGA support for Dinosaurs; if you are running NT, you need to be using a VGA+ or better display to use Dinosaurs.
  • The CompacVideo driver used for movies for NT 3.1 was not completed by the time Dinosaurs shipped.

Additional query words: multi media multimedia multi-media 4-bit 4 8-bit four bit four-bit eight dinos Video Cogapp

Keywords: KB104654