Difference between revisions of "Ball Breakers"

From PCGamingWiki, the wiki about fixing PC games
(System requirements: Cleaned up)
(Add steps to fix a music and sound issue)
Line 78: Line 78:
 
# Set the {{code|FullscreenAttributes}} property to "fake" (to make cutscenes work somewhat properly)
 
# Set the {{code|FullscreenAttributes}} property to "fake" (to make cutscenes work somewhat properly)
 
# Set the {{code|DepthBuffersBitDepth}} property to "forcemin24bit" (to fix some z-fighting issues)
 
# Set the {{code|DepthBuffersBitDepth}} property to "forcemin24bit" (to fix some z-fighting issues)
 +
}}
 +
 +
===Music and sound fix on Windows 10===
 +
{{Fixbox|description=Use _inmm.dll|fix=
 +
# Rip the game audio using a tool like [https://www.play-old-pc-games.com/compatibility-tools/scummvm-tutorial-cd-audio/ CDex]
 +
# Put the ripped audio into a folder like {{file|{{p|game}}/music}}
 +
# Download and install [https://community.pcgamingwiki.com/files/file/107-patched-_inmmdll/ _inmm.dll]
 +
# Drag and drop {{file|moho.exe}} onto {{file|_inmmcnf.exe}} (this will modify the exe file!)
 +
# Click "OK" in the window that pops up
 +
# Run {{file|_inmmcnf.exe}}
 +
# On the "Method" tab change "default" to "DirectShow"
 +
# On the "_inmm.ini" tab, click "Add" and add all of the ripped music files from the {{file|{{p|game}}/music}} folder
 +
# Click "Save" and save the ini file to {{file|{{p|game}}}}
 +
# Optionally, open the newly created ini file and modify the paths to be relative (removing {{file|{{p|game}}/}} from the beginning of each line)
 +
For a more in-depth tutorial, see [https://www.play-old-pc-games.com/compatibility-tools/_inmm-dll-tutorial/ this guide].
 
}}
 
}}
  
Line 266: Line 281:
  
 
==Issues unresolved==
 
==Issues unresolved==
===Music or sound not playing on Windows 10===
 
The cutscenes and music are stored on the CD, so will only work when a CD is present in the drive. However, running the game with the CD will break sound. This results in a choice of whether you prefer to hear sound or music.
 
  
 
===Graphical glitches when using dgVoodoo===
 
===Graphical glitches when using dgVoodoo===
Line 275: Line 288:
 
===Crash when loading a level on Windows 10===
 
===Crash when loading a level on Windows 10===
 
{{Fixbox|description=Use the [[#Fixed exe from myabandonware.com|fixed exe from myabandonware.com]].}}
 
{{Fixbox|description=Use the [[#Fixed exe from myabandonware.com|fixed exe from myabandonware.com]].}}
 +
 +
======Music or sound not playing on Windows 10===
 +
{{Fixbox|description=The cutscenes and music are stored on the CD, so will only work when a CD is present in the drive. However, running the game with the CD will break sound. This results in a choice of whether you prefer to hear sound or music. See [[#Music and sound fix on Windows 10|Music and sound fix on Windows 10]] on how to fix this.}}
  
 
==Other information==
 
==Other information==

Revision as of 09:29, 3 June 2021

Ball Breakers
Ball Breakers cover
Developers
Lost Toys
Windows Broadsword Interactive
Publishers
Take-Two Interactive
Release dates
Windows November 3, 2000
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Genres Action
Ball Breakers on HowLongToBeat
Ball Breakers on IGDB
Ball Breakers on MobyGames
Ball Breakers on Wikipedia

Ball Breakers (known as MoHo in Europe) is a video game developed by Lost Toys and published by Take-Two Interactive for PlayStation, Dreamcast, and Microsoft Windows in 2000.

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Windows

Essential improvements

Fixed exe from myabandonware.com

To run the game on modern systems, you will need the fixed exe available on myabandonware.com.

This works as a no-cd patch, but also seems to fix a crash when loading a level.

Widescreen and high resolution support

Use DgVoodoo
  1. Download DgVoodoo.
  2. Extract dgVoodoo.conf, dgVoodooCpl.exe and the contents of MS/x86 directly into <path-to-game>.
  3. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe
  4. In the "General" tab set the following:
 * Appearance - "Full Screen"
 * Scaling mode - "Stretched, keep aspect ratio"
  1. In the "DirectX" tab set the following:
 * Videocard - "dgVoodoo Virtual 3D Accelerated Card"
 * VRAM - "4096MB"
 * Filtering - "Force anisotropic 16x"
 * Disable mipmapping - true
 * Resolution - choose the max for your monitor
 * dgVoodoo Watermark - false
  1. Press "Apply", then "OK"
  2. Edit dgVoodoo.conf in a text editor and:
  3. Set the FullscreenAttributes property to "fake" (to make cutscenes work somewhat properly)
  4. Set the DepthBuffersBitDepth property to "forcemin24bit" (to fix some z-fighting issues)

Music and sound fix on Windows 10

Use _inmm.dll
  1. Rip the game audio using a tool like CDex
  2. Put the ripped audio into a folder like <path-to-game>/music
  3. Download and install _inmm.dll
  4. Drag and drop moho.exe onto _inmmcnf.exe (this will modify the exe file!)
  5. Click "OK" in the window that pops up
  6. Run _inmmcnf.exe
  7. On the "Method" tab change "default" to "DirectShow"
  8. On the "_inmm.ini" tab, click "Add" and add all of the ripped music files from the <path-to-game>/music folder
  9. Click "Save" and save the ini file to <path-to-game>
  10. Optionally, open the newly created ini file and modify the paths to be relative (removing <path-to-game>/ from the beginning of each line)

For a more in-depth tutorial, see this guide.

Controller configuration

You might need to use XInput Plus for the configuration window to recognize controller inputs (if you want to change the default control scheme). Note that the game will take longer to launch when the xinput files are present. Due to this, it's recommended to delete the DLLs after configuring the controller.
Create XInput DLLs
  1. Follow the guide to create the necessary DLLs.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save[Note 1]

Video

Input

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound and music volume controlled separately
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Issues unresolved

Graphical glitches when using dgVoodoo

An odd graphical glitch can occur when using dgVoodoo, where a weird black shadow-like effect with z-fighting can be seen around boost pads.

Issues fixed

Crash when loading a level on Windows 10

Use the fixed exe from myabandonware.com.

===Music or sound not playing on Windows 10

The cutscenes and music are stored on the CD, so will only work when a CD is present in the drive. However, running the game with the CD will break sound. This results in a choice of whether you prefer to hear sound or music. See Music and sound fix on Windows 10 on how to fix this.

Other information

API

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98, 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible

Notes

  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References