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Problems with new Computers & Graphic Cards

It seems VSK was created with some errors in graphics but the old Windows/Graphic Cards and Drivers were also not perfect and so this did not matter.
Then about 2016, the new drivers began to display the errors and vsk could not be played. The menus were just coloured blocks (shown below). Sometimes the game will run but the display is blurred.

Solution - use DxWnd to Run Virtual Skipper

Many new graphic cards and drivers dont display VSK properly. The launcher window is normal, but when the game starts, the menus are unreadable and the game cannot be played. It looks like this ...

An application Called DxWnd can be used to emulate the old graphic displays and will allow Virtual Skipper to work. DxWnd works by forcing the drawing of the graphics using the old imperfect system and this allows you to run the game with good graphics.
DxWnd is only active when you are using it to play VSK. It leaves your PC settings and Graphics unchanged. You can run other programmes normally even while DxWnd is in use.

The settings for DxWnd here are the ones updated after the release of Windows 10 'Fall Creator' (1709).
Credits to 'Gho', the DxWnd developer and to 'Raskil' who found the solution for VSK.

How to use DxWnd (see screenshots below)

1. Go to the home page of DxWnd and download it. Extract the files anywhere on your PC where you can find them again.
2. Double click to run dxwnd.exe.
3. Select 'Options : Expert Mode'.
4. Select 'Edit : Add'.
5. Put any name you like in the 'Name' Box. (for example, 'VSK').
6. Use File Explorer to navigate to Program Files (x86)/Vsk5 (or your vsk version).
7. Drag & Drop Vsk5.exe into the Path Box, and drop Vsk5Launcher.exe into the Launch Box.
8. Still in the 'Main' tab, Uncheck 'Run in Window'.
9. In 'Tweaks' Tab, select 'ddraw:ForcesHEL' and click the Green '+' button to make it active.
10. In 'Libs' tab, uncheck 'Remap Client Rect'.
11. In 'Compat' tab, select 'Limit Available Resources'.
12. In 'Direct3D' tab, select 'Trim Texture Formats' and also select 'Mixed' in the 'Force Vertex Proc' area.
13. Click 'OK'. Then select 'File : Save'.

Double click the VSK icon in the DxWnd box to run the game.
You will always have to start VSK in this way now, so you can put a shortcut to DxWnd.exe on your desktop or pin it to your task bar.



Screenshots of DxWnd Settings for Virtual Skipper


Helpful Links:

Nadeo Virtual Skipper Forum - The topic with the DxWnd info

Home Page of DxWnd

DxWnd VSK Discussion page


There is advice on the DxWnd discussion pages that it's best to run DxWnd 'as administrator' but I found that for VSK, this is not necessary, and it actually prevented Autohotkey from running in the game. (Maybe it would need to be run as administrator too).

The game behaves normally, as far as I can see and the skins and GUI files are seen as usual.

It seems you can use DxWnd to run many older games and the developer has provided configurations for them which you access by 'File' : 'Import...' : [DxWnd Files location/Exports]