This is unfortunately true. If you are going to do virtualization, you
should either use a windows 7 product key if you have one, not an oem
one, or just virtualize xp as long as you're using it for games.

On 8/6/17, john <> wrote:
> I'm familiar with virtualization. The problem is that fixing the audio
> issues requires more technical effort than I'm willing to
> detail in a page on the archive.
> It also requires a separate windows product key.
> --------------------------------------------------
> From: "Jack Falejjczyk" <>
> Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2017 20:43
> To: <>
> Subject: Re: [blind-gamers] Pipe2 blast chamber/BSC registration
> That's because you have to reduce the audio latency manually. It can
> be done, but if you're gonna do virtualization you'd best have a
> system with 4gb of ram at an absolute minimum, 8gb is preferred.
> Ideally you want to give your virtual machine at least 3gb of ram for
> optimal audio performance. If virtualizing xp x86, there's no point in
> going above 3gb of ram because it can't take more than 3gb. Xp is
> light enough that 3gb is more than enough for xp to perform optimally,
> provided that your system is suited for such things, i e, you're not
> using all of your system's ram for the virtual machine. To give you an
> example of an ideal setup, I have a macbook pro2015 with a duel core
> 2.7ghz intel core i5, and 8gb of ram. Xp runs exceptionally well, and
> windows 7 runs decently well, keeping in mind that I am running
> virtual machines off an external hard drive. Which brings me to
> another point. If you can afford an ssd, buy one. You will not regret
> it. That will vastly increase your chances of being able to use your
> virtual machines for gaming on your system.
> On 8/6/17, john <> wrote:
>> Virtualization on windows introduces audio subsystem lag.
>> Gaming would be pretty much impossible.
>> --------------------------------------------------
>> From: "Jack Falejjczyk" <>
>> Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2017 19:47
>> To: <>
>> Subject: Re: [blind-gamers] Pipe2 blast chamber/BSC registration
>> Just remember that there are always virtual machines available. Vmware
>> fusion for the mac may be an annoying expense especially when taking
>> into account vmware player has a noncommercial, completely free
>> version for windows, but it's worth it if you are dedicated to running
>> these old games. And you never know, you just might catch it while
>> it's on a discount. If you're looking for a virtualization engine that
>> is extremely bare bones but is free and does the absolute minimum,
>> veertu may be what you're after. Don't even try Virtual Box, it's
>> accessibility is borderline nonexistent.
>> On 8/6/17, john <> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> As promised, here are my results from installing and registering blast
>>> chamber on windows 10.
>>> TLDR: it worked. Pretty much perfectly. Its going to be supremely
>>> annoying
>>> if all of these cases are because people aren't extracting both files
>>> from
>>> the registration generator.
>>> There were some problems running the game, which I will detail along
>>> with
>>> the solution.
>>> The details:
>>> I used NVDA during this test. Its unlikely screen reader choice will
>>> have
>>> an
>>> impact, but its worth mentioning just in case.
>>> The windows 10 machine is fully updated and running the latest version.
>>> I downloaded both the setup for Blast Chamber and the registration
>>> program
>>> from, to ensure that we're all dealing with exactly the
>>> same
>>> files.
>>> There were no issues raised by windows defender/microsoft security
>>> essentials, which was active during the test. This doesn't mean your
>>> software won't flag them, just that mine didn't. I did also install
>>> clasic
>>> pipe, which was flagged and couldn't install. There's not much that can
>>> be
>>> done about these issues. Disable realtime  protection and any network
>>> connection while running/installing,.
>>> I ran no programs explicitly as administrator. All applications
>>> (installer,
>>> keygen, registration, configuration and the game itself) require
>>> elevation,
>>> which UAC prompts for.
>>> The default installation choices made by setup were accepted entirely.
>>> Once the game finished installing, I used the desktop shortcut to run
>>> Blast
>>> Chamber registration, and copied he registration code.
>>> I then ran the keygen, pasted it in, and got the product ID.
>>> I returned to blast chamber registration, pressed the register button,
>>> and
>>> was told the game had been registered successfully.
>>> The only problem that came up was when running the game itself from the
>>> shortcuts placed on the desktop. It errored out with a file not found.
>>> This
>>> occurs regardless of where the game's installed, or if you make the
>>> shortcuts yourself. To get around it, navigate to and run the executable
>>> directly. If you're not sure where its been put, reinstall the games,
>>> and
>>> when asked for an installation directory, supply:
>>> c:\users\[yourUserName]\desktop\[gameName]
>>> This will install to your desktop, and you should be able to find the
>>> executable from there.
>>> After that extra step, a practice round played through just fine.
>>> I hope this can finally put the nail in this particular coffin. BSC
>>> games
>>> are old. You should not be running them on new computers. There's a
>>> reason
>>> older video games require emulators. Systems change, and the old
>>> programs
>>> don't know how to handle them.
>>> In closing, I give you some Amazon links to resolve your problems.
>>> Utilize
>>> one, keep the machine off the internet, and please always fully extract
>>> archive files before running the programs they contain.
>>> $90, windows xp (could run 7):
>>> $100 (includes monitor):
>>> There are a lot more of these (I've seen a solid xp machine for $40). If
>>> you're going to play old games and want them to work without problems,
>>> get
>>> old machines to do it on.

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