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dgVoodoo Tutorial

dgVoodoo is a legacy DirectX and 3DFX Glide wrapper program. The purpose of this software is to translate or wrap function calls to old, legacy graphics API (application programming interface) functions into calls to the much more modern Direct3D 11. In other words, it acts as a translator, changing old games to run with newer, modern graphics techniques. Using the wrapper is very easy, and you can try it with any game that uses DirectX or Direct Draw versions 1 to 8, or any game that uses 3DFX/Glide. Of course, since this software uses Direct3D 11, you will need a graphics card or chip capable of using this version of DirectX.

To get started, download the latest version from the gdVoodoo homepage here. At the time of writing, the latest version was v2.43. The file is downloaded as a zip file, once downloading is complete, open the zip file in file explorer. You should see the following folders.

 

dgvoodoo2-zip

 

If you’re trying dgVoodoo with a DirectX game, then you should open the “MS” sub folder and copy all the contents to your games installation directory. If you’re trying a 3DFX/Glide game, then copy all the files from the 3DFX folder instead. Do NOT under any circumstances copy the dll files inside the MS folder to your PCs system directories (anywhere within the Windows folder).

Finally, copy the dgVoodooSetup.exe file into your games installation folder too. This makes it easier to configure dgVoodoo for your specific game.

Running dgVoodoo

As long as you copied the .dll files to your games installation folder correctly, all that you need to do to run the game in dgVoodoo mode is to simply start it. Of course, not every game is compatible, so it’s usually just a matter of trying the game out and seeing if it works. To remove dgVoodoo from a game, just delete the .dll files you copied in.

Configuring dgVoodoo

You can configure dgVoodoo by running the dgVoodooSetup.exe program from within your games installation folder. Technically this program doesn’t need to be in your games installation folder, but it is the easiest way to use it. Run the program and the following window will appear.

 

dgvoodoo-arcanum

 

Before you get started, click on the button circled in red in the picture above. This makes sure the configuration file is written to the correct folder.

The options that you configure are generally set on a per-game basis and may need some experimentation. There is one important option you may wish to change for every game however. Over on the DirectX tab there’s the option “dgVoodoo Watermark”. This applies a watermark to the games graphics in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. While you are configuring dgVoodoo we recommend leaving this option on, as it is a good indicator that the wrapper is working correctly. Once you are happy that everything is configured and working, you can then disable the watermark and play your game.

Other benefits

Since dgVoodoo makes old games use newer versions of DirectX, it can also enable compatibility with certain in-game tools and utilities. For instance, when a game is running through the dgVoodoo wrapper, it becomes compatible with the Nvidia Shadowplay screen recording software and the excellent in-game overlay Evolve.

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19 comments

  1. burn says:

    many thanks for the the info, i was having trouble configuring it

  2. Valet2 says:

    Finally, was able to play old games in stereoscopic 3d on my main machine!

  3. Anibesh says:

    After using this tool, the game launches well, but i am unable to use my mouse and keyboard to play. I get errors on the top ‘error in binding’.

    • Cade says:

      I’ve encounter a similar problem,not in-game but if I tab out of the game and leave it running (so dgVoodoo 2 is also running), my mouse cursor disappears in some windows and I can’t use my keyboards in any other open windows. Not sure what that is about. In-game it’s been fine for me, but I do think there is an issue here that I hope the devs address.

  4. Jonathan says:

    It looks like dgvodoo 2 doesnt work with amd videocards.

    • Cade says:

      I have an AMD 7800 series with updated drivers on my main rig and after I updated from Win7 to Win10, I couldn’t play Syberia without getting an error message. I was able to get Syberia running with the latest version, dgVoodoo v2.53.

  5. JossBeaumont17 says:

    Hi thanks for the tutorial,

    Just to be sure, when you say : “Do NOT under any circumstances copy the dll files inside the MS folder to your PCs system directories (anywhere within the Windows folder).”

    By system directories and windows folder you mean the “Windows (C:) harddisk” or the “Windows folder that’s inside the Windows (C:) hardisk ?

    Because my game installation directory is inside “Windows (C:) hardisk”

    I just wanna make sure I dont break my computer :)

    Thanks

  6. bolgo6 says:

    Hello, I wanted to ask when I use dgvoodoo on the following video games Mace Griffins Bounty Hunter and Mortyr 2 my frame rate drops.

    MGBH runs at 60fps without dgvoodoo and with it 20 fps
    Mortyr dos’t run without dgvoodoo and tuns at 17 fps

    Is there a solution for this I noticed it before on some games but since these two games are first person shooters the low frame rate is quite annoying.

  7. Ildiko says:

    Thanks you so much for the very clear and simple explanation. Finally I can play Syberia. Works very well.

  8. Farto says:

    i applied some glide settings and i dont know what i did. it might be bad and i want to reset them to default and delete the files that it created.i didnt know that i need to configure the directx settings. where are these glide files and what to do?

  9. nalin says:

    i have a ms win 8.1 the pc wont let install the game get medieval game due to compatibility

  10. Brian Harris says:

    no mouse when playing X-wing, HElp

  11. Belise says:

    Hello there,
    I am sorry if this is the wrong place to ask. However, I am having some issue running “Donald Duck: Quack Attack” and I’m hoping someone can help me out.
    I have tried installing dgVoodoo2 and following the directions to the best of my knowledge, yet whenever I try running the game I keep getting a setup error concerning DirectX6. To be precise it’s saying:
    “Display initialisation error: could not find any resolution.

    Driver : Display
    Device : Direct3D HAL

    Please run install.”

    I am sorry for the inconvenience or if I’m just being stupid, but I hope someone can help me figure this one out. ^^’

    Thank you all in advance!

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