Fortune Summoners: Secret of the Elemental Stone
Toff Sep 2, 2013 @ 4:56pm
[Solution] Poor performance in Windows 8 (Nvidia)
The lack of proper hardware acceleration for DirectDraw in Windows 8 causes the game to work extremely slow in this operating system while in full screen. Here's how to solve this annoying issue:

1. Download this archive[sdrv.ms] (mirror[mega.co.nz]).
2. Unpack the files into the game's installation directory.

Enjoy you speed.

Files in the archive are taken from the latest WineD3D DirectDraw Library. This is essentially a DirectDraw emulator that translates DirectDraw calls to OpenGL.
Last edited by Toff; Jun 5 @ 9:11pm
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Kev Sep 21, 2013 @ 4:43pm 
So I gave this a shot, and it hasn't worked. It went to a black screen and stopped responding. I was wonderinf if anyone could offer me a bit more insight.
Toff Sep 22, 2013 @ 5:46am 
Hmm, what videocard are you using?
Sivek Sep 22, 2013 @ 9:55am 
Thanks for this. I have put off playing this game for a while because I couldn't get it to run properly and this worked beautifully.
Kev Sep 24, 2013 @ 9:34am 
Originally posted by Toff:
Hmm, what videocard are you using?

Sorry for the slow response, haha. I'm using a radeon 6770, with catalyst 13.9.
Toff Sep 24, 2013 @ 10:08am 
Ah, maybe this emu doesn't work well for AMD cards, I'm on Nvidia GTX 660 here. Try different versions from this[www.mediafire.com] archive, maybe one of the earlier ones will work for you.
Kev Sep 24, 2013 @ 10:56am 
Originally posted by Toff:
Ah, maybe this emu doesn't work well for AMD cards, I'm on Nvidia GTX 660 here. Try different versions from this[www.mediafire.com] archive, maybe one of the earlier ones will work for you.

So I tried 1.3.25 from that archive and it worked for the most part, Framerate is fixed, but textures are popping in and out really bad on screen pan. I want to try a more recent version, however everything between 1.3.25 and 1.6rc4 lack the ddraw.dll, and it doesn't seem like swapping an older version ddraw.dll works. Do you have any more advice for me?

On a side note for anyone else reading this, if this fix is working for someone with an amd card, would you be kind enough to tell me your card and which catalyst driver you're using? I'd really appreciate it, as I suspect rolling back my catalyst would probably work..
Toff Sep 24, 2013 @ 11:45am 
Yeah, only 1.6rc4 fixed the missing textures, that's why this is the version I uploaded here, but looks like they broke something along the way for AMD cards (unless it's AMD who broke something with the new Catalyst drivers). Try this[www.mediafire.com] archive also, it should have the missing ddraw.dlls.
Last edited by Toff; Sep 24, 2013 @ 3:42pm
Kev Sep 24, 2013 @ 5:15pm 
Originally posted by Toff:
Yeah, only 1.6rc4 fixed the missing textures, that's why this is the version I uploaded here, but looks like they broke something along the way for AMD cards (unless it's AMD who broke something with the new Catalyst drivers). Try this[www.mediafire.com] archive also, it should have the missing ddraw.dlls.

That last archive made no difference. I think I'm just gonna wait on this game for a bit. Win 8.1 is coming out in like 3 weeks, so I think I'll tinker around with the game and drivers at the same time I mess around with the upgrade. If all else fails I have a Win 7 laptop that plays it perfectly, so I won't lose out, haha.

Thanks a ton for taking the time to give me your advice. It was very much appreciated.
Fenrir007 Jan 5 @ 8:40pm 
Can someone reupload that to mega, mediafire or whatever the very first archive, please?
Toff Jan 5 @ 10:22pm 
Fenrir007
Added Mega link to the first post.
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Fenrir007 Jan 5 @ 10:34pm 
Originally posted by Toff:
Fenrir007
Added Mega link to the first post.

That was incredibly fast, thank you very much!
Jazman2k Jan 22 @ 2:25pm 
Thank you for this fix (or whoever made it)! This saved my day :) This is a fantastic game =)
Fenrir007 Jan 22 @ 4:01pm 
Tried the fix on 3 different computers. None worked on the 2 PCs with AMD GPUs, but it solved all my troubles on the PC with Nvidia graphics.

Thanks a lot, man! This thread should definitely be stickied.
Rax Savvage Feb 27 @ 5:22am 
might i suggest stop using operating systems cauase its the newest one and sticking with one thats got driver support? one that works?

ya know... like 7
Fenrir007 Feb 27 @ 1:35pm 
Originally posted by Rax Savvage:
might i suggest stop using operating systems cauase its the newest one and sticking with one thats got driver support? one that works?

ya know... like 7

Windows 8 is working great for me, so I have to decline. Also, all my windows 8 are actually original, so I'd rather use them than mess with loaders and joining botnets on windows 7.
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