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Phlex 01-01-2008 10:13 AM

Dark Forces 2 - 256 colours.. help
Ive bought and installed the Jedi knight dark forces 2 game but when i try to run it i get this error message "Jedi knight requires that your display is set to at least 256 colours"
I really dont know how

Well ive tried to right click on the Jedi knight icon- then Properties- compatibility - and then run with 256 colours but it didnt work.
Please tell me if im doing anything wrong or if you have another way of doing it right..


JKLE_Cougar 01-01-2008 04:00 PM

reinstall and pick all high resolution stuff see if that helps

BoneLord 01-05-2008 07:04 AM

Hi, please excuse Phlex if I'm attaching to your post, but I have the same problem.

With my old machine the game ran fine in compatibility mode (Athlon xp 2400+, radeon 9800pro, mb asus a7v a333), but when I bought ne new pc I got the same error.

Could it be an hardware incompatibility ?
My new pc is a Pk5 with intel core 2 duo 2,66 ghz (64 bit), video card ati hd2600 (xt, I not remember), Operating system XP pro sp2 32 bit. The monitor is an Eizo lcd S1931.

I've tried to install the game with all the options the installer gives, but the result is the same. Using all the options of xp 'compatibility mode' tab didn't make any effect.

the only thing reported is that under the monitor color panel I can choose only among the 16 bit mode and 32. There is no more the '256 color' option. But it shouldn't be a problem, seeing the JK's faq, the game should be runable either with 16 bits enabled.

Anyone there has got this same error ?

Thanks a lot

PS. I tried to use a win98 installation under vmware, but neither the mb and the video card drivers support this o.s. anymore.
Iím trying to install the game under cedega too (open suse10.3), but there are some problems too in mounting the CD gameÖ. Arrgg !!! ;-)

JKLE_Cougar 01-05-2008 11:34 AM

hmmmmmm this is a strange one.....

Try this

install the Jedi Knight Unoffial Patch this patch has helped me in the past with JK related graphic errors...

install this patch and see if it runs

BoneLord1 01-20-2008 07:49 AM


finally I came back to this forum after some problem with my user :-O
Thanks JKLE for your infos, I've installed the patch you linked to me, but it didn't work for me unfortunately.

I'm trying to get it work under linux, but with wine emulator I get heavy graphical artifacts and, with cedega, the app doesn't install at all.

Anyone here has the same problem ?

thanks again,

Tinny 01-20-2008 09:45 AM

I've heard a lot of problems with wine when it comes to getting games to work. I think its because all of DirectX hasn't been ported yet.

adariusbelly 05-13-2010 07:32 AM

You should be able to get 256 colours with compatibility mode. Find the game's EXE and open its properties.

Chaos614 12-22-2014 11:47 PM

I had the same problem, but I managed to fix it by going into the properties, and I selected to run in Windows XP compatibility, Reduced color mode on 8-bit (256) color, and ran it as an administrator, kinda like this if you want a picture:

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