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For what it is worth, and I am still investigating this, it is not an XP or Vista compatibility problem. I read somewhere that there is a structural problem in the SMAC program whereby it can't grow too big or it just crashes; at the time of SMAC it being originally issued the exponential increase in computer power, I presume, was not imagined and therefore factored in. I am still, I hasten to add, investigating though.and would love to be proved wrong! I am not geek but I have reseached this problem, loving the old game against the Civ IV cobble-up.
Crash-on startup generally happens because the game checks the CPU to see whether its compatible, and if its not (i.e. you are running a new computer), it fails the test and doesn't let you use the program. This (and its probably been said many times before) can be fixed by going to the alpha centauri ini conguration file and setting ForceOldVoxelAlgorithm=1 with a text editor, which allows you to play with a new CPU. This doesn't stop all the crashes, esp. with random events, which is extremely annoying in Alien Crossfire at least.
If you're running Vista and the "Program Files" directory is uneditable, you won't be able to change the CPU check and the CPU check will not be written in the configuration file, which starts out blank. If you have this problem, install the files to your Documents folder (or somewhere else where you're comfortable having them), run the game, and then fix the CPU check.
I bought the Sold-Out software version of the Game, the complete version.
Trying to install, I press install, accept the EULA or whatever, then deny that I need any assistance with the install (it just brings up a crappy help menu). Now my cursor just has the loading icon next to it, then after 20 seconds it goes away. When I press to do another install, it says that there is one already running, but nothing happens.