I just got a new Asus laptop K53SD. After a LOT of fiddling, I managed to get SMACX installed and (mostly) functional. Buuut, adding DirectDraw=0 into the Alpha.ini (it's in the correct place, before [Preferences]) causes it to consistently, 100% of the time crash to desktop.
This is the situation:
*Running Windows 7 64 bit, OS is a clean install on Asus Laptop.
*Maximum (also "optimal") resolution is 1366x768, Intel HD/NVidia Geforce 610M for graphics.
*Fully patched and XP compatibility patch installed.
*SMAX is installed directly into E: drive, not in the program files or (x86) program files directories.
Just to reiterate, SMACX functions if I DON'T use DirectDraw=0, but then of course I have a really screwed up aspect ratio because of the screen on my laptop. Kind of kills the enjoyment of the game, and I don't have another computer around here that I can use. Any similar experiences of this? Any workarounds?