How to work Flying Toasters on Windows 7 (1)

“Flying Toasters” is a classic screen saver released in 1990s. The software is for Windows 95 and cannot even install on the latest version of Windows. I will show you a method of working Flying Toasters on a Windows 7 PC.

**  I installed Japanese version of Flying Toasters on Japanese Windows 7. So the following procedure may be slightly different in the case of other language versions.

Items to be prepared: a CD of “After Dark 4.0”.
You may get the CD from auction sites like eBay. Be sure you get a install key.

Find “SETUP.EXE” in the CD.  Change the compatibility mode of “SETUP.EXE” to Windows 95.

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Execute “SETUP.EXE” to start setup wizard.

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Input a installtion path you like.

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Select setup option.  “Standard” is recommended.

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A fractal-like image in the window is beautiful. Click “Finish”.

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An error may occur. I suppose the calculation of residual disk capacity might have trouble. Click “Yes” to continue.

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An inquiry dialog occurs whether you install “After Dark Online” or not. Select “Yes” if you want to install it. I have not checked the work of “After Dark Online” on Windows 7.

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After reboot, the installation finishes. But the name of the screen saver shows “Unable to load selected module”.

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Modify the binary code of the executable file to change this unstylish screen saver name, though it is not essential solution.
From a binary editor, open “After Dark.scr” in the system folder of “c:\Windows\System32”. Find the part in which character code of  “Unable to load …” exists.
** The below figure highlights the “Unable to load …” part of Japanese language. But you see the English part of that in the middle of the figure.

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Change this part to character code of “After Dark”  on every other byte. Fill spaces (0x20) on every other byte in the residual part. See the below figure.
** The below figure highlights the change of the Japanese part.  You should change the English part in the case of English version.

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The screen saver name is corrected.

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Click “Preview”, then you will see “Flying Toaster” launches.

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But it is not sufficient, because you can not modify the setting like the number of toasters and so on.
I will show you the method at the next opportunity.

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