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Lost Mind of Dr Brain

Which company can I email about The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain? It no longer works on computers that display only 256 colors. Is there a patch or does it need to be released anew? If so, who has rights to it?

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  • BruceTchr Nov 04, 2007

    I did a search online and found this, whic hworked:

    I was able to use the Dr. Brain CD at home by following these directions. Next step, try it at school.

    I just read your comment when we came across one of our Dr Brain games and had the same problem running it on WindowsXP. I found that there is a Program Compatability Wizard built into XP that will automatically configure this game for you to play.

    Click on Start, Help and Support, Fixing a problem (left side of screen), Games, sound, & video problems (left side of screen), Getting older programs to run on Windows XP (right side of screen) and then just follow the wizard options.

    We run ours off the CD as it is not loaded on the hard drive and it remembers the configuration to run the CD after you have gone through the wizard. Now our 8 year old son enjoys this game as much as his older sisters did 10 years ago! Hope this helps.

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  • LEphant Oct 04, 2008

    I have the same difficulty, with Dr. Brain, only I have Vista. What do I do?

  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2009

    i have the same problem w/ vista too.



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There is a simple solution to this problem, making the game runnable on any current windows operating system.

Simply insert the CD into the drive. Then open My Computer, right click on the Dr. Brain disk and click open. After you have the game files open, right click on the executable file named "DRBRAIN3.EXE" and go to properties.

Click the compatibility tab at the top. Finally check the box that says run in 256 colors and the problem is solved.

You should only have to do this one time.


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  • Abby Aug 15, 2012

    That did not work for me :( Any other suggestions?


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I was actually able to run the game on Vista. Follow all the instructions above for changing the compatibility and everything. When you get done doing that and hit OK...double click on the file and it should run the game from the disk. I don't think you'll ever be able to download it, but you'll be able to enjoy playing the game from the disk.

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Right clicking and selecting it to run in 256 colors and compatibility for Windows 95 works flawlessly.

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Hello, I have a problem whit it too i don't remember my serial key. Can anyone please help me

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Here is what I found out about the game...

The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain

Sierra On-Line, Inc.
PO Box 3404
Salinas, CA 93912
Phone: 1-800-757-7707

System Requirements:
MS-Windows 3.1 or higher
486SX/20 MHz or higher
1MB hard disk free
Sound card
SVGA video board
There is a newer phone number here at Sierra's site.

(310) 649 8033

Given the age of the game and that it was designed for Windows 3.1, I would say that it is highly unlikely that the game will ever work in current-day operating systems.

The only thing I can think of is if you were to manage to run the application in Windows XP using the "Compatability Mode" function by right-clicking the .EXE file and selecting the "Properties" and setting the compatability mode to Windows 3.1.

However, I have NEVER seen it actually work.

There is one possibility, however... If you could find a copy of Windows 3.1, you could install it and run the game in it.

You won't be able to do this on current-day machines, however. They're just NOT compatible. They're far too fast for the older games and don't have the compatability required to begin with. Sierra won't be patching this game.

You would have to either find an old 486 machine...
...or use a freeware application called "DOSbox".

DOSbox emulates an older DOS environment that allows you to run old DOS applications in it. You could easily install Windows 3.1 in this emulated environment and then install that game in this emulated Windows 3.1 platform.

Look around on Google for tutorials on installing DOSBox and then installing Windows 3.1 in DOSBox. There are far too many out there for me to pick a single one so I leave that task to you. Find one that you are able to interpret and give it a shot.

That's about all I've got for options on this issue. Sorry I couldn't do more. I know the pain of wanting to go back to an old game but not being able to! :P

Good luck.


Posted on Nov 04, 2007

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    Cory Kielion Nov 04, 2007

    Ok. Well I'm glad that you arrived at the same conclusion that I did.

    Enjoy the game. :)



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