Myst Masterpiece is, of course, the allegedly improved version of the original Myst game. Upon installation, I cannot get the game to work. Attempting to enter the game through the shortcut simply gives me a black screen for about ten seconds, then it crashes back to the desktop with the usual XP error message telling me it has encountered a problem and has to close, where I can choose to send an error report or not. I've looked around with google a little bit, and I have seen some rather old claims made that the DVD Myst Masterpiece edition can be difficult to get running on XP.
I've tried telling it to run in 256 colors and 640x480 in properties, but this doesn't seem to change anything. However, if I tell it to run in compatibility mode for either Windows 98 or 95, it does enter the game. I'm presuming it takes me to a main menu or something, but I'm not sure, as the screen remains black, and I can only hear a whistling wind sound effect playing. Moving the mouse around toward the center of the screen shows what I guess is the in-game hand cursor for my mouse, but when I move the mouse on the edges of the screen, I can see it is playing in an expanded window (I don't know if this is standard for the game or not), and my mouse returns to the normal Windows cursor.
I have the latest version of Quicktime (7.2), and of course the latest DirectX. I do have the colorquality set to 32-bit.There is one solution I've found from looking around on Google that I have not tried yet, which is the unofficial Myst Masterpiece patch. This is mainly because I haven't been able to find a working download link for it, though I haven't done extensive searching for it yet. But I also have my doubts that it will work, as I've seen many claims that it simply made the game think you were trying to run it in compatibility mode for Windows NT (which you can't do, and thus the patch didn't work for these people).
If anyone can help me out, I'd be very grateful.