I upgraded to 1.80. It could be MY fault that I downloaded the comprehensive 1.80 patch instead of the sequential upgrade, over a bunch of sequentially up-graded upgrades. Despite my anger (see my earlier ANGRY post elsewhere in this particular forum, for which I apologize), I continue to play this game. Let's face it, it's the ONLY game in town. So now I'm past Jan. 1, 1942, and I'm battling the Japanese (repeating MONTHS of personal effort). I went, this time, without Japanese Surprise. I have no shortage of sound-card issues now (because I couldn't find a 1.60 patch, that WORKED on my computer WITHOUT the sound-card issues), but I now face the sound-card issues AND strange map-error displays. Admittedly, using the Comprehensive Patch to 1.80 from the get-go seems to have solved the overlaying of the Air Attack combat screen over the basic Map screen (although I do not trust the upgrade to be internally stable), I would like to enjoy this game without the weird sound-card issues.
Let me know what I have to do to send you the currently-saved game, for your analysis of the interruptions caused by the sound-card issue.
If anyone else out there has the 1.60 patch, please send it to me. My personal computer identity is "firstname.lastname@example.org." Notwithstanding the crap about once-more RE-STARTING a damned game from scratch, I place a rather high value on playing a STABLE game without all the "benefits" of the current up-grade.
Again, I apologize to anyone who was offended by my earlier rant. But I was SERIOUSLY angered. Like most of you, I work for a living. I don't have time to waste re-starting games over endlessly. I would like to play one game all the way through. Thank you for your patience.
"Casualties many. Percentage of dead not known. Combat efficiency - we are winning."
-- Col. David M. Shoup, Tarawa, Nov. 21, 1943