I too didn't have such extreme problems with the 1.09 patch. Another option to eliminate the color issue is to just open the screen resolution window from your desktop via right mouse click. With that window opened start Diablo. The color bug just reappears by chance if any other window opens on itself while playing Diablo. Then just return to your desktop, close the window and re-enter your Diablo game.
@doughtnutjimmy: I'm very sorry to hear that happen to you. I don't know if there's a link between your problem and following information. Look at that remark in Jarulf's Guide (http://www.bigd-online.com/JG/JGFrame.html): "10.5 Daylight-saving time problems in Diablo
1.00 Version 1.00 of Diablo had a bug concerning the daylight-saving time. Due to
this bug, any character saved by a game from a later version will lose
all its items if you run version 1.00. This is important to remember if you ever
have to reinstall Diablo. If you do so, you should not update via
Battle.net. You should not press the "Multi player" option on the game
menu until you have manually updated to a later version. An alternative would be
to backup your characters, update in whatever way you want, and then restore
your characters after you have updated."
So i finally got myself a laptop at the weekend, and successfully transferred my characters. Thanks for the tips above!
I have managed to patch the game, which was much easier on Windows 7 than XP i found, and the game runs generally OK with no issues, as long as i don't hit certain keys on the keyboard by mistake!
However, the laptop i bought has a pretty strange keyboard set-up. Basically to change my spell shortcuts i have to hold "FN" and then press the relevant Fbutton. This is a ball-ache for my sorceror and means i can't tele around and fireball/chain lightning very quickly at all.
I suppose i have 2 questions; is there a way to change the keyboard/shortcut set up from within Diablo, or even the back-end?
Or is there a way to CAPS this FN key on this laptop? The laptop is a Toshiba C850.