Sorry to bump this after almost 4 years, but I'm having a related problem.
In Containment there's a radar I can NOT operate. Once I click on it to get control, things go a crazy. I lose all directional control of the mouse, basically. The view will start bouncing up and down (not quite from straight up to straight down, but close...perhaps at the top and bottom extremes of what a radar dish is allowed for sighting?), and if I give any side-to-side movement to the mouse, it seems that the view is either jumping in huge steps around a circle, or it's actually spinng really really fast and I'm just getting graphics lag. Whatever it is that's happening, I can usually hit the space bar a few times, with long pauses in between, to deselect the radar, and then everything (else) is fine again. If I don't manage to spacebar-deselect, Darwinia will minimize as though the mouse has left the gamescreen.
I'm running the latest patch...haven't tried this with any older versions (except for way way back when it came out, and I don't remember this issue), so I don't know if it's version dependant. The radar dish I'm having a problem with is on the island with the Yard portal, and is the dish right next to the mountain and leads to the island that leads to the Generator Portal island.
I'd *really* like to get this going...I was preaching Darwinia+ on XBLA (XBox 360) coming out next month to a friend, and it got me nostalgic to play the original again. (Actually, I'd been pushing Uplink on him, then discovered the news re D+ when I went to show him screens of UL...now I'm trying to cross-play both, and am learning Defcon and Multiwinia, which I'd overlooked somehow 'back in the day'...major IV therapy going on right now
THE FLAT DUDES OF DARWINIA NEED YOUR HELP!! Any ideas on getting around this problem?
I promise I did do a search before I posted this, but I've since managed to find a dozen other radar posts. I've followed all the advice which applied (changing the render method to 0, installing intel INF_Update since I have a 945Extreme chipset); the only thing that eventually got me around this issue THIS TIME, was as follows:
1) click on the radar to activate aiming
2) IMMEDIATELY middle-click and hold to zoom
3) while zoomed, SLOWLY turn camera toward target radar
4) while STILL zoomed, click on target radar
5) release zoom and start trying to spacebar-deselect...this took a while
So, I *did* manage to get this one radar "fixed"...this is not a solution, though. I'll never make it through later areas using this "fix"