Thank you Timbo !!!
The hardware vertex shader support doesn't cause and problems but the transform & lighting does. I didn't try limiting the pixel shader version because the modern cards shouldn't have any problems with that. Tested Raven Shield with T&L and VS off, on, and one off + one off and it was the bloody T&L !!!
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Virtual beer all around, the Timbo has saved Spidey's ass from retirement !