IBM and 100% compatibles, Win 95 or MS-DOS 5.0 or greater
486DX2/66 minimum (Pentium recommended)
Double Speed CD-ROM /300k/sec
8 MB RAM
4 MB hard disk space
Sound Blaster-Roland-Media Vision-Gravis Ultrasound
or 100% compatibles
Local Bus Video capable of displaying thousands of colors
Microsoft 100% compatible mouse
Eleventh Hour is an absolute classic. An adventure never to be forgotten
by many gamers. The Setup is interesting and not overly labored.
Let's get busy.
The General Drill
updated printable version
First let's take a look at the "General Drill"
Whenever I start a new game, especially an "older one"; I have always made it a habit to make sure my system is clean. (So let's clean house) Our cleaning products?? No, I'm not talking about special Orange Sprays or Pine smelly disinfectants! I'm referring to the "3 Musketeers" of WINTEL Systems. They are: "Disk Clean Up", Check Disc (the old Scan Disc in pre XP Windows based systems) and Defrag.
First, Let's do a Disk Clean Up (Don't know how?) GO to-->Start-->All Programs--> Accessories-->System Tools-->Disk Clean Up. Empty out what you don't need ( you'll be surprised at what you can accumulate!) Shut down all extra programs. (for those of you who know how to do this part...just skip onto the next area of the "Setup".) For those of you who don't, the easiest way to terminate your TSRs (terminated but staying resident programs, also known as background applications") is to right click on each of the little icons in the lower right portion of your "Tool Bar" (located near your clock), As you right click on each of them you will get the option to either "exit", "close" or "unload". Do this for each of them. Then, if you have a Screensaver go ahead and disable it.
If you haven't done the "Ole' Scan Disk"...(in XP it's called "Check Disk") and Defragged recently here is a good time to do it. Go to-->My Computer-->Local Disc "C" ("C" is mine but your Local Disc maybe assigned another letter)-->Right Click-->Properties-->Tools-->"Check Now..." ->Make sure that both boxes are checked--> 1.)Automatically fix file system errors and 2.)Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.-->Click Start. You can follow this same path to locate your Defrag program as well or use Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->Defrag Hard Drive.
Check your system by doing a "Ctrl, Alt & Delete", this will bring up "The Task Manager", If you have closed out all Windows Programs, the field under "Applications" will be blank.
(Leave the field marked "Processes" alone. Yep, I know there are lots of interesting files in there...but your really better off not touching anything in there unless you really know just what you are doing.)
You might want to check on your Video and Audio Acceleration at this time, make sure you set the video at the 2nd notch from the right --> and audio should be set to 1 notch from the right as well (I find that this is the best setting for this adventure on MY system. Yours may be different, but this is always a good place to start and you can increase or lower them as you see fit after the game is installed.)
You also might want to set your Display and resolution to 800x600/16bit/100Hz. Right Click anywhere on your Desktop-->Properties-->Settings-->Advanced-->Adapters-->List all Modes -->Then choose your preference from the cascade menu. Click -->OK-->OK-->Apply-->OK.
I know this seems like a bother, but if you take the time to make sure your system is sparkling on the inside, you'll have less headaches later. Remember a healthy XP is a happy one.
11Win.zip (The Beta player for Win95/98/NT) which is the one I use or you could also try 11h242.zip
- Insert CD1 into you default CDROM Drive. Go To--> My Computer -->The letter of your CD ROM Drive -->Right Click-->Choose Explore.
- Locate the file "Go.bat". Double Click on this file and it will start the setup.
- 11th hour will then dare you to start the Setup.
Aw, go ahead let's not get nervous so early out of the gate, now.
Press any key.
- After the install directory comes up-->Press Enter, twice. Highlight YES and Press Enter once again.
- Next you'll be asked to configure your sound system. Start with the "Select and configure Midi Music Driver" Press Enter. I chose "Creative Labs SoundBlaster or 100% Compatible" Click-->Select.
- Choose--> Attempt to configure sound driver automatically-->Press Enter. Once you are successful Click-->OK.
- Follow the same procedure for Your Digital Audio Driver. When finished-->Click OK to get back to the main Driver Menu-->Choose Done--> Press Enter.
- Stauf will tell you that he's ready (your not though...) Press Any Key.
- Got kicked back to the Desk Top didn't you? Well...don't worry.
- Go to--> My Computer-->C:\Games\11H. Leave open. Go to--> where ever you downloaded your "Patch" to. (Mine is always the same: My Documents/My Downloads/ Game_Patches)
- Unzip the patch to C:\Games\11H.
- Go to-->C:\Games\11H-->Locate the file "v32win.exe"-->Right Click-->Choose -->Send to Desk Top-->Close all files down to Desktop.
At Desk Top-->Locate-->v32win.exe (It's the one with the big RED 11.) Right Click--> Choose--> Properties-->Short Cut-->Run-->Maximized.
- Choose--> Properties--> Compatibility -->WINNT with SP5-->Check last two boxes-->Disable Visual Themes (Display Setting) -->Choose-->Turn off advanced text services for This program (Input Settings) -->Click Apply. Click OK.
Note a: Some of these older games require a "Slowdown Program", for this I recommend "Turbo" set at 23% if your system is similar to mine.
Note b: A few of you have mentioned that you either have an error message about opening either a ".jpeg file" or an ".RL file" and some of you have been able to start the game but it will crash back to the Desktop when trying to initialize a puzzle. You must "set your files" to "100" instead of the default "40". To do this locate your CONFIG.NT file and change the last line: files=40 to files=100. Save and restart your system. You can read more about it here.
Note c: Make sure that you have followed all the suggestions in the "General Drill" including changing your Display to 800X600/ 16bit color/ 100Mhz. Closing down all extra programs... this includes your Screen Saver.
To run the game remember to start with CD1 in your CDROM Drive.
Click on the Icon on your Desk Top.
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