The 7th Guest
2 MB RAM
10 MB disk space
Note: There is also a Win95 updated version available.
This is an interesting setup. So let's get busy. Of course, those of you who have come to know me well, know that I'm a stickler for detail...and y'all know what that means.....yes, yes, preparation is the key to success with most of the older games for XP. So we start with:
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.
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 the 2nd 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.)
I also have my Display set to 800X600/16bit/100Hz for this game.
Restart you system.
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.)
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.
You will also need The Patch. This patch is actually a "player" designed by Trilobyte. It is in Beta format but don't let that stop you. It works perfectly well. You can choose from two patches T7gwin.zip -->(use "mirror 2"). This one is 7Mb and has the new opening video. T7gwinnv.zip -->This one is 205Kb and is without the opening video. Both will work admirably well. However, (There's always a "however") you'll need the original version to play either one. Make sure that you download to a folder that you'll be able to find easily. I always download my game patches to "My Documents\My Downloads\Game Patches". It just makes things so much easier. If you can't find the patch, never fear! Just email me and I'll be happy to send it to you.
Note: This Setup is for the Patched DOS version c8irca 1993. If you have the earlier un-patched version you will need the following patches installed to your game folder as well. You will need to do this prior to installing the DirectX Beta Player. They are as Follows:
These patches are very hard to track down on the net. I was able to find them at The File Library and at The Digital Information Society
- If you have the older Game Version (such as I have) you'll find out quickly that you'll need to insert CD2 into your CDROM drive to install.
- Go to-->My Computer-->"Your CDROM Drive letter"-->Right Click-->Choose Explore.
- Locate-->"Install.Bat"-->Double Click and let the installation begin.
- Press any key to continue. The program will now ask you for your Hard Drive selection. (mine was "C")-->Press Enter.
- You'll be copying your files to "C:\id\t7g\". Press enter to accept.
- The next screen should test your CDROM drive speed. Let it. Press any key to continue.
- The next test will be about your video speed. Press any key to continue.
- The final screen will be your Sound Card Configuration, now since I have a SoundBlaster Card I choose Sound Blaster or Compatibles ... but you can still receive this error message if you don't set the correct levels for your system. The Game defaults to Port = 220 and IRQ = 7. My system is set differenty, yours may be too so this is why I'm mentioning it here. If you receive this error message, Simply press any key. It will take you to the begining of the Sound Page, use your arrow keys and select "music" first. Then use the arrow keys once again to select your sound card or Soundblaster and compatibles. Press Enter and the Configuration will take you to the Port Address page. Keep it at 220(default) Press enter. Next will be the IRQ settings 7 is the default but remember you got that error message. I did as well... I chose 5 instead. Press enter. Do the same for the Speech. Press enter
- Continue on through the prompts until the game installs.
Note*** When the game asks you to choose your Sound Driver if you don't have SoundBlaster and you don't have what is directly listed ... use your up and down arrow keys to select more Sound Card options. If your card still isn't listed try either "SoundBlaster or Compatibles" or Microsoft Windows Sound System.
Note* Some gamers who have more than one CDROM Drive have reported problems such as the Program not being able to recognize the disc. Here's the secret: Put CD2 into your default CDROM (mine is "D") put CD1 into the other one (mine is "E"). Use the "INSTALL.BAT" file from the default CDROM Drive.
Note* Some gamers have also found if you increase your files to 100 (files=100) the puzzle playing is much more stable.
- Once installed --> Locate--> T7gwin.zip or T7gwinnv.zip depending on which one of these you had downloaded.-->Unzip the files to "C:\id\t7g" folder. You will be asked to overwrite one or two files -->choose-->yes.
- Open your game folder "C:\id\t7g" and Locate the file-->"v32tng.exe"-->Right Click-->
Create Shortcut-->Send to Desktop. Close out of all windows.
- On your desktop-->Locate "v32tng.exe" ( it's the one with "The Mask of Comedy" icon)-->
Right Click-->Properties-->Shortcut-->Choose-->Maximized-->Choose--> Compatibility-->Choose-->WINNT (Compatibility Mode)-->Choose--> Disable Visual Themes (Display Setting)-->Choose-->Turn off advanced text services for This program (Input Settings) -->Click Apply. Click OK.
To run the game remember to start with CD1 in your CDROM Drive. Click on the Icon on your Desk Top. Once the "player" opens remember to press "ALT-Enter" for full screen.
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