The Lost Tales
1997 CD-ROM version:
16 MB RAM
2 MB free drive space
4x CD-ROM drive
DirectX-3 compatible sound card
65K color or better graphics card
Setup Walkthrough is especially for those of us XP'ers who have 3dfx Voodoo, S3 Savage, Nvidia GeForce video cards and Intel 8.1x chipset. The patch AT1CDINT.exe may not be necessary for other video cards.
This Setup walkthrough was done with the WIN95/NT CD Version of Atlantis, not the DVD Version.
This setup will be a strange one. I haven't had to use tactics like this since I tried to fool my 3 year old into taking his cough medicine ( ...and that was 20 years ago!)
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 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 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.
Next comes the patches and the utility programs ...there are a few, you may need them all or only a few, this will depend on your system. But I recommend that you download all of them just to have them handy.
The First Utility Program is called "Philip.exe" by Josh Mayfield. This is an absolutely terrific little application which is very helpful. Some games (older ones in particular) have Setup or Install Programs that will have a problem installing anything onto a newer, larger Hard Drive...so if your hard Drive contains more than 2Gb of free space on it, you'll need this utility to help you.
Third is an Application known to many as "VirtualCD" this may help with the reported issues of problems with Disc II changes. This is not free, but it does have a "free Demo" version for 30+ days. (But I haven't had the chance to use it).
Armed with these two utilities...it's time to look for the Patches.
The ones I used for my system are: "AT1SAVES.exe"; this one is a "saves" patch to help you get through to the 2nd CD if needs be (you may not need this one, but I sure did!)
The other one is called: "AT1CDINT.exe". This one is used to correct issues with some various Graphic cards (mine in particular: Nvidia GeForce 2 MMX440) without this particular patch the Graphics will appear split into 6 columns and extremely garbled. Unfortunately the Cryro website no longer exists so please follow the link below:
There are some other patches I've found recently Atl_v3.zip which seems to do what the AT1CDINT.exe patch does.
Download these utilities and Patches to a folder (or two) that you'll remember (I keep a special folder for all my game patches and also one for "downloaded Utilities" in: "My Downloads/My_Game_Patches",and "My Downloads/My_Game_Utilities".
(It just makes things easier.)
So, now with these programs safely in your arsenal. let's start this strange installation procedure.
Locate the Phillip. zip file and unzip to a convenient location (mine is in "C://Phillip" with a shortcut to my Desktop.
Left click to start up the program.
I choose 2100Mb (which is just a little over 2Gb) Choose--> "Create File". and let it run.
it will take a while...and don't get nervous about it.
It makes a temporary file on your hard drive for the rest of your HD space. You'll terminate it after you've installed Atlantis
(pretty nifty, huh?)
Once the file is created, Leave it be.
(You'll cancel it later)
Let's install Atlantis: The Lost Tales
Place CD1 into your default CDROM DRIVER. Allow the "auto play" to do it's thing. After the installation, the Logo start screen will appear Select--> Quit.
Now, if your clever (and I know you all are) that little "Philip" program should be there visible on your Desk Top. Choose-->"Quit" and viola! Your incredibly large Hard Drive size is back to normal.
(See, I told you not to get nervous, didn't I?)
Locate the patch "AT1CDINT.zip". Unzip the "AT1CDINT.zip". This will automatically find "C:\Cryro\Atlantis". Send them there. If you are using the patch "Atl_v3.zip" make sure that it unzips to the same directory.
Go to-->Start-->My Computer-->Local Disc "C" -->Cryro-->Atlantis Find the file Atlantis.exe and Right Click-->Properties-->Compatibility.
Choose -->Compatibility Mode: WindowsNT 4.0 (with Service Pack 5) --> Display: Check --> 640X480 + Disable Visual Themes->Input Settings: Check--> Turn off Advance text services for this Program. Click Apply. Click OK.
Close out of this Window. You should be back at the Desk Top.
Go to--> Start-->All Programs-->Atlantis-->Atlantis Icon.
Right Click on the Atlantis Icon--> Properties--> Compatibility and make sure that the same information is also checked here. (it should be already)
Your done with the install.
Left Click on this Icon and let's Start the Game.
When the Start Screen comes up Choose-->Play.
You'll be asked to start a game (in French).
Type in a name and begin.
This looks like as good a place as any to point out some of the games
Moves you throughout the game.
Left click stops the animated sequences.
Right Click Shows you your inventory. ESC key brings up the options key: Load Game Options Menu Quit
You'll only be able to play up until the point of the first CD change. so........
For a smoother transition, you might want to consider quitting the game before you enter into the Hanger door.
(yes, I know, but...we're prepared for this one!)
Locate the patch "AT1SAVES.zip". Again, this will also find the game directory. Send the patch there also.
Go to-->Start-->My Computer-->Local Disc "C" -->Cryro-->Atlantis
WOW! Lookie at all them files! ..uh...er..Sorry, I seemed to have lost my mind here.
Restart your game now but this time you'll notice that your name has disappeared!
No matter, your new name is there--> "Cryro" Click on it.
You should see an "overlay" telling you to put in CD2. Go ahead and do it. Don't panic if it looks like the game is freezing as long as you have "autoplay" engaged, the second CD will eventually spin up. You'll wind up inside the Hanger and will be able to carry on with the game.
You'll need to continue with this identity for the remainder of the game.
(..... whose got the Margaritas??)
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