Black Dahlia
Setup Walkthrough



System Specifications: 
Pentium 60 
4x CD-ROM 
PCI or VLB graphics card 
mouse 
DOS - 8 MB RAM 
Windows 95 - 16 MB RAM




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 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. 


You might want to check on your Video and Audio Acceleration at this time, make sure you set the video at the 1 notch from the right --> and audio should be set to the 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.)á

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 need a patch for this game. "Black Dahlia V.1.10 Update" which you can still find here. The Patch addresses the following issues:



and Possibly a "Slowdown Program" such as "Turbo" or "CPU Killer". You can find information and download access to these utilities here. 






The Setup:

The BD version that I have contains 8 CDs, and is supposed to run in 
WIN95 without autorun. Its very important not to install from the 
auto launch. BD does not like WINNT and XP happens to be WINNT 
Based. 

Compatibility--> Compatibility mode--> Win95
Display Settings-->


check-->640x480
check-->disable visual themes

input settings--> check-->turn off advanced text services for this program

 

The Install

Compatibility-->

Compatibility mode--> Win95
Display Settings-->


check-->640x480
check-->disable visual themes

input settings--> check-->turn off advanced text services for this program

 


Compatibility-->

Compatibility mode--> Win95
Display Settings-->


check-->640x480
check-->disable visual themes

input settings--> check-->turn off advanced text services for this program

 



Enjoy!!!



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