A 486-66 or faster (i.e. Pentium) processor.
Microsoft Windows 3.x, Windows 95, or Windows NT 4.0 operating system.
8MB RAM (16MB RAM recommended for Windows 3.x and required for Windows 95).
A 640x480 SVGA video card.
A 16-bit sound card.
A double-speed or faster CD-ROM drive.
Between 5MB and 40MB free space on your hard disk drive.
A standard keyboard and mouse.
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 3rd notch from the right --> and audio should be set to the 2nd notch from the left (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.
The Patch: I must say a very heartfelt thank you to Raymond Piquette for finding this patch for me. Thank you Raymond!
(If any of you have difficulty finding this patch on the web. Email me and I'll send it to you.)
It seems that Blue Heat likes to run in 640X480 and 16bit color Display. So make sure that you change your Display settings to fit these parameters.
Don't know how? It's fairly simple. To set your Display and resolution to 800x600/16bit/100Hz just--> 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.
Let's get busy!
- Place Blue Heat CD1 into your default CD Rom Drive. (If your autoplay is enabled, just exit out of the launch) Go to --> My Computer-->The CD ROM Drive which holds you CD (Mine is "D") -->Right Click and choose-->Explore. Locate "Blue Heat" Folder-->Double Click-->Locate the file: "Setup.exe"-->Right Click--> Follow the picture below:
- Click Apply Click OK
- Double Click on this file to start the install. Follow through the prompts-->Choose "Typical Install" when asked and at the end uncheck "read me" and "play Blue Heat Now" options. Click on "Finish".
- Locate the "Patch" WINXPFIX.Zip and extract to "C:\Program Files\OrionInt\BlueHeat" Folder.
- Go to Start-->All Programs-->Blue Heat-->Blue Heat for 95 Icon-->Right Click-->Choose -->Properties-->Compatibility-->Make sure that you follow the picture below:
- Click Apply Click OK
- That's it! you're done. Keep in mind to play this great but rather "spicy" detective adventure you must use the "Start-->All Programs-->Blue Heat-->Blue heat for 95 Icon" path. It will crash if you use the autoplay feature.
...So sit back with a glass of wine and some "seasoned" popcorn, a few sharpened NO.2 pencils and a new notebook. Get ready to enjoy Blue Heat: The Cover Girl Murders!
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