Broken Sword II
The Smoking Mirror
100% IBM Compatible Computer
P-60 Processor or faster
66MB FREE on Hard Drive
2x CD ROM Drive
Video Card: Direct Draw(Win95)with 1MB RAM
Sound: Direct Sound(Win95)
Standard PC 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 1 notch to 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.
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 didn't need any patches to run this game at all. It is pretty much "Plug
and Play" with a small twist.
- Insert the Broken Sword CD1 into your default CD ROM Drive.-->Ignore the Auto Run-->If you have it engaged then just choose exit.
- Go to-->My Computer-->The CD Drive Letter where you inserted the Broken Sword CD1-->Locate the file "Setup.exe"-->Right Click-->Properties-->Compatibility-->Choose --> Windows2000 for Compatibility mode-->Click Apply Click OK.
- Double Click on "Setup.exe Icon" to start the install. Follow the prompts changing the CD Discs when asked to. Click Finish. Click Exit.
- Go to-->Start-->All Programs-->Revolution-->Right Click on Icon for Broken Sword--> Properties-->
Follow the rules below:
Compatibility-->Compatibility Mode-->Check box-->Windows2000.
Click Apply. Click OK.
Left Click on Icon and enjoy the Game.
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