Gabriel Knight II
The Beast Within
486/33, Win 3.1/Win 95,
20 MB hard drive space,
Double Speed CD-ROM,
DOS 5.0 or SVGA,
Sound Card DAC required.
Gabriel Knight has always been one of my most favorite adventures. This one was relatively easy to install and play for me on WindowsXP. It is my hope that it will be the same for you. But if you are still experiencing problems you may want to have a look at what wonderful techies at VOGONS have come up with
(Thanks to Enrico Rolfi and Colin Snover!)
Gabriel Knight 2000 Project
If you've used any of my other "Setups" you've come to know how I feel about XP in general...
"A Happy XP System is a Clean One". So let's clean house. For those of you who are using this "Setup" as your "first"; please read below:
For the rest of you who know me ...all I have to say is,
"Ladies and Gentleman: You know the drill!"
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 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.
The Set Up
You'll need a patch for this adventure it's called "GK2pat.exe"
Place CD1 into your CDROM DRIVE. When The Sierra Game Screen appears-->Choose Install, The testing window should appear, Choose--> Continue.
"The Destination Directory" window will appear. Choose -->Yes. Performance Enhancement-->40mgs will do it. Multiple drives Windows ..(I chose "Yes" here). Installation Complete-->Click OK. Exit the Sierra Setup.
Go to where you had downloaded the patch to. Unzip the file and place it in C:\Sierra\GK2WIN folder.
Locate The Sierra.exe Icon-->Right Click-->Choose Properties. Under Compatibility -->Choose Win95 -->Display 256colors + 640x480 screen resolution and Disable visual themes. -->Under Input Settings-->Check "Disable all visual themes for this program". Click Apply --> Click OK.
Exit out of this Window.
Go to Start-->All Programs-->Sierra-->Right click -->on The Beast Within Icon --> Shortcut-->Run-->Choose Maximized Click Apply. Click OK.
The last thing you can do (if you'd like to run the game full screen) Right Click anywhere on your Desktop. Choose-->Properties-->Settings-->Advanced-->Adapter-->List all Modes--> Choose 640x480 256colors 100Hz (you may want to experiment with these.)
Some gamers have had trouble with the following error message:
"Cannot find 999.pal resource. If this is a CD-ROM game, please make sure that a CD-ROM is loaded. If you continue to experience this dialog, make sure your CD-ROM drivers are loaded properly."
FOV from Adventure Gamers to the rescue!
It seems that uf you have more than 1 CD ROM Drive -- always keep CD1 in your extra drive and you can circumvent this issue.
Now turn out the lights, put your headsets on; make sure you have a nice plate of lebkuchen and pfeffernuse. A glass of wine (Riesling, if you've got) crank up the volume....sit back and enjoy!
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