Jekyll & Hyde
Pentium II 400MHz
64 Mb RAM
12x CD Rom Drive
Analog Gamepad Compatible
DirectX compatible Sound Card
8Mb DirectX Compatible 16bit Color Video Card
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 all the way to the right --> and audio should be set all the to the right as well to start and then work backwards from there. (I find that full for video and one notch from the right works best on my system but yours might be different. 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.
While so far I've gotten most implements for Jekyll & Hyde to work in Xp, there are some things that are still giving me problems:
- In the "Options" screen only the "Fx" volume and "subtitles (or no subtitles) seem to work.
- When the "subtitles' are enabled ....they're blurry but readable.
- The Notebook is also blurry.................there's a problem with the text.
I installed this game in the normal way with one exception: I did not install DirectX (I already have DurectX8.1)
That said when I first loaded it up I experienced the same keyboard nightmare problem which everyone else seems to have: Super Freeze and Nothing worked!.....So, I tried holding down the appropriate keys and I was able to eventually escape from this game. whew!
Back at my desktop I decided to do the following things:
- I have a "Millennium Keyboard" or programmable one, so I Unload it. ( I suggest you do the same)
- Next, Right click on your Game Icon (it will send a message to all .exe/s) and select "Properties" then select "Compatibility":
- Here's the deal..................Select "NT 4.0 (with Service Pack 5") for the OS
- Under Display Settings choose: Disable Visual Themes
- Under "Input Setting" choose "Turn off advanced text services for this program"
- Now when you left click on the icon the window for J&H should appear select Display Settings and make sure that 640X480 is chosen there.
- If the setting here is for 32bit; leave it. (I tried to use 16bit and every time ...my keyboard locked up).
- Finally, in the "Game Controller Configuration"; load the "keyboard.svg"
- Click "Load"
- Click OK
- Choose Play Game, and viola!
It worked just fine I can use the 3 different camera views, Save, perform all the physical actions, check my audio controls and inventory.
I even figured out how to run and walk.
.......Keep in mind I haven't played the game through yet, But it works so far and it's definitely a start.
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