The Longest Journey
Minimum system requirements:
Windows95 or Windows98
Pentium 166 MMX
4X CD-ROM drive
Mouse and keyboard
640x480 SVGA high color (16-bit) DirectX compatible video card
with 2MB RAM
Windows-compatible sound device
200MB free hard drive space
Recommended System Requirements:
3D accelerator card (DirectX/Direct3D compatible) with 4MB RAM
8X CD-ROM drive
1GB free hard drive space
First let's take a look at the "General Drill"
The General Drill
updated printable version
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 all the way to the Right --> and audio should be set to the One 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.
Set your Display to 800X600 and 16bits for color. Right Click-->on the Desk Top-->Properties-->Settings-->Advanced--> Adapters--> Display All Modes-->Choose 800X600/16bits True Color/100Hrz. Click OK. Then Click Troubleshoot from the Tab at the Top-->(This is your Hardware Acceleration)-->Move the slider all the way to the right. Click Apply Click OK-->Click Ok once more to close Display Properties.
For the Sound Go to-->Start-->run-->Type: DXDIAG-->up comes your DirectX Control Panel. Let it load and then select Sound. Move the slider One notch from the right.
You may also need the "TLJ_PoliceStationFix.exe", although some versions already have this built in. If you don't have it you can download it from here: The PoliceStationFix. Make sure that you download it to a place that you'll be able to easily locate later.
Note: It's very important not to install from the auto launch. TLJ does not like WINNT; and XP happens to be WINNT Based.
- Place the CD into your Default CD Drive. If the autorun begins just cancel out of it.
- Go to-->My Computer-->Your CD Rom Drive which holds the CD in it-->Right Click-->Locate the file called: "Setup.exe"-->Right Click-->Choose from the following example:
Click Apply Click OK
Double Click on Setup.exe. (I chose Medium install)-->Do not install-->DirectX7 if you have a higher DirectX version.
During the installation TLJ will ask if you would like to put a shortcut in your Start Menu and Desktop-->keep these checked.
Uncheck the readme (but do read it later!) and the "Launch TLJ" as well--> Click Finish.
Go To wherever your TLJ Patch is stored. Double click-->click on "update"-->Insert CD2 into your Drive-->Click OK. After the update click OK once again. To exit click the "x" in the right hand corner of the update window.
Close out of all windows down to the Desk Top.
Place CD1 back into your CD ROM Drive-->Go to-->My Computer--> Local Disc "C"-->Games-->TLJ-->Double Click to open. Locate the Game.exe file. Right Click-->Properties--> Compatibility-->
Click Apply Click OK.
Do the same in its turn for Launch.exe.
Click Apply Click OK.
Close out of all Windows back to Desk Top. Right Click on The Longest Journey Icon -->Properties-->Compatibility-->Make sure that the table below matches the two other files above.
Double Click and the Launch should appear. View the README file in its entirety. (so you'll be prepared if you run into problems.) Click Play...very pretty game.
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