IBM compatible computer
Intel Pentium 90 MHz processor
4x CD-ROM drive
16 MB of RAM
video card: capable of 16 bit color
(SoundBlaster32 or AWE32 strongly recommended).
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 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.)
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 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.
As this game requires to start out in 16bit color, lets take care of that now before the install. Remember also that this game utilizes QT32 (QuickTime 32) I have a habit of loading and unloading the appropriate Quick Time Applications as I need them. That way I never have any conflicts.
Right Click anywhere on your Desk Top-->Properties-->Settings--> move the slider to the left-->800x600 Screen Resolution-->16bit (or medium) Color-->Click Apply-->Click "yes"-->Click OK.
Obsidian has an auto play and auto install feature. Place the CD1 into your default CDROM DRIVE and it should automatically start the install process.
When this is finished Go To-->Start-->All Programs--> Segasoft-->and Right Click on the Obsidian Icon.
Choose-->Properties-->Shortcut-->Run-->Maximized. Then Choose-->Compatibility-->and follow the recommendations in the graphic below-->
- Click Apply. Click OK.
Left Click on the Icon and away you go!
You can use VDMS if you don't have a SoundBlaster card; but for those of you who do have one I haven't been able to notice any difference.
Back to XP Game List K-O
Back to Inferno's XP Compatibility List
This document may not be distributed without express written permission
of the author and the content may not be altered in any way. For Questions or Comments
Please write to: INFERNO