Setup Walkthrough
Tex Murphy
Pandora Directive

by Basti007

 

Pandora Directive Windows XP Patch




Pandora Directive needs some tweaking to get to run under Windows XP. Don't try the Windows Version of PD. Instead, use only the DOS files. You need an installed version of VDMSound and the VDMSound Launchpad (both freeware). 


This is how to install VDMSound 
(do this *before*).

Download:

 

 a) VDMSound 2.0.4
  


b) VDMSound Launchpad 1.0.1.1

 

c) you'll also need this patch : TEX4.exe Patch  

 





This is how to fix the game (do it step by step, anything else and the game won't run):


1. Install Pandora Directive from CD 1.

I recommend to install Pandora Directive with INSTALL2.EXE from CD 1 as it copies only necessary files for the dos version to your hard drive. But you can also use the windows version (SETUP.EXE) or the normal routine INSTALL.EXE (if it works).


2. Copy the patched TEX4.EXE in your Pandora Directory - overwrite the existing one.


3. Run Notepad (click on Start>Run and enter "notepad").

Open the file SOUND.INF in your Pandora Directory:

There is a section called [DIGI_BOARDS]. On *EVERY* line under this section until the space line, add ",1" at the end - except the last two. So it should look something like this:

------------------------------------------------------
[DIGI_BOARDS]
1) Sound Blaster 1.0 = 0xe000,0,1,1
2) Sound Blaster Pro = 0xe001,1,2,1
3) Sound Blaster 16 = 0xe018,3,3,1
4) Sound Blaster AWE32 = 0xe018,3,5,1
5) Microsoft Sound System {Microsoft Sound Sys} = 0xe00e,3,6,1
6) Ensoniq Soundscape = 0xe020,3,7,1
7) Pro AudioSpectrum = 0xe005,1,8,1
8) Pro AudioSpectrum 16 {Pro AudioSpect 16} = 0xe006,3,9,1
9) Adlib Gold = 0xe008,3,11,1
10) ESS AudioDrive = 0xe01c,3,18,1
11) Gravis Ultrasound = 0xe025,2,19,1
12) Gravis Ultrasound Max = 0xe029,2,20,1
13) Roland RAP-10 = 0xe022,2,17,1
14) Sound Galaxy Nova16 = 0xe00e,3,21,1
15) SB 1.0 (No Verify) = 0xe000,0,1,1
16) SB Pro (No Verify) = 0xe001,1,2,1
------------------------------------------------------




4. Open Notepad and edit the file CONFIG.INI in your Pandora Directory. Change the following sections (this is the most important step!):

------------------------------------------------------
[DIGI_CONFIG]
BoardNum=1
IoAddr=0x220
DMA=1
Int=7
Volume=100
ReverseStereo=No

[MIDI_CONFIG]
BoardNum=12
IoAddr=0x330
DigiDrums=Yes
Volume=70

[SYSTEM]
LastPlayer=
Pass=1
------------------------------------------------------

Leave the rest.



5. Open Windows Explorer and go to the directory of Pandora (e.g. C:\PANDORA). VDMSound should now be installed already.

Right Click on the file PANDORA.BAT. Click on "Run with VDMSound" with the musical note on the side. Click "Setup a custom configuration". Click Next. Leave "Create a new configuration from scratch". Click Next. Click "Advanced".

Make the following settings:

a) Under "AdLib":
DISABLE the section by UNchecking the section "Enable AdLib (FM) Emulation"

b) Under "Soundblaster":
Make sure, "Soundblaster 16" is set in the 'DSP Ver.' section!
IRQ port should be left as "7"
as well as the (8-bit) DMA "1" and (16-bit) DMA "5".

b) Under "Compatiblity":
DISABLE the EMS memory by UNchecking the section "Enable expanded memory"
ENABLE the basic VESA support
ENABLE the low-level CD-ROM support
ENABLE DPMI support

c) Under "Midi":
DISABLE the section by UNchecking the section "Enable MIDI (MPU-401) emulation"!

-OR-

If you are having trouble with getting Pandora running with disabled Midi, then activate MIDI and make sure, "0x330" is set in the Base Port section.

In this case, you also have to change CONFIG.INI again:

--------------------------------
[MIDI_CONFIG]
BoardNum=1
IoAddr=0x388
DigiDrums=Yes
Volume=75
--------------------------------

Only do this if the disabling of Midi didn't work with your system. On some systems, this configuration doesn't give any music at all!


-> If you're having performance problems then you also can set some stuff in the "Performance" section. See information on the end of this text.



THEN:

Click Ok and Next.

Check "remember my settings" and -if you like- also "add a shortcut to my desktop".



And,
if you are lucky, your game will start right away!







If you have further problems:


*If your game is running in too low hertz frequency, try one of these utilities:

  Unirefresh

VBEHz 2.23


They'll change the hertz frequency for DOS manually, so that you don't have to play in 60Hz or below. Choose something like 100Hz to get better results and try Pandora again.


*If WinXP is always crashing back to the Desktop while switching to another CD:

-> deactivate the AutoPlay-Function for CD-ROMs with mixed content (or deactivate AutoRun at all). This function can be found when you right click on your CD drive in the Explorer and select "Properties">"AutoPlay".


*If Pandora runs much too slow:

-> Under "Performance" of the VDMSound Launchpad check "Cap DOS timer frequency". If it's still too slow, also Check "Try to reduce CPU usage" and try it with med. or low usage. This is especially necessary for weaker machines below 1 GHz.




CREDITS GO TO ALL THOSE GREAT PEOPLE AT VOGONS, WHO MADE THIS SETUP WALKTHROUGH POSSIBLE! 

Thanks to all ...... Basti

 

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