The Quivering 
by Alternative Software

Setup Walkthrough By Inferno


Version: circa 1997 Dos Program

PC IBM compatible
Pentium 75
Works with Windows 95/98 or DOS 6.22 and above
16 Mb RAM
SVGA Graphics
4X CD Rom drive
All Major sound cards supported
Mouse, Keyboard, Hard Drive


Let's start at the beginning and prepare your system. 

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 full --> 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/120Hz. 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. 

Every time I tried to install this adventure, I had problems. The Windows 95 version will install... but when trying to run the graphics... well, let's just say it had the look and feel of a real nightmare. Using the Dos program for install and game play was the best bet for my system, even though I kept getting an error message saying "set files to 100". A number of people emailed me saying just set the files to 100 and it will work.along with VDMS.. it didn't. That was until I figured out how and where to set the files.  So a little thank you has to go out to the following: Mr. Bill, Spud666, Haemish, Doctor_D, and Bacardi Jim  for their nagging emails because without them I probably would have kept this great little adventure game on the back burner for another year.
Some people have told me that they have been trying to use this game with DOSBOX but I still prefer to use the emulator which comes with Windows XP... maybe someday I'll change my mind but I don't see that happening right now. 

There are no patches for this game that I can find, so we're on our own here. 

We will be using the Dos install and .exe files to run this game, so be prepared. We also need to make sure that we have VDMSound and Launchpad loaded and ready to go. (I'm still using version 2.0.4 I like that one the best so far...) If you don't already have them installed on you system. You can find the information on "My Computer Specs" page under "Utilities". (Download and install then come back to this page.)


The Quivering needs to have a larger file base than other programs. In fact one of the biggest error messages that many people have experienced is: "set files = 100".  Most of us have our "files" set to 40. We need to change that in Window XP's "config.nt" file. This file is located in C:\windows\system32\config.nt. Be brave, you can always change it back when your finished playing the game. Although I didn't and don't see any reason too. To get to this file, make sure that you are the "adminstrator" for your system. Then go to --> Start --> My Computer --> Local Disk C --> WINDOWS --> system32 --> CONFIG.NT. Right Click on this file and select "open".  A new window will appear: 

 It will ask you  if you want to use a web service to find the appropriate program to open the file, or if you want to select the program from a list that you would like to use. Choose Select the program from a list and Click OK.

A new window will open. Make sure that everything looks like the one in the figure below: You want to open this files with "notepad" and you want to make sure that the box that says "always open with this program" is "unchecked"   

Click OK.

The "CONFIG.NT" file will now open in "notepad" ready to be edited. You can save a copy of this file if you feel you need to ..but that isn't necessary, because XP will do it anyway for you. Once you've made your edit, the system will copy the original file and rename it CONFIG.TMP, it will be placed right next to the one we are changing.


Now, scroll down to the bottom of this file ... the very last line should say "files = 40" without the quotes. Change the number 40 to 100.  Now look up at the top left of the window, click on "File" and then click on save. That's it ... you're almost done.  Close out of all open programs down to your Desk Top and restart your system.   

Everything Installed???? good.

Let's install The Quivering.






Close on Exit-->

Uncheck Box 


Conventional Memory->
(check box: protected)

ems memory-->

xms memory-->
(Leave box checked)

dpmi memory-->

total = 640
initial envrnmnt = 4096






Full Screen



uncheck "allow screensaver


check exclusive mode


Compatibility mode-->


Display Settings-->

check-->disable visual themes

input settings-->

check-->turn off advanced text services for this program

We are going to install this game into XP's Dos emulator
(didn't know you could, huh?
oh, stop whining, it's painless once you get the hang of it.)

 It's very similar to the Lighthouse: The Dark Being installation and Rama













're done. 

To play the game Right Click on the file "QUIV.EXE"  and Choose Run with VDMS 
without the musical note.


**NOTE:  This game uses "imps" for saving and implementing certain tasks. There are only 3 save features. To gain more, use your last "imp" for your last save, then restore your last save. You'll be able to find the original 8 imps and continue through the first level. 

**NOTE: After you finish Part 1, you'll get a prompt to reinsert CD1 in your drive. Now if you have a double drive as I do, you've already got CD1 in your default drive. Just press "2" and the next part of the game should start. 

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