Setup Walkthrough


Minimum Requirements:
486 DX50
VESA Compatible Video Card 512k
Sound Card
Double Speed CDROM Drive
10Mb Free Hard Drive Space

Ripper by Talonsoft and  Take2 Interactive (the folks who brought you The Black Dahlia) is a superb adventure IMHO. It was one of the first games I bought for my Windows 95 PII. Many people will tell you to forget it in regard to WindowsXP, even if you can get it to run the sound is garbled and horrible. Not so. But this is one of those "red sock" configurations so be advised: Have a pitcher of Margaritas at the ready.
This Setup is "Very Long"  so I have divided it into Acts (heehee... just like the game)

and I would also like to thank the following people for the input they gave to get Ripper up and running on My System:


BJ (bchan1493)




Greg Peeler



 just adventure

Rob Clayton



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 also might want to set your Display and resolution to 800x600/16bit/120Hz. If you don't have the capability to of 120Hz --> Change this value to the highest one possible for your system. 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. 

note* You want to make sure that you've done the necessary "prep" work for your system before you look at the rest of the "Setup" for Ripper. This is a Graphically intensive game, replete with plenty of FMV.  Make sure that you have read and utilized the following points from the General Drill:

When these points are completed make sure that you have restarted your system and then perform: The Task Manager Step


Act One 

Preparing the Stage

Before you do anything else (and to save any wailing and nashing of teeth) you'll need to "prepare your System for Ripper". 



Find the pitcher of Margaritas and pour yourself a tall glass. (Non-alcoholic for you young'uns.)


Act Two

Setting the Scene


NOTE* If your having difficulty locating the Ripper1.03 patch leave a message in my guest book and I'll gladly send it to you.











note* I've decided to update this Setup which was originally written over 2 years ago.  Many of you with newer systems have had difficulties with VDMS and a certain CDROM error message. Because of this we will be using the VDMSLaunchpad function. 















You are now finally ready to install!  (here's to you! .....gulp...ahhhhhhh)
...and you thought "The Lighthouse" was long. Don't whine at me...I'm the one writing this.  

  Act Three

It 's Showtime!







Act Four






note* during the game itself --- you'll need to visit the "options" sections just move your cursor up to the top of the screen to find the icons. I have mine set to 

Double Buffering
Interlaced Video
(you must have a high end machine for this to work)
You may also set the puzzle and combat difficulty here as well


note* During the game, if you find that you are still experiencing crashes or problems with your  WAC  --- simply re-apply the Ripper1.05 patch.   


....any more Margaritas??? (**hic-up**)

...oh yes and the Red sock...goes on the left foot.


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