Setup Walkthrough

by Dreamforge and ASC Games (circa 1997)

Minimum Requirements
Windows 95
P90 16MB RAM
1 MB PCI Video Card
Windows95 Compatible Sound Card
30MB Free HD Space

Recommended Requirements
Windows 95
P133 32MB Ram
2MB PCI Video Card
Windows95 Compatible Sound Card
80 MB Free HD Space
by XS Games (2003)

Windows 95
256 color high-resolution SVGA graphics 
16MB of RAM
16bit sound card (Direct Sound Supported) 
SVGA video card (DirectDraw Supported)
DirectX 5
30 MB of free hard drive space. 




The setup is now complete. but I do need to tell you something...something VERY important. The original issue of this game (Version 1.0 and Version 1.01 circa 1997) has a glitch in it that is much more disturbing that any walkthrough may be able to help. There are at least 9 gamers that I know of, including me who fell victim to it. So, because of this I only think it fair to mention it here. 

The original issue of Sanitarium had some "defective" discs, especially Disc 2. When used in conjunction with the newer high speed Disc Drives (whether they are CDROMS, DVDROMS or CDRWROMS; the faulty disc can (and have) explode in your drive, rendering the drive useless. Please be very careful if you have the original make sure that the discs are devoid of any scratches or hairline cracks. Make sure that the CDROM that you use is 8x or less.  I would not want to have happen to you what happen to me. 

While this setup will work with the earlier edition, it's important to note that I had to obtain the 2003 edition and finish playing the game with it, As DISC 2 from the Version 1.01 (circa 1997) exploded during game play, destroying my DVD ROM Drive which now has been replaced. 



...and now for the setup

As always if you haven't done it recently, it's a good idea to start with a clean computer. Let's take a look at the General Drill:

The General Drill

updated printable version

First let's take a look at the "General Drill"

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 2nd notch from the right --> and audio should be set to the 2nd 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.)á

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. 

Need to Change your Display or adjust your Video and Audio Acceleration Levels?

No problem.

To change your Display: (to 800X600 and 16bits for color, for example) 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 to the right or left depending upon which effect you wish to take place... 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 as you wish to achieve the effect or correct the problems with your game. 


Of course always remember to click apply click ok as the case may be and restart your system. 

The Original Version: My settings for this game were at  1024X768/32bitcolor and 100Hz.  DirectX 8.01a

The XS Version: My settings for this game were at  800X600/16bitcolor and 100Hz.  DirectX 98.0b

My System Restore is turn off for this game


I will caution you here...I have had no adverse effects by changing my virtual memory as a game requires. I keep a log and know what I need to change it back to when necessary. In fact "dumping your virtual memory before you shut down your system actually helps the defragment you system. But that said, please make sure that you read the Microsoft article about Virtual Memory and paging. You can find the link in The Library along with some others as well. 

all done reading...? My, that was fast. 

You will also require a "patch" although, if you a using the XS Game release, that one is already pre-patched., so you won't need it.  In any case you can get it here: This patch addresses a crash during Chapter2. (I keep a special folder for all my game patches in: "My Downloads/My_Game_Patches", it just makes things easier.)


Well then:











You don't need to disable your autorun if you don't want to. 
However, we wont be using it to install the game. 








That's it. Your Done. What a weird game!



Tips: Some gamers has emailed with complaints about constant crashes or lockups.  I didn't suffer any of these when I played the game on my system. but I have a tip thanks to Daniel Glass (thank you, Daniel !) He points out that if you use Mozilla as a browser or have AOL/AIM  try keeping one of them open while playing the game ... it averted the crashes for him and may help you as well.  


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