Simon the Sorcerer
Setup Walkthrough

by Infocom/AdventureSoft 1994


Requirements:
IBM PC or 100% Compatible
386-16MHz (486 recommended)
2Mb Ram
CD ROM DRIVE 150K bps
VGA Graphics with Color Monitor
MS-DOS (5.0-6.22)
Microsoft Mouse or 100%Compatible
SoundBlaster or 100% Compatible



I must qualify this Setup in that it is for Simon the Sorcerer by Infocom/AdventureSoft, 1994. It is the one that has the manual attached to the inside cover of the box. Not the one with the manual on the CD. In order for this game to run, we'll need a few things: Vesa Drivers and VDMSound+/Launchpad. and a patch. Simon195.zip. While this is primary a DOS Game the patch allows you to play it in Windows XP in the NTVDM. So, let's get busy!


 




First 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. 




Because this games does require "Vesa" and SoundBlaster support in order to run effectively; make sure that you have VDMSound/ +VDMS Launchpad installed. Keep in mind that when running this particular utility, it will lend a certain amount of "Vesa" support to 
NTVDM (XP's own Virtual DOS Machine). If you don't have a "Vesa" driver Check on the CD itself as there are some utility programs provided there. If you find that they are not working for you, check the Utilities section of 
"My Comupter Specs"  page and further information can be found in "The Library".



All installed and ready to go? Good.



Before we do any installing go and download the patches: 
"Simon195.zip" and "Simon1.zip". Make sure that you save them to a place where you may find them easily. (Mine are all located in My Documents-->My Downloads-->Game Patches-->(and then a specific folder, created for each game).

Table1

Program-->

Run--> 

Maximized

Close on Exit-->

Uncheck Box 

Memory-->

Conventional Memory->
(check box: protected)

ems memory-->

xms memory-->
(Leave box checked)

dpmi memory-->

total = 640
initial envrnmnt = 4096


16384

16384


16384

Screen-->

Check-->

Full Screen

MISC-->

foreground-->

uncheck "allow screensaver

mouse-->

check exclusive mode

Compatibility-->

Compatibility mode-->

Win95

Display Settings-->

check-->256 colors
check-->640x480
check-->disable visual themes

input settings-->

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

 

Table2

Program-->

Run--> 

Maximized

Close on Exit-->

Uncheck Box 

Memory-->

Conventional Memory->
(leave box unchecked)

ems memory-->

xms memory-->
(Leave box checked)

dpmi memory-->

total = Auto
initial envrnmnt = 4096


16384

16384


16384

Screen-->

Check-->

Full Screen

MISC-->

foreground-->

uncheck "allow screensaver

mouse-->

check exclusive mode

 

Table3

Compatibility-->

Compatibility mode-->

Win95

Display Settings-->

check-->256 colors
check-->640x480
check-->disable visual themes

input settings-->

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

 

 

 






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