The New Adventures of
The Time Machine
Pentium II 233 (PII 300 recommended) with 3D Card
32MB RAM (64 recommended)
60 MB Free on Hard Drive (400 recommended)
SVGA Video Card 2MB (Accelerating 3D video card, 16MB recommended)
24x CD ROM (40x CD ROM)
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 to the third notch from the right --> and audio should be set all the way 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.)
...Don't forget that it is important to restart your computer after making any changes like this. Which also means you'll have to "re-close down" any TSRs.
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.
This game has the strangest setup.
Keep in mind that this is yet another game which is not really compatible with Windows XP (according to The Adventure Company) and this time I believe them. While I've gotten it to install and play fairly well. I have no idea how long or far I'll be able to get into the game. The Time Machine is a third person action/adventure game (this genre is really one of my least favorite...basically because I'm rotten at this type of game.) But, we'll see. My biggest problem seems to be the ambient music. It's absolutely dreadful, unless you utilize absolutely no audio acceleration. If I did, it seemed to stutter and spit as though one instrument has no clue as to what another should be doing. Although the opening was lovely. (go figure!) I tried every different combination of settings that I could think of, however (there's always a however!) nothing seemed to work except for sliding the audio acceleration all the way to the left. . Sooooooooo...That's what I did. The music is disquieting but interesting.
- You'll need a patch from Dlh.net "TM120INTCD.zip and "TimeUSfix.zip" which you can get from FileFront. (thanks, Thomas!) or Dlh.net
Make sure you download this to somewhere you can find it easily.
- This setup is really for those of you who have 2 CDROM Drives, or a DVDROM and CDRW (like me). Put CD1 into your Default CDROM Drive. If you have the "Autoplay" enabled exit out of the setup screen.
- Go to--> My computer-->Your CDROM Drive which now holds CD1-->Right Click -->Choose Explore -->Locate the "Setup.exe" file. Right Click-->on this file--> Properties--> Compatibility --> See table below:
check-->disable visual themes
check-->turn off advanced text services for this program
- Click Apply Click OK.
- Close out of all windows-->Then go ahead an either double click on your CDROM Drive or just open and then close it manually (this will start the "auto-play" feature. If your "auto-play" isn't engaged). You can start the install from My Computer-->Your default CDROM Drive--> just double click on it and it will begin the install as well.
- NOTE***You'll get to about 90% of the install and then a smaller screen will appear saying "please wait" (how odd...) --> The next screen is a real beauty. (don't you just love error messages???) It will say:
- Don't panic! Just click "OK".
- Here's where the patches come in. Locate those patches you downloaded-->Unzip it to "C:\program files\Cryro Interactive Entertainment\Time Machine"
(yes, Virginia, it's there!)
Now Go to -->My Computer-->Local Disc "C"-->Program files-->Cryro Interactive Entertainment-->Time Machine--> Locate the file "TimeQuake.exe"--> Right Click--> Properties-->Compatibility-->Follow table one.
- Click Apply Click OK.
NOTE*** Now if this isn't weird enough... open your default CDROM Drive (mine is "D")-->remove CD1 and place it in your second CDROM Drive (mine is "E"). Put CD2 into your default CDROM Drive (don't forget to close them, heehee.)
Go to--> Start-->All Programs-->The Machine-->"Start the Machine"-->Double Click--> you should see the opening video. --> Let it play through. At the Setup Screen-->Choose--> Options-->Choose as you like.
(I suggest that you have the Music Volume slightly lower then the Speech and FX Volumes. It will help out with some of the puzzles later on.)
Oh yes, and by the way...I'm at Episode 3 right now, scurrying around collecting little creatures that resemble Koala Bears. When you get this far, remember that just "tapping" the Space Bar will allow you to climb up those crates and walls. When you in the Monastery "tapping" the Space Bar will allow you to "Step Back" from the pictures on the walls.
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