WINDOWS 3.1 OR WINDOWS 95
486DX2/66 MHz or faster processor
8 MB RAM (16 MB recommended for Windows 95); Virtual memory
of 16 MB; 8 MB permanent swap file space for Windows 3.1
Super VGA (640 x480 with 256 colors) video card and color
(Local bus video card recommended)
Double-speed (2x) CD-ROM drive or faster (quad-speed (4x)
16-bit Sound Blaster® 100% compatible sound card, external
Keyboard, mouse (Joysticks are not supported)
Although Timelapse was originally designed for Windows 3.1 or Windows 95; with regard to WindowsXP, it runs best (without lockups or crashes) when the "Compatibility Mode" is set to WindowsNT 4.0 with Service Pack 5. However...(Ok, let's say it all together
now...) "There's-always-a-however!" (How true.)
For XP there are a few more essentials that need to be in place for the task at hand to be accomplished. So let's begin:
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 1rst 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.)
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.
Your done. Let's Install Timelapse.
Installing Timelapse on XP
Place the CD1 into your CDROM DRIVE and Right Click on "My Computer" -->Explore-->Go to your CDROM DRIVE which has "Timelapse" CD1 in it-->Explore.
There are a few things to do here before you can install.
Right Click on the "Setup" icon -->Properties-->Compatibility-->
Under Compatibility Mode: Choose --> WINNT 4.0 with Service Pack 5--> under Display: Choose--> 640X480. Click Apply --> Click OK.
Next open the folder labeled "INSTALL" Here you will find a series of additional folders. Click on each folder in turn and find the "Setup" and ".exe" files for each folder. Right Click and adjust the Compatibility Mode for "WINNT 4.0 With Service Pack 5" and the Display for 640x480. Click Apply. Click OK.
Display for those files whose Properties Windows look like this (2 or 3tabs only)-->
Now, when your finished finding and changing those files, close out of the Main Timelapse window. You should now be at your Desk Top.
Go to Start--> My Computer--> Double Click on the CDROM DRIVE that
has Timelapse CD1 in it and begin the install.
You'll go through a series of screens, Click -->Next, Check -->Custom, Click -->Next
Click -->Next, Click -->Next, Click -->Next.
Uncheck--> Play "Timelapse". Click --> Finish.
Go to --> My Computer-->Local Disc "C"-->Program Files-->GTE-->Timelapse.
Right Click --> "TL.exe" --> Properties-->Compatibility-->
Choose "WIndows NT 4.0 With Service Pack5" --> in Dislpay --> Check 640X480.
Click Apply --> Click OK.
Right Click --> "Lapse.exe" and do the same thing as you did for
Exit out of this Window.
Go To Start--> All Programs--> GTE --> Timelapse --> Release Notes.
(It's a very good idea to get in the habit of reading all
documentation BEFORE you play any game.)
after you've read this, your ready to play!
*see, this wasn't so bad, was it???
Not like the Ripper Setup, anyway.
(..heehee **hiccup** ...oops!, sorry.)
Go to the "Timelapse" icon--> a small window will appear. Choose options
There are a few options for sound configuration --> Leave these as is:
Click OK (which will bring you back to the main options window)
Note* While you can use your mouse throughout the game, there have been some problems with newer the newer pointing devices ... I strongly suggest the use of both the keyboard and the mouse (for grabbing and action sequences) it makes the game so much more enjoyable. I've enclosed a section from the Release notes below, which tells you just what the keyboard and mouse will do. Enjoy!
The keyboard shortcuts listed below are for the Windows version of
Opens the self explanatory Timelapse Functions and Options Screen Arrow Keys Turn left or turn right, go forward or back
Skips the current animation or movie A, D, W, S Turn left or turn right, go forward or back
Ctrl + 0-9
Adjust ambient sound volume Z, C Turn around, to the left or right 0: Minimum
Ctrl + J View the professor’s journal
Ctrl + F1/F2
Adjust brightness F1: Brighter Ctrl + C Take pictures with the camera F2: Darkest Ctrl + P View the photo album
Ctrl + F3/F8
Ctrl + G Display the Gene Pod Inventory Screen
Ctrl + F9
Reset color to default setting Ctrl + Q Quit current game F3: More Red
F4: Less Red
Ctrl + S Save the current game F5: More Green
F6: Less Green
Ctrl + O Open a previously saved game
F7: More Blue
F8: Less Blue
Use the mouse or arrow keys to navigate through the world. If you
are using the mouse, the cursor changes shape to show what functions
or directions are available when you move the cursor around the
Sometimes you won’t be able to go in all directions, so continue in a
direction that the game does allow.
If you are using the arrow keys, an icon at the lower left of the
screen will indicate which directions are available.
Arrow Up Go forward Arrow Down Go back Arrow Left Go left Arrow Right Go right Open Hand Grab/manipulate object Pointing Finger Touch to activate object Bull’s Eye Hyperlink (jump directly to that spot, if you’ve already been there)
* "Key Functions"
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