Rama  
by Arthur C Clarke and Gentry Lee
Setup Walkthrough

 





Requirements:
486 DX/66
8 MB RAM
2X CD-ROM drive
SVGA graphics
DOS 5.0 or Windows 95
Mouse
Supports most major sound cards

 




Let's start at the beginning and prepare your system. 

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.)


If after the install and test running, you might want to check on your Video and Audio Acceleration at this time, mine is set at full for both, but your system may be different. Change it only if you need to. Try starting with your video level at the 3rd notch from the right --> and audio should be set to 1 notch to the left and then go from there. 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 didn't have to change my Display at all for this game but you may have to. You might want to set your Display and resolution to 800x600/16bit/75Hz, to start, if you have problems with the game. 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. 









There is a patch out there somewhere, but unfortunately after a two day search ...I'm still coming up with nothing. Sierra support, I've just noticed has wiped out a lot of the patches for their older games. Hopefully they are just revamping their site and will put them back... but I'm not going to hold my breath.


You Will need a Vesa Driver for this game. If you don't already have one loaded onto your system, you might want to have a look on the The Rama disk. It does offer a few, check them out to see which one will have the best compatibility for your video card. Make sure that you read the Readme files on how to properly install the Vesa driver. I already have mine (I use a generic one called "UVesa") which fits very nicely with my Nvidia cards. Remember, if you already have a Vesa driver installed you won't need to install it again. 

If you have Windows XP with SP2 (yes, I have that now as well.) Make sure that you have a long indepth look at the General Page page. You will need to make sure that your NTVDM and WOW consoles are running properly first. You will also need VDMSound and Launchpad. (If you don't already have them installed on you system. You can find the information on " My Computer Specs" page under "Utilities". Download and install then come back to this page.) If you need me to -- drop me a line and I will send them to you.

Everything Installed???? good.












Let's install Rama




(didn't know you could, huh?)

 just follow along with the pictures

(oh, stop whining, it's painless once you get the hang of it.)

 It's very similar to the Lighthouse: The Dark Being installation

 

 



 


(...oh go ahead, why not?...You've come this far...pretty soon, you'll be an expert on this!)



 (you now have the icon safely copied to your RamaDOS folder.)




 (just ignore that "You-can't do-this!" message)




Super...you're done. 



To play the game Right Click on the Rama Icon and Choose Run with VDMS 
without the musical note.

.....Inferno









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