Harvest of Souls
This one was pretty straight forward with one curve.
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.)
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.
With most Sierra games, I usually don't install them using :"autostart"instead I go to "My Computer"->"the particular CD ROM drive that I inserted the cd into -> then I right click and select "Explore" from I install the game from here thus bypassing Sierra "tests" I don't install DirectX from them as my XP came with DirectX8.1. Once I have installed it, I'll change the compatibility modes.It needs Compatibility Mode set other than that there's nothing else to do but enjoy:
Note*** On my system this will only play in 1/2 screen, usually located in the upper left. Below is a screen shot example of what I mean, as you can see on the right and lower edges are parts of my desk top.
But there is a workaround for this, thanks to my good Gameboomer Bud "Kate" (Thank you, Katie). You can enlarge the screen by going to your:
Desktop -> right click anywhere on it
Select -> Properties -> Settings -> Adapters -> Advanced
When this screen comes up select -> "List all Modes"
Here you can select different types or resolutions, color choice (i.e.: 16bit -32bit, etc) and screen refresh rates. I choose 640X480/32bit/60Hertz ...you may want to experiment with this. I found that once done I would have to restart my system and reload my game (otherwise I would get an error message.)
It's important to remember to change the compatibility modes to either Win95 (I chose to keep the Win NT selected because of too many crashes when Win95 was selected for my system)
And to uncheck "The Display Settings Field" (otherwise it will cause a conflict and the game won't be able to load).
Shivers II is running perfectly now (I'm about half way through the game now) It's running fairly well. Only crashed once.
Note: Error Message: RSHIVERS.EXE
Here's an update from CerealKiller:"Following your instructions worked to a point. The game would start and run fine the first time. But never a second time without getting a error from a different .exe file that the Shivers2 icon does not point at.
Here's the solution:
Just a refresh, tweaking the Icon changes the compatibility for SHIVERS2.EXE.The second .exe is called RSHIVERS.EXE in the same directory: C:\SIERRA\SHIVERS2.In my case I could start the game fine whether I tweaked the icon or just left it be. The very first time after the install always worked. But if I closed the game and started it again, I would get a error in the RSHIVERS.EXE. After changing the compatibility for RSHIVERS.EXE also the game ran just fine.I'm running XP home.
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