Computer: 100% IBM Compatible
Processor: 386 25MHz or higher
Memory: 1MB Memory
Drives: 3MB Disk space
Sound: Sound Blaster or compatible
Video: 320x200 at 256 Colors
Controls: Keyboard / Mouse
Operating System: DOS, Windows 95
Note*** This Setup Walkthrough was written for the Activision version of Zork Nemesis. It may not work with the Xposiv Version.
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 3rd notch from the right --> and audio should be set to One 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.
You also might want to set your Display and resolution to 800x600 16bit/100Hz. 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. Before you start the Install.
Next comes any patches and/or utilities that might be available to the game. If there a few, you may need them all or only one, this will depend on your system. But I recommend that you download all of them just to have them handy.
There are a few patches for this game: The Graphics Patch or Znpatch.zip from The Patch Scrolls.de and another patch which adds subtitles also known as Znpatch.zip from The Zork Library. You can also download it from The Zork Library under the title Zork Nemesis Subtitle Patch here as well, but remember to rename the graphics patch to Znpatch1.zip so that your computer will save it without overwriting it. Still another one, called "znenes-end.zip" and a nifty one it is too! This is an End Save Game Patch. Download each of these and save them to a folder that you'll be able to find later.
Note*** If you find that you need any of these patches but cannot locate them, just drop me either an email or send me a Request and I'll be happy to send them to you.
I keep all my "Game Patches" in My Documents-->My Downloads-->Game Patches-->then a separate folder for each particular game. (It just makes it easier)
Keep in mind that you will also need a "Vesa Driver" and possibly "VDMSound + VDMS Launchpad" for the game to run well. If you've already installed these on your system for another game, you won't have to it again. If you haven't, you can check out what these Utilities are exactly, and how they install and run in "My Library and in the Utility Section on the
"My Computer Specs" page.
OK, Let's get busy.
Change your Display to 800x600 and 16bit Color. (Right Click anywhere on your Desk Top-->Properties-->Settings-->Advanced-->Adapters-->List All Modes-->Choose 800x600/16bit Color/100Hz.
Place the CD1 into your default CD ROM DRIVE. Go to -->My Computer-->"Your Default CD ROM DRIVE" or where ever you put the CD1 disc into. Right Click-->Locate the "Setup.exe" file.
Right Click on this file-->Properties-->Check "Disable Visual Themes" and "Turn off all text services for this program" Click Apply. Click OK.
Left Click to Install. Follow throughout the prompts. Remember to Choose "Best Performance" and "Don't lock me out". Do NOT install their version of DirectX.
Let's take a lookie see at what we've done. Click on the "Back Arrow"
(it's located at the top right of your Window ....it says "Back")
Choose-->Local Disc "C"-->Program Files-->Activision-->Zork Nemesis-->Leave these alone for now.
Go to-->where ever you've saved you downloaded patches for Zork Nemesis. Extract each in it's turn. Extract them to "C:\Program Files\Activision\Zork Nemesis".
Exit out of all Windows except for "C:/Program Files\Activision\Zork Nemesis". Locate the "znemesis.exe" file and Right Click--> Properties-->Compatibility-->Check-->"Disable Visual Themes" and "Turn off all text services for this program". Click Apply Click OK.
Exit out of this window.
At your Desk Top you should have an Icon for this Game. Locate it. Right Click-->Short Cut-->Run should be "Maximized". Compatibility should have the bottom two boxes checked.
Click Apply. Click OK.
Go to Start-->All Programs-->Activision-->Zork Nemesis-->Icon. Right Click-->Properties--> and do the same as you did for the Icon on your Desk Top. Click Apply Click OK.
During Game Play you might experience some Zorkian Weirdness when changing Discs. Just press "Try Again" twice --> then the CTRL + Enter keys. (Maybe it's the Nemesis!!)
Your done! Enjoy the game.
note: If you are having a problem with crashes back to the desktop, you might want to try setting your Compatibility Mode to: Windows 95. I didn't have to on my system, But my good buddy Hakan Larsen did...and now the game runs like a dream for him. Thanks Hakan!!
note: If your having trouble with the game recognizing your CD ... Mordack (from GB) has written an additional walkthrough
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