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Atlantis - The Lost Tales    HERE

Official compatibility:   DOS/Win95/NT
Maker: Cryo (defunct)
Publisher: now Dreamcatcher. 


dlh.net/cgi-bin/dlp.cgi?lang=eng&sys=pc&file=atl_v3.zip&ref=ps


It is not supported on XP by the publisher at all but will actually work OK on XP Pro SP1 (so far).


Update ::::::: 2009

Environment:

Virtual CD 10
Win XP Pro SP2 in Virtual Machine
Parallels 4.0
MacBook

The install just copies files to the hard drive and then run SETUP.EXE with Win 95 compat shortcut.
Run the game using Win 95 compatibility mode as usual. The atl_v3 patch is not required in the VM.




Silent Hunter

Official compatibility:  DOS
Maker: SSI
Publisher: Mindscape


A brilliant install method has been detailed by Don V Wells Jr
and it worked for me.


www.subsowespac.org/sh_xp/silent_hunterxp.shtml


Note I tried this process on W2K and it crashed and burned the OS so XP obviously had the right tweaks .....




Steel Panthers     

Official compatibility:   DOS

Maker: SSI

Publisher: Mindscape


Not much luck but there is a free Windows edition called Steel Panthers World At War which will work fine - use that. 




The Last Express     

Official compatibility: DOS/Win95

Maker:  Smoking Car Productions

Publisher: Broderbund


Update ::::::: 2009

Environment:

Virtual CD 10
Win XP Pro SP2 in Virtual Machine
Parallels 4.0
MacBook

Works fine just use Win 95 compatibility mode as usual.




SPQR     

Official compatibility: Win 3.11/Win95 

Maker:  GT Interactive

Publisher:


Appears to work OK on XP SP1 so far. This was installed from the VCD image and QT 2.11 was installed.


As a note: When initially installed on Win2K (previous platform) if the autorun on the CD was allowed to run an "insufficient disk space" error was encountered but was OK if the install.exe was run directly from Explorer

Update ::::::: 2009

Environment:

Virtual CD 10
Win XP Pro SP2 in Virtual Machine
Parallels 4.0
MacBook

VM had QT 7.5.5 installed but SPQR needs QT 2.11 to run. Said No to Check for Existing Versions and installed QT 2.11 (it didn't appear to affect the later version).

The game appears to run OK using the usual Win 95 compatibility mode.




Myst (the original)     

Official compatibility: Win 3.11/Win95 

Maker: Cyan (Rand/Robyn Miller)

Publisher:  Broderbund


Seems to work fine on XP SP1 using Windows 95 compatibility mode. 




Broken Sword I - The Shadow of the Templars 

Official compatibility: DOS/Win 9X

Maker:  Revolution

Publisher:  Revolution/Sold Out


Install worked fine on XP SP1, the drive and the directory could be altered although the directory folder seems to be limited to 8 chrs. Any drive references in SWORD.INF were altered to the drive being used (my VCD is P:).

VCD image could be used OK to play game.


Update ::::::: 2009

Environment:

Virtual CD 10
Win XP Pro SP2 in Virtual Machine
Parallels 4.0
MacBook

VCD 10 appears to use ISO images generated by VCD 4.3 OK so unless otherwise noted these images have been used for the installing of games.
VCD 10 also allows the ISO image to be inserted into the physical CD drive which in most cases will be D:
This will be handy as some early games just assume the use of the first ROM drive.

Insert Disk 1 into D: and the Soldout menu autoruns. Just exit the menu and browse the drive with windows explorer. Create a shortcut for GAMECFIG.EXE and set compatibility for Win95 (IMPORTANT!). Install via the shortcut (I did a full install). The install will require disk 2 as well but this can be done with Alt-Tab in XP to select between the install window and VCD Manager. Once installed (I used C:\BMCGames\Sword) just create a shortcut to Winsword.exe and again set the compatibility for Win95. Use this to run the game.

Issues: The Soldout autorun menu is a hassle especially when swapping disks - may be able to disable this via explorer properties. However - I just used Alt-TAB to cycle to the original install window to complete the install and then closed all the rest.
IMPORTANT!!!! Without the Win95 compatibility set the install will fail saying that there is not enough disk space even though only 18MB is needed and the VM has c. 14GB available.

When asked to enter the drive to install to I was unable to enter C with the MacBook (it said not a valid drive) but since C is set by default in the installer just RETURN will be fine.

So, it appears to play but will have to wait until a disk change is required to see if it works OK during gameplay.




Broken Sword II - The Smoking Mirror

Official compatibility: Win 9X

Maker:  Revolution

Publisher:  Revolution/Sold Out


Install of game failed from real CD.

Error: Could not find cluster in either P:\clusters or Z:\

Discovered that the install has to be run from the 1st CD drive in system (in my system the P: is the VCD and the Z: is the real CD player). I altered the drive designations so the real CD player was the P: drive and the game installed fine.

Thereafter the game was OK and a VCD image could be used.

Note: Initially a VCD 4.3 copy could be made OK but autorun wouldn't work. Even though the copy happened without a hitch when the VCD was loaded any attempt to show the contents of the disk said the disk was corrupt/ .
This problem occurred because "Read Sub-channel Data" had been selected.

With BSI & II the first CD will be seen as a Video CD (and therefore need a RAW build) and the second CD will be seen as a Data CD ( and not require a RAW build).




Lords of the Realm II

Official compatibility: DOS/Win 95

Maker:  Impressions

Publisher:  Sierra


Update ::::::: 2009

Environment:

Virtual CD 10
Win XP Pro SP2 in Virtual Machine
Parallels 4.0
MacBook

Insert Disk into physical drive (D: in my case) and installer options appear.
The installer will ask if autotest to be done - I said NO and did tests individually.
The CD test didn't work so I skipped that and the Display test sets the display to a high colour setting. This can be altered via the start shortcut compatibility properties.
I said NO to the DirectX 3 install and set the shortcut compatibility for Win95 and 256 colors.

When the game was run it said No CD can be Found. There is an .ini fix for this issue.

The Sierra games use an .ini file in the system folder - I found my SIERRA.INI in the C:\Windows folder.

Add the following -

[Config]
CDRomDrives=D
CDROM=4 (not sure - but relate to CD read speed)

In the Install folder there will be another SIERRA.INI file - ensure the following exists -
[Config]
CDDrive=D
WindowsDir=C:WINDOWS

Game appears to run OK.




RealMyst     

Official compatibility: Win 9X/ME/2000

Maker:  Cyan

Publisher:  Mattel


Update ::::::: 2009

Environment:

Virtual CD 10
Win XP Pro SP2 in Virtual Machine
Parallels 4.0
MacBook

Appears to install just fine.



Still to be checked



Myst ME     

Official compatibility:

Maker:  Prima/Cyan

Publisher:  Prima/Red Orb/Broderbund (it gets crazy...)




Myst III - Exile     

Official compatibility:

Maker:  

Publisher:  UbiSoft


Problem using VCD 4.3 because the Alt-Tab doesn't appear to function with this app.





Riven (unofficial Myst II???)     

Official compatibility:

Maker:  Cyan 

Publisher:  Red Orb





Gabriel Knight II - The Beast Within     

Official compatibility: DOS/Win 3.11/Win95

Maker:  Jane Jensen

Publisher:  Sierra





Gabriel Knight III - Blood of the Sacred     

Official compatibility: Win95

Maker:  Jane Jensen

Publisher:  Sierra