Quest 1 Fixes
running SQ1 on Windows 2000, ME, NT and XP?
having problems running Space Quest 1 EGA or VGA on a modern
computer, try DOSBox.
It's a program that emulates the DOS environment.
modern computers running NT-based Windows versions (2000, ME,
NT and XP), it's likely you run into many different sound problems.
A program called VDMSound
might be able to fix 99% of these problems. It emulates the good
old sound blaster card, which is perfect for the Space Quest games.
VDMSound is free to use, so download a copy and give it a try.
probably get much better sound if you change the sound driver
of SQ1VGA to General MIDI. Make sure when you run install.exe
that General MIDI is selected.
the messages and the menu are unreadable (EGA)
all the texts of the game come out garbled (I.E in scrambled
rather than text), try running the game with the -s -v parameters.
In DOS Prompt, run the game as follows: "sierra.com -s
-v". Otherwise, use the NAGI
This isn't really a bug fix, but more like an interesting funfact.
ZZ-top will not appear on stage with SQ1VGA, because Sierra made
some changes in the source code, a response to the lawsuit. You
can easily change the source code back to its original state yourself
(and make ZZ-top appear on stage again). What you need to do is
deleting the 433.v56 and 533.v56 files from your SQ1VGA folder.
But there's more to this story! The INSTALL program of the Space
Quest Collection has a bug. It sets the "patchDir" RESOURCE.CFG
entry incorrectly (it forgets the drive specification) if you
choose the "small" install option. Thus, the game won't
find the *.v56 files (because it's looking on the wrong drive),
and use the original ones (with the real ZZ-Top) instead. If you
copy the game to the hard disk completely, it will find the midget
replacement graphics. So, to summarize: Sierra had to change its
game because of legal problems, but a bug in their install program
reversed that change. Sweet.