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Space Quest 4 Fixes > This page contains hints and tips to run Space Quest on modern computers. It also contains information how to optimize the game and discusses various problems.

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Space Quest 5 Fixes

Problems running SQ5 on Windows 2000, ME, NT and XP?

If you're having problems running Space Quest 5 on a modern computer, try DOSBox. It's a program that emulates the DOS environment.


Sound Tips

On 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.

You'll probably get much better sound if you change the sound driver of SQ5 to General MIDI. Make sure when you run install.exe that General MIDI is selected.


When starting the game, it displays the error "Unable to initialize your audio hardware". The game then either locks up, or continues to run fine anyway.

Try copying the AUDBLAST.DRV file from Space Quest 4 to the SQ5 directory. You'll notice some sounds that you haven't been hearing before, like the farting captain's chair.


Error: minHunk value is MISSING in your c:\sierra\SQCOL\SQ5/resource/cfg file.
Example: minhunk=100k
Script #: 0, IP:0

If you get this error, try adjusting the resource.cfg file in your SQ5 directory. Open up the file resource.cfg using NotePad or a similar program. There should be a line that says "minHunk=260k" or something like that. Whatever number is there, replace it with "100k", and save the file.


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