Buried In Time – Running in Windows XP/Vista/7
This is the second game in the Journeyman Project trilogy. Â And, for me, the most memorable. Â The artwork seems a bit dated now, but at the time of release it looked beautiful to me. Â The acting didn’t bother me either…back then. Â Now, well, any time an actor (in this case the main character) stops to smack his lips between phrases, you know you’re in for a treat! Â The best part was the news editorial that was in no way editorial–the “news anchor” had no opinion of anything. Â He just reported what other people thought. Â Fortunately, the player may suffer through the video clips early on in the game and leave them far behind.
All-in-all, though, the game excells in story–marginalizing even these minor criticisms.
However, getting it to run under a modern version of Windows proved more challenging than I expected. Â Two issues immediately presented:
- Some monitors and/or video cards no longer support 640×480 resolution natively…or so it would appear.
- The game hangs on disc changes, probably due to power consumption features of many laptops and desktops.
The goal is the make the game playable on a modern system and not have to swap discs. Â Fortunately, the path to victory here turns out relatively short. Â Install the game, install the patch, configure settings for Win95 compatibility,Â image the CD-ROMS, load the images, and edit the registry. Â Simple, right? Â :)
Install the game. Â Simply insert Disc 1 and let it go.
Install the Win95 upgrade patch. Â Not only does this seem to help overall performance, but evidently the game cannot complete without it. Â And that would be a true bummer.
Configure the Windows 95 compatibility mode. Â Make sure that it runs in 640 x 480. Â Right-click on the Buried in Time shortcut (the new one created after the Win95 patch). and select Properties. Â Go to the Compatibility tab.
Using Alex Feinman’s tools, image the CD-ROMs to ISO files and store them someplace safe. Â I have a post on that with more detail. Â (Please note, that the post recommends the Microsoft Virtual CD Tools–now I recommend using VirtualCloneDrive. Â See next step.)
Using SlySoft’s VirtualCloneDrive, create 3 virtual drives, and mount the images.
Now, edit the registry so Buried in Time knows where to find the CD-ROMs.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Presto Studios\Buried in Time\1.1]
“CD Path 1″=”D:\\”
“CD Path 2″=”E:\\”
“CD Path 3″=”F:\\”