Conquests of the Longbow Help

Conquests of the Longbow's original requirements:

MS-DOS 5.0 or greater
286 minimum
7.5 MB Hard drive space
EGA minimum, VGA recommended
Thunderboard Pro Aud Spectrum, AdLib, MT-32/LAPC-1/CM-32L or SoundBlaster Sound Source


Audio Problems

Audio problems are common in the later Sierra DOS SCI games. There's no single fix for all these games.

Problem - Poor Quality / No Sound (Win9x and XP):
The game has no sound or the music is of poor quality.

Solution 1 (preferred):
Play the game in DOSBox. It also will work with the MT-32 sound module, if you are fortunate to have one.

Solution 2:
Use VDMSound. The game work well with VDMSound. The sound will be as good as your audio hardware, and as with DOSBox, it works with the MT-32 sound module.

Solution 3 (DOS/Win9x):
Install DOS drivers for your soundcard. Without DOS drivers installed you won't have sound in a DOS window in Windows 9x. If you can't find DOS drivers for your soundcard, there is an alpha (developmental) version of VDMS that you can try.

Problem - Unable to initialize your audio hardware:
On starting the game you get the message:

Unable to initialize your audio hardware

Solution 1 (preferred):
Play the game in DOSBox. Even the Windows version can be played in DOSBox if you install Windows 3x in it, first.

Solution 2:
Patch the old audio driver with GOSiERRA or SBSIERRA.

Solution 3:
Use the updated driver,AUDBLAST.DRV (sb16drv.exe).


Speed problems

As with many of the Sierra VGA games, Conquests of the Longbow has some speed bugs. These bugs can also be avoided by playing the game in DOSBox. If you can't or don't want to use DOSBox, you can try using a Slowdown Utility.

Here is a list of problems with solutions/workarounds.

Problem - Robin's Head Keeps Shaking:
Robin's head keeps rapidly shaking back and forth. This does not effect game play, but is irritating.

Solution #1 (preferred):
Apply this patch by NewRisingSun. (You may still want to play the game in DOSBox.)

Solution #2:
Play using DOSBox.

Solution #3:
Use a Slowdown Utility.

Game Specific Bugs

There are a couple of bugs the game has that are not speed dependent.

Problem - "1535.TEX not found" Error:
"1535.TEX not found" error message that occurs if Robin orders a drink in the pub.

Apply this patch.

Problem - Green Man Looping:
A looping problem sometimes occurs when Robin talks to the Green Man.

Apply this patch.

Problem - Can't Hide From Sheriff's Men:
Not enough time to hide from the Sheriff's men in the forest the second time.

Apply this patch.


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