Gabriel knight Mysteries Help

Gabriel knight Mysteries' original requirements:

MS-DOS 5.0 or Windows 3.1 or greater
486/33 (Pentium recommended)
8 MB RAM (16 MB recommended)
20 MB Hard drive space (maximum install)
SVGA 256 colors
Windows compatible sound card or 100 % SoundBlaster compatible


Note: Some of the problems encountered in the GK games a can be fixed by using the SHP DOSBox installers or Enrico Rolfi's (Endroz) new installers that installs the Windows versions with patches for the Gabriel Knight bugs.

Endroz's GK Patches & Tools

Installation Problems

Like many of the later Sierra games, Gabriel knight Mysteries has installation problems with the installer not fuctioning with faster PCs or under Windows XP.

Problem - AutoRun Hangs:
When you first insert the CD, the AutoRun will start and seems to lockup.

It is just searching your system for a previous installation. You can safely quit the AutoRun and just open the CD to run the installer. (Right click on the AutoRun button on the task bar and choose Close or use Ctl+Alt+Delete to end task. You can also hold the shift key down when you insert the CD and hold it until the PC reads it.)

Problem - System Test Crash:
The installer crashes when running the system test with this error:

SETUP caused a General Protection Fault in
module _SETUP.EXE at 0004:6357.

Choose close. SETUP will close.

You can't rerun the setup without ending the process (Ctl+Alt+Delete) or rebooting.

Skip the system test. You will still be able to install the game.

Audio Problems

Audio problems are common in the later Sierra DOS SCI games. There's no single fix for all these games. You can try the Windows versions, if running on 32-bit Windows.

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.

Speed problems

As with many of the Sierra VGA games, some of the Gabriel knight Mysteries problems are timer related. They can be fixed by using Enrico Rolfi's (Endroz) new installer that installs the Windows version with patches for the Gabriel Knight 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. The collection comes with Turbo, but these slowdown utilities are of increasingly less usefulness over time.

Game Specific Bugs

A non-speed dependent bug in the the game.

Problem - Can't Access the Music on the Soundtracks CD:
The program to view the electronic manuals comes with a "CD Player", which doesn't work on some XP machines.

The music tracks can be played in a stand alone Audio CD player or can be ripped to the hard drive with a program such as AudioGrabber.


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