Space Quest Collector's Edition' original requirements:
MS-DOS 5.0 or Windows 3.0 or greater
4 MB RAM
3 MB Hard drive space, 15 MB recommended
Thunderboard Pro Aud Spectrum, ADLib, MT-32/LAPC-1/CM-32L or SoundBlaster Sound Source
Like many of the later Sierra games, the Space Quest Collector's Edition has installation problems with the installer not fuctioning with faster PCs or under Windows XP. The game will install in Windows XP without trouble if you just avoid a couple of things.
Problem - Games Install, But Won't Run:
The Windows installer seems to work, but after installing, the games won't run. The Windows installer only partially installs the games, the DOS games need to be fully installed using the DOS installer, which doesn't work under XP.
See the Space Quest Series & Windows XP Help entry.
Audio problems are common in the later Sierra DOS SCI games. There's no single fix for all these games. If there a Windows version you can try it.
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.
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.
Play the game with FreeSCI, a third party Interpreter for Sierra's early SCI games.
Solution 4 (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.
Unable to initialize your audio hardware
Solution 1 (preferred):
Play the game in DOSBox. By playing your game in DOSBox, you can avoid this and other timer problems. Even the Windows version can be played in DOSBox if you install Windows 3x in it, first.
Back when computers came with a "Turbo" switch (a sort of speed switch,) Sierra's workaround was to turn off the Turbo switch to start the game, after which you could turn the Turbo back on. If you have your cycles in DOSBox set too high, you may still encounter this problem. You can mimic the turbo switch solution by lowering your cycles (Ctl+F11) before starting your game. You may raise the cycles back up after the game starts (Ctl+F12).
Use an updated driver,AUDBLAST.DRV (sb16drv.exe).
Try installing the Windows version.
As with many of the Sierra VGA games, some of the games in the Space Quest Collector's Edition have a few 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. Also, be sure to also apply the NewRisingSun patches.
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