Laura Bow II: The Dagger of Amon RA CD DOSBox Installer

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Laura Bow II: The Dagger of Amon RA CD DOSBox Installer

Post by SierraFan » Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:07 pm

Hello I'm having a problem playing Laura Bow II CD with the installer on this site. I installed the game with mostly default settings. The only thing I changed was installing to drive D instead of C as is the default option. When I go to play the game it starts but then almost immediately exits DOSBox. My question is if there's a fix to allow it to run on my machine? I'm running Windows 10 Pro 64bit by the way if that'll help narrow down a possible solution? I'll also include a .txt file created with the Diagnostic Tool in the game's folder. Hopefully there's an easy fix? Cheers! :)
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Re: Laura Bow II: The Dagger of Amon RA CD DOSBox Installer

Post by SierraFan » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:32 pm

I managed to figure out what the problem was, apparently the Installer didn't copy over all the files that are necessary to run the game without the disc. After manually copying over all the files in the Laura Bow II directory on the third disc of the King's Quest Collection (1997), minus the ones that were there from the install, it started working like a charm. The question now is why it didn't copy over all required files from the disc? I think a little more investigating is is order? If you want I can try to help you get to the root of the problem? Have a good day! Cheers! :)

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Re: Laura Bow II: The Dagger of Amon RA CD DOSBox Installer

Post by SierraFan » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:57 pm

Here's an updated Diagnostic Log File with the list of files that I added over the previous Log File. The only files that I got rid of after copying the ones from the disc over were all the files pertaining to the original install files on the disc and things like the bitmap files and other miscellaneous files that weren't necessary for the game to run. I tested it out after doing this and it still runs great. It's still perplexing why the Installer didn't copy all necessary files over? Anyway this will be it for now till I hear back from Collector on this! Cheers! :)
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Re: Laura Bow II: The Dagger of Amon RA CD DOSBox Installer

Post by Collector » Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:52 pm

I just tried the installer and it work just fine for me, though I tested on Win7, not Win10. I would not think that that would not be much of an issue.
I notice that you have Alcohol 120% installed. Did you install from your actual disc or an image? CD emulators sometimes have cause issues with the installers, but mostly when imaging or ripping the discs. Does it install OK if you disable the emulated optical drive?
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Re: Laura Bow II: The Dagger of Amon RA CD DOSBox Installer

Post by SierraFan » Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:22 pm

I installed it by using my copy of the King's Quest Collection (1997).

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Re: Laura Bow II: The Dagger of Amon RA CD DOSBox Installer

Post by Collector » Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:53 am

That is the problem. The layout is different from the stand alone release. You have to use the KQ Collection Series installer.

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Re: Laura Bow II: The Dagger of Amon RA CD DOSBox Installer

Post by SierraFan » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:31 am

I could swear that I tried using that installer before using the installer for the standalone release. I was able to get it to work in the end so it's all good. I'll remember this for the next time I need to install Laura Bow II. Thank you for being patient with me and for breathing new life into these great classics. Cheers!

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