Detailed Instructions to run RTZ in XP with DOSBOX

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Detailed Instructions to run RTZ in XP with DOSBOX

Post by MacCentris »

When The Zork Library was down months ago, I though it may never come back :(.  So I had created a forum for help with Zork. Back then I was stuck on how to get RTZ to run WITH soundtrack music and all of the normal commands it was supposed to run with.  I did not quite find what I was looking for, since everyone has instructions on how to run it through DOSBOX but (so far) I had no music support (it doesn't seem to be important to some ppl) and no shortcut support and I kept trying to figure out a way to launch *THE* Return To Zork shortcut on my desktop and have it run under DOSBOX without having to launch DosBox prior to running Zork and such.  Anyway this topic here shows exactly how to create a shortcut that will not only run Return To Zork by just doubleclicking on ONE shortcut, but it will have the RTZ icon and support for the CD tracks all together, its a LONG list of instructions to follow and the ONLY one of a kind in the whole world-wide-web, since this IS my modification and hours of work, without further ado here are the instructions and please if ever the zork library forums are down again I encourage you to temporarily post in my forum if you're really stuck and absolutely need help (like I was!).  I would thou discourage anyone from posting there unless the zorklibrary is down, thanks!!!! ... 657&page=1

NO NEED TO VISIT, here is the list of instructions:

"I have discovered that the best way to run RTZ on Windows XP is doing so through DOSBOX. Before I get too deep into explanations on what I tried first I will instead post what you will need to get it to run SMOOTHLY and FLAWLESSLY WITH THE CD-ROM SOUNDTRACK! under Windows XP.

1. First of all, install DOSBOX into your system and install Return To Zork. When you install RTZ make sure you select the right CD drive and choose SoundBlaster Pro for sound (leave any default settings untouched).

2. Go into the DOSBOX directory you just installed and find the file called dosbox.conf and make a copy of it in the DOSBOX directory.

3. Find the copy and name it zork.conf (this will be the file where you will copy the configuration settings for Return To Zork ONLY; this wont affect ANY other DOS game you might want to play).

4. This part is tricky so follow instructions carefully. Open the file you just named zork.conf with NOTEPAD and modify the following settings into it, in this order:

--A. Go to where it says fullscreen=false and change it to fullscreen=true

--B. Go to where it says cycles=auto and change it to cycles=6000

--C. Go to the line that reads [autoexec] and replace what is there with this (copy and paste):

# Lines in this section will be run at startup.
mount D D:\ -t cdrom -usecd 0 -ioctl
mount C C:\RTZ-CD\

5. Now go to your desktop and create a shortcut for DOSBOX.

6. You will soon be launching Return To Zork DIRECTLY through this shortcut but you need to follow these instructions to the letter:

--A. Right click on this shortcut and rename it Return To Zork!

--B. Right click on the shortcut again and select Properties.

--C. Look at the target line (there should be something in it that looks like this "C:\Program Files\DOSBox-0.70\dosbox.exe").

--D. Now clear that line and change it into this: "C:\Program Files\DOSBox-0.70\dosbox.exe" -conf "C:\Program Files\DOSBox-0.70\zork.conf"

PLEASE NOTE: the directory might be named differently for older or newer versions of DOSBOX, in that case change the number 70 for whatever the number version you may have, remember to use every command, including the quotations.

--E. Change the icon of that shortcut by clicking on "change icon" and pasting this where it says "look for icons in this file": %SystemDrive%\RTZ-CD\RTZ.ICO

IMPORTANT: VDMS Launchpad and VDMS Sound may be required, but they were ALREADY installed in my system when I did all this, so when in doubt, if this should not work for you, make sure you install those.

That's it, when you double click on the shortcut it will run RTZ smoothly and with CD support/music.

THERE IS another way to install Return To Zork into your system and you don't need DOSBOX, the only thing is that it WONT play the CD soundtrack, it will play the default midi music instead, if you dont care about that, please follow this link for detailed instructions on how to do it without DOSBOX: ... _setup.htm

I originally used that walkthrough to play the game, but I experienced some problems with my configuration, as well as the fact that I wanted to hear the CD music soundtrack while I played, so I sorted to play it with DOSBOX.

I hope this helped a lot!!!

The Zork General"

I am glad you guys are back  8-) I have three other message boards (Marapets, Neopets and Unsupported Nintendo) and I really have no time to maintain them all ;) Thanks for reading!  :)
Last edited by MacCentris on Wed Sep 12, 2007 1:32 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Detailed Instructions to run RTZ in XP with DO

Post by DataAngel »

Thanks for the helpful post! Although I don't have any issues with audio or anything when I've played it, so... The one I typed up works great for me.

I noticed you mentioned VDMSound, that is entirely seperate from DosBox, DosBox emulates Dos entirely, where as VDMSound emulates the audio drivers for DOS, I don't believe you can run them at the same time.
Last edited by DataAngel on Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:06 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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