Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards VGA Help

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Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards VGA's original requirements:

MS-DOS 5.0 or greater
286 or better
640 KB RAM
3.5 MB Hard drive space
Thunderboard Pro Aud Spectrum, AdLib, MT-32/LAPC-1/CM-32L or SoundBlaster


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:
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.

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

Unable to initialize your audio hardware

This error is timer related. It only occurs on computers faster than those of when the games were originally released.

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).

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

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

Game Specific Bugs

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

Problem - :
loss of control after blow-up doll sequence

Apply this patch from NewRisingSun.

Problem - Trivia Quiz:
Can't get past the quiz at the beginning.

In the original, 1987 EGA version, you can bypass the trivia quiz completely by just pressing Alt-X.

In the remade, 1991 VGA version, you can bypass the trivia quiz by pressing Ctrl-Alt-X.


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