Zeliard Help

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Zeliard's original requirements:

MS-DOS 5.0 or greater
286 or better
512 KB RAM
990 KB Hard drive space
Tandy Graphics, EGA, VGA, CGA (4 color),MCGA (PS/2) or Hercules monochrome
Roland MT-32, AdLib, Tandy Sound or SoundBlaster

Among the imported games from Sierra's deal with Japanese publisher GameArts are Sorcerian (1990) and Zeliard (1991), two Action/RPG titles with "console" elements.

Installation Problems

Like many of the later Sierra games, Zeliard may have installation problems with the installer not fuctioning on newer PCs or under Windows XP/Vista.

Problem - DOS Installer Doesn't work in XP:
The installer doesn't work on Vista 64.

Solution:
16-bit programs do not work under 64-bit versions of Windows. In addition, 64-bit Windows is missing the NTVDM, the Windows NT DOS emulator used to run DOS programs. Try mounting a C: drive in DOSBox and then install the game in DOSBox. You can use the New Zeliard DOSBox Installer to do this automatically for you.


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. The New Zeliard DOSBox Installer can automatically set it up in DOSBox for you.

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.

 


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