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Did the PC sytem requirements change between S&M 105 & 106?

posted by Thespis on - last edited - Viewed by 147 users

I have an Eee PC 1000HA that I've been using to play season one of Sam and Max on my lunch breaks at work. I played episodes 1-5 with no problems, well it was a little slow loading between locations, but that's to be expected on a low powered netbook.

Anyway, I finished 105, and clicked on 106 to finish off the season. The launcher loaded fine, I clicked "Launch Game," and all I got was a white box in the lower right hand side of the screen, taking up about 3/4 screen space. The bit of my desktop behind the box flickered. I let it sit there for a few seconds, and the audio started, it was choppy but there. It never did load correctly, never got the visual, just bad audio.

I uninstalled it, deleted the installer, downloaded from the website again, reinstalled it, and still have the same problem. I then tried it on my desktop at home last night, and it works fine. The only thing I can figure is that the system requirements changed between 105 & 106, otherwise I have no idea why five of the episodes would work perfectly fine, but the sixth one won't. I checked the posted system specs for 105 & 106, and the website says they are the same, however.

It's not a big deal, I'll just play 106 on my desktop. I'm just curious about what went wrong, since when I get around to buying season 2 I'd like to do the same thing, play it on my Eee PC on my lunch breaks.

Any insight would be appreciated.

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  • Maybe try it in Windowed mode at lowest resolution?

    I haven't tried Sam and Max S1 on my Eee PC 1000H but the first episode of SBCG4AP seemed to be OK.

  • @Molokov said: Maybe try it in Windowed mode at lowest resolution?

    I haven't tried Sam and Max S1 on my Eee PC 1000H but the first episode of SBCG4AP seemed to be OK.

    I could give that a shot, although I don't think I can change the resolution from the launcher. Thanks, though.

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    @Thespis said: I could give that a shot, although I don't think I can change the resolution from the launcher. Thanks, though.

    You could try replacing the prefs.prop in your installation directory with the one i attached. It's 800x600 and windowed.
    The directory should be somewhat like this, depending on whether you have the download or DVD version.
    "C:\Program Files\Telltale Games\Sam and Max - Season One\Episode 1 - Culture Shock Data"

  • @DjNDB said: You could try replacing the prefs.prop in your installation directory with the one i attached. It's 800x600 and windowed.
    The directory should be somewhat like this, depending on whether you have the download or DVD version.
    "C:\Program Files\Telltale Games\Sam and Max - Season One\Episode 1 - Culture Shock Data"

    Cool, thanks.

    I won't be able to try this out until I get home this evening, but I'll post if it works.

    It still doesn't explain why I'm having problems with only one episode out of the entire season.

  • As far as I know nothing changed between the two episodes. When you redownloaded the game, did you try clearing your temp internet files cache first?

  • The other way to get into windowed mode is Alt-Enter - but using that prefs.prop is probably easiest :)

  • @Molokov said: The other way to get into windowed mode is Alt-Enter - but using that prefs.prop is probably easiest :)

    I know. I just hadn't thought to try it. It was the resolution part that I wasn't sure I could change without actually loading the game.

    The file, by the way, did work. I guess it's the fullscreen mode that's the problem. It started fine in windowed mode. I don't think the resolution made a difference, because when I tried to switch to full screen mode it glitched on me again. I guess I'll have to play in windowed mode for 106.

    Thanks all for the help. I got 201 as my free game from buying TMI. I think I'll download it to the Eee PC, and see how it does. I'm hoping I can play season 2 on the Eee.

  • @Will said: As far as I know nothing changed between the two episodes. When you redownloaded the game, did you try clearing your temp internet files cache first?

    Oh Will, I did try this first last night, and I still had the same issue. One thing I didn't think of until after I had reinstalled it again was that maybe I should have deleted something that wasn't uninstalled automatically. (I didn't think to check to see if the game directory was still there after uninstalling.) I noticed that I never had to unlock the game again, even though I had uninstalled and reinstalled it, so I'm assuming there are some files, like the authentication, that don't get removed when uninstalling.

    I didn't investigate any further in that direction, because I got it to work in windowed mode, and moved on to other things.

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