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Getting Heretic II to run on a relatively modern PC

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by Grim Monk, May 28, 2016.

  1. Grim Monk Arcane

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    Getting Heretic II to run on a relatively modern PC

    I recently got my hands on a copy of Heretic 2, and spent yesterday afternoon getting it run properly on my Windows 7 PC.
    There are no source ports, so I had to dig up and try bunch of different tweaks.

    Decided to post a write-up to help out others...



    Installation

    First problem is that the CD auto-installer does not work on a modern (non 16-bit) PC.

    Luckily there is a work around:
    http://steamcommunity.com/groups/WorldDesigner/discussions/12/540731691106739272/


    Warning!
    The game has to be installed near C:\
    When I first installed clicking the Heretic2.exe had no effect, no matter how I patched/tweaked it.

    Finally stumbled up on this thread:
    http://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?t=26954
    Simply copying the game folder to C:\ solved it.

    I currently have it as C:\Heretic II



    Patching

    Download and unzip the v1.07 patch into your game directory, allowing it overwrite as requested.
    Link: http://hexenmod.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=650

    v1.07 is basically all official patches plus a bunch of community fixes and compatibility tweaks.

    [Its cool to check out the 'Ht2 EP Readme' (patch notes for v1.06) as well.]
    [Raven basically overhauled the game and added a bunch of cool new stuff!]



    Now just set the Heretic2.exe to 'Windows 98 Compatibility/256 colors/run as administrator' and it should run fine.



    Warning!
    Be careful with the graphic options menu in-game.

    Messing with the 'Renderer Software' caused the game to crash and stop working permanently!

    Since it wouldn't even start, I had to do a reinstall.

    Patch 1.07 seems to do a bunch of tweaking under the hood, so the graphics already seemed pretty satisfactory after I increased the resolution.

    Now for the music...



    The Music
    Out of the box you are presented with a couple of inconveniences.

    You have to keep the CD inserted for the music to play.

    More importantly the music does not loop on modern PC's so you will stuck playing in silence after a couple of minutes.



    But there is a solution:
    http://www.the-nextlevel.com/tnl/threads/58926-Fix-CD-audio-looping-in-Windows-7-with-certain-games



    For ripping I used CDex Portable:
    http://cdex.mu/download
    Help:
    http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/cdex-rip-audio-cd-to-mp3-or-wav-format/

    Extracted the 14 tracks as MP3s to My Music, and pasted them into a new 'music' folder I'd created in C:\Heretic II.

    All else exactly as in above quoted instructions.



    The music now plays without CD and loops correctly...
    After rebinding the controls I played the first level and everything mostly seems to work fine.
     
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