Discworld Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima
(Please do not copy this guide. However anyone is free to link to this page.)

Note: Abandonia's copy of Discworld features the sound files for music but not for speech at this time.



First Download & Install Dosbox on Windows XP:

Go To: http://www.dosbox.com > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

Dosbox homepage
Next: Run the Downloaded Installer file and install Dosbox on your C:\ drive when asked. Finally when finished rename your Dosbox folder Discworld.

Next: Open the Discworld folder and locate and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Dosbox program
Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Creating the Discworld config
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exit DOS command
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

Editing Dosbox config file
Next: Now with the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

mount c c:\discworld
c:

Dosbox autoexec commands
After adding this code save and close the config file.


Now Lets Download the Free Discworld Game:

Go To:
http://abandonia.com

Next: Type in Discworld in the game search box in the upper right corner of the main page and press enter.

Search box
After That: Click on Discworld in the game search results column

Search results
Next: On the page that follows click on the "Get It!" button

Download game
Finally: Click on the "Get It" button on following page and wait for your browser to give you the option to download and save the file. Click the "Save" button and choose a directory on your hard drive where you would like to save the zip file. Saving to your desktop is usually the default option and is probably the easiest place to save the file for extraction.

Saving the zip file

Now Lets Extract the Discworld Free Game Download:

First: Right click on the Discworld game file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Extracting the zip file
Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will then be asked where you would like to save the extracted folder. You can choose anywhere you like but I'm going to choose C:\Discworld for now. After you've chosen a directory on your hard drive hit "Next" again and the files will begin to extract.

Zip extraction program

Now Lets Play Some Discworld!:

Discworld screenshot
First: Double click on the "Install" file in the C:\Discworld folder and the installer will launch. Click "New Path" on the first screen and change the "Installation Path" to C:\DISCWORLD, then press ok. Finally click "Install" and the program will begin installing Discworld (exit when finished).

Next: Double click on the dosbox program file. After it launches type "config" at the c:\ command prompt and press enter. This small program is used for configuring the sound settings for the game. Select the sound settings for the game that work on your setup and exit (you may have to play with the settings to get it working right).

Next: Within the Discworld folder create a new folder and name it "Save". This will allow you to save your progress while playing the game.

Save folder
Now: Open Dosbox again. At the C:\ prompt in Dobox type "disc" and press enter, Discworld will now launch, enjoy!

FAQ:
The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?

111 comments:

Anonymous said...

when i do all of this and then click dwb to launch, i get a message instantly telling me that this system does not support fullscreen mode with options to either ignore or close. if i ignore then it gives me the option again and if i ignore this time the screen closes down. what adjustments can i make to get this game working? its my favourite of all time and would love to be able to still play it. email me back at illusionist@hotmail.co.uk

Glenn said...

What operating system are you using?

Anonymous said...

Hi, new poster here.

I have a xp operating system, and have managed to download, install and play fine.

However I get no sound.

I understand, thru googling, it's due to xp not supporting dos or something.

would you know how to get it to work, and give me a dummies guide how to do it?

cheers,

jessie x

Glenn said...

Hi, I think the guide needs to be updated. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I'm going to try to do it tonight but if not then tomorrow. I looked it over and re-ran the program and just realized there's some issues. I should be able to work them out. Check back in 24 hours and it should be fixed.

-Glenn

Glenn said...

I just updated the guide. I hope this helps.

-Glenn

t_a_o said...

Hi again :)

I'm using Vista, and sometimes I get it to run fine other times it freezes.

Also, is there supposed to be speech in it?
Because all I hear - sometimes - is very loud music, lol.

I'm getting quite used to DosBox now, so could it have something to do with the cycles?

t_a_o said...

Another problem I'm facing is, that it won't save.
No matter what I do the folders keep being writeprotected.

I don't understand it, because I've removed all the security crap from vista :)

Glenn said...

You may have to lower the cpu cycles if it is freezing. There's also ways to free up some cpu cycles by disabling dosbox features that aren't needed for the game. Its to much info for the comments section but if you got to my MDK guide that I just posted there's a section I added on how to do this in that guide. I'm hoping to add a general guide on this this week. The speech part is kind of tricky. It sounds like you got the midi part working but you might need to play with the speech settings. It seems to want different settings on different computers so I just left this part alone being different things could work for different people. I hope this helps.

Best,
Glenn

t_a_o said...

Ok, did what you suggested and also put cycles back to auto.

I still however can't get the game to save. Hrmpf.
I have the SAVE folder and everything, but... :(

Why won't Vista let med change the writeprotection?

Glenn said...

Are you running the game off of your internal hard drive or something like a cd or flash drive? I'm not sure why it would be write protected unless its an external drive or some other program is causing this. Has this happened with any other programs or dosbox games you've tried?

t_a_o said...

No, I'm running it from my C drive in C:\Games

This is the first game that won't save! It's weird.

Another thing.
Are you sure there's speech in this game? :)
None of the sound drivers work for me regarding speech. Midi plays just fine.

Of course could be because of the write protection... but why has it suddenly changed?!

mars said...

why yes, there is speech in the game. the voice of Rincewind is done by none other than Eric Idle from Monty Python, and many of the other voices are done by Nigel Planner, the fellow that does all of the discworld audio books

Anonymous said...

i can't save game. i save game and when i go in load there is nothing. what i have to do?
i also don`t have speech in the game.

i use windows XP profesional.

Glenn said...

Hi, I apologize for not adding this in my guide but I just updated it today. It was an oversight on my part. In the C:\Discworld folder create a new folder and name it Save. This should allow you to save your progress (I added this to my guide as well).

-Glenn

Anonymous said...

Hi
can someone tell me how to get Discworld working on vista, im a mac guy so this pc thing is a new one on me.(simple instructions please)

Thanks

Anonymous said...

I've done all you've said, but once i run disc, it says "Discworld cannot find 'english.smp'!!"
I'd appreciate some help =]

Anonymous said...

Hi
I've managed to get discworld working, but there is no speech can somone help/ i've tried everything.

thanks

060888 said...

hello!
i have a (really probably silly) problem.
at the very beginning of this tutorial, you say to open the config file, and place 'mount c c:\discworld
c:' at the end. which i have done! but the problem is that it tells me that i cannot create the file, and to make sure that the path & file name are correct.
i am seriously stumped!
any help is appreciated.
and if it matters, i'm using vista. :)

060888 said...

actually, i've just fixed it! :)
now to get my sound to work. haha

Anonymous said...

There is no sound on that version, you need the ISO version that is around 100mb its hard to get hold of, i'm having trouble.
Google:
download discworld HOTU
you can get it there but its poor bandwidth

Anonymous said...

For those (mainly vista) people that are finding the discwld folder write protected, here's what you do. The folder (no matter what I did, would not allow me to save a new version of a file over the old one, so all i did was save it under the same name to a new location, then copy it to the game folder and overwrite it. It really is that easy

Dorothy said...

IM ON A WINDOWS XP

um, I downloaded my version of Discworld from Abandonware Paradise because Abandonia is currntly..well you cant download anything at the moment..And the file(the .zip) was saved to C:\C:\Discworld_us.zip. When I opened it (the only option was open with compressed(.zip) folder and clicked on the Install .Bta file, it went into install and everything, and it said the installed game would be at C:\DISCWRLD but i clicked 'install' and it said "Could not open DW_1.RNC

..so what do I do?

Contact me @

chicken_bicken9147@hotmail.com

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Dorothy, the way each site saves the files is different so that's probably why its not working. Thankfully Abandonia's server is back up.

-Glenn

Anonymous said...

I got everything to work but except for the sound. my email is DJ_bruce_1992@hotmail.com

Matt said...

hey there,


i downloaded from abandonia but i'm still having the same problem as dorothy=[ i.e." could not open DW_1.RNC"

any suggestions please email me at cookebenmatt@hotmail.co.uk

p.s. on vista

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi it's most likely because of Vista itself which has compatibility and files access issues that aren't present in XP. The guide was written for XP and I don't have Vista yet so I can't test it unfortunately. As a first step make sure you are signed in as an administrator in Vista.

-Glenn

Ripleyclone said...

seems like such a long process to install, config etc.

i have dosbox so i installed discworld to the default folder c:\DISCWLD

then anytime i want to play all i do is:

open dosbox
type: mount c c:\discwld
then: c:
then: disc

seems easier to me...

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Anonymous said...

I have used Boxer (a nicer-looking DOSBox) on my mac to unpack the discworld 1 files (I replaced decode.exe with the 'fixed' version from HOTU beforehand). However, the unpacking doesn't seem to create the english.smp file required for in-game speech. Can anyone suggest what might be wrong, or give a direct link to the english.smp file? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I have a problem with the game. In the part, Rincewind gets himself inside the Order of Dragon, the game crashes, and there's a loop to the part the dragon comes to Ankh-Morpork, and Rincewind wakes up in his bed, but without Luggage on the wardrobe, then the game stops.

I need some help fixing this!

Glenn Scrima said...

Are you using XP or Vista?

-Glenn

Anonymous said...

i can get to very last part but when i open dosbox and and type ''disc'', it says its an illegal commant

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi are you at the C:\ drive when this happens? Also which operating system are you using?

-Glenn

Michael said...

Abandonia's site has a version with no sound to reduce the size of the file, you can find a sound version out there bout it usually needs a fix file as most of the sound issues stem from the english.idx file or lack of an english.smp file

i use vista and it works fine so far but sound is an issue as i'm missing the english.smp file atm i'll update if i fix it.

also you can try a sound emulator like VDMSound 2.0.4

Michael said...

Ok I got sound and voice and music to work after a bit of trial and Error. what I ended up doing was having to use two downloads of the game

I used this one for the English.idx and English.smp files

http://rapidshare.com/files/104470915/Discworld.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/104568678/Discworld.part2.rar

and I used the download from here for the actual game.

http://www.squakenet.com/abandonwarering/site.asp?idgame=236&idsite=80&url=http://games.holyfile.com/Discworld/Abandonware/Adventure/download/909

I extracted and unpacked the game from squakenet.com to a folder on my desktop called Discworld (it will have an easy to use sound setup i clicked midi then auto detect, then digital sound then auto detect had no problems with it finding what it needed.)

I then extracted both .rar files i got from rapidshare (they created their own folder in my Download section) i ran the "install" exe in that folder and it created a Discwld folder on my c: drive. from this I took the english.idx file (if the english.smp file is in here take it too) than I took the english.smp file from the discworld folder that was in where the install.exe file was found. I then put both these into the Discworld folder on my desktop.

at this point I ran the Disc.exe file from the discworld folder on my desktop in dosbox and it worked.

(i didnt set up dosbox like you have listed here i just dragged and dropped disc.exe onto dosbox and it autoloads and runs it.)

any questions feel free to ask i'm sure that it sounded complicated but it isnt. probably could have gotten one or the other to work eventually but this was just easier for me.

Michael said...

oh an addendum to one of the anonymous posts

Anonymous said...

"when i do all of this and then click dwb to launch, i get a message instantly telling me that this system does not support fullscreen mode with options to either ignore or close..."

Vista has no or limited Dos so if you just try to run the disc.exe, or dwb.exe file without an emulator you will get that error. try running it though a dos emulator.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I got it working (XP), and I'm playing it, but I'm wondering how I can get into the menu of the game. I have no idea how I should save, load or quit the game, because I don't see a menu or something like that. This is probably a dumb question (I'm definitely blond!), but please, can you help me with this? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Well, I don't need an answer to my previous question anymore, because the F1-button has decided to work normal today (so I found the menu). But now I can't save the game... I created a Save folder in the Discworld folder, but it still doesn't save. What can I do to make this work?

Anonymous said...

And here I am again! I found the answer to my last question here:
http://forum.bestoldgames.net/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3433#p44469
And it works!!

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi sorry I couldn't get back to you sooner but I'm glad you found a solution. Hopefully this will help anyone having the same issue as well. Enjoy the game!

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Thanks for answering! It still works (only the game crashes after saving it, but I can live with that).

Veronica

Anonymous said...

Hi guys its a really great guide and well explained apart from the last step i cant seem to figue out.

this is probably the most basic thing out of all the steps but im really bad with dos.

the last couple of steps it says run the config to get the sound working and the run disc to get it to run but i cant seem to type in the right thing.

could you please explain or post a screenshot that would be great thanks.

love this game used to play it all the time when i was younger

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi which operating system are you using?

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

vista 32 bit, but i have a windows 95 emulator i can use.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi it looks like the game is having an issue with Vista with the last couple steps above. I will try to change these steps soon so it is not only working fully for XP but also Vista. Thanks for pointing this out and I will try to fix this ASAP.

Best,
Glenn

Stu said...

I have managed to lay my hands on an actual CD version of the game, complate with manual etc (on loan from a mate at work who has never run it in XP). I figured that DOSbox would be needed to get it to run in XP to make life easy re: sound etc but am a little hazy on the proceedure to get it to work. i have basically followed the guide but copied the CD contents into the (renamed) DOSbox folder. Having done this 'config' does not work BUT 'disc' does and the game runs beautifully but in total silence. If i d-click the config file it runs through setting the sound options (none of which seem to work)...any suggestions on how to get the sound working? PS. great guide!

Stu said...

oops...correction...disc did not work in DOSbox (it says the discworld CD can not be found) but d-clicking the DISC batch file does work...but no sound etc etc...been a long day!

Glenn Scrima said...

When you copy the game to the Discworld folder are all the files in this directory or are some of them in subdirectories? Also when you type install at the C: prompt does the install program come up or does Dosbox come back with nothing? It might be easier to run the game right off the CD and just mount that and your hard drive before you run Dosbox.

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

ok...i have XP..i can play the game with music(no sound effects or voice)and i cant save...i have a save folder in my discworld folder but it does me nothing...i cant rename my dosbox for it has no folders..discworld runs when i click START.bat...how can i add voice and effects and save?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi some in game audio has been removed in the Abandonia copy to save bandwidth on their site. To save in the game in the Discworld folder create a folder titled "save".

Best,
Glenn

Tess said...

I have the same problem. I have the 'save' folder where it should be, but I haven't found a key combination that lets me quit and save the game - I just had to close the window and lost everything!

Tess said...

Ignore that, I just remembered it's F1!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I can’t work out the last two steps.
I don’t know where the command prompt where I have to type ‘config’ and ‘disc’ is.
When I open Dosbox and type ‘disc’ I get the message ‘‘illegal command: disc’’.
I am using Windows XP.
I hope you can help.

Anonymous said...

Its ok, I was able to figure it out.
I got the English.smp and English.idx by downloading another version of the game but I don’t know how to add these files to the Abandonia's version of Discworld. Can anyone help because I love to hear the speech in the game.

Jimbob Jones said...

Followed Michael's method above, but no english.smp file anywhere: could anyone point me in the direction of one? OR, better, send me theirs? I'm running it under vista.

Basically, I end up with an English.txt which I think is meant to be the .smp one, and can't work out how to change it's format using this backwards operating system.

Please help my fellow Discworld fans, you're my only hope. That, and I really want to play the game with Eric Idle on vocals...

Glenn Scrima said...

I looked around a bit but didn't find a copy of the full version on any of the abandonware sites I frequent. If anyone knows of one for JimBob let me know.

Best,
Glenn

Glenn Scrima said...

I would try placing the English.smp and English.idx files in the main folder and see if they have any effect. You can always remove them if not.

Best,
Glenn

Jimbob Jones said...

Thanks Glenn!

Any of you guys that have got a copy out there with working vocals on it, please please please send me a copy of your english.smp file!

jamesscott101@live.co.uk

Please help! I'm in need of some Pratchett sillyness.

Georgia said...

Hey, just need a bit of a briefing.
Is this safe to download to Vista? I'm always worried about this kinda stuff. Sorry.

Sam Ryans said...

You might want to add a step to this guide that you have in many other guides, where you add the game-start command to the autoexec in the config file. Also, I didn't end up needing to make a new save folder, I played the whole thing in one sitting! Great game feature.

Sam Ryans said...

Also, for those having issues, here's what I ended up having to do to make it work. In install, change the path to just c:/, so all the install files are in the same folder. Installing in a subfolder causes issues for me in both XP and Vista. Also, the disc command doesn't seem to work to start the game. All the disc command does is executes the EXE DWB, which is the runtime game. Instead of disc, try using the command DWB to start the game. Hope this fizes some issues some users may be having.

Anonymous said...

[quote]Is this safe to download to Vista?[/quote]
Get a decent anti-virus program.

Anyone else having problems with running on original hardware, or in DOSbox, just use the latest "ScummVM" as Disworld 1&2 have been officially added to it's supported list.

Xi the Frustrated one said...

Hello~

I'm running this on vista... I got all the way to the point where it asked me to run the INSTALL.EXE that is extracted from the abandonia download. I suppose I was asking for trouble after all I am running the 64-bit version of Vista.

The problem is this... when I try to run the install, Windows says that it is incompatible with my version of windows. I tried running it windows 95 safe mode but it still came up with the error.

If anyone knows a way around this please explain~

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Xi, the steps in the guide where written for XP when I published it. However you should be able to get around this by running install.exe in Dosbox itself.

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Running install.exe in Dosbox was the only way to enable the game to be saved. Thanx Glenn :)))

Glenn Scrima said...

No problem enjoy playing Discworld.

Best,
Glenn

Joanne said...

Hiya, cheers for the guide. Just a few questions...

1. When you say 'install Dosbox on your C:\ drive when asked' do you mean install it as c:\Dosbox, not the programs files thingy.

2. 'but I'm going to choose C:\Discworld for now' Do you mean the same folder that Dosbox is in?

3. 'After it launches type "config" at the c:\ command prompt and press enter' when I do this this text appears...
'Use -writeconf filename to write the current config
'Use -writelang filename to write the current language strings' Advice?

4. 'At the C:\ prompt in Dobox type "disc" and press enter' when I do this this text appears...
'Illegal command: disc'

I really want to play this game...i'm using Vista btw

Jo

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Joanne welcome to the site.

1. You'll need to install Discworld on C:\ but not in the program files section though

2. Discworld and Dosbox will need to be installed in the same place/folder.

3. You'll need config -writeconf dosbox.conf

4. This should work after you make the other adjustments.

Let me know if you run into any other troubles with the install I'll try to help.

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn, appreciate the guide.. managed to get the game to go.. got it up and running.. minor problems tho.. the text isnt in english and im not getting sound at all.. im running on vista.. im torubleshooting through questions and responses already posted.. a new one i have is... how do i play with max screen? thanks again

Anonymous said...

me again.. i figured out how to get the english dialogue subtitles.. no voices still.. but it was a relief to get the music to play.. otherwise i wouldnt have done it.. also found out how to max the screen in dosbox... just hit, alt+enter.. to go in and out of it.. i believe... wish i knew that sooner tho... before i had already conquered discworld x]

Anonymous said...

Hey for everyone looking for a copy with sound and speech I found this one via torrent.

http://www.mininova.org/tor/2063645

Works great on vista with speech.

Anonymous said...

hi, i did everything you said, but when i did the last instruction ("type disc at the prompt") it said illegal command.

nothing happened :(

I don't know what to do

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi does the C: drive mount correctly?

Best,
Glenn

Glenn Scrima said...

This is a quick guide that will show you how to get fullscreen working.

http://www.glennsguides.com/2008/01/dosbox-emulator-faq-how-to-make.html

Best,
Glenn

Lord Random said...

I have downloaded and installed everything successfully, however when I don't understsand what to do after installing discworld. dosbox can't seem to load the "cd"

podligan said...

hi there is anybody able to please send me english.idx and english.smp?

email address is trichocereus_pachanoi@hotmail.com

thanks.

podligan said...

hi there. when i get into the order of the dragon in act II, it stuffs up and goes into the cutscene from the intro to the game, then ends up crashing. the dosbox thing says "illegal call 7" or something like that. i'm using abandonia's version, on windows XP. HEEEELLLLPPPP!

podligan said...

Okay, for anybody else out there who is having gamecrashing where the dragon gets summoned, follow this link, and download savegame.zip. Pax.

http://www.lspace.org/ftp/games/discworld/

Anonymous said...

I have read everything. I got the abandonia.com version. got midi to work. but won't save on my win 7 or on my wife's win xp. I've done all of those things. what's going on?

podligan said...

I was having trouble saving when I used the mount mentioned in the how-to guide. This was because I had created a C:\discwld\save\ folder, but the Dosbox was reading it as c:\save\ instead. So what I had to do was create a folder inside the c:\discwld\ folder, that was c:\discwld\discwld\save\ and after that saving worked fine.

Anonymous said...

@podligan: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! that saved me from my saving problems. and now i only have the voices and sound effects missing... i know(think i know) how to get the voices working by downloading another file with the .smp but i cant find it anywhere, has anyone got a working link?

Anonymous said...

(i am the poster above) i found an english.smp file for discworld, and now i am unable to make it work, i put it alongside the english text file, but it doesnt want to work, i tried all the different drivers under config too. everything just works the same as before, no sound effects or voices. can you explain to me what im doing wrong? (or if im misssing any more files)

Anonymous said...

hi i have followed everything on the instructions but when i come to play i load dosbox up and type disc and it says illegel command what have i done wrong i dont understand any clues thanks?????

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, is the C: drive mounting correctly?

Best,
Glenn

mark_talbot5 said...
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mark_talbot5 said...

hi,

Got as far as entering "Config" in dosbox (Folder renamed as "Discworld" as instructed) and get the following:

C:\Config
Config tool:
Use -writeconf filename to write the current config.
Use -writelang filename to write the current language strings.

What am I supposed o do next?

mark_talbot5 said...

Hi,

Got as far as enter "config" in dosbox (Folder renamed as "Discworld" as instructed) and get the following:

C:\>Config
Config tool:
Use -writeconf filename to write the current config.
Use -writelang filename to write the current language strings.

What do I need to do then? Thanks for this. Loved the game in 95.

mark_talbot5 said...

Neverming earlier post. :D fixed it. Now I have no voices or sound effects. have music. but thats all. any ideas or advice?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Mark, unfortunately their copy omits these sound files to make the size of the game download smaller. This happens with some games they have but I'm hoping they change it in the future as server bandwidth for large files is always getting cheaper (I'm assuming this is why they originally did this).

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

hi there, thanks for the guide but im having a stupid, frustrating problem. I've dled the zip file but am unable to extract the files. Im using winrar atm, can u recommend something else that works?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, if you right click the file windows has a built in feature that allows you to unzip the file. This is the easiest way to do it without using a 3rd party app.

Best,
Glenn

Screwville512 said...

I have both the English.IDX and .SMP (327.8mb) that I got from another dl that would not run, I was getting the 'Discworld cannot locate the discworld cd' error. I then DLed another ~20mb version that ran with sound ,though, (obviously) no voice. Simply droping the .IDX and .SMP files will not work, I have even tried merging both versions together completly multiple times to no avail.

I'm trying to find out what file it is that directs it to the .smp or .idx. Obviously their was something changed in the ~20mb versions of the game other than a simple rip of the .smp file or else we would all have an error.

I read that other people were getting an error for not having an .smp file. I'd like to get ahold of one of those versions of the game, or at least the file that cause's it to look for the .smp in the first place.

This is all a bit harder when your using linux, i'm not able to use versions that contain an install.exe like the abandon DL. Thank god dosbox is in the ubuntu repositories.

If any has gotten this to work let me know, and if anyone needs the .idx and .smp files i'll upload them to megaupload and/or rapidshare.

Binky said...

HEY GUYS - READ THIS, IT'S IMPORTANT INFO

This could save you hours of frustration or having to give up completely...

Two important things...

EMULATOR - DON'T USE DOSBOX
That's my opinions as I have found a MUCH better and easier one to use. Yay! DOSBox was buggy as hell for me no matter what game I tried to play and fullscreen just sent the screen mad.
I used ScummVM which was MUCH better. It has a Windows style input box and does most of the setup work for you. It didn't work for me on the Xanth game I downloaded but I've only given it a couple of hours try and it's working so, SO much better than DOSBox. DOSBox kept crashing on me and missing bits out of the games. Most of Glenn's instructions worked for me but I still had a lot of trouble getting things to work. That may be partially down to the OS I'm using but I can't tell.

Secondly - the game. This seems buggy as hell as well. Yes the vocals are missing too but the game keeps crashing for good on the same part no matter what DOS emulator I use - although up to that part the game runs as it should. (I own all three DW games on official disc so I know how they go.)
The good news is there seems to be a new torrent out there that includes the vocals and has a built in emulator depending on which torrent you pick. It's been better tweaked than this version.
The torrent was put up about a month ago so search the torrent forums for it. There are a few seeders on one or two of the torrents so get the seeding rate up guys and grab it while it's there.

As I say I don't know how much my OS had a hard time dealing with the game AND with DOSBox but for your info I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium (because it came with the computer, not a version I'd have picked).

I kept having to install DOSBox seperately for every game I wanted to play but I don't have to with ScummVM. Google that name and grab it direct from their website. I don't work for them by the way ;) I'm just so relieved I don't have to keep configuring the darn settings every time I find something I want to play which can take hours if something unexplainable goes wrong.

Hope this info helps some of you guys and Glenn can update his guides if this info's useful. Finding these newly uploaded versions was a real gamer lifesaver. :-D And time saver!

Catch you later guys. x Binks

Binky said...

Little bit of further info...

Website address-
www . ScummVM . org

Forgot to mention that when I used DOSBox a lot of bits were missing out of the game the first time I played it. Characters and items were missing or jumped over the screen. Glenn's installation instructions didn't fully work (when you double click the file to install it just says you can't do that as you need to check if you really need a x64 system even if you try to make it compatible with an older version).
When it did that I had to get into the right directory in DOSBox and type install.exe then hit return.
When trying to open the game the second and third time I got some of the other problems people have listed in previous comments and the answer wasn't immedietely obvious since I've forgotten my DOS commands (god it was so long ago!).
The instructions to get the game to save didn't work either - but strangely I didn't have to set up anything to get the game to save as that worked automatically when I used ScummVM which surprised me.

ScummVM also gave me fullscreen with absolutely NO problems whatsoever and in great quality. (Same shortcut keys as DOSBox - Alt&Enter).

Anyway... again I hope this helps some of you. If I get any more information while I'm trying out ScummVM and the torrent I'm currently downloading I will let you know.

If I can just find my actual discs of the games I'll be very interested to see how the emulators deal with CDs. ^_^

Later DW fans. x ^_^ Love Binky

Anonymous said...

I think this new post I wrote got deleted because I put a website address in even though I didn't type it the normal way.
ScummVM is at a website that ends in org insteam of com. That should be enough to help you find it.
As for the rest of the post that got lost - oh well... I guess it's not THAT important. It was just an addendum I thought would be helpful and now I can't remember how I put it. lol
I'll get back to you if I have more helpful info though.
Later DW fans. x Love Binky

Binky said...

WINDOWS VISTA USERS
I can't *promise* you this info is good but it came from a trusted torrent source.
One of the new torrents for Discworld is tweaked for use on Windows Vista. Search the torrent forums for it - most of the most popular ones have it listed. A Bay of Pirates for example and a BT one *hint hint*.
The PB one had 9 seeders (ten tomorrow when I get mine to test) but I have a cruddy connection to torrents so I'm not much help to seed.
PLEASE SEED as the amount of seeders is just woeful and this is how good torrents die.
Note: this torrent lists the reccommended emulator as ScummVM. lol
If any of you know how to get one of the retro games sites to upload this for direct download it'd be a huge help (especially for people like me as I can manage direct downloads).
I better sign off for now. Hope it works for y'all. x
(PS - the last Anonymous post was by me but you probably guessed.)

Binky said...

Does anyone else have this problem with the game?

I get partway through and then come up one of the puzzle obsticles whereby you have to catch a worm to complete that part of the quest.
You throw the tomato in your inventory at the Tax Collector character and then pick up another Tomato (this time it has a worm in it) - and if the game works right you then get a Worm to put in your inventory to use in the quest.

When I pick up the second Tomato I see the animation where you catch the Worm, but I don't actually get a Worm to put in my inventory - therefore I can't complete that quest and therefore I can't complete the rest of the whole game.

Since you can't add patches to a corrupt game it looks like this version does not work (at least for me).

Does anyone have an answer for what I should do next to get a fully working game?

I've also been trying to play Discworld2 but can't get Part 2 of that to work so I'm having no luck getting any Discworld games working so far and I'm past the point of being fedup with them, even though I love the games themselves. *sigh* :-(

Anonymous said...

I'm running DOSBOX and ScummVM on Mac OSX. I played to the scene when the dragon is summoned at the hideout in DOSBOX, but the game continued to crash despite fiddling with the CPU output. So now I'm trying to run it in ScummVM, and it seems to work better. Do you know how to transfer my save file from DOSBOX to ScummVM? I've tried changing the save path in ScummVM, but it hasn't worked.

Glenn Scrima said...

I'm not as familiar with the ScummVM emulator at the moment but I'm contemplating writing additional guides for certain games such as Discworld that are supported by it in the future.

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

hey there i have windows vista and i had trouble with dosbox etc... i found scummVM works perfect for it, how ever i couldnt manage to get the voices going. i had sound but no voices :( thats the best part of the game. i found though, the games i downloaded from digiex worked perfect in dosbox, but then when i downloaded games from bestoldgames thats when i had to use the scummVM to get sound working but only the music. i no this wont help much. it took me awhile to get to this point. im still working on the voices and sound effects.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, some music files are missing from the online download for this game (likely due to file size). This issue will come up regardless of the emulator used.

Best,
Glenn

Anonymous said...

I've read so many comments and my question remains. How do I begin Discworld? I type in 'Disc' it is on C: and I have windows XP
Thank you,
Tastyfish

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi is the c: drive mounting correctly in Dosbox?

Best,
Glenn

jonny said...

fyi, in order to get speech working in discworld you need to find a full rip of the game (e.g one that includes the voice acting files).

afaik abandonware streamline most of their games - in this case (discworld) the entire voice acting library was removed, ergo you cannot get speech to work if the relevant audio files are not there to begin with.

fair enough, the midi scores are provided but those are obviously small files.

if you think about it, the original discworld cd was 700 odd meg in size, however the abandonware version is barely 20 meg.

thankfully i own an original copy of the game =)

Anonymous said...

hey, im using windows 7 home premium and i cant get the install file to start.. it keeps giving me this error.. the version of this file is not compatible with the version of windows you are using. check your computer's system information to check whether you need an x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher.. what do i do?

Anonymous said...

I have a problem with the last three steps; I am a total noop, so could someone please describe them to me in detail?
The commands are "illegal" as my Dosbox says.

Jacques Fourie said...

Hi, Im using win xp and the is running fine, but it doesnt wnt to safe... Help me please? jacquesfourie9630@gmail.com

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Jacques, you will need to create a folder inside the Discworld folder and name that folder "Save". This should allow you to save your games.

Samantha Horn said...

Hi, I am trying to edit the conf file and when I try to save it I'm denied. I don't know what to do, please help!

Anonymous said...

try disabling user account control, as for saving i created the folder but when ingame and pressing save it doesn't make any save file