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Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive - Access Software (1996)
Tested By: Jiri

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
100% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.73 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
100% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.72 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
100% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.63 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
85% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.62 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
0% supported
  DOSBox version: 0.61 (broken)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
0% supported
  DOSBox version: 0.60 (broken)


Cannot type numbers (2014-07-23 12:45) kasperjanssens
Alright, found out that I had to comment out usescancodes=false in the dosbox conf.
Cannot type numbers (2014-07-23 10:50) kasperjanssens
I seem not to be able to type numbers in game. I use an azerty keyboard layout, which is recognized, but if I touch anything else than the letters, nothing happens or the wrong thing comes out. I'm running an Ubuntu 14.04 on linux. I use the startup config that steam provides for running it. The keyboard setting there was auto, but even when I changed it for example to us to check whether the numbers would then be recognized, it seems to stay on that half-working azerty version. Anybody an idea?
emulated video problem 0.74 (2012-03-13 22:02) cookiemaster
I changed the default settings in the options

[dosbox]
...
machine=svga_s3 to svga_et4000

and the game doesn't start with this setting.
trifle (2011-10-10 13:48) kukaba
In addition to what miarf posted, I would like to add a little something.

Be sure to check the cd-rom tab in the in-game config window.
To access it, click the config button on the auxiliary panel, inside the game.
Better do it right after game starts (i.e. do it before you start the new game).
If you mounted everything correctly in dosbox you should see six cd-rom drives.
Change drive letters to whichever drive letters you have assigned in your conf file, remembering not to mess the drives order, given in the aforementioned conf file (as new problems might arise because of this).
Click the test button next to each drive and you should be all set.
A lot of people had problem with playing PD of the the hard drive because of this, as I've observed on various forums.
0.73 (2010-03-21 15:19) LuciferSam
With 0.73 no problem. Tested with a i7 860 @ 2.8 GhZ. Cycles: 80000 - 100000, Cpu Core = Dynamic
Instructions for 0.72 (2009-01-13 19:26) miarf
The easiest way to play without swapping CDs is this:

1. Copy the contents of each CD into a separate folder, like PANDORA1, PANDORA2, etc.

2. Mount each folder as the respective CD, using the -label parameter, like this, for example:

mount d c:pandcdsPANDORA1 -T cdrom -label PANDORA1

mount e c:pandcdsPANDORA2 -T cdrom -label PANDORA2

mount f c:pandcdsPANDORA3 -T cdrom -label PANDORA3

and so on...

(Creating a .bat file that launches dosbox with a separate .conf file with all those mounted drives in autoexec is probably a good idea...)

Game works fine with the default configuration file of DOSBox 0.72, if you have sufficient CPU power. Using cycles=auto gives erratic performance, setting it to somewhere around 20000-80000 is makes gameplay smooth (on 3Ghz Core 2 Duo at least). Confirmed with the patched version of the game.

In the game's audio configuration use sb16 for good quality sound, with port 220, irq 7, dma 5.

Use whatever music card sounds best.


asking drive (2006-05-09 10:14) kalan
I got the same problem....it's asking CD when the CD is inside...perhaps, DOSbox dosn't support changing the CDs( Please, help!
asking drive (2006-05-08 14:40) synthex59
seems on 0.65 version, the problem of asking CD
even it's inside drive, happens again, I don't know how to resolve it.
version 0.63 (2005-02-23 08:33) Zanthia84
Works perfectly!
0.62 - problem solved (2004-10-05 14:45) Jiri
The problem with CD access has been solved in 0.62.
Note: (2003-12-28 10:13) Jiri
Install works fine in DOSBox but then the game keeps asking for the CD to be inserted (even if it is) and refuses to run.



Compatibility statistics (3882 games in database)
Version: Games broken: Games runnable: Games playable: Games supported:
DOSBox 0.74-3 (962) 41 (4.26%) 20 (2.08%) 36 (3.74%) 865 (89.92%)
DOSBox 0.73 (619) 14 (2.26%) 13 (2.10%) 13 (2.10%) 579 (93.54%)
DOSBox 0.72 (710) 41 (5.77%) 20 (2.82%) 28 (3.94%) 621 (87.46%)
DOSBox 0.71 (152) 28 (18.42%) 5 (3.29%) 7 (4.61%) 112 (73.68%)
DOSBox 0.70 (944) 21 (2.22%) 13 (1.38%) 30 (3.18%) 880 (93.22%)
DOSBox 0.65 (714) 35 (4.90%) 26 (3.64%) 39 (5.46%) 614 (85.99%)
DOSBox 0.63 (912) 75 (8.22%) 43 (4.71%) 45 (4.93%) 749 (82.13%)
DOSBox 0.62 (391) 54 (13.81%) 24 (6.14%) 27 (6.91%) 286 (73.15%)
DOSBox 0.61 (998) 87 (8.72%) 58 (5.81%) 68 (6.81%) 785 (78.66%)
DOSBox 0.60 (768) 109 (14.19%) 67 (8.72%) 72 (9.38%) 520 (67.71%)
DOSBox 0.58 (1141) 263 (23.05%) 14 (1.23%) 19 (1.67%) 845 (74.06%)






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