Friday, 31 January 2014

Tomb Raider 1 on PC | Windows 7 Black Screen after Menu

Recently I met a friend who wanted to play Tomb Raider 1 on his PC. He said he was fortunate enough because he had his PS 1 disk of Tomb Raider with him, so he could just use a PS Emulator to achieve his goal.

Soon he came back only to tell me that he was unfortunate to have PS disc of the game. I asked why? And he says "There is this issue with the game, it renders a black screen after menu. It is the same for all." So I thought to myself, why not help this guy? Atleast I could try to. So this is what we did.

First we got his disc and made an ISO of it, then we mounted on MagicDisk, this way the PS1 emulator reads the Audio Tracks properly. This fixed the issue on my PC.

I am using ePSXe in this tutorial. --> HERE.
Get P.E.Op.S. CDR Driver 1.4 for ePSXe. --> HERE

Now start up ePSXe, assuming you have the rest of stuff setup (BIOS, Video, Audio drivers)

Go to Config -> CDROM and select the P.E.Op.S. CDR Driver 1.4.
Click on Configure.
Now you will see a box 'Select the CDROM letter'
Click on the spinner (drop down list) and select the letter of the virtual drive that you have created (with MagicDisc or Daemon or anything else).
Then check all three checkboxes below it.

You are good to go now. Go to Files -> Run from CD and you should be able to play the game!!!

Didn't work? Continue reading...

This worked as a feast for me. But when I got to friend's home and did the same, there was a new issue "WNSAPI32 not found", dang, it was just Microsoft being Microsoft again. So we had to find an alternative.

The alternative includes you downloading a 130 MB file and another 14 MB patch file. If you can download those files then keep reading...

There are several other methods, but those are pretty messy. This one is the simplest that I've been able to figure out. If you find a simpler one, let me know in comments. :)

First download this Tomb Raider 1 (1996) for PC -> HERE

Now download the Patch to fix it for modern Windows -> HERE

Once downloaded you will have a RAR file. Extract it with WinRAR or 7z or any other software. Now you will have an ISO file (Tomb Raider 1). Note the location of the file. In my case, it is,

D:\Downloads\Tomb_Raider_1\Tomb Raider 1.iso

Or alternatively you can choose to mount the ISO to a virtual drive. Eg: MagicDisc, Daemon Tools etc. If you are not familiar with it then note the Location of ISO.

Step 1:

Click on Next to begin.

Step 2:

Click on Next to continue.

Step 3:

Select the location to install game to.
Click on Next to begin.

Step 4:

Enter the location that you noted before (the place where ISO is) [If you prefer not to use Virtual Drive]
If you have mounted it to a Virtual Drive then click on Browse and select the Drive to which it is mounted (see Pic 2 below)
Click on Next to begin.

Pic 1

Pic 2

Step 5:

Check "Unfinished Business"
Choose "Full Installation" and click on Next.

Step 6:

Enter the location for startup directly [optional or leave it as such].

 Step 7:

Choose what you want in this and click Next.

Step 8:

Click Install

Step 9:

Hurray! Start from desktop shortcut (if you chose to have it) or browse to location and start game. :)

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