The Bard's Tale - the game

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by gwr102558, Feb 24, 2008.

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    gwr102558 Guest

    I am trying to install The Bard's Tale game. The game will not install on the
    hard drive. Would like to know what I have to do to get it installed.
    gwr102558, Feb 24, 2008
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    VRG Scotty Guest

    As posted in the previous post have you tried the usuall stuff IE running
    as administrator and using compatibility mode, turning off UAC ?
    VRG Scotty, Feb 24, 2008
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    gwr102558 Guest

    I installed Windows Media Player Series 9, Directx 9, did the compatibility
    for Windows xp and it still will not work.
    gwr102558, Feb 24, 2008
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    Andy [YaYa] Guest

    Contact the game maker, see if they support Vista or have any
    troubleshooting tips?

    I assume you're running the new "Bard's Tale" right, and not the old one
    from the 80s?
    Andy [YaYa], Feb 25, 2008
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    gwr102558 Guest

    It is the one for 2005.

    gwr102558, Feb 26, 2008
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    Andy [YaYa] Guest

    Yeah, I checked the Sierra website, they have no patches for the PC version
    of The Bard's Tale, and no support information at all.

    Exactly what is happening when you try to install? Are you getting any error

    Only think I can suggest is running in Admin mode, and since the game
    doesn't seem to have any support for Vista you may not get it working
    without a little hacking.

    Good luck,
    Andy [YaYa], Feb 26, 2008
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    gwr102558 Guest

    It was telling me that I needed to install Windows Media Player Series 9.
    Which I did. I put the disc in the cd-rom drive and the install window would
    come on. I click on install, the drive would start, but the game would never
    gwr102558, Feb 27, 2008
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    LoonyLizard Guest

    I'm having a similar problem trying to install The Bard's Tale wit
    Windows 7 Home Premium. I get an error message saying that Media Playe
    9 or higher is not detected. Trying to run the suggested file
    E;\Install\Media Player\wmfdist.exe, in any compatibility mode doe
    nothing - the file won't even register as trying to run on Task Manager

    Here's why: Windows Vista and its descendant, Windows 7, automaticall
    block Media Player 9 , 10, & 11 due to compatibility issues. I know,
    downloaded each version and tried to install them, only to be informe
    that they are automatically blocked for that very reason
    :shock: :confused: :cry: :mad

    So the question reframed is: Does anybody know of a patch that will le
    Vista and/or Windows 7 run Media Player 9? If not, does anybody know o
    a patch for the -*current *-version of Media Player that will work wit
    the game? For that matter, does anybody know how to get th
    compatibility buttons in Media Player's properties to activate? Editin
    permissions has no effect, and the troubleshooter just says that i
    can't adjust the settings on this program
    LoonyLizard, Feb 15, 2010
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    geekchild Guest

    A quick fix for any one running windows 7 (if you don't you should ge

    Step 1. Insert disk and open My Computer.

    Step 2. Right click your DVD drive icon and select open.

    Step 3. Locate the setup icon (near the bottom) and right click.

    Step 4. Select Troubleshoot compatibility (a window will appear showin
    a loading bar ‘Detecting Issues’ allow the window time to finis
    detecting the window.

    Step 5. From the options listed select 'Try recommended settings'.

    Step 6. Click ‘Start the Program’ a notification might appear on th
    taskbar, accept the pop-up.

    Step 7. Follow the onscreen instructions to install ‘The Bard’s Tale’

    The game should now run as normal (it did for me)
    geekchild, Mar 21, 2010
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    LoonyLizard Guest

    Unfortunately, these steps do not work for versions of the game released
    when XP was the most current version of the O/S. Those versions need
    *Windows Media format 9, 10, or 11* to run, and Windows 7 actively
    *BLOCKS *the installation of all those versions of Media Player. The
    best solution I found was to join 'Steam'
    ( and pay $10 to buy their version of the
    game. I've done it, played it, and the game works great. Am I crazy
    about paying more money to play a game I already own? No, but if you
    like the game enough, it's worth it in the end. :cool::cool:
    LoonyLizard, Mar 21, 2010
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    geekchild Guest

    geekchild, Mar 28, 2010
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    May 2, 2010
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    A fix

    I think this is for the 2004 version or 2005 version but when i tried to install on windows vista home premium service pack 1 today it kept coming up windows media format 9 is not installed.

    heres what i did to fix it. its similar to that suggested fix for windows 7

    i right clicked on the cd image im C and hit explore. found the setup.exe and hit properties, i then hit run in compatibility mode for windows XP SP2 i then ran from that actual setup.exe. so if u run the actual setup.exe in compatibilitty mode rather then the icon for the CD, it seems to skip the WMF 9 problem.
    dragonblood, May 2, 2010
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