Sam and Max Hit the Road (CD-ROM version): Can not play Roland MIDI on my SC55 MKII

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Sam and Max Hit the Road (CD-ROM version): Can not play Roland MIDI on my SC55 MKII

Postby C0deHunter » 2019-8-07 @ 10:13

When I launch the SETMUSE in order to set the music, I get the following choices:

Soundscap MIDI
Adlib
4-OP FM
General MIDI
Roland
None

When I choose General MIDI, or Roland, the game simply loads no music files.

If I choose *detect*, nothing happens when either of the two are selected.

If I choose *test music*, it freezes my PC.

My System specs:
PIII-800E
Abit BH-6
512MB SD-RAM PC100
AWE64 Gold
Windows 98SE
(but I am using PhilComputerLabs', *pure* DOS option to play the launch the game from a DOS prompt)

Any help would be appreciated!
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Re: Sam and Max Hit the Road (CD-ROM version): Can not play Roland MIDI on my SC55 MKII

Postby i2lgames » 2019-8-07 @ 13:01

This game is speed sensitive. You can try shutting down the cashe with setmul or using throttle to slow down.
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Re: Sam and Max Hit the Road (CD-ROM version): Can not play Roland MIDI on my SC55 MKII

Postby C0deHunter » 2019-8-07 @ 18:50

I suspected that as well. On my PIII-800, the SetMul does not seem to do anything. What are my other options for slowing down this system?
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Re: Sam and Max Hit the Road (CD-ROM version): Can not play Roland MIDI on my SC55 MKII

Postby i2lgames » 2019-8-08 @ 09:30

Well the INTEL chipset, although very stable and compatible, does not work well with either setmul or throttle. I tried, a long time before, using a via chipset slot one motherboard and, while the slow down utilities worked, the system became VERY slow. The same applies to socket 370. The best thing i did is that i found a VIA MVP3 chipset motherboard with agp (a bit buggy but works nice with voodoo 3 agp and geforce2 cards) and stuck an AMD K6-300 in. Throttle works wonders and setmul is doing a good job, while still on par with Pentium 2.
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Re: Sam and Max Hit the Road (CD-ROM version): Can not play Roland MIDI on my SC55 MKII

Postby C0deHunter » 2019-8-10 @ 03:28

UPDATE:
I was able to run the system perfectly with using SetMUL L1D command, instead of using Phil's (Phil's Computer LAB) per-configured batch files (i.e. Slow, Slowest, etc.), and now the game works!
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Re: Sam and Max Hit the Road (CD-ROM version): Can not play Roland MIDI on my SC55 MKII

Postby i2lgames » 2019-8-10 @ 18:06

Nice! The same applies to day of the tentacle and indy 4.
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