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Pharaoh’s Tomb

 

It’s time for a 90’s video game… Pharaoh’s Tomb. Having discovered the game by accident (primarily because it’s now freeware), I decided to give it a try and was certainly not disappointed. If you’re looking to kill some time and are into Super Mario style, arcade gameplay then this will surely be for you.

As the game pre-days Windows 95 it’s not real surprise that it won’t run on any modern OS. To install you’ll need to carry out the steps detailed below…happy gaming!

Synopsis (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

The protagonist, Nevada Smith (a play on Indiana Jones), is an archaeologist and adventurer who is exploring an Egyptian pyramid.

Instructions (Windows Only)

  • Download and install DOS Box, this will be the emulator (vaguely simulates an old IBM machine) that you’ll use to run the game.
  • Download Pharaoh’s Tomb’s 2009 freeware release into C:\Games\DOS (you can choose whichever directory you like to store the files but remember you will need to adapt the command lines shown in the video tutorial and below.
  • Run DOS Box and enter each of the below lines, after every line hit enter (ie. each line is a separate line).
    MOUNT C C:\GAMES\DOS
    C:
    DIR
    PTOMB1.EXE
  • The ‘DIR’ command isn’t required but will confirm that you’ve done the previous steps correctly as things should look like this…

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You’re ready to play now!

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Video Tutorial

 

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Windows 8.1 Bluetooth Fix

So, you’ve just invested in a nice shiny new copy of Windows 8.1 but you’re now having problems connecting your laptop with your smartphone or Bluetooth mouse? You’re not the only one. The internet is filled with support forums with people, just like you, reporting similar problems and every thread suggests a different fix – this one worked for me.

 

Before trying this solution you must first ensure that you have the capacity for Bluetooth connectivity on your computer and, in the event that you do, all of the necessary drivers are installed and up-to-date. Check with the manufacturer of your laptop/desktop PC to make sure Bluetooth connectivity is available on your computer, if the necessary hardware is not installed I’d recommend you purchase a USB mini Bluetooth dongle. To check your drivers are up to date visit the support section of the manufacturer’s website. I use a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series and was very pleased with the Intel Driver Update Utility which I now check on a regular basis to ensure I have the latest drivers installed.

 

After you’ve checked that all drivers have been updated it’s now time for you to move onto repairing the issue. Follow the steps below:

  • Press the Windows key and ‘S’ at the same time, a search function will open from the right hand side of your screen.
  • Enter ‘View local services’ into the search box.
  • In Local Services, double click on ‘Bluetooth Support Service’.
  • Select the ‘Log On’ tab.
  • Select the ‘This Account’ radio button.
  • Type in ‘Local Service’ to the left of the ‘Browse’ button and remove the passwords below – leave these fields blank.
  • Press ‘Apply’ and ‘Okay’.
  • On the left hand side of ‘Local Services’ window the words ‘Bluetooth Support Service’ now appear in bold. Below the bold text press ‘Start the service’.

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Bluetooth should now be working normally on your computer. You can now pair your device.

  • On the lower right hand side of your screen select the ‘Show Hidden Icons’ triangle.
  • Select the Bluetooth icon and “Add a new device”
  • Pair the mouse…

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