Outpost 1 Box Cover

Released: 1994
Published By: Sierra
Developed By: Dynamix

In the first part of the 21st century, scientists discovered a huge asteroid named Vulcan's Hammer headed straight for Earth. A single corporation decided the only way for survival was to colonize other worlds. One ship was launched and as it sat in orbit around Jupiter, Earth was no more. Now it is your task to seek out a new planet and repopulate it with human life. The game is set in an isometric third person perspective, like that of Simcity, in which you must re-colonize the planet while dealing with the intricacies of day-to-day life.

Outpost 1 Pages

Game Download

Outpost1.rar (196MB)

Projects:

Outpost: Missing In Action

Screenshot from the game:

OP1 Thumbnail

How to Install Outpost 1

Step 1

Download Outpost 1 from the link above.

Step 2

Do you know what a WinRAR file is (or a file with the extension .rar) ?

Yes - The you know what you are doing skip to Step 3

No - Then you will need to download a utility which will decompress the Outpost 1 CD Image (ISO).
From this page. Download and install WinRAR.

- What is WinRAR?
It is a file compression utility like WinZip that lets you squash files so they take up less space. WinRARis a program which is much better for reducing the files size than WinZip. (It actually managed to halve the size of your download!)

Install Winrar

It will then also ask if you want to create program shortcuts etc… I highly recommend this program so I recommend that you do.

IMPORTANT ADDITION: UNCHECK THE ISO OPTION, THIS WILL REDUCE PROBLEMS LATER & HOPEFULLY REDUCE MEZ'S HEADACHES CAUSED BY DUMB USERS NOT BEING ABLE TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS


Then when you first run the program it will tell you that you are on a 40 day evaluation period, (just click 'Done').

Install Winrar 2

Now double click on the 'WinRAR' shortcut and use the address bar at the top to select the correct drive. Double click on 'folders' to progress through and find the Outpost1.rar. Double click on it to open it

Extract Outposst1.rar

Select the outpost1.iso file and click the big button at the top saying ‘extract to’, this brings up the following box:

Choose Folder to extract to

It will start extracting and take a few minutes to complete.

Extracting

Once done move onto Step 3

If you receive an error message about damaged files then it is likely that the download is corrupted and you will need to redownload.

Step 3

After you have extracted outpost1.rar. You will see one file - Outpost.iso

If you see more than one file then as long as you have got Outpost.iso you are fine

If you don’t see Outpost.iso then you will need to repeat Step 2 ensuring that Outpost.iso is selected when you click ‘extract to’ and that it extracts to the right location.

Now you have two options:

But first let me state this: DO NOT TRY TO EXTRACT THE OUTPOST.ISO FILE USING WINRAR!!! IT WILL FAIL AND YOU WILL GET AN ERROR MESSAGE.

- You can use a virtual CD drive e.g. Daemon Tools (free from here), Alcohol 100% or Clone CD.

- You can use your favorite CD burning software e.g. Nero, Roxio etc and burn Outpost.iso onto a disc and keep it. Warning it may burn a blank CD of 300mb. You would be better off using blindwrite suite to burn the disc than any other cd burner as you will get better results. .

CD method - Either way, burning to a CD or virtual CD drive then auto run should kick in. and a message will appear saying.

Begin Installing OP1

If not open up my computer and double click on the drive that has the disc, or explore the disc and open setup.exe or go to the start menu, click 'run' then enter x:\Setup.exe where x is the letter of your CD-ROM drive, containing the outpost1 disc.

Step 4 - Setup

The first thing that will happen is a blue screen with sierra then you will get this:

Test System Screen

DO NOT click 'test your system' - The reason is that because outpost1 is so old it won’t recognize you hardware, it also does a load of completely useless tests. Also you may require to restart your computer to try and install Outpost1 again.

Click ‘Install’ - It will ask to test your system

System Test Results

Again click ‘NO’ for the same reason as before.

Another box will now come up saying that your system is not good enough to play outpost1. The truth is that again you computer is so good that it doesn’t even recognize it (be happy this is a good thing).

Just click ‘Yes’ and installation will proceed.

Destination Directory

The next message box asks you if the location it suggests is okay. If you click 'yes' then everything will be installed very quickly and you will need to click 'okay' to the next two message boxes that appear. If you click 'no', then after you have clicked ok to a message box explaining that you need to select the location. Then a box will come up asking you for a location.

Select Destination

Choose the destination that you want, click 'ok' And you will be returned to the previous message box, there you select 'yes'. The final message box asks if you want to restart your computer.

Restart Windows Dialog

You do not need to click 'yes'. Outpost1.5 will run without a restart, but if you want to then it is up to you. Completely. Clicking 'no' will return you to the screen you started with, to finish installation click ‘exit'. A window should have appeared showing you the icons in your start menu.

Location of shortcuts

Now hopefully Outpost 1.5 is correctly installed and there should be an icon in the program files menu which you can click to run Outpost 1.5, well done.

Double click 'Sierra Outpost 1.5' to play the game Or Double click 'Outpost manual' to read how you play the game.

What do I do if didn’t work?

Did you restart your computer after installation? No, then Restart your computer

Change your screen setting to 256 colors (or the lowest it will go) and try a lower screen resolution.

If you are running Windows XP, try the compatibility wizard, I doubt it will work but its worth a try.

I get an error message “Can not find autoexec.nt”
This basically means there is a corrupt system file used to play 16 bit games (outpost1) on a 32 bit system win 2000 and higher.
You will need to go into you system drive normally drive c:\
Then windows (click 'show me hidden files and folders' if it prompts you)
Then open the repair folder.
Or copy and paste: C:\WINDOWS\repair
Into the address bar at the top of the page to get you there quickly

Copy the autoexec.nt file

Go up one level (back to the WINDOWS folder)
And go into the system 32 folder (click 'show me hidden files and folders' if it prompts you
Or put this link into the address bar and press enter : C:\WINDOWS\system32

And paste autoexec.nt into the folder, click 'overwrite' / 'yes' when it prompts you.

Now try to run outpost1 again and it should work.

Post a message on the forums and I will defiantly pick it up soon, or another member will try and help you.

In your message please include details of your system e.g. Windows XP Home, Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz, 512 ram, Nvidia Geforce FX 5200 graphics card.
Any error messages that you receive that are not covered here. Either on starting the game or in setup.
If you are not registered on the board (which you should be) then please register so we are able to contact you if necessary. Check back in a couple of hours or until some one has replied with something useful.

If all else fails drop by our chat room or post on the forums.

Thanks
- Mez

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