Jane's Longbow Gold

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Jane's Longbow Gold
Jane's Longbow Gold cover
Developers
Origin Systems
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS June 30, 1997
Windows June 30, 1997
Jane's Longbow Gold at Wikipedia
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Jane's USAF 1999
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Jane's Attack Squadron 2002
Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters 2011

Key points

Combination of Jane's AH-64D Longbow and Jane's Longbow Flash Point Korea.
DOS version requires DOSBox to run on modern systems.
Windows version requires patching, but works on modern systems.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Original Longbow Gold 3-CD set. Includes unpatched DOS and Windows.
DOS
Windows
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Longbow Anthology 2-CD version. Includes patched Windows and no DOS executable.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Version 1.04e[edit]

The 1.04e patch fixes skipping and garbled in-flight speech, and fixes the movies in the game locking up, skipping, or crashing to the desktop in both Windows and DOS versions of the game. Longbow Anthology versions of Longbow Gold do not need this patch, as they include a custom version called 1.04f.

GoldFX[edit]

The GoldFX patch adds 3DFX Voodoo support to Windows versions of Longbow Gold. This renders the DOS version unplayable but enhances the graphics under Windows and allows the game to be playable on modern Windows with nGlide. This patch does not work with Longbow Anthology versions of Longbow Gold and requires a special version included on the first CD-ROM called GoldFXA.

Applying the GoldFX(A) patch will disable the AH-64A variant of the Longbow, making only the AH-64D usable.

Patching for Windows[edit]

Longbow Gold for Windows Fixes[edit]

Both of these methods are similar, but have different installation methods. GoldFXA and GoldFX are not interchangeable and are exclusive to their separate versions.

Installing the Anthology version[citation needed]
  1. During the installation of Longbow Anthology, do a Custom installation and check only Longbow Gold when prompted. When asked to install GoldFX select No.
  2. Open the Longbow Anthology CD 1 and copy goldfxa.exe to anywhere on your computer.
Install Gold[citation needed]
  1. Install Longbow Gold to C:\JANES\LBGOLD using the Windows installer.
  2. Get the V1.04e patch and extract it to where you installed Longbow Gold.
  3. Download DOSBox and install it.
  4. Open DOSBox and use these commands:
mount c C:\JANES\LBGOLD
c:
PATCH.EXE
  1. Download the GoldFX patch.
Apply the patch, fixes, and nGlide[citation needed]
  1. Open GoldFX(A) with 7-Zip or a similar archive program that can open archive executables. Extract the files to a folder anywhere.
  2. Open the folder, and set Windows 98/Windows ME compatibility mode and Run as Administrator on all of the applications inside of that folder.
  3. Double-click FXPatch.exe. Click Continue in the window that pops up and point it to your Longbow Gold installation directory to continue installation.
  4. When it finishes, go to where Longbow Gold is installed and open CA.INI
  5. Append these two lines to the file at the top:
[Backdoors]
HEAP_PERCENT=0
  1. Right click on lbwin.exe, and click Properties. Go to Compatibility and set the compatibility mode to Windows XP (Service Pack 2) and check the Run as Administrator and Run in 640x480 resolution boxes.
  2. Download and install nGlide.
  3. Start Longbow Gold using LBWin.exe or a shortcut to LBWin.exe. Press Alt+O and set all the graphical options to the maximum.

Patching for DOS[edit]

Longbow Gold for DOS in DOSBox[edit]

Running the game in DOSBox will look worse and possibly perform worse but works on all operating systems.

Install and play in DOSBox[citation needed]
  1. Install Longbow Gold in the Windows installer. When prompted to select a directory, point it to C:\DOS\LBGOLD and say Yes to creating it if it doesn't exist.
  2. Use software like ImgBurn to rip your Longbow Gold CDs to ISO format. Name them LBGx, where x is the CD number. Put the ISOs in C:\LBGISO for easy reference.
  3. Install and start up DOSBox 0.74
  4. Use these commands in DOSBox:
mount c c:\DOS
c:
cd LBGOLD
SETSOUND.EXE
  1. The sound setup will start. Press Enter on Select and configure digital audio driver
  2. Select Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 or AWE32 and Attempt to configure device automatically. Press OK and then DONE. Do not close DOSBox.
  3. Get the V1.04e patch and open it in 7-Zip. Extract the contents to where Longbow Gold is installed.
  4. Type PATCH.EXE into DOSBox and press Enter. Wait for the patch to finish. When it does, the game will be fully playable.
  5. To skip mounting the ISOs manually every time and to start the game when DOSBox starts, put this in your DOSBox configuration file after [autoexec] at the end:
imgmount d "c:\LBGISO\LBG1.ISO" "c:\LBGISO\LBG2.ISO" "c:\LBGISO\LBG3.ISO" -t iso
mount c c:\DOS\
c:
cd JANES\LBGOLD\
LB.exe
exit

Notes

CRTL+F4 toggles what disc/ISO is currently active. Disc 1 is used for the main campaign, Disc 2 is used for the historical missions, and Disc 3 is used for the Korea campaign.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\
Windows <path-to-game>\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings during flight.
Graphics settings during flight.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x240 or 640x480 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Automatically scales with resolution. Does not support custom values.
Windowed
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
nGlide has some antialiasing by default, but there are no in-game settings.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enable vSync in nGlide.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Locked to 62 frames per second no matter the refresh rate.
Color blind mode

Input settings[edit]

Control settings during flight.
Control settings during flight.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
The mouse is only used for buttons on the cockpit and the main menu. No acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
All menus are navigable with a mouse. nGlide causes left mouse clicking for selection to be broken, use Enter in place of a left click.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
The mouse is only used for cockpit buttons, so an inverted y-axis is never needed.
Controller
Controller support
Longbow Gold is much harder to play on Expert flight settings without a full HOTAS setup, using a keyboard for anything but the Casual flight settings is not recommended.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Sound settings during flight.
Sound settings during flight.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Engine sounds, sound effects, and speech volume all have separate sliders.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Subtitles are only available in training. Copilot and helicopter voices are not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German
German is not available in any version but the German version of the game.
French
French is not available in any version but the French version of the game.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 66
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 70 MB

References