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Tex Murphy: Overseer

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Tex Murphy: Overseer
Tex Murphy: Overseer cover
Developers
Access Software
Release dates
Windows February 28, 1998
Tex Murphy: Overseer at Wikipedia
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General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\tex.ini
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/302370/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\games\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/302370/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Hold shift to move/turn faster
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Issues fixed[edit]

No music[edit]

Overseer uses an outdated MIDI mapper which is no longer supported beyond Windows XP. A virtual MIDI mapper is required to get around this, follow these steps:
Instructions[1]
  1. Install VirtualMidiSynth
  2. Download the required soundfont
  3. Install SFArk which is needed to unzip the .sfArk file
  4. Open SFArk and go to file > Open, then open the FluidR3_GM.sfArk file you downloaded, then click Start. This will unzip the .sfArk file into a .sf2 file that we need.
  5. Open 'Configure VirtualMidiSynth' and on the Soundfonts tab, press the green + icon. Select the FluidR3_GM.sf2 file.
  6. Launch Tex Murphy: Overseer, go to settings, audio, and then change the MIDI device to "Microsoft MIDI Mapper", make sure that MUTE is not checked.

Notes

Do not select 'Coolsoft VirtualMidiSynth' as the MIDI output within the game, it must be 'Microsoft MIDI Mapper'. This will cause Overseer to output its MIDI correctly, then VirtualMidiSynth will pick up the signals and produce sound for you. A bit confusing, but it works.

Textures flickering/see through[edit]

You can try to set the game to Windows 95 compatibility and software rendering. However, it's likely that on modern graphics cards this will outright not work. For example, it has been reported to straight out not work with recent Nvidia drivers[2] For an alternative solution, read on:
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download dgVoodoo.
  2. Extract the contents of the 'MS' subfolder into the installation folder.
  3. (Optional) Start the setup program of dgVoodoo to turn off the dgVoodoo watermark.
  4. Start the game, go into its configuration and select hardware rendering.

Error: Error code does not indicate an error[edit]

This error occurs when midi music could not be successfully outputted. Make sure your midi output device ingame is 'Microsoft MIDI Mapper'. Refer to No music fix.

Game minimizes itself[edit]

Close all background running applications. Overseer seems to be sensitive to certain programs running at the same time.

Colours are pink/purple and game is rendered twice[edit]

This happens when the game is minimized, so don't do it. If this occurs you will need to restart the game and/or find the cause of the minimization, see Game minimizes itself

MPEG-2 driver error[edit]

The game might not play back any videos for you and instead great you with an error regarding your MPEG-2 configuration. In order to resolve this:

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Install the latest 32-bit version of ffdshow (the 64-bit version will not work and you can install them side by side)
  2. Set ffdshow as default MPEG-2 codec backed by 'libavcodec'
  3. Start the game, goto 'config' and make the game to use the 'Xing MPEG-2' decoder.

Notes

If you're using the GOG.com version, you can run regsvr32 /u ffdshow.ax in the installation folder to unregister the old bundled ffdshow version which does not seem to work anymore on very recent versions of Windows.[citation needed]

Game freezes[edit]

It has been suggested that Tex Murphy: Overseer might freeze or experience other issues when running with a multiprocessor affinity.
Restrict to single core affinity[3]
  1. Download the Microsoft ADK and install the Application Compatibility Toolkit.
  2. Run the Compatibility Administrator (32-bit)
  3. Select "New Database(1)" and press the Fix button
  4. Enter a name for the fix and point the program file to OVERSEER.EXE in the Tex Murphy: Overseer folder
  5. Press Next twice
  6. Select under "Compatibility Fixes" the fix SingleProcAffinity
  7. Press Next and Finish.
  8. Save, name the database and select a save location
  9. Right click the database and select Install

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz 1.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) DirectX 8.1 compatible DirectX 9 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/302370/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (302370) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References