Technical FAQ - Written and produced by Simulation


The early Tomb Raider games were originally designed to run on MS-DOS and Windows 95/ 98/ ME. To install Tomb Raider on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 (x32 and x64) follow the guidelines below. The FAQ's also contain many solutions to known problems relating to software installation, game patches, software updates, graphic cards, sound cards and drivers.


» Tomb Raider 1: Atlantean Scion
Refer to this page for Unfinished Business.

» Tomb Raider 2: Dagger of Xian
Refer to this page for Golden Mask.

» TR 1 & 2 Audio Repair (Sold Out version)

» Tomb Raider 3 - Adventures of Lara Croft

» Tomb Raider 4: The Last Revelation

» Tomb Raider 5: Chronicles

» Tomb Raider 6: The Angel of Darkness

» TRAOD Startup Configuration Utility

» Tomb Raider 7: Legend

» Tomb Raider : Anniversary

» Tomb Raider : Underworld

» Tomb Raider 2013

Technical Articles

We have a number of useful articles available. How to:

» Post images on the forum

» Guide to Taking Screen Shots with Fraps

» Guide to Taking Screen Shots with IrFanView

Automatic Update Program

The update program will automatically detect the installation folder and update your games with the latest patches and files needed to run on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7. Your current files are also backed up before installation.

Click on the link for the XP/Vista/7 Multipatch Installer.

A brief description for each patch follows:

» Tomb Raider 2 - Update to latest patch and FMV programs.

» Tomb Raider 3 - Update to latest patch and FMV programs. Also an option to copy the audio files to disk to eliminate any pauses in game play due to accessing the CD-ROM.

» Tomb Raider 3 Expansion The Lost Artifact - Update to latest patch and FMV programs.

» Tomb Raider 4 - Update to latest patch and FMV programs (binkw32.dll).

» Tomb Raider: Level Editor - Update to latest patch and FMV programs

» Tomb Raider 5 - Update to latest patch and FMV programs.

» Tomb Raider 6 - Update to v49 patch.

Utility Programs

A number of utility programs are available to diagnose and fix Tomb Raider related problems.

» Diagnose.exe - This program will report all TR related installation settings and run dxdiag.

» Compatlayer.exe enables the Windows compatibility layer for Microsoft Windows 2000.

» 16bitdos.exe will analyse the 16bit subsystem on Microsoft Windows XP/2000 and copy the relevant files required. Read this article for more details.

» Trrc.exe is a registry cleaner for all TR games. After uninstalling run this program to clean all the user settings. Ensures you will be back to "Factory Settings" when you re-install the game.

» ARDdiag will report all the start up programs running on your PC.

» TRCheck R3 will check legitimacy of all versions of TR found on your PC and generate report.

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