These are the Carmageddon installation instructions.  If you are installing Tombraider try here.

Initial use of Glidos requires a number of steps.  Click on the list items below in turn to see detailed instructions.  You will save yourself a lot of problems if you read through these instructions thoroughly, especially if you have Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Windows XP.  If you run into any problems try the support page.

My appologies: for some reason or other, Glidos freezes on at least two levels of Carmageddon.  Until I can fix this, you will have to play those levels in software mode.  Please be aware of this if you are thinking of buying Glidos just for the sake of Carmageddon.  I hope to fix this problem soon.

The last step is not essential, but thoroughly recommended.

Install Carmageddon

The first step depends on which version of Windows you have.  If you have Windows NT, 2000, or XP then the first thing to do is download and install VDMSound.  It will make sound work for all your old DOS games.  Its free; it is daft not to use it. Here is where to get it from.

Once you have done that, put the Carmageddon CD in your drive, find on it the file called "install.exe", right-click that file and select from the menu "Run with VDMS".  Let the game autodetect your soundcard; that will work when using VDMSound.  You will probably find that VDMSound's hint box appears before the installation starts.  Take that opportunity to disable it by unchecking the check box.

If you have Windows 95, 98 or ME then VDMSound wont help you.  Just double-click the install.exe file and hope.  I've had trouble with Carmageddon under Windows 98: it complains that I don't have the CD in the drive when I do.  Maybe you will fair better.

You can try playing the game in grotty-graphics software mode now if you like.  That's probably a good idea, because it may show up some problems early before you get to using Glidos.

Download and install Glidos

Just go to the download page and click the link to the latest Glidos_vXX.exe file, save it to disc and double-click it to start the install process.  The installer will put a shortcut on your desktop, unless you tell it not to.  Under Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you may have to install Glidos using an account with administrator privileges.  I haven't experimented with this yet, so I'm not sure.

Don't try to run Glidos yet.  It won't work until you complete the next step.

Download the 3dfx patch for Carmageddon

Download the 3dfx patch from here.  It comes in the form of a zip file, so you will need to unzip it with WinZip or similar.  When unzipped you will find an exe file that will perform the patch.  There are other forms of this patch but they require the file to be copied around; this one is easier to use.

Run Glidos and play Carmageddon with high-quality graphics

We're there!  Just double-click the Glidos shortcut on your Desktop, select Carmageddon and click the "Start game" button.  Be careful not to let the game autostart when you insert the CD; always start the game with the Glidos button.  You can use the "Adjust" button to select full-screen mode and change the resolution.  Don't use fullscreen mode until you've tried it in windowed mode first; if there are problems, it is easier to see what is going on in windowed mode.

Under Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP you may need to run Glidos from an account that has administartor privileges.

Buy Glidos to get rid of the spinning logo

While playing Carmageddon through Glidos a spinning logo is visible. The hope is that you like Glidos enough that you would like to contribute $10 to its further development, and that the spinning logo is sufficiently annoying to make you get around to doing so.  For details of how to get rid of the logo, take a look at the purchasing page.