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Display details and 'small fonts' setting


Technical notes and requirements

‘The Embryonic Disk’ is created in SumTotal ToolBook and runs on Windows computers (95, 98, ME, & NT4, 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7, including Win 7 x64)

Sorry, there is no Apple Mac version of ToolBook, so there can be no Mac-compatible version of The Embryonic Disk.

Installation: You will need Administrator privileges to install it on Windows NT4, Windows 2000, XP Pro, Vista Pro or Windows 7 Pro or Enterprise.
      Some implementations of these professional operating systems may also require you to have Administrator privileges or to be a Power User to launch and run the program, for reasons which we do not at present fully understand. This issue has not been reported by users of Windows XP Home edition, Vista Home edition or Windows 7.

You will get satisfactory performance even on a Pentium 233 MHz processor with as little as 32 MB of RAM, if it is running Windows 95 or 98. However, newer versions of Windows need more processor power and RAM for their own purposes. You must also be able to display 65,536 colours (16-bit colour, High Colour) at SVGA resolution (800 x 600 pixels), but screens that can't do that are now mostly in museums.

Additional points:

Windows must be set for ‘small fonts’ at 96 dpi (these are the default settings when you buy a computer, and very few people change them) or it will display both text and images wrongly.

After installation, the programme must be run with the CD in a CD/DVD drive that is recognized as such by Windows, unless you have purchased a multi-user or network licence. If the CD is not present, parts of the resource will function, but you will see unfriendly error messages when you try to access other parts.

Unlike earlier versions, the current version should be able to find your CD-ROM on any of the first three CD/DVD drives (in order of drive letter) on your system. We have made this change because it is becoming increasingly common for people to have more than one type of optical drive.