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Patch – Secrets Can Kill: Flower Puzzle in Aunt Eloise’s Safe

The flower puzzle in Aunt Eloise’s safe appears as a blank wooden box with nothing inside. No sliding puzzle pieces are available. If you do not see any puzzle pieces, please download and install the ndsck1.exe patch by taking the following steps. 1. Download attached file: ndsck1.exe 2. Save the file to the Secrets Can […]

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Unable to Uninstall from Control Panel

If you are unable to uninstall the game from the Control Panel using Add/Remove programs or Uninstall feature, a partial or failed installation of some files is preventing normal installation behavior. Use the Uninstall Tool in the game folder or the Nancy Drew folder. If given the option to Modify, Repair or Remove, choose Remove. […]

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Can’t Save or Load Games

If saved games don’t show game progress, won’t load, or were accidentally overwritten, a failed installation or corrupted file may be preventing games from saving correctly. Uninstalling and reinstalling the game should fix corrupted files. Before uninstalling, copy your saved game folder onto the Desktop. Then delete the saved game folder. The saved game folder […]

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ISDX Error

This error message is displayed during installation: ISDX_ERR_BADWINDOWSVERSION-entry not found in the string table The ISDX error occurs when the game installer is trying to install an older version of DirectX over a newer version. During game installation on the Screen Setup Type, change the default selection from “Yes, install DirectX” to “No, I will […]

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DirectX, DirectDraw, or d3dx9 Error

You may receive one of the following error messages when starting your game: • Application failed because of missing component d3dx9_33dll • DirectX error • DirectDraw or INTDirectdraw error These errors occur when DirectX 9.0 is not correctly installed, or an older version of DirectX is being used. Click on the following link to download […]

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Where can I find the System Requirements for each game?

You can find the system requirements for each Nancy Drew game by clicking the Games tab at the top of the page, then click on the game of your choice. For example, the system requirements for game #26 Tomb of the Lost Queen (PC) are: Operating System: Windows® XP/Vista/7 Minimum System Requirements: – 1.5 GHZ […]

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Windows Vista / Windows 7 Installation

If an older game did not install automatically on your Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer, use the instructions on this page to install your game manually. This page gives instructions for installing older games on Windows Vista/Windows 7 from a game disc. Click here for help installing older games on Windows Vista/7 from a […]

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INI Error or CAL/CIFTREE Error

If you receive one of these errors after installing your game: • Incorrect path to .ini file • Error – Incorrect path to .INI (CAL/CIFTREE) • CALTREE or CIFTREE Error This means that the game installer cannot write to the expected file location. Creating a path to a new installation location will correct this problem. […]

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.CAB, Cabinet File, or Digital Signature Error

If one of these error messages displays during installation: A file that is required cannot be installed because cabinet file XXXX.cab has an invalid digital signature. This may indicate that the cabinet file is corrupt. or Component Transfer Error Component: Required Video File Group: File: Error: Data error (Cyclic redundancy check) or Feature: Games File […]

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I’m stuck in a game!

Technical Support does not provide game hints or tips. Sometimes, you may think there is something technically wrong with the game because you can’t progress further. In our games you usually can’t “move forward” until certain other steps are completed. First, check for steps that you may have missed – talk to other characters, search […]

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