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#23 – Shadow at the Water’s Edge Archives


Windows 10 Installation

We have successfully tested from game #6 on up on Windows 7, 8, and 10 (we also have had success installing games 3-5 when running in compatibility mode; and games 1-2 using the special instructions on our website and running in compatibility mode) and have found that installing the game when logged in as administrator and […]

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Patch – Shadow at the Water’s Edge: Delete Channels on Recorder; Tea Ceremony Labels

A single patch is available for two problems: 1) Cannot delete channels on the recording device when all channels are full. 2) Item name labels missing during Tea Ceremony. NB: After installing the patch based on PC or Mac directions below, open your saved game where the problem occurred. For the recorder, listen to all the channels […]

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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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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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.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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Graphics Problems

Graphics problems are usually caused by outdated video drivers, or by video cards that do not meet the game requirements. Graphics problems can include: • Game exits during puzzle or animation sequence • Mouse cursor flickers or disappears • Blocky text and boxed cursor • Game window is black • Boxes or outlines visible around […]

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Install does not start when I put the disc in the drive!

If inserting the game Disc/Disc 1 into the disc drive does not start installation, the Autoplay option may be turned off, or the disc drive is having trouble reading the disc. If you are trying to install games #24 and higher, check whether your computer has a DVD drive. If installation does not start on […]

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Activation Code for Mac Games

Q: Where can I find the unlock/registration/installation code for my Mac game? NB: Unlock codes are not required for PC games. A:Mac games require entry of a 20-character code during the Registration step of the installer. For games installed from Disc (CD or DVD): the Mac code can be found on the Mac Manual insert […]

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