Fall of Jericho CD
Several versions of Fall of Jericho have been a staple in our catalog and customer computers labs for nearly two decades. The current version of Jericho, released a number of years ago, works in all current versions of Windows, up to 10. But as with any program that spans such a wide range of compatibility, there are some tweaks and occasional oddities that you may have to deal with.
The following lists every tech issue we know about and also answers some common questions. You may not need most of these solutions, but here they are. If you are experiencing something different, or you need help understanding or implementing an instruction, don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org. P.S. Jericho’s Teaching Tips have some additional tech notes, though this page is more up to date.
“Where’s Noah” and “Bible Concentration” won’t install.
These old “bonus” games that were included in some replications of the CD, no longer work on newer operating systems, and were advertised as ‘not working’ as well. Ignore them. They have nothing to do with Fall of Jericho.
Yes, you can enlarge the program’s screen to fill more of your monitor.
See this graphic for “how to.” Or view instructions on our main support page‘s “common solutions” list.
Getting a “Not Enough Memory” error message at start up?
Solution: Right click the application’s start up file and select Run as Admin.”
You can also just click the ‘X’ on the message window. The game will start up just fine. Don’t click”ok.” That’s can do weird things for some reason.
- Trying to find, or edit, or play a Question Set you created/downloaded/copied.
- Can’t find the question set you created
- Getting a BAD FILE NAME error message? This likely happened when you pasted your question file from one computer to another into the Jericho folder and now it won’t work.
- Or…you found it in the Program Files (x86) folder but it has a LOCK ICON next to your new question file when you try to edit it again or copy it?
These problems all stem from the same problem, and are easy to fix, once you understand why Windows put your file somewhere else, even though it looks like it’s in the Jericho folder.
Please note: If you created a new question set in the Fall of Jericho Question Editor, and then go to play it on the same computer, everything will work fine. The problem occurs when you try to copy and paste a question file into the Jericho folder. Windows doesn’t want to recognize it (solution below) Thus, the following fix is for people who are typically copying, moving, trying to edit an existing question set.
The file problem happened when you created (or downloaded) a new Jericho question set from another computer and pasted/copied that new file into your Jericho installed folder c:Program Files (x86)/Jericho. Problem is, Windows thought your pasted file was a virus and copied it instead to a different folder and didn’t tell you.
You’d think the Jericho game would be able to see your file pasted into it’s own folder, but it can’t due to a funky security protocol that newer versions of Windows use on imported text files like the question set you were importing. Windows didn’t actually allow the original file to be stored in Jericho’s installation file. It ACTUALLY copied it to a “Virtual Storage” folder in another location, and set up a dummy file in Jericho’s installation folder. So now you just need to move the file from the virtual storage folder into Jericho’s installed folder.
Windows security doesn’t like the game trying to play files that were pasted into Jericho’s installed folder. It’s okay with the Question Editor saving it there, but not with you PASTING new files there. It doesn’t trust that saving process because malware does things like that too. So what Windows does is create a “Virtual Storage” folder at another location with extra security, saves the file there, …and then not tell you it did that! It still puts a LOCK ICON on the file in Jericho’s folder, but doesn’t tell you why, and actually buried the pasted copy of your file in AppData’s Virtual Storage folder.
This is why we say, “create a folder outside of c:/Programs…/Jericho to keep your questions sets.” This avoids Windows’ crazy-ness.
So now let’s fix the problem.
To find the question set you saved, you need to tunnel down in AppData/Local/VirtualStor/Program Files…/Jericho –and manually copy the question set you’re looking for (right click and cut/paste from your mouse) from the Virtual Storage folder into your Program Files (x86) / Jericho game folder. Now it will work.
If the graphic above doesn’t help, you can fix this one of several ways following these instructions…
Way #1 ~ The Quick Method of Finding a Question Set so you can copy it to move it elsewhere
- Open the Question Editor. By default, it will open to c:\ProgramFiles(x86)\Jericho.
- In the Open File Dialog box, navigate up in your file structure and find users…AppData/Local/VirtualStore/Program Files(x86)/Jericho.
- Once you see your question txt file in that folder, you can RIGHT click it and select COPY. Now you can paste it in any folder or onto a thumbdrive for transportation to another computer where you have Jericho installed.
Way 2 ~ Search and Find
If you don’t know how to drill down into the AppData folder described above, do this: Click the Windows start button, and ‘search’ your computer folders for the file name you gave your question set (example: Peter.txt). Then when the filename appears in the search results, RIGHT click the filename and select “open in folder” which will take you to the AppData-etc. folder. Then you can copy the file back to wherever you want, including ProgramFiles(x86)/Jericho folder.
Way 3 ~ Change where you have Jericho installed in the first place.
Uninstall Jericho, then reinstall it to a new folder, such as, c:\Jericho. Then, always remember to create or save new sets to that folder, instead of the default save location of c:\ProgramsFiles(x86)\Jericho. (c:\Jericho is easier to remember.)
FILE NAME NOTE: Depending on which version of Windows you have, the folder may be named “Programs(x86) or ProgramFiles(x86).
Question Editor not working?
Depending on your version of Windows and security settings, in order to start the Question Editor you may need to Right click the JerichoEditor.exe startup icon, and select “run as administrator.” See graphics BELOW and ignore the word “Vista” as the note may apply to newer versions of Windows as well! (Microsoft continues to tweak security/admin options, so depending on which version of Windows you have, you may or may not need to ‘run as admin.’
Things about the Question Editor and Editing Files people ask about…
Can you manually edit the txt file of a Question set?
It is not recommended. The Question editor adds some necessary but strange spacing in the question text, which the Jericho game knows what to do with. If you delete some of that spacing, it will cause your questions to display improperly.
Can I edit the Question file in a database program?
No. You need to use the Jericho Question Editor.
Can I pull apart or break up the huge set of questions that comes with the game?
No. But you can open that file in Notepad, pick the content you want, and then copy/paste into a new Question Editor window to create a new set. Or you can open two instances of the Question editor in Windows, and copy and paste from one to the other.
Can I change the background graphics?
Tips for Creating Questions in the Editor
- Keep your text short so you don’t get field overruns which will cause display issues.
- Easy, Medium, Hard question settings determine how far the person moves when they answer the question right. You don’t have to use this feature, just make everything “Hard” to move lots of steps.
- It takes about 18 “right” answers to make it to Jericho. This can vary depending on difficulty level you set.
- Paste as plain text. Do not paste from Word directly into the editor. Sometimes you may paste weird characters which the game will misinterpret.