Doom (high color) Desktop Theme - by Dave Turner (10/26/97)
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This Desktop Theme is for Windows 95 PC's with the Plus! Pack(duh!)
You must be running in High Color (16k) or True Color (24k)
and have 'Show Icons in using all possible colors' checked in your
Display | Plus! control panel tab. To do this, right-click an empty area of the desktop, and choose Properties. On the 'Plus!' tab, check 'Show Icons in using all possible colors' and 'Stretch desktop wallpaper to fit the screen'. Now click the 'Settings' tab. On the 'Color Pallette', choose 'High Color'. Reboot your machine to make these changes when it prompts you to. If you don't have High Color available as a choice, you'll need to get an updated video driver first. While detailed instructions on how to do this are beyond the scope of this Readme file, I will say that most video card manufacturers have a web page with drivers available there.
Unzip all of the files in this archive into your themes
directory, usually c:\Program Files\Plus!\Themes. Use Winzip if you have it.
Run Desktop Themes from the Control Panel (Start | Settings |
Control Panel | Desktop Themes).
From the Theme drop down menu, choose Doom (high color).
Make sure all of the checkboxes are checked, and click
Apply or OK. You're done! Enjoy.
I wanted to create a Theme that was better to look at
and better to listen to than the existing Doom themes that
I have seen on the 'Net. To do this, I made all the icons 256 colors,
as well as the mouse pointers 256 colors. I extracted new sounds
from the Doom.wad using NWT, and tried to pick the best sounds for each
event. Previous themes had some dork screaming "I will destroy you" or
something to that effect that really ruined the whole theme.
I could of used the existing 16 color animated cursors that were avavilable, but they didn't fit in with everything else I did being high color, so I created new ones almost from scratch, using extracted .pcx's from the Doom.wad as my base.
Finally, for wallpaper, I chose the opening scenes from Doom and Doom2. I wanted to capture that very first feeling of playing Doom for the first time, when everything was knew. . . those were the days. You remember them don't you? You'll find them included in the archive. Copy both bitmaps to your Windows folder and you can switch back and forth whenever you choose the display control panel applet.