“Totally MAD” is a collection of the issues of MAD Magazine from the start until 1998 published by Broderbund. The software was designed for Windows 95/98 or NT 4.0 (remember Windows NT?). I’ve successfully installed it under Windows 7, and it kept working when I upgraded to Windows 10; however, when I tried to install it on a new 64-bit Windows 10 machine, the installation program just didn’t do anything.
Installing the program
I installed the program manually. Reply OK when asked for permission to copy the files in the following steps:
- For 32-bit Windows: create a folder called “Totally MAD” under c:\program files
- For 64-bit Windows: create a folder called “Totally MAD” under c:\program files (x86)
- From the CD, copy all files from the WIN32 folder on the CD into the “Totally MAD” folder you created. Copy the files individually, not the directory itself.
- Copy the following directories from the CD into the “Totally MAD” directory you created: ANIM, BIN, BTNSND, FAVORITE, MSREG, NMS, PLS. Copy the directory itself, not just the files.
- Right-click on the file TOTMAD.EXE file in your “Totally MAD” directory, and select “Create shortcut” from the context menu. It will ask you to put the shortcut on the desktop. Say yes.
- Edit the file CNM.INI located in the “Totally MAD” directory in program files. In the section called “DIRECTORIES” change “=cd” to “=ed” in three locations so that it looks like the example below:
[Directories] BIN=ed:\BIN\ MediaHeaders=cd:\MEDIA\ Media1=c1:\ Media2=c2:\ Media3=c3:\ Media4=c4:\ Media5=c5:\ Media6=c6:\ Media7=c7:\ NMS=ed:\NMS\ PLS=ed:\PLS\ ButtonSounds=ed:\btnsnd\ Anim=ed:\anim\
In order to change files in a protected system folder, you have to right-click your text editor program and “Run as administrator.” Edit and save the file.
You’re done. Just double-click the new icon on the desktop to run Totally MAD.
There’s one other thing you might want to do to complete the installation. Totally MAD wants to save its settings in the Program Files directory, which is a no-no under Windows 10. Again as administrator, edit the PREFS.INI file in your Totally Mad directory and make a couple of changes. The first is:
That turns off the annoying registration prompt. The second turns off the prompt when you try to exit the program.
Save your file.
Installing the CD’s
The process above imitates the intended installation of Totally Mad; however, you still have to insert a CD to play the content on that CD. With modern computers, there’s probably plenty of room to store the contents of the CD on the hard drive. The way I did it was to convert each CD to an ISO file and to do that I used a free program called Magic ISO and ImgBurn is another excellent free solution I use, but no matter how you make the conversion, just store all of the ISO files on your computer. You can “mount” the ISO files as pseudo-CDs just by double clicking on each ISO file in turn. This lasts until you reboot your computer. If you have Roxio software bundled with your computer, it may be able to create the ISO files also with that. Other options are shown on this page. Once you have the ISO files mounted, Totally Mad accesses any issue almost instantly.