Tomb Raider I

Tomb Raider I

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Visual Improvements
By Xazuki
You may want to use this guide if:
  • You want to increase the resolution of Tomb Raider up to your largest supported resolution.
  • You experience crashes in the game, such as after the intro movie or when using Alt-Tab.
  • The game is too bright.
  • Items are sometimes visible through walls.
  • You want to enable V-Sync to fix screen tearing.
  • The credit images are far too dark.
Downloading and Installing nGlide
The program nGlide is a 3Dfx Voodoo Glide wrapper created by Zeus Software[]. It will be used instead of the Glide graphics files included with the Steam version of Tomb Raider. It provides some useful configuration options and better compatibility.
  • Go to and click the download button to get the installation file.
  • Run the downloaded file and click the Install button. When it has finished installing click the Close button.
  • Navigate to your Steam Tomb Raider folder. By default this is located somewhere similar to: "C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Tomb Raider (I)".
  • Rename the file glide2x.dll to glide2x_backup.dll so that Tomb Raider no longer accesses it.

Alternate Method
If nGlide doesn't seem to be working after following the above method, try this alternate method:
  • Download and install nGlide[] the same as before.
  • Navigate to the folder that contains the nGlide files which is located at:
    32bit OS users: "C:\WINDOWS\System32\"
    64bit OS users: "C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\"
  • Find and copy the files called nglide_config.exe and glide2x.dll.
  • Navigate to your Steam Tomb Raider folder. By default this is located somewhere similar to: "C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Tomb Raider (I)".
  • Paste the two files here and overwrite the existing file if asked.

Whichever method you used, Tomb Raider will now use the new nGlide file instead of the one packaged with Tomb Raider. However to get the most out of it you should configure it first.
Configuring nGlide for Tomb Raider
The nGlide Configurator has several options you can use to improve the look of Tomb Raider. To use it look for the nGlide folder in your Start Menu and click the Configurator program. If you want to locate it on your computer manually it should be installed at one of the following locations:
32bit OS users: "C:\WINDOWS\System32\nglide_config.exe"
64bit OS users: "C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\nglide_config.exe"
If you followed the alternate method for installing nGlide, the configurator should be located in your Steam Tomb Raider folder.

Screen Resolution
Recommended Setting: The highest supported resolution for your screen
For the best visuals it is best to put the maximum resolution your screen supports. The drop-down list has many resolutions that may be beyond your screens limits, so make sure to pick the one that is correct.
If you've no idea what your current resolution is visit to find out what you're currently using and select that.
Higher resolutions will require more processing power so if you're suffering from poor performance you should select a lower resolution.

Aspect Ratio
Recommended Setting: 4:3
Tomb Raider was originally designed to use a 4:3 aspect ratio so it is best to select the 4:3 option from the drop down list. If you don't do this, a widescreen resolution will stretch the image making everything look wider then it should be.

Refresh Rate
Recommended Setting: By app (Default)
It is recommended to leave this as the default option unless you have a specific reason not to.

Vertical Synchronization
Recommended Setting: On (Default)
This option removes the screen tearing that can occur on some computers.

Gamma Correction
Recommended Setting: 0.7
Tomb Raider on PC is substantially brighter then it should be. Using gamma correction you can reduce the brightness to be closer to a more normal level. You may want to try out different values for this option to see which feels the best.

3dfx logo splash screen
Recommended Setting: Off
Set this to off to remove one of the 3dfx logo splash screens.

An example screenshot of the nGlide Configurator for a screen with a maximum resolution of 1680x1050. Your resolution may be different.

After you have finished setting the options for the nGlide Configurator, click the Apply button and then the Exit button. Now launch Tomb Raider and to see if the new settings have taken effect.

All credit goes to Zeus Software[] for the creation of nGlide[].
(Optional) DOSbox resolution
While the main game will use the resolution set in the nGlide Configurator, the videos in the game will use the resolution set by DOSbox. By changing the DOSbox resolution you can avoid the annoying resolution switch and oversized Steam Overlay that occurs while a video is playing. Please note that this won't increase the quality of the videos in any way.
  • Navigate to your Steam Tomb Raider folder again.
  • Find the file called dosboxTR.conf and open it with a text editor.
  • Do a search for the text fullresolution= under the [sdl] section.
  • Change it to the same resolution you put in nGlide. So for example I use the resolution 1680x1050 and so would change that line of text to be:
  • If you want to stop the videos stretching, do a search for the text aspect= under the [render] section.
  • Change it so it now reads:
  • Save and close the file.
Tomb Raider I will now run at the same resolution consistently throughout the whole game.

NOTE: If you have also installed the Tomb Raider: Unfinished Business expansion by following the Playstation Music and Unfinished Business guide, you will also need to open the file dosboxTRUB.conf and make exactly the same changes to it. It is located in the same location as dosboxTR.conf.
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ŇƗŇĴΔ Dec 8 @ 7:38am 
BourbonKid Nov 27 @ 5:26pm 
It works fine! Thanks ^^
Hyglott Apr 9 @ 1:43pm 
Hey, I just want to say thank you so much for this guide, and the music/expansion pack one. Thanks to you I just finished Tomb raider in glorious 1080p with full music and all bonus levels. Moving on to the second game in the series, I realized there's not really a good equivalent to this guide (that I could find). Is there any change you will make one for that game as well or at lest help me with where to look for one?
IvanMintea Dec 23, 2016 @ 3:57pm 
thank you for this
megavolt17 Nov 23, 2016 @ 12:32pm 
I am running Windows 10 in Parallels 12 on a MacBook Pro.

The game used to play the video (low res) then abort with an error "OpenGL GL_EXT_packed_pixels extension is required for OpenGLide!"

After installing nGlide, and renaming glide2x.dll as instructed the game seems to work PERFECTLY!
Captain Awesome Nov 20, 2016 @ 4:44am 
Works very well. Thanx n1
DonA1000 Nov 14, 2016 @ 12:24pm 
This worked for me, Great Thanks :)
Moss Nov 13, 2016 @ 7:41pm 
You may also want to mention the modded version of the ATi Rage build. The ATi Rage version of this game was the only one to natively support Windows 95, and a modder used it as the basis for a huge overhaul of the game. DF Retro mentioned it during their video on the original TR, but the actual forum thread related to this mod can be found here:

My own recommendation is to make a new folder in steamapps\common called "Tomb Raider ATi Rage Edition" and copy TR1's contents into it, then follow the instructions from the forum thread.

With this new folder, go to steamapps and open up appmanifest_224960.acf with Notepad++ [] to change the installdir line, and make it "Tomb Raider ATi Rage Edition" as above. This will let you change to the new folder without messing with the old files, just in case, and you can change back if you need to by changing it back to "Tomb Raider (I)."
Spyder Z Nov 10, 2016 @ 12:47pm 
Heh, while I agree with you telfie1945, that they should polish up a re-release, if you use the CD, you'll be playing it without all these enhancements. ;P None of this is 'Required'... it's mostly just quality of life stuff.
telfie1945 Nov 6, 2016 @ 6:52am