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Descent 2

Platforms:   DOS
System Requirements:

  • IBM/Tandy & 100% compatibles
  • 486DX-50 or faster
  • 256 color VGA or SVGA monitor
  • 8MB RAM (16MB if running from Win 95)
  • DOS 5.0 or later
  • 30 MB hard drive space required
  • 2x CD-ROM
  • System Recommended:
  • Pentium(tm) processor
  • 16 MB RAM
  • stereo 16-bit sound card with General MIDI support
  • a quality joystick
  • lots of spare time!
  • Installation Tips: Default Install Directory: C:\GAMES\DESCENT2

    To Install Game:
    DOS Installation -

    1. Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive.
    2. Type D: (or the appropriate drive letter) and then hit the ENTER key.
    3. Type INSTALL and then the hit ENTER key. This will begin the installation process.
    4. When the installation is complete, the program will ask you to answer some questions regarding your configuration of sound cards and other input devices. If at any time after doing this you wish to change your setup, please run the "Setup" program from the directory in which you have installed the game.
    Windows 95 Installation -
    1. Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive. If you have the AUTO INSERT NOTIFICATION on, the game installation will automatically execute. If this does not occur, locate and open the window for your CD-ROM drive and double click on the SETUP.EXE file.

    Game Executable: D2.BAT

    To Start Game:
    In DOS -

    1. Type C: (or appropriate hard drive) and then hit the ENTER key.
    2. Type CD\GAMES\DESCENT2 and then hit the ENTER key.
    3. Type D2 and then hit the ENTER key.
    In Windows 95 -
    1. Double click on the MY COMPUTER icon.
    2. Double click on the HARD DRIVE (C:) icon.
    3. Double click on the GAMES folder.
    4. Double click on the DESCENT2 folder.
    5. Double click on the DESCENT 2 icon to start the game.
    To Re-run the Setup: SETUP.EXE
    To Quit: Press the ESCAPE key.
    FAQ:

    1. Problem: Getting black screen when attempting to run the Game.
    2. Problem: Getting black screen when installation goes to test video.
    3. Problem: How do I run Descent 2 in Win95?
    4. Problem: My Menu screen says 'Beta Version' in the corner. Why?
    5. Problem: How do I use my Microsoft Side Winder with the game?
    6. Problem: How do I use Simuleyes 3D glasses with Descent II?
    7. Problem: Joystick problems using Win95.
    8. Problem: My game pauses every few minutes. What is happening?
    9. Problem: Problems with Matrox video cards.
    10. Problem: 'Not enough memory to load bitmaps.'
    11. Problem: I am having trouble registering my game by modem.
    12. Problem: My game is pausing/skipping alot.
    13. Problem: What is the significance of the code: Blue Orb?
    14. Problem: How do I get D2 running with OS/2?
    15. Problem: My game is slow and choppy. How do I fix it?
    16. Problem: I cannot load a saved game.
    17. Problem: Boot disk for Descent 2
    18. Problem: Is there a way I can play D2 from my hard drive without the CD?
    19. Problem: Getting UNARJ Error on install.
    20. Problem: Icons were not created in Win95.
    21. Problem: Getting an "Error Opening D2X.HOG, PANIC.HOG, PANIC.MN2" message when trying to install the game.
    22. Problem: I am attempting to play a modem game with a friend and we aren't able to get it to work.

    Problem: Black Screen when attempting to run the game. Solution: Most often a black screen is due to incorrect sound card settings. The games setup will autodetect your sound card, however, this may not work properly on some systems. You will want to input your sound card values in manually. If you are unsure of your sound card settings, you can temporarily disable the sound by choosing No Sound until you can contact your systems manufacturer for the appropriate values.


    Problem: Black Screen on video test Solution: Due to an incompatibility with some Windows 95 video card drivers, this test may cause the computer to lock up. On these systems you will want to shut down and restart in DOS mode. The game should install and run properly in the DOS mode. You may want to contact your video card manufacturers to see if they have updated Win95 drivers for your video card.


    Problem: How do I run Descent 2 in Win95? Solution: We do have a patch that will upgrade the DOS versions of Descent II to a native 95 application that utilizes Direct X. The upgrade file is called D2_DXPCH.ZIP. If you see the game start a DOS window when executing the game you will want to obtain this to properly utilize all of your Windows 95 drivers. You should be able to run the DOS version from within Windows95. Before running Descent 2 DOS version under Win95, please make sure you have done the following:

    1. Go into the Control Panel/System/Performance/File System/CD-ROM dialog.
    2. Make sure the Supplemental Cache Size is set to Large.
    3. If you have a 2x CD-ROM drive, make sure the Optimize Access Pattern dialog is set to "Double Speed Drives" (if you have a 4x CD, use "Quad Speed Drives", etc). This will ensure good movie playback.
    Hints and tricks for Running Descent 2 from Win95: - Double-click the Descent 2 icon created by the installer, run Descent 2 from the Start menu, or:

    - If you're running from an MS-DOS box, type START "DESCENTII.PIF" or START "DESCENTII SETUP.PIF".

    This is necessary for Win95 to use the settings Descent 2 requires. Remember, Descent 2 requires 16 MB RAM to run under Win95.

    Other Win95 items:

    - Descent 2 normally uses the PRINTSCREEN key to take screenshots of the game. If you wish for this key to function in the normal fashion, go to the Properties/Windows Shortcut Keys dialog. Make sure the checkbox next to PRTSC is enabled. This will restore the Win95 default setting for this key.

    - Disable any screensavers you have running. These will interrupt gameplay and possibly cause it to lock-up.

    - If you get an HMI Driver Not Found error, you will should simply re-start Descent 2.


    Problem: My Menu screen says 'Beta Version' in the corner. Solution: Beta Version only appears in the VGA version of the Menu. If Descent does not detect an SVGA video card or you start the game with DESCENT -NOHIGHRES, this screen will appear. It is not actually a problem. The version you have is the full registered version. It was accidently not removed before the shipment of the game. This is fixed with the Descent II 1.2 Patch (800k).


    Problem: Throttle Control with Descent II and the Microsoft Sidewinder 3D Pro Solution: To get the throttle control on the Microsoft Sidewinder 3D pro to work with Descent II, follow these simple directions:

    1. Set up the joystick as a Thrustmaster (set the joystick switch to the 2 position).
    2. Go to the Options menu, and then go to the Control menu in the game. Select Thrustmaster/Wingman Extreme in the Controls. Confirm the settings by playing the game a little.
    3. Go to the Options menu, and then to the Control menu.
    4. Select the CH Flightstick Pro as the controls device.
    5. Go to Customize Above. Reset the Primary Fire, Secondary Fire, Flare & Bomb buttons to what they are typically.
    6. Next, go to the bottom of the screen where it says Throttle, and press Enter so that it flashes with the question mark (<>).
    7. Reach under the joystick and select the 1 position. You will now notice that the ? has changed to Y2. Reach back and set the joystick to the 2 position.
    8. Press ESC until the game asks to calibrate Joystick #1, and calibrate it normally. When the game asks to calibrate Joystick #2, just press ESC.
    9. Reach back around and select the 1 position on the joystick. You should be all set now to play the game.
    This tip is from Jeff Adams of Cincinnati, OH.


    Problem: Simuleyes setup with Descent II Solution: Copy the LCDBIOS.EXE and STEREO.BAT into your Descent2 directory. Edit the STEREO.BAT (or STEREOLO.BAT if you use the lower resolution mode) file from:
    /lcdrun:descent to /lcdrun:d2 /hrefresh
    The /hrefresh reduces flicker by using a faster refresh.

    Save the file, and exit the editor. Run the Descent II setup program and select the VR device of Simuleyes. Run the STEREO.BAT (or STEREOLO.BAT) file to start Descent II.

    If you are running Descent II from Win95, the following will make it easier to start the game with the stereo glasses:

    1. Find the Descent II blue orb on your desktop or in it's folder.
    2. Right-click on the file and select properties.
    3. Click the Program tab.
    4. Change the CMD line to run STEREO.BAT instead of D2.BAT. Example: C:\GAMES\DESCENT2\STEREO.BAT
    5. Click OK to save.

    Problem: Joystick Problems using Win95 Solution: **Use the Windows explorer to open the games\descent2 folder.
    Find the Descent II blue orb.
    Right-click on the file and select properties.
    Click the Program tab.
    On the CMD line add a space and -joypolled. Example:
    C:\GAMES\DESCENT2\D2.BAT -joypolled
    Click OK to save.


    Problem: My game pauses every few minutes. What is happening? Solution: Experiencing pauses in a game while the CD changes tracks every few minutes is normal. This happens due to a limitation of the MSCDEX drivers. However, if your game seems to skip tracks about every 2-3 seconds, there may be an easy fix. Most SCSI card manufacturer's have an update driver to fix this.

    For people with Adaptec EZ SCSI, there is a file called UPGRADE.EXE available at http://www.adaptec.com. Run the executable file and it should fix the problem.

    Descent 2 uses Redbook audio (like normal audio-only music CD's) which provides music straight through the CD instead of synthesising digitized music through the sound card. The limitation of redbook audio it needs to pause the game momentarily to change tracks. This is normal and there is not due to a problem on your system. To disable the skipping music, go into the options menu, and then go into the sound effects & music option. From this menu, disable the Redbook audio music option.


    Problem: Matrox Video Card Problems Solution: We have heard of some problems running some of the hi-resolution modes. Contact Matrox for the updated version of the drivers, install them and Descent should work correctly in these modes.


    Problem: 'Not enough memory to load bitmaps' Solution: Free up more hard drive space.


    Problem: I am having trouble with Registering my game by modem or I don't have a modem or printer to register. Solution: If you do not have a printer or modem (or registration by modem is not working), fill out the form. At the end, select `Bypass Registration.' It will create a file called EREGCARD.TXT that contains your information. You can cut and paste it in an email or attach it in an email to support@interplay.com or another one of our support addresses listed at the top of this letter.


    Problem: My game is pausing/skipping alot. What is happening? Solution: The problem usually happens when your CD-ROM drive is utilizing SCSI drivers. There is no known fix for this at this time. You may want to try and download the latest drivers for your CD-ROM/SCSI card. Updated drivers may correct the skipping.

    We would appreciate it if you could provide us with information about your system (particularly the SCSI card model and CD ROM model). A MSD report can help also. (Exit Windows completely. Type MSD from your DOS prompt. Go up to File/Print report. Under the choices of where to Print To: Choose File. It should save it as a filed called REPORT.MSD in the directory you are currently in.)

    If you have an Adaptec EZ SCSI drive, download UPGRADE.EXE from HTTP://WWW.ADAPTEC.COM. Run the executable file and it should fix the problem.

    To disable the skipping music, go into the options menu, and then go into the sound effects & music option. From this menu, disable the Redbook audio music option.


    Problem: What is the significance of the code: Blue Orb? Solution: The Blue Orb code was part of a retail promotion, we don't have any other details on it.


    Problem: How do I get D2 running with OS/2? Solution: Installing: If you have set up OS/2 with a multi session boot for both DOS and OS/2, please restart your computer in a DOS mode. Keep in mind that Descent 2 does not officially support OS/2.

    Playing D2: To get Descent 2 to run under OS/2, just increase your DPMI_MEMORY_LIMIT to 8 megs or more. Descent 2 should then run perfectly with full sound. If your joystick behaves strangely under OS/2 try using the "-JoyPolled" command line option. Keep in mind that Descent 2 does not officially support OS/2.


    Problem: My game is slow and choppy. How do I fix it? The best thing to combat choppy or slow video (short of upgrading your system) is to use a bootdisk eliminating any other drivers that maybe `stealing' some of the memory from Descent. In the game you can go to the detail settings and lower the object complex and detail, the debris and sound channels to the lowest sittings. During play, press the F3 key to change the pilot screen and press the - key to make the view smaller.


    Problem: I cannot load a saved game. Solution: Descent 2 needs your files set to at least 30 to be able to load save games. You can either make a bootdisk as described in Question number 14 or you can do a simple edit to your config.sys as instructed below:
    (Win95 or Windows 3.1)
    1 Exit Windows to DOS.
    2 Type:
    EDIT C:\CONFIG.SYS
    3 Find the FILES=##
    4 Increase the FILES=number to 30: FILES=30
    5 Go to the Menu Bar and select File/Save.
    6 In the Menu Bar, select File/Exit to Exit.
    (If you make a mistake that you cannot correct, go to File/Exit and answer NO to the question asking if you want to save Changes.)


    Problem: Boot Disk for Descent 2 Solution: Making a bootdisk for DOS-4GW Games:

    I highly recommend printing out a copy of your autoexec.bat and config.sys in advance. You will be able to refer to it for adding your sound, CD-ROM and mouse lines. To do this, go to File/Run [Win95 - Go to Start/Run] and put in the command line: SYSEDIT Go to File/Print and print out both the autoexec.bat and config.sys. You may need to click on its title bar to bring a window on top to print it. When you exit, make sure you answer NO if it asks you to save the file.

    If you do not want to make a bootdisk by hand, you can download a bootdisk maker called, STONBOOT (works for both Stonekeep and D2). Stoneboot is compatible with Win95 and DOS 5, 6 and 7. You can find it on any of our support sites.

    If you are not sure on the lines to include in your autoexec.bat and config.sys, try STONBOOT.EXE or paste your autoexec.bat and config.sys into an email to us. You can cut and paste them in SYSEDIT (instructions on Sysedit in the first paragraph). Please do not attach your system files to an email, paste them within the body of the letter.

    These instructions are assuming you are using MS-DOS 6.
    Special changes or instructions for Win95 are in {Win95- } if needed. {Win95- Shutdown and restart in MS-DOS mode}
    1) Insert a disk into drive A. (Must be drive A, not B) 2) From the C prompt, type:
    FORMAT A:/S
    3) Switch to the A:\> prompt, type:
    A:
    4) Make a A:\CONFIG.SYS, type:
    C:\DOS\EDIT A:\CONFIG.SYS
    {Win95- C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\EDIT A:\CONFIG.SYS} 5) Put the following lines in the screen:
    DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS
    DOS=HIGH
    BUFFERS=30
    FILES=45
    (Place your Sound Card line(s) and CD-ROM line here. Here are some sample lines from a Creative Labs CD-ROM and sound
    card. Yours will be different and may start with DEVICEHIGH):
    DEVICE=C:\SB16\DRV\CTSB16.SYS /UNIT=0 /BLASTER=A:220 I5 D:1 H:5 DEVICE=C:\SB16\DRV\CTMMSTS.STS
    DEVICE=C:\SB16\DRV\SBCD.SYS /D:MSCD001 /P:220
    6) Save and exit the editor.
    7) Make an A:\AUTOEXEC.BAT, type:
    C:\DOS\EDIT A:\AUTOEXEC.BAT
    {Win95- C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\EDIT A:\AUTOEXEC.BAT} 8) Put the following lines in the editor screen:
    @ECHO OFF
    PATH C:\;C:\DOS;
    {Win95- PATH C:\;C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND;}
    (Place your Sound Card, CD-ROM's MSCDEX and Mouse lines here. Here is a sample set from a Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16. Yours will be different and may start with a LH):
    SET SOUND=C:\SB16
    SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 H5 P330 T6
    SET MIDI=SYNTH:1 MAP:E
    C:\SB16\DIAGNOSE /S
    C:\SB16\SB16SET /P /Q
    C:\WINDOWS\MSCDEX.EXE D:MSCD001 /M:15 C:\MOUSE\MOUSE
    {Win95- Do not put in all `REM - By Windows95 . . .' so that your lines start with C:\ or LH}
    (If you downloaded a Microsoft mouse driver, copy the file onto your bootdisk and add the line below instead of the C:\MOUSE\MOUSE line above.):
    A:\MOUSE (Downloading and using an actual Microsoft mouse driver is highly recommended if your game is having strange problems, freezing or crashing.) C:
    PROMPT $P My bootdisk $G (optional)
    CD\GAMES\DESCENT2 (or the path you installed Descent 2 to.)

    To use the bootdisk, make sure you have exited Windows completely, Shutdown Win95 or the computer is off. Put the disk in drive A (must be drive A, not B) and reboot or turn on your system. When you are finished with the game, exit, remove the bootdisk and reboot or turn on your computer.


    Problem: Is there a way I can play D2 from my hard drive without the CD? Solution: Descent 2 requires that the CD-ROM is in the drive for both network and single person play.


    Problem: Unarj Error on install Solution: Error copying files from CD! From within 95 you can change the performance of the CD to "No read ahead" with no cache, or in DOS create a boot-disk w/ nothing but CD-ROM drivers.


    Problem: Creating Icons in 95 When installing within 95 the setup should create icons for you. If icons were not created you will want to do the following:
    • Click on START and then RUN
    • Type in D:\AUTORUN\FINISHIT.EXE C:\GAMES\DESCENT2and click OK.

    22. Problem: Getting an "Error Opening D2X.HOG, PANIC.HOG, PANIC.MN2" message when trying to install the game. Solution:

    • You may try downloading BOOTME.EXE and running off of a clean configuration.
    • You may try running it in DOS completely outside of Windows.
    • If you are using hard disk compression utilities, try running it without them loaded/active.
    • Another thing you may try would be to run ScanDisk and the Disk Defragmenter (Win95 machines).


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