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FreeSpace 2

Platforms:   Windows 9X
System Requirements:
  • Pentium 200Mhz
  • 32 Mb RAM
  • Win 95/98/NT
  • 3D Graphics Accelerator (supports Glide or D3D)
  • 250Mb Hard Drive Space
  • 8X or faster CD-ROM Drive
  • Direct Sound compliant sound card
  • 100% Microsoft-compatible mouse (joystick recommended)
  • System Recommended:
    Installation Tips:

    Default Install Directory: C:\GAMES\Freespace 2\

    To Install Game:
    Windows95 Installation -

    1. Insert the CD into your CD-Rom drive.
    2. The auto-run screen should appear within a few seconds.
      • If the auto-run screen appears:
        1. Simply follow on-screen installation instructions.
      • If the auto-run screen DOES NOT appear:
        1. Double click on the MY COMPUTER icon on your desktop.
        2. Double click on your CD-ROM drive icon.
        3. Double click on the SETUP.exe file.

    Game Executable: In the directory where the game is installed, the icon with the words "FS.exe" below it.

    To Start Game:
    In Windows 95 -

    1. Insert the cd into your CD-ROM drive.
    2. The autorun screen should appear in a few seconds.
    3. Click on the PLAY Freespace option.
    or, if autorun is disabled:
    1. Insert the cd into your CD-ROM drive.
    2. Click on Start
    3. Choose Programs
    4. Choose Games
    5. Choose Freespace 2

    To Quit:

    1. You can exit by hitting ESC and then choosing Exit Game.
    FAQ:

    1. The game is asking me to insert CD#2 when I click on the Hangar to start the game.
    2. I am getting strange video/audio/input problems or getting an error about a missing DLL file.
    3. I have an SBLive and the sound will stutter or the game will just hang.
    4. The game is crashing when I attempt to run it.
    5. I get a warning about not having the Audio Compression Manager (ACM) installed.
    6. I have a 3DFX card, and it says "Expected VXD version 1.2, got V1.1". What do I do?
    7. My mouse is not working on the bottom or right hand side of the screen.
    8. I have DirectX7 SDK installed and the game is not working. Is this a problem?
    9. I am getting an error "An error occurred in the move data process: -113" while attempting to install.
    10. My microphone does not work in Freespace 2.
    11. I am having trouble with Parallax Online Service.
    12. I'm attempting to play a network game over the LAN and my modem is dialing.
    13. I am recieving an error- 'VXD MSIPX Fatal Exception Error'
    14. I am not getting good speed on my net connection w/ Freespace 2.

    Freespace is asking me to insert CD#2 when I click on the Hangar to start the game.

    The 1.1 update is available on www.freespace2.com that should rectify this trouble.

    Unfortunately we have encountered a problem with the original shipment of Freespace 2 on some Windows95a or Windows95OSR2 systems. The problem causes the title to repeatedly ask for CD#2, even with the correct CD in the drive. This does not mean that your CD is damaged or needs replacement. We regret that the problem was discovered after the product had been shipped, but we were able to pinpoint and correct this problem immediately, and have already made an update available for the title, which can be installed by simply clicking the 'update' button, located on the Freespace launcher. If the title did not originally install, click on your 'Start' button, then on 'Run', and type D:\SETUP, with 'D' representing your CD-ROM drive letter. After installation, you will then be prompted with the option to update your title via the games launcher. The launcher can also be accessed (after the title has been successfully installed) by: (Start/Programs/Games/Freespace2/Freespace2).

    The new version will be automatically downloaded to your system. Any future updates for the title will also be available via the update button, and we recommend that you check it periodically to assure that you are running the newest version of Freespace 2.

    Note for Windows98 Users: Although we have not encountered the problem in tests with Windows98 systems, installation of the patch will in no way be detrimental to your operation of the title, and is recommended.

    Again, we do apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. We do our best to verify that our products go out as clean as possible, and hope that you understand that we are working to resolve this situation immediately. We hope that you enjoy playing Freespace 2 as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.

    I am getting strange video/audio/input problems or getting an error about a missing DLL file.

    The game requires that you have the current version of DirectX installed. You will want to install DirectX from the CD before attempting to play the game. You can either install it from the autorun menu or by double-click on the DX5ENG file found within a DirectX folder on the CDROM. If you have obtained the Demo version of the game DirectX is not included. You can download the newest end-user version of DirectX from the following address:

    www.microsoft.com/directx

    Please reference our DirectX troubleshooting guide if you continue to experience troubles with DirectX.

    I have an SBLive and the sound will stutter or the game will just hang.

    This occurs commonly if Liveware 3.0 has not been installed. This can be downloaded from Creative's website.

    The game is crashing when I attempt to run it.

    This could actually be caused by a couple of different reasons. You will want to check the following:

    I get a warning about not having the Audio Compression Manager (ACM) installed.

    You need to install an ACM on your machine. Follow these steps for installing it:

    1. First check if you have the Microsoft ADPCM installed:
      • Click on the 'Multimedia' icon in your Control Panel
      • Click the Advanced Tab, and expand the Audio Compression Codecs list
      • If you see 'Microsoft ADPCM Codec', then you have the required ACM codec
    2. If you see the correct ACM codec installed, there are two possible reasons why the ACM is not working in the game:
      • You don't have msacm32.dll in your path
      • Your ACM version is not 3.5 or higher
    3. If see the ACM codec is not installed, then follow these steps to install it:
      • Click on the 'Add New Hardware' icon in your Control Panel
      • Select 'No' when asked if Microsoft should search for new hardware (Click Next)
      • Select 'Sound, video and game controllers' from the Hardware Types list (Click next)
      • Select 'Microsoft Audio Codecs' from the Manuf. list
      • From the list of codecs on the right, select 'Microsoft ADPCM CODEC' (Click Next)
      • Reboot for the changes to take effect

    Q: I have a 3DFX card, and it says "Expected VXD version 1.2, got V1.1". What do I do?
    A: This is caused by one of the following:

    1. Your \windows\system\fxmemmap.vxd file is out of date. Getting and installing the latest Glide drivers *should* fix this according to 3DFX. Or, simply copy the fxmemmap.vxd into your windows\system directory.
    2. There is an out of date fxmemmap.vxd somewhere beside windows\system directory. You should find all versions of this file on your drive and put the latest one in windows\system. Delete all other versions of it.

    Q: My mouse is not working on the bottom or right hand side of the screen.
    A: This can happen if your games resolution is set to a different resolution than that of Windows. You will want to go into your display properties in Windows and make sure that it is set to the same setting you selected for the game.

    Q: I have DirectX7 SDK installed and the game is not working. Is this a problem?
    A: There does seem to be an incompatibility with the SDK of DX7. You will want to uninstall the SDK and use the Home User version of DX7 to play Freespace2.

    I am getting an error "An error occurred in the move data process: -113" while attempting to install.

    This is usually when the DOS Real mode drivers are being utilized instead of 95 cdrom drivers. You will want to obtain updated 95 drivers for your cdrom drive.

    Q: My microphone does not work in Freespace 2. I can use it with no problems in Windows 95, but when I try to test it in Freespace 2, it says "You can not record. Please install DirectX," or something like that.
    A: The reasons for sound recording not working will be one of two things:

    1. The sound card is not full duplex or doesnít have full duplex enabled.
    2. The sound card drivers donít support DirectSoundCapture.

    We would recommend you contact your sound card manufacturer to find out if your sound card meets the above criteria.

    Sounds cards known to meet (1) and (2):

    • SBAWE64/32
    • SB16
    • Monster Sound

    Sounds cards known to NOT meet (1) and (2):

    • Yamaha OPL3 (sound chip on the motherboard)
    • Ensoniq
    • Opti
    • Crystal Audio

    I am having trouble with Parallax Online Service

    All support for PXO is being handled by Parallax. Their FAQ and links to their support can be found on the following page:

    http://www.parallaxonline.com/support.cfm

    When I attempt to play a network game over my LAN the modem is automatically dialing. Whats wrong?

    Within the games options you will want to make sure that you disable PXO and enable broadcast locally. If you are still experiencing the trouble than your computer most likely has IE 4.0 or Windows98. You will need to go into your control panel and double-click on "Internet". Click on the "Connection" tab. You will need to change the access internet via modem to access via LAN.

    I am recieving an error- 'VXD MSIPX Fatal Exception Error'

    This happens on systems with invalid IPX installations. Reinstall the IPX network drivers (from Windows install CDs), or delete them from the Network control panel.

    I am not getting good speed on my net connection w/ Freespace 2. Can I speed this up?

    There's two common problems that could be happening:

    1. Server or other players have incorrect connection type specified in the Launcher. This setting can't be detected automatically, and determines a great deal in how the network code works. If anyone has a setting higher than they really have, odds are good any game their in will suffer.
    2. Server is letting too many players connect. If the server is on 56k modem, the most he can possible host is 2 other players. There's nothing more we can do about this. Hosts get notified about how many they can really support at their connection rate, but plenty of people don't take it seriously. They take on too many players, and their modem starts to get flooded. Once that happens, the game can't recover.
    Here's what you can do as a player to improve things:
    • If possible, play on a dedicated server. They're marked by a '*' character in the games list, and are almost always run on T1, cable, or ADSL lines that can support more than enough data for a full 12 player game. The server CPU needs are actually very low, it's the bandwidth that counts. We've had at least 6 FS2 standalone game servers running here every night since release, and it's helped a lot. But if your ping to us in Illinois is no good, you'll need to find standalones closer to you. In the evenings, there's generally been 3-4 non-Volition standalones running. Or better yet, start one of your own.
    • Find a server with a reasonable, stable ping time. The game starts to get unplayable at about the same ping time other popular games do. Anything below 250-300 ping is good. 350-400 and up starts to fall apart quick. There's not much an action game can do if latency is a half-second or more. Client-side prediction only goes so far, particularly if your objects move 100 game meters/second or more.
    • This may seem obvious, but if you have bad performance in the single-player game, your multi experience won't be any better. Make sure your video/resolution settings can handle what your throwing it. You'd be surprised how many people confuse non-multi performance problems with something multiplayer-specific.
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