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Virtual Pool Hall

Platforms:   Windows 9X
System Requirements:
  • Windows 95/98
  • DirectX/DirectShow 6.1 or Better
  • Pentium 233MHz
  • 32MB RAM
  • 4MB 3d card (DirectX compatible)
  • 8x CD-ROM
System Recommended:
  • Pentium 266
  • 64 MB RAM
  • 8x CD-ROM
Installation Tips: To Install Game:
Windows 95/98 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. Left click on INSTALL.
      2. The game will now begin the installation process.
      3. If you do NOT have DirectX 7 installed on your computer, make sure you first install DirectX 7 by left clicking on the line with the words INSTALL DIRECTX.
      4. If you have an older version of DirectX, you will want to have the game update your computer to DirectX 7.
      5. Depending on how much of an updated was needed or if DirectX was installed for the first time, you may be prompted to reboot the system after the installation is completed.
    • 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 WINDOWS folder.
      4. Double click on the SETUP.EXE file.
      5. The game will now begin the installation proceedure.

To Start Game:
In Windows 95/98 -

  1. Insert the cd into your CD-ROM drive.
  2. On the autorun menu click on the PLAY button.
    1. If the AUTORUN screen does not come up for your game, try removing and then re-inserting the Virtual Pool Hall cd back into your cd-rom drive.
  3. If that does not help, make sure you have AUTOINSERT NOTIFICATION turned ON.
    1. To turn on or off the AUTO INSERT NOTIFICATION,
      • Go to the START button,
      • Select SETTINGS, then
      • CONTROL PANEL,
      • Double click the SYSTEM icon,
      • Select the DEVICE MANAGER TAB,
      • Locate CD-ROM, and double click it.
      • Then click on the information that appears below CD-ROM and select
      • PROPERTIES.
      • Select the SETTINGS TAB,
      • look for the AUTO INSERT NOTIFICATION option, click on the box next to this option to put a check mark in the box if you want the auto insert notification turned on.
      • Click on the APPLY button, then click on OK.

NOTE: Auto insert notification, when turned on, causes the games autorun menu to appear on your monitor when you insert a cd into your cdrom drive that has an AUTORUN menu on it. This is normally a convenient way to start a game.

FAQ:
  1. Problem: Receiving an error message that Dplayx.dll or some similar file is missing.
  2. Problem: Receiving error "not enough texture memory" when trying to enable hardware acceleration with a Riva 128 based video card.
  3. Problem: Receiving error "Unable to load profile.dll. Reinstall Virtual Pool 2.".

Problem: Receiving an error message that Dplayx.dll or some similar file is missing.
Solution: It sounds like you might not have DirectX installed on your system or it may be improperly installed. Unfortunately, this game needs DirectX installed to work correctly. On the games launcher you will want to click on INSTALL DIRECTX.


Problem: Receiving error "not enough texture memory" when trying to enable hardware acceleration with a Riva 128 based video card.
Solution: Virtual Pool 2 requires direct access to the frame buffer and cannot work with 3D accelerators that require textures to be square. An example of such technologies would be the nVida chipset, whose newest drivers force sqaure textures. In your "Display Properties" control panel if there is a page titled "RIVA 128", go to that page and disable the "use square textures only" option, then hit OK. Now try running Virtual Pool 2.


Problem: Receiving error "Unable to load profile.dll. Reinstall Virtual Pool Hall.".
Solution: This will occur if you have installed the game to a root of a drive (ie. D:\) instead of within a folder such as Program Files. You will want to uninstall the game and reinstall. When the game installation prompts you for the folder in which to install, we would recommend you keep the default directory structure and merely click OK.

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