Default Install Directory: C:\GAMES\DESCENT2
To Install Game:
Game Executable: D2.BAT
To Start Game:
To Quit: Press the ESCAPE key.
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:
- 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:
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 /hrefreshThe /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:
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:
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 email@example.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.)
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.
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.
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:
Problem: I am attempting to play a modem game with a friend and we aren't able to get it to work. A modem game can be started from within the Multiplayer menu.