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- Mission Critical
Mission Critical CD-ROM Legend Entertainment Company
Version 1.0.0 (703) 222-8515
If you experience problems with graphics, or video isn't syncronized with
audio, try running the INSTALL program from your game directory to adjust the
parameters in the LEGEND.INI file. There are a number of options that may
improve video performance.
Low Memory Problems
If you receive warnings about low memory on your computer when you start
Mission Critical, check the Troubleshooting section of the manual for help.
If you've only got 4MB RAM and you let your disk caching software
use part of that, then you're probably going to be low on memory. Try
disabling your disk cache software, or at least reduce its buffer size.
Type MEM /C /P at the DOS prompt to view programs loaded at startup by
CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT. For optimum performance, you should have
at least 3,000,000 bytes of Extended (XMS) or Expanded (EMS) memory
available, and 560,000 bytes of Conventional memory.
Windows 95 Compatibility
Mission Critical supports the autoplay capabilities of Microsoft Windows 95.
Installation should automatically be initiated when you insert the CD-ROM
into the drive and close the door. If Mission Critical is not installed on
your computer, you will be prompted to specify various installation options.
If you start your machine with Mission Critical inside your CD-ROM drive,
you will need to double click on your CD-ROM icon.
, , and screen saver options are suspended while you play
Mission Critical under Windows 95.
If you are experiencing performance problems that may be related to your
CD-ROM drive, experiment with the CD-ROM settings that Windows 95 has
selected. These settings may be changed after performing the following
actions to reach the Optimum Access Pattern submenu: press the Start
button; choose Settings; select Control Panel to bring up the Control
Panel window; select the System icon to bring up the System Properties
window; select the Performance tab; select the File System button; select
the CD-ROM tab.
Electronic mail and network messaging may interfere with the game's normal
operations, so you should disable them.
Windows 3.1 Compatibility
Mission Critical is not designed to be installed or run from Microsoft
Windows 3.1. Install and run the game from DOS.
VESA Compatibility for Super VGA Users
If you want to run the game with Super VGA graphics and your graphics card
is not VESA compatible at the hardware level, then you will need to load
a VESA driver before running the INSTALL program and the game. If you
do not have a VESA driver for your card or you find that the driver that
has been supplied doesn't work, then you have a few options:
(1) Call your manufacturer or dial up their BBS or Compuserve
support forum and download a copy of their latest VESA driver.
Most all graphics card manufacturers will supply a VESA
driver on a disk with their graphics card if the card is not
VESA compatible at the hardware level. Those that don't will
most likely have one available if you call.
(2) Use the SciTech UNIVBE version 5.1 universal VESA driver
supplied on this CD-ROM. To get up and running with UNIVBE,
change directories to the UNIVBE51 directory on the CD-ROM and
type INSTALL. Please note that this is a shareware product
produced by another company and will need to be registered
if you decide to use it beyond the trial period specified
during the installation of the driver software. Follow the
instructions on the screen during the UNIVBE installation
to register your copy. Please note that the UNIVBE driver
is NOT specifically required to play Mission Critical, and is
provided for the convenience of users who do not have
VESA compatible graphics boards or a working VESA driver.
With Sound Blaster 16, AWE32, and other cards that provide an audio mixer,
we recommend setting the mixer to its default values (usually maximum for
voice, MIDI, and master volumes).
If you hear crackling in the louder rooms on the Lexington, select "Volume"
from the command menu, and adjust the sound volume to the halfway point.
During testing we experienced problems with one Gravis Ultrasound MAX board
which caused the game to crash occasionally if the mouse was moved or clicked
as the sound card started playing some pieces of music. Please contact
Advanced Gravis for further assistance if your Ultrasound MAX exhibits
Undocumented Troubleshooting Options
There are several command line options that may assist you in
troubleshooting problems on your system. Options can be added to the
LEGEND.INI file in the directory where Mission Critical is installed
or added to the command line used to start the game.
This option will disable stereo sound effects in the game and may
assist users experiencing problems with sound cards.
This option disables 16 bit sound effects and may assist users
experiencing problems with sound cards.
This option disables 16 bit DMA usage and may assist users experiencing
problems with sound cards.
This option may assist users who are having trouble starting the game
at all. It disables diagnostic queries about your machine which may, in
some cases, cause problems.
This option may help users who are having problems with the correct
functioning of their keyboard.
Undocumented Keyboard Features
There are a small number of features in Mission Critical which are only
accessible through keystrokes, and are not available via the game menu
or the mouse. These features and their associated keys are listed below:
W Wait for one game turn (five minutes)
F7 Toggle game animations
F8 Toggle animated transitions between locations
To assist our customer support personnel, we have included several test
programs on the CD, in a subdirectory named \TEST on Disc 1. PMEM attempts
to allocate all available memory, then reports its results. VTEST will
test your video card's Super VGA capability and report its results.
QPLAYER tests your system's overall capabilities and performance.
To see a demonstration of Legend's upcoming "Shannara" game, type "DEMO"
while in the root directory of the first Mission Critical CD.
On-line Game Manual
There is a file containing the text of the Game Manual in the root
directory of the first Mission Critical CD. It is entitled MANUAL.TXT