- Everytime I attempt to access the Holoprojector, I get a "Read Failure on Drive D" (the CD).
- All graphics are confined to the top third of my screen in one big flickering jumble.
- My mouse is not working after I start the game.
- The game doesn't see my Microsoft SideWinder 3D joystick.
- I am getting snap-crackle-pop sounds during game play.
- I am getting crackling noises, but only during the movies.
- My WSS-compatible sound card only plays sound on one side under Windows 95.
- System Requirements for Shattered Steel
Problem: Everytime I attempt to access the Holoprojector, I get a "Read Failure on Drive D" (the CD).
This can happen with some CD-ROM drives. You will want to download the
Shattered Steel patch.
Problem: All graphics are confined to the top third of my screen in one big flickering jumble.
If this it happening, it sounds like VESA v1.2 compliance is not being met. That means
you will need to run a VESA driver. There is one included on the Shattered Steel CD in
the Scitech directory. Just run the SETUP program in that directory and it will install
the Shareware version of UNIVBE.
Another alternative would be to contact your video card manufacturer and request a VESA
v1.2 compliant driver. However, if you don't know what kind of video card you have, you
may go ahead and contact the company that manufactured your computer.
Problem: My mouse is not working after I start the game.
You will want to make sure you have a DOS mouse driver loaded in your AUTOEXEC.BAT or
CONFIG.SYS file. These drivers are normally called MOUSE.EXE, MOUSE.COM, or MOUSE.SYS.
There have been reports of conflicts with some of the newer versions of the Microsoft
mouse driver. First make sure you are loading the mouse.sys DOS mouse driver. If the
trouble persists, you can try downloading the
Microsoft 8.2 mouse drivers, and see if that helps you out.
Problem: The game doesn't see my Microsoft SideWinder 3D joystick.
There is a workaround for using the Microsoft joystick. What you do is in the Joystick control
panel (this is located in the MY COMPUTER | CONTROL PANEL | JOYSTICK ICON), select 'None' instead of the SideWinder driver. (In the section where you select the
type of joystick). Doing that lets Shattered Steel acknowledge the presence of the joystick.
Also, set the joystick itself to the second mode using the switch on the bottom.
This having been done, you can now select the Thrustmaster or Wingman Extreme joystick in the
control setup and use the 4 buttons and the hat.Unfortunately, the game does not support the
additional buttons or the twist control. A recommend way to play it is as follows:
- Keyboard - W,S : move forward/backward
- Keyboard - A,D : turn Planet Runner head left/right
- Joystick Y Axis : move Planet Runner head up/down
- Joystick X Axis : turn entire Planet Runner left/right
The rest of the controls should be left at their defaults. Also, if you place the Sidewinder
in its digital mode (where the switch on the bottom points at the 1 dot position) you can
try to use the Sidewinder in Flightstick Pro mode as well.
Problem: I am getting snap-crackle-pop sounds during game play.
There are a couple things that you can do that might help.Try turning the main sound
effect-volume down in the Graphics and Realism panel. Adjust the software set volume
settings on your sound card with the utilities you received with it.
If it is happening with a number of games you should perhaps call the manufacturer as
there may be a hardware problem with the card itself.
Problem: I am getting crackling noises, but only during the movies.
There have been reports of this happening when running the game under Windows 95.Try
running the game under DOS.
If you really want to run it under Win95, try going into the System control panel. Select
the performance tab and click on File System. Select the CD-ROM tab. Set your access
pattern to "No Read Ahead" and drag the cache size all the way down to "Small." Save
settings, restart and run Shattered Steel.
If it still clicks, or if it clicks in both DOS and Win95, there is another problem. If you
are using MSCDEX.EXE, check the line that loads it, probably in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file or the
DOSSTART.BAT file. If that line contains a "/M" option remove that option, as it refers to
cache. Restart the computer and try it again.
If by now you still have problems, even with the movie size set to small, you may just have
a slow or unresponsive CD-ROM and your only recourse at this point is to reinstall with the
"Maximum" option. This copies the movies to the hard drive.
Problem: My WSS-compatible sound card only plays sound on one side under Windows 95.
If you are having this problem, try the following:
- Run the sound setup program.
- Test the digital sound.
- Test it once again. This time it should play from both sides.
- Exit the sound setup, and without running any other programs, launch Shattered Steel.