P2: The Darkening

Dralthi5

Spaceman
Just got it (YEAAAHHH!!!), but, of course, knowing my luck (or lack of) with Wing Commander games, there's a problem. The game is DOS ( well, of course
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) and when I hit the "Shortcut to DOS" button, I recieved an error message.
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Okay, so I dropped down into DOS through the Start menu on Windows 98, and typed in INSTALL, but got the message that I didn't have enough mem (I assume that means memory).

Is there anything I can do to get this DOS Privateer 2 to work?

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If I'm locked on, there's no such thing as evasive action!

[This message has been edited by Dralthi5 (edited May 06, 2000).]
 
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Quarto

Unknown Enemy
Yes, you can change your autoexec.bat and config.sys to create more memory. Post them here, and I'm sure Stinger & Co. will attend to thy needs
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Dralthi5

Spaceman
Hmm...

I've found what you told me to find, but... It's all in a DOS window and I can't cut and paste it. How can I get past this little obstacle?



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If I'm locked on, there's no such thing as evasive action!
 

Stinger

Vice Admiral
Use Notepad to open DosStart.bat (or just right-click on the file and choose Edit). For the others, hit Start->Run and type Sysedit.
 

Hero

Spaceman
There's a better way: According to P2's manual, you can manually create a shortcut from windows, and that's the best way for P2 (regular version, same as mine
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) to work from windows. Seince I don't really know how to work the deatails (
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my brother is the one who did all of this, and he never told me how to do this, no matter how much i asked him to, and i'm too lazy to learn it by myself
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), I'll just post what's in the P2 manual which explains it the best way (and if you can make it work then that'll be good for me too because I don't have the shortcut and my brother's living in a different county now...). Anyway, here it is:

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Arial">quote:</font><HR> You should create a DOS shortcut to allow your computer to easily and reliably move between Windows 95 (98 in our condition
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) and the game. You should first try the Gateway program's shortcut maker. If that fails (which happens all the time
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), make a Privateer2:The Darkening DOS shortcut by following the steps below:
1. Right click on desktop.
2. Select New, then left-click Shortcut.
3. Type c:\command.com in the command line box, left-click on Next.
4.Type in PRIVATEER 2 in the shortcut box, left-click on Finish (Yeah, I know you know how to create a shortcut, just wanted to post the thing as it apears
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)
5. Right-click on the new Privateer 2 icon.
6. Left-click on Properties.
7. Left click on the Program tab.
8. Make sure the close on exit box is checked.
9. Left-click on Advanced button.
10. Cheak the MS-DOS Mode box. Make sure the Warn before Entering MS-DOS Configuration circle.
11. Click in th Specify a New MS-DOS Configuration circle.
12. In Your CONFIG.SYS box
You will need the four following lines in your CONFIG.SYS box. The lines below should be similar to lines you already have --- some of the directory names may be different.

DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS
DOS=HIGH
FILES=40
BUFFERS=40

If you have a plug and plat driver line (for example: C:\PLUGPLAY\DWCFGMG.SYS) you will need to keep it.
You will also need mouse and CD-ROM driver lines (cut out some useless notes
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You may also have a sound card driver line or lines.
You may remove all the lines in your file not mentioned above. There are several lines you must remove:

DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\EMM386.EXE
DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\SHARE.EXE
DEVICE=C:\DOS\POWER.EXE
DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\IFSHLP.SYS
DEVICE=C:\QEMM\QEMM386.SYS
DEVICE=C:\QEMM\DOSDATA.SYS
DEVICE=C:\QEMM\DOS-UP.SYS c;\QEMM\DOS-UP.DAT
DEVICE=C:\QEMM\LOADHI.SYS R:#
DEVICE=C:\QEMM\LOADHI.SYS R:# SIZE=# C:\QEMM\ST-DBL.SYS

13. In Your AUTOEXEC.BAT Box

There are several lines you must have in your AUTOEXEC.BAT box. The 3 line below should be included, although some of the directory names may be different.

PROMPT $P$G
PATH=C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND
C:

You will also need mouse and CD-ROM driver lines. You may also have sound card driver lines.

There are several lines you should remove...(I think you get it
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):

C:\WINDOWS\SHARE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\POWER.EXE
WIN
C:\CORELCDX.EXE /D: E
NOTE: When you remove this line, you'll have to replace it with the line C:\XXX\MSCDEX.EXE, where \XXX\ is the directory of your MSCDEX file. On Windows 95 computers this line will be \WINDOWS\COMMAND\.

14. Left click OK to accept the changes.
15. Left-click OK to complete the shortcut.
16. You're done (finally!
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)!

<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

P.S.
As I said, I never *learned* working with autoexec.bat, command.com, or config.sys (got beaten up when ever I asked my brother, infact in those days I could berely touch the computer. I'm , ofcourse, exagurating: I do have some *basic* knolage with DOS and it's files, only not as much as I could have if my brother would have tought me
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), and I know they differ from one machine to another, I'll post mine in another post here (my hands already hurt!
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). Oh, and my maine problam in creating this shortcut (I know it has nothing to do with EDITING the DOS files! j/k) is filtering the lines I need from the ones I don't need.

Hoped it helped (and that you could help me
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).


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Dralthi5

Spaceman
Nope, didn't work. Maybe I did something wrong, but when I got to DOS, I typed in "D:\", you know, for the CD ROM drive, but I got a message saying invalid driver name or something to that effect.

Stinger, here's my information:

AUTOEXEC:

AC:\PROGRA~1\NETWOR~1\MCAFEE~1\SCAN.EXE C:\
@IF ERRORLEVEL 1 PAUSE
SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 T4
REM [HEADER]
@ECHO OFF
REM [CD-ROM DRIVE]
REM mscdex /d:gem001
REM [MISCELLANEOUS]
REM [DISPLAY]
REM [SOUND, MIDI, OR VIDEO CAPTURE CARD]
REM [MOUSE]
PATH=C:\EA\WCA;C:\EA\WCAD

C:\PROGRA~1\NETWOR~1\MCAFEE~1\SCAN.EXE C:\
@IF ERRORLEVEL 1 PAUSE
SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 T4
REM [HEADER]
@ECHO OFF
REM [CD-ROM DRIVE]
REM mscdex /d:gem001
REM [MISCELLANEOUS]
REM [DISPLAY]
REM [SOUND, MIDI, OR VIDEO CAPTURE CARD]
REM [MOUSE]
PATH=C:\EA\WCA;C:\EA\WCAD

CONFIG:

DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS
REM DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\EMM386.EXE RAM 8192
REM [HEADER]
REM Device=C:\Windows\Himem.sys /v
Device=C:\WINDOWS\EMM386.EXE RAM 1024
Files=40
stacks=9,256
Dos=high,umb

REM DOS=HIGH
REM [CD-ROM DRIVE]
device=C:\Cdrom\Oakcdrom.sys /d:gem001
REM [MISCELLANEOUS]
REM [SCSI CONTROLLERS]
REM [DISPLAY]
REM [SOUND, MIDI, OR VIDEO CAPTURE CARD]
REM [MOUSE]
REM ------------------
device=c:\windows\cwdinit.exe /A
BUFFERS=20
REM FILES=20

DOSSTART:

@ECHO OFF

C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\MSCDEX.EXE /d:gem001
C:\MOUSE\MOUSE.COM

C:\WINDOWS\CWDINIT.EXE /A
C:\WINDOWS\CWDMIX /M=9,9 /W=13,13 /C=13,13 /L=13,13 /F=15,15 /X=1 /I=X



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If I'm locked on, there's no such thing as evasive action!
 

Dralthi5

Spaceman
This may or may not be related, but...

I tried to play WC2 just a little while ago, but when I typed in the command line in DOS, it said I didn't have enough memory to play. That's bullshit, because I was just playing it last night. (BTW, I deleted the P2 icon to see if that would help, but it did not.)

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If I'm locked on, there's no such thing as evasive action!
 

Stinger

Vice Admiral
Your problem with WC2 is related, yes, but it requires a different solution.

Now, back to P2:

You need to create a new shortcut that will restart your computer in DOS mode. To do this:

Hit Start-&gt;Programs and right-drag (right-click-and-hold) the item labelled "MS-DOS Prompt" to your desktop. Select Copy from the menu that appears.
Right click the new shortcut on your desktop and select Properties. Hit the Program tab and the Advanced button.
Make sure the following are selected: "MS-DOS mode" and "Specify a new MS-DOS configuration."

Put the following stuff in the two fields that become active:

for CONFIG.SYS:
DOS=HIGH,NOAUTO
DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS
FILES=40
BUFFERS=40
DEVICE=C:\CDROM\OAKCDROM.SYS /D:GEM001

for AUTOEXEC.BAT:
@ECHO OFF
SET PATH=C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND
SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 T4
C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\MSCDEX.EXE /D:GEM001
C:\MOUSE\MOUSE.COM
C:\WINDOWS\CWDINIT.EXE /A
C:\WINDOWS\CWDMIX /M=9,9 /W=13,13 /C=13,13 /L=13,13 /F=15,15 /X=1 /I=X

When you install the game, be sure to choose the following options for sound:
Sound Blaster Pro/16
I/O: 220h
IRQ: 5
DMA: 1
 

Dralthi5

Spaceman
I must say one thing: YAAAAAAAAHOOOOOO!!!!!!

You sure are good at what you do, Stinger, it worked perfectly! Thanks a million. The game looks cool.

Um, while I'm on the subject, and I know this may sound stupid, but can anyone tell me how do I save my game? I don't have a manual and I couldn't find out how on my own.

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Hero

Spaceman
Ok, I'm in the same situation as Dralthi5 was, and my way didn't work either. Here are my files, but I think there's something missing in them
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AUTOEXEC.BAT

@C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~4\NORTON~3\NAVDX.EXE /startup
SET BLASTER=A220 I2 D1 H7 P330 T6
SET CTSYN=C:\WINDOWS
C:\PROGRA~1\CREATIVE\SBLIVE\DOSDRV\SBEINIT.COM
mode con codepage prepare=((862) C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\hebega.cpi)
mode con codepage select=862

CONFIG.SYS

DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS
DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\EMM386.EXE
device=C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\display.sys con=(ega,,1)
Country=972,862,C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\country.sys

DOSSTART.BAT

C:\PROGRA~1\CREATIVE\SBLIVE\DOSDRV\SBEINIT.COM


LH C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~1\MOUSE\MOUSE.EXE

BTW, my computer doesn't recognize the CD drive when I'm in DOS (using the stard menu option). Yep, something here's not working right...
 
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Stinger

Vice Admiral
You're absolutely right; there are no CD drivers in your files. Thus, no P2 for you until you find them. What's your CD-ROM drive model, and what company made it?
 

Stinger

Vice Admiral
Search for a file on your hard drive labelled ATAPI.EXE; if you don't have it, I can get it to you. When you find it, add the following line to your config.sys:

DEVICEHIGH=&lt;path&gt;ATAPI.EXE /D:ATA001

where &lt;path&gt; is the location of ATAPI.EXE.

Then, add the following line to your dosstart.bat:

LH C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\MSCDEX.EXE /E /D:ATA001

Tell me when you've done that.
 

Stinger

Vice Admiral
Well, you do now. Be sure to read the message I sent with it; it contains corrected instructions on how to use the driver.
 
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