Privateer 2 Patch

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Privateer 2: The Darkening Patch
Creator Origin Systems Inc.
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Filesize 559 kB

This updates Privateer 2 to Version 17.0e (Buffalo Wings) Jan 31 1997

Contents of p2patch.txt

Privateer 2: The Darkening PCCD

(C) 1997, Origin Systems, Inc. This document may not, in whole or part, be copied, photocopied, reproduced, translated, or reduced to any electronic medium or machine readable form without prior consent, in writing, from Origin Systems, Inc. Origin Systems, Inc. believes the information contained in this document is accurate and reliable. Origin Systems, Inc. reserves the right to update this file at any time and without notice. To find out the latest information about Privateer 2: The Darkening, check out our Internet Web site at:

You can also visit the main Origin page at:

To print a hardcopy of this file, at the DOS prompt, change to the drive of your CD-ROM drive (i.e. "D:") and type :


PATCH.TXT Table of Contents

  • 1.0 Installation Instructions
  • 2.0 What's New
  • 3.0 Origin Customer Service/Technical Support

[1.0] Installation Instructions

Ensure the files PATCH.BAT, OSI.EXE, and PATCH17E.DAT are in your Privateer 2: The Darkening directory. (usually C:\DARK) From your Privateer 2 directory, type "PATCH" and press [ENTER].

You should receive a message indicating success. After the patch has been correctly installed, when starting Privateer 2, you will receive the message:

   Version 17.0e (Buffalo Wings) Jan 31 1997.

If you see this message, the patch is correctly installed.

[2.0] What's New

  • New Movie Player
    Some people experienced a lockup on the Origin logo, and various other places. The new movie player should fix this problem.
  • Rendition based Movie lockups
    Video cards using the Rendition Verte chipset will usually lockup during the OSI movie. This is because the video mode the movie player uses is not supported by the video card. The solution was to write a special movie player specifically for these cards. To activate this mode, type "DARK -svga" at the command line. This will use the SVGA movie player specifically written for these cards. The following cards are affected:
    • Canopus Total 3D
    • Sierra Screamin' 3D
    • Creative Labs 3D Blaster
    • Intergraph Intense 3D
    NOTE: While the movie player will no longer lock up, some cards will exibit palette flashes while movies are playing.
  • "Setstreamspeed" error message resolved
    Several customers encountered an error message when attempting to land on a planet. This problem has been fixed.
  • Native support for CH Flightstick Pro and Thrustmaster joysticks has been added. You can select the appropriate joystick from the Spaceflight Options Menu. The table below describes the various available views:
    • Hat - selects the four views.
    • Main Trigger - Fires the selected laser(s).
    • Button "A" - Selects target under the HUD cursor
    • Button "A" - When held down rolls in the direction of the stick
    • Button "B" - Activates the Afterburners
    • Button "C" - Fires the currently selected missile(s)
  • Additional Keyboard Keys
    Several keys have been added to increase the functionality of programmable joysticks. The table below indicates the new keys and their function:
    • SPACEBAR - Fire selected laser(s)
    • < - Roll counterclockwise.
    • > - Roll Clockwise.
  • Invulnerability added
    Due to demand, invulnerability has been added as on option from the Spaceflight Options Menu.
  • News Bulletins
    Certain customers encountered problems with certain News Briefs. This problem has been fixed.
  • Wingman Lockup
    Certain customers could have the game lockup if they were out of wingmen. This problem has been fixed.
  • Targeting during a roll
    During spaceflight, while executing a roll, the targeting computer would sometimes change targets. This problem has been fixed.
  • Gamma Correction
    Gamma Correction/Brightness of movies can be controlled with the + and - keys. Previously, the settings were not saved between movies. This problem is now fixed.
  • CD-ROM Disc Swap
    When requesting the next CD, users were required to hit the spacebar after inserting the CD. Privateer 2 will now detect the new CD and continue without user intervention.
  • Assertion Failed
    Certain users would receive an Assertion Failed error message in spaceflight if for some reason the game was not able to allocate enough memory for a function. This problem has been fixed.

[3.0] Origin Customer Service/Technical Support

If you would like to contact Origin Technical Support, please call 512-434-HELP (4357) M-F 9:00am to 1:00 pm, 2:00pm to 5:00 pm.

Internet :

Internet Web site :

When you call, your problem can be resolved much faster if you have the following information :

  • The EXACT error message displayed (very important!)
  • A copy of your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files
  • A detailed list of the hardware and who the manufacturer is
  • The results of a MEM /C statement
  • Information on your sound card including the manufacturer and settings
  • Information on your video card and the manufacturer
  • Any information you feel would be helpful

Happy Gaming!