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    Online Guide by colinvandam

    Version: 1.1 | Updated: 10/13/03 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    Championship Manager 4 Online Guide
    1) Legal Stuff
    2) Game Information/Requirements
    3) Introduction
    4) Updates
    5) Getting Started
    6) Online notes
    7) Hints and Tips
    8) FAQ's
    9) Special Thanks/Credit
    10) Contact information
    Other Faq's by Colinvandam: Fifa Football 2003
    1) Legal Stuff
    This FAQ was created for personal use only and may NOT be put up on any web 
    sites other than:
    IGN FAQ's
    And this may NOT be reproduced under any circumstances except for either 
    personal or private use.  It may be placed on a web site but ONLY with advanced 
    written permission.  Use of this guide on any other web site or of any public 
    display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you spot something that needs corrected
    or modified in any way, or even submissions or questions that you may have 
    towards this FAQ.  Send your e-mail to the address at the bottom of this FAQ 
    and I will reply as soon as I possibly can.
    2) Game Information/Requirements (PC)
    Championship Manager 4 (CM4)
    System(s): PC and Mac
    Developer: Sports Interactive
    Publisher: Eidos
    Please note that it is known that slightly older PC's CAN handle this game with
    the bare minimum of leagues running, but please check with SI Games before 
    Minimum Requirements (1 League with small database):
    Intel P3 600Mhz or equivalent
    Windows 98/XP
    64MB RAM (128MB for XP)
    Graphics: 1024x768, 32bit colour required
    Audio: DirectX compatible soundcard
    Intel P4 1Ghz or equivalent - CM4 is optimised for P4
    256MB RAM
    MAC- Minimum (Thanks to Dan A):
    Mac OS 9.1 / 10.1.3 
    333Mhz Power PC G3
    1024 x 768 Monitor 
    500MB Free Disk Space
    3) Introduction
    I have decided to make this FAQ to answer the multiple questions asked about
    how it is possible to play Championship Manager 4 online via the internet.  I
    hope to answer any questions that any readers may have and they will be 
    published here in future updates of this FAQ.  This FAQ will describe the 
    procedures, requirements needed as well as answering general queries about CM4
    Playing the game online is very similar, if not identical, to the single player
    offline game.  I highly recommend that you try playing CM4 online with a 
    friend (if possible more) as there is nothing quite like beating your friend 
    2-1 with a goal in the dying minutes.  Although the game is slower with a dial-
    up connection, playing with Broadband ensures the game keeps it usual pace that
    players are used to when playing offline.
    This FAQ is designed SOLELY for the worried people who are baffled or want to
    find more information about the network or online game of CM4.  I do not intend
    in adding good player guides etc in the future, these can be left for other
    FAQ's which decide to focus on a particular area of the game.
    Finally, I am writing this by experience of the PC version of the game, and 
    therefore some minor mistakes may be made between the two versions.  So please
    point out any mistakes or differences there may be and I will be glad to sort
    them out.
    4) Updates
    13/10/03 Version 1.1: A couple FAQ's added.  MAC specs now included.
    10/7/03 Version 1.00: First update, more FAQ's will be added as I receive them
    5) Getting Started
    i) Instructions for all
    First off, you're obviously going to need a PC/Mac, a Championship Manager 4 
    game for each person participating in the game and an internet connection.
    Once you have that all ready and set up you're good to go, all you need now is
    to arrange a time to start playing which is possibly the hardest part of 
    playing a CM4 network game.
    Next off, it gets a little complicated, but even the most basic of computer and
    CM4 knowladge will be able to pull through fine.  Between the group of people 
    you have arranged to play with, you must first select a person to 'run as 
    server'.  All this means (for the people new to the CM4 Online scene) is that
    the computer who is running as the server is hosting the game and the person 
    who saves and loads the game each time you play.  When deciding who is to host,
    consider the following factors:
    What the fastest running computer out of the group?
    What speed of internet connection does the host have?
    Can the hosting computer handle many leagues at a time?
    The hosting computer should be the most powerful and have the fastest internet
    connection i.e. Broadband 150k or over depending on the number of players 
    joining the game.
    ii) Instructions for host
    The person hosting the game should then select Game Options from the side menu,
    followed by edit Preferences.  Then, tick the box saying 'RUN AS SERVER' (the
    name of the server isn't necessary, but feel free to change if you please).
    Once you have this all ready, all you need now is for people to join your game,
    which tends to be the part people find most difficult to find.
    The final stage is for the host to click on Game Options from the side menu,
    and then Game Status.  It is from there that you will be able to note down your
    unique game IP ADDRESS.  
    NEVER give out your IP address on internet forums, via instant messaging or
    anywhere else UNLESS you are 100% sure you can trust the person you are giving
    the address to.  Your IP address can be used for hacking etc. so be careful on
    who you give it to.
    /Special Note
    Give the IP address to your friends, sit back and wait for them to join.  A 
    whole new approach to CM4 is about to be born.
    iii) Instructions for other players joining
    Finally, the easy part goes to the remaining players joining the game, the
    procedure for this is simple.  From the main menu (where you would normally 
    select Start New Game or Load Previous Game), simply select 'Join Network 
    Game'.  Once the database is loaded, click on the small box at the top right 
    hand corner named 'Join Other'.  Finally, enter the IP address of the server
    and you should be ready to go.  The 'Add new Manager' screen should immediately
    appear just like the offline game, only this time, there will already be a few 
    manager position's taken depending on the number of people already joined.
    And that's it, you have went though the pain and anguish of setting up CM4
    online.  Wasn't that bad was it?
    6) Online notes
    As I said previously, the differences between the online and offline games are
    marginal.  Here are the following differences between playing offline and 
    playing online with friends:
    On match day when different players have games on the same day, all games are
    played simultaneously so there is little waiting.  Obviously, everyone must
    have finished his/her respective match before everyone is able to progress on
    match day.  The live league table is updated as normal with everyone's
    results as they come in.
    If another player has a match when you don't, you can choose to watch the game
    or simply wait and view the latest scores and/or just play the game as normal
    and wait for the match to finish before continuing the game.
    The speed difference between online and offline is marginal when there are just
    two or three players playing with Broadband.  However, as with all online 
    games, the more people there are playing (and the more 56k'rs) then the lag 
    will increase in proportion, so be aware on who and how many people you decide
    to invite to your game.
    As far as I know, 8 players is the maximum for any one network game of CM4.  If
    this is wrong, please contact me.
    On the Game Status screen, you can choose to disconnect from the game.  This is
    where you can leave the game, but keep CM4 running, but you are taken to the
    front screen again.
    7) Hints and Tips
    As Championship Manager 4 has no set walkthrough or guide this section will be 
    to assist you as much as possible with some general hints and tips for the 
    game.  There will not be too much here for the first few versions of the FAQ, 
    but I hope to add many more as time goes on.  These tips will hopefully speed
    up your game as well as enhancing your gameplay experience with CM4.
    If you know a tip that is not mentioned here, or on any of the FAQ, send me an 
    e-mail with your name and tip and you will be fully credited for your help.
    1) Close down ALL running background programmes before starting/joining a 
    networked game.  Push Ctrl-Alt-Del and close all programmes except from the few
    obvious ones that are needed to run the game!
    2) Make sure the host has the best computer with the best connection speed.
    3) The processing speed of the computer is always more important than the
    internet connection speed.
    4) It is known that the host can control and make some decisions of ANY of the
    joined players.  However, only on extreme circumstances should this function
    be used, as it is known to cause some crashes to the online game when 2 people
    try to make different managerial decisions under the same person.
    5) Keep downloading the latest Enhancement Packs from Sigames.com, as some of
    these actually speed up the game by a considerable amount as well as making the
    game much more playable.
    8) FAQ's
    If you know the basics but have troubles with a particular section of the
    online setup, then it's almost going to be below.I'll be trying to update this 
    section as frequently as possible when I receive e-mails from readers, so if 
    you have a question that IS NOT answered here, that is relevant to the game, 
    then I'll be more than happy to answer it via e-mail.
    Q: Is the online game playable as the addictive offline game?
    A: Far more addictive.  Although it really depends on how fast the game is
    progressing.  A fast, well-run game is far more playable and enjoyable than a
    dull, slowly progressing game where the 2 players are situated in different
    Q: Is the Online game more likely to crash than in offline?  I like my saved 
    games to be perfect.
    A: Obviously, every game can crash at any time on any given period, most likely
    the least wanted time of all.  However, from my experiences, the game has only
    had a few minor crashes that would happen normally offline too.  Just put 
    autosave on for regular periods (once every fortnight would be best) to ensure
    no important results or signings are lost.
    Q: Is the speed of the game any slower?
    A: To put it bluntly, yes.  But the servers game is usualy not affected, so
    just the joining players will suffer a slight delay between every new screen.
    However, I have found that playing for a while you get used to the small amount
    of inevitable game lag, and well worth the pause.
    Q: Do i need the same enhancement pack as the host and other players?
    A: Yes, every player must have IDENTICAL Enhancement Packs.  When the host 
    updates his/her version, they should send an email to all the other players 
    saying this and give the exact location of the download, so every player has
    the same version.
    Q: Are online games more fun?
    A: Definitely.  You really need to play it for yourself to know how good CM4 is
    when playing with other friend compassionate about the same game as you are.
    Not to mention the thrills of beating them to win the Premiership, or proving 
    that you can win the SPL with Partick Thistle.
    Q: What is  the maximum number of people i can get to play one game?
    A: I am not 100% sure, but I think it is 8.  If not, it could be infinite.
    Q: Are online games really that hard to organise?
    A: Depends.  If the person you are playing has never seen you and is in a 
    different time-zone, then things can get a little but tricky.  Your best bet is
    to play with someone you personally know and is willing to play online.
    Q: I've heard of Clans.  Should I join one?
    A: Sure, if your willing to play on the designated times, then clans can be a
    great way to get the most out of CM4 Online.  For more on Clans, see the
    contact section at #10.
    UPDATED 13/10/03
    Q: In CM4 when I click the JOIN NETWORK GAME it does not display the list of 
    the games avaliable, even though when I refresh it the list is not displayed. 
    Then when click the join game it asks me for the IP address but I don't have 
    anyone of the IP address. Could u tell me if there are servers running where 
    this game is played and mention its IP address. I have 512kbps connection.
    (By S.Arun kumar)
    A: CM4 is unique from an average online multiplayer game, as the 'server' is 
    actually the host of he network game.  This means you must actually arrange 
    beforehand who and when you are playing, and then decide who is to host the 
    game.  You should then get the IP address (descibed in FAQ) of the host and 
    join network game.  Hope that helps.
    Q: What if you have two saved games both set as a server (and both have the
    same IP). If someone is joining your game, which one do they join? do they get
    a choice? (By Mark C)
    A: Only the game that is currently running is used as the host.  It is 
    recommended that you only tick 'run as server' if you have arranged the game
    Q: Hey, read your guide at gameFAQs about how to play champ 4 online, me and a
    friend tried it but it keps saying the server could not be found. We bother
    have the same version of champ and we double checked the IPs. Know what could
    be cause the problem? (By Andy W)
    A: There are a few possible answers to this one:
    1) One of the versions could have been the Data update with the other Non-data.
    2) One or BOTH of the versions is a copied, or cracked version.  Not only is
    this illegal, but copied versions cannot be updated OR played online.  Just
    stick to buying the full version instead.
    9) Special Thanks/Credit
    I owe a few people a thank you for helping me make this Championship Manager 4
    FAQ.  In no particular order:
    Gamefaqs: One of the best sites on the internet today and the number 1 source 
    for gaming information.
    SIGames: Great job guys, enhancement packs are a great job, no matter what
    anyone else thinks.  Here's for the next Champ!
    Kidd Krash: Thanks for taking the CM4 beatings well, maybe you'll beat me ONE 
    Dan A: Big help for the Mac minimum specs.
    10) Contact Information
    Fist off, here a few websites to get more information about the great world
    that is CM4:
    SIGames (First point of contact for official news and downloads) -
    SIGames Forums (For the latest updates and fixes for new Enhancement Packs.
    Also features online message board with Clan information etc.) -
    My preference for contact would be over MSN, but an e-mail would also be OK if 
    you wish to add or give any suggestions to the FAQ.  Also, please do not send 
    any e-mails regarding PC enquiries about the setup or the technical side of 
    installation etc.
    In an attempt to reduce junk mail I have replaced the @ symbol with 'at'.
    MSN Address: colinvandam AT hotmail.com
    Hotmail: Ditto 
    Copyright 2003 Colin Henderson

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