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    UNIVBE Workaround FAQ by PsychoSy

    Version: 2.0 | Updated: 07/02/01 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    
    MK Trilogy For PC UNIVBE Workaround FAQ 
    Version 2.0 FINAL (July 2, 2001)
     
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    FAQ by "PsychoSy" & Rob Muller
    psychosy@hotmail.com
    
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    History
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    Ver. 2.0 FINAL (July 02, 2001)
    
    Gave Rob Muller credit for writing this
    FAQ, even though he never typed a word of
    it. *heh* His modified driver helped immensely and
    it would be a shame not to credit him as an
    author of this FAQ. This FAQ is as much
    his work as it is mine, maybe moreso his for his
    modified driver was the breakthru we all needed! 
    
    Removed my section on the workaround
    since it only confuses people futher
    and it's no longer necessary.
    
    Tested Rob Muller's Modified Driver
    on myriads of cards ranging from Nvidia
    GeForce2 series, ATI Radeon, Kyro II, S3,
    Matrox, and even some somewhat vintage cards
    like the Riva TNT, Savage4, and Rendition.
    
    All pass flying colors on machines running
    Win9x and variants (Win95, 98, Me). I don't
    have Win2000/XP, therefore to the best of
    my knowledge, no fix exists for Win2K/XP. Most
    likely because Win2000 "emulates" a DOS
    environment and real DOS mode has been removed
    from the kernel (just my guess - I could be
    talking out my rectum here *heh*).
    
    Regardless, the above tests conclude that
    Rob's driver is the better alternative and
    should work with any video card where VESA 2.0
    or higher was implemented by the manufacturer
    of the said card, which basically boils down
    to just about EVERY CARD MADE SINCE 1997. Thusly,
    this FAQ is getting this long-deserved, and final
    update. Not getting snippy, folks! Just that my
    time has been very limited in the past year due
    to fatherhood and work.
    
    (pLeAsE, gOd...JuSt oNe GaMe oF CoUnTeR-sTrIkE... ;))
    
    Ver. 1.5  (September 30th, 2000)
    
    Added Confirmation of AGP 3DFX Cards.
    Working on getting info for ATI Cards.
    Steamlined the FAQ by removing some text.
    Added link to Rob Muller's UniRefresh Utility
    and help pages.
    
    Ver. 1.0  (July 25th, 2000)
    
    My first FAQ!! At this time, I've only have
    information on the 3DFX Voodoo Banshee and Voodoo3 
    PCI cards. With future contributions from you, more
    cards will be added to this FAQ. Let me know if
    this works for you and list your video card
    so future revision can be added and/or consolidated
    into this FAQ.
    
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    About This FAQ
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    This is for people having great trouble trying to 
    play older DOS/Win9x games on their PC due to 
    some games being "hard-coded" with old and 
    outdated (by today's standards) versions of
    a VESA Video Graphics application called 
    "UniVBE" (now called "Scitech's Display Doctor"), 
    which will autodetect your video card's 
    manufacturer, available video RAM, resolution quotas, 
    as well as add VESA 2.0 support to your video card if 
    it needs it (or even implementing better VESA 2.0 
    support if the maker of your video card has buggy 
    VESA support out of the box).
    
    Since video cards have come a long way over the past 5 years, 
    "UniVBE" often times does not detect them correctly or even 
    not at all! The major reason why UniVbe does not detect
    the card is because Scitech's SDD/UniVBE uses non-standard
    detection routines in it's implementation of detecting
    graphics cards. SDD/UniVBE does not resort to just
    calling the BIOS of the video card, and that's the major
    problem since damn near all video cards made today have
    built-in VESA 3.0 support inbedded in the Video Card's
    firmware! The result is that you will not be able to go
    down memory lane since most programs that use "UniVBE" 
    won't let you play if it doesn't detect your video card 
    properly. The only way around this is to try the 
    "Manual Overrides" section of UniVBE and use
    trial and error settings that might work or by seeing
    if there might be a modified driver that'll just
    call the BIOS of the card for VESA modes. 
    
    Since Mortal Kombat Trilogy PC is still a fairly popular game,
    this FAQ at this time only covers this. Of course, with your
    contributions, perhaps this FAQ can evolve into a "UniVBE 
    Workaround FAQ" with lists of cards and other games that 
    use UniVBE. Until then, this FAQ is best suited to be filed 
    under "Mortal Kombat Trilogy for PC" because that's 
    all I have at this time to go on.
    
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    What Does This FAQ Do?
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    This FAQ is for people who need help in working around the 
    "UniVBE" detection errors they may be getting from "UniVBE",
    which some old games use, like MK Trilogy for PC.
    
    Recently, while perusing the message boards at 
    "TRMK" (The Realm Of Mortal Kombat"), I found 
    a slew of angry MK fans wanting to play MKT 
    on their PC but UniVBE was giving them a 
    load of crap about it since their video cards 
    were very recent compared to those that were 
    on the market when MKT was released. 
    
    With trial and error, I kept trying different
    settings in the "Manual Overrides" section
    of UniVBE in order to come up with a 
    workaround for my 3DFX Banshee and Voodoo 3,
    compiled them into this very text file and posted 
    it on the 3DFX Message boards as well as at 
    the boards at TRMK (which gained a long-overdue
    sigh of "Finally!" from Greesman!)
     
    And now, you're at GameFAQS.com or at a 
    authorized mirror site for this FAQ. 
    Here's your MKT for PC fix!
    It's been long overdue!! ;) 
    
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    What Do I Need To Do?
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    Rob Muller, the man responsible for the
    utility "UniRefresh", took the time to
    provide a modified UniVBE driver file
    that calls upon the BIOS of the
    video card and it may just work
    wonders for you and your particular
    hardware!
    
    Click the link below for Modified Driver Information
    http://unirefresh.demonews.com/videoproblems
    
    Click here to snag the awesome UniRefresh Utility!
    http://unirefresh.demonews.com/
    
    After grabbing Rob's modified driver, extract the UNIVBE.DRV
    file from the archive into your MK Trilogy directory. Let
    Rob's modified driver overwrite any previous entries. 
    
    From there, NEVER run UVCONFIG again. It'll just overwrite
    Rob's modified driver. You don't want that! So, after you
    extract Rob's modified driver, the only thing left to
    do is simply RUN MK Trilogy and enjoy! Rob's modified driver
    grabs the needed VESA information from your Video BIOS, NOT from
    Scitech's antiquated application, therefore, there's no longer a 
    need to tinker with Scitech's mess!
    
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    DISCLAIMER
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    **NOTE** 
    
    This is not a guaranteed workaround and may or 
    may not work with your particular monitor 
    or system. Try this at your own risk!! 
    I will not be responsible. 
    
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    Future Plans
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    This FAQ final. The mission is
    complete! 
    
    The latest versions of this FAQ can be 
    found at GameFAQS.com
    
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/
    
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    Dedications & Kudos!
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    IGN Networks - For their massively
    informative websites and affiliates.
    
    TRMK - Keep The Kombat Alive, Folks!
    
    3DFX - Slow on driver releases, but 
           the online community on their
           message boards are fast for
           helping folks out.
    
    Rob Muller - For the information, the
    	     modified drivers, and 
    	     UniRefresh! Your help
                 is well appreciated =)
    
    Emulators  - For keeping history alive!
    
    Folks like YOU! - Thanks for the submissions
    and comments. Although, Win2000 is still an
    issue last I checked, it's my time to bow
    out and let someone else with more knowledge
    and experiance with Win2000 take over from
    here. 
    
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    I don't care how this FAQ is distributed as
    long as I'm credited as the author.
     
    Now, go make a few senators angry!!
    
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    Copyright 2000, Jason "PsychoSy" Sizemore
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