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    Updated: 03/19/97 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

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       1942: The Pacific Air War Gold for Windows
       FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
       Last revised: March 19, 1997
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    System Requirements
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    IBM PC 33Mhz 80386 compatible or faster
    4MB RAM
    MS-DOS 5.0 or higher
    Windows 3.1 or higher
    Super VGA graphics for 320 x 200 x 256 colors
    Double-speed CD-ROM drive (MSCDEX version 2.1 or later)
    Hard drive (10MB free)
    Mouse
    
    Recommended
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    IBM PC 80486, Pentium compatible or faster
    8MB RAM
    Joystick
    
    Supported
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    Ad Lib
    Covox Sound Master II
    General MIDI
    ProAudio Spectrum
    Roland MT-32/CM-32/LAPC-1
    Sound Blaster
    Sound Blaster Pro
    
    Installation
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    Q:  I've heard that the game is a DOS game. Can I install it
        from Windows?
    
    A:  1942: The Pacific Air War Gold can only be installed
        through Windows. The installer program is named SETUP.EXE
        and will be found on your CD-ROM. Just double-click on
        the SETUP.EXE to install both the game and the Windows
        multimedia supplement.
    
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    Q:  I can't seem to run the game when I double-click on the
        game icon in Windows. How can I get into the game?
    
    A:  1942: The Pacific Air War is a DOS-based game. You should
        run the game in MS-DOS mode. Even though the game installs
        through Windows, only the multimedia supplements are
        designed to work through Windows. To get into MS-DOS mode
        using Windows 95, go to the Start menu. Then click on Shut
        Down and choose "Restart computer in MS-DOS mode."
    
    Q:  Whenever I try to run the game from DOS, I get an error that
        says, "This game requires 150k of free disk space."
    
    A:  There could be a number of causes for this error.
    
        1)  You may be trying to run the game from the CD-ROM drive.
            You cannot do this. You must run the game from your
            hard drive.
    
        2)  If you are running the game from the hard drive and are
            still getting this error, you may have installed the game
            with the Install program from the GAME directory. You
            should only use the Setup program from the root directory
            on the hard drive.
    
        3)  There is a chance that your hard drive is actually full.
            You may need to delete some files from your hard drive.
    
    Q:  When attempting to start the game, I receive an error message
        about low conventional memory, or the game just quits.
    
    A:  This means that you do not have sufficient free conventional
        memory to run the game. The game requires about 580K of free
        conventional memory to run. To check how much free conventional
        memory you have on your computer, type "MEM" at the DOS prompt.
        Look at the third line from the bottom of the report which reads
        "largest executable program size." This is your free conventional
        memory, and it must be at 580K or higher for the game to run
        properly.
    
    Memory and Boot Disks
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    Q:  How can I free up more conventional memory on my computer?
    
    A:  There are numerous ways to do this. If you are using MS-DOS 6.0
        or higher, try running the MEMMAKER utility to optimize memory.
        (Be sure to answer "Yes" when asked if you use programs that
        require expanded memory.)
    
        If you are familiar with editing your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT
        files, check them to make sure that all of your necessary device
        drivers and TSRs are loading into upper memory. Also, make sure
        to eliminate any unnecessary memory-resident programs.
    
        We recommend that you make a boot disk and not make any changes
        to your system files on your hard drive. In the event that the
        changes made to your system files cause a problem with your
        computer starting up normally, you can just remove the boot
        disk from the floppy drive and restart your computer to return
        to the original system configuration.
    
    Q:  I don't know how to make a boot disk. Is there any way for me
        to get a boot disk?
    
    A:  There is a boot disk maker that the game installs on to your
        hard drive in the MPS\PAWGOLD directory. To use it to make
        a boot disk, change to the MPS\PAWGOLD directory and type
        "BOOTDISK" at the DOS prompt.
    
        If you are using Windows 95, we do have a boot disk maker that
        works for multiple titles from Spectrum HoloByte and MicroProse.
        It includes the option to make a boot disk for 1942: The Pacific
        Air War. You can find the boot disk maker on our Web site at
        www.microprose.com, on our BBS at 510-522-8909, or we can mail
        it to you on a floppy disk if you fax us a request for the
        "Boot Disk Maker" with your name, address and phone number.
    
    Exit Error Messages
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    Q:  I'm getting an "Exit Error" when I try to play the game. What
        does it mean?
    
    A:  Below are a list of Exit Errors, what they refer to and how
        to fix the problem:
    
        Exit error 20 - This may occur during installation.
    
        1)  This is caused when trying to install the game twice. Don't
            install it twice.
    
        2)  The disk may be out of alignment or it may be a bad disk.
            To check the alignment, copy the disk to your hard drive
            and run the install.
    
        3)  You may be trying to run the Install program from the game
            directory. This isn't the correct installation program.
            You should run the Setup program in the root directory on
            the CD-ROM.
    
        Exit error 108 - This error may occur when you try to save a
        custom mission. This is caused by the absence of a mission
        directory in the PAWGOLD directory. At the C:\MPS\PAWGOLD>
        prompt, type "MD MISSIONS" and then press [ENTER].
    
        Exit error 604 - Not enough conventional memory to run the
        .FLIC files. You should boot with a boot disk to free up more
        conventional memory.
    
        Exit error 803 -This error message is caused by some mouse
        drivers. You should get the latest mouse driver from Microsoft
        (version 9.01 or higher).
    
        Exit error 999 or higher - This problem is similar to the
        previous exit error. The game is not compatible with the Genius
        mouse driver. It is recommended that you use a Microsoft mouse
        driver.
    
        Exit error 1,350 - This is generally a sound problem. Here are
        a couple of fixes:
    
        1)  If you are using a Sound Blaster AWE 32 sound card, make
            sure you have all your DOS drivers installed. Also, check
            your AUTOEXEC.BAT file to make sure that the AWEUTIL line
            contains the "/EM" switch.
    
        2)  Try copying the INSTALL.EXE and INSTALL.INF files from the
            CD-ROM to the PAWGOLD directory on your hard drive. Then
            run the install from the hard drive. This will allow you to
            reconfigure your sound card.