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3README.TXT
4
5by Sean Mustakas
6
7
8Contents
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10
111.System Requirements
12
132.Installation
14
153.Suggested Configurations/Boot Disk Info
16
174.Soundcard Setup
18
195.Support/Help
20
21
221.System Requirements
23---------------------
24
25In order to play ABUSE, you should have at least:
26
27Intel 486/DX2-50 CPU or 100% Compatible
28MS DOS 5.0 or higher or Windows 95
298 MB RAM
30400K Free Conventional Memory
3113 MB Free Hard Drive Space
321 MB 256 Color VGA Video Card
33MS Mouse or 100% Compatible (with MS or 100% Compat. Driver)
34CD-ROM Drive (for installation to HD only)
35
36Network Play(2-8 Players):
37
38Intel 486/DX2-66 CPU or 100% Compatible
39Windows 95
40Homogenous IPX Compatible Network / Drivers
41
42Sound(optional):
43
44Soundblaster or 100% Compatible Soundboard for Digital SFX
45Roland MPU-401 General MIDI or 100% Compatible Soundboard for MIDI Music
46
47
482.Installation
49--------------
50
51To Install ABUSE -
52
53DOS :
54
551.Place the CD into your CD-ROM drive.
562.Switch to the CD's drive letter. (type "D:" or "E:" typically)
573.Type "Install"
584.Follow the on-screen prompts
59
60To start playing ABUSE -
61
621.Switch to the ABUSE directory.
632.Type "ABUSE"
64
65ex.
66
67C:
68CD ABUSE
69ABUSE
70
71Windows 95 :
72
731.Place CD into your disc drive.
742.Double Click the "My Computer" Icon.
753.Double Click your CD-ROM's drive letter(usually "D" or "E")
764.Double Click "INSTALL.EXE".
775.Follow the On-Screen instructions.(Must Use Keyboard in DOS Box)
786.Return to the "My Computer" window and Double Click the drive letter
79  that you installed ABUSE on.("C" by default)
807.Double Click the ABUSE folder.
818.Double Click "ABUSE.EXE" to start the game.
82
83
84Notes -
85
86For a list of Game Key/Mouse Commands, simply hit the "F1" key at anytime
87during gameplay.
88
89The installation directory may be changed during the install, and the program
90can create the new directory for you.
91
92ABUSE can ONLY be played from the Hard Drive. The CD is for Installation
93ONLY!
94
95Create an ABUSE.EXE shortcut on your Windows 95 desktop to start ABUSE
96quickly.
97
98
993.Suggested Configurations/Boot Disk Info
100-----------------------------------------
101
102
103For an 8 MB(or more) Machine -
104
105"CONFIG.SYS"
106
107DEVICE=C:\DOS\HIMEM.SYS
108DOS=HIGH
109(Add your CD device driver here - ex. "DEVICE=C:\SCSI\ASPICD.SYS /D:ASPICD0")
110FILES=40
111BUFFERS=40
112SHEll=C:\DOS\COMMAND.COM C:\DOS /P
113
114"AUTOEXEC.BAT"
115
116PATH=C:\DOS;C:\
117PROMPT $P$G
118(Add your MSCDEX.EXE driver here -ex."C:\DOS\MSCDEX.EXE /D:ASPICD0 /M:12 /L:E")
119C:\DOS\SMARTDRV.EXE 2048 (add this after Install to improve performance!)
120(Add your MOUSE driver here - ex. "C:\MOUSE\MOUSE.EXE")
121SET COMSPEC=C:\DOS\COMMAND.COM
122C:
123
124NOTE -
125
126In the event that you can't get enough Conventional Memory to play the game,
127try loading DOS's memory manager EMM386.EXE as follows. DEVICEHIGH and LH
128statements should be added as well to free up as much memory as possible.
129The UMB statement should also be added to the "DOS=HIGH" line.
130
131ex.
132
133"CONFIG.SYS"
134
135DEVICE=C:\DOS\HIMEM.SYS
136DEVICE=C:\DOS\EMM386.EXE NOEMS
137DOS=HIGH,UMB
138(Add your CD device driver here -ex."DEVICEHIGH=C:\SCSI\ASPICD.SYS /D:ASPICD0")
139FILES=40
140BUFFERS=40
141SHEll=C:\DOS\COMMAND.COM C:\DOS /P
142
143"AUTOEXEC.BAT"
144
145PATH=C:\DOS;C:\
146PROMPT $P$G
147(Add your MSCDEX.EXE driver here -ex."LH C:\DOS\MSCDEX.EXE /D:ASPICD0 /M:12 /L:E")
148(Add your MOUSE driver here - ex. "LH C:\MOUSE\MOUSE.EXE")
149SET COMSPEC=C:\DOS\COMMAND.COM
150C:
151
152
153Additional NOTES -
154
155Your CD-ROM drivers may be removed from your configuration after a successful
156install, if desired. You should only have to do this if Low Memory becomes an
157issue.
158
159If you have a SCSI CD-ROM, you should also add your SCSI Adapter's driver
160above the CD Driver line.(Soundcard driven CDs should similarly load the
161Soundboard driver before the CD line.)
162
163ex. "DEVICE=C:\SCSI\ASPI8DOS.SYS /D /p234"
164    "DEVICE=C:\SCSI\ASPICD.SYS /D:ASPICD0"
165
166Some Soundboards may require that you load drivers in order to function
167properly. Add them as they appear in your normal configuration. The easiest
168way to do this is to make a Boot Disk following the directions below, leaving
169in any line that seems sound related.
170
171If you fail to find a mouse driver in your AUTOEXEC.BAT, look in the
172CONFIG.SYS for a line that has "MOUSE.SYS" in it. This will work just as
173well, and should be loaded in the same manner to play ABUSE.
174
175ex. "DEVICE=C:\DOS\MOUSE.SYS"
176
177Using the disk cache SMARTDRV.EXE can greatly improve game speed, but it can
178sometimes interfere with the installation process. We recommend the game be
179installed without SMARTDRV first, then add the cache after verification of
180a successful install(ie. run the game once first!).
181
182Since ABUSE uses a DOS Extender for memory management, it should run under
183a variety of different configurations. In the event your's doesn't work, we
184suggest the creation of a Boot Disk. To be safe, create a Boot Disk BEFORE
185you install the game to insure proper configuration! (Windows 95 users will
186generally Not need to make a Boot Disk.)
187
188To make a BOOT DISK for the game-
189
1901.Put a blank floppy disk in your "A" drive.
191
1922.From the "C:\" prompt, type in "FORMAT A:/S".( "SYS A:" may be used in
193  place of this command if the disk is PRE FORMATTED)
194
1953.After the format is complete, type in "COPY C:\CONFIG.SYS A:"
196
1974.Type in "COPY C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT A:"
198
1995.Type in "EDIT A:\CONFIG.SYS", then edit your file to resemble the above
200  configurations as closely as possible. Put "REM" in front of any line
201  that doesn't seem necessary - EX. "REM C:\WINDOWS\IFSHLP.SYS".
202
2036.Save the modified file by using the editor's "FILE" menu to "SAVE" and
204  then "EXIT" - use your mouse if present.
205
2067.Type in "EDIT A:\AUTOEXEC.BAT" and modify this file in the same manner as
207  the CONFIG.SYS.
208
2098.Save and exit the AUTOEXEC.BAT.
210
2119.REBOOT your system, then start the game!
212
213NOTES -
214
215If you want your Boot Disk to automatically start ABUSE for you, add these
216lines to the bottom of your AUTOEXEC.BAT:
217
218C:
219CD ABUSE
220ABUSE
221
222Of course, change these lines appropriately if you specified a different
223DRIVE and/or DIRECTORY during the install process.
224
225
2264.Soundcard Setup
227-----------------
228
229The first time that ABUSE.EXE is run, the sound utility SETUP.EXE should
230run automatically as well. If you wish to change your settings or the
231sound setup screen doesn't appear, simply type "SETUP" within the ABUSE
232directory to manually start the process. Once in the setup screen, use the
233ARROW keys to highlight your selections and the ENTER key to choose them.
234Setup options for both a DIGITAL and a MIDI soundboard are present, and the
235DIGITAL(only!) card may be AUTO-DETECTED by the program. Unless you are
236certain of your particular card's settings, AUTODETECT is the way to go.
237If for any reason the detection fails, simply try the utility again (a
238different detection method will be used), and if your system locks up at
239any time during the process, reboot the system and try again. It is a good
240practice to use "TEST" to insure all devices are functioning properly.
241Once your device is set up properly, make sure to select "OK" to save
242your configuration. You may also select "CANCEL" at any time in order to
243ABORT the setup process without saving the current configuration.
244
245NOTES-
246
247You must have a dedicated MPU-401 General MIDI sound device in order to
248hear MUSIC in the game - a Sound Blaster by itself will only play back
249Digital Sound Effects(except for the SB/AWE32 which will function properly
250as BOTH a Digital and Music source). MPU-401 compatible Daughtercards should
251work as well for MUSIC.
252
253Do not try to AUTODETECT a soundcard if you don't have one!
254
255
2565.Support/Help
257--------------
258
259
260If you find yourself in need of assistance with ABUSE, please have the info
261requested below handy and use the support method of your choice. FYI, we do
262not charge for Tech Support, but long distance charges will apply normally.
263
264Please Have -
265
2661.An EXACT copy of the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT that you INSTALLED/RAN
267  our product with.
2682.The Brand and Type of CPU that you are using.
2693.Your Brand and Version of DOS.
2704.Your Brand and Type of Video Board(and Driver Version # if applicable).
2715.Your Brand and Type of Sound Board(s).
2726.Your Brand and Type of CD-ROM (and Driver Version #s).
2737.A list of any Error Codes encountered.
2748.A list of any other hardware devices present on your system (any device
275  settings that you can find will certainly help as well!).
2769.A list of Network Drivers and Hardware(if applicable).
277
278
279Support -
280
281Origin Product Support - (512)434-HELP or (512)434-4357
282Origin FAX             - (512)795-8014
283Origin BBS             - (512)346-2BBS or (512)346-2227
284Internet FTP           - support@origin.ea.com
285
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