Star Wars: X-wing vs. Tie Fighter


Patch Name: 1.1.4 Upgrade

Platform: PC

Format: CD-ROM

Size: 1,501 KB

Min. Requirements: A 3D accelerator is NOT required to use this update.

Posted: 10/97

NOTE: Please do NOT install this update if you have the Balance of Power Expansion pack already installed on your system.   Balance of Power Expansion already contains these updates.

Installation: To install the upgrade, you must have the original version of the game already installed on your system and you must run the XvT_3Dfx.exe program that you have downloaded or copied to your system. The setup program should automatically locate where X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter is already installed and replace a few of the files from the original version of the game. You can verify that the upgrade is properly installed by starting the game and looking for the version text in the lower right hand corner of the data pad. It should say "v.1.1".

Corrects:

The X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter Version 1.1.4 Update includes all fixes and enhancements from previous updates (v1.0, v1.10, and 3Dfx). To install the upgrade, you must have the original version of the game already installed on your system and you must run the XvT_3Dfx.exe program that you have downloaded or copied to your system. The setup program should automatically locate where X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter is already installed and replace a few of the files from the original version of the game. You can verify that the upgrade is properly installed by starting the game and looking for the version text in the lower right hand corner of the data pad. It should say "v.1.1".

One of the most important things to know about this version of X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter is that for multiplayer play this upgraded version is NOT compatible with earlier versions of the game. All players must be running the same version of the game. The game will not allow players to join a multiplayer game if they are running a different version than the host.

While for multiplayer play the game versions are incompatible, the pilot files are fully compatible. Therefore, you may continue to use your pilots from the original version.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS TO USE THE 3Dfx UPGRADE INCLUDED IN THE 1.1.4 UPGRADE:

3DFX Chipset Required. Video cards currently using the 3Dfx chipset: Orchid Righteous 3D, Diamond Monster 3D, RealVision Flash 3D, Hercules Stingray 128/3D.

NOTE: The X-WING vs. TIE FIGHTER 3DFX Upgrade has been tested extensively on cards with the 3Dfx Voodoo and Voodoo Rush chipsets. Other 3D chipsets have not been fully tested, so we cannot guarantee their compatibility, nor will LucasArts provide technical support for 3D cards which do not have the 3Dfx Voodoo or Voodoo Rush chipsets.

This version of of the X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter 3Dfx Upgrade fixes the following known problems:

  1. DIRECTPLAY SERVICE PROVIDER: Fixes a bug which could cause the game to fail to select the correct DirectPlay service provider, which might prevent a player from being able to host or join a multi-player game.
  1. GRAPHIC CORRUPTION ON AMD PROCESSORS: Fixes a graphic corruption bug on AMD processors.
  1. VOODOO RUSH PERFORMANCE: Dramatically improves 3D hardware performance on accelerator cards using the Voodoo Rush chipset.

I) SETTING UP THE X-WING VS. TIE FIGHTER 3D UPGRADE

To install the X-WING vs. TIE FIGHTER 3D Upgrade, you must have the original version of the game already installed on your system. Run the XvT_3D.exe program by double-clicking its icon. The install program will automatically locate X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter on your machine and replace a few of the game files.

Once installation is complete, the Change 3D Video Card window of the X-WING vs. TIE FIGHTER launcher will pop up automatically. You will need to choose the 3D driver settings appropriate to your 3D card. From the pull down menu, choose the Primary Display Driver (if you have a 2D/3D combo card), or the 3D driver (if you have a 3D pass-through card), then click Accept. If you don't see the appropriate driver, you probably need to reinstall DirectX on your machine. If at any time you need to change this setting you may do so by clicking on the Advanced Options button of the X-WING vs. TIE FIGHTER launcher.

Once you've set up your 3D card, click on Play X-WING vs. TIE FIGHTER to launch the game as you would normally. You can check your 3D settings in the game from the Config screen under Single and Multiplayer Flight Engine Options. Note that the Specular Highlights setting is grayed out; this setting is not applicable to the 3D Upgrade version.

II) GENERAL INFORMATION

  • MULTIPLAYER VERSION COMPATIBILITY
    Installing the 3D Upgrade automatically installs the X-WING vs. TIE FIGHTER 1.10 upgrade. For multiplayer games this version is NOT compatible with version 1.00. All players must be running the same version 1.1.4.
  • DIRECTX 5.0
    We recommend that you download and install Microsoft's DirectX 5.0. We have found that the game generally performs better under DirectX 5.0; installing it will also ensure that you have the most up-to-date Direct3D drivers. You can download DirectX 5.0 from: http://www.microsoft.com
  • DISABLING 3D HARDWARE
    If for any reason you decide to disable 3D hardware acceleration, you may do so from within the game's Config screen, but be sure to change the 3D driver setting back to PRIMARY DISPLAY DRIVER in the launcher's Advanced Settings menu as well. If you do not change the 3D setting in the launcher, colors may be displayed incorrectly while in flight on some systems.
  • KNOWN ISSUES
  1. TEXTURE MISPLACEMENT
    Some 3D drivers have been found to cause textures to be misplaced while in flight (for example, a texture that is actually part of an explosion may be drawn on a ship). This problem occurs very infrequently, but if you do experience it, a quick fix is to change cockpit views by hitting the period [.] key.
  1. GAME CONTROLLER DEVICE NUMBER, DIRECTX 5.0 ONLY
    DirectX 5 allows you to install multiple devices in the joystick control panel. If you install more than one device, make sure the joystick you want to use for X-WING vs. TIE FIGHTER is set up as the FIRST DEVICE. To check this setting, go to the Windows 95 control panel, double-click on Game Controllers, then click on the Advanced tab in the Game Controllers window. Your joystick should be listed next to Controller ID 1. X-WING vs. TIE FIGHTER will respond only to that device.
  1. TASKING OUT OF AN INTERNET GAME, DIRECTX 3.0 ONLY
    We recommend that you do not task out of an Internet game under DirectX 3.0; doing so may cause the game to crash. This problem does not occur under DirectX 5.0.

X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter 3Dfx Upgrade

(Included in the v1.1.4 Update)

System Requirements For The 3Dfx Upgrade:

3Dfx Chipset Required. The video cards that are currently using the 3Dfx chipset are the Orchid Righteous, Diamond Monster 3D, RealVision Flash 3D, and the Hercules Stingray 128/3D.

Note: The X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter 3Dfx Upgrade has been tested extensively on cards with the 3Dfx Voodoo and Voodoo Rush chipsets. Other 3D chipsets have not been fully tested, however, so we cannot guarantee their compatibility, nor will LucasArts provide technical support for 3D cards which do not have the 3Dfx Voodoo or Voodoo Rush chipsets.

I) SETTING UP THE X-WING VS. TIE FIGHTER 3D UPGRADE

To install the X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter 3Dfx Upgrade, you must have the original version of the game already installed on your system. Run the XvT_3D.exe program by double-clicking its icon. The install program will automatically locate X-Wing vs. TIE Fighteron your machine and replace a few of the game files.

Once installation is complete, the Change 3D Video Card window of the X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter launcher will pop up automatically. You will need to choose the 3D driver settings appropriate to your 3D card. From the pull down menu, choose the Primary Display Driver (if you have a 2D/3D combo card), or the 3D driver (if you have a 3D pass-through card), then click Accept. If you don't see the appropriate driver, you probably need to reinstall DirectX on your machine. If at any time you need to change this setting you may do so by clicking on the Advanced Options button of the X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter launcher.

Once you've set up your 3D card, click on Play X-Wing vs. TIE Fighterto launch the game as you would normally. You can check your 3D settings in the game from the Config screen under Single and Multiplayer Flight Engine Options. Note that the Specular Highlights setting is grayed out; this setting is not applicable to the 3D Upgrade version.

II) GENERAL INFORMATION

  • MULTIPLAYER VERSION COMPATIBILITY
    Installing the 3Dfx Upgrade automatically installs the X-WING vs.TIE FIGHTER 1.10 upgrade. For multiplayer games this version is NOT compatible with version 1.00. All players must be running the same version 1.10.
  • DIRECTX 5.0
    We recommend that you download and install Microsoft's DirectX 5.0. We have found that the game generally performs better under DirectX 5.0; installing it will also ensure that you have the most up-to-date Direct3D drivers. You can download DirectX 5.0 from: http://www.microsoft.com
  • DISABLING 3D HARDWARE
    If for any reason you decide to disable 3D hardware acceleration, you may do so from within the game's Config screen, but be sure to change the 3D driver setting back to PRIMARY DISPLAY DRIVER in the launcher's Advanced Settings menu as well. If you do not change the 3D setting in the launcher, colors may be displayed incorrectly while in flight on some systems.
  • KNOWN ISSUES
  1. TEXTURE MISPLACEMENT
    Some 3D drivers have been found to cause textures to be misplaced while in flight (for example, a texture that is actually part of an explosion may be drawn on a ship). This problem occurs very infrequently, but if you do experience it, a quick fix is to change cockpit views by hitting the period [.] key.
  1. GRAPHIC CORRUPTION ON AMD PROCESSORS
    Users with AMD processors may experience minor graphic corruption in the Craft Database and around the cockpit components while in flight. The corruption in the Craft Database can be fixed by simply starting the game using the "Play X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter" option in the game's launcher.
  1. GAME CONTROLLER DEVICE NUMBER, DIRECTX 5.0 ONLY
    DirectX 5 allows you to install multiple devices in the joystick control panel. If you install more than one device, make sure the joystick you want to use for X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter is set up as the FIRST DEVICE. To check this setting, go to the Windows 95 control panel, double-click on Game Controllers, then click on the Advanced tab in the Game Controllers window. Your joystick should be listed next to Controller ID 1. X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter will respond only to that device.
  1. TASKING OUT OF AN INTERNET GAME, DIRECTX 3.0 ONLY
    We recommend that you do not task out of an Internet game under DirectX 3.0; doing so may cause the game to crash. This problem does not occur under DirectX 5.0.

X-WING vs. TIE FIGHTER Upgrade Version 1.1.0

(Included in the v1.1.4 Update)

1) IMPROVED INTERNET PLAY

a) Starfield warping greatly reduced

With average to poor internet connections, a player often experiences "herky-jerky" movements of all the objects on the screen. This is caused by the Internet "dropping" or losing vital game information. The occurrence of this phenomenon has been greatly reduced.

b) Player booting reduced and better connection stability

Much improvement has been made in preventing the "booting" of players because of poor line quality. In general, the effects of average to poor line quality is less catastrophic.

c) Dropped connection time-out problems greatly reduced

When a player's Internet connection was lost, or because their system had stopped responding, other players in an Internet game would often take up to 2
or more minutes to recognize that this player was no longer active. This situation has been mostly rectified.

d) Debriefing shows if a player has left the game in the middle

The debrieing now displays a player's name in gray if for any reason he is no longer in the game session.

e) Occurrences of Host/Server slowdown minimized

Occasionally on connections of poor quality, the host would experience "freezes" or long slow downs. The severity of these situations has been greatly reduced.

2) MELEE START LOCATIONS RANDOMIZED

To prevent players from "hanging out" or "camping" at the entry points of other players during a melee, player start locations have been randomized.

3) JUMPING INTO CRAFT OF A NEW WAVE

The new wave of a player's flight group no longer arrives early. This reduces scoring anomalies and reduces the likelihood that a player will jump into a craft that is already heavily damaged.

4) CD DETECTION METHOD CHANGED

Conflicts between X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter's CD detection and CD audio players like FlexiCD or other Multimedia CD Audio players has been removed. The game will now let you play if you have one of these programs but CD Audio will not work in X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter unless you close or disable these programs.

Also, the problem with secondary CD-Rom drives and CD Changers has been resolved due to this new CD detection method. If you have more than one CD-Rom drive or are using a CD Changer, the game would not detect the CD if it wasn't in the first CD-Rom Drive or CD Changer slot. This problem has been resolved. However, due to the way Windows 95 handles CD Audio, you will not be able to hear music unless you play from the primary or first CD-Rom drive.

Notes: The 1.1.4 Update includes all fixes and enhancements from previous updates (v1.0, v1.10, and 3Dfx).

File: XVT_3DFX.EXE (LucasArts FTP Site)

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