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Microsoft Age of Empires Expansion Readme File

September 1998
© Microsoft Corporation, 1998. All rights reserved.

Welcome to Microsoft Age of Empires Expansion!

This file contains information to help you install Age of Empires Expansion. It also includes late-breaking
information not included in the manual or online Help.

CONTENTS
A. Hardware and System Requirements
B. Installing Age of Empires Expansion
C. Starting Age of Empires Expansion
D. Getting Help
E. DirectX Troubleshooting
F. Gameplay Troubleshooting
G. Video Troubleshooting
H. Audio Troubleshooting
I. Performance Troubleshooting
J. Head-to-Head Play Troubleshooting
K. Age of Empires Expansion Information
L. Welcome to the Best in Online Gaming!

A. Hardware and System Requirements


•Multimedia PC with Pentium 90 or higher processor (Pentium 120 for Gigantic maps).
•Microsoft Windows 95 or later, or Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 3 or later.
•Microsoft Age of Empires 1.0 or later.
•16 megabytes (MB) of RAM for Windows 95 or later, or 24 MB for Windows NT (and for Windows 95 or later
for an 8-player multiplayer game).
•30 MB of available hard disk space.
•Local bus SVGA, 256-color video display with at least 1 MB of VRAM.
•Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device.
•2X CD-ROM drive (4X recommended).
•Windows-compatible sound card with speakers or headphones to hear audio.
•28.8 Kbps (or faster) modem and Internet access for head-to-head play.

B. Installing Age of Empires Expansion


To install Age of Empires Expansion, you must be using Microsoft Windows 95 or later, or Microsoft Windows
NT 4.0 with Service Pack 3 or later. (For information about how to get Service Pack 3, go to
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads).

Before you can install Age of Empires Expansion, you must have Age of Empires 1.0, 1.0A, or 1.0B installed.
When you install Age of Empires Expansion, your version of Age of Empires is automatically upgraded to 1.0B.

To install Age of Empires Expansion

1. Turn on your computer and start Microsoft Windows 95 or later, or Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 with Service
Pack 3 or later.
2. Place the Age of Empires Expansion CD in the disc holder (if required), and insert it into your CD-ROM
drive.
3. If AutoPlay is enabled, click Install, and then follow the instructions that appear on the screen.
-or-
If AutoPlay is disabled, double-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, double-click the icon for your
CD-ROM drive, and then double-click the AOESetup.exe icon. When the Setup screen appears, click
Install, and then follow the instructions that appear on the screen.
C. Starting Age of Empires Expansion
You must have the Age of Empires Expansion CD or Age of Empires CD in your CD-ROM drive to play single
player games or use the scenario builder. Both versions of the game work with either CD. If you start Age of
Empires Expansion without a CD in the CD-ROM drive, you must exit the game, insert the CD, and then restart
Age of Empires Expansion.

If you do not have a CD, you can play only multiplayer games. A multiplayer game requires the following number
of CDs: 2-3 players (1 CD); 4-6 players (2 CDs); 7-8 players (3 CDs).

You can connect only to multiplayer games created with the same Age of Empires version you are using. If you
are playing Age of Empires Expansion, only Expansion games appear in the multiplayer list. However, if you are
playing the original Age of Empires, version 1.0, 1.0A, and 1.0B games appear in the multiplayer list. Remember
that installing Age of Empires Expansion automatically upgrades your version of Age of Empires to 1.0B, so you
can only join version 1.0B games if you play the original Age of Empires.

To start Age of Empires Expansion

Place the Age of Empires Expansion CD in the disc holder (if required), insert it into your CD-ROM drive, and
then click Play.
-or-
If the Age of Empires Expansion CD is already in your CD-ROM drive, click the Start button, point to Programs,
point to Microsoft Games, point to Age of Empires Expansion, and then click Age of Empires Expansion.

You can skip the opening cinematics by clicking the mouse or pressing ENTER, SPACEBAR, or ESC.

D. Getting Help
Complete information about Age of Empires Expansion is in the manual. You can also use the Manual.pdf file in
the Docs folder on the CD to view and print the complete manual using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

To install Adobe Acrobat Reader

Double-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, right-click the icon for your CD-ROM drive, and then click
Install Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: Age of Empires Expansion includes the online Help for Age of Empires 1.0, but it has not been updated
with the new features and changes in Age of Empires Expansion.

E. DirectX Troubleshooting
DirectX 5.0 or later must be installed on your computer before you can play Age of Empires Expansion. If you do
not have DirectX installed on your computer and you chose not to install DirectX when you installed Age of
Empires, you will receive the message "A required .dll file, Dplayx.dll, was not found." To fix this problem,
reinstall Age of Empires and install DirectX 5.0.

If Age of Empires installed DirectX but could not update your video drivers to be compatible with DirectX 5.0,
when you restart your computer you will receive the message "Age of Empires could not initialize DirectX. Make
sure that DirectX 5.0 or higher is installed and contact your hardware manufacturer for a video driver update."
To fix this problem, either get updated video drivers from your video adapter manufacturer or install DirectX in
safe mode, which will replace the video drivers.

To install DirectX in safe mode

1. Copy the DirectX directory from the Age of Empires 1.0 CD to your desktop.
2. Click the Start button, and then click Shut Down.
3. Select Restart, and then click OK.
4. When "Starting Windows 95" appears on the screen, press and hold down the F8 key until you see a
Windows Startup Menu.
5. When you are prompted to enter a choice, select Safe Mode (number 3), and then press ENTER.
6. After Windows starts in Safe Mode, open the DirectX folder on your desktop, and then double-click
Dxsetup.exe to install DirectX.

If you experience sound or video problems using DirectX, go to http://www.microsoft.com/directx, click


Pavilion, and then click Games to get the latest troubleshooting information.

You should also check with your video or sound card manufacturer for the latest DirectX-compatible drivers.

F. Gameplay Troubleshooting
•Saving Games -- You cannot name a saved game using certain operating system terms, such as COM1,
LPT1, etc.

•Uninstalling Age of Empires -- If you uninstall Age of Empires (to save disk space, for example), but you
want to save your Age of Empires Expansion campaigns and scenarios, you must select No when the uninstall
program asks "Do you want to remove saved games? This includes scenario and campaign files."

•Saving Age of Empires Campaigns and Scenarios -- If you save changes to Age of Empires campaigns and
scenarios using Age of Empires Expansion, you can only play the campaigns and scenarios using Age of
Empires Expansion. If you want the changes to appear using Age of Empires, you must save the changes using
Age of Empires.

•Moving Campaigns and Scenarios to a Different Computer -- You can move the files for your Age of
Empires Expansion games to another computer. Expansion files have an "x" in the file name extension; for
example, Rise.scx.

To transfer your campaigns, move the *.cpx files from the Campaign folder where Age of Empires is
installed to the same location on another computer. Then transfer all of the scenarios in that campaign and
the Game0.nfo file as explained below.

To transfer your scenarios, move the *.scx files from the Scenario folder where Age of Empires is installed
to the same location on another computer.

To transfer your player name and progress through the campaigns, move Game0.nfo from the folder where
Age of Empires is installed to the same location on another computer. If you are moving the Game0.nfo file
to a computer that already contains a Game0.nfo file, you may want to rename the file on the computer to
which you are moving files so you do not overwrite the existing Game0.nfo and lose the campaign
information it contains.

G. Video Troubleshooting
•Screen Corruption -- If you experience problems such as a black screen after starting the game, black areas
on the game screen, screen corruption when you press ALT+TAB to enter/leave the game, or other screen
problems while playing the game, contact your video adapter manufacturer for the latest drivers.

•Black Screen Areas -- Some video adapters may cause black areas on the game screen. To fix this problem,
you can add the Mfill parameter to the command line in the Age of Empires Expansion shortcut. For information
about adding parameters to the command line, see "Command Line Parameters" under "Performance
Troubleshooting" later in this Readme file.

•Mouse Pointer -- Some video adapters may cause the mouse pointer to disappear if you change the in-game
screen resolution or re-enter the game by pressing ALT+TAB. To fix this problem, contact your video adapter
manufacturer for the latest drivers.

•Intergraph Intense 3D 1000 Video Adapters -- Intergraph Intense 3D 1000 video adapters may not allow you
to view the game in 1024 x 768 resolution. To fix this problem, check with your video adapter manufacturer for
the latest drivers.
•Matrox Millennium II PowerDesk Video Adapters -- Matrox Millennium II PowerDesk video adapters may
cause your computer to lock up when you change the in-game screen resolution to 1024 x 768. To fix this
problem, check with your video adapter manufacturer for the latest drivers.

•Sierra Screaming 3D Video Adapters -- Sierra Screaming 3D video adapters may cause your computer to
lock up when you exit the game. To fix this problem, check with your video adapter manufacturer for the latest
drivers.

•Rage Pro Turbo 2X Video Adapters -- Rage Pro Turbo 2X video adapters may only allow you to view the
game in 640 x 480 screen resolution.

•DirectX -- If you experience video problems using DirectX, connect to the DirectX Web site for the latest
troubleshooting information, as explained in "DirectX Troubleshooting" earlier in this Readme file.

H. Audio Troubleshooting
•DirectX -- If you experience audio problems using DirectX, connect to the DirectX Web site for the latest
troubleshooting information, as explained in "DirectX Troubleshooting" earlier in this Readme file.

I. Performance Troubleshooting
Command Line Parameters

You can add parameters to the Age of Empires Expansion command line to customize startup or resolve
problems with certain hardware configurations.

To add parameters to the command line in the Age of Empires Expansion shortcut

1. If you are using Windows 95, click the Start button, point to Settings, click Taskbar, click Start Menu
Programs, click Advanced, and then double-click Programs.
-or-
If you are using Windows NT, right-click the Start button, select Open All Users, and then double-click
Programs.
2. Double-click Microsoft Games, and then double-click Age of Empires Expansion.
3. Right-click the Age of Empires Expansion shortcut, click Properties, and then click Shortcut.
4. In the Target text box, type the name of the parameter after the existing command line text. For example, if
you add the parameters NoStartup and NoTerrainSound, the command line will read: "C:\Program
Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires\Empiresx.exe" Nostartup Noterrainsound. Parameters must be
separated by a space; capitalization is not important.

To add parameters to the Age of Empires Expansion registry for multiplayer games using the Internet
Gaming Zone

1. Click the Start button, and then click Run.


2. Type Regedit, and then click OK.
3. Double-click Hkey_local_machine/Software/Microsoft/DirectPlay/Applications/Age of Empires
Expansion/CommandLine.
4. In the Value data text box, type the name of the parameter after the existing command line text. For
example, if you add the parameters NoStartup and NoTerrainSound, the command line will read: "Lobby
NoStartup NoTerrainSound." Parameters must be separated by a space; capitalization is not important. Do
not remove the word "lobby" from the command line.

The command line parameters include:

•NoStartup -- Skips all cinematic sequences before the game starts.

•640, 800, 1024 -- Sets the screen resolution to 640 × 480, 800 × 600, or 1024 × 768. For example, 640 sets
the screen resolution to 640 × 480, 800 sets the screen resolution to 800 × 600, and 1024 sets the screen
resolution to 1024 × 768. You can also set the screen resolution using the Game Settings option on the Menu
button. If you use a command line parameter to set the screen resolution, the game always starts at that
resolution, even if you use Game Settings to choose another resolution.

•Mfill -- Fixes horizontal line problems and black screen areas that may occur with some video adapter
configurations.

•NormalMouse -- Replaces the custom mouse pointer with a standard mouse pointer.

•NoSound -- Turns off all sounds, except those played in cinematics.

•NoTerrainSound -- Turns off all terrain sounds.

•NoMusic -- Turns off all music.

•Msync -- Fixes lock-up problem that may occur with some SoundBlaster AWE configurations.

•MidiMusic -- Plays midi music instead of Redbook Audio music from the Age of Empires Expansion CD.

J. Head-to-Head Play Troubleshooting


•Age of Empires Versions -- In a multiplayer game, all players must be using the same version of Age of
Empires. For example, if you are using Age of Empires Expansion, only Expansion games appear in the
multiplayer list. However, if you are playing the original Age of Empires, version 1.0, 1.0A, and 1.0B games
appear in the multiplayer list. Remember that installing Age of Empires Expansion automatically upgrades your
version of Age of Empires to 1.0B, so you can only join version 1.0B games if you play the original Age of
Empires.

•Multiplayer Chat -- The chat commands !mute and !nomute now affect only your computer, not all players'
computers.

•Serial or Modem Connections -- You may have difficulty joining a multiplayer game or you may be dropped
from a game before it starts when playing over a serial connection or a modem connection. To fix this problem,
all players should install DirectPlay 6.0A.

To install DirectPlay 6.0A

1. Open My Conputer, and then right-click the Age of Empires Expansion CD.
2. Click Install DirectPlay 6.0A.
2. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen.

K. Age of Empires Expansion Information


•For more information about Age of Empires Expansion, visit our Web site at
http://www.microsoft.com/games/aoeexpansion

•If you'd like to play against opponents over the Internet, check out the Internet Gaming Zone at
http://www.zone.com

L. Welcome to the Best in Online Gaming!


This CD includes free software you can use to install the Internet Gaming Zone.

Check out the Internet Gaming Zone, and play games online against friends from around the world! We feature
the best in free multiplayer card and board games, like spades and backgammon, and matchmaking support for
popular retail CD-ROM titles. Build a great army from a lowly tribe in the award-winning Age of Empires. Race a
motorcycle across desert dunes in Motocross Madness. Or dogfight other WWII pilots in the spectacular Fighter
Ace. With thousands of members online at any time of day, you'll always find a worthy opponent on the Zone!
To install Zone software

1. On the Age of Empires Expansion CD, double-click AOESetup.exe. When the Setup menu screen
appears, click Previews.
2. Click Internet Gaming Zone, and then click Install Software.

You can also find the Zone software on the CD in Sampler\Demos\Zone\ZoneA501.exe.