Initial use of Glidos requires a number of steps. Click on the list items below in turn to see detailed instructions. You will save yourself a lot of problems if you read through these instructions thoroughly, especially if you have Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Windows XP. If you run into any problems try the support page.
- System Requirements
- Improving frame rates
- Mouse support
- Install Descent II
- Download and install Glidos
- Download and install the voodoo patch for Descent II
- Run Glidos and play Descent II with high-quality graphics
- Buy Glidos to get rid of the spinning logo
It also improves frame rate to setup the screen size to be one step less that maximum: press the + key repeatedly until no increase in screen size is noticed, then press the - key once.
Glidos works with only some of the released versions of Descent II. The problem is that later we must apply a patch, and that patch works only with the full retail version v1.2 of Descent II. If you have one of the OEM versions of Descent II, which may have come free with a graphics card, then that wont work as it stands, but might do if you copy everything from the CD onto a new CD, with volume name:
DESCENT_IIThat worked for me. There is a demo of Descent II that can be downloaded from the web, but I haven't been able to make that work with Glidos yet.
Once you have an appropriate version, installation is quite straightforward. I'd recommend not allowing the automatic installation. Instead, open the CD and double-click the
install.exefile. This will perform the DOS installation rather than the Windows 95 one, and that is what you want. Allow it to use the default folder, which is
C:\Games\Descent2During installation, you will be asked to set up your sound card. Don't expect to see your soundcard in the list of supported cards. Descent II will use your legacy driver if you have one. The settings that are most likely to work for Windows 95, 98, ME are
You may have trouble setting up the music side. I found that "General Midi" works best. It may be best to select no audio initially for both music and digital sound, so that audio problems wont stop everything working. You can always come back later and use the setup.exe program from the Descent2 folder to reconfigure the sound settings.
Soundcard: SoundBlaster Port: 220 DMA: 1 IRQ: 5
Under Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP it is better not to use the legacy drivers that come with your sound card. I strongly recommend you download VDMSound. It is free, can be installed with a single click and seems to work with all DOS games and all sound cards. If you use VDMSound then you should install Descent II using the command prompt; from the Start menu click
Start->Programs->Accessories->Command PromptNow you can perform the installation by typing:
E:That assumes your cd drive is E:. Alter the letter appropriately to suite your computer.
Again you have the problem of setting up the sound card, and you need to provide slightly different sound card settings during installation
Again "General Midi" is the best selection for music card. When first using VDMSound, you may find a "hints" box pops up. You must disable that before running Glidos, otherwise it will pop up behind the Glidos window and make it look as though your computer has crashed.
Soundcard: SoundBlaster Port: 220 DMA: 1 IRQ: 7
With installation complete, you can close the command prompt, either by typing "exit" or by closing the window.download page and click the link to the latest Glidos_vXX.exe file, save it to disc and double-click it to start the install process. The installer will put a shortcut on your desktop, unless you tell it not to. Under Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you may have to install Glidos using an account with administrator privileges. I haven't experimented with this yet, so I'm not sure.
Don't try to run Glidos yet. It won't work until you complete the next step.
A very common probem is to forget to put the Descent II CD in the drive. Because Glidos hides the DOS window that D2_3dfx.exe is running in, you will not see the error message. There is a version of D2_3dfx.exe that doesn't check for the CD. You can find a copy in the files area of the Glidos smartgroup. Drop this file into the Descent II folder and rename it to D2_3dfx.exe. Even with the cracked version, you still need to put CDs in your drives, but it doesn't have to be the Descent CD: DOS games often crash if there is an empty CD drive.
Under Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP you may need to run Glidos from an account that has administartor privileges. Again this is something I must investigate.purchasing page.