Part 1: Things You Should Know
Please read through the DirectX section of this document. This section has information that is vital to successfully running Imperial Glory on your system.
This game is optimised for Microsoft's DirectX 9.0c. In order for you to play the game, you must have DirectX 9.0c-compliant drivers for your video card and sound card. Please note that although DirectX 9.0c is installed with the game, your video and sound card drivers will not be upgraded to DirectX 9.0c drivers.
You will need to obtain the latest DirectX 9.0c drivers from your card manufacturer or PC supplier. These drivers cannot be supplied by Eidos.
1.2 Memory and Performance
If you experience performance problems, this may be due to a lack of memory. You can maximise your available memory and increase the overall performance of the game engine by doing the following:
* Closing any open windows
* Shutting down all other programs, including menu-bar programs like ICQ
* Defragmenting your hard drive
Eidos recommends that you have no other programs running at all while playing Imperial Glory. Other programs, including virus checkers, system utilities and screen savers can cause system degradation when playing games software and may conflict with the game for system resources, potentially resulting in instability and crashes.
1.3 Known Issues
* None at present
Part 2: Technical Issues
2.1 Installation & Set-up
Preparing Your Hard Drive
To ensure that your installation is trouble free, you should check to see that your hard drive and file system are both tuned for optimum performance. Windows comes with two utility programs that find and fix any errors and optimise your hard drive performance. The first of these programs is called scandisk. Scandisk will check your hard drive for problems and can fix any that it finds. You can run scandisk by clicking on the Start button from the Windows Taskbar, followed by Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, and finally scandisk.
Once scandisk has finished running, you should next optimise your hard drive's performance by running a program called Disk Defragmenter. You can run Disk Defragmenter by clicking on the Start button from the Windows desktop, followed by Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, and finally Disk Defragmenter.
Installing Imperial Glory
Installing Imperial Glory is easy. Simply insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. After a few seconds, the Launch Panel will appear.
This program will guide you through the remaining process via onscreen prompts. If at any time you are instructed to restart your computer, do so.
In the event the Launch Panel does not appear when you insert the CD:
Double-click on the My Computer icon, then double-click on the CD-ROM icon, and lastly double-click on the Setup.exe file to bring up the Launch Panel OR:
* Click on the Start button.
* Choose Run from the pop-up menu.
* Type d:setup in the box provided (where d: designates your CD-ROM drive letter).
* Click on the OK button to begin the install program.
You will be prompted to select the path and directory to which you wish to install the game on your hard drive. The default is
C:Program Files Pyro StudiosImperial Glory
You may change this if you wish to.
At some point, the Microsoft DirectX 9.0c install prompt will appear if you do not have it on your system already. Please read the on-screen information before selecting an option. You may either choose to install or not install at this time. If the Imperial Glory installer detects an active version of DirectX 9.0c on your system, we encourage you to not reinstall DirectX. If the installer does not detect DirectX 9.0c, you must install it before you are able to play Imperial Glory (please refer to the next section of this guide before proceeding).
Starting/Loading The Game
Once the install has finished and you have opted to run the game, the Launch Panel will appear on the screen. A list box allows you to choose which graphics card will be used by DirectX to render Imperial Glory. The option you choose will stay selected every time you run the game.
Once you are happy with your choices, simply click on the Run button to start the game.
You may also:
* Click on the Uninstall button to uninstall the game.
* Click on the View Readme button to view the readme file.
* Click on OK to play the game.
* Click on the Exit button to exit the Launch Panel.
If you are going to play the game at a later time insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive. After a few seconds, the Imperial Glory Launch panel should appear on the screen via the AutoPlay feature. Now click on the Run button to start the game. There is also a button present to Exit.
In the event the AutoPlay feature does not work, you may click on the My Computer icon and then click on the CD-ROM icon to bring up the Launch Panel.
* Click on the Start button.
* Choose Programs from the pop-up menu.
* Drag your mouse to the right and click on Imperial Glory from the list.
* Click on Imperial Glory from the ensuing pop-up menu.
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