Microsoft Age of Empires II Readme File September 1999 (c) Microsoft Corporation, 1999. All rights reserved. Welcome to Microsoft (R) Age of Empires (R) II: The Age of King sTM! This file contains information to help you install Age of Empires II. It also includes late-breaking information not included in the manual or in-game Help. CONTENTS A. Installing Age of Empires IIB.
Starting Age of Empires IIC. Getting Help. Changes to Formations and Manual Corrections. DirectX Troubleshooting. Gameplay Troubleshooting. Video Troubleshooting.
Audio Troubleshooting. Performance Troubleshooting. Multiplayer Troubleshooting. Map Editor.
Age of Empires II Information. Installing Age of Empires Into install Age of Empires II, you must be using Microsoft Windows (R) 95 or later or Microsoft Windows NT (R) 4. 0 with Service Pack 5 or later. (For information about how to get Service Pack 5, go to web). To install Age of Empires II 1.
Turn on your computer and start Microsoft Windows 95 or later or Microsoft Windows NT 4. 0 with Service Pack 5 or later. 2. Place the Age of Empires II CD in the disc holder (if required), and insert it into your CD-ROM drive.
3. If Auto Play is enabled, click Install, and then follow the instructions that appear on the screen. -or- If Auto Play 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 AOE Setup. eye icon.
When the Setup screen appears, click Install, and then follow the instructions that appear on the screen. B. Starting Age of Empires II You must have the Age of Empires II CD in your CD-ROM drive to play Age of Empires II. Age of Empires II will not launch or join a multiplayer game from the MSN TM Gaming Zone lobby if the player does not have the Age of Empires II CD in the CD-ROM drive. All players must have a CD inserted at launch time. You can connect only to multiplayer games created with the same Age of Empires version you are using.
For example, if you are playing Age of Empires II, only Age of Empires II games appear in the multiplayer list, not Age of Empires or Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome Expansion games. To start Age of Empires II. Place the Age of Empires II CD in the disc holder (if required), insert it into your CD-ROM drive, click the Start button, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Games, point to Age of Empires II, and then click Age of Empires II. You can skip the opening cinematic's by clicking the mouse or pressing ENTER, SPACEBAR, or ESC. C. Getting Help Information about Age of Empires II is in the in-game Help, in the printed manual, and on the foldout provided with the retail version of the game.
To display in-game Help. Pause your pointer over any button or interface item in the game and Help text automatically appears on the screen. (To turn off in-game Help, click the Help button near the mini-map in the lower-right corner of the screen. ) The manual is also available on the CD in the Docs folder in. pdf format. You can view and print the file 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. D. Changes to Formations and Manual Corrections The following changes were made to improve game play in Age of Empires II after the manual was printed: . Page 42: There is no longer a Select Formation button...
Page 43: There is no longer a Horde formation. You cannot control or disband a custom formation. Manual corrections and clarifications are as follows: . Page 107: Building Attributes table, Bombard Tower - 25 W should be 100 G...
Page 108: Non-upgraded Pike men receive 0/0 armor (not 1/0 armor); Berserks have 55 hit points (not 48); Huskarls cost 68, 34 G (not 80 F, 40 G); Elite Huskarls cost 60 F, 30 G (not 80 F, 40 G) Elite Berserks have 72 hit points (not 60); Janissaries have 53 hit points (not 35); Elite Janissaries have 60 hit points (not 40)... Page 109: Non-upgraded Elite Mamelukes receive 10 attack (not 8 attack)... Page 131 and on foldout: Saracen Transport Ships can carry 10, 15, and 20 units depending on technologies researched (not double (2 X) the number with each technology researched - for example, the Dry Dock technology)... Page 137 and on foldout: Viking Docks cost 25% less, not 33% less. E. DirectX Troubleshooting DirectX (R) 6.
1 or later must be installed on your computer before you can play Age of Empires II. If you do not have DirectX installed on your computer and you chose not to install DirectX when you installed Age of Empires II, you will receive the message 'A required. dull file, Dplayx. dull, was not found.' To fix this problem, reinstall Age of Empires II and install DirectX 6.
1. If Age of Empires II installed DirectX but could not update your video drivers to be compatible with DirectX 6. 1, when you restart your computer you will receive the message 'Age of Empires II could not initialize DirectX. Make sure that DirectX 6. 1 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 II CD to your desktop. 2. Click the Start button, and then click Shut Down.
3. Select Restart, and then click OK. 4. When your computer restarts, press and hold down the F 8 key until you see a Windows Startup Menu. 5. When you are prompted to enter a choice, select Safe Mode, and then press ENTER.
6. After Windows starts in Safe Mode, open the DirectX folder on your desktop, and then double-click Dx setup. eye to install DirectX. If you experience sound or video problems using DirectX, go to web 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 COM 1, LPT 1, etc... Uninstalling Age of Empires II - If you uninstall.