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================= = U P L I N K = = V1.0 = ================= Welcome to Uplink! Produced by Introversion Software.

For information on Uplink, visit www.introversion.co.uk =============================================================================== CONTENTS =============================================================================== - Installing From CD From an internet download Linux - Command line options - Troubleshooting Getting the game to run Crash problems Graphical problems Controller problems Sound problems Network problems Speed problems Windows 2000 What to do if you find a problem - Credits - Legal =============================================================================== INSTALLING =============================================================================== FROM CD Insert the CD into the drive - it should autostart the installation.

If the installation doesn't start, open the CD, enter the "install" directory and run the setup.exe program.

FROM AN INTERNET DOWNLOAD Double click on the executable and enter a path to install to. Uplink will now extract into that directory. You can run uplink by going to that directory and running uplink.exe.

LINUX Simply extract the compressed file into a directory and run.

You may need to set the attributes of the uplink executable to make it runnable.

=============================================================================== COMMAND LINE OPTIONS =============================================================================== Uplink can be started with a variety of command line options.

Each option begins with either a '+' or a '-', to enable or disable an option. For example, starting uplink with the command uplink -graphics_fullscreen would start the game with fullscreen DISABLED, while starting it like this: uplink +graphics_fullscreen will start the game with fullscreen ENABLED.

Here is a complete list of options: graphics_fullscreen sets the game to run fullscreen (default is on) graphics_buttonanimations enables or disables moving buttons (default is on) graphics_safemode runs slower but should be more compatible (default is off) graphics_altlargemap use this to correct problems with the large map (eg all white) (default is off) graphics_softwaremouse renders a software mouse.

Use this to correct problems with the mouse cursor (default is off) graphics_screendepth Changes the colour depth to what you specify (eg 16, 24, 32) If set to -1, the depth is not set (Your desktop depth will be used) (default is -1) graphics_screenrefresh Changes the refresh rate to what you specify (eg 60, 85, 100) If set to -1, the refresh rate will not be set (Your desktop refresh will be used) (default is -1) sound_musicenabled enables or disables music (default is on) game_debugstart Prints debugging info during start up (default is off) =============================================================================== TROUBLESHOOTING =============================================================================== GETTING THE GAME TO RUN If the game simply refuses to run (ie a command prompt box appears, spits out some garbage then dies) then try looking at the file uplink/users/debug.log This file has loads of debugging information about the game.

Take a look and see if you can see any obvious error messages.

Alternativly, send a copy of that file to uplink@introversion.co.uk and we'll look into the problem as soon as possible.

It would help if you mentioned what kind of graphics card you have, and what operating system you are running.

Its worth mentioning that most problems at this point (ie startup) are probably graphics related - i'd always advise you get the newest drivers for your card before giving up.

CRASH PROBLEMS If Uplink crashes or just stops running suddenly, then its a good bet that something has gone wrong. The first thing to do is to open up the file uplink/users/debug.log and scroll to the bottom of the file. You will see some information on the most recent running of the game. Hopefully there will be some information there.

If you can't figure it out, please send a copy of that file, along with a detailed explanation of what went wrong, to uplink@introversion.co.uk.

GRAPHICAL PROBLEMS If the graphics appear slow and jerky, try removing the file opengl32.dll from the Uplink directory. This allows your local openGL drivers to take over and hopefully do a better job. This has fixed problems under win2000.

If you can't see the mouse in game, or if the mouse is causing problems in any way, start the game like this: uplink +graphics_softwaremouse The higher the colour depth of your desktop, the better Uplink will look.

There is a noticable difference in dithering qualtity between 16bit colour and 32bit colour.

If the graphics in game appear corrupt, the first thing to try is to get the newest OpenGL drivers for your graphics card. The drivers used by Uplink are opengl32.dll and glu32.dll. Download the newest drivers and install them. You should then delete those 2 files from the uplink directory, so that it is forced to use your new drivers.

If that doesn't work, try changing the Windows colour depth.

We've found on some systems that one colour depth will work, but another won't. Try 16bit, 24bit or 32bit colour.

If that doesn't work, try running in a Window - by starting uplink with the command uplink -graphics_fullscreen If that doesn't work, try running in safe mode - uplink +graphics_safemode If that doesn't work, try disabling any hardware acceleration if you have it.

If you are having problems with the large world map (eg it may appear all white) then run like this uplink +graphics_altlargemap If all that fails, please send a report of what went wrong to uplink@introversion.co.uk CONTROLLER PROBLEMS If the mouse doesn't appear in game or appears corrupted, try starting the game like this: uplink +graphics_softwaremouse This will render a software mouse on screen for you.

SOUND PROBLEMS If the sounds in game are causing any problems, you can disable them by running uplink with the command uplink -sound_musicenabled NETWORK PROBLEMS The networking system in Uplink is currently untested and experimental.

If you have any problems, please send a report of what went wrong to uplink@introversion.co.uk SPEED PROBLEMS Uplink uses openGL - so it should work fine on pretty much any system you choose to run it on. However, it will run better on some.

If the graphics appear slow and jerky, try removing the file opengl32.dll from the Uplink directory. This allows your local openGL drivers to take over and hopefully do a better job. This has fixed problems under win2000.

Voodoo cards are pretty notorious for bad openGL support - anything up to a Voodoo3 won't help very much as the game will still be using software rendering. People who have Voodoo1/2/3 cards will need reasonably fast processors to get Uplink to run well - at least a Pentium 300.

The best graphics cards are those with excellent openGL support, like the Matrox G400 or the GeForce2 (these are excellent).

Some Win98 systems that use split-screen (ie two monitors) have been seen to run Uplink in software mode very slowly. This can be fixed by temporarily disabling the second monitor (from display properties->settings) If the game is running too slowly (ie the moving icons are jerking around the screen) you can disable the moving animations by starting Uplink with the command uplink -graphics_buttonanimations WINDOWS 2000 Uplink has been heavily tested on Windows 2000 (in fact, it was developed on this system). We have found only one problem - on some Windows 2000 systems the game runs very slowly. This can be fixed by deleting the file opengl32.dll from your Uplink directory.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A PROBLEM If something is going wrong for you, you should follow these steps.

The first thing to do is to check out the bug report forums on our website: www.introversion.co.uk (click on Forum) You will find information there about existing bugs that people have found.

If that doesn't help, send an email to uplink@introversion.co.uk include the file uplink/users/debug.log and a complete description of exactly what goes wrong and when.

If you could tell us how to reproduce the bug, we'd be greatful.

You should also tell us what type of graphics card you have, what operating system etc etc. The more information the better.

=============================================================================== CREDITS =============================================================================== PRODUCED BY INTROVERSION SOFTWARE - Chris Delay - Mark Morris - Thomas Arundel WITH HELP FROM - John Knottenbelt - Gareth Sidebottom VOICE TALENT - Chris Delay - Mark Morris - Thomas Arundel - Casey Wireman BETA TESTERS - Alex Bevi - Joe Elleson - Casey Wireman - Woody Folsom - Alastair Growcott MUSIC - BlueValley written by Karsten Koch (koch3@larry.scc.hab-weimar.de) http://www.scc.hab-weimar.de/~koch - Symphonic written by Dual Crew - Serenity written by Ryan Cramer (rcramer@di.net) - Mystique PartI written by Timelord (timelord@nol.net) - Mystique PartII http://www.phoenix.net/~dspyre/timelord.html - A94Final written by Skaven =============================================================================== LEGAL =============================================================================== THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS-IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

IN NO EVENT SHALL INTROVERSION SOFTWARE OR ITS MEMBERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER OR NOT ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGE, AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.