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Microsoft Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion

Readme File
June 2000
© Microsoft Corporation, 2000. All rights reserved.

Welcome to Microsoft® Age of Empires® II: The Conquerors Expansion!

This file contains information to help you install The Conquerors Expansion. It also includes late-breaking
information not included in the manual or in-game Help.

CONTENTS
A. Installing The Conquerors Expansion
B. Starting The Conquerors Expansion
C. Getting Help
D. What's on the CD
E. Manual Corrections
F. DirectX Troubleshooting
G. Gameplay Troubleshooting
H. Video Troubleshooting
I. CD-ROM Drive Troubleshooting
J. Audio Troubleshooting
K. Performance Troubleshooting
L. Multiplayer Troubleshooting
M. Map Editor Troubleshooting
N. The Conquerors Expansion Information

A. Installing The Conquerors Expansion


To install The Conquerors Expansion, you must be using Microsoft Windows® 95 or later (this includes Microsoft
Windows Millennium Edition) or Microsoft Windows NT® 4.0 with Service Pack 5 or later (this includes Microsoft
Windows 2000). (For information about how to get Service Pack 5, go to
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/).

To install The Conquerors Expansion

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 Conquerors 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 AOCSetup.exe icon. When the Setup screen appears, click
Install, and then follow the instructions that appear on the screen.

B. Starting The Conquerors Expansion


You must have The Conquerors Expansion CD in your CD-ROM drive to play.

You cannot launch or join a Conquerors Expansion multiplayer game from the MSN™ Gaming Zone lobby if you
do not have The Conquerors Expansion 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 The Conquerors Expansion, only Conquerors games appear in the multiplayer list.
Games created with Age of Empires, Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome Expansion, or Age of Empires II: The
Age of Kings do not appear in the list.
To start The Conquerors Expansion

• Place The Conquerors Expansion 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 - The
Conquerors Expansion, and then click The Conquerors.

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

C. Getting Help
You can find information about The Conquerors Expansion in the game manual, the in-game Help, and in the
TechTree.pdf file in the Docs folder on The Conquerors Expansion CD.

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 game manual and the technology trees for all 18 civilizations are available in .pdf format in the Docs folder
on the CD. You can view and print the files 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. What's on the CD
The Conquerors CD contains some additional information that you may find interesting or useful.

To access the information on the CD

• Double-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, right-click the icon for your CD-ROM drive, click Open,
and then double-click either the Docs or Goodies folder.

Docs folder

• Cpsb.doc - Computer Player Strategy Builder Guide - For advanced players who want to learn how to
write scripts to customize the artificial intelligence (AI) that controls the behavior of computer players. There
is also a sample AI script in the Goodies folder on the CD.

• Rmsg.doc - Random Map Scripting Guide - For advanced players who want to learn how to write scripts
to customize the terrain of random maps. There are also sample random map scripts in the Goodies folder
on the CD.

• Manual.pdf - Conquerors Expansion Manual - An online version of the manual, which you can view or
print using Adobe Acrobat Reader. To install Adobe Acrobat Reader, see Getting Help earlier in this Readme
file.

• Techtree.pdf - Conquerors Expansion Tech Trees - Lets you view or print the tech trees for all 18
civilizations in the game (only the tech trees for the five new civilizations are in the manual). To view or print
the tech trees, you must install Adobe Acrobat Reader as explained in Getting Help earlier in this Readme
file.
Goodies folder

• Aiscript folder - Contains samples of the two files required to customize the artificial intelligence of
computer players (SampleAI.ai and SampleAI.per). To learn how to write custom AI scripts, see Cpsb.doc in
the Docs folder on the CD.
• Machine folder - Provides configuration information about your computer for easy troubleshooting if you
require product support.
• Mszone folder - Lets you install the Zone.com software so you can connect to multiplayer games from the
MSN™ Gaming Zone.
• Rmscript folder - Contains samples of two different random map scripts (Hallowed.rms and TradeRts.rms).
To learn how to write scripts to customize the terrain of random maps, see Rmsg.doc in the Docs folder.
• Scenario folder - Contains the fan-designed scenario that won the Age of Empires II scenario design
contest. See the instructions in this folder to find out what you need to do to play the scenario.
• Aocdemo.scx - Conquerors Expansion Demo Scenario - To play the scenario, copy Aocdemo.scx to the
Scenarios folder where The Conquerors Expansion is installed.
• Ar405eng.exe - Adobe Acrobat Reader - Adobe Acrobat Reader lets you view or print the Manual.pdf and
Techtree.pdf files in the Docs folder. For installation instructions, see Getting Help earlier in this Readme file.

E. Manual Corrections
Manual corrections and clarifications are as follows:

Pages 4 & 5: Bombard Cannons, Mangonels, Onagers, and Siege Onagers fire faster because the speed of the
trajectory increased, not because they fire more often.

Page 5: The Patrol command has been changed so that units on patrol do not attack during the first several
seconds of the patrol.

Page 7: If you play a Defend the Wonder game using a Real World Map, you do not begin the game with walls.

F. DirectX Troubleshooting
DirectX® 6.1 or later must be installed on your computer before you can play The Conquerors Expansion. If you
have correctly installed Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, you should already have DirectX installed. If you
experience problems with DirectX, see the Readme file on the Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings CD.

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


for the latest troubleshooting information.

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

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

• Recording games - If you run out of hard disk space while recording a game, the recording stops but the
game continues uninterrupted. However, if you are inserting a chapter marker into a recorded game and you
run out of hard disk space, the game may crash.

• Moving campaigns and scenarios to a different computer - You can move the files for your Conquerors
Expansion games to another computer. Conquerors Expansion files have a .gax file extension - for example,
Age2.gax.
To transfer your campaigns, move the *.cpx files from the Campaign folder where The Conquerors
Expansion is installed to the same location on another computer. Then transfer all of the scenarios in that
campaign and the Player.nfx file as explained below.

To transfer your scenarios, move the *.scx files from the Scenario folder where The Conquerors Expansion is
installed to the same location on another computer.

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

H. Video Troubleshooting
• 9FX Motion 531 - If you are running Windows 95, you may experience screen corruption of the main menu
and New Player dialog box, screen corruption during gameplay when scrolling from left to right and from
right to left, and screen corruption as you select different objects on the game screen. If this occurs, contact
the video card manufacturer for the latest drivers (http://www.nine.com/), or download the S3 Vision 868
reference drivers for the card at http://www.s3.com/.

• ATI 3D Rage Pro - You may experience brief pauses or decreased game performance. If this occurs,
contact ATI for the latest video drivers, or download them at http://www.ati.com/.

• ATI Rage Pro Turbo 2X - Rage Pro Turbo 2X video cards may only allow you to use a 640 x 480 screen
resolution. The minimum Conquerors Expansion in-game resolution is 800 x 600. If this occurs, contact ATI
for the latest video drivers, or download them at http://www.ati.com/.

• Creative Labs Graphics Blaster Exxtreme - Creative Labs Graphics Blaster Exxtreme video adapters may
cause screen corruption when you change the in-game screen resolution or press ALT+TAB to enter or leave
the game. If this occurs, contact Creative Labs for the latest video drivers, or download them at
http://www.creative.com/.

• Diamond Stealth 3D 2000 - You may experience a black screen when starting the game (you may still hear
game sounds and be able to click buttons). If this occurs, contact Diamond for the latest video drivers, or
download them at http://www.diamondmm.com/.

• Diamond Monster Fusion - You may experience stability problems when starting the game. If this occurs,
contact Diamond for the latest video drivers, or download them at http://www.diamondmm.com/. For the
latest drivers to function properly, you may need to update your video bios. You can find information about
how to do this on the Diamond Web site.

• Hercules Stingray 128/3D - If your in-game screen resolution is set to 1024 x 768, you may experience
screen corruption and your computer may lock up if you restore a game using ALT+TAB. If this occurs,
contact Hercules for the latest video drivers, or download them at http://www.hercules.com/.

• Hercules Terminator Beast - You may not be able to view the opening video using the retail drivers for this
card (although you may be able to hear the sound). If this occurs, press the ESC key to bypass the opening
videos and display the main menu. Contact Hercules for the latest video drivers, or download them at
http://www.hercules.com/.

• Intergraph Intense 3D 100 - Intergraph Intense 3D 100 video adapters cause the game to crash during the
opening video. If this occurs, add the command line parameter Nostartup in your Conquerors Expansion
shortcut. For information about adding parameters to the command line, see Command Line Parameters
under Performance Troubleshooting later in this Readme file.

• Intergraph Intense 3D 100 - During gameplay, the bottom game screen border may be corrupt and pink in
color. Also, the in-game custom mouse pointer may not be visible. If this occurs, contact Intergraph for the
latest video drivers, or download them at http://www.intergraph.com/. You may not be able to view the
game in 1024 x 768 resolution.

• Matrox Millennium II PowerDesk - Your computer may lock up when you change the in-game screen
resolution to 1024 x 768. If this occurs, contact Matrox for the latest video drivers, or download them at
http://www.matrox.com/.

• Matrox MGA Millennium - You may experience screen corruption when playing with an in-game resolution
of 1024 x 768 or when using ALT+TAB in this resolution. If this occurs, contact Matrox for the latest video
drivers, or download them at http://www.matrox.com/.

• Permedia 2 Chipset-based video card with latest 3D Labs reference drivers - You may experience
screen corruption when playing The Conquerors Expansion using this configuration. If this occurs, uninstall
the reference drivers and contact your video card manufacturer for the latest driver written specifically for
your card. Many reference drivers are not supported, and may cause problems with certain applications.

• Sierra Screaming 3D - Your computer may lock up when you exit the game. If this occurs, contact Sierra for
the latest video drivers, or download them at http://www.sierra.com/.

• Sierra Screaming 3D (Rendition Verite 1000) - You may experience screen corruption when your in-game
screen resolution is set to 1280 x 1024. If this occurs, exit the game using ALT+F4. Restart the game, and in
the Options screen set your in-game resolution to a lower resolution.

• STB Velocity 4400 - You may experience blue screens or instability when launching The Age of Kings or
The Conquerors Expansion. If this occurs, contact the video card manufacturer for the latest drivers, or
download them at http://www.stb.com/. or download the reference drivers from http://www.nvidia.com/. If
your video card is AGP, you may also want to lower the AGP aperture size in the bios. A good rule of thumb
is to set your AGP aperture size to half of your total system RAM.

• Voodoo 3 - If you are running Windows 2000, your mouse pointer may blink during gameplay. If this occurs,
try a lower screen resolution. If this doesn't work, contact the video card manufacturer for the latest drivers,
or download them at http://www.3dfx.com/.

• Black screen after video - A black screen may appear at the conclusion of the opening video. If this occurs,
press ESC or click the mouse button. You may also want to add the command line parameter Nostartup to
The Conquerors shortcut. For information about adding parameters to the command line, see Command
Line Parameters under Performance Troubleshooting later in this Readme file.

• Black screen areas - Some video adapters may cause black areas on the game screen. If this occurs, you
can add the Mfill parameter to the command line in The Conquerors shortcut. For information about adding
parameters to the command line, see Command Line Parameters under Performance Troubleshooting later
in this Readme file.

• 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 card manufacturer for the latest drivers.

• Screen flickering - Certain second-party applications may cause a brief flickering of the Conquerors
Expansion video palette. Disabling all non-vital applications before running The Conquerors Expansion will
increase stability, performance, and visual quality. This problem may occur on some systems with the
Creative SBLive! sound card with the Creative LiveWire 2.0 and 2.1 driver sets for this sound card.

• Mouse pointer - Some video adapters may cause the mouse pointer to disappear if you change the in-
game screen resolution or reenter the game by pressing ALT+TAB. If this occurs, contact your video card
manufacturer for the latest drivers.

• Monitors and lower-end video cards - You may see brief screen corruption or flashing when switching
screens in the game. This is a limitation of some older video cards and will not affect game performance or
stability. If you notice screen corruption when switching to a high in-game resolution, this may be due to the
limitation of certain monitors or some older, lower-end video cards that do not support higher resolutions.
Use ALT+F4 to exit the game, restart The Conquerors Expansion, and then use the Options screen to
switch to a lower in-game 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.

I. CD-ROM Drive Troubleshooting


The Conquerors Expansion uses Safedisc encryption technology. Some CD-ROM drives may not be compatible
with this technology.

• Acer 44X - You may experience problems with this drive during installation. There are no known solutions.

• Acer CD-624a - If you experience problems with this drive when using read-mode drivers, install protected-
mode drivers.

• Memorex 2224 - You may experience problems with this drive. The drive may take up to 3 minutes to load
from the CD.

• Plextor - If you experience problems with these drives, contact Plextor for an upgraded version of Plextor
Manager 2000, which includes a "No Read Slowdown" option that may prevent the drive from slowing to 2X
speed.

• Sanyo CRD-256P - If you experience problems with this drive, do not load the game multiple times in one
session. Also, you may try ejecting the CD.

• Sony CDU77E 2X - If you experience problems with this drive, make sure it is configured as a master, and
then run the game again.

• Yamaha 2216E and CDR6416S - You may experience problems with these drives. There are no known
solutions.

• Yamaha 4416SX - If you experience problems with this drive, contact Yamaha for a firmware upgrade.

• Error requesting CD insertion - When launching a multiplayer game from the Zone, you may receive an
error message asking you to insert the CD although the CD is already in the drive. If this occurs, exit and
relaunch from the Zone.

J. 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.
K. Performance Troubleshooting
There are several ways to improve the game's performance. For example, the game will run faster if you use the
least demanding game settings, such as setting the screen resolution to 800 x 600, setting the detail of graphics
to Low, setting the game speed to Slow, and setting the difficulty level to Easy. Most of these improvements can
be made from within the game (on the main menu, click Options, or if you are playing a game, click the Menu
button, and then click Options). You can also set some of these variables by adding parameters to the
command line.

Command Line Parameters

You can add parameters to The Conquerors Expansion command line to improve performance, customize
startup, or resolve problems with certain hardware configurations.

To add parameters to the command line in The Conquerors shortcut

1. Right-click The Conquerors shortcut, click Properties, and then click Shortcut.
2. In the Target 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 II\Age2_x1\Age2_x1.exe" Nostartup Noterrainsound. Parameters
must be separated by a space; capitalization is not important.

To add parameters to the Age of Empires II registry for multiplayer games using the MSN 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 II - The
Conquerors Expansion/CommandLine.
4. In the Value data 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.

• 800, 1024, 1280 - Sets the screen resolution to 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, or 1280 x 1024. For example, 800
sets the screen resolution to 800 x 600, 1024 sets the screen resolution to 1024 x 768, and 1280 sets the
screen resolution to 1280 x 1024. You can also set the screen resolution by clicking the Menu button during
gameplay and then clicking Options. If you use a command line parameter to set the screen resolution, the
game always starts at that resolution, even if you use Options to choose another resolution. Note that the
interface screens before the game will always be displayed in 800 x 600 mode.

• Autompsave - Automatically saves a multiplayer game every few minutes. Saved games are located in the
Savegame/Multi folder.

• 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.

• NOSC - Turns off detection of the Microsoft Strategic Commander game controller.

• 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 problems that may occur with some SoundBlaster AWE configurations.

Performance problems with VIA chipset-based motherboards

If you experience blue screens or instability with Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion on a system with
a VIA chipset-based motherboard, contact your OEM dealer, hardware manufacturer, or motherboard
manufacturer to acquire and install the appropriate AGP miniport driver. This will fix all known issues. If problems
persist, contact your OEM dealer, hardware manufacturer, or motherboard manufacturer for further assistance.

L. Multiplayer 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 The Conquerors Expansion, only Conquerors Expansion games
appear in the multiplayer list. Games created with Age of Empires, Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome
Expansion, or Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings are not listed.

• Best performance - For best performance, connect to the Internet before starting an Internet multiplayer
game.

• Connection type - Always select Internet TCP/IP Connection for DirectPlay when starting a multiplayer
game over the Internet. (Select the Local (LAN) TCP/IP Connection if you are playing on a private or home
network.) If you choose LAN and you are playing on the Internet, the game may hang. If this occurs, restart
The Conquerors Expansion and select Internet TCP/IP Connection for DirectPlay.

• Different modem speeds - If two players have different modem speeds, they will be unable to play with
each other. If this occurs, use the same modem speed as your opponent.

• Home networks and dial-up connections - If you have a network card and you dial in to the Internet via
modem, you may have trouble launching multiplayer games. If this occurs, unplug the network cable from
your network card before connecting to the Internet.

• Computer Players in multiplayer games - It is not recommended that computer players play in a
multiplayer game over the Internet as it may slow the game. If you would like to add computer players to a
multiplayer game, make sure the player with the fastest computer and fastest connection hosts the game.

• Multiplayer performance - If you experience performance problems during a multiplayer game, try playing
at a lower screen resolution or have the host set the game speed to Slow in the Multiplayer Game screen.

• Multiple IP addresses - If other players are not able to connect to a game you have created by typing the IP
address that appears when you click the IP button on the Multiplayer Game screen, you may have multiple
IP addresses. You can display all of your IP addresses by running Winipcfg.

To run Winipcfg

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


2. Type Winipcfg, and then click OK.
3. Select PPP Adapter. The correct IP address is displayed in the IP Address box.

• Disconnection from ISP - If you are disconnected from your ISP and quickly reconnect, you and the host
may be dropped from the game if your ISP assigns a new IP address because the game will not recognize
you. If this occurs, restart the game.

• Random map versions - If your version of a random map does not match the host's, you must go to the
Random folder where you installed The Conquerors Expansion and rename the map so the host can transfer
the correct version.

• Hard disk space - If you join a multiplayer game but do not have enough hard disk space to download the
scenario, you will receive a message that you must quit the game, clear space on your hard disk, and then
rejoin the game. You must also delete the partially downloaded scenario from the Scenario folder where you
installed The Conquerors Expansion or the game will crash after you reconnect.

M. Map Editor Troubleshooting


• Scenario names - You cannot name a scenario using certain reserved terms, such as AUX, CLOCK,
COM1, CON, LPT1, NUL, PRN, etc.

• Palette problems - You may experience problems when creating your own background art for campaigns in
the Map Editor. If this occurs, do not use the first or last 10 colors in the color palette.

N. The Conquerors Expansion Information


• For more information about Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion, visit our Web site at
http://www.microsoft.com/games/conquerors/.
• If you'd like to play against opponents over the Internet, check out the MSN Gaming Zone at
http://www.zone.com/.