README.TXT Driver File Contents (mx31_230.exe)
Driver Package File Name: mx31_230.exe
README.TXT For REALmagic Maxima(TM) Version 2.30 -- 6/12/96
Congratulations on your purchase of the REALmagic Maxima MPEG multimedia
playback controller. This file contains important information not
available at the time the manual was printed. Please take time to read
through it for the latest updates.
- NOTES ON SETUP & UPGRADE
- BORDER ADJUSTMENT AND COLOR CALIBRATION
- RUNNING WINDOWS TITLES
- SPECIAL FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS OF MPEG TITLES
- REALmagic FILE DESCRIPTIONS
NOTES ON SETUP & UPGRADE
- This release installs an OM-1 Compliant DOS driver (OM1DRV.EXE) with
the following entry in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file :
- It also supports the MPC name for the MPEG Windows driver "MpegVideo"
in addition to the original name "ReelMagic". That is why you can see
two entries in the "Media Player's Device" option for "REALmagic".
- This release supports the playback of VideoCD 2.0s with High-Res
pictures (slide-show mode). The color depth should be above 256 colors.
Improved Error Handling
It is possible that with some hardware configurations, the I/O address,
IRQ, and DMA channel scanning done by the SETUP program will cause the
system to crash (in almost all cases, this is due to poor resource
management of another component).
You can manually disable the scanning of the I/O address, IRQ, and DMA
channel by appending the option /NOTEST and /Maxima as follows:
SETUP /MAXIMA /NOTEST
BORDER ADJUSTMENT AND COLOR CALIBRATION
NOTE : You must set the Border Adjustment and Color Calibration settings
to finalize the installation, and you must set the Border
Adjustment and Color Calibration each time you change resolution
or color depth under Windows.
1- Start Border Adjust program in the REALmagic group.
2- Use the H-POS and V-POS buttons to align the top left corner of the
black and magenta rectangles, then use the H-SIZE buttons to resize
the black rectangle to cover exactly the magenta area. This should
work for the majority of the VGA boards available.
IMPORTANT NOTE : For the following rare cases :-
a -If the black area height is HALF the magenta area height, click the
button "NI" (non-interlaced) and then "EXIT". Restart "Border Adjust".
b -If the black area height is DOUBLE the magenta area height, click the
button "I" (interlaced) and then "EXIT". Restart "Border Adjust".
It is recommended NOT to use the buttons "NI" and "I" except for the
above indicated conditions.
3- Click the Save button to save the settings.
4- If you observe jittering at the right or left edge on the aligned
black box, click on the Horizontal Stability "+" and "-" buttons until
the distortion is minimized.
5- Next, click the Auto button to automatically calibrate the color for
your VGA card. A series of images will be displayed to the screen.
When the Border Adjust program is redisplayed, calibration is complete.
- If you are using the SVGA drivers of Windows, add the following line
in the [VGA] section of the file FMPDRV.INI in the REALMAGC directory:
SVGA = 1
(If you select manual calibration, then follow the instructions
provided on the screen to adjust the colors in three steps.)
6- Click the Done button.
1- At the DOS prompt, type DOSCALIB and press <Enter>.
2- Repeat step 2 above (and 4 if necessary) and press Exit. This
procedure will repeat three times for text and graphics modes.
3- Repeat step 4 above if necessary.
RUNNING WINDOWS TITLES
If you run a Windows title and you get the message "No MPegVideo
driver", do the following :
1- In the Accessories group, double-click on Notepad.
2- Choose the File, Open menu.
3- Type C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.INI in the filename box and press <Enter>.
4- Go to the section MCI after the line
5- Add the line :
(This example assumes that your REALmagic drivers were installed
on drive C: in the directory REALMAGC.)
6- Save and Exit from the File menu.
SPECIAL FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS OF MPEG TITLES
Version 2.30 of REALmagic drivers is using a new algorithm to reach
the best accuracy in Frame Seeking. This might not work for titles
developed using earlier versions of REALmagic drivers.
To force the driver to use the old algorithm, add the following line
in the [MCI] section of the FMPDRV.INI in the REALMAGC directory:
REALmagic FILE DESCRIPTIONS
The following are the descriptions of the files contained in the REALmagic
CBARS.VBS Video BitStream file
CDIMOVIE.DRV REALmagic Video CD/CD-I Movie driver
CTL3D.DLL 3D Resource for SETUP
DIGITALV.MCI MCI Digital Video translation table
DOSCAL.EXE Program for Border Adjustment in DOS
DOSCALIB.BAT Batch File for Border Adjustment in DOS
DOSMIX.EXE REALmagic Audio Mixer in DOS
DRAGON.BAT Batch file for Dragon's Lair
DSP.BIN Audio DSP code
FLYLOGO.EXE Program that displays flying Sigma Designs logo
FMPDRV.EXE REALmagic DOS driver
FMPDRV.INI Device driver initialization file
IMPEG.DRV REALmagic Windows driver
MCIFMP.DRV REALmagic MCI driver
MPGBKGND.TSK Background Task file helps low-level driver
MPGCONF.EXE REALmagic Border Adjustment in Windows
MPGDEV.SYS REALmagic configuration device driver
MPGSCSVR.SCR REALmagic screen saver
MPGTEST.BAT Batch file to test MPEG playback
MPGVDD.BIN MPEG microcode
MPGWMIX.EXE REALmagic Audio Mixer in Windows
OM1DRV.EXE OM-1 Compliant DOS Driver
README.TXT This text file contains updates and technical notes
REBOOT.COM Program to reboot the computer
RM.ID Identification file
RMSETUP.DLL Setup library
RMTESTS.DLL Test library
SETUP.EXE Setup program for Windows 3.x
SETUP.INI Initialization file for the Setup program
SETUPLGO.BMP REALmagic bitmap for winsetup.exe
SSCONFIG.EXE Configuration application for the screen saver
TEST.BAT Batch file that allow to run MPEG files
TESTFMP.EXE Program to run MPEG files
UPDATE.EXE Update program
VPLAYER.EXE Video CD Player program in DOS
WVPLAYER.EXE REALMagic CD Station program
WVPLAYER.HLP REALmagic CD Station help file
Help for REALmagic CD Station
Windows On-Line Help is available for the REALmagic CD Station from
the Control Menu Box or just press <F1> key any time. Pull down
the Control Menu Box and select Help!. Then select the topic you
want from the list.
Playing DRAGON'S LAIR
Dragon's Lair requires the REALmagic DOS driver to be loaded in memory
before it will play. We provide a batch file in the REALmagic
directory called DRAGON.BAT that handles all this for you. To play
Dragon's Lair, place the CD in your CD-ROM drive and type:
CD \REALMAGC and press <Enter>
DRAGON and press <Enter>
Note: the batch file assumes your CD-ROM drive letter is "D". If this is
not the case, you will need to use a text editor to modify the batch
file. The line which reads:
should be changed to reflect your CD-ROM's drive letter (e.g. "E:").
Playing THE HORDE
Make sure your sound card is 100% SoundBlaster(TM) compatible. Some
sound cards, such as the Media Vision ProAudio Spectrum 16(TM) and
boards that use the Media Vision PAS 16(TM) chip set, will not work
with The Horde (no sound). Crystal Dynamics has provided a fix for
this in the form of a new HORDE.EXE. It is available on the Sigma
Designs BBS for download.
Another sound card, the Sound Galaxy Pro(TM) from Aztech, requires
a special command when starting The Horde. Modify the PLAY.BAT file
in the \HORDE directory (created by the INSTALL program) to start
The Horde with the command line "HORDE /S:SBLASTER" (between FMPLOAD
and FMPLOAD /U). Without this command line option, the volume
controls of the Sound Galaxy Pro will be set to zero each time you
start The Horde.
If you use disk caching programs, such as Microsoft SMARTDRV, you
MAY experience hanging problems. If you do, try turning off the
"write-caching" to the hard drive where The Horde has been installed.
For example, if you use SMARTDRV and The Horde is installed on drive
C:, use the command SMARTDRV C to turn off "write-caching" on drive C:.
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