Jane's Advanced Tactical Fighters: Gold v1.00F Patch 2 - English

The latest official patch for Jane's Advanced Tactical Fighters: Gold.


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The latest official patch for Jane's Advanced Tactical Fighters: Gold.

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                   ATFGOLD 1.00F Patch 2 ENGLISH


Table of Contents

    I.  Letter from EA
   II.  Installation Instructions
  III.  Changes and Additions
   IV.  Troubleshooting
    V.  Product Support Information



Thank you for obtaining the Jane's (R) Combat Simulations  
Advanced Tactical Fighters GOLD 1.00F Patch 2 (English).

Please refer to the Changes and Additions (section III.) below.



To install the patch, do the following:

        1. Copy the file E_ATFG_P2.exe to your ATFGOLD directory.
        2. Double-click on the file named E_ATFG_P2.exe.
        3. At the prompt, select the directory in which you have
	   installed ATF GOLD (default directory is C:\JANES\ATFGOLD).
	4. The patch will self-extract and install.  
!!                                                              !!
!!         This procedure could take up to 30 minutes.          !!
!!   Your system may also appear to be locked up upwards to     !!
!!        5 minutes while file comparison takes place.          !!
!!           DO NOT REBOOT OR ABORT THE INSTALL                 !!
!!             The patch is still installing.                   !!
!!                                                              !!

	5. Once installation is finished you will recieve 
	   a message: "ATF Gold has been successfully updated to v1.00
	   Patch 2!"
	6. Click OK, and start ATF Gold normally.




*** PATCH 2 ***

   (This latest patch primarily addresses compatability problems
    with Windows 98).

        - Multiple fixes for DDRAW problems for Diamond and 
          Matrox drivers that have problems switching from 16 or 
          24bit into 8 bit graphics mode. 

        - Win98 fix for mouse (on a multi-monitor system you could 
          move the mouse off the game screen easily .. causing the 
          game to minimize).

        - Win98 exception handler fix (Win98 deals with processor 
          overflows and underflows differently causing the game to 
          occasionally crash). 

        - Fix for OSR2 and OSR2.1 versions of Win95. Small fix to 
          the way a host connects. A bug in the latest versions of 
          Win95 causes a Host not to find a Joiner if the Host is 
          the last one in the game. 

*** PATCH 1 ***

        - You no longer need to enter the "# of players" and 
          "Group ID #" when playing multiplayer over the internet 
          or LAN.  When ready, the HOST need only click START to 
          launch the game.

        This should make it easier to get connected for those 
        players with limited communication between each other.

        - We've added command line arguments to further ease 
          connecting with other players.

        ATF [/h or /j]  
            [tcp or spx]  
            [host address {xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx for tcp} or 
               {xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx for spx}]

        For example, if you want to host a game using TCP, use 
        the following arguments:

           ATF /h tcp

        If you want to connect to a host over TCP, you'll need 
        the host's address:

           ATF /j tcp

        - This patch contains a fix that now allows Advanced 
          IR to change target to any airplane, including non 
          armed planes, with no loss of game performance. 


        - In this patch we have included a fix for customers with
          certain video cards that are experiencing a problem upon 
          startup of ATFGOLD. These users are receiving either the
          message, "ATF caused an invalid Page Fault in module 
          ATF.EXE at 0137:0047B3D5, or the message, "Could not 
          set Video Mode 2". These are problems with the drivers of
          these video cards, not with our software. The drivers of 
          these cards are not currently certified to work with 
          DirectX applications. We hope the manufacturers will 
          update their drivers in the near future and gain Microsoft 
          certification. Our fix was to enable our program to run 
          with a certified or uncertified DirectX driver for these 
          video cards. This patch will keep the problems from 
          occurring for the following cards:

        Matrox  - Cards using the PowerDesk/PowerDesk PCI Driver
        Diamond - Cards using the Diamond GT driver

          Check with your manufacturer for information on updated 
          drivers for your video card.

        - This patch also includes a fix for customers that use a
          Windows 95 backup program or any other such utility.  
          These users were getting the error message of either,
          "ATF Fatal Error Loadfile can't load Chooseac.pic" or 
          "ATF Fatal Error Loadfile can't load Choosem.mnu". This 
          patch will prevent this error message from occurring and 
          allow the game to operate normally.


ATFGOLD now supports TCP/IP play so that you may play the game 
over the Internet using a modem and an Internet provider. To use 
the new TCP/IP feature, do the following steps:

        - Connect to your Internet service provider.
        - Select the fastest computer in the group to be the Host.
          This provides the best overall performance.
        - Everyone must have the host's IP address in order to 
          connect, so everyone needs to get this number before 
          running ATFGOLD. If you are the host, one way to find 
          your IP address is to press the OPTION button on the TCP/IP 
          connection screen. Your computers current IP address is 
          listed near the top of the screen. Another way is to 
          double-click on the file named WINIPCFG.exe in the 
          Windows directory). 
        - Now make sure everyone has the IP address of the host 
          computer (There are several IRC chat clients, like MIRC 
          and PERCH, that will allow you to communicate this and 
          other information before getting into the game.) 
        - Once everyone has the host's IP address, get into the 
          game and select TCP/IP from the Multi-Player menu.
        - You will go to the TCP/IP Network connection screen. You 
          will need to enter your callsign.
        - Once you have completed this, click the OPTION text box 
          and you will be sent to the TCP/IP Network connection 
          options screen. On this screen, click on the Host's IP 
          address text box, and enter in the IP address of your 
          host's computer EXACTLY (including the periods).
        - Now click OK.
        - Now you are back at the TCP/IP network connection screen.
          If you are the host, you should press the NEW button, 
          everyone else should press JOIN.  
        - After a brief moment you should see everyone connecting.
          You are now ready to play a multi-player ATFGOLD game!



        - We cannot connect when we try to hook-up using TCP/IP.
            Make sure that you are hooked up to your Internet 
            service provider. 
        - When I hit NEW/JOIN, I cannot find anyone.  
            Try hitting ESC and then hitting the NEW or 
            JOIN button (depending on whether or not you are 
            the host).
        - The game is very choppy.
            1. Make sure you have the fastest computer as the 
            2. Make sure you do not have more than 4 players 
               in TCP/IP multi-play at the same time. ATFGOLD 
               supports up to 4 players in TCP/IP mode. You 
               may be able to connect up to 8 players, but 
               your performance may suffer.  
            3. Turn down your graphic detail under the PREFS, 
               GRAPHICS pull-down menu selection. You may see 
               a drastic improvement by turning down terrain 
               textures or object textures.  
        - I get a black screen upon startup and then it returns to 
          the desktop.
            Try setting your video display settings to 640x480 
            pixels and 256 colors.
        - It looks as though all the airplanes are suspended in 
          mid air then I get disconnected from the game while using 
          a TCP/IP connection.
            1. Try to limit the number of players to 4. 
            2. Try to play the game during non-peak network 
               hours.  A high volume of network traffic may 
               cause loss of performance and/or loss of 
               connection during gameplay.  
            3. Close down all non-essential programs running in 
               the background for they can conflict with the 
               game and result in a loss of performance.  



If you have any questions or comments you may contact an Electronic Arts Product Support Technician in any of the following ways:

Note: E-mail will be answered by e-mail, fax by fax, mail by mail.

EA Tech Support website:

 EA Phone Tech Support: 

(650) 628-8468 
HOURS: (Pacific Standard Time)

8:30AM to 11:45 and 1:00 to 4:30PM 

Monday - Friday
E-mail - For technical support and upgrade questions:


 EA Tech Support Fax: 

(650) 628-5999


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