Jane's Advanced Tactical Fighters v1.14 Patch

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

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*****************************Patch.txt****************************
		
			 ATF Patch v1.14

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Table of Contents

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

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I. LETTER FROM EA

Thank you for obtaining the Jane's Combat Simulations - Advanced 
Tactical Fighters v1.14 Patch.  We hope you enjoy the 
improvements we've made to the product.  With requests gathered 
from online boards, Customer Service and internal feedback, we 
put together a list of enhancements described below.  

Additional features and enhancements are planned to be released 
in future add-on products:  NATO Fighters (ATF Data Disk), and 
USNF '97.  Please stay tuned.

We addressed the KALI connection problems by reducing the size of 
the packets sent across the network.  However, testing showed that 
packet delivery proved to be inconsistent, and connections failed 
after 6-10 minutes of play time.

We investigated the modem difficulties some customers have 
reported, specifically USRobotics unable to connect at greater 
than 9600 bps.  Here's what our testing has found:

US Robotics Modems:

	- USR Sportster 14.4 V.32bis internal FAX/MODEM 
	call/receive at 14.4
	- USR Sportster 14.4 V.32bis external FAX/MODEM 
	call/receive at 9600
	- USR Sportster 28.8 V.34 external FAX/MODEM call/receive 
	at 19.2
	- USR Courier 28.8 V.34 external FAX/MODEM call/receive at 
	19.2
	- USR Courier Dual Standard 28.8 V.34 external FAX/MODEM 
	call/receive at 19.2.

Init String

AT &F &A0 &K0 &B1 &M0 &H1 X4

Definitions:

	- &F Loads factory defaults (newer modems can use &F1 for 
	defaults with Hardware Flow Control)
	- &A0 Disables ARQ modes
	- &B1 Fixed serial port rate
	- &M0 Disables error control
	- &H1 Forces Hardware Flow Control
	- X4 Generic result codes (reports a RING, BUSY, NO 
	DIALTONE etc..).

We've concluded that much additional work would be involved to 
redesign the modem handshaking routine, and in the process, this 
may result in breaking connectivity for customers who already 
experience successful connections with their modems and ATF.  We 
believe that the ATF Patch should be delayed no longer.  We will 
addressed the modem issue in future releases.


Steve Matulac
Associate Producer
Jane's Combat Simulations
Electronic Arts


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II. INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

You should have the following files present after running the self 
extracting executable ATF_114.exe:
	PATCH.RTP
	PATCH.EXE
	PATCH.TXT
	PATCH.BAT

To install the patch, type the following:
	
	1. Type "copy patch*.* c:\<ATF Directory>"
		-- You should see a message reading "4 files 
		copied"
	2. Change to your ATF directory by typing:
		-- "cd\" press enter
		-- "cd <ATF directory>" press enter
	3. Once in the ATF directory, type "patch.bat" and press 
	enter

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!                                                              !!
!!         This procedure could take up to 30 minutes.          !!
!!   Your system may also appear to be locked up upwards to     !!
!!              5 minutes during this process...                !!
!!                                                              !!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
	  
	4. When the patch is finished installing itself, you 
	should see a message saying:
	        -- "Total File Patches Processed ....( 17)"
	5. The patch is now installed, run ATF as normal.


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III. Changes and Additions

TECHNICAL
  
	- ATF now works with IRQ 10.
	- The joystick hat may now be used to "Slew View" or 
	"Thrust Vector". 
		-- To select the option hit ESC in-flight, choose 
		Control, and then choose Hat.
	- ATF now natively supports the MS Sidewinder Pro.
		-- To calibrate the joystick, hit ESC in-flight, 
		choose Control, then choose Stick, and then choose 
		MS SideWinder 3D Pro.
		-- Button map for the MS SideWinder Pro:
			--- Hat: Slew view/Vector Thrust
			--- Trigger: Fires guns
			--- Top Button: Fires selected weapon
			--- Top Side: Cycles through visual targets
			--- Bottom Side: Cycles through weapons
			--- Twist Right: Rudder right
			--- Twist Left: Rudder left
			--- Slider: Throttle control
			--- 4 Base Buttons: Nothing
	- ATF now has updated support for the Gravis Ultrasound card.
	- ATF now supports the Matrox Millennium video card in
        800x600 resolution.

ORDNANCE

	- The weapons' performance have been improved and made 
	more realistic. (see the Strategies and Tactics section 
	for specific information)
		-- Gun accuracy for the SU-27 and MiG-29 has been 
		drastically improved.
		-- The AIM 120 has received a major overhaul, and 
		is much more effective because of it.
		-- The AGM-84 SLAMS and HARPOONS cannot target 
		aircraft.
		-- The AEMP now has the ability to permanently 
		damage effects your aircraft's avionics. 
		
AIRCRAFT

	- You can now fly all the aircraft in single player mode by 
        selecting the AIRCRAFT menu option in Quick Mission, and
        picking FLY ALL.
	- The HUDs for certain planes have been improved to 
	reflect their real-life equivalents.
	- Aircraft loadouts have been updated.
        - Aircraft art is enhanced.  Landing gear has been added to
        almost all aircraft now.
	- Aircraft performance has been improved for added realism.
        - Aircraft now require more realistic takeoff time and
        distance.

INSTRUMENTATION

	- The IR targeting has been improved to detect more 
	objects.
	- There is now a separate Air-to-Ground	radar (accessible 
	by hitting CTRL-R) that will only detect objects with a 
	speed under 90 knots. The Air-to-Air radar is unchanged.

PRO MISSION CREATOR

	- To save a mission that is composed of "non-player" 
	aircraft, those without the *** next to them, you must:
		-- Select the AIRCRAFT menu option and choose
		"FLY ALL"
		-- Now select the icon for the aircraft you want
		to be designated as a player aircraft
		-- Finally, click on the COMPUTER/HUMAN toggle
		button until it says human, and save the mission
	- Zoom feature has been enhanced.
	- There are more wings available for aircraft.
	- You can set time limits and number of respawns in 
	created	missions built for multi-play.  This can be set 
	in the MULTIPLAYER menu of the Pro Mission Creator.
	- You can now add vehicles to a group, much like 
	aircraft in a wing. To do this click on the object you 
	wish to group, then select the OBJECT menu option, then 
	select ADD TO GROUP, and then select the group color you 
	want to use.
	- There is now a 3D view for more exact placement of
        items in your missions. The key  map for 3D view is as
        follows:
		-- 3: Places you in 3D view mode (must have object 		selected)
		-- 1: Escape 3D view mode
		-- CTRL S: Slew mode (to manipulate the object)
		-- ESC: Escape slew mode
		-- INS: x2 distance
		-- DEL: 1/2 distance
		-- Arrow Keys: move left, right, up, down
		-- PGUP: Increase altitude (aircraft only)
		-- PGDN: Decrease altitude (aircraft only)


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MULTI-PLAY

	- There is now a switch to enable/disable CTRL-Z,X,A in 
	multiplay mode by selecting the MULTI menu option and 
	adding/removing the check next to ALLOW FIND-NEAREST KEYS.
	- Reduce Bullet Accuracy has more resolution.  Check the
        Multi Menu inflight.

OTHER GOODIES

	- The Longbow ad which comes up after you exit the game 
	stops running after 5 plays.
	- You can now hit ESC to bypass the introductory movie. 
	- The effects of turbulance has been lowered when flying 
	close to the ground.
	- A command has been added which tells your wingman to 
	"Fire at 'Contact'". ALT-F is the keystroke for this 
	command. 
	- A difficulty switch has been added which reduces the 
	abilities of enemy pilots. This selction can be made 
	in-flight by hitting ESC to access the in-flight menu; 
	choose "Cheat", then down to "Enemy AI?" where you can 
	select Novice, Average, or Unchanged (default).
	- An option has been added in the in-flight cheat menu 
	called "Easy Targeting".  
		-- When it is checked, the target designator box 
		remains on the screen whenever your targeted
                enemy is in front of you.  When the targeted
                enemy is off screen, the "XX" tracking indicator
                appears around the edges of the screen.
		-- When it is unchecked, the target designator 
		only appears within the HUD area, there is no 
		tracking indicator, and your SHIFT-4 VDU will 
		not be displayed until the object is in visual 
		range.
		-- This option defaults to off, but you can turn 
		it on and it will not effect the awarding of 
		medals and promotions.


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IV.  STRATEGIES & TACTICS

Due to the increased weapon effectivness and enemy AI, we offer 
the following tips for improving your chances of success.

The increased realism of the cannon used by the MiG-29 and Su-27 
series fighters have resulted in a higher degree of difficulty 
when maneveuring in close-in dogfights.  It has been changed to 
model the incredible accuracy of the Gsh-301, which is laser 
ranged. It also models the longer range of the 30MM projectiles 
which allows the enemy to hit your aircraft far earlier than you 
can hit theirs during head-on cannon passes.  To counter this new 
threat, you might consider utilizing the following Air Combat 
Maneuvering tactics. 

	- Try to take out these fighters with missles first. The 
	AIM-120 missles have been upgraded, so take advantage of 
	them.

	- Use your wingman's missles. Consult the manual for 
	wingman commands.

	- If you are forced to close because you are out of 
	missles, use the ALT-W command to have your wingman attack 
	all fighters.

	- Consider running if your mission allows.  The enemy may 
	run out of fuel (be careful of your own status). 

	- Lure the enemy over friendly AAA, SAM sites, or armed 
	ships.

	- Avoid a zero degree deflection (pure head to head) pass. 
	You will have to force them into a turning fight.  While 
	approaching the enemy fighters, keep them at your 10 or 
	2 o'clock.

	- Barrel-rolls while approaching also help avoid enemy 
	cannon fire.

	- Remember that Air-to-Air missles now have minimum ranges 
	(RMin), so slow down when approaching to increase the time 
	available to fire your missles.  RMin for most radar-guided 
	missles is 2 miles, for IR missles it is just under 1/2 
	mile.   
	   

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V.  TROUBLESHOOTING

I HAVE A GRAVIS ULTRASOUND SOUND CARD AND CHOSE THAT OPTION, BUT I 
AM STILL GETTING NO SOUND.  WHAT DO I DO?
	- Download the Megaem driver v. 3.01 from Gravis
		-- FTP site= ftp://ftp.gravis.com
		-- HTTP site= Http://www.gravis.com
	- Type "cd\<your ATF directory> press enter
	- Type "del ea.cfg" press enter
	- Type "cd\<your GUS directory>" press enter
	- Type "megaem.exe" press enter
	- Type "cd\<ATF dir>" press enter
	- Type "atf" press enter
	- Select your settings as usual for your system  

I HAVE A WAVEBLASTER DAUGHTERCARD IN MY SYSTEM, AND I AM GETTING 
NO MUSIC CHOICES. WHAT DO I DO?

	- Rename the 4B.LIB file in the ATF directory, to 4B.OLD.  
	Then rerun the game.  You should now get all of the music 
	choices.

    				
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VI. PRODUCT SUPPORT

If you have any problems contact us at:

	ORIGIN Phone Tech Support: (512) 434-HELP
		-- HOURS: (Central Standard Time)
			9:00 AM-12:45 and 2:00-4:45 M-T
			9:00 AM-12:45 and 2:00-3:45 F

	EA Phone Tech Support: (415) 572-2787
		-- HOURS: (Pacific Standard Time)
			8:30 AM-4:30 M-F

	ORIGIN FAX Tech Support: (512) 795-8014
	ORIGIN BBS Tech Support: (512) 346-2BBS (14.4 kBaud @ 8,N,1)
	ORIGIN Internet Tech Support: support@origin.ea.com
	ORIGIN Internet FTP Site: ftp://ftp.ea.com/pub/patches
	ORIGIN Web Site: http://www.origin.ea.com/origin/english.html
	ORIGIN Tech Support Mailing Address:
		ORIGIN Systems
		C/O Customer Service
		5918 West Courtyard Drive
		Austin, TX  78730-5036


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