Installation Extract pathfinder.exe from pathfinder.zip to wherever you want and place a link on your desktop (right drag&drop). Pathfinder needs the MFC runtime which must be installed on your system. Most probably some other application has already installed these dlls (mfc42.dll, msvcrt.dll, msvcp60.dll). If not, you will get some error messages complaining that some functions or dlls are missing. You can get the newest MFC dlls from windowsupdate.microsoft.com.(vcredist.exe) or many other places on the web.
Using Pathfinder Connect to the internet and start Pathfinder. Using Pathfinder is simple: Click the 'Query Servers' button to query all running holomatch servers. The tables are now filled with the gathered information. The tabs 'Player list' and 'Server list' are switching between two different views. The first shows a flat list of all players currently logged in. The second shows a list of all running servers. If you select one of the server entries, the dependent table to the right shows all players logged on to the selected server. In the 'Speed' box you can select your internet connection speed. It determines the maximum number of parallel queries. The 'Include empty servers' checkbox does exactly what it says: it queries every server even if the master server says that there are no connected players. Check 'Exclude bots' to filter all players with zero ping (most probably bots).
Beginning with version 1.8 there is a new button 'Query Favorites', which will query only your favorite servers, circumventing the master server. To add a server to your favorites list, simply right click on a server in the server view and select 'Add to favorites'. You can view and edit your favorites by clicking the '...' button right to the 'Query Favorites' button. By clicking into the cells of the table, you can edit the server name, ip and password.
No matter which view is active, you can search for a friend by entering his name in the field above the 'Search' button. If the player is found, the corresponding table entries will be marked. The search is case insensitive. Every entered name will be stored to the registry, so the next time you can select it by entering the first few chars or opening the list. You can delete a name from the list by selecting it and pressing the 'Del' button. If the first char is a '*', every player whose name contains the search string is found. So if you search for *xyz, the following players would be found: [XYZ] Bugatto, xyz_mistyred or Borgxyzar. Typing xyz would only find xyz_mistyred
If you have found a friend or server, simply click the 'Join' button. The game will start and directly connect to the selected server. The first time you will be asked for the location of the Start Trek Voyager Elite Force Holomatch Executable (stvoyHM.exe). If the server needs a password, you can enter one in the pwd edit box.
You can customize the tables (sorting, width, column order) by clicking in the header section, drag&drop headers, or using the right mouse button. All changes are saved in the registry (HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Pathfinder), so the next time you start Pathfinder it will look like the time you last closed it. When a table is sorted by one single column, you can search this column by simply typing the search string.
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