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ActiMates: Fun on Imagination Island Contents of Readme.txt

Article ID: 175071

Article Last Modified on 8/15/1999



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft ActiMates PC Pack



This article was previously published under Q175071

SUMMARY

This article contains a copy of the contents of the Fun on Imagination Island Readme.txt file, which is located in the root folder of the Microsoft Fun on Imagination Island compact disc.

MORE INFORMATION

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Readme File for Microsoft Fun on Imagination Island
                   June 1997
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(C) Microsoft Corporation, 1997

This document provides late-breaking or other information that supplements
the manual and Barney.hlp file for the Fun on Imagination Island CD-ROM
title.

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How to View This Document
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To view the Readme file on-screen in Windows Notepad, maximize the Notepad
window and click Word Wrap on the Edit menu. To print the Readme file, open
it in Notepad or another word processor, and then click Print on the File
menu.

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CONTENTS
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1. INSTALLING AND RUNNING THE SOFTWRE

2. VIDEO CARD ISSUES

3. USING THIS SOFTWARE WITH MICROSOFT ACTIMATES BARNEY

4. "UNKNOWN ERROR" WHEN USING ACTIMATES BARNEY WITH THE SOFTWARE

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PART 1: INSTALLING AND RUNNING THE SOFTWARE
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>> To set up Fun on Imagination Island:

1. Connect the ActiMates PC Pack Transmitter to your computer. For
   instructions, see the manual that came in the box with the ActiMates
   PC Pack.

2. Insert the compact disc in the CD-ROM drive. The Setup program should
   start automatically. If Setup does not start automatically, open
   Windows Explorer, click the CD-ROM icon, and then double-click
   Island.exe.

3. Follow the Setup instructions on your screen.

>> To start Fun on Imagination Island:

If your computer supports CD AutoPlay, the software will start as soon
as you insert the compact disc in the CD-ROM drive. Otherwise:

   - Click the Windows Start button, point to Programs, point to
     Microsoft Barney Software, and then click Fun on Imagination Island.

     -or-

   - Open Windows Explorer, click the CD-ROM icon, and then double-click
     Island.exe.

STRUCTURE:
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Autorun.inf  - Automatically runs Island.exe when the compact disc is
               inserted.

Barney.hlp   - Contains information to help you configure your computer's
               external MIDI/game port for use with Microsoft ActiMates
               Barney and the ActiMates PC Pack Transmitter.

Barney.cnt   - Table of contents for Barney.hlp.

Island.exe   - Launches Setup if this software has not been installed.
               Otherwise, launches Fun on Imagination Island.

Readme.txt   - This Readme file.

Ensoniq      - Folder with updated Windows 95 drivers for Ensoniq sound
               cards.

MSInfo       - Folder containing technical support files.

Sb           - Folder with updated Windows 95 drivers for Creative Lab's
               SoundBlaster sound cards.

Setup        - Folder containing setup and CD-ROM title files that are
               installed on the user's hard drive.

Title        - Folder containing files need to run this CD-ROM title.

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PART 2: VIDEO CARD ISSUES
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To run the Barney software, your computer’s screen resolution must be
set to 800 x 600, with 256 colors or higher.  For most video cards, the
Barney software will automatically switch your computer to the correct
resolution setting. However, for some computers and video cards, you may
need to change this setting yourself.

1. From the Windows Start menu, click Settings, and then click Control
   Panel.

2. Double-click Display, and then click the Settings tab.

3. Under Desktop Area, drag the slider until the setting reads 800 by
   600 pixels.

4. Under Color Palette, select the setting for 256 colors.

If you are unable to change your settings manually, your video card
may not have enough video RAM to support this Barney software title.

Make sure you have the latest video drivers for your video card. You can
download the latest drivers from your video card manufacturer’s Web site
or bulletin board service (BBS). For more information, see the Microsoft
ActiMates Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/actimates/.

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PART 3: USING THIS SOFTWARE WITH MICROSOFT ACTIMATES BARNEY
===========================================================

Microsoft ActiMates Barney and the ActiMates PC Pack Transmitter are
low-powered radio devices, much like an AM/FM radio or a cordless phone.
Radio interference may occasionally cause ActiMates Barney to stutter of
miss a word.

Close other programs while the Barney software is running. If you find that
ActiMates Barney stutters or misses words frequently, see the
troubleshooting tips in the Getting Started manual for the ActiMates PC
Pack.

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PART 4: "UNKNOWN ERROR" WHEN USING ACTIMATES BARNEY WITH THE SOFTWARE
=====================================================================

If you get an error message that says "Unknown Error," this could be caused
by an incompatible sound card or by a radio link error between ActiMates
Barney and the PC Pack Transmitter.

>> If you get this error, do the following:

1. Exit all other software programs. Does that solve the problem?

2. If you still get the Unknown Error message, quit the Fun on Imagination
   Island software title. Turn off your computer, then turn it back on, and
   try starting the Fun on Imagination Island software again. Does that
   solve the problem?

3. If you still get the Unknown Error message, your computer's sound card
   may be incompatible with the PC Pack Transmitter. To see a list of
   incompatible sound cards, see the Barney.hlp file on this CD-ROM.
                

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