To run Empiriana, you will need a PC running Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 (for the Intel platform). You will also need an Internet connection and a DirectX compatible video card.

Recommended System Configuration

Windows 95 (with DirectX 5.0 installed)
Pentium Processor (90 Mhz)
PCI Video Card
28.8 Kbps Modem
16 MB of RAM
25 MB of free HD space
Sound Card

Specific Requirements

Video System
Your computer's video system should be able to display 256 colors at a resolution of 640 by 480 pixels. PCI or Local Bus video cards are recommended. Your video card must support DirectX (see below).

Hard Disk
You should have 40 MB of free hard disk space available for installation. The current version of Empiriana will take about 24 MB of disk space once installed. It is always a good idea to have at least this much always available when running Windows 95.

Sound System
Sound and music will enhance gameplay if enabled. Your sound card should be compatible with Windows 95 and DirectX (see below).

DirectX, by Microsoft, enables superior Windows 95 programs. With DirectX, games can take advantage of faster graphics and better sound capabilities. DirectX needs to be correctly installed before Empiriana can be run. DirectX comes with its own installation files. Once installed, you will not have to re-install DirectX again.

Some older video and sound cards do not work with DirectX, so check with the manufacturer of the card to see what current drivers are available, if any.

Windows NT 4.0 users should be sure to install Service Pack 3 which includes the DirectX 3 components.

To play Empiriana, you need to be connected to the Internet. For most people, this means using a modem to connect to an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Empiriana will work with a 14.4 kbps or faster modem, assuming your ISP's Internet connection is reliable. There are many independent ISPs as well as major ones like America Online and CompuServe. We recommend the smaller independent ISPs because they usually have better access and faster connections. If you will be using a Local Area Network (LAN) to connect to Empiriana, be sure that the PC you will be using is properly configured to connect to the Internet.

When using Windows 95 to connect to the Internet, you use software named winsock. 32-bit versions of winsock are required to play Empiriana. If you have upgraded your system from Windows 3.1x to Windows 95, the chances are that you are running a 16-bit version (assuming you had an Internet connection prior to the upgrade). If this is the case, you should contact your ISP and see if they have a 32-bit version available. Another alternative would be to install the winsock included with Windows 95 Dial-up Networking.




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