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
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).
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 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
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.