Welcome to Quake!

This file details how to get Quake running on your system and what to do
if you have problems. We would like to thank Gandalf Technologies, Inc and
MPath Interactive for the use of their technology. We would also like to
thank Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails for their tremendous contributions
to Quake's entire audio portion.

The NIN logo is a Registered Trademark licensed to Nothing Interactive, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

Quake System Requirements
IBM PC and Compatibles
Pentium processor or better
VGA Compatible Display or better
8MB RAM minimum, 16MB recommended (16 MB required for running under Win95)
CD-ROM drive Required
MS-DOS 5.0 or better or Windows 95
Hard Drive (30MB for Shareware, 80 MB for Registered)

*** IMPORTANT!: Quake requires a floating point processor.
Systems that do not have an FPU installed will not run Quake -- at all.

Here are the text files included with the shareware release of Quake and
what they are:

README.TXT This file
TECHINFO.TXT Technical information on Quake's subsystems and
their advanced use.
MANUAL.TXT Text version of the printed game manual
LICINFO.TXT Info on the various license files included with Quake
SLICNSE.TXT Shareware Quake end-user license
ORDER.TXT How to order Quake
HELP.TXT How to get help with Quake

Here are the text files included with the registered version of Quake and
what they are:

README.TXT This file
TECHINFO.TXT Technical information on Quake's subsystems and
their advanced use.
MANUAL.TXT Text version of the printed game manual
LICINFO.TXT Info on the various license files included with Quake
RLICNSE.TXT Registered Quake end-user license
COMEXP.TXT Commercial exploitation agreement
ORDER.TXT How to order Quake
HELP.TXT How to get help with Quake

Running Quake

DOS: To launch Quake from the DOS Prompt, go to the Quake directory and
simply type "QUAKE" <ENTER>. (no quotes)

Windows 95: To launch Quake in single player mode, double click on the file
QUAKE.EXE From Windows Explorer. To run Quake in Multi-Player mode using
the TCP/IP protocol, first check your network settings to ensure the
protocol is installed, then double click on the Q95.BAT file to launch the
game. In this version (v0.91) there is a minor bug that will cause the
Q95.BAT file to exit the first time you run it, without running Quake.
Merely double-click on that file again and it will work.

Audio Setup

When using a Sound Card with Quake, there are a few setup steps which must
be taken. First, the "BLASTER" environment variable setting must be in your
autoexec.bat (or you can type it in manually from the MS-DOS command prompt).
Running the Sound Blaster utility diagnose.exe will automatically configure
your sound card and put this statement in your autoexec.bat file for you.
A typical blaster setting looks like this (although yours may vary):

SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 H5 P330 T6

If you want to play the audio track from the CD-ROM while playing Quake,
you must ensure that the audio cable from the CD-ROM is connected to the
sound card.

If you don't get sound while trying to play the audio track, check to see
if a small cable goes from the back of your CD-ROM player directly to your
sound card. If the CD-ROM audio cable is connected to your sound board (or
the motherboard in some cases) and you STILL don't hear CD Audio coming from
your speakers, make sure the MIXER program has the CD volume turned up.
You will also need to run the CD-ROM driver MSCDEX.EXE. Here is an example
of the files you should see (yours probably will vary) listed in your
CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT (explanation is in parentheses):




SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 H5 P330 T6 (sound environment variable setting)

Mouse Setup

If you are going to use a mouse when playing Quake, you will need to load
your mouse driver. This should go in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file as well. Here
is an example:


Booting Clean

If you are going to be running Quake with only 8 megabytes of RAM, it is best
to boot clean . You eliminate unwanted utilities or applications from taking
up valuable memory, without having to alter your regular AUTOEXEC.BAT and
CONFIG.SYS. Booting clean can be done in one of two ways. If you have
MS-DOS version 6.xx, booting clean is as simple a pressing the shift key
when you see the words "Starting MS-DOS". If you have MS-DOS ver 5.xx you
will need to make a system disk.

To make a boot disk, type the following from the MS-DOS command prompt:


1. Make sure that this is a disk you wish to erase.
2. This disk absolutely HAS to be formatted in the A: drive.

To use the system disk, place the disk in the A: drive and reset the

NOTE: If your sound card requires a driver to be loaded, or you will be
using a mouse, or you will be using Quake's CD audio feature, the system
disk will need to have a CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT that load the
appropriate drivers.

Creating a Quake Shortcut

As an alternative to making a Boot Disk, Windows 95 users can create a
Quake Shortcut. By double clicking onthis shortcut, Windows 95 will reboot
in MS-DOS mode and install only the desired drivers, giving you the same
results as using a Boot Disk. To create a Quake Shortcut, do the following:

1. Using Explorer, right click and drag the file QUAKE.EXE, from the Quake
directory, to your desktop. Windows 95 will make an MS-DOS Icon titled
"Shortcut to quake".
2. Right click on the new icon, and from the menu that pops up, choose
"Properties". Then choose the "Program" tab at the top.
3. Now click on the "Advanced..." button near the bottom. The "Advanced
Program Settings" window should appear.
4. Select the "MS-DOS mode" check box and the "Specify a new MS-DOS
configuration" option button.
5. Now simply fill in the "CONFIG.SYS for MS-DOS mode:" and "AUTOEXEC.BAT
for MS-DOS mode:" boxes with the same sound, CD-ROM and mouse settings as
mentioned above in the Boot Disks section.
6. Click on "OK" when you are finished. If you wish, you can change your
Quake Shortcut Icon to something a little more exciting by clicking on
"Change Icon...".
7. To finish, click on "OK" again.
8. You can rename your Quake Shortcut by right clicking on the shortcut
icon, choosing "Rename" and typing in the new name.

== Known Problems ==

Problem: Zombies sometime get stuck on the ground and connot get back up.
(You can still hear them, but you cannot kill them. This bug makes it
impossible to get 100% kills on whatever level it occurs on.)
Solution: There is no workaround for this bug.

Problem: It is sometimes possible for the player to get stuck in a room or
in a wall.
Solution: If you get stuck, use the 'kill' console command. It is a good
idea to save your game often.

Problem: View centering problems. Sometimes during a game, the view will not
center properly. The end result is the player view looking up torwards the
ceiling while walking.
Solution: Exit to the next level or use the 'kill' console command..

== Troubleshooting ==

If Quake fails to start up, or has problems not addressed elsewhere in the
documentation, try the -safe command line switch, which disables a number
of parts of Quake that can be problems if there are hardware or configuration
problems. The -safe command line switch is equivalent to -stdvid, -nosound,
-nonet, and -nocdaudio together. Those four switches do the following:

-stdvid: disables VESA video modes.

-nosound: disables sound card support.

-nonet: disables network card support.

-nocdaudio: disables CD audio support.

If -safe makes the problem go away, try using each of the switches
individually to isolate the area in which you're experiencing the problem,
then either correct the configuration or hardware problem or play Quake with
that functionality disabled.

If you still have problems, try booting clean in conjunction with
the -safe command line parameter. For information on booting clean, refer
to the "Booting Clean" section above.

Technical Support

If you are having trouble installing or running Quake you can receive
technical support by sending e-mailing to support@idsoftware.com. You can
also refer to our web page, www.idsoftware.com, or call 1-800-idgames.

When sending support e-mail, cut and paste the following into your e-mail
message and fill in the blanks:

Phone number:
E-mail address: (please include this, we redirect tons of mail)
Game Title:
Version #:
Operating system (i.e., DOS 6.0 or Windows 95):
Computer type:
BIOS date:
BIOS version:
Processor type:
Processor speed:
Do you program at school/work?
Do you provide tech. support at school/work?
Please state the problem you encountered:
Please state how to reproduce the problem:

If program crashed with nasty undecipherable techno-garbage, please
look for the eight-digit hex number which comes after "eip="
and write it down here:

** NOTE: If you are sending a bug report, PLEASE refer to the TECHINFO.TXT
file for the correct form and procedures.