The Configuration System

The configuration system is accessed through the Auxiliary Panel, via the Config button. Here the user can test the CD-ROM, Video, and Sound hardware and set up the game to suit their hardware and personal playing preferences.

To bring up the Config Screen:

  1. Click 011 the Auxiliary Panel Button to open the Auxiliary Panel.
  2. Click on the Config button to bring up the Configuration Screen. There are five sections on the Configuration screen:

CD-ROM Section

The CD-ROM section is designed to allow users with multiple drives or CD changers to make use of the extra devices when playing the game. This feature can be used to reduce disk swapping by having more than one disk available simultaneously. It can also be used to easily switch drives for game play. (In a multi-drive configuration.)

Drive Assignments: Each disk is assigned a drive letter. When the game is installed, the program assigns all 4 disks to the CD-ROM drive letter that was used for installation. If you have multiple drives or a changer, you can assign a separate drive letter to each disk. Use the ARROW BUTTONS to change drive letters.

Example 1:

If you have two CD-ROM drives with drive letters E: and F:, you may want to assign DISK 1 = E: DISK 2 = E: DISK 3 = F: DISK 4 = F:

Example 2:

If you have a 6 disk CD changer with drive letters E,F,G,H,IJ; you can assign

IMPORTANT: If you set the disks to run on different drives, you must make sure the correct disks are in the corresponding drives.

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Transfer Kale And Burst Kate: These are the two most important performance characteristics of CD-ROM drives.

Transfer rate is die rate at which data comes off the disk into the drive's internal buffer. Burst rate is the rate at which data is sent to the CPU from the internal buffer. Transfer rates vary from 150 KB/sec (single spin) to 600 KB/sec (quad spin). Burst rates vary from 300 KB/sec to 2MB/sec. Higher rates are better. Transfer rates below 150 KB/sec and burst rates below 300 KB/sec may cause poor display performance, especially if associated with a slow video card.

Click the TEST button to test the performance of the indicated drive. MEMORY Section

The memory section reports the amount of Extended Memory available while the program is running. If the extended memory is below 8000 KB (8 MB), the graphics for the VR scenes (movement mode) will automatically scale to fit into the available space. The lower this value (below 8000 KB), die more scaling that occurs and the more blocky the appearance of die scene. Low extended memory may also result in loss of some features such as digital drums and environmental sounds. You may be able to increase the amount of extended memory available by removing or reducing the size of DISK CACHES, RAM DRIVES, etc. For information on how to make more memory available, see Graphics Are Blocky During Room Searches on page 45.

VIDEO Section

The video section reports die speed of the Video Display System (the rate at which video images can be placed on die screen). This is a function of both the speed of the VIDEO CARD and die speed of the CPU and has a significant effect on die playback of the movie sequences. Very slow video may cause the playback to be "choppy" and may cause the sound to break up. Click on the TEST button to check the performance of the video system. Values below 5000 k/s are considered slow. Values above 12000 k/s are considered fast.


The Miscellaneous section contains play options tiiat can be set according to your personal preference. These include: Captioning, Hints, Walking Speed, Mouse Sensitivity, Tilt Control, Window Size, Rendering Quality, and die Interactive Mode switching.

Captioning: Turn this option ON to print TEXT along with digital speech. Hot Key: F5 or X key

Hints: Under a Killing Moon has a built-in ON LINE HINT SYSTEM. If you would prefer to restrict access to die hint system, select OFF. Even if you choose to have the Hint System ON, you are not required to use it.

Walking Speed: This refers to your speed of travel while in MOVEMENT MODE. Selecting LOW will give you greater control. Selecting HIGH will allow vou to move faster.


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Mouse Sensitivity: Mouse Sensitivity refers to how quickly and to what degree the mouse responds when you move it. Select LOW, MED or HIGH sensitivity.

Note: If you want smoother movement (faster frame rates), select a smaller window size.



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Note: To hear all tJie sounds hi the game, tou must set both devices. The Digital Sound Device is required. The MIDI Music Device is not required, but recommended.

Tilt Control: While moving around in Under a Killing Moon, you can dlt the view up or clown. The Tilt Control option sets die controls to operate in Normal or Reverse mode.

Normal: UPArrow=UP DOWN Arrow=DN Hot Key: F7

Reverse: UPArrow=DN DOWN Arrow-UP Hot Key: F8

Note: This option is available because many users are accustomed to flight simulators which use the up arrow to pitch down and the down arrow to pitch up.

Window Size: The size of the display window while in movement mode can be adjusted to any of 10 different sizes. Click the box next to the size you want or press the corresponding HOT KEY (1-0).

Rendering Quality: Select HIGH, MED or LOW quality. The rendering speed for high quality is slowest while the rendering speed for low quality is fastest.

Interactive Mode (Always switch to 432x324): Activate this option to return to full size in INTERACTIVE mode even if movement mode is set to a small size.

SOUND Section

Sounds in the game are stored in two separate formats and each format is used for a different purpose. All speech, digitized music and sound effects are stored in Digital format while die background music is stored in MIDI Music format Hie Digital format is played by the Digital Sound Device and the MIDI Music format is played by die MIDI Music Device.

The Sound section (located on the lower left side of the screen) contains the information for the Digital Sound Device and the MIDI Music Device. Both devices have a Test button, Volume control and On/Off check boxes.

To Turn the Sound On or Off: Click in one of die check boxes.

To Test the Sound: Click the TEST button.

To Adjust the Volume: Click the Up or Down Arrow buttons.

Tip: Since the Digital Sound and the Midi Music often play simultaneously, adjust the volume levels so the music won't drown out die speech.

To Configure the Sound: Click on the Set Sound Device button. This will bring up the sound setup screen. (Refer to the section on Configuring the Sound, below.)

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