LIFE ON TITAN
3DFX WORKAROUND FOR PATCHED VERSION U1.0
(regular unpatch workaround below box)
The current unpatched versions of HardWar do not have support for most modern video accelerator cards. This has vexed pilots with these cards since HardWar's release.
There does seem to be some hope to this situation, though. Ouch (Loyal and GREEDY pilot) first told me he had gotten 3dfx to work by setting HardWar to run in "windowed" mode (available under the "Misc" tab of the Main Launch Screen). I tried a few attempts at this and couldn't get it to work. Ouch had forgotten some of the step he'd taken, but it had worked.
Enter another Loyal Pilot, Matt Stryker. He played with the same "windowed" idea and got the game to run under 3dfx, too. He also remembered everything he had done to get things to work. He posted this to the bulletin board where I picked it up, tried it, and got it to work on two different systems.
This work around really seems to work and HardWar pilots everywhere owe Ouch and Matt Stryker their undying gratitude. You should let them get off the first shot in the next online dogfight you have with them. Then kill them and take their stuff -- It's still HardWar.
The box below presents the step-by-step 3dfx workaround. The only thing you might need (assuming you have the 3dfx video card installed) is the file HARDLUCK.EXE. This is the HardWar cheat file and can be obtained from Software Refinery. Just go to their HardWar section and then to their "Cheats" page. Download the file HARDLUCK.EXE. Run the program and check the checkbox to add a tab to HardWar's Main Launch Screen. This tab is called "Misc" and is needed to "window" HardWar.
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