I'm wondering what all the F-keys do in Tomb Raider II - I recall that some change the resolution, F5 and F6 provide shortcuts for saving/loading games, and another one turns texture filtering on and off. I can't for the life of me figure out F7, though, it seems to do nothing. Also (stupidly) I somehow enabled the frame rate display in the upper right corner and it won't go away (it always shows 24 no matter what, anyway). :D
I'd dig out my manual but it's buried somewhere in a box in a closet... :hea:
Start > All Programs > Core Design > Tomb Raider 2 > Readme. ;)
Tomb Raider II - Readme File
In-game Hot Keys
3D Graphic Cards
Joysticks & Gamepads
Tomb Raider II Related Web Sites
* Windows '95 compatible computer system, requires DirectX 5.0 (included)
* Pentium 90 processor (133 MHZ or greater recommended)
* 16 MB RAM required (32 MB RAM recommended)
* 4X CD-ROM drive required
* 100% Windows '95 compatible sound card required
* All 100% Direct3D compliant accelerator cards supported
To install Tomb Raider II to your hard drive:
1. Place the Tomb Raider II CD in your CD-ROM drive.
2. After a few seconds, the Autorun Menu will come on screen.
Select the Install option. If this menu does not appear, click
the Start button, select Run and type D:\autorun (where D is
the letter of your CD-ROM drive), then click OK.
3. The program will detect whether you have certified DirectX 5
drivers which allow Tomb Raider II to run properly under all
configurations. Your current drivers may be updated as
4. The Tomb Raider II installation routine will then install the
game files to your hard drive. At the end of the
installation, you may be prompted to Restart your computer.
5. Upon completion of installation, run Setup to make sure your
graphics card is configured properly.
6. Click the Play button on the Autorun Menu or select Tomb
Raider II in the Core Design folder on the Start Menu to begin
In-game Hot Keys
F1 Reduce graphics resolution
F2 Increase graphics resolution
Shift F1 Reduce color depth
Shift F2 Increase color depth
F3 Reduce screen size
F4 Increase screen size
F5 Save Game
F6 Load Game
F7 Toggle Z-buffering on / off
F8 Toggle bilinear filtering on / off
Shift F8 Toggle perspective correction on / off
F11 Toggle dithering on / off
There is no hot key to exit Tomb Raider II. To exit the game press the
ESC key, press down arrow, press the Enter key on the Passport (Game)
icon, press right arrow twice (Exit to Title) and press the Enter key.
Once you are at the Main Title Screen, Press Enter on the Passport (Game)
icon and right arrow twice (Exit Game) and press the Enter key.
NOTE: If you own a 3D accelerator card, please read the 3D Graphic Cards
and Technical Help sections. They may contain important information
related to your card, which you will need in order to get Tomb Raider II
to run properly.
3D Graphic Cards
Tomb Raider II supports all 100% Direct3D compliant graphic cards. This
means that Tomb Raider II will run on every 3D accelerator card,
providing that you have installed DirectX 5.0, and you have installed
drivers for your 3D card which support all of the features of DirectX 5.0
required by Tomb Raider II.
Due to the fact that DirectX 5.0 is a very recent release, there are a
few known problems with the current sets of drivers that are available
for the various 3D graphic card chipsets. As new drivers become
available, many of these problems will be fixed.
Graphics card manufacturers constantly update their drivers. If you are
running the game on a 3D accelerator card, make sure you have the latest
drivers available for your card. See the Tomb Raider II Related Web
Sites section for a list of web sites where you will be able to obtain
the very latest drivers for your graphics card.
Rendition Verite 1000
On certain Rendition Verite 1000 cards, Tomb Raider II may crash out to
the desktop immediately after the copyright screen is displayed, due to
an inability to play the Full Motion Videos. If you experience this
problem, you can turn off the FMV's in the game, by selecting the
Advanced tab in Setup, and checking the Disable FMV box. If you wish to
view the FMV's in the game, updated drivers for your Rendition card are
included on the CD, in the Drivers\Rendition 1000 directory. This set
of drivers is more recent than the drivers installed by DirectX 5.
Installation instructions are provided in the readme file in the same
S3 Virge VX/GX/DX
If you experience any problems with your S3 Virge VX/GX/DX card, the
latest drivers are available on the Tomb Raider II CD in the
Drivers\S3 Virge directory. Installing these drivers will help to fix
problems that you may encounter.
On PowerVR cards with the PCX1 chip, the text in all of the menus may not
be displayed to the screen. To fix this, turn off Z-Buffering by
pressing the F7 key, or make sure that the Z Buffer option is unchecked
in the graphics setup screen. Watch for the release of updated drivers
from Power VR which may completely fix this problem.
In rare instances, Tomb Raider II will not detect 3Dfx cards. If you
have a 3Dfx card installed, and experience this problem, it is probably
because the 3Dfx driver is listed under the Multimedia heading, instead
of Sound, video and game controllers in the System Properties/Device
Manager. You will need to get the latest 3Dfx drivers for your card,
remove your current drivers and install the new drivers.
If you have a computer system with more than 1 CD-ROM drive, or a CD
changer - Tomb Raider II runs most efficiently when theTRII CD is in the
first CD-ROM drive. The game will run in any of the CD drives, but you
may not get redbook CD audio, and you may experience some slowdown.
Depending on your hardware configuration, the game will sometimes try to
stream data from the primary CD drive. In order to get the best
performance, we recommend using the first occurring CD-ROM drive (or slot
if a multi-changer) with Tomb Raider II.
There are many 3D accelerator cards available on the market, and they all
will perform differently under the same conditions, depending on the
chipset, amount of video memory, and drivers installed. The key to
getting the best performance out of your graphics card is to set the
card to a higher resolution, while maintaining a good frame rate with no
texture loss. Many accelerator cards will run Tomb Raider II very
efficiently at 640x480 High Color.
If you notice texture drop out - white blank spots on menu text, objects,
terrain and characters including Lara, you will need to lower the
graphics resolution. The card has run out of texture memory. The
graphics resolution can be changed in the setup window, and can also be
changed in-game by using the F1 key to lower the resolution, and F2 to
raise the resolution. Turning off Z-Buffering may help to fix this
problem as well. Use the F7 key to toggle Z-Buffering on and off.
If you are experiencing very low frame rates, you may want to lower the
screen resolution. You can also reduce the screen size, which will leave
a border around the viewable area. The F3 key will reduce the screen
size, and the F4 key will increase the screen size. Reducing the
resolution and screen size will help Tomb Raider II run faster.
On some 3D cards, seaming may occur, drawing borders around polygons.
This is most apparent when looking at the sky, which will have a tiled
look to it. Turning off bi-linear filtering may help to fix this
problem. Bi-linear filtering can be toggled on and off by pressing the
When using the Hot Keys in-game to increase the resolution, you will have
to be a little careful. Some of the graphic options such as Z-Buffering
can be supported at lower resolutions, but may not be supported at higher
resolutions. If you increase the resolution in-game to a resolution
which does not support the currently selected graphics options, the game
may crash your system. For example, the 3Dfx card will not run the game
with Z-Buffering on in 800x600 High Color mode. If you have Z-Buffering
on, and increase the resolution in-game to 800x600 the game will crash.
If you continue to have problems, please contact your hardware
Setup Tomb Raider II
There are a large number of options available in the Setup window, which
allow you to configure the graphics, sound and controls within the game.
You may need to change some of the graphics settings to achieve the best
possible performance (frame rate and detail level) on your particular
graphics card. Please refer to the Technical Help section for more
details on graphics configuration.
The Setup window is accessed by clicking the Setup button on the Autorun
Menu, or by selecting Setup Tomb Raider II from the Start menu. Click on
one of the five tabs to select the page of options associated with it.
The tabs available are:
The Options page displays a list of your current graphics, sound and
You are able to completely configure your graphics card settings on this
Graphics Card Switch between your Primary Display Driver and
the 3Dfx drivers (if available)
Graphics Output Method If you have a 3D accelerator card, Hardware 3D
Acceleration will be available, otherwise you
will have to use the Software 256 Color Renderer,
which will run the game without requiring a
Z Buffer Speeds the process of drawing polygons to the
Bilinear Filter Smoothes out textures
Dither Improves colors
Triple Buffer May increase speed slightly, not supported by
Perspective Correct Eliminates inaccuracies and warping
Display Type Run the game Full Screen or Windowed
Full Screen Mode If Full Screen is selected, you will be able to
select the resolution and color level in this
drop down menu. The higher you set the
resolution and color level, the higher the detail
will be, but there will also be a loss of frame
rate and possible texture drop out. Many cards
run very efficiently at 640x480 High Color.
Windowed Mode When Windowed is selected, use the slider to set
the resolution. You can select the Width:Height
ratio at the bottom.
Test Settings Once you have configured the graphic settings,
click the Test button to make sure your graphic
card can operate under the current settings.
PASSED indicates that the game will run properly.
FAILED means you will not be able to run the game
with the current settings.
Use Defaults By clicking on this button, you will be able to
change your graphics options back to the original
settings when the game was first run.
Sound Card Choose between the DirectX Primary Sound driver,
and the sound card's own Direct sound driver
Microphone Position The microphone can follow the camera or always be
placed on Lara
Sound Output Enable Sound will enable the sound effects (not
CD audio). Click Test to make sure your sound
card is functioning properly.
Joystick Select which joystick or gamepad to use
Configure Joystick Click Run Control Panel to open the Control Panel
Joystick Input Enable or disable input from the joystick
Most users will want to leave the advanced settings as they are -
changing these settings will affect the look of the game, but may
increase frame rate. The default advanced settings leave the Various
graphics options unchecked and Always adjust is selected under Texel
Disable FMV When this is checked, the Full Motion Videos in
the game will be disabled.
Joysticks & Gamepads
Tomb Raider II supports a wide variety of Windows 95 compatible game
controllers. However, there are no default settings for the joystick
buttons, so you will need to assign the various controls to the joystick
At the Main Title screen, highlight Controls (cursor keys icon) and press
the Enter key. The Default Keys should now appear on screen. Press the
right cursor key to bring up the User Keys screen. It is here that you
will be able to assign the joystick buttons. Highlight the particular
control you want to assign by using the cursor keys. Press the Enter key
to select that control, and then press the joystick button you wish to
use. The text will flash on and off if you have assigned two controls
to the same button. Once you have assigned controls for all of the
joystick buttons, press the ESC key to exit the Controls screen.
Tomb Raider II Related Web Sites
Tomb Raider http://www.tombraider.com
Eidos Interactive http://www.eidosinteractive.com
Eidos Company Store http://www.eidosstore.com
Core Design http://www.core-design.com
DirectX information http://www.microsoft.com/directx/enduserguide.htm
Win95 End User support http://www.microsoft.com/support/
3D Labs http://www.3dlabs.com
ATI Technologies http://www.atitech.com
Cirrus Logic http://www.cirrus.com
Diamond Multimedia http://www.diamondmm.com
Number Nine http://www.nine.com
TSENG Labs http://www.tseng.com/download/index.cgi
Aztech labs http://www.aztechca.com
Creative Labs http://www.creativelabs.com
Turtle beach http://www.tbeach.com
CH Products http://www.chproducts.com
SpaceOrb 360 http://www.spaceorb.com
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after reading the Readme file. For your convenience, if you cannot get
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as possible. Make sure to note the exact type ofhardware that you are
using in your system, including: your sound card, CD-ROM drive, amount of
RAM present, speed and manufacturer of your processor, and the specific
type of modem that you are using (for questions involving multiplayer
gaming). Also, make sure to include the title and version of the game,
and a detailed description of the problem.
Technical Support Phone Number
Our support phone number is 415-547-1244.
We are available to help you Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
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Technical Support Mailing Address
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Technical Support Email Address
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I can't believe I didn't think of the readme... :cln:
Thanks :whi: :D
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