Playable demo of Virtual Pool 3.
VIRTUAL POOL 3 Featuring Jeanette Lee Preview (tm)
(c) 2000 Celeris, Inc. All rights reserved
Virtual Pool 3 is a trademark of Interplay Entertainment
Corp. All rights reserved
Thank you for choosing the Virtual Pool 3 Preview. This product was developed
by Celeris, Inc. and published by Interplay Entertainment Corp.
This readme file contains important information about this preview.
If you have any questions or are having problems, please read this first.
Table of Contents
I) Setting Up Virtual Pool 3 Preview
II) Playing Virtual Pool 3 Preview
III) Cautionary Notes
V) Quick Reference (controls)
VI) Virtual Pool 3 Full Version Information
VII) Interplay Website Information
VIII)Technical Support Information
IX) Legal Information
I) Setting Up the Virtual Pool 3 Preview
This demo is intended runs on hardware accelerated 3D video cards using D3D
on other cards using software rendering.
To setup the Virtual Pool 3 Preview, double click on the VP3Preview.exe icon.
Note: If you have a previous DOS or Windows version of a Virtual Pool demo on
your system, make sure to install this into a separate directory.
Note: You MUST have DirectX 7 or newer installed on your system to play the
Virtual Pool 3 Preview. If you do not have DirectX 7 or later, the installer
will install DirectX. Once installed, you may now play the Virtual Pool 3
Please see the Cautionary Notes below if this causes any problems on
II) Playing the Virtual Pool 3 Preview
Once the Virtual Pool 3 Preview is installed, you can run the game from the
Start Menu under Programs/Virtual Pool 3 Preview.
This will take you to an opening screen. From there you can click
"quick play" to enter a game or click "settings" to change the game settings.
Clicking "quick play" takes you to the "quick play" menu. There you can
change match length, table setup and shot clock.
Your first time in you need to click the "player" button. This takes you
to the "Player Selection Screen".
There you can select "Create Character". This takes you to the
"Create Character" Screen. Type in the name you would like to be called,
then click "ok"
You will be brought back to the "Player Selection" screen. Highlight your
name in the list box on the left, click "Add Player", then click "OK".
This brings you into the Hawg Pen to play some 4 ball. The 4 ball demo is
basically 9-ball with only the 1,2,3, and 9 balls on the table.
III) Cautionary Notes
* Uninstalling the Virtual Pool 3 Preview. If you want to uninstall the
Virtual Pool 3 Preview, you must do it through Add/Remove Programs in your
Control Menu. If you simply delete it from your system, the Registry files
will remain and you will not be able to re-install the game. To uninstall,
open your Control Panel which is located in Settings on your Start Menu.
Double click on Add/Remove Programs located in the Control Panel. Scroll
up and down through the list of programs until you find
"Virtual Pool 3 Preview". Highlight this and click Add/Remove in the
lower right hand corner.
* Do not change color palettes, or the size of your Desktop Area while
playing the Virtual Pool 3 Preview in a Desktop Window, unless you do it
from the "Settings -- Video Mode" menu.
* Closing programs using the Ctrl-Alt-Delete End Task function can cause
problems when attempting to run the program later unless Windows has been
restarted. To exit the Virtual Pool 3 Demo, click quit on the bottom right
of the main menu.
Q: I closed the Virtual Pool 3 Preview by using an End Task.
The next time I ran it I received an error that said:
Preference data damaged.
Restoring default user preferences.
What's that mean and why is my preferences data getting damaged?
A: If the Virtual Pool 3 Preview is terminated without properly
exiting the game, it cannot properly de-initialize and save off user
preferences. The game installation is OK and is not damaged, the
preferences were not saved properly. Always remember to exit out of
pool from within the game window or File menu.
Q: I had to install DirectX 7, but after my system was restarted by
the Setup program, I found out that some of my newer drivers were
replaced by DirectX with older ones. What's going on?
A: DirectX 7 has its own set of drivers that have been certified for
use with it. In some situations, you may have a driver that is newer
than the one from DirectX or one that isn't certified. If this
occurs, you can either use DirectX's driver, or re-install your
previous driver after DirectX has been installed.
Q: My performance is too low. What should I do?
If you have an older 3D graphics card it may not handle lightmaps
well. Go to Settings, Graphics, and select Vertex Lighting. This
converts lightmaps to vertex lighting and VP3 may run faster. If
you still have problems, try turning off the room background which
is in the same dialog.
Q: I can't get the demo to run in 3D hardware accelerated mode (the default)
What should I do?
A: You can force software mode by appending "-soft" to the Target line.
Access the command line by:
You can access the Target line by: bring up the Start
Menu, go to Virtual Pool 3, highlight it, click the right mouse
button, and select properties. The target line may be in double
quotes. The -soft command should go outside the quotes.
Q: I've read the readme and I'm still having problems. Where can
I go to get more help.
A: Never fear. Interplay Technical Support is always available to
help. You can reach us via e-mail, the Interplay BBS, the Interplay
Web Site, by telephone, or mail. See Section 4 of this readme for
all the numbers and addresses.
V) Quick Reference
B: Raise Butt of Cue
C: Move Center Point
E: English: Move Cue Tip
F: Vary Tracking Force
G: Toggle Ghost Ball
H: Select Another Ball To Move
L: Toggle Table Lines
M: Move Ball
O: Overhead View
R: Replay Last Shot
T: Toggle Tracking
V: Change View
W: Walk Back From Table
X: Examine Table
Y: Your User View
Z: Zip To Result
>: Toggle Amplify
<: Toggle Fine Tune
+/=: Increase Replay Rate
-: Decrease Replay Rate
/ : Type Chat Message
L Mouse: Zoom
Ctrl-A: Set Adversary View
Ctrl-B: Spot Lowest Ball
Ctrl-C: Call Shot
Ctrl-D: Draw Game
Ctrl-G: Return To Game
Ctrl-K: Kibitz Shot
Ctrl-L: Load Saved Game/Position
Ctrl-M: Miscall Last Shot
Ctrl-P: Push Out
Ctrl-Q: Quit Current Match
Ctrl-S: Save Game Or Position
Ctrl-T: Change Player Turn
Ctrl-V: Return To Video
Ctrl-W: Set User View
Ctrl-[: Called Safety
INS: Spot/Pocket Ball Menu
ESC: Enter Menu System
VI) Virtual Pool 3 Full Version Information
- Featuring Jeanette Lee, the "Black Widow"
- Career Mode -- Start with $50 and a dream, unlocking pool rooms until you
get to play Jeanette Lee in her Beachside Mansion
- Multi-players online with spectators. Play tournaments, leagues, challenge
rooms (winner stays on table), or just for fun.
- New graphics engine with all new art
- Tournament Mode with 128 Computer Opponents
- 8 high detailed pool rooms including area specific music and sound
- Full Motion Video Tutorial with Jeanette Lee
- Network and Internet Play
North American Orders:
VII) Interplay's World Wide Web Site
Interplay's World Wide Web site is an Internet service designed to
give you the latest information about Interplay and our products.
The site features our demos, upgrades, product information and
>From your Internet account, point your favorite browser to:
VIII) Interplay Entertainment Corp. Technical Support
Interplay Productions Technical Support now offers troubleshooting guides
with complete installation and setup instructions, as well as information
that will help you overcome the most common difficulties. If you have
access to the World Wide Web, you can find these at:
Here you will find troubleshooting information on as well as information
on regular system maintenance and performance.
(For game-specific information and additional troubleshooting, visit
our main page at www.interplay.com)
If you have questions about the program, our Technical Support Department
can help. Our web site contains up-to-date information on the most common
difficulties with our products, and this information is the same as that
used by our product support technicians. We keep the product support
pages updated on a regular basis, so please check here first for no-wait
If you are unable to find the information you need on our web site, please
feel free to contact Technical Support via e-mail, phone, fax, or letter.
Please be sure to include the following information in your e-mail message,
fax, or letter:
Title of Game
Operating system (Windows 95, DOS 6.22, etc.)
CPU type and speed in MHz
Amount of RAM
Sound card type and settings (address, IRQ, DMA)
Mouse driver and version
Joystick and game card (if any)
A copy of the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files from your hard drive
A description of the problem you're having
If you need to talk to someone immediately, call us at (949) 553-6678
Monday through Friday between 8:00AM-5:45PM, Pacific Standard Time, with
24-hour, 7 days a week support available through the use of our automated
wizard. Please have the above information ready when you call. This will
help us answer your question in the shortest possible time. When you call
you will initially be connected with our automated wizard. For information
pertaining to your specific title, press "1" on the main menu and listen
carefully to all prompts. All titles are listed alphabetically. After you
have selected your title, the most common difficulties will be listed. If
the difficulty you are having is not listed or you need additional
assistance, you may press "0" on your games main menu, and you will be
transferred to a Technical Support Representative. No hints or codes are
available from this line.
Interplay Productions Support Fax: (949) 252-2820
North American Orders: 1-800-INTERPLAY
Interplay Productions Technical Support
16815 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92606
UK & Europe
74a Charlotte Street
Tel: 0171 551 4266
Fax: 0171 551 4267
IX) Legal Information
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software programs are recorded will be free from defects in material and
workmanship for 90 days from the date of purchase. If the compact disc or
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Interplay agrees to replace, free of charge, any product discovered to be
defective within such period upon receipt at its factory service center of
the product, postage paid, with proof of the date of purchase. This warranty
is limited to the compact disc or floppy disk(s) containing the software
program originally provided by Interplay and is not applicable to normal
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This warranty gives you specific rights, and you may also have other rights,
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If the compact disc or floppy disk(s) should fail after the original 90-day
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$5.00 (U.S. currency), which includes postage and handling, and Interplay
will mail a replacement to you. To receive a replacement, you need to enclose
the original defective compact disc or floppy disk(s) in protective packaging
accompanied by: (1) a $5.00 check or money order, (2) a brief statement
describing the defect, and (3) your return address. If you have a problem
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You may not copy the software except that you may make one copy of
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SOFTWARE USE LIMITATIONS AND LIMITED LICENSE
This copy of Virtual Pool 3: The Game (the "Software") is intended
solely for your personal non-commercial home entertainment use. You may
not decompile, reverse engineer, or disassemble the Software, except as
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Modem and Network Play: If the Software contains modem or network play, you
may play the Software via modem transmission with another person or persons
directly without transmission through a third party service or indirectly
through a third party service only if such service is an authorized licensee
of Interplay. For the purposes of this license, a "third party service"
ou assent to the terms and restrictions of this limited license. If you
do not accept the terms of this limited license, you must return the
Software together with all packaging, manuals and other material contained
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