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Intellivision Rocks FAQ


Below is information about INTELLIVISION ROCKS. If you have a question or problem not covered below or in the general Intellivision FAQ, please contact us. We will add and update the info here as needed.

Last updated: October 10 2011 .


Quick Troubleshooting

Most frequent problems running INTELLIVISION ROCKS:

NO RESPONSE FROM KEYBOARD OR HAND CONTROLLER WHEN PLAYING GAMES (WINDOWS)

Recent version of DirectX is not installed on your computer. DirectX is required to run games. You can download the latest version of DirectX FREE from the Microsoft web site at www.microsoft.com/directx

"DIRECT DRAW ERROR" WHEN STARTING A GAME (WINDOWS)

Recent version of DirectX is not installed on your computer. DirectX is required to run games. You can download the latest version of DirectX FREE from the Microsoft web site at www.microsoft.com/directx

MOVING OBJECTS (BULLETS, CURSORS, ETC.) MISSING WHEN PLAYING GAMES (WINDOWS)

Occurs on some systems when the color depth of the monitor is set to 24 bit. Set your monitor to 16-bit or (if available on your system) 32-bit.

(Right click on desktop, choose SETTINGS, use the pulldown menu to change bit depth. Click APPLY. Some systems will require you to restart your computer.)

CONTENTS

1. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
2. INSTALLATION & STARTUP
3. NAVIGATION
4. INSTRUCTIONS
5. PLAYING A GAME
6. CHANGING GAME CONTROLS / USING HAND CONTROLLERS
7. SAVE/RECALL A GAME
8. TROUBLE PLAYING A GAME
9. KNOWN ISSUES
10. INTELLIVISION ROCKS LICENSE & WARRANTY
11. CONTACT US


1. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
INTELLIVISION ROCKS is a hybrid disc that runs on either PC or Mac.

PC: Runs under Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, or XP. Requires a minimum Pentium 266MHz with 32 Mb RAM, 8X CD-ROM, and 16-bit DirectX compatible sound and video cards. Software: Microsoft® DirectX® 7 or better (the latest version of DirectX is available free from the Microsoft web site www.microsoft.com/directx); QuickTime for Windows 3.0 or better (an installer for QuickTime 5 is included on the disc; the latest version of QuickTime is available free from the Apple® web site at www.apple.com); Adobe® Acrobat®Reader 4.0 (an installer is included on the disc).

[NOTE: The above minimums are, in part, to support the Windows emulation software. Also included in INTELLIVISION ROCKS is the DOS emulation software used in INTELLIVISION LIVES! Version 1.0. You can switch from Windows emulation to DOS emulation on the Preferences page of INTELLIVISION ROCKS. DOS emulation will run on machines below the minimum specs above, but requires Windows 95/98/Me (not Windows NT, 2000, or XP). Since many computers and sound cards no longer support DOS games, we cannot guarantee or support the use of the DOS emulation software with INTELLIVISION ROCKS.]

MAC: Power Macintosh, 120 MHz, 32 Mb RAM, 8X CD-ROM, running OS 8/9/X. Software: QuickTime (the latest version of QuickTime is available free from the Apple® web site at www.apple.com); Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 4.0 (an installer is included on the disc).



2. INSTALLATION & STARTUP

WINDOWS
Insert the CD in your CD- or DVD-ROM drive. INTELLIVISION ROCKS will launch automatically if you have AutoPlay enabled on computer. (If AutoPlay is not set, click the CD icon under My Computer to launch the program.)

The first time you run the program, you will be shown the INTELLIVISION ROCKS License Agreement. It contains important information about the terms under which you may use the program. It also includes the program warranty. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS OF USE OR OF THE WARRANTY, CLICK DECLINE AND DO NOT USE INTELLIVISION ROCKS.

If you accept the terms, click ACCEPT.

[You may review and print the License Agreement from the file license.txt on the disc.]

The program then checks if you have QuickTime 3.0 or later on your disc. QuickTime is required by INTELLIVISION ROCKS to play the video clips in the program. If your system does not have QuickTime 3.0 or later installed, INTELLIVISION ROCKS will quit and turn you over to the QuickTime 5 installer on the disc. [Note: installing QuickTime 5 does not remove QuickTime 2.1, which is required by INTELLIVISION LIVES! Version 1.0.]

Once you have installed QuickTime 5, restart INTELLIVISION ROCKS by clicking the CD icon under My Computer.

If you have accepted the License Agreement and QuickTime is installed, INTELLIVISION ROCKS will begin.

INTELLIVISION ROCKS is made up of two pieces of software: the main program and the INTELLIVISION GAME PLAYER, which contains the emulation software that runs the games. Each piece of software stores a preferences file on your hard drive in the Windows folder. The INTELLIVISION ROCKS file is called Inty_Rox.ini. The GAME PLAYER file is called Inty.ini. If you erase these files, the next time you run the CD-ROM will be as if it were the first time (again showing the License Agreement) and any preferences you saved will be lost.

MAC
Insert the CD in your CD- or DVD-ROM drive. The INTELLIVISION ROCKS window will open on your desktop. Double-click the INTELLIVISION ROCKS icon to launch the program.

The first time you run the program, you will be shown the INTELLIVISION ROCKS License Agreement. It contains important information about the terms under which you may use the program. It also includes the program warranty. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS OF USE OR OF THE WARRANTY, CLICK DECLINE AND DO NOT USE INTELLIVISION ROCKS.

If you accept the terms, click ACCEPT. INTELLIVISION ROCKS will begin.

INTELLIVISION ROCKS is made up of two pieces of software: the main program and the INTELLIVISION GAME PLAYER, which contains the emulation software that runs the games. Each piece of software writes to the Preferences folder. INTELLIVISION ROCKS writes a file called Intellivision Rocks Preferences. The GAME PLAYER creates a folder called Intellivision f. If you erase these, the next time you run the CD-ROM will be as if it were the first time (again showing the License Agreement) and any preferences you saved will be lost.



3. NAVIGATION
There are three ways to navigate in Intellivision Rocks:

(1) ONSCREEN MENUS

  • Main Menu: Roll over the seven large buttons in right window to preview further choices in left window.
  • Click on one of the large buttons to make the choices in the left window active.
  • Click on a choice in left window to jump to info page (exception: on Music Tracks page, roll over choices in left window to display info in right window. Clicking on choices plays music tracks).
  • Back arrow (upper left of screen) takes you back one page. Hitting the back arrow repeatedly will take you back to the Main Menu.
  • The "Running Man" button takes you to Intellivision Timeline.
  • Main Menu, Help, and Index take you to those pages from anywhere within Intellivision Rocks.
  • Exit quits Intellivision Rocks.

(2) PULLDOWN MENUS

  • Game Info menu takes you to pages with more information about playable Activision, Imagic, Intellivoice, and ECS games.
  • Bonus games are not on the Game Info pulldown menu. Go to Bonus Games from the Main Menu.
  • "About..." in the Help pulldown menu takes you to the INTELLIVISION ROCKS credits.
  • "Preferences" in the File pulldown menu takes you to options for running the CD-ROM.

(3) INDEX PAGE

  • Click on a topic to jump to a page with more information.



4. INSTRUCTIONS

  • Display the instructions and overlay for a game by either (1) choosing the title from the Instructions pulldown menu or (2) clicking on INSTRUCTIONS AND OVERLAY on the page about the game. (Note: Bonus games are not on the Instructions pulldown menu.)
  • The instructions will be displayed using Adobe(r) Acrobat(r) Reader software. The first time you use the software you may be asked to agree to the Adobe software license. (The Acrobat software on the CD-ROM is always used, even if you already have Acrobat on your computer.)
  • You can print the instructions from Acrobat Reader.

The instructions tell you how to play the game with the original Intellivision hand controllers. To play using your computer keyboard, refer to the controller map in the INTELLIVISION ROCKS CD case. You can also display and print this map from the HELP page. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE OVERLAY! USE OF THE CONTROLS VARIES SIGNIFICANTLY FROM GAME TO GAME.

Quit Acrobat Reader to return to INTELLIVISION ROCKS.



5. PLAYING A GAME

WINDOWS
Start a game by either (1) choosing the title from the Play pulldown menu or (2) clicking PLAY IT on the page about the game. (Note: Bonus games are not on the Play pulldown menu.)

The INTELLIVISION GAME PLAYER will launch and the game's title screen will appear. Refer to the particular game's instructions and overlay for help in starting the game.

When you are finished playing, press F9 on your keyboard. The GAME PLAYER will quit and, after a moment, you will be returned to the Main Menu of INTELLIVISION ROCKS.

(Note: If you are using DOS emulation, press ESC to quit GAME PLAYER. Click on the mouse button to return to the Main Menu.)

MAC
Start a game by either (1) choosing the title from the Play pulldown menu or (2) clicking PLAY IT on the page about the game. (Note: Bonus games are not on the pulldown menu.)

The INTELLIVISION GAME PLAYER will launch and the game's title screen will appear. Refer to the particular game's instructions and overlay for help in starting the game.

When finished playing, select Exit under the File menu. The GAME PLAYER will quit and you will be returned to where you were in INTELLIVISION ROCKS.



6. CHANGING GAME CONTROLS / USING HAND CONTROLLERS

WINDOWS
The map showing how Intellivision hand controllers are mapped to the computer keyboard is a default configuration that can be modified to suit your preferences.

You can also map the Intellivision hand controllers to DirectX-compatible controllers and joysticks.

You must install your DirectX-compatible controllers and any drivers before attempting to use them with INTELLIVISION ROCKS. Please refer to the controller manufacturer's directions.

You must also have DirectX (v. 7.0 or higher) installed on your system in order to properly configure and use controllers. If you do not have DirectX installed on your computer, you can download a current version from the Microsoft web site at: www.microsoft.com/directx

Once you have installed your controller(s) and you have verified that you have DirectX installed, you are ready to use them with INTELLIVISION ROCKS.

While a game is playing, hit F1 to pause. Under the Options pulldown menu, select Controllers (Left or Right). The GAME PLAYER defaults to the keyboard mapping, so if you want to use a controller instead, put a check mark in the box labeled "Use Joystick." You should note that your configuration will be saved for only the particular game you had running when you brought up the controller settings menu. The settings will be reset when you close the game. If you wish to save the settings for each future instance of the game, click the Save as Default button.

Once the box is checked, a dropdown list will appear to the right which will list the controller(s) you have installed on your computer. If you only have once controller installed, it should automatically be selected. If you have more than one controller installed, you'll need to use the down arrow key to move the selection down to the controller you wish to use.

Once you've selected your controller, you can map the Intellivision controller functions to your controller. Select a button (Upper Action, for example) by clicking on it. Then press the button on your controller that you wish to map that function to and you should see the name of the button appear in the box next to the radio button labeled Main. Continue mapping the various functions in the same manner. You may not need to map all the numbers on the Intellivision controller number pad, as they keyboard will still function. The directional pad on your controller may automatically work without mapping. Once you are done mapping the controls, click on the close button to exit the controller configuration menu.

To use two controllers you should note that Microsoft suggests using the same brand and type of controllers with DirectX. Trying to use two different controllers may not work. To configure the second controller, choose the right or left (whichever you did not previously configure) from the Options/Controller menu. Configure this one as you did the first controller.

(DOS emulation does not support DirectX controllers. If you are using DOS emulation, only hand controllers that support DOS can be used. More information is here.)

MAC
The map showing how Intellivision hand controllers are mapped to the computer keyboard is a default configuration. Other configurations are available for the left and right hand controllers under the OPTIONS menu of the INTELLIVISION GAME PLAYER.

INTELLIVISION ROCKS does not directly support hand controllers (there is no integrated HID or InputSprocket support). However, we have found that many game work well using the shareware software USB Overdrive. USB Overdrive is a universal USB driver that lets you use any joystick or gamepad with any game, including those that don't support Apple's InputSprocket.

You can download USB Overdrive at www.usboverdrive.com.



7. SAVE/RECALL A GAME
To save the game you are playing, select Save Game from the FILE menu of the INTELLIVISION GAME PLAYER.

A dialog box will open. Browse to the folder on your hard drive or backup disk where you want to save your game. Give the saved game a name and click Save. You can save any number of games-in-progress by giving each a unique name.

RECALL A SAVED GAME
To recall a saved game, select Load Saved Game from under the FILE menu of the INTELLIVISION GAME PLAYER.

A dialog box opens. Browse to where you saved the game. Highlight the name of the saved game and click Open. Your saved game will start from where you left off playing.



8. TROUBLE PLAYING A GAME

  • (Windows) If games don't respond to keyboard presses, make sure you have the current version of DirectX installed on your computer. You can get DirectX free from the Microsoft web site (www.microsoft.com).
  • If you have trouble starting or playing a game, make sure you read the instructions carefully. Games are not consistent as to how the controls are used, including which button starts a game. On ECS games, pay particular attention as to when CAPS LOCK needs to be on (using keyboard as keyboard) and off (using keyboard as hand controllers).
  • If games are running slowly, shut down all other programs before running Intellivision Rocks. If you have opened the instructions for a game, quit the Acrobat Reader before playing a game.
  • Try running games in a smaller window (see GAME PLAYER Options).
  • (Windows) If games still run slowly with all other programs shut down, try switching to DOS emulation if possible. The DOS emulation software only works under Windows 95/98/Me and with systems that support playing DOS games in a window. Go to Preferences under the File menu to switch emulation.



9. KNOWN ISSUES

  1. The pulldown menus at the top of the screen at times appear grayed out, even though they are still active. Go ahead and use them.
  2. The Intellivision console had a built-in screen saver feature that would time out a game after a few minutes if there were no key presses, displaying a black screen. This feature is reproduced in INTELLIVISION ROCKS. If you leave a game running on your PC and Mac for a few minutes without playing, the monitor will go black. To restore the screen, you need to press one of the mapped hand controller buttons or discs. (Moving or clicking the mouse will not restore the screen.)
  3. The song "Compare THIS" has a long, quiet intro. When launched from within INTELLIVISION ROCKS, it may seem as if it is not playing. Give it a moment to kick into high gear.
  4. If you have more than one controller installed on your computer, it may be difficult to see the other controller(s) listed in the drop down list on the controller layout window. The drop down list will display your currently selected controller. The arrow buttons on the drop down list are unusually small but are functional. Alternately, you can use the down arrow key on your computer keyboard to scroll down to your desired selection.
  5. Some game elements (bullets, cursors, and other moving objects) will not appear when playing games on some systems if the monitor color depth is set to 24-bit. Reset the monitor to 16-bit or (if available on your system) to 32-bit.


10. INTELLIVISION ROCKS LICENSE & WARRANTY

BY CLICKING THE ACCEPTANCE BUTTON OR BY USING INTELLIVISION ROCKS AND/OR THE INTELLIVISION GAME PLAYER (EMULATOR), THE INDIVIDUAL OR ENTITY LICENSING THE PRODUCT (LICENSEE) IS CONSENTING TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT. IF LICENSEE DOES NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, THE BUTTON INDICATING NON-ACCEPTANCE MUST BE SELECTED AND LICENSEE MUST NOT USE THE SOFTWARE.

  1. LICENSE AGREEMENT. This software, instructions, and all included images, sound, video, multimedia and other material (collectively, the "material") licensed to you under this agreement are copyrighted with all rights reserved. Under copyright law, it is illegal to make or distribute copies of this software in whole or in part without prior written consent of Intellivision Productions, Inc., except in the normal use of the software itself or to make a backup copy for archival purposes. Duplication of this software for any reason including for sale, loan, rental or gift is a federal crime punishable by fines up to $50,000 and imprisonment up to 5 years. All of the original material may be sold by you to another person in a single transaction which includes all of the material. You may use the software on more than one computer at different times, but extra copies may not be made for this purpose (the software may not be used on more than one computer at the same time). You may not reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble any of the software included in the material.
  2. LIMITED WARRANTY. Intellivision Productions, Inc. warrants that the software included with the material will perform substantially as described in the material when used with a system meeting the minimum configuration set forth in the material. This warranty and any implied warranties on any of the material are limited to 90 days from the date of receipt of the material by you. Some jurisdictions do not permit limitations on the duration of implied warranties, so these limitations may not apply to you.
  3. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY. Except for the limited warranty given above, the material is provided "as is" and without warranty of any kind, and Intellivision Productions, Inc. expressly disclaims all implied warranties, including but not limited to any implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Intellivision Productions, Inc. does not warrant, guarantee or make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the material in terms of correctness, completeness, accuracy, reliability, currentness or otherwise. The entire risk as to the results and performance of the material is assumed by you. Some jurisdictions do not permit the exclusion of implied warranties, so these limitations may not apply to you.
  4. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. In no event will Intellivision Productions, Inc., its developers, suppliers, directors, officers, employees or agents (collectively "Intellivision") be liable to you for any consequential, incidental, or indirect damages (including damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information and the like) arising out of the use or inability to use the material, even if Intellivision has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some jurisdictions do not permit the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, so these limitations may not apply to you. Intellivision's liability to you for actual damages for any cause whatsoever, and regardless of the form of action (whether in contract, tort [including negligence], product liability or otherwise), shall be, at our option, either (a) the return to you of the price you paid for the materials or (b) the replacement of the software which does not meet the limited warranty or any implied warranty and which is returned to Intellivision Productions, Inc. with a copy of your receipt.


11. CONTACT US
You can reach Intellivision Productions by email, phone, or mail.

Technical support: tech@intellivisionlives.com
Ordering/warranty: sales@intellivisionlives.com
Historical questions: AskHal@intellivisionlives
General information/questions: comments@intellivisionlives.com

Telephone toll-free (within USA): 1-877-INTLVSN
From outside the USA: 1-310-379-4109

Intellivision Productions, Inc.
Post Office Box 743
Redondo Beach, California 90277 USA

www.intellivisionlives.com

Keith Robinson, President
Stephen Roney, Vice President
Lisa M. Dawson, Director of Operations
Paul Vlahos, Chairman of the Board

©2001 Intellivision Productions, Inc. Intellivision is a trademark of Intellivision Productions, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.


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