What is the Unofficial D3 Version 1.5 Patch? Should I use it?
This 1.5 patch is unofficial, incomplete and unsupported. There are no guarantees for the patch's
stability or functionality. The unofficial 1.5 patch is not compatible with version 1.4 nor is it
compatible with the Mac or Linux clients. That being said, some players and game servers are using
this unofficial beta patch as it does contain some playability fixes. Use at your own risk.
I have Windows. I don't know which patch to download, the patch isn't working, or I can't
start Descent 3 because it will not recognize my CD in the drive. What do I do?
Try the following steps. If it still doesn't work, email
1. Download the D3 NOCD Version 1.4 Patch.
2. Double click on the file you downloaded.
3. When it asks you, type in the location where you installed Descent 3 (eg. C:\Games\Descent3)
4. After it finishes, the game should now work.
5. If you get an error during the patching process, email email@example.com
I have the Dual-Jewel version of Descent 3, and when I try to install any of
the patches, the installation terminates with an error message stating: 'Old
File Not Found'. What do I do?
The Dual-Jewel release (and some other more recent releases) of Descent 3 contains a slightly newer revision of
the game that the patches are unable to recognize. To resolve this issue,
please do the following:
1. First try installing the D3 NOCD Version 1.4 as described above.
2. If that didn't work, uninstall Descent 3 and reinstall it to the default directory.
3. Download and run d3_us_1.0_djfix.exe
and extract it to the directory the game was installed to.
4. Install the most recent patch for Descent 3
How do I find out what version of Descent 3 I
The header at the top of the readme file states
the version of Descent 3 that you are using. You
can access the readme file by executing the readmeviewer.exe
program in the Descent 3 install directory.
I get a crash on level 10 in the same
place (at the data uplink center)?
This is a problem with version 1.3.x of
Descent 3. Try updating to version 1.4.
getting a black screen when I hit play from the
launcher! Whats up with that?
this occurs when your 3d card has bad drivers
or is not a supported card, but still shows up
in the 3d device list. There are two things to
do in this situation:
1. Find out what chipset your card has and make
sure it is supported by d3 (see the supported
cards list). If its not on the list then you are
out of luck.
2. If it is supported, then head over to the website
for the chipset manufacturer and get the latest
drivers for the card. They should have complete
instructions for installing the drivers. Usually
getting the 'reference' drivers from the chipset
manufacturer is the best option since they are
most frequently updated.
have an ATI Rage Pro card and some of the windows
are opaque when they should be transparent?
Yep. This is an issue with ATI cards that can't
really be fixed. The Rage 128 also exhibits this
behavior to some degree but you can generally
see the transparent windows properly from certain
angles. The workaround for this is to add the
command line argument -norenderwindows, which
will not render the windows at all. To get past
level 2 you need to see through the window into
the chemical room so this is highly recommended
(at least for level 2 play). UPDATE: the newest
rage pro drivers bring them up to the compatibility
level of the rage 128 - basically now you can
see through windows if you look at the right angle..
I'm stuck on level x in place y!! Help!!
Try using your guidebot. Pressing F4 will bring
up the menu. If you follow the guidebot you can
get through most of the levels without too much
trouble. There are a few puzzles and tricks the
little fella can't show you though. If you are
really stuck, check out the D3 strategy guide
from Brady Games or surf over to GameSpot
got a crash!
Sorry about that. When you get a crash it will
make a file called "error.log" in your
D3 directory. If you have a crash pretty frequently,
try deleting the error.log file and then making
the crash occur so it just has the log for that
one particular crash. Send that file, along with
a description of what was happening in the game,
guidebot gets confused on level 12 because of
a missing goal?
Unfortunately a patch to fix this is difficult
to do (and would be a HUGE download) because it
is a problem with the data files in the game,
not the executable. The level is fully finishable
but you're on your own for the last goal. Check
for a walkthrough if you are
having trouble finishing this one.
I get a bluescreen crash in WSIPX.VXD?
This is a strange bug in windows, that for some
reason, when we ask the system what network devices
are available, it will crash on some computers.
If you use IPX protocol on your network normally,
uninstalling and then reinstalling the drivers
will fix the problem. If you don't, just go ahead
and remove them. They can be accessed from the
Control Panel -> Network
What is this talk about a hardware 3d card? Is
my card supported? Is there a software option?
A 3d accelerator card is designed for very fast
rendering of shapes to the screen, on a separate
chip from your main processor, allowing for more
and better graphics while letting your computer
do more with robots and sound and other exciting
stuff. Many cards these days and many newer computers
have 3d hardware support, but not all of them.
Here is a list of supported cards and the website
where you can get the latest reference drivers
for them. Software rendering is unfortunately
just too slow to be playable.