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  Prolific Publishing, Inc. :: Screen Savers :: Terminator 3 - Windows

All sales are final. Please download and try our software products before you purchase them.

  Terminator 3 - Windows
Frequently Asked Questions

Terminator 3 - Windows
Top Questions


Before You Buy
1. Basic Information - Please Read
2. What are the T3 screensaver system requirements?
3. Will I receive a CD with my online order?
4. Will the T3 Screensaver run on my notebook computer?
5. Will the T3 Screensaver run on Dual Monitors?
6. Will the T3 screen saver run on a Mac?

Accounts & Keycodes
1. I lost my Keycode OR I made my purchase but have not received my keycode.
2. I enter my Keycode and nothing happens OR I am told to place the CD in the drive.
3. How do I copy and paste my Keycode?
4. I have to enter my Keycode each time I run the program.

Installation
1. How do I test the T3 Screensaver on my computer?
2. How do I install the T3 Screensaver once I have purchased a Keycode?
3. How do I uninstall the T3 Screensaver?
4. My T3 Screensaver is no longer working properly. How do I re-install the program?

Operation
1. T3 Screensaver Hotkeys.
2. T3 Screensaver Settings.
3. T3 Screensaver "Battles" Settings.

Troubleshooting

Screen Savers & Burn-in
1. What is burn-in?
2. Screen savers
3. How can I prevent burn-in?
4. How do I fix burn-in?

Miscellaneous



Before You Buy

1. Basic Information - Please Read


Before purchasing the Terminator(R) 3: Rise of the Machines(TM) Screen Saver we strongly recommend you test the program to see if it works on your computer. You can do this by downloading the program and running the demo version.


2. What are the T3 screensaver system requirements?


To run the T3 screensaver, you will need:

  • Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, or XP (Home or Professional).

  • A Pentium-class CPU (300 MHz or faster).

  • 32 MB of system RAM.

  • A DirectX 6 compatible, 3D Accelerator Video Card with 32 MB or more of on-board RAM.

  • 6 MB of free Hard Disk Space.

  • DirectX 6 or better installed on your computer.

  • The latest drivers for your video card. These are best found at the video card manufacturer's site. The Windows update feature is not sufficient for this task.



3. Will I receive a CD with my online order?


No.

We do not ship CDs with online orders. Also, we do not currently produce a CD for The T3 Screensaver.


4. Will the T3 Screensaver run on my notebook computer?


Only notebooks with a GeForce2Go, Rage Mobility or S3 Savage chip will run the T3 Screensaver. The NeoMagic chip will not work.


5. Will the T3 Screensaver run on Dual Monitors?


Not yet.

We are working on built-in support for dual-monitor setups. Currently, running the T3 Screensaver on a dual monitor system will either blacken one monitor or not affect it at all. Dual monitor support is a feature that we are considering on for the future.

Thank you for your patience.


6. Will the T3 screen saver run on a Mac?


Not yet.

We are considering a Mac version of the T3 Screensaver for the near future.


Accounts & Keycodes

1. I lost my Keycode OR I made my purchase but have not received my keycode.


Email us the following information where applicable and we can retrieve your information from our customer database:

  • The full name you registered under.

  • The Order Number from your confirmation e-mail.

  • Both the first four AND last four numbers of the credit card you used.

  • Your email address at the time of purchase.

  • The date of your purchase.



2. I enter my Keycode and nothing happens OR I am told to place the CD in the drive.


There are two things that can cause this error.

1. Some characters in the Keycode can be easily confused (i.e. O and zero, capital I and the number one, etc.). Try to copy and paste your Keycode into the registration space to avoid any possible input errors.

3. Your copy of the T3 Screensaver may have been corrupted during download or installation. Try downloading a new copy of the program and reinstalling it. Be sure to deactivate your anti-virus software for the duration of the download and install.


3. How do I copy and paste my Keycode?


To copy and paste the Keycode, do the following:

1. Hold down the left mouse button and pass the cursor over the Keycode. This will highlight the code in black.
2. Let go of the mouse button and move the cursor to the center of the highlight without pressing any buttons.
3. Press the right-most mouse button and select "Copy" from the pop-up menu.
4. Start the T3 Screensaver. This will bring up the registration window.
5. Put the cursor in the registration window, press the right-most mouse button again and select "Paste" from the pop-up menu. The Keycode should appear in the registration box. Be sure to eliminate any spaces before or after the code so you can have a clean paste.
6. Press the Enter key. The program should start right up.


4. I have to enter my Keycode each time I run the program.


On a computer with multiple user profiles, only profiles that have administrator access can effect changes to the computer's registry, where our Keycode is stored. Not having Administrator access to the computer means that the T3 Screensaver cannot register itself correctly. You will have to change each user profile to accept registry changes and then enter the Keycode into each profile.

To change the user profile in Win 2000/XP:
1. Click on the START button and select "Control Panel".
2. Double-click "User Accounts".
3. Select the task "Change an Account" and then click on the account to be changed.
4. Click on "Change my account type" and read the instructions for changing each profile to "Administrator" status.


Installation

1. How do I test the T3 Screensaver on my computer?


There is no separate "demo version" of the T3 Screensaver. We built the T3 Screensaver to act as a demo unless you entered a valid keycode. To properly install the T3 Screensaver, and activate the demo mode, follow the instructions below:

1. IMPORTANT: Before installing, be sure your anti-virus software is deactivated for the duration of the download and install.

2. Download the newest release of the T3 Screensaver.

3. After downloading the program, find the folder you downloaded to and double-click on the T3 Screensaver file. This will run the Setup Wizard, which will install the T3 Screensaver on your computer, simply read and follow the instructions for installation.

4. Once the installation process is complete, there should be a new icon on your desktop that looks like a Terminator skull.

5. Double-click on the skull icon to bring up the registration box.

6. Type the T3SCREENSAVER into the registration box. This will unlock the demo mode.

7. Don't forget to reactivate your anti-virus software.

8. While the T3 Screensaver is running, press the space bar to change your settings.

9. Let the T3 Screensaver run for a little while to be sure everything is working properly. If you have any problems consult the graphics or troubleshooting sections of our FAQ.


2. How do I install the T3 Screensaver once I have purchased a Keycode?


Once you have purchased your keycode you can activate the full version of the program. To properly install the T3 Screensaver, and activate the full version, follow the instructions below (If you have already installed the newest demo version, skip to step #5):

1. IMPORTANT: Before installing, be sure your anti-virus software is deactivated for the duration of the download and install.

2. Download the newest release of the T3 Screensaver from.

3. After downloading the program, find the folder you downloaded to and double-click on the T3 Screensaver file. This will run the T3 Screensaver Setup Wizard, which will install the T3 Screensaver on your computer, simply read and follow the instructions for installation.

4. Once the installation process is complete, there should be a new icon on your desktop that looks like a Terminator® skull.

5. Double-click on the skull to bring up the registration window.

6. Copy and paste your keycode into the registration space to avoid any possible input errors (Some characters can be easily mixed up i.e. the letter O and zero, capitol I and the number one, etc.) and press enter.

7. Once the program is running, press the space bar to change your settings.


3. How do I uninstall the T3 Screensaver?


To uninstall the T3 Screensaver, run the Uninstall option through the Start menu under Programs/Prolific/Terminator 3/Uninstall. Alternatively you can use the Add/Remove Programs utility located in the Control Panel to remove Terminator ® 3: Rise of the Machines ™ Screen Saver. You may still have to delete some links manually.

If you would like to be doubly sure that the T3 Screensaver has been removed from your system, go through the process above and the use your Windows' Search function (Start/Search or Find) to find "T3.scr" If you find any of these files, right click on the listing and choose delete.


4. My T3 Screensaver is no longer working properly. How do I re-install the program?


There are several cases where you may need to uninstall and reinstall the T3 Screensaver. Please consult the Troubleshooting section of our FAQ first for a solution there. However, corrupt downloads, new system settings or other such circumstances may make the T3 Screensaver stop running properly. If you cannot find another solution and would like to do a full re-install of the program we suggest the following steps:

1. Perform the Uninstall process.

2. Install the program as outlined.

These two steps will give you a clean slate as it were, allowing the T3 Screensaver to adjust to your system's current settings.


Operation

1. T3 Screensaver Hotkeys.


ESC - Exit program.
A - About window.
H - Help window.
B - Sound on/off.
F - Full screen/windowed mode.
M - Enable/disable Exit on Mouse Move.
S - Show frame rate and resolution information.
W - Wireframe/normal mode.
L - Automatic lighting on/off.
Up/Down Arrow - Lights up/down.
'Space' - Settings menu.
R - Restore default settings.


2. T3 Screensaver Settings.


Exit on Mouse Move - If this is checked, you can exit the T3 Screen saver by moving your mouse or pressing a non-hotkey (see above) on your keyboard. If this option is not checked, you can only exit the screen saver by pressing the ESC key.

Disable Monitor Sleep Mode - Some monitors will shutdown after a period of time. This option allows the T3 screen saver to override this shutdown and continue playing the screen saver on your monitor.

Always on Top in Windowed Mode - When the T3 screen saver is in Windowed Mode (See "W" hot key above.) this option will place the screen saver window over any other program you are running.

Speed/Quality - Placing this slider on the right (Quality) will give you the highest resolution and best graphics the T3 screen saver can display. Placing the slider on the left (Speed) will allow the screen saver to run faster and more smoothly by reducing the graphic quality slightly. Try moving the slider to find the best balance for your system.

Limit Frame Rate - Forces the frame rate (animation speed) of the T3 Screensaver to your selected number. If your the T3 screen saver is jerking, or running slowly, you may need to reduce the frame rate below the default 31 by using the slider bar.

Windows Resolution and Color Bit - Controls the Desktop resolution and Color depth settings that the T3 screen saver runs at.
Resolution Dropdown menu - "Default Desktop Resolution" will match the screen saver display to your current desktop settings.
16/32 bit - Forces screensaver to display at 16 or 32bit color depth regardless of desktop settings.

Automatic Lights - To keep your monitor from burning in, the T3 screen saver will cycle the lighting from light to dark across the battlefield. Un-checking this box will give you full control of the lighting.
  • Delay Slider - Determines the length, from light to dark, of the lighting cycle when in Automatic lighting mode.

  • Lights Slider - Manual setting for the lighting when not in Automatic lighting mode.

Volume - Controls the volume of the T3 screen saver sounds.
  • On/Off - Turns all sound on or off.

  • Ambient Slider - Ambient sounds include the wind and other background noises.

  • FX Slider - FX sounds include plasma blasts and explosions.



  • 3. T3 Screensaver "Battles" Settings.


    Heroic Humans - No humans will die during the T3 Screensaver battles.

    Human Deployment - Number of units fighting on the human side.

    Machine Deployment - Number of units fighting on the Machine side.

    Battle Frequency - How often battles will take place between humans and Machines.

    Skynet AI - Controls the intelligence and tactics of the Machine army.



    Troubleshooting

    Screen Savers & Burn-in

    1. What is burn-in?

    Burn-in is a generic term for a ghost-like image that appears on a monitor or television after displaying an image that does not change for a long period of time. Burn-in is also called ghosting or image persistence. While the exact cause is different for different types of monitors, the result is the same, a light or dark area of the screen where the non-moving image was displayed. Due to better technology, energy saver options, and screen savers, burn-in is much less of a problem than in the past. However, any program, even a screen saver, can cause burn-in if left running long enough.


    2. Screen savers

    Screen savers were originally designed to help avoid the effects of burn-in by automatically changing the images on the screen when the computer was not in use (thus "saving" the screen from burn-in). They are usually set up to launch automatically by the computer's operating system, waiting a specified amount of time after the last keystroke or the last mouse movement made by a user. The screen saver then blanks the screen, or more commonly produces animation effects, thus avoiding any "fixed" images.

    Modern monitors are much less susceptible to burn-in than older models due to better technology and energy saver options . For these reasons, screen savers today are primarily decorative or for entertainment, and usually feature moving images or patterns and sometimes sound effects.

    Our LifeGlobe and SereneScreen products are hyper-realistic simulators. They model real creatures in real environments. They are completely unpredictable, and follow behaviors modeled after their real life counterparts.

    As a result, the background can remain on screen for long periods of time without change.

    By default our simulators ship in a mode that cycles the background and/or lighting. Changing these options can effect some monitors over a long period of time. If you are concerned about burn-in, do not turn off this cycle.


    3. How can I prevent burn-in?

    Most computers have several layers of protection against burn-in:

    Better technology
    Advances in monitor hardware and software mean that today's monitors are less likely to burn-in.

    Energy saver options
    To save electricity, monitors will switch to an energy saving mode after a period of time, either reducing the brightness of the display or turning off the display entirely.

    Screen savers
    Finally, there are an incredible number of screen savers that display moving images to reduce the persistence of a single image on the screen helping to avoid burn-in.

    However, even with these advancements and options, in rare cases, burn-in can still occur. To prevent burn-in, we recommend the following:

    • Different monitors have different needs when it comes to burn-in. You should check the users manual for specific information, or even contact the manufacturer, just to be sure what steps you can take for your specific monitor.

    • Set the energy saver options to turn off your monitor when not in use for a long period of time.

    • With any of our products, the background and foreground lighting change constantly on an automatic cycle. If you are concerned about burn-in, do not turn off this cycle.



    4. How do I fix burn-in?

    This depends on the kind of monitor you have.

    CRT
    Unfortunately, once burn-in occurs on a CRT monitor, there is no fix as the actual process that produces the image has been damaged.

    LCD & Plasma monitors
    The approach to fixing burn-in on plasma and LCD monitors is the same: Display a white screen on the display for a length of time equal to the image that burned-in.

    Apple has an excellent article on how to go about this:

    Apple: Avoiding image persistence on Apple LCD displays



    Miscellaneous

 
 
 
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