Frequently Asked Questions
Memory and System Requirements
Grand Prix 2 requires 8MB RAM (16MB RAM if running under Windows
95). We recommend playing the game in MS-DOS mode and not in a
DOS box under Windows 95.
SmartDrive and other caching software should be disabled before
installing or playing Grand Prix 2.
Memory-resident virus checkers (especially those used within Windows
95) can cause Grand Prix 2's installer to crash. Please disable any
memory-resident software (including DOS-based TSRs).
Grand Prix 2 should not have any problem with disk compression
software, such as DriveSpace.
The hardware detection phase may incorrectly identify Pentium Pro,
Cyrix 686 and Intel MMX machines as using an "Unknown" processor type.
Simply ignore this message, continue with the installation and the
game should run fine.
If you have the European version, a multilingual boot disc program
is included on the CD in a directory called UTILS\BOOTDISC. In the
U.S. version, the boot disk option is on the main install menu.
If the installation program aborts or fails to copy any files, you
may have either a dirty or faulty CD-ROM. Please clean the CD-ROM disc
and try again.
Make sure you have enough memory before starting the installation as
outlined in the hardware detection phase.
Disable any virus checkers.
Microsoft CD-ROM extensions (MSCDEX) should be reporting a version 2.23
or higher for Grand Prix 2 to work.
If you are still having problems, we recommend trying a boot disk.
Sound Card Problems
If the auto-detect program locks up, reset the machine and try
reselecting auto-detect from the GP2 directory. If this again produces
a lockup or crash, try manually selecting your card's IRQ, DMA and Port
settings. If you are unsure as to what these settings are, try typing
"SET" from the command prompt or refer to your hardware manuals.
If you have a Sound Blaster card, make sure you have the necessary
device drivers loaded in your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.Bat files. It is
also important to have a SET line placed in the AUTOEXEC.BAT.
If you are experiencing problems with the program locking up or
crashing within the 3-D simulation, it could be because the auto-detect
has wrongly chosen your sound card. Run the sound setup program again
by typing "SETUP" and select "SoundBlaster (original)" or "No Sound."
The playback quality of the sound test sample may sound garbled. This
should not affect the playback quality during the game.
ATI Stereo F/X
Grand Prix 2 is not compatible with this sound card. If you have the
ATI Stereo F/X, you need to select "No Sound."
Sound Galaxy Pro and Other Sound Blaster 16 Compatible Cards
The auto-detect program sometimes wrongly identifies the Sound Galaxy
Pro as a Sound Blaster 16. You must manually select "SoundBlaster" and
then enter the correct Port, IRQ and DMA settings.
You can also start the game with no sound by typing the following
command line option: "GP2 Nosound."
Windows 95 Problems
Because Grand Prix 2 was designed and developed to run under MS-DOS,
you may experience problems running under Windows 95. To achieve
optimal frame rate and performance levels, it is strongly recommended
that you reboot in MS-DOS mode.
It is important to ensure all necessary CD=ROM and sound card drivers
are loaded before attempting to run Grand Prix 2. Failure to do so may
result in the game not loading. (We have included the customer service
help documents in a directory called UTILS\HELPDOCS on the CD-ROM.)
Some Windows 95 machines do not support AutoPlay. In this case, please
double-click on your CD-ROM icon and then double-click on the install
Windows 95 Keyboards
On certain video cards, Windows 95 is unable to restore certain DOS-
based graphical applications such as Grand Prix 2. This is particularly
a problem with the new Windows 95 keyboards containing the new "Start"
and "Windows" keys. If you press these keys, Windows suspends Grand Prix
2 to bring up a menu but is then unable to restore the game. The only
solution to this problem is to run Grand Prix 2 in MS-DOS mode.
To prevent problems running Grand Prix 2, the System Agent should be
Included on the Grand Prix 2 CD-ROM is a directory called GPFILES that
contains predefined controller files for the ThrustMaster T2 and GP500
race systems. You can use these as examples to set up your own units.
The joystick port built into the Ensoniq Soundscape has a known
compatibility problem recognizing the GP500 race system (which may
affect other sticks). There's nothing we can do but suggest the use of
a game card.
Before calibrating a nonstandard joystick, it is important to select
"Control Driven Calibration."
Make sure you select the correct joystick axis. If the red calibration
dot fails to move, it is more than likely that you selected the wrong
Be sure to save the controller file.
DO NOT USE THE WIN 95 ADAPTER THAT CAME WITH THE WHEEL. THIS IS NOT A WIN 95 GAME.
How to Set Up a ThrustMaster T2
From the main menu of Grand Prix 2:
1) Select "Control Method."
2) Select "Not Used."
3) Select "Advanced Menu."
4) Select "Joystick A Horiz" for Steering Device.
5) Select "Analog" for Steering Mode.
6) Select "Joystick B Horiz" for Acceleration Device.
7) Select "Analog" for Acceleration Mode.
8) Select "Joystick B Horiz" for Brake Device.
9) Select "Switched" for Braking Mode.
10) Select "Control Driven Calibration" for Control Method.
Do not touch any other settings. You can edit the set name to say "T2"
or "TMaster" and then save the file.
Now calibrate the device, and your T2 should work.
Or,you can load the File Directly from the CD.
1.) Select Control Method.
2.) Choose "Not Used".
3.) Select "Advanced Menu"
4.) Click on "Load Control Set"
5.) Select your CD-ROM drive letter (D,E,F, etc.)
6.) Click on the "GPFILES" subdirectory.
7.) Click on "T2.CON"
8.) Select O.K.
9.) Select O.K. again
10.) Select "Calibrate Joystick"
11.) Calibrate the wheel.
How to set up a CH Steering wheel and Pedal Configuration
1)Select " Control Method".
2) Select "Not Used".
3) Select "Advanced Menu".
4)Select " Joystick A Horizontal" for Steering Device
5) Select "Analog" for Steering Mode
6) Select "Joystick B Vertical" for Acceleration Device
7) Select "Switched" for Accelleration Mode
8) Select "Joystick B Horizontal" for Brake Device
9) Select "Switched" for Brake Mode
10) Select "Control Driven Calibration" for Control Method.
Now Calibrate the device, and your wheel should work.
How to set up a VR Pilot and CH Pedals Configuration
1)Select "Control Method"
2) Select "Not Used"
3) Select "Advanced Menu"
4) Select "Joystick A Horizontal" for Steering Device.
5) Select "Analog" for Steering Mode
6)Select "Joystick B Vertical" for Acceleration Device
7)Select Analog" for Acceleration Mode
8)Select "Joystick B Horizontal" for Braking Device
9)Select " Switched" for Braking Mode
10) Select " Control Driven Calibration" under Control Method
Now calibrate the device, and it should work.
Modem/Serial Link Problems
In order to successfully connect Grand Prix 2 via modems, it is
necessary to know the correct modem initialization strings to turn
error correction and compression off. We have included some modem
initialization strings within the game, but these are not guaranteed
to work. Look for a newer list of modem strings at the end of this FAQ.
Symptons of incorrect strings are a slow frame rate and possibly a
lockup or crash.
Linking within Windows 95 can cause the system to momentarily pause.
recommend running Grand Prix 2 in MS-DOS mode.
The highest baud rate can cause some systems to momentarily "hang" or
"freeze." Try selecting a lower baud rate such as 19200.
While linked, the background music will automatically be turned off.
You may find that you need to significantly reduce the detail level
order for the game to run at an acceptable frame rate. This is because
the link takes up some processor power.
COM Ports 3 and 4
During testing, we found that some machines (but not all) failed to
recognize the presence of COM ports 3 and 4. To help solve this, we
included a small program called COMSETUP in the UTILS\COMSETUP
directory on the Grand Prix 2 CD-ROM. To run the program, type
"COMSETUP /H" at the DOS prompt. This will bring up a list of available
COM ports, their various port addresses and some help text. You will
need to find out what the hex address for COM ports 3 and 4 are. (This
information can be obtained by running MSD or Windows 95.) Once you
have this info, you need to enter the values to the end of the COMSETUP
line and rerun Grand Prix 2. COM 4 may now be available.
Also make sure a mouse isn't plugged into the corresponding COM ports.
For example, if a mouse is plugged into COM 1, you will be unable to
select COM 3 (likewise for COM ports 2 and 4). If this is the case on
your system, try linking without a mouse or use the command line
option: "GP2 linkonmouseport."
Grand Prix 2 has known problems detecting PCMCIA cards. We apologize
for any inconvenience.
There is no rain or different weather conditions.
It is not possible to control the car using a mouse.
Grand Prix 2 does not support the specific use of 3-D accelerator cards
such as the 3D Blaster from Creative Labs.
Grand Prix 2 does not support local area networks for head-to-head
If the game displays the message "Can't start Grand Prix 2. F1system.dat
file damaged or not foundm," you need to either reinstall the game or
try running the game with the option "GP2 Nostateload."
If the game does not have enough extended memory to run, the SVGA
detail option will be greyed out. You need to free up more memory.
If the game cannot find a VESA driver, the game will run in 16 colors
and the SVGA option will be greyed out. You need to load a TSR such as
UNIVBE or get a specific VESA driver for your video card.
Windows 95 machines with slow (double-speed) CD-ROM drives may
experience "jumps" or "stutters" in the background music. We recommend
running Grand Prix 2 in MS-DOS mode.
Remove any video card exclusion zones used at the end of the EMM386
Modem Initialization Strings
The following list contains the initialization strings for all the
modems that have been tested. If your modem is not listed in this
list, please refer to your modem's manual and enter the appropriate
initialization strings. We suggest the factory defaults for your
modem. If that does not work, we recommend turning off data
compression, error correction and software flow control.
MODEMNAME=Boca 28.8 FaxModem EXT
MODEMNAME=Cardinal 14.4 FaxModem EXT
MODEMNAME=Cardinal 28.8 FaxModem INT
MODEMNAME=Compaq Presario Data/Fax/Voice 14.4
MODEMNAME=Gateway Telepath II 14.4 FaxModem INT
MODEMNAME=Generic Rockwell 14.4 FaxModem INT
MODEMNAME=Hayes Optima 14.4 FaxModem EXT
MODEMNAME=Hayes Ultra 14.4 SmartModem EXT
MODEMNAME=Mitac 14.4 FaxModem EXT
MODEMNAME=Motorola Lifestyle 28.8 FaxModem INT
MODEMNAME=Packard Bell 14.4 FaxModem INT
MODEMNAME=Practical Peripherals 14.4 EXT
MODEMNAME=SupraExpress 28.8 FaxModem EXT
MODEMNAME=USR Courier 28.8 FaxModem INT
MODEMNAME=USR Sportster 14.4 FaxModem EXT
MODEMNAME=USR Sportster 14.4 FaxModem INT
MODEMNAME=USR Sportster 28.8 FaxModem EXT
MODEMNAME=USR Sportster 28.8 FaxModem INT
MODEMNAME=USR Sportster 28.8 DSVD w/Voice INT
MODEMNAME=USR Sportster 28.8 DSVD w/c Voice INT
MODEMNAME=Zoom 14.4 FaxModem EXT
MODEMNAME=Zoom 28.8 FaxModem EXT