If the game runs jerky or even crashes, you may try the following:
The game will not run on Windows NT4.0, because there is no Direct3D!
The game needs Direct3D with the minimum version 7.0.
You need a 3D hardware accelerator. This can be an add on device like a
Voodoo 2 or a primary graphics adapter!
The graphics accelerator should have at least 8MB of memory (exception:
S3 Savage chips with texture compression enabled)
You need the latest graphics card drivers. Try to get them from the hardware
If the game is too slow with Windows2000, you should try it with Windows
9x, because the drivers a normally not very much optimized for Windows2000.
E.g. the ATI Rage Pro graphics drivers for Windows2000 are terrible, but
with Windows 9x it is acceptable.
Try to reduce the graphics resolution and reduce the colordepth to 65536
When the game is stuck after some heavy playfield movement, it could be
that you have a Voodoo Banshee 3D Accelerator. In this case, you should
try change the following key in your brick2k.ini file:
Unfortunaletly this will slow down the gameplay, but it will prevent to
freeze the machine.
If the screen output is too bright / dark
If you want to check the speed of the game, you can Press F11 to check
the current framerate and the current triangle count per frame.
Normally the game operates at 50 frames per second. If you are using the
automatic quality management, the maximum framerate will be adjusted to
fit your system. If you are not satisfied with that behaviour, you can
disable it with the following line in Brick2k.ini:
If you are not using the automatic quality management, or you have used
the described switch above, you may set the default speed manually:
DefaultSpeedInFPS=[30..50 frames per second]
If the game is too slow, you should use...
the full screen mode
Windows 9x instead of Windows 2000 (in case of bad display drivers)
If you cannot save a game
Try to adjust the gamma correction. This can be done while playing by pressing
<Shift> and <Page Up> / <Page Down> simultaneously.
If you cannot use the second mouse:
You have first to leave the completed level (and to go into the
next one). Then press ESC and save your game with the pull down menu and
/ or the player profile menu. Once saved, the game will automatically be
saved after a level transition.
After loosing all lifes the saved game will be deleted!!
If you have problems with the network game:
Do you have WindowsNT or Windows2000?
There is no second mouse support for this systems!.
Do you use USB, COM3, COM4, PS/2 or a BusMouse for your second mouse?
The second mouse does only work with COM1 & COM2!
Try to start Windows without the connected second mouse. Before starting
the game plug the mouse into COM1 or COM2.
More informations are in the help file and the readme file from your
You cannot see the started game server?
Are you using the same DirectX version on all systems (at least DirectX5a)?
Are you using the same protocol on all computers?
Do you have started one computer as the server and all others as client?
Are you using the same version of WinBrick2000 and the same language on
all machines (check "Show all" and wait about 5 seconds to see all (even
non useable) games in the network).
Try to use all protocols. IPX/SPX is the ideal protocol in a local network,
because there is no internet traffic.
Try to increase the search server time. This can be done as follows:
Edit the file "Brick2k.ini" and add the following lines:
The game will downgrade the performance of Network games to a maximum of
40fps. This value can be changed to other values in the brick2k.ini file:
If you are playing via modem it is possibly a good idea to decrease the
value and if you have the two fast machines and a LAN, you may use higher
speeds like 50.
NetSpeedInFPS=[30..50 frames per second]
ATTENTION! The game will run at the speed which is defined by
the game server!
A jerkey network game?
All players can only play so fast as the slowest machine is. Try to reduce
the window size on all machines to the minimum before starting the game!
If you are playing with TCP/IP in a local network, you should use the IPX/SPX
protocol, or make sure, that you have not installed a "Dial up-adapter"
or an "AOL-adapter". If so: change the protocol or remove them from your