A Quick Note From The Designers First of all, thank you very much for buying Diablo.

We have worked hard to create a game that you will want to spend many, many hours playing. To further that end, we have added some features in Diablo that may not be apparent at first glance. Diablo is a VERY different play experience depending on which character class you choose. The tactics and strategies employed by the Warrior, for instance, would be sheer folly for a Sorcerer to attempt. Many high level items and spells will only be useable by certain classes. After you defeat Diablo, try another game with a different character class. You won't be disappointed. Diablo also randomly generates every level of the labyrinth, including the rooms, hallways, lights, shrines, fountains, cauldrons, pools, special themed areas, treasures and monsters. The list just goes on, but what it boils down to is each time you enter a new level within the labyrinth, you will have new things to do and discover. Finally, Diablo takes on an entirely different feel when you are in a multiplayer game. The interaction that occurs, the new strategies and the difference in how you have to think all make for a very exciting and very new experience. Again, thank you for grabbing that Diablo box off of the shelf. Always remember: If you think you've found everything -- you're wrong... Blizzard Entertainment +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ DIABLO Copyright (c) 1996 BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT, All rights reserved Diablo and Battle.net are trademarks and Blizzard Entertainment is a trademark of Davidson and Associates, Inc. For news and updates visit WWW.BLIZZARD.COM +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Contents: 1. Hints, Tips & Tactics 2. Windows 95, Windows NT & Microsoft DirectX 3. Video Cards 4. Sound Cards

Tips & Tactics Keyboard Shortcuts: F1: Open Help Screen Esc: Display Main Menu Tab: Display Auto-map Space: Hide all info screens S: Open Speedbook B: Open Spellbook I: Open Inventory screen C: Open Character screen Q: Open Quest log F: Reduce screen brightness G: Increase screen brightness Z: Zoom Game Screen + / -: Zoom Automap 1 .8: Use Belt item Caps Lock: Toggle between Player Friendly and Player Attack F5. Uninstalling Battle.net through America Online 6. Software Compatibility 7. NEC Merlin 8.a. F10.d. F6. Playing Diablo over a Modem 6.b. Multiplayer Diablo 6.5.a. Uninstalling 10. Patches & General Troubleshooting 10.a. Playing Diablo over a Serial Cable Connection 7. Playing Diablo over Battle. Video Playback 9. Uninstalling Diablo 10. Updates. Microsoft PowerToys 7.e.b.net 6. F12: Send Macro message in multiplayer Shift + Left Click: Attack without moving CASTING SPELLS USING THE SPEEDBOOK Left-clicking on the "readied spell" button will open the "Speedbook" which allows you to select a skill or spell for . Playing Diablo over a Local Area Network 6.b. Connecting to Battle. F11. F8: Set hot key for skill or spell F9. F7.c. Hints. Virtual Memory Settings 6.net +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 1.

each game will play very differently . BUT IT'S A LITTLE TOO TOUGH. a sorcerer or rogue properly positioned behind a cluster of barrels can fight back a large group of oncoming creatures. your character will learn the resistances and immunities that these creatures have. you may find a dungeon too difficult. Unique creatures (those whose names are displayed in gold text) may also have resistances or immunities. the creature may have a resistance or immunity to fire based attacks. simply right-click in the main play area. Barrels not only are sources of hidden treasures. he will know if some type of immunity or resistance exists. an excellent tactic is to position your character just on the other side of a doorway and take them on one at a time as they enter into the doorway. Windows NT 4. and experience from earlier levels. If you are swarmed by a large group of creatures in the labyrinth.. Since barrels can be have spells or arrows fired over them. While your character does not know the immunities or resistances of a unique monster. Depending on the items you find. Try using an electrical (lightning) or magical (stone curse) attack instead.even with characters of the same class. Keep your eyes open and your weapons ready! RESISTANCE AND IMMUNITY Certain monsters in the labyrinth are resistant or even immune to different types of magic.0 & Microsoft DirectX Diablo is a Windows 95 and Windows NT 4. If this is the case. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 2. spells. Until you are an expert spelunker.0 game that utilizes . There are numerous other areas within the labyrinth that can be used as strong tactical positions by players who are looking for them. items.immediate use. To use a readied skill or spell. USING ARCHITECTURE AS A TACTICAL POSITION There are many place in the labyrinth that the character can use to his advantage when in combat. you can use the 'New Game' option to take your character (complete with stats. Because of the randomness of Diablo. spells you learn and creatures you encounter. Windows 95. experience. some labyrinths will be more challenging than others. After killing several monsters of the same type. Two basic examples of these are barrels and doorways. and inventory) into a new labyrinth where you can fortify him with additional gold. but they also provide excellent blocking terrain for ranged attacks. I LOVE THIS GAME.. Should you have difficulty killing a unique monster with an attack such as firebolt. Doorways can also be used very effectively for singling out monsters when encountered in large groups.

Windows NT 4. use the drivers that come with DirectX 3.microsoft. For users who are running both Windows 95 and Windows NT 4. Tseng chipsets: If you experience problems. Matrox Millennium: If you have a Matrox Millenium card and are experiencing random lockups or palette glitches. Video Cards S3 Vision 968: If you have a video card with a Vision 968 chipset (Diamond Stealth 64 3000 Series.Microsoft DirectX.com +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 3.0 does not require that you install Microsoft DirectX as it is already part of the operating system.e. S3 Virge3D: If you have a card with the Virge 3D chip. characters created while playing under Windows 95 are not available while you are playing under Windows NT 4. please download the latest version of the video driver from their website. The drivers that are supplied by Tseng are not compatible as of release date. these new graphics adapters have DirectDraw drivers that do not work with some applications. please note that multiplayer characters created within one will not be available while playing under the other OS (i.) you will need to obtain the latest DirectX drivers from your video card manufacturer. #9 Motion 771. Sound Cards . You may experience occasional "hard freezes" that will cause your computer to lock up. For a list of video card manufacturers visit our on-line support at: http://www. 3Dlabs GLINT Delta: As of the release date..0. please contact Microsoft technical support at: USA telephone: 1-800-426-9400 International telephone: 001-206-882-8080 http://www. many of these cards were still not supported under DirectX 3. etc. Also. or the driver from the video card manufacturer.blizzard.htm +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 4.0. use the Virge driver from the DirectX 3.0 on their systems.com/support/vendors. If you are running in a "dual desktop" mode with two Matrox Millennium adapters and two monitors. you must change the desktop size in the display properties to 1280x1024 or less before running Diablo.0 CD and NOT the OEM driver.0) If you have difficulty running Windows 95 after these new Microsoft DirectX drivers have been installed. Specific drivers that support DirectX may be available in the future. DirectX is included on the Diablo CD and can be installed from the Diablo setup program. As of the release date.

If you connect to the Internet using Windows Dial-up Networking.com/support/vendors. FILE SYSTEM. and browse the web with Netscape Navigator version 2.blizzard.0. Multiplayer Diablo 6. Specific drivers that support DirectX may be available in the future from Aztec.htm +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 5.net.net is an Internet gaming service provided by Blizzard Entertainment which allows players to meet up. In order to use Battle.Aztec Sound Galaxy: You may notice music skipping on some systems. This is due to incompatibilities between Windows DirectSound and the Aztec drivers. contact your sound card manufacturer. To let Windows 95 manage your virtual memory. your computer must have the TCP/IP protocol installed. In our experience. you may need to free up space on your hard drive. click PERFORMANCE. Playing Diablo over Battle. and must provide TCP/IP support for 32-bit applications. Diablo requires a Windows 95 compatible sound card. we have found that letting Windows 95 manage your Virtual Memory is easiest and best for performance. As of the release of Diablo the drivers that Aztec supply do not correct this. all without paying any special connection charges. select SETTINGS. challenge other players.net Battle. For a list of sound card manufacturers visit our on-line support at: http://www. However. and join games. Windows 95 automatically takes care of this by using what is known as "Virtual Memory" -. Windows 95 allows you to manually set the amount of hard drive space it uses for Virtual Memory. if you connect to the Internet with a .it uses space on your hard disk to simulate the memory it needs and swaps data back and forth from your hard disk as required. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 6. then you probably already have the correct TCP/IP software installed.a. CONTROL PANEL. then double-click SYSTEM.0 or higher or Microsoft Internet Explorer 3. Virtual Memory Settings Diablo may need to use more RAM than is present on your system. make sure that all current Windows 95 and DirectX compatible drivers are installed and. If you should encounter any problems with your sound card. If you are running low on virtual memory. go to the Windows 95 START menu. VIRTUAL MEMORY and then select "Let Windows manage my virtual memory settings (recommended)". if necessary.

6.x or another 16-bit web browser. Connecting to Battle. please see the Network. you may have to ask your network administrator to allow incoming UDP packets on port 6112. UDP packets) from other players.doc file on the Diablo CD. ask your network administrator.b. Playing Diablo over a Local Area Network Diablo supports multiplayer gaming over IPX-compatible networks. In this case.c. If you are trying to play Diablo through a computer that is directly connected to the Internet through your employer or other organization.net through AOL.d. Also. Playing Diablo over a Modem To play Diablo over a modem. To play multiplayer games on Battle. If you are not sure whether your network is segmented or not. If you are unsure whether your provider is blocking this type of connection. If your computer is connected to a local area network. 6. but I can't join a game. Some service providers don't allow incoming data of this type. "I can chat with other users. For more detailed information on setting up and diagnosing troubles with a Local Area Network. or don't provide users with a unique Internet address to which packets can be sent. or people can't join my game. your system must be able to receive packets of game data (technically. you should contact your Internet Service Provider to obtain updated software.net." Diablo will not play across network segments. You should also verify that all computers on the network are using the same frame type.proprietary dialer or browse the web with Netscape 1. you should be aware that some companies block certain types of incoming data to their networks. You can change the frame type that a computer uses in the Network section of the Control Panel. please contact them for more information. please contact AOL directly. then it is likely that your system is not configured to support 32-bit applications. If you are unsure as to whether you already have this. you must ensure that your modem .net through America Online To connect to Battle. AOL's connection to the Internet is often very slow. you will need to use the 32-bit Windows 95 AOL client software. contact your network administrator. which can make multiplayer games between AOL users and users of other service providers almost unplayable." In order to play in a multiplayer game. but you are not sure whether it is IPX compatible or not. 6. "I have IPX but I can't join a game.

the other should wait until the game is running. you may experience video problems when starting the game. read the file Serial. . see the file Serial. Simply connect the null modem cable to a free serial port on each computer and select Direct Cable Connection from within Diablo. 7. .b. then select Retry Connection to join it. For more detailed information on setting up and diagnosing troubles with a Local Area Network. You should also verify that your modem's INIT string is correct. Microsoft PowerToys If you have the Microsoft PowerToys system extensions installed you may experience a black screen upon booting Diablo. .doc file on the Diablo CD. One player should then select Create Game. Playing Diablo over a Serial Cable Connection You can play Diablo head to head using a null modem cable. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 7. "My direct link setup isn't working. although the sounds may still be audible. If this happens.doc on the Diablo CD. Your modem manufacturer will be able to help you with this. If you are unsure how to do this." You must ensure that the serial port you are using is correctly configured in the Windows control panel.Disable any messaging software such as Comm. For more information. or mouse on your system. Also. this process is complicated and is recommended only for technically advanced users. verify that it is not being used by other applications. 6. modem." Here are some things to try: .doc on the Diablo CD. Software Compatibility 7.Disable any Fax software that is installed on your system. and that it does not have an IRQ conflict with another serial port. please see the Modem. but they lock up during gameplay. "My modem won't dial a number or answer an incoming call. However.e.is configured properly in the Microsoft Windows Modems control panel. Central or any other answering machine software. NEC Merlin If you are using a NEC computer with the Merlin assistant. you should remove the Microsoft PowerToys while playing Diablo.Close any other programs which may be using the modem. "Is it true that Diablo supports up to four-player serial games through daisy-chained serial cables?" Yes." "I can get multiplayer games started.a.

which is installed in the Diablo directory. Click on the FILE SYSTEMS button and select the CD-ROM tab. so please feel free to play . disable Merlin by removing the icon from your Startup menu and rebooting your computer. your software will automatically be upgraded to the latest version. Updates. For better performance.5 MB of your available RAM. Music and sound volumes may be set by using the Options menu while playing Diablo.net. If you have more than 16MB of RAM and are experiencing slowdown. Also. and while the speed of your processor is a factor in the performance of the game. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 9.If this happens.net" section in this file. Another method of increasing performance in Diablo is to add RAM to your computer if you are playing on an 8MB system. This can be done by opening the START menu from your task bar.net. you can increase cache size if possible. contact NEC technical support at (800) 632-4554. Video Playback If video playback is slow or choppy on your system. If you have less than 16MB of RAM. PROGRAM CONFLICTS Diablo is a Windows 95 program that is capable of running while other programs are running in the background. you can adjust the size of the playback window using the VidSize utility. selecting SETTINGS and then opening the CONTROL PANELS folder. Patches & General Troubleshooting You can check Blizzard's web site (http://www. For additional information. You can change the cache size of your CD-ROM to increase performance and decrease CD load times. and this causes Diablo to use virtual memory. so you may need to experiment with these to find the optimum setting for your CD-ROM. For best performance we suggest you shut down all other programs (including your Microsoft Office toolbar) while playing. Now open your SYSTEM properties file and select the PERFORMANCE tab. you will want to set your cache size to as low as possible. the music volume should be set to zero. whenever you connect to Battle. MULTIPLE CD CHANGERS Diablo supports the use of multiple CD-ROM drives and CD changers on a single system. IMPROVING GAME SPEED There is a possibility of slower game play on slower systems while music is playing. Windows 95 uses about 2. additional memory can greatly enhance your game speed on baseline systems. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 8.com) for the latest information on updates and patches for Diablo. see the "Playing Diablo over Battle. This process is slower than using RAM directly. Every CD-ROM uses different cache sizes and access patterns. For more information on Battle.blizzard.

net and click the Add/Remove button. Checking this box will delete all saved games of Diablo. if you install Diablo under Windows 95.0 on their systems.e.net you will need to open the START menu from your task bar. DO NOT check this box when prompted. you must uninstall from Windows 95 as well). 10.net in the program list and to remove it. Should you wish to keep your saved games on your hard drive. select Battle.b Uninstalling Battle. You will see Battle. Open the CONTROL PANELS folder and select ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS. .net To uninstall Battle. please note that you must uninstall Diablo from the same OS where it was installed (i. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 10.your Diablo CD from any properly configured CD-ROM drive. For users who are running both Windows 95 and Windows NT 4. you will be asked if you also wish to delete your saved games. Uninstalling 10. When uninstalling Diablo.a Uninstalling Diablo Diablo can be uninstalled from the Autorun menu or through the Diablo group in your start menu.

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