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Problems that could affect any MS-DOS based Lemmings game
Problem:
I own Lemmings but I lost / damaged the media necessary to get past the copy protection. Can you help me?
Solution:
Sorry, I can't help. Please contact Psygnosis for help on this matter.

Problem:
No matter what I try, [insert Lemmings game here] won't work under Windows 98.
Solution:
Quoting from the Lemmings 2 Technical Addendum "Microsoft Windows - don't do it. Windows doesn't like Lemmings 2 and Lemmings 2 doesn't like Windows. Instead of saving the lemmings you might send them on a permanent trip to la la land". This is generally what Windows 98 and most MS DOS based Lemmings game think of each other. There was a solution posted in alt.lemmings which tells you how to set up a boot disk from Windows 98. I have heard this solution sometimes doesn't work. (The link to the solution was from The World of the Lemmings)

An alternative solution is to get a hold of an MS DOS 6 or Windows 95 boot disk and run the games booting from that. This solution has worked with me.

Problem:
When I try to start [insert Lemmings game here] it returns an 'out of memory' error
Solution:
Make a boot disk. Instructions for doing so can be at this section of the Psygnosis website.

Problem:
The mouse just won't cooperate
Solution:
Make sure your mouse driver is Microsoft Mouse Driver Version 9.0 or later. If this is the case with you, see Microsoft's web site for more information about obtaining this driver.

Problem:
My mouse will not work, in Autoexec.bat it is listed as SET MOUSE = [mouse directory]
Solution:
This tells the OS where the Mouse files are, but you have to call them. Insert a line in Autoexec.bat like this one
[path to mosue][mouse driver].
On my system this reads as
C:\MSINPUT\MOUSE\MOUSE.EXE

Original Type Games
Problem:
When running under Windows, the icons at the bottom of the screen don't show.
Solution:
The best, and most simple way to do this is to reboot your machine in MS DOS mode and run the game from there. Oh No! It's the Lemmings Game Web Page offers a range of different way of solving this problem on their Tech Page.
Lemmings 2: The Tribes
Problem:
Lemmings 2 returns an out of memory error when running with sound enabled. It's fine without sound enabled
Solution:
If the sound card type is not set to Adlib, set it to Adlib. This has helped a few people. If it's already set to Adlib, I'd suggest freeing up some more memory. If that doesn't help, you can at least play the game without sound.

Problem:
When running under Windows 98, the Lemmings 2 Installation tool crashes when creating the file l2.ini
Solution:
If your drive is FAT32, use Power Quest's Partition Magic or a similar tool to convert your drive to FAT16. This may not help you. If it doesn't or you're already using FAT16, here is an l2.ini file that is configured for no music, no sound effects and colour

[l2prefs]
Bios = 787
Boot = 51466
Music = 0
SoundFX = 0
Mono = 0
SoundName = ""
IntroName = ""
Input = 0
Sensitivity = 1
You might want to try booting from a DOS 6.2 or Windows 95 boot disk if that doesn't work.

Problem:
I can't get Lemmings 2 to run in a DOS box from Windows.
Solution:
I'd recommend running it under DOS, but if you have to run it under Windows here's how you do it.
1. Create a shortcut to the file l2.exe
2. Right click on the shortcut and select properties
3. Select the 'Program' tab
4. Select 'Advanced'
5. Make sure both 'Suggest MS DOS mode as necessary' and 'MS DOS Mode' are not select. The only one that should be select is 'Prevent MS DOS based programs from detecting Windows'
6. Press OK continually to get out of the 'Shortcut Properties' box.
If it returns an 'Out of Memory' error, either disable sound or select the 'Adlib' soundcard.

The Lemmings Chronicles / All New World of Lemmings
Problem:
I can't get Chronicles / ANWOL to run in a DOS box from Windows.
Solution:
I'd recommend running it under DOS, but if you have to run it under Windows here's how you do it.
1. Create a shortcut to the file l3.bat
2. Right click on the shortcut and select properties
3. Select the 'Program' tab
4. Select 'Advanced'
5. Make sure both 'Suggest MS DOS mode as necessary' and 'MS DOS Mode' are not select. The only one that should be select is 'Prevent MS DOS based programs from detecting Windows'
6. Press OK continually to get out of the 'Shortcut Properties' box.
3D Lemmings
Problem:
3D Lemmings runs too fast! I can't stop it!
Solution:
Your processor is too fast for the game. There's a program called Mo'Slo' which can slow down your computer.

Problem:
I can't get 3D Lemmings to run in a DOS box from Windows.
Solution:
I'd recommend running it under DOS, but if you have to run it under Windows here's how you do it.
1. Create a shortcut to the file l3d.exe
2. Right click on the shortcut and select properties
3. Select the 'Program' tab
4. Select 'Advanced'
5. Make sure both 'Suggest MS DOS mode as necessary' and 'MS DOS Mode' are not select. The only one that should be select is 'Prevent MS DOS based programs from detecting Windows'
6. Press OK continually to get out of the 'Shortcut Properties' box.

Problem:
Soundcard auto configuration didn't work on my Sound Blaster 16
Solution:
Set I/O to 0x220, IRQ to 5 and DMA to 1/5. This should solve the problem.

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Other Technical Problems?
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