If you have a question that is not answered here, please
and I will do my best to answer, or point you in the right direction.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I cant connect to PXO
A:PXO is no longer working. We now use irc.gamesurge.net or the German site, irc.descentforum.net to
chat. You can use any standard IRC chat client to join irc.gamesurge.net
(#descent3), irc.descentforum.net (#descent) or a program like
Vortex, that has the IRC client pre
configured for Descent 3 chat. To view the on-line games, you can visit the
Descent Game Tracker, or the combination Chat Game
Q: Why cant I see the on-line games?
A:If you have not patched your game to ver 1.4, you will not
see any of the servers, as they have all been patched to ver 1.4. Get your US patch
here. You can no longer see games from within D3.
Q: I have Windows. I don't know which patch to
download, the patch isn't working, or I can't start Descent 3
because it will not recognize my CD in the drive. What do I do?
A: Try the following steps. If
it still doesn't work, email
1. Download the
Version 1.4 Patch.
2. Double click on the file you downloaded.
3. When it asks you, type in the location where you installed
Descent 3. If you're not sure where this is, do a search for
"Descent 3.exe" and enter exactly what lists under the "In Folder"
4. The game should now work.
Q: I have the Dual-Jewel version of Descent 3,
and when I try to install any of the patches, the installation
terminates with an error message stating: 'Old File Not Found' and
the D3 US/EU/AUS Version 1.4 Patch didn't work. What do I do?
A: The Dual-Jewel release of
Descent 3 contains a slightly newer revision of the game that the
patches are unable to recognize. To resolve this issue, please do
1. Uninstall Descent 3 and reinstall it to the default directory.
2. Download and run
d3_us_1.0_djfix.exe and extract it to the directory the game was
3. Install the most recent patch for Descent 3 (d3_us_1.4_patch.exe).
Q: How do I find out what version of Descent 3
I am using?
A: The header at the top of the
readme file states the version of Descent 3 that you are using. You
can access the readme file by executing the readmeviewer.exe program
in the Descent 3 install directory.
Q: I get a crash on level 10 in the same
place (at the data uplink center)?
This is a problem with version 1.3.x of Descent 3. Update to
Q:I'm getting a black screen when I hit play from the launcher!
Whats up with that?
this occurs when your 3d card has bad drivers or is not a supported
card, but still shows up in the 3d device list. There are two things
to do in this situation:
1. Find out what chipset your card has and make sure it is supported
by d3 (see the supported cards list). If its not on the list then
you are out of luck.
2. If it is supported, then head over to the website for the chipset
manufacturer and get the latest drivers for the card. They should
have complete instructions for installing the drivers. Usually
getting the 'reference' drivers from the chipset manufacturer is the
best option since they are most frequently updated.
Q:I have an ATI Rage Pro card and some of the windows are
opaque when they should be transparent?
Yep. This is an issue with ATI cards that can't really be fixed. The
Rage 128 also exhibits this behavior to some degree but you can
generally see the transparent windows properly from certain angles.
The workaround for this is to add the command line argument -norenderwindows,
which will not render the windows at all. To get past level 2 you
need to see through the window into the chemical room so this is
highly recommended (at least for level 2 play). UPDATE: the newest
rage pro drivers bring them up to the compatibility level of the
rage 128 - basically now you can see through windows if you look at
the right angle..
Q: I'm stuck on level x in place y!! Help!!
Try using your guidebot. Pressing F4 will bring up the menu. If you
follow the guidebot you can get through most of the levels without
too much trouble. There are a few puzzles and tricks the little
fella can't show you though. If you are really stuck, check out the
D3 strategy guide from Brady Games or surf over to Moon's
Q:I got a crash!
Sorry about that. When you get a crash it will make a file called "error.log"
in your D3 directory. If you have a crash pretty frequently, try
deleting the error.log file and then making the crash occur so it
just has the log for that one particular crash. Send that file,
along with a description of what was happening in the game, to
Q:My guidebot gets confused on level 12 because of a missing
Unfortunately a patch to fix this is difficult to do (and would be a
HUGE download) because it is a problem with the data files in the
game, not the executable. The level is fully finishable but you're
on your own for the last goal. Check out
Moon's Descendarium for a walkthrough if you are having trouble
finishing this one.
Q: I get a bluescreen crash in WSIPX.VXD?
This is a strange bug in windows, that for some reason, when we ask
the system what network devices are available, it will crash on some
computers. If you use IPX protocol on your network normally,
uninstalling and then reinstalling the drivers will fix the problem.
If you don't, just go ahead and remove them. They can be accessed
from the Control Panel -> Network
Q: What is this talk about a hardware 3d card? Is my card
supported? Is there a software option?
A 3d accelerator card is designed for very fast rendering of shapes
to the screen, on a separate chip from your main processor, allowing
for more and better graphics while letting your computer do more
with robots and sound and other exciting stuff. Many cards these
days and many newer computers have 3d hardware support, but not all
of them. Here is a list of supported cards and the website where you
can get the latest reference drivers for them. Software rendering is
unfortunately just too slow to be playable.