Terminal Velocity Help

This page lists questions and links to solutions for various problems we've encountered for our Terminal Velocity game.

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Information on Fury 3 & Hellbender

Here is a message from Brett Combs, the Vice President of Terminal Reality Inc. regarding Fury^3. It was posted in the Terminal Velocity folder of the Apogee/3D Realms Support Forum on America Online.

Subj: Re:Fury 3 
Date: 95-07-25 23:42:48 EDT 
From: BCCombs Posted on: America Online

For accurate Fury information please read!

Fury3 is a Terminal Reality game published by Microsoft. It was developed (coded 100%) by Terminal Reality for Microsoft. Fury is similar to Terminal Velocity but runs in native Windows mode. Fury will be available only on CD-ROM and requires either Win 3.11 or Win95.

Terminal Reality Inc. is a privately held company that has no affiliation with Microsoft or Apogee (3D Realms) other than they act as its publishers.

Those are the facts!  -  Later on, TRI published an add on pack for Fury3 called "F-Zone", and a sequel to Fury3 called Hellbender.  Apogee has nothing to do with those products, either.

Other sound problems

You will need to select "Sound Blaster Clone" from the list of supported cards for this card to work. The other Sound Blaster options will only work with a true Sound Blaster card manufactured by Creative Labs.

If this does not work, you may wish to contact your sound card manufacturer to make sure that your sound card is set up properly for DOS games. Sometimes, a driver must be loaded for some cards used in some systems. They will be able to show you how to configure your system so that the game works with sound.

Using a Microsoft Sidewinder with TV

For the Sidewinder please make sure that you have it on setting "1" on the Joystick its self. Then select "CONTROL:CH FLIGHTSTICK" Then go into the Calibration for the joystick.

Once this is done everything should work. If you are Still having problems Please Delete the Config File for the Game, and Re install it to make sure that you do not have a corupt file in the game directory.

Installed the Registered Version but only Got Shareware

First, make sure you're installing the CD-ROM version. It is possible to install the shareware version of the game from the CD-ROM. The full CD-ROM version takes up about 37 megs, and the shareware episode takes about 10. Please make sure you're using the right version first.

When you play the registered version of Terminal Velocity, there are three episodes, each with three planets, each planet consisting of 3 levels, except the last planet having only 2 levels.

Anyway, when you start a new game, which episode are you picking? When you start a new game in Terminal Velocity, you're presented with a choice of three episodes (these are NOT planet names).

  1. Tactical Strike (Episode 1, not Planet 1) 1-1 through 3-3 

  2. Heavy Fire (Episode 2, not Planet 2) 4-1 through 6-3

  3. The Mad God (Episode 3, not Planet 3) 7-1 through 9-2

If you start by picking #1, you need to then pick #2, once you've completed 3-3, which is the last level in Episode 1. If you keep on picking the first thing on the list, you're always starting at 1-1.

There are a total of 26 levels in the registered version of Terminal Velocity. They do not play concurrently; in other words, you have to start at 1-1, 4-1, or 7-1.

The CD-ROM version also has a secret planet (which is called 0-0 if you find it). The end of the game refers to "flying the new test TV303 plane". This is nothing more than a cute storyline invented around the secret planet on the CD-ROM version.

I hope this clears up some of the confusion.

Game crashed in Level 5-2

We are aware of the 5-2 tunnel crash, but unfortunately, there's no way to keep it from happening other than to not go into that tunnel. The level is finishable w/o going into that tunnel, so you can either avoid it or see below.

The trick to avoiding the tunnel is after reaching a subterranean cavern, you then pick the correct tunnel out of two. One leads to a problem-free exit, the other is the one that leads to a game crash upon exiting. The way I remember the good tunnel to choose is by looking at the tunnels in relation to two supply bunkers in the cavern. The two tunnels and two bunkers form a formation which looks like this:

T      T

The Ts represent the tunnels and Bs the bunkers. Choosing the tunnel on the right "above" the bunkers leads to a crash, the other on the left is fine.

We've found that booting clean, or running EMM386 as a memory manager tends to reduce the crash risk, but there's no way to totally avoid it at this time.

Modem Port Speed information

The port speed for Terminal Velocity does not go over 9600. There is no speed advantage to it going any faster than 9600, so we forced the program to always open at 9600 for compatibility's sake. The reason the higher port rates are in there is that this setup program will be used in more than just one 3D Realms title. It will also be in Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, etc. It is not a bug.

TV and General Joystick information

You will need to re-run the calibration routine in the game. However, there are a couple of things you will need to check on before you attempt to recalibrate your joystick. First, make sure that you have turned off any "autofire" or "rapid fire" features of the stick. Secondly, if the joystick came with any calibration or setup software, re-run it and reset your base calibration outside of the game. Thirdly, check on the port that the stick is plugged into. Make sure that it is the only active joystick port on your system. If you have more than one port that you could plug the stick into, only one of them can be active unless you have a specially-designed dual port card.

Finally, check to see whether your joystick port is "speed adjustable." Unfortunately, most are not. The ports found on most sound cards and input/output cards (including ports that come as part of a new system) are still manufactured using older technology. The original port specification called for a port that ran at a speed of 4.77MHz, which was the speed that the original IBM PC ran at back in the early 1980s. Most ports still run at this speed, even on newer systems that run many orders of magnitude faster. This speed mismatch can cause protected-mode programs such as Terminal Velocity to not be able to properly recognize the input signals from the port.

And finally when you go into the Control options make sure that the first selection states CONTROL: JOYSTICK If it states control Keyboard press enter on it until it states Joystick, then Recalibrate.

CDRom Error when starting TV (POD)

The problem you are having is related to the device name that is being used by your CD-ROM driver and the Microsoft MSCDEX CD-ROM extensions. There are two lines that you will need to change, one in your CONFIG.SYS and one in your AUTOEXEC.BAT, in order to successfully install the game.

In your CONFIG.SYS file, you have the following line that looks something like this. The CDROM.SYS is an example, please use your driver there, the important thing here is the D:CDROM/D:MSCD001.


Change this line to read:


In your AUTOEXEC.BAT file, you have the following line or something close to it:


Change this line to read:


Reboot your system after you have made and saved these changes. You should have no further problems.

Video Problems with a TNT Video Card (Riva)

After contacting Riva to discover the source of the problem, we learned the the Riva TNT chipset does not support palletized texture maps, which is a common video card feature that Terminal Velocity requires. Until the release of the TNT chipset, all video cards tested with Terminal Velocity supported this feature, and we have not received any reports of problems with other video cards.

Unfortunately Riva has informed us that they are not planning to upgrade their chipset to support the standard, therefore Terminal Velocity is and will remain incompatible with video cards based upon the Riva TNT chipset.

How to do a Clean Boot with TV

The easiest way to do this is to create a bootable floppy disk, sometimes called a "system" disk. Instructions for doing this are in your DOS manual under the FORMAT /S command. After you have formatted a system disk, you will need to create a CONFIG.SYS and an AUTOEXEC.BAT file on the disk.

You can try this one: 

SetBlaster= (your setup) 
c:\mouse ( if you use )

If problems persist, try adding two lines. These lines are the DEVICE=C:\DOS\HIMEM.SYS line in the CONFIG.SYS file and the C:\DOS\SMARTDRV.EXE line in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. Once these lines are added, reboot and run the game.

How to access levels Higher than 3-3 (Registered)

To access stages of the game beyond stage 3-3, you must select one of the other missions of the game. If you will notice, right after you pick Play Game from the main menu, you are presented with a Select Mission screen. You will see three missions: "Tactical Strike," "Heavy Fire," and "The Mad God." In order to play stages beyond 3-3, simply select either "Heavy Fire" (to start at stage 4-1) or "The Mad God" (to start at stage 7-1). The game will not automatically advance to these missions: you must manually select them.

How to access other weapons other than the PAC

In order to get the other Weapons (Other than the PAC) you have to find them. The best place to do this is by blowing up the Bunkers that contain afterburner and Shield restore ICONS in them. You will start to find the weapons very soon after that. When you hit an ICON that is a Weapon it will show you what weapon you picked up and what button to activate it.