MechCommander

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MechCommander
MechCommander cover
Developers
FASA Interactive
Publishers
MicroProse
Release dates
Windows March 31, 1998
MechCommander guide at StrategyWiki
MechCommander at Wikipedia
MechCommander
MechCommander 1998
MechCommander 2 2001

Key points

Installer is 16-bit only, but a workaround is available. See Running the game on 64 bit-Windows

General information

BattleTech Wiki - A massive wiki for everything BattleTech related
MechCommander Gold Wiki - A small wiki for the game

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
MechCommander: Desperate Measures Included with MechCommander Gold.
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\PREFS.CFG

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Voice, Sound FX
Surround sound
Subtitles
Affects radio chatter and video briefing
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can't Alt+Tab .

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 IPX, TCP/IP, Serial/Modem.
Online play
6 Required MPlayer or MSN Zone.

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Running the game on 64-bit Windows[edit]

Although the game installer is 16-bit, the actual game is 32-bit.
Setting up the game manually[citation needed]
  1. Somewhere on the computer (ex. the Desktop), create a new folder called "MechCommander".
  2. Copy the contents of the MechCommander CD and paste them into the folder that was created before.
  3. When everything has finished copying, go into the installation folder and right click on the MC.exe (or MCX.exe).
  4. Go to the "Compatibility" tab and enable Compatibility Mode (set it to "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)").
  5. Run the MC.exe (or MCX.exe) file to play the game.

Notes

This will not run full screen.[citation needed]

Use higher resolutions in game[edit]

Set higher resolutions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open PREFS.CFG.
  3. Add the line l Resolution=X at the bottom of the file.
  4. Replace X with:
    • 0 for 640x480 (default)
    • 1 for 800x600
    • 2 for 1024x768
    • 3 for 1280x1024.
  5. With the game running in higher resolution, you can use the zoom in feature (press '+') to play in highest detail with slightly more battlefield visibility that the game offers by default in the unzoomed state.

Notes

Menus are fixed to 640x480. In game resolution can be increased, but menus will not stretch to fill the screen.

Rainbow color problem[edit]

When running on fullscreen in Windows Vista or later may trigger the rainbow color problem.
Install DirectPlay[citation needed]
  1. Press Win+X.
  2. Select 'Programs & Features'.
  3. Click 'Turn Windows features on and off'.
  4. Tick 'DirectPlay' under the 'Legacy Components' item.
  5. Click OK to close the window then reboot.

Notes

See Rainbow color problems in older games for more ideas to fix this problem.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 200 MB 600 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA compatible
2 MB of VRAM

References