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Super Minesweeper --- F.A.Q. / Support

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Installation and Configuration Issues:

Q: The mouse is being very unresponsive.
A: This is normal on very low end systems, but can also be caused if you run Super Minesweeper after running other games. Try rebooting your computer.

Q: Do I need the full version of Super Minesweeper to play the expansion pack boards?
A: Yes. The Expansion Pack is not compatible with the shareware version of Super Minesweeper.

Q: I installed the Expansion Pack but can't find the new boards in the game!
A: The new board styles appear at the top of the "Available Styles" list. Usually when you start up Super Minesweeper this list is scrolled all the way to the bottom. Just scroll the list up and you should find them.

Q: I don't have DirectX. Will I be able to play Super Minesweeper?
A: No. You must have DirectX 8.0 or later installed to run Super Minesweeper. Generally this shouldn't be an issue for anyone as there is no reason not to install DirectX if you don't already have it. Most Windows systems will already come with a version of DirectX high enough to run the game.

Q: The game stutters a lot when I play it in a window. How can I solve this?
A: Try setting your desktop to 256 colors before playing the game in a window. If this doesn't help you will need to switch back to fullscreen mode to solve the stuttering.

Q: The game stutters a lot in fullscreen mode. How can I solve this?
A: Try disabling background applications that may be eating your system resources, such as download managers, graphical applications, or other programs that you aren't using. On slower systems you'll want as few programs running as possible. Failing this try disabling some of the special effects as they eat up processing power. If disabling all of the special effects and disabling all background programs still doesn't solve your stuttering you should invest in a faster system! ;)

Q: The game is asking me for my registration code even though I already ran the game and put it in.
A: If you tried to move or copy the game data to a new location without uninstalling and reinstalling this may happen. If you install a new version of the game or patch the game this may also happen. Remember to write your registration code down somewhere safe the moment you obtain it!

Q: The game is telling me that the sound system isn't initialized even though I have a sound card.
A: Older sound cards do not have "duplexing" which allow multiple applications to use the sound card at the same time. You probably left an application running that was using the sound card when you launched Super Minesweeper. If this isn't the case you should try restarting your computer.

Gameplay Issues:

Q: In the original Minesweeper game that came with Microsoft Windows you could hold the right mouse button down to place a flag and then chord with the left mouse button. Can you do that in Super Minesweeper?
A: Yes! This is something not every minesweeper game does so if you know how to take advantage of this then go right ahead!

Q: Just how accurate is the timer in this game?
A: The timer in Super Minesweeper starts at 0 and is managed by a high-resolution real-time system. Basically, pull out your watch, put it beside the monitor, and watch the two. The timer in Super Minesweeper is VERY accurate, even if you switch applications in the middle of a game or suffer from poor framerates. High scores are measured down to the millisecond. (Thousandth of a second.)

Q: How do I pause?
A: The pause key or P key on your keyboard. While paused the timer is stopped and the grid of mines will disappear. If you switch out of the game using ALT-TAB it will automatically pause itself. If you are running the game in a window you may need to pause the game manually if you plan to switch to another application.

Q: I changed the color scheme to something really bizarre and now I can't figure out what I'm doing!
A: If you set the color scheme up in such a way that you lose control over how to make the game look hit ESC until the game exits then delete the configuration file SMINE.CFG from the place you installed the game. The next time you launch Super Minesweeper you will lose your options settings but your color scheme will also revert to the default.

Q: Why can't I place '?' Marks in Flagless and Moving-Mine modes?
A: It would basically be the same effect as having flags, wouldn't it?

Q: Do '?' Marks actually do anything?
A: Nope. They're just for show.

Q: Why hasn't the game ended when I hit a mine?
A: Unlike in other Minesweeper games you simply take damage when you hit a mine. The game doesn't end until you have cleared the board or start a new game.

Q: What the...? I hit a mine and I go to chord a number and I suddenly hit another mine!
A: Don't forget to remove any incorrect flags if you hit a mine, they aren't removed automatically.
Q: Why not?
A: Because it's impossible to tell if hitting the mine was accidental as a result of a guess, or intentional as a result of flagging everything then purposefully hitting a mine.

Q: What happens when I click the smiley in the corner?
A: The same as in most other Minesweeper games: You reset the board and start again.

Q: Are any scores made in Super Minesweeper eligable for any World Rankings?
A: Not at present. Perhaps in the future.

Q: Is it possible to get a one-click board in Super Minesweeper?
A: It's very unlikely to happen but can. One-click board times are not ranked since it takes zero effort to win them.

Q: I just cleared a board in an Endurance game. Why is the timer staying still?
A: So you don't have to rush to make your first click on the next board, which is kind of a silly thing to do when you think about it. This also gives you that extra moment to see how you're doing so far.

Q: Why doesn't the board end when I flag all the mines sometimes?
A: In Multi-Mine and Mega-Mine game modes you must click a "CHECK!" button that appears in the bottom left corner to complete the game. If the game doesn't end after flagging everything in the other game modes it's because there's still unrevealed tiles on the board that need to be revealed.
Q: Why doesn't the game just reveal those tiles for me?
A: Because who's to say you put your flags in the right spots?

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