Your guide to the Worlds Chat
How long does it take to download
With a 28.8 modem, Worlds Chat should take about 50 minutes to
download. If you download the four separate files, the first three
should take about twelve minutes each and the last one slightly
Does the demonstration version
Yes. Check the README.TXT file that comes both in
the \INSTALL directory and the C:\WORLDS\CHATDEMO directory for
the exact date. Expired Worlds Chat demonstration version clients
will not be able to log on to the server and youíll get
a message that says youíll need a new version of Worlds
How can I find another user in
Try whispering to them. If they are anywhere in the
Space Station they will be able to hear you. If that person is
not online, the system will give you a message (works only in
How do I change my username?
In the demo version, you can only sign on as Guest
and you will be assigned a ìGuest#XXXî username.
Unique usernames is a feature reserved for Worlds Chat 1.1 Gold
What is the message, Hostname
This is typically a problem
with the DNS server at your ISP.
Why am I entering Worlds Chat
in single-user mode?
If the program fails to establish
a connection with the server, you will be prompted to enter Worlds
Chat in single-user mode where you will be able to navigate the
space. To see and communicate with others, you must enter the
space in multi-user mode.
The possible causes are varied,
but if you take the following actions, you can solve the problem:
What are the known incompatibilities
with various TCP/IP stacks?
We've tested many TCP/IP configurations
in a laboratory setting, and these are the only stacks we know
of that have some sort of incompatibility with Worlds Chat:
|Wollongong 4.0 (LAN)||Upgrade to Wollongong 4.1|
|IBM Internet Connection for Windows NT 3.0 (Dial up)||Upgrade to Windows NT 4.0|
|FTP 1.2 (Dial up)||Contact your ISP for a more recent stack|
|FTP 2.0 (Dial up)||Contact your ISP for a more recent stack|
|GNN (Dial up)||Contact your ISP for a more recent stack|
|InternetMCI (Dialup)||Contact your ISP for a more recent stack|
Will Worlds Chat run through a firewall?
Firewalls are restrictions to Internet access that are placed by the system administrators of larger networks. If youíre using an on-line service or dialing in from home, you wonít have to worry about firewalls. But if youíre trying to use Worlds Chat from a business or school, you might be behind a firewall.
Worlds Chat will not run through a proxy server. Firewalls with
different permissions for inbound/outbound packets are likely
to cause problems. With most standard institutional firewalls,
you may be able to use Worlds Chat. Worlds Chat requires the ability
to exchange TCP/IP messages via ports not used by conventional
FTP:// or HTTP:// pathways. Many other Internet applications,
such as RealAudio will also not run behind certain firewalls.
If you can get RealAudio to work without having to make special
arrangements with your system administrator, chances are fairly
good that Worlds Chat will run behind your firewall also.
What's the difference between
the demonstration version and Worlds Chat Gold?
|Topic||Worlds Chat Gold||Worlds Chat demonstration version 1.1|
|Usernames||New in Version 1.1! Can establish up to three usernames per serial number.||Temporary visitor registered as "guest"|
|Passwords||Password protection lets visitors have permanent identity.||Can only use Guest names, which will be different each time|
|Avatars||40 avatars to choose from||15 avatars to choose from|
|Custom avatars||Lets visitors use custom avatars||No custom avatar support|
|Worlds||Space station and six Worlds to travel around||Travel limited to space station|
|Rooms||800 rooms to visit||50 rooms to visit|
|Art & sound||24MB of art, music and sound effects||4MB of art|
|Session length||Unlimited session length||Timed sessions--visitors may be logged off after a time limit|
|Simultaneous users||Unlimited number of Gold users||Number of Guest users may be limited by the server|
|Placemarking||Placemarking feature lets you make your own shortcuts and navigate easily between Worlds and rooms.||No Placemarking features.|
|Price||$32.95 (SRP) plus $5.00 shipping and handling||Free download from Worlds, Inc. Web site|
How can I get technical support?
Check the Worlds Inc. technical
support page for updated telephone support information at http://www.worlds.net/support/index.html.
Can I run multiple copies of Worlds
If you try to run multiple
copies of Worlds Chat (click the Worlds Chat icon more than once),
cursors and windows may behave strangely.
What if I can't download Worlds
Chat using my browser?
If you are unable to download
Worlds Chat using a browser, try the direct ftp site at ftp.worlds.net/pub/.
If you receive the message, Cannot open passive connection,
log in once more using "anonymous" as the user name
and your e-mail address as the password.
Does installing Worlds Chat change
the configuration of my computer?
When you choose Express install during setup, WinG is installed on your computer. WinG is the Microsoft Windows 3.1 graphics accelerator library. Only in rare cases will the installation of WinG result in a system conflict. If necessary, this file can be easily removed.
What do these error messages
Error Opening Acer524x.exe or OVSF3 Error Opening C:\worlds\chatdemo\bin\acer.bal/start.inf
You may be missing the command
line arguments in your icon. The icons for startup need command
line arguments in order to run.
To fix this problem in Windows
To fix this problem in Windows