"How do I start using aGSM?"

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This page would answer questions about
aGSM

that our users ask most often.

1.

How do I start using
aGSM
?

2.

Where can I get the ws2_32.dll
?

3.

Fonts & toolbars are displayed incorrectly
?

4.

How do I use FSGS to play Diablo (1/
2), Starcraft (Broodwar), etc, over Internet
?

5.

Can you add support for another game
?

6.

Why
aGSM

does not see the supported game server
?

7.

I don't see some game in the list of Internet games?!?


8.

How can I monitor game server running some custom addon
?

9.

How to get notification when some players have joined an empty server on my LAN
?

10.

aGSM for linux / older (IPX) games?
?

Contact us

with additional q
uestions.

"How do I start using aGSM?"

This seems to be the problem for some of our users, so we provide you with this small Getting
Started guide. If you have problems following some of this steps feel free to
ask us
. There's
also a
contributed tutorial in German
, thanks to netrunners.de.

Note that this guide applies only to
aGSM 2.52d

Step 1: Install aGSM

You
can install
aGSM

by running our self
-
installing distributive (you can
download it here
). If
you are using Windows 95 you'll be given a
link to WinSock2
, download and install it prior to
using
aGSM
. After that, follow instructions in the installation program. It is recommended
that you install
aGSM

in the same directory where you installed it before.

Step 2: Configure aGSM

If you are running
aGSM

for the

first time you might want to configure it. Start the program
and select configure button (the one with a wrench on it). First, configure the games installed
on your computer using
General

tab. Double
-
click on the game and press browse button to
locate it'
s executable file.

Explore
Internet

and
LAN

tabs to configure advanced
aGSM

options; you can get help on each
item in the configuration dialog using the small question mark on the titlebar. If confused by
numerous options, leave everything as it is.

Step
3: Add Internet servers

In this version of
aGSM

you can either manually add Internet servers that you use most often,
or import servers from ISEL real
-
time database of most often used servers. See
Internet

tab,
it has all means to manage your server list,
or open
Import

tab, to import servers for any of
the supported games. Note that ISEL database is updated in real time, so you might want to
update your local list of servers to get the latest servers.

To manually add a server, you must know it's address; p
ress add button and enter server's ip
address or Internet name; specify an alias (your own name for this server); select type of the
game from the dropdown list and the server port (leave default value if unsure; you can also
try
Scan

button to find all ac
tive ports on the server).

After you're finished adding your favorite servers, proceed to
Step 4

(you shouldn't normally
add too many servers, it would slow down your refresh times)

Step 4: start using aGSM

Close configuration dialog; you are now ready to
start using
aGSM
. If you are not on a LAN (if
you use modem, you most probably are not), select
Internet

button in the main window.
Otherwise, you might also be interested in the games running on your LAN.

Use
refresh

button to refresh currently selected
list (either Internet or LAN servers). When
the refresh is over you'll see the list of currently active servers; select any server to get
extended information about it in the info tree on the right.

You can join any selected server either by using
Launch

b
utton (big one with a game icon on
it) or by pressing your right mouse button and selecting
Go

(or any of the command
-
lines that
you might have preconfigured using game configuration dialog).

That's it, feel free to explore all options of
aGSM

to get the m
ost out of this program, and
come to this site often for the latest updates!

"Where can I get the ws2_32.dll?"

If your Windows 95 complains about this file when you run
aGSM

then you don't have
WinSock2 installed. Normally, if you run
aGSM

setup, it would
give you the URL where you can
download the WinSock upgrade from Microsoft. You should run downloaded setup file, that
would fix your problem.

If, for some weird reason, you can not download the file from within the
aGSM

setup utility,
try this link
WinSock2 for Windows 95 setup


"Fonts & toolbars are displayed incorrectly"

This happens on some WinNT/Win2k installations which do not have MS Sans Serif font
(
download from here
). This can happen when you upgrade Win98 and this font becomes
broken; it would result in many programs,
aGSM

included, displaying their dialogs incorrectly
(using standard system font). Just download the font, unzip

it somewhere, and then drag it
over your Fonts directory (Start
-
>Settings
-
>Control Panel
-
>Fonts), it should fix this problem.

"Can you add support for another game?"

Yes, sure. We are trying to add support for as many
good

multiplayer games as possible.
However, we might not have some of the games, and as our project is non
-
commercial we
also can't spend lots of money on games. Your help (game CDs, etc) would be greatly
appreciated. We also reserve the right to include only the games which we do like and
consider appropriate.

"Why aGSM does not see the supported game
server?"

First of all, check the configured timeout. If it is too low, some slower servers may fail to
respond. If you did not import any Internet servers, you would not see any servers after
refresh, as well. Go to configuration dialog, Internet tab, and see if you have any servers
there (unless you are on a LAN). Also, check the game configuration dialog and see which
version of the game is supported. Sometimes different versions of the game
behave different
and can not be detected. Anyway, we try our best to keep up with game updates and new
patches, and to add support for the latest game versions as soon as they come out. If you see
that latest version of some game is not supported by
aGSM
,
and it is not on our
ToDo list
,
please
contact us

ASAP.

"I don't see some game in the list of Internet
games?!?"

aGSM

was primarily
designed as LAN game server monitor. Things changed, and now it
supports Internet games aswell. But, not all of the supported games can be monitored on
Internet. Some of them require commercial services to play, and supporting these is not what
we would do
. Some are using IPX protocol only, etc. Non client
-
server games have the lowest
chance to be supported on Internet directly, because of their nature. Please see our
games
list
, it shows which games are support
ed on Internet and which are LAN
-
only. Also, see the
next section of this FAQ for details regarding Blizzard games playable over FSGS.

"How do I use FSGS to play Diablo (1/2), Starcraft
(Broodwar), etc, over Internet?"

aGSM

supports FSGS, which stands for
Free Standard Game Server, which effectively emulates
Blizzard's Battle.Net service and allows you to play LAN/BNet only titles over Internet on the
server of your choice. You can use
aGSM

as a server finder and connecting utility for FSGS
servers just as
you would do with any other supported game, however, there are some
gotchas. FSGS is not a game in itself, but a multi
-
game chat lobby with game serving
capabilities. You don't have to install anything to play Diablo or Starcraft/Warcraft on FSGS,
just the

game and
aGSM
. You should import some FSGS servers closer to you (lower ping), and
configure FSGS (general configuration, double click FSGS, enter the path to the game
executable that you would be playing via FSGS).

Now, refresh the list of Internet serv
ers, pick a FSGS server, and connect to it. Your chosen
game would be started, and you should select "Open Battle.Net" in the menu, it would
connect you to the server (provided that you have the latest patch of that game). Two things
that you should know
-

you can play only one game over FSGS with
aGSM

(you have to
reconfigure FSGS if you want to change the game you would be playing), and also,
aGSM

would overwrite your open Battle.Net ip address in the registry when you connect, so every
time you connect t
o Open Battle.Net from your Blizzard games you would be taken to the
FSGS server that you last played on from within
aGSM
. Please contact
FSGS developers

if you
have technical difficulties connecting to or pl
aying on their servers.

"How can I monitor game server running some
custom addon?"

aGSM

would monitor any server, irregardless of the add
-
on which is run on the server.
aGSM

currently does not differentiate between various mods and flavors of games; this a
bility
would be included with Filters (see
ToDo
).

If you want to connect to some server with a custom command line (like "
quake
-
game ctf
")
you should go to configuration dialog, general section, and edit that g
ame's properties.

You can add as many command line configurations as you like. To start a game using your
custom command line configuration click right mouse button on the server in the server list
and choose the configuration from the popup menu.

"How to
get notification when some players have
joined an empty server on my LAN?"

aGSM

can notify you when someone joins an empty dedicated server running on your LAN.
In
order to achieve this, follow this steps:



Go to configuration, general tab, double click on

the desired game to get game properties
dialog (where you usually set game executable path). In there you can see two options :
"hide empty servers" and "hide full servers". We recommend you check both of them if you
only want to see joinable games.

NOTE:

for some games these boxes can be grayed
-

for ex., there can not exist an empty StarCraft
server, at least one person is always on, so this box is grayed for SC.; etc




Now, you can set up desired notification method. In the same configuration dialog, che
ck
"popup dialog if servers found" if you want to be notified with messagebox when anyone
joins a server. Alternatively, you can check "Animate tray" and set desired animation
speed, to be notified by a tray icon.



One last thing to do: open LAN tab in con
figuration dialog, and set refresh to automatic.
Select desired refresh period; usually something about 1 minute with 200 (400 for slower
LANs) msec timeout works best.

Now, minimize
aGSM

to tray and you'll never miss the game again, ever!

"aGSM for linu
x / older games?"

There will probably never be
aGSM

version for linux and older games like DOOM, however, we
can recommend you a linux game server browser (free software, GPL license) named
XQF
,
and another utility for playing old games (and new games which only support IPX), ones like
Descent, DOOM, Warcraft, and many more on Internet. This utility is very much like Kali
(which is no longer supported), and is named
Kahn
, and is freeware. Enjoy!

If you have any other questions about
aGSM
, please contact our
support
.