The Doom Help Service (DHS)
Help Files Archive
15th Revision, 15/Mar/95
Hi there! :)
(And welcome, if you are a newcomer to Doom)
This file contains a description of the various help files contained in
the Doom Help Service Archive (namely, the file doomhelp.zip).
For detailed information about the DHS and the various rec-based USENET
newsgroups dedicated to Doom, Doom II and Heretic (or if you are a new player
of these games) please read the file called 'README' contained in this archive.
Doom is a complex game and has produced many questions. Like most subjects,
there is a Doom FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) available. This is the first
item listed below. Read this before anything else! Well, that said, it IS
rather large and will have a lot of information that you won't immediately want
or need to know.
Also, read the 'README' file that comes with Doom as this has lots of
information in it too.
To include ALL the information relevant to Doom in the Doom FAQ would make the
Doom FAQ very large indeed. I have already had problems emailing it to several
people because of its present size. Therefore, this archive contains, as well
as the main Doom FAQ, a sizeable number of other help files. These answer some
of the questions which really need to be explained at a level of detail which is
impractical to achieve in the main Doom FAQ without making it far too large.
This archive should contain the following files:
README doomhelp.txt awadis.hlp demomake.hlp
dmiiscrt.hlp dmshrwr.hlp dmsp1666.hlp doomchts.hlp
doomnet.hlp ftpdoom.hlp ftpintro.hlp ftpsites.hlp
ftputils.hlp ftpwww.hlp hticscrt.hlp inetdoom.hlp
levelnms.hlp linuxdm.hlp notes1_2.hlp os2help.hlp
patchinf.hlp pwadinfo.hlp pwadmake.hlp pwaduse.hlp
rgcdfaq.hlp sgidmfaq.hlp spoilers.hlp windoom.hlp
If one of these is missing, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
describing the omission.
<file name(s)> - <brief description>
<detailed description if needed>
doomfaq6.666 - The Doom FAQ v6.666, by Hank Leukart.
It answers a vast number of questions about Doom and is a sizeable
document. It has a very good description of the game as well. Read it
before anything else! Like as not, the answers to most peoples' questions
will be in this FAQ. However, the Doom FAQ does _not_ get updated very often
and so the other files in the archive are actually more likely to have more
up-to-date information on things such as ftp and World Wide Web site
rgcdfaq.hlp - The RGCD FAQ, maintained by Frans P. de Vries.
This answers the most frequently asked questions by those who read and post
to the rec.games.computer.doom.* news groups. It contains pointers to
dozens of ftp sites and web sites where the most sought after PWADs, etc.,
can be found, as well as answering many of the most frequently asked
questions about Doom. This file is updated frequently; to get the latest
version, read rec.games.computer.doom.announce.
doomchts.hlp - A complete list of the Doom and Doom II cheat codes
and how to use them.
Also included is a summary of controls that you can use in Map mode, and
how to use the berserker box when you already have the chainsaw. This
file has been updated to include Doom II information and also contains the
cheat codes for the Jaguar 64 and Sega 32X versions of Doom.
ftpintro.hlp - An introduction to ftp.
For those who want to use ftp to get Doom files, but have never used it
before, this file explains what ftp is, how it works and how to use it.
ftpsites.hlp - A list of Doom ftp sites.
Contains the ftp site address for the the main Doom ftp site as well as
listing all the various mirror sites around the world. Again, see
rgcd.announce for the latest edition.
ftpwww.hlp - A much broader listing of ftp and World Wide Web sites.
This file contains all the information that ftpsites.hlp has, but it also
describes various other World Wide Web sites and non-mirror ftp sites for
Doom related files.
ftputils.hlp - Where to get pkunzip, uudecode and the gmouse driver by ftp.
(actually, it shows where to get the complete pk and uu archive files).
ftpdoom.hlp - A step by step guide on how to ftp shareware Doom v1.666.
Especially useful if you're unfamiliar with ftp. This file contains
a list of ftp sites to choose from. It also shows how to install the game
once you get the ftp'd file. The instructions given here are applicable to
all version of Shareware Doom. v1.666 is just used as an example. If you
download Shareware Doom, try and get the latest version (currently v1.9).
demomake.hlp - A step by step guide to making .lmp demo recordings of your
Includes example command lines to demonstrate the various parameters.
This file does NOT, however, contain information about making .lmps of
modem/network playing sessions. If anyone wishes to send me a complete
description of how to do this, feel free to email me.
dmiiscrt.hlp - A complete list of secrets for Doom II.
awadis.hlp - A description of what a WAD file is.
Explains the differences between an IWAD file, PWAD file, what they
pwaduse.hlp - A description of how to use add on level files (PWAD's).
Contains info on front end utilities to make net play with add-on levels
much easier and other info.
pwadinfo.hlp - A brief description of how to begin making your own levels.
This is NOT a file such as Tom Neff's Design FAQ (see next entry). It is
just an explanation of what the business entails in general. Mentions the
odd editor, that sort of thing. Useful for someone who hasn't started
level creation at all just yet and has no idea where to begin.
pwadmake.hlp - Tom Neff's Doom level-editing Design FAQ v1.2.
This file contains the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions
about level creation and editing.
dmsp1666.hlp - Matt Fell's Doom Specs file.
If you intend to do any Doom editing, read this file! It contains a complete
description of the main Doom WAD file (internal format, contents, etc.)
dmshrwr.hlp - A complete list of secrets for Episode 1 ONLY of Doom I.
Written by Eugene Cohen, this is in word form (as opposed to the numeric
co-ordinates given in the Doom FAQ).
doomnet.hlp - The Doom Network Trouble Shooting Guide.
Written by Murray Chapman, this guide is not a complete help text as
it's designed for those who have dedicated Doom networks, but are still
experiencing problems in getting the game to run properly.
inetdoom.hlp - The TCP/IP Internet DOOMer's FAQ.
Written by Scott Coleman and Jay Cotton.
linuxdm.hlp - The Linux Doom FAQ.
Written by Steve VanDevender.
sgidmfaq.hlp - The SGI Doom FAQ.
Written by John Troyer.
patchinf.hlp - How to go about upgrading from one version of Doom to another.
This file has specific information concerning upgrading from v1.1 to Doom
v1.2 as there were particular problems with that upgrade. Information is
also given as to how to upgrade to v1.666 and v1.9.
notes1_2.hlp - Information on Doom v1.2 compared to Doom v1.1.
This does NOT describe new features - it merely covers things such as
saved-game compatibility, etc. Most importantly, it has an extensive
description of the PS/2 'psycho-mouse' bug and some ideas on how to solve it
(the easiest being to upgrade to v1.666 or higher).
windoom.hlp - How to run Doom under Windows.
Originally devised as a means of curing the psychomouse bug present in
v1.2, this file is surprisingly popular even now. It must be because of all
those Doomers who play at work... :-)
os2help.hlp - How to run Doom and Doom II under OS/2.
Written by Brian Kidby.
spoilers.hlp - A spoilers file. Miscellaneous hints and tips about Doom I.
I started this before the Doom FAQ completed its extensive secrets list and
as a result never finished it. However, some may find it useful. It contains
complete walkthroughs for levels 1 to 3 of Episode 1 in Doom Registered
(these walkthroughs are not written by me). The FAQ has an extensive list
of secrets now, so this file is kinda redundant, but some might find the
verbal descriptions easier. It covers the following:
1. Where is the entrance to the secret level in E2?
2. How can I kill the Cyberdemon at the end of episode 2?
3. How can I get into the secret room to the right of the blue key
4. I seem to be missing a secret in E2L2. Any idea where it is?
5. How do I do E1L1 (Hangar)? (this covers the entire level: how to get
the power armour outside, how to find the new secret that is in v1.2,
and is in fact a complete solution to the entire level).
6. How do I do E1L2 (Nuclear Plant)? (this covers the entire level: how
to find the first chainsaw, the chaingun, the backpack, and so on. It
is a complete solution to E1L2).
7. How do I do E1L3 (Toxin Refinery)? (this covers: 'How do I raise the
bridge?', 'How do I get to the secret level on E1?', and is in fact a
complete solution to E1L3).
levelnms.hlp - Doom and Doom II Episode and Level names listing.
A list of each of the names of the various levels in each episode of
Doom I and Doom II (the latter has levels only). A useful little reference!
This should help reduce the number of 'I wish I could remember the level
names...' comments! :D
If you have any suggestions as to what else could/should be
included in this archive, please email me. Or any other comments, etc.
You may distribute the DHS archive as much as you like as long as it remains
complete and unchanged. My thanks to the many contributors of the help
information contained herein.
The Doom Help Service (DHS).
Coordinator of rec.games.computer.doom.help
Home page: http://www.cee.hw.ac.uk/~mapleson/
Help Archive: http://www.cee.hw.ac.uk/~mapleson/doom/doomhelp.zip
SGI Stuff: http://www.cee.hw.ac.uk/~mapleson/sgistuff/sgindex.html
Ian C. R. Mapleson BSc.,
Oceans Systems Research Group,
Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering,
Heriot Watt University,
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