Welcome to the official zMUD FAQ! This document contains answers to
several frequently asked questions that I get email on. Please read this entire list. If
you send me a question that is answered in this FAQ I will just delete your email.
This document refers to zMUD versions 7.0 and later. If you are running
an earlier version of zMUD, you should upgrade to the latest public version by
downloading it from the Download page. Upgrades are
If you are having trouble with your license or registration code, you might
also want to check the License FAQ.
If you have a question that isn't covered in this document, please post your
question to the zMUD
Discussion Forum to get more help.
Q: How do I enter my
Follow the instructions given on the Trial screen: Click the License
button, then enter your registration code into the Order ID field. Be
sure you are entering your Registration Code (it looks like a credit card
number xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx). Enter the entire reg code, including the
hyphens. Copying and Pasting this reg code is a good way to avoid making
a typo. After you have entered your reg code, click the Install License
Q: My registration code
Make sure you are entering your Registration code into the Order ID
field. Try copying and pasting the number from the email you got when
you registered. The 0's in the reg code are zeros, not "Oohs".
I run zMUD, I see the splash screen, but then get the error "class not
registered" or "cannot create database"
This means the Microsoft MDAC or JET database system software is not
updated or installed properly on your computer. Follow the detailed
instructions given on the page http://www.zuggsoft.com/data
to fix this.
I install zMUD, it says "Could not initialize installation. CRC
This means your web browser downloaded zMUD in text mode instead of
binary mode. This is a common problem for AOL users. Try using
Internet Explorer and then right-click on the download link and select
"Save Link As" to force the browser to download the file in binary
I run zMUD, I get the error "Invalid Data"
This means the ZMUD.EXE file is corrupted. The most common cause of this is a virus on your
computer that has changed the ZMUD.EXE file. Update the virus definition
files for your virus checker (and be sure you *always* are running a virus
checker). Then delete your zMUD files and reinstall.
Q: I am getting the
message "You have been BLOCKED by the server"
Q: I didn't get all 30 of my trial executions
If you are using a version of zMUD earlier than 6.0, upgrade to version
7.04 or greater. That will usually
reset your 30-execution trials and unblock you from using zMUD. If you
are already using version 7.0 or later, your 30-day trial cannot be reset and
the only way to run zMUD if your trial has expired is to buy it. If you
buy zMUD, you can still get a refund within 30 days if you don't like it.
Q: zMUD hangs as soon as I connect to a MUD character
You probably have a corrupted MUD settings file. It is
actually easy for files to get corrupted, especially in earlier versions of
Saving your settings after getting an Access Violation error is the most common way for
this to happen. However, not all is lost.
- First, find the *.MUD file for your character. It is usually in
the folder for the MUD you are playing.
- Rename this MUD file to something else.
- Run zMUD again and connect to your character Offline. This
allows zMUD to create a new, blank MUD file for your character.
- Select the Import/Settings command from the Settings menu, and when
prompted for a filename, select your old MUD file that you renamed. You should be
able to import your aliases, triggers, etc, from your old file.
- When you have recovered your settings, don't forget to save them with
the Settings/Save menu command.
Q: The address of xxx
MUD in the Connection Wizard is wrong
Q: xxx MUD has moved
Q: Please add xxx MUD to your MUD list
The list of MUDs used in the zMUD Connection Wizard are taken from
the MUD Connector on the
Internet. Three MUD lists can be used:
- Scott Geiger's MUD list (file: mudlist.txt) which hasn't been updated
in a while
- The Small MUD Connector list (file: mudlist.db)
- The Big MUD Connector list (file: mudlist.doc)
To update these lists, click the Update List button in the upper
right corner of the Connection Wizard in zMUD. This will load your Web Browser (does not
work on Win 3.x systems). Make sure you download these lists in ASCII text format, and not
binary (or else you will get a UNIX file that won't load into zMUD).
If the information in these files is incorrect, please contact the MUD Connector and update your
information there. I am not responsible for information in these files.
How do I register my Shareware copy of zMUD
zMUD is Shareware. You may evaluate zMUD for 30-days, but then must
register or else you are in violation of the licensing agreement. Version 3.62a is the
frozen Freeware version and can be used without registering, although no support can be
Registration cost is $25. You may register in several different
ways. For details, see the Order page.
Do I have to register again for future versions
Q: Do I have to register for both the 16-bit and 32-bit versions of zMUD
Q: Do I need to register for both my home and work systems
No. A single registration is good for all future versions of zMUD
and is good for both the 16-bit and 32-bit versions. Also, your registration is for
you as a user and is not tied to your computer. You can use your registration on
up to 3 different computers. To use zMUD on more than 3 computers, you
need to buy additional licenses.
Q: Lines containing word xxxx are not displayed on the screen
Lines containing your password are automatically gagged from the
screen. You should always select passwords that are not real words. Thus, good passwords
will not be displayed as regular text from your MUD. However, if you really want to use a
bad password, you can disable the zMUD gag password option in the General Preferences
Q: I get an error "Cannot run ZMUD.EXE. Missing component"
This message (or anything similar to it) occurs on some Windows 3.1
or Windows For Workgroups 3.11 systems with certain network software (Microsoft TCP/IP,
Novell Winsock, and possibly others). This is an obscure error message from Windows
indicating that it cannot load your WINSOCK.DLL file. The work around is to load some
other network program (Netscape, PING, FTP, almost anything will do), then run zMUD. This
problem does not occur with Trumpet Winsock or with AOL Winsock.
This problem in zMUD was fixed in v4.40
get a Cannot Create Socket (10047) error
This usually occurs when you are trying to use the 32-bit version of
zMUD in Windows 95, but are only using a 16-bit network stack (like Trumpet, or AOL). To
use the 32-bit version of zMUD, you must have both 1) a 32-bit operating
system (like Windows 95 or Windows NT), and 2) a 32-bit network stack
(wsock32.dll) like the networking software built into Windows 95. If you only have 16-bit
network software, you can only use the 16-bit version of zMUD.
I get an "out of resources" error message
Q: I get a "Canvas" error message
This is a problem with Windows 95/98/ME systems. zMUD uses between 30 and 60%
of your system resources, depending upon how many windows you have opened.
Windows 95/98/ME systems are limited to only 128k bytes (yes, K bytes) of
resources, no matter how much RAM you have installed. So, if you are
running zMUD at the same time as other large applications, your system will run
out of resources and start behaving very strangely, eventually giving error
messages and crashing.
So, either quit the other applications and just run zMUD by itself, or
upgrade to Windows 2000 or Windows XP, which removes the resource limit.
Q: zMUD gives me a General
Protection Fault (GPF) error
Q: zMUD gives me an access violation error
This is probably a bug in zMUD. It's Window's general way of saying
that zMUD just messed with memory it shouldn't have. For me to fix this, you must send me
the location of the GPF or access violation that is displayed in the error box, a general
description of what you were doing that lead to the error, and the version of zMUD you are
using. Please be as specific and as detailed as possible.
Or, you may have a corrupted settings file.
How do I keep the mapper window from opening every time
Close the mapper window (using the File/Close menu in the mapper
window). Then, save your settings back in the main window using the Settings/Save menu
option. This will prevent zMUD from opening the mapper window when you start again.
Q: Is there a printed manual for zMUD?
Not directly. However, you can download a printable copy of the help
files and then print it yourself on your printer. If you have
trouble with the link given above, right-click on it and select the option in
the popup menu to save the file to your local hard disk.
Q: Can you
email me a copy of zMUD
Q: Is zMUD available on CD
I will not email zMUD to anyone. zMUD is only available
via downloading the Zuggsoft.com Web site. With a new version every month, its too hard to keep FTP sites
up to date. The only official source of zmud is http://www.zuggsoft.com/.
You can FTP zMUD from TUCOWS at ftp.tucows.com.
Q: Can you
port zMUD to the Macintosh
Q: Is zMUD available on UNIX
No. zMUD is written using the Delphi environment from Borland
International (visual object-oriented Pascal), which is only available on the Windows
Borland did port Delphi to linux (it's called Kylix). However, this
version of Delphi still does not provide enough compatibility to port
zMUD. zMUD is optimized for Windows and is very Windows specific.
There are no plans for any linux version of zMUD.
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