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Free Blackjack Game Help

What kind of hardware and software do I need to play the games?

You need a Java-capable computer to play games 1, 3 and 4. They are written in the Java programming language. There is never anything to download or install onto your computer with these games. All you need to do is access our web site, click on the games, and play. The java games will run on just about any make, model or brand computer, but, to run Java best, we recommend a Pentium computer, 32 megabytes of memory, and either Netscape Navigator version 4.01 (and above) or Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4.1 (and above). Mac users can play too, if they have a computer that will support Java.
To play Game #2, you will need to download the shockwave plugin.

Click here to download the latest version of Shockwave Player

To make sure your version of Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer is Java-Enabled, follow these instructions:

If you are using Netscape, choose "preferences" from the "Edit" menu. Then, click on "advanced" and verify that the "Enable Java" and "Enable JavaScript" boxes are checked. After you have exited "preferences," close all Netscape browsers and then re-open Netscape with your new settings.

If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, choose "Internet Options" from the "View" menu. Then, click on the "advanced" tab and verify that the "Java JIT compiler enabled" box is checked. After you have exited "Internet Options," close all Internet Explorer browsers and then re-open Internet Explorer with your new settings.

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I can't see the games properly on my monitor. What can I do?

In order to see our casino games properly on your computer monitor, you must make sure that the "Screen Area" in your Display settings are set large enough.

Here is how to check your screen area settings on Windows 95/98:
1) Click on the "Start" button on Windows.
2) Click on "Settings."
3) Then click on "Control Panel."
4) Double-click on the "Display" icon (monitor).
5) When the Display window opens, click on the "Settings" tab.
6) Look at the "Screen Area" setting in the lower right corner of the Display window.
7) Make sure the Screen Area is set to at least 800 x 600. If your computer will allow it, we recommend a Screen Area setting of 1024 x 768, or higher. The larger the screen area setting, the more you will be able to see on one page.

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The games are not loading. What's wrong?

The Java games take a little time to load. If you are using a 28.8 Kbs modem, the games should load in about 1 to 2 minutes the first time you play.

If you get a screen which says "You need a Java-compatible browser to play this game", then you may not have the proper software or hardware. Check our hardware/software answer. If you have the correct configuration, your Java Support may be turned off. Check your "preferences" in your browser "properties" to make sure you have not disabled Java.

If the game screen comes up but none of the game-functions work, try to reload the games: Hold down the left shift key and at the same time click on reload. This should re-start the games.

If the games still won't work, you will need to clear your cache and re-start your browser. Do the following, then completely shut down all your browser windows, (including email), restart, then reconnect:

Netscape version 3: Click Options...Network Preferences...Cache. There are two buttons: 'Clear Memory Cache' and 'Clear Disk Cache'. You need to do both.

Netscape version 4: Click Edit...Preferences Advanced...Cache. There are two buttons: 'Clear Memory Cache' and 'Clear Disk Cache'. You need to do both.

Microsoft Internet Explorer version 3: Click View Options...Advanced...Settings. Empty the temporary folder.

Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4: Click View...Internet Options...General...Temporary Internet Files: Click the Delete Files button.

If the games play but then freeze up, but the rest of your computer is OK, you may need to shut down your browser and restart your computer. This is the result of Microsoft’s memory management system. It is inconsistent and this only affects some computers. If this happens, you will need to close all the browser windows, including email, and then restart your computer, reconnect and then re-enter the games.

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I use AOL. Can I still play the Java games ?

Yes, you can. Here are special instructions for AOL users:

If you access the Internet via AOL and are experiencing difficulty in playing our games then the following information will provide you with a solution.

The problem presents itself if you are using the default AOL 3.0 browser to access our game pages. The AOL 3.0 browser download provides a stripped-down version of its browser, which makes it incapable of handling the Java technology we are using. You can improve this by downloading the latest version of Internet Explorer.

The alternative solution is to download either the latest version of Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.

Click here to download the latest version of Internet Explorer

Click here to download the latest version of Netscape Navigator

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I have Web-TV. Can I still play the games?

Unfortunately, not at the moment. You need a Java compatible browser to play games 1, 3 and 4, and Web-TV does not yet support Java. Furthermore, you will not be able to play game #2 either, because you cannot download the Shockwave plug-in for Web-TV.

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