1942: Pacific Air War

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1942: Pacific Air War
1942 Pacific Air War - cover art.jpg
Developer(s) MicroProse
Publisher(s) MicroProse
Platform(s) MS-DOS
Release date 1994
Genre(s) Flight simulator
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Input methods Keyboard, Joystick,Mouse

1942: Pacific Air War is a DOS-based combat flight simulation released by MicroProse in 1994. It follows the U.S. and Japanese World War II conflict from 1942 to 1945.


System Requirements

  • IBM PC 33Mhz 80386 compatible or faster
  • 4MB RAM
  • MS-DOS 5.0 or higher
  • Windows 3.1 or higher
  • Super VGA graphics for 320 x 200 x 256 colors
  • Double-speed CD-ROM drive (MSCDEX version 2.1 or later)
  • Hard drive (10MB free)
  • Mouse


  • IBM PC 80486, Pentium compatible or faster
  • 8MB RAM
  • Joystick


  • Ad Lib
  • Covox Sound Master II
  • General MIDI
  • ProAudio Spectrum
  • Roland MT-32/CM-32/LAPC-1
  • Sound Blaster
  • Sound Blaster Pro

Cheat codes

Type RASTA to get the cheat code menu.



Q: I've heard that the game is a DOS game. Can I install it from Windows?

A: 1942: The Pacific Air War Gold can only be installed through Windows. The installer program is named SETUP.EXE and will be found on your CD-ROM. Just double-click on the SETUP.EXE to install both the game and the Windows multimedia supplement.


Q: I can't seem to run the game when I double-click on the game icon in Windows. How can I get into the game?

A: 1942: The Pacific Air War is a DOS-based game. You should run the game in MS-DOS mode. Even though the game installs through Windows, only the multimedia supplements are designed to work through Windows. To get into MS-DOS mode using Windows 95, go to the Start menu. Then click on Shut Down and choose "Restart computer in MS-DOS mode."

Q: Whenever I try to run the game from DOS, I get an error that says, "This game requires 150k of free disk space."

A: There could be a number of causes for this error.

1) You may be trying to run the game from the CD-ROM drive. You cannot do this. You must run the game from your hard drive.

2) If you are running the game from the hard drive and are still getting this error, you may have installed the game with the Install program from the GAME directory. You should only use the Setup program from the root directory on the hard drive.

3) There is a chance that your hard drive is actually full. You may need to delete some files from your hard drive.

Q: When attempting to start the game, I receive an error message about low conventional memory, or the game just quits.

A: This means that you do not have sufficient free conventional memory to run the game. The game requires about 580K of free conventional memory to run. To check how much free conventional memory you have on your computer, type "MEM" at the DOS prompt. Look at the third line from the bottom of the report which reads "largest executable program size." This is your free conventional memory, and it must be at 580K or higher for the game to run properly.

Memory and Boot Disks

Q: How can I free up more conventional memory on my computer?

A: There are numerous ways to do this. If you are using MS-DOS 6.0 or higher, try running the MEMMAKER utility to optimize memory. (Be sure to answer "Yes" when asked if you use programs that require expanded memory.)

If you are familiar with editing your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files, check them to make sure that all of your necessary device drivers and TSRs are loading into upper memory. Also, make sure to eliminate any unnecessary memory-resident programs.

We recommend that you make a boot disk and not make any changes to your system files on your hard drive. In the event that the changes made to your system files cause a problem with your computer starting up normally, you can just remove the boot disk from the floppy drive and restart your computer to return to the original system configuration.

Q: I don't know how to make a boot disk. Is there any way for me to get a boot disk?

A: There is a boot disk maker that the game installs on to your hard drive in the MPS\PAWGOLD directory. To use it to make a boot disk, change to the MPS\PAWGOLD directory and type "BOOTDISK" at the DOS prompt.

If you are using Windows 95, we do have a boot disk maker that works for multiple titles from Spectrum HoloByte and MicroProse. It includes the option to make a boot disk for 1942: The Pacific Air War. You can find the boot disk maker on our Web site at www.microprose.com, on our BBS at 510-522-8909, or we can mail it to you on a floppy disk if you fax us a request for the "Boot Disk Maker" with your name, address and phone number.

Exit Error Messages

Q: I'm getting an "Exit Error" when I try to play the game. What does it mean?

A: Below are a list of Exit Errors, what they refer to and how to fix the problem:

Exit error 20 - This may occur during installation.

1) This is caused when trying to install the game twice. Don't install it twice.

2) The disk may be out of alignment or it may be a bad disk. To check the alignment, copy the disk to your hard drive and run the install.

3) You may be trying to run the Install program from the game directory. This isn't the correct installation program. You should run the Setup program in the root directory on the CD-ROM.

Exit error 108 - This error may occur when you try to save a custom mission. This is caused by the absence of a mission directory in the PAWGOLD directory. At the C:\MPS\PAWGOLD> prompt, type "MD MISSIONS" and then press [ENTER].

Exit error 604 - Not enough conventional memory to run the .FLIC files. You should boot with a boot disk to free up more conventional memory.

Exit error 803 -This error message is caused by some mouse drivers. You should get the latest mouse driver from Microsoft (version 9.01 or higher).

Exit error 999 or higher - This problem is similar to the previous exit error. The game is not compatible with the Genius mouse driver. It is recommended that you use a Microsoft mouse driver.

Exit error 1,350 - This is generally a sound problem. Here are a couple of fixes:

1) If you are using a Sound Blaster AWE 32 sound card, make sure you have all your DOS drivers installed. Also, check your AUTOEXEC.BAT file to make sure that the AWEUTIL line contains the "/EM" switch.

2) Try copying the INSTALL.EXE and INSTALL.INF files from the CD-ROM to the PAWGOLD directory on your hard drive. Then run the install from the hard drive. This will allow you to reconfigure your sound card.

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