Master Poker Patch/Upgrade v1.31
This Patch/Upgrade is intended to upgrade Master Poker Full Version 1.01 (find your version in the lower right-corner of the red intro screen). It will not work on the MP Free Demo, and is not necessary for users of Version 2 or higher. As a legal owner of Master Poker you may download the v1.31 Patch/Upgrade at no cost to you. If you have not yet received an emailed keycode for your download (getting them out as fast as I can) you may contact me with your name or order number, the location where you bought the software (ie. this Website, Amazon, etc.), and the approximate date of purchase.
This Upgrade has new and updated features, bug fixes, some visual improvements, and improved Dead Money and Cash Game play. This is my way of saying thanks for your past business, and you have not been forgotten. Click the below link to start your download (further instructions below).
Download the v1.31 Patch/Upgrade
(Download size 12.7 meg)
I've noticed many of my users, when trouble strikes, are quick to reinstall the program from CD to try to fix their problem. That won't be necessary here, and you will lose all your history data if you do so. If you're worried about the Upgrade not working properly you can take one important step to protect yourself.
This way that file will not be replaced (and deleted) when you put the new
application file (same name) in your folder. If things don't work, instead of a
full reinstall, all you have to do is delete the new 'Master Poker.exe' file and
rename the old one 'Master Poker.exe' to make it work again. No worries. No
reinstall needed, and your data is safe.
The Zipped Upgrade contains three new files for your Master Poker folder. A new main program file, a new Instruction Manual
('MP Readme'), and a text file named “vs131Upgrade” containing all of the data pertaining to the Upgrade (description of new
and updated features, bug fixes, etc).
The Keycode will unlock your new upgrade. You should only have to enter the Keycode the first time you play. Once successfully entered it
should not bother you again.
If you have any problems with the new Upgrade first check the Troubleshooting section below, then send me an email advising of the issue and describing it in as much detail as you can muster. DO NOT reinstall your program from the CD unless you don't mind losing your history and preference data. I will get back to you as soon as is possible. Thanks.
Troubleshooting (the Patch/Upgrade)
Primary ISSUE I'm seeing: Installing the upgrade gives you an error message #xx (there can be several different ones), or says 'Corrupted Data', or says it could be due to screen resizing, or it says you may have to reinstall the program.
Answer: You're likely clicking on the new Application file to start the program, but it's not yet properly located in your old Master Poker folder (where the support files are located). If you got the three files extracted (unzipped) from the zip file somewhere other than your old MP folder (ie. your Desktop) they must then be moved or copied into your Master Poker folder at “C:\Program Files\Master Poker” (under 'My Computer'). DO NOT reinstall the game from your CD or you will lose all your history data.
Problem: I am clicking my little heart out on the link you sent me in an email and nothing is happening. Nothing, nada, zip, zilch, zero. Not a twitch.
Answer: Your email client has blocked the link. Either find the button to give it permission or copy and paste the address to the address bar of your web browser, then hit Enter.
Problem: I have downloaded the file, but when I click on the file, it doesn't ask for the "Extract all".
Answer: The folder to Extract from will have a zipper graphic on it. If it doesn't you've probably already extracted it to a regular temp folder. Double-click that blank folder and see if there are any files inside. If you see three files, highlight them all then right-click and 'Cut' them from there to right-click and 'Paste' them in your Master Poker directory located at “C:\Program Files\Master Poker” (under 'My Computer', or just 'Computer' in Vista).
Problem: The Upgrade is telling me I can't get into the new program without a keycode.
Answer: That is correct. You need a keycode from me to use the new upgrade. If you didn't get one by email from me you may send me your name and where and when you bought the program. If you're a legal buyer of the software I'll send you one free of charge. The upgrade is provided only for my past buyers.
Problem: I entered the provided keycode, but it is not being accepted.
Answer: You likely typed it in wrong. Include ALL characters and use the proper case (upper and lowercase as shown in your keycode). If you're certain you've typed it in correctly, but you're using cut-and-paste instead of actually typing it in, make sure there is no space on the end of the code text.
Problem: I successfully installed the upgrade, but now when playing (fullscreen) my Windows Taskbar is showing at the bottom of the table screen, where it never used to do that before the upgrade.
Answer: While experimenting with screen resizing I somehow tweaked the program to shrink each of MP's screens by just a few pixels. Unfortunately, I didn't notice this at the time and packaged the upgrade with this small difference included. Windows is now likely reading the smaller screen size to mean there's space at the bottom of it for your Taskbar. I have now fixed the problem. If you think this might be what you're experiencing just download the updated patch again and it should clear the problem.
Problem: The screen resizing button doesn't work right. I didn't like the look of the table in the full screen mode. It looked too big and stretched out. Now it won't go back to my old settings.
Answer: Reboot. The screen resizing button is still in its 'beta' testing phase. Due to the various versions of Windows, and monitor types, and all the different Windows settings (like extra large fonts and higher than normal Windows dpi (dots per inch)) it does not yet work cleanly on all systems. I've included it to give you the option to try it out if you'd like. Any screen changes made by MP are only temporary and have not effected your Windows Registry. Just reboot your computer (turn off the power, then back on) to restore your machine back to normal.
If you find that you like the fullscreen mode, but the button isn't working properly you can adjust your resolution manually. All versions of Windows will be slightly different, but generally:
Problem: I like the screen resolution button for the game but when I switched back to my email or my shopping cart or accounting page I am finding it's changing the screen resolution size for those too and I am losing both edge information and top and bottom information.
Answer: Yes. The changes made by Master Poker are temporary (your registry has not been changed), but they will affect your entire Desktop. If you need to use other programs while playing poker you should probably not use the fullscreen mode. At a minimum, you will have to back out of the MP program (to restore your screen), do your business, then go back to playing poker (MP will auto remember to adapt your screen from the first time if you gave it permission).
Problem: Windows Taskbar issue. I unlocked the taskbar. This did not help the situation when I resized my screen. I still ended up with the windows taskbar at the bottom of the table screen.
Answer: With Windows XP put your cursor over the top edge of the bar and hold down the mouse to drag it down out of view (reverse to get it back). In Vista, you may have to use the 'Autohide' feature. To do that:
Click to use 'Autohide'. This typically means your taskbar will drop down out of view until you put your cursor down near the bottom of screen to make it pop back up. Reverse the process when you're done playing.
Problem: It seems that you've changed the sound effects a little.
Answer: Try not to let it bother you. Some of the old sounds had slight static, hum, etc., when turned up loud, and the new ones might be a little different. You get used to them quickly.
Problem: The Betting slider bar doesn't seem to appear quite as quickly.
Answer: I have scaled down the betting bar sensor so it can not be as easily hit on accident (and you won't use it much after discovering direct betting input with the Numpad). Where it was approx 4 inches wide, it is now only two inches wide (far right side of betting bar). You are probably missing it with your cursor where you're used to hitting it. Experiment a little to find exactly where the new sensor is located (your middle mouse button, or wheel acting as a button, will now drop it out of sight if it's up). Move your mouse cursor around to bring it up and down a few times to get the new feel.
Question: Where can I read about the all the fixes and new features for the Upgrade?
Answer: The Zipped Upgrade contains three new files for your existing Master Poker folder. A new main program file, a new Instruction Manual ('MP Readme'), and a text file named “vs131Upgrade” containing all of the data pertaining to the Upgrade (description of new and updated features, bug fixes, etc). To find the text file describing the Upgrade specifically click on 'My Computer' (or just 'Computer' in Vista), then dig your way to the Master Poker folder located at “C:\Program Files\Master Poker”, unless you have 64 bit Windows, in which case it will be “C:\Program Files (x86)\Master Poker”.
When you locate the text file 'vs131Upgrade', right-click on it, then 'Open' the file using Windows 'Notepad' (recommended) or some other word processor (ie. Word).
Question: Has the Instruction Manual been updated with info on the new Upgrade?
Answer: Yes. The manual (MP Readme), has a complete and thorough update. The manual can be found from your Windows Desktop by:
The new Troubleshooting and FAQ sections contain every issue Users have brought to me over the last year (and their fixes). If you're having any problems, definitely check it out for some knowledge.
Question: When I bought the MP CD there was a warning sticker on the front of the CD packaging about closing MP screens using the 'X' in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Has this been fixed in the Patch/Upgrade.
Answer: Yes. The notorious 'Red-X' bug. The only major bug in v1.01 of Master Poker. I finally found it, and successfully squashed it. If interested, you can read the details for that little bugger in the text file described above. You may now feel free to use your beloved 'X' to close any MP screens. ;)
Question: Will installing the upgrade damage my current history data or personal preference settings?
Answer: Nope, won't bother them at all. The only file you need to be concerned about is your main application file (should the patch not work properly). See the question below for how to protect against that.
Question: What if I hate the Upgrade?
Answer: If you're worried you might hate the upgrade copy your current 'Master Poker.exe' file from the Master Poker folder to a safe place, then make the upgrade. If the upgrade doesn't meet with your approval, just copy the old application file back over the new one. You'll still have the new manual, but the game will play just like it always did. Worst case scenario ... you don't like the upgrade, but didn't take the time to save your old Application file and you message me to make your life right again. No worries.