Chessmaster 5500

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Chessmaster 5500
Chessmaster 5500 cover
Release dates
Windows October 31, 1997
Chessmaster 5500 guide on StrategyWiki
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Key points

Sounds and voice don't work correctly on modern versions of Windows (see Crashes constantly for the necessary fixes).
Chessmaster Live online multiplayer service has been shut down.[1]


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Disc check.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename CmMovie.exe[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename CmMovie.exe.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.ini[Note 1]
cm.ini contains general game settings.
cmsound.ini contains sound settings.
Other *.ini files do not need to be edited.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.CMG[Note 1]
Saves can be saved anywhere (the default is the installation folder).

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Native Windows cursor.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Shared-screen.
LAN play
Online play
Chessmaster Live servers have been shut down.[1]

Issues unresolved[edit]

SmartBoard Error at launch[edit]

Chessmaster 5500 relies on a VXD driver that is not compatible with Windows XP and later. This error appears even if SmartBoard is disabled in the settings.

Issues fixed[edit]

Crashes constantly[edit]

Chessmaster 5500 crashes constantly on Windows XP and later because of a sound incompatibility; the changes below prevent these crashes.
Disable unsupported features[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete the sounds folder.
  3. Edit cmsound.ini.
  4. Change sounds=voice to sounds=simplified OR sounds=none
  5. Change InfoVoice=1 to InfoVoice=0
  6. Change IVAVoice=1 to IVAVoice=0
  7. Change NLAVoice=1 to NLAVoice=0
  8. Change TutorialVoice=1 to TutorialVoice=0
  9. Save your changes.

Interface is offset[edit]

Set Windows 95 compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Right-click Cm5500.exe or one of its shortcuts.
  2. Choose Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Enable Compatibility mode and choose Windows 95.
  5. Click OK.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) P-90 IBM PC or compatible
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 13 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA 640x480 256 colors


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).