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Batman: Arkham City™
README file Version 1.0

Table of contents:

Part 1: Things You Should Know
1.1DirectX
1.2Memory and Performance
1.3 Known Issues

Part 2: Technical Issues
2.1Installation & Set-up
2.2DVD-ROM Problems
2.3Crashes and Lock-Ups
2.4Firewall and Required Ports
2.5Technical Support

Part 1: Things You Should Know

Please read through the DirectX section of this document. This section has information that is vital to successfully running Batman: Arkham City™ on your system.

To get the most up to date readme info regarding Batman: Arkham City™ visit our community site at http://community.batmanarkhamcity.com/forums/showthread.php/2824-Read-me.

1.1DirectX

This game is optimised for Microsoft's DirectX 9.0c. In order for you to play the game, you must have DirectX 9.0c compliant drivers for your video card and sound card. Please note that although DirectX 9.0c is installed with the game, your video and sound card drivers will not be upgraded to DirectX 9.0c drivers.

You will need to obtain the latest DirectX 9.0c drivers from the manufacturer or PC supplier. These drivers cannot be supplied by Warner Bros.

1.2Memory and Performance

While the game will run well in 2GB of RAM your playing experience will be smoother if you have more memory.

Regardless of how much memory you have, you can maximize your available memory and increase the overall performance of the game engine by doing the following:

qClosing any open windows
qShutting down all other programs (including those that run in the menu-bar) qDefragmenting your hard drive
qShutting down the Windows Sidebar (Windows Vista)

Warner Bros recommends that you have no other programs running at all while playing Batman: Arkham City™. Other programs, including system utilities and screen savers can cause system degradation when playing games and may conflict with the game for system resources, potentially resulting in instability and crashes.

1.3 Known Issues

qEnsure you are running latest drivers from NVidia and ATI/AMD. There are several known issues with earlier versions of their drivers that affect the performance and stability of Batman: Arkham City™. qIf you experience any issues in game this could be linked to your sound card, Windows XP users should try to fix the problem by reducing the hardware acceleration option within the DXDIAG tool – To Run DXDIAG see the `Technical support section` below, once loaded select the SOUND tab and move the slider option (Hardware Sound Acceleration) to the left. Please note, this option is only available to Windows XP users.

Part 2: Technical Issues

2.1Installation & Set-up

System Requirements

The minimum system requirements are as follows:

OPERATING SYSTEM:
Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or 7
CPU:
Dual core CPU 2.4 Ghz
RAM:
2 GB
GRAPHICS:
NVIDIA 8800 series or ATI 3800
512MB video memory
SOUND:
Microsoft Windows XP/Vista or 7 compatible sound card (100% DirectX 9.0c -compatible) DVD-ROM:
Quad-speed (4x) DVD-ROM drive
HARD DRIVE:
17.5GB free disk space
INPUT DEVICES:
100% Windows XP/Vista or 7 compatible mouse and keyboard

The recommended system requirements are as follows:

OPERATING SYSTEM:
Microsoft Windows 7
CPU:
Dual core CPU 2.5 GHz
RAM:
4GB
GRAPHICS:
NVIDIA 9800 series or ATI 4800 series with 512MB+
SOUND:
Microsoft Windows XP/Vista or 7 compatible sound card (100% DirectX 9.0c -compatible) DVD-ROM:
Quad-speed (4x) DVD-ROM drive
HARD DRIVE:
17.5 GB free disk space
INPUT DEVICES:
100% Windows XP/Vista or 7 compatible mouse and keyboard / Xbox 360 Controller for Windows

Preparing Your Hard Drive

To ensure that your installation is trouble free, you should check to see that your hard drive and file system are both tuned for optimum performance. Windows comes with a utility programs that will help...
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