Readme for Spore(tm

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MAXIS(tm) 9/01/08
Version 1.0
== Table of Contents ==
System Requirements
Known Hardware Issues
Performance Tips
Controls and Shortcuts
Compatibility Notes
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System Requirements
Spore requires at least the following:
* 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
* 512 MB RAM
* A 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
* The latest version of DirectX 9.0c
* Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1
* At least 4 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB
additional space for creations
* 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
* 768 MB RAM
* A 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
* At least 4 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB
additional space for creations.
For computers using built-in graphics chipsets under Windows,
the game requires at least:
* Intel Integrated Chipset, 945GM or above.
* 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent.
* 768 MB RAM
* Mac OS X 10.5.3 Leopard or higher
* Intel Core Duo Processor
* 1024 MB RAM
* ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or
Intel Integrated GMA X3100.
* At least 4 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB

Intel integrated chipsets featuring underclocked parts. 6500. 7600. and then change the resolution and refresh rate back to smaller values. If this occurs switch to windowed mode. series 5950 6600. 7200. X800. Please note that attempting to play the game using video hardware that isn’t listed above may result in reduced performance. 3450. or after switching between fullscreen and windowed. X700. When changing the display size. 3870. X1800. Known Hardware Issues ===================== The game may become unresponsive while painting your creature. 8400. GMA 3x00 series Mac OS X: GMA X3100 Laptop versions of these chipsets may work. 7900. 4850 Intel(R) Extreme Graphics Windows: GMA 950. such as some GeForce FX variants. 7950 8600. X1600. showing a black or distorted display. 8800 GTX 260. will not perform adequately. 8500. 3650. This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems. X1900. To fix this. Integrated chipsets such as the ATI Xpress and the NVIDIA TurboCache variants will have low settings selected. but should run satisfactorily. 7300. X600. 7800. 3850. update your graphics drivers from the vendor website. The NVIDIA GeForce FX series is unsupported under Vista. 9600. X850 X1300. GML. FX 6200. Supported Video Cards --------------------NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900. Standalone cards that are installed in vanilla PCI slots (not PCIe or PCIx or AGP). will perform poorly. but may run comparatively slower. or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards. 2900. . 6800.additional space for creations. GTX 280 ATI Radeon(TM) series 9500. 9600. and GMS. graphical issues or cause the game to not run at all. X1950 2400. 9800. 9800 X300. such as the 945GU. 2600. in some situations the monitor may not respond to a resolution it claims to support.

some Microsoft Vista users may receive a warning about running out of address space along with a link to the Microsoft Knowledge Base. This mode is available in the options. it is recommended that you follow the instructions and go to the website listed in the message to update your system. ensure that you select a resolution which is supported by both the internal and external displays. If you see this message. To improve performance. For best results. Windows Vista: When launching the game. Turtle Beach Montego DDL .1 is not supported. but sound will be in Stereo (2 Channel) for all speakers. the game will automatically select the most appropriate options for your graphics card. Other programs operating in the background may slow it down or cause hitches. Fullscreen performance is generally better than windowed performance. reduce your Lighting Quality setting to low. you may need to reduce the graphics quality through the methods described in General Troubleshooting for improved graphics quality. use the options control panel to lower settings to "medium" or "low". If you experience frame rate issues while running on ATI X1600 or X1900 cards. to 1024 x 768 or 800 x 600. CPU. Mac OS X: On Mac OS X systems that have NVIDIA cards with less than 256 MB of VRAM. please ensure that your headphones are connected to your Mac before starting the game. and audio card. Spore is a real-time 3D game that requires the majority of your computer s processing power. . You can also improve the performance of the game by lowering the resolution the game runs at. A workaround for this issue is to ensure that the internal LCD is the main system monitor before turning on display mirroring. If running the game on a Mac Book Pro with display mirroring turned on.Surround 5. Performance Tips ================ When you run Spore for the first time. It is not recommended that you run at fullscreen resolution if your monitor resolution has a height or width of 1600 or larger.Audio hardware acceleration is unsupported. be sure to close any background applications while playing Spore. Occasionally the game audio will stop playing when headphones are connected after the game is started. and you will be presented with the proper resolutions. In order to prevent this from occurring.

1004: The game cannot find its data directory. and Intel are: http://www.Notes ===== Spore Error Messages -------------------Below are some error and warning messages you may see from the for North American users or . ATI. and you may experience graphical. Please see above.nvidia.ea. 1010 It is recommended that you update your graphics card drivers to avoid compatibility issues. or install the corresponding fix from http://support.asp 1012: The game has issues with this card in multi GPU performance. or disable multi GPU mode from the vendor s control panel. Please install it. or audio Please ensure your display is set to 32 bits.html 1011: It is required that you upgrade your graphics card drivers to avoid serious issues with the game. 2003: You are running a version of Vista that has issues with graphics cards with large amounts of VRAM. along with suggestions for fixing them. Please either update to SP1. 1001: The game cannot find any valid display modes. 2002: The system is below our min 1002: Direct X is not installed. Please either update your drivers. The sites for NVIDIA. Generally you can do this by going to the website of the hardware manufacturer for your card.aspx/kb/940105 Online Help ----------The Electronic Arts Customer Support site is located at http://support. or reinstall the game. and we cannot run at all. 2001: The system is below our min spec. Please reinstall the game. 1000: Another instance of Spore is already running. Please quit or kill it first.

Installing the Game ------------------Windows (disc users): * Insert the disc into your disc drive and follow the on-screen instructions.eastore. In Windows Vista Classic Start menu style. Windows (EA Store users): * Once the game has been downloaded by EA Download Manager. Doubleclick the icon to open the game’s launcher.http://eusupport. Note: If you’d like additional information about your game as well as tips and patches please visit http://www. * Click on the Remove button. Digital Retail Installation --------------------------Please contact the digital retailer through whom you purchased this game for instructions on how to install the game or how to download and reinstall another copy of the game.ea. * Click on the SPORE program * Once the game has installed you can launch it by locating the game through the Start menu. Use the search tools to find the information you need. A CD icon representing the game disc appears on your desktop. The Knowledge Base is updated as new information becomes available. * Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation. * Click on Change or Remove Programs. * Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. so check back for the latest news and for European users. * Games on Windows Vista™ are located in the Start > Games menu and on earlier versions of Windows™ in the Start > Programs (or All Programs) or http://www. . Uninstalling the Game --------------------Windows XP: * Open Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.ea. * Launch the game (once it is installed) directly from the EA Download Manager. * Select the game’s installer icon at the bottom of the launcher to prompt the installation menu. Mac OS X: * Insert the game disc into your CD/DVD-ROM drive. games are located in the Start > Programs > Games > Games Explorer menu. click the install icon that appears and follow the on-screen instructions.

Hold Alt while clicking and dragging a part to copy it. and use the up and down arrow keys. movies. Mouse over a part or a spine segment and use the mousewheel to scale the size. select the part. which changes its shape. * Additional files can be found in /Users/<Username>/Library/Preferences/Spore Preferences * To remove the content created by Spore. * Click on the SPORE program entry. On Mac systems.Windows Vista: * Open the Programs and Features control panel. The location of this folder depends on your OS: Windows XP: * "My Spore Creations" is located in your "My Documents" folder. Use the arrows to length or shorten the spine. * Click on the Uninstall button.Creature Creator Left Click to select and move parts. pictures. If you are short on disk space. try reducing the size of that cache in the graphics options. Spore also keeps a cache of the graphics assets for pollinated content you have downloaded. * Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation. Left Click to move the arrow-shaped handles on the currently selected part. Mac OS X: * Ensure you are logged in using an account which has Administrative privileges. use Option instead of Alt. remove the folder /Users/<Username>/Documents/My Spore Creations Locations On Disk ----------------Spore keeps your creatures. Left Click and drag directly on the spine to change the spine shape. and animated avatars in a folder called "My Spore Creations". Left Click and drag parts off the creature to sell them back. . * Delete the SPORE folder from your Applications folder. Mac OS X: * "My Spore Creations" is located in your “Documents” folder. Windows Vista: * "My Spore Creations" is located in your “Documents” folder. Or. Controls and Shortcuts ====================== .

Note that when the game is minimized. press and hold Shift while moving the mouse.Vehicle Creator Body and cockpit parts automatically align down the center of the vehicle.Building Creator To move a part vertically. . In test drive. but will continue running in the background. it will not pause. .Left Click on the torso skin (not the spine) to move it. Hold Control while dragging a limb segment to attach it to another limb. Mac OS X: Command-Return Toggle between windowed and fullscreen modes. Hold Tab when a part is selected to reveal additional rotation handles. mousewheel zooms the camera in and out. . press and hold Shift while you click a part and reposition it with your mouse. To move a part across the surface of the dais. press and hold Control while you click a part and reposition it with your mouse. < and > + and - Rotates the camera Zooms in or out . . There are limits to the height and width of any vehicle. In build and paint modes.Camera Left Click on the background moves the camera around. shift and mousewheel zooms the camera in and out. To move the entire vehicle. Command-Tab Minimize the game when in fullscreen mode.General Control-N Control-Y Control-Z Control-S Control-H H or ? B Start New Redo Undo Save Toggle whether the UI is hidden Bring up or close the Spore Guide Bring up the Sporepedia™ Windows: Alt-Enter Toggle between windowed and fullscreen modes.

If you are experiencing any issues. quit: quit game. and don t load any optional plugins. or a MacBook Pro with a Track Pad. first open the command console by simultaneously pressing ctrl-shift-c. you can enable the Right Mouse Button in System Preferences->Keyboard and Mouse. you can emulate a right mouse button click by holding down the Command key while clicking the mouse button. -safe Force a minimum set of configuration options. -f Run in fullscreen mode. help [cheatname]: displays specific information about the cheat. Press the enter button to close the command console. Some of the cheats that can be used here are as follows: help: lists all the cheats in the game. To emulate the clicking of both buttons simultaneously using the Apple Mighty Mouse. Drivers for these devices are provided by the respective card manufacturer and may result in compatibility issues beyond our control. Cheats -----To enter cheats in the game. To emulate the clicking of both buttons simultaneously using a single button mouse. As well. If you have an Apple Mighty Mouse.. hold down the scroll button or click the left mouse button while holding down the Command and Option keys. Change the "Right Click" drop down to Secondary Button. If you have an Apple legacy single button mouse.  The Left and Right mouse buttons are detected and work correctly on these mice when first plugged in. hold down the Command and Option keys while clicking the mouse button. it is always recommended that you obtain and install the latest drivers for your hardware. The majority of hardware vendors have the latest . Command Line Options -------------------The following command-line options are supported: -w Run in windowed mode. most PC USB mice are supported on the Macintosh. Compatibility Notes =================== Spore is designed to run on Windows XP compatible graphics and sound cards.Right Mouse Button Functionality on Mac OS X This game contains features that require a right mouse button. -r:<width>x<height> Run at the given resolution.

drivers available for download via their websites. Thanks for playing Spore! The  Spore  Team MAXIS . More information on known technical issues is available at

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