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README file 11/08/2009 Version 1.0
Table of contents:
Part 1: Things You Should Know
1.1 1.2 1.3 DirectX Memory and Performance Known Issues
Part 2: Technical Issues
2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Installation & Set-up DVD-ROM Problems Crashes and Lock-Ups Firewall and Required Ports Technical 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 Asylum on your system.
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 Eidos.
Memory and Performance
While the game will run fine in 1GB of RAM (2GB on Windows Vista), 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:
Closing any open windows Shutting down all other programs (including those that run in the menu-bar) Defragmenting your hard drive Shutting down the Windows Sidebar (Windows Vista)
Microsoft 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. The Launcher application is required to customise your settings and has to run before the game can be played. This issue can be resolved by turning off the “Motion Blur” option in the launcher / settings.0c -compatible) DVD-ROM: Quad-speed (4x) DVD-ROM drive HARD DRIVE: 9GB free disk space INPUT DEVICES: 100% Windows XP/Vista compatible mouse and keyboard . Please note.).Eidos recommends that you have no other programs running at all while playing Batman: Arkham Asylum. Batman (TM) may appear blurry and have several outlines. These graphics cards may experience motion blur issues when “Detective Mode” is activated in game. A small number of users may experience a crash on start-up when attempting to initialise the .NET framework for the Launcher application. once loaded select the SOUND tab and move the slider option (Hardware Sound Acceleration) to the left. 1. potentially resulting in instability and crashes. this option is only available to Microsoft XP users. ATI Radeon X1000 series cards .3 Known Issues Ensure you are running latest drivers from nVidia and ATI/AMD. including system utilities and screen savers can cause system degradation when playing games and may conflict with the game for system resources. etc. There are several known issues with earlier versions of their drivers that affect the performance and stability of Batman: Arkham Asylum.(Radeon X1300. Radeon X1650. Please read the instructions to work around this issue in the “Support” folder on your Batman: Arkham Asylum DVD. Radeon X1950 GT. Other programs. Part 2: Technical Issues 2. If you experience any issues in game this could be linked to your sound card.1 Installation & Set-up System Requirements The minimum system requirements are as follows: OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows XP or Vista CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3GHz or AMD Athlon 64 3500+ RAM: 1GB for Windows XP 2GB for Windows Vista GRAPHICS: nVidia 6600 or ATI 1300 SOUND: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista compatible sound card (100% DirectX 9.
followed by Programs.4Ghz) or Athlon 64 X2 4600+ RAM: 2GB for Windows XP 3GB for Windows Vista GRAPHICS: nVidia 9800GTX or ATI 3870 SOUND: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista compatible sound card (100% DirectX 9. 2. This error message is usually the result of your computer using MS-DOS (16 bit) drivers instead of Windows (32/64 bit) drivers for your DVD-ROM drive.2 DVD-ROM Problems Batman: Arkham Asylum requires at least a Quad-Speed DVD-ROM drive with 32/64-bit Windows drivers. You can easily check to see if this is causing problems by opening the Control Panel (either click on the My Computer icon or click on the Start button followed by Settings. 2." If you see a message saying "Drive X is using MS-DOS compatibility mode. and finally Disk Defragmenter.xxx not found" error message when installing or running Batman: Arkham Asylum. You can run Disk Defragmenter by clicking on the Start button from the Windows desktop.0c -compatible) DVD-ROM: Quad-speed (4x) DVD-ROM drive HARD DRIVE: 9GB free disk space INPUT DEVICES: 100% Windows XP/Vista compatible mouse and keyboard / Xbox 360 Controller for Windows Preparing Your Hard Drive To ensure that your installation is trouble free. One of the lines should say “File System: 32/64-bit” and the last line should say "Your system is configured for optimal performance. You can optimise your hard drive's performance by running a program called Disk Defragmenter. I receive a "xxxxxx. In the Control Panel window. you should check to see that your hard drive and file system are both tuned for optimum performance.The recommended system requirements are as follows: OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows XP or Vista CPU: Core 2 Duo E6600 (2." then you will need to contact your system vendor to obtain and install 32/64-bit drivers for your DVD-ROM drive. . then System Tools. double-click on the System icon then click on the Performance tab. then Accessories. Windows comes with a utility programs that will help optimise your hard drive performance. then Control Panel). You should now see a summary of the performance status of your computer.3 Crashes and Lock-Ups When I start Batman: Arkham Asylum my mouse cursor disappears and my computer locks-up.
0c -compatible driver from your audio card manufacturer. rebooting your machine.0c -compatible.Chances are your installed audio card drivers are not compatible with DirectX. Otherwise.exe referenced memory at address xxxx:xxxx that can't be read from. and re-entering the game.0c. and then reinstall Batman: Arkham Asylum There may be dirt or fingerprints on the DVD-ROM disc itself. Make sure Virtual Memory is enabled on your system. This problem can be caused by several different things. The Installer keeps stopping when a certain percentage is complete. and the game will be unable to use your sound or video hardware. Try exiting the game. Run Disk Defragmenter. Make sure DirectX 9. if you see any fingerprints or dirt. The only solution is to get a DirectX 9.0c -compatible. lint-free cloth by wiping from the centre of the disc (near the hole) towards the outer edge in a straight line. There a few likely causes: You may have run out of free space on your hard drive. Make sure the game has been installed properly. The only solution is to get a DirectX 9. Please remove unwanted programs to free up additional space for the game. Here's a list of the most common culprits associated with these crashes: Make sure the DVD-ROM is clean (check for both scratches and smudges on the reading surface of the DVD)." It's likely that your installed video card drivers are not compatible with DirectX 9. Make sure you have the latest drivers for your video card and that they are DirectX 9. Batman: Arkham Asylum is crashing to the desktop with no error messages. carefully clean the disc using a clean.0c has been installed properly. DirectX may be in a locked state. If your system crashes to the desktop while playing Batman: Arkham Asylum you should probably reboot your computer before starting a new play session. Make sure you have the latest drivers for your sound card and that they are DirectX 9. soft. Examine the bottom of the disc. Note: .0c -compatible driver from your video card manufacturer. When I start Batman: Arkham Asylum I receive the following error message: "The application ShippingPC-BmGame.
Also. including: your graphics card.html E-Mail Phone Web Technical Support Contact Details (United States of America) .4 Firewall and Required Ports When you Install Batman: Arkham Asylum the installation process will automatically add the game to the list of exceptions for Windows Firewall. Make sure to note the exact type of hardware that you are using in your system.aspx. make sure to include the version of the game and a detailed description of the problem. speed and manufacturer of your processor.com/en-US/Support/Pages/internetConnectionIssues. This is required to allow the user full access to Games For Windows .co.LIVE go to http://www. sound card. When contacting us.gamesforwindows. please be sure to provide us with as much information as possible.uk/support/index. Technical Support Contact Details (United Kingdom) Address Wimbledon Bridge House 1 Hartfield Road Wimbledon SW19 3RU firstname.lastname@example.org. Simply follow these instructions: Click on Start Click on Run Type dxdiag Click on OK Click on the Save Information button and save the file to your computer. It will also help if you prepare by creating a “DXDIAG” diagnostic file in Windows before you call us. The following ports are required to be opened to use Games For Windows – LIVE.5 Technical Support If you need further technical assistance after reading the Readme file please do not hesitate to contact us using any of the methods listed below. * TCP port 80 (Internet) * TCP port 443 (Sign In) * TCP port 3074 (Content Download) To get the most up to date list of ports required for Games for Windows .uk 0870 9000-222 http://www.eidos. 2.2.LIVE. When you call our Technical Support line either have this file open or have a printed copy. If you send an email query please attach the file to the e-mail. amount of RAM present. DVD-ROM drive.
eidos.html Thank you and we hope you enjoy playing Batman: Arkham Asylum.com 650-421-7660 http://www.eidos.Address Eidos Customer Services 1300 Seaport Blvd Redwood City CA 94063 support@eidosinteractive. if none exist select the "All Categories" link. .com/ http://www.creative.html http://www. which is a good first stop if you are looking to upgrade your drivers.html E-Mail Phone Web FAQs are available for known issues. If your issue is not on the list you must select an issue. some of which are listed below: nVidia AMD/ATI Technologies Creative Labs Intel http://www.com/support.uk/support/index.nvidia. there will be a link here to enter a "Support Request" Note: Hints and tips will not be given out over the Technical Support lines.intel. Eidos 2009.co.amd.eidos. You can reach this page at: UK: US: http://www. you may find help with hardware problems on one of the websites maintained by the supplier.com/ http://www.com/ Eidos maintains a web page with links to all major video and audio card manufacturers.com/support. Alternatively.com/ http://support. then choose the show me "more" link to display a list of all known issues. If none of this helps.ati.