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Crysis Warhead(R)
ReadMe File - September, 2008
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Thank you for purchasing Crysis Warhead. This ReadMe file contains
information that may be of use before proceeding into battle.
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System Requirements
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Crysis Warhead requires DirectX 9.0c. You can install DirectX 9.0c by
following the onscreen prompts during the game's installation
process.
REQUIRED SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS:
OS: Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista
Windows XP:
· CPU: Intel P4 2.8 GHz / AMD Athlon 2800+ / Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
or higher
· RAM: 1.0 GB
· Hard Drive: 12 GB or more of free space
· Video: NVIDIA 6800 GT 256 MB / ATI 9800 Pro 256 MB or better
· Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
· INTERNET CONNECTION, ONLINE AUTHENTICATION, AND END USER LICENSE
AGREEMENT REQUIRED TO PLAY. MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE
AT WWW.EA.COM.
Windows Vista:
· CPU: Intel P4 3.2 GHz / AMD Athlon 3200+ / Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz
or higher
· RAM: 1.5 GB
· Hard Drive: 12 GB or more of free space
· Video: NVIDIA 6800 GT 256 MB / ATI X800 Pro 256 MB or better
· Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
· INTERNET CONNECTION, ONLINE AUTHENTICATION, AND END USER LICENSE
AGREEMENT REQUIRED TO PLAY. MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE
AT WWW.EA.COM.
Important: Please ensure that you have Windows Vista Hotfix
"Windows6.0-KB940105-x86" installed.
Note: The following cards are below minimum system requirements:
nVidia 7100 series, 7200 series, 7300 series, 7500 series, 7600 GS,
8300 GS, 8400 GS, 8500 GT, ATI X1300, X1550.
Note: While you will be able to play Crysis Warhead with the specifications
above, play experience may improve if you have additional RAM, a
faster CPU or a better graphic card. Please refer to the section on
Optimizing Graphical Performance in this ReadMe file for more
information.
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Installation Instructions
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IMPORTANT: Before running Crysis Warhead, please be sure you have the latest
drivers for both your video card and your audio card installed.
An outdated video or sound driver can lead to slow and choppy
gameplay, or in some cases can prevent the game from running at all.
You can download the appropriate drivers from your video and audio
card manufacturer's Web site.
DVD
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Avoid running any other programs in the background, as this may
conflict with the game. This includes any virus-protection
program that you have running, which can hinder performance.
For all other users, to install Crysis Warhead in Windows XP or Windows
Vista:
1. Insert the Crysis Warhead disk into your DVD-ROM drive.
If the disk does not automatically launch when inserted in
the drive, you may have the AutoPlay feature disabled. To
enable AutoPlay, please consult your Windows user manual.
If you are unable or do not wish to activate AutoPlay,
please browse to the location of the Crysis Warhead DVD-ROM using
Windows Explorer, and double-click the "Setup" application
in the root directory.
2. Follow the instructions that appear.
Direct Download
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1. Wait until the installer has finished downloading.
2. Agree to run the installer executable.
3. Follow the instructions that appear.
Note: Users without Service Pack 2 installed might see the following
error message at the end of the installation process:
"Can't add the game to Windows Firewall. Do you want to continue
with the installation?"
Answer in the affirmative.
Digital Retail
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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. 
Note: If youd like additional information about your game as well as tips
and patches please visit www.ea.com or www.eastore.com.
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Uninstalling
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To uninstall Crysis Warhead if your operating system is Windows XP:
1. Click the "Start" button in the Windows taskbar.
2. Click "Control Panel" in the Start menu.
3. Double-click "Add or Remove Programs".
4. Click "Crysis Warhead" in the program list and click the "Remove"
button next to its name.
5. Follow the instructions that appear.
To uninstall Crysis Warhead if your operating system is Windows Vista:
1. Click the "Start" button in the Windows taskbar.
2. Click "Control Panel" in the Start menu.
3. Click "Uninstall a program" under the "Programs" heading.
4. Double-click "Crysis Warhead" in the program list.
5. Follow the instructions that appear.
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Troubleshooting
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Please be aware that an outdated video driver or sound driver can
lead to slow and choppy gameplay, or in some cases can prevent
the game from running at all. To ensure an enjoyable experience
with this game, be sure that you have the most recent video and
sound drivers installed. These drivers are typically available
for download from your system or hardware manufacturer's Web
site. If you are not sure what type of video or sound card you
have, or you need assistance with updating the drivers on your
system, please refer to the documentation that came with your
system or peripheral.
For additional help with troubleshooting, visit the community
forums at the official Web site for Crysis Warhead at:
http://crysiswarhead.ea.com/
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Saved Games and Screenshots
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In Windows XP, saved game files, and captured screenshots for Crysis Warhead
are stored in the "Crysis_Warhead" folder. In Windows Vista, saved game files
are stored in a different location--see below.
To access the "Crysis_Warhead" folder, click the "Start" button in the
Windows taskbar, then click "My Documents" in Windows XP or
"Documents" in Windows Vista.
In Windows Vista, saved game files are usually stored in the following
location:
C:\Users###BOT_TEXT###lt;your login name>\Saved Games\Crysis_Warhead
To access this folder, click the "Start" button in the Windows
Taskbar, then click "My Computer" in the Start menu. Then
navigate to the folder.
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Optimizing Graphical Performance
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For a good gameplay experience you generally want to have a fast
and stable frame rate. Additionally, it's good to have quick
response on user input.
Crysis Warhead is made for high image quality and runs best with a
powerful main processor, a lot of main memory, and a powerful
graphics card with a lot of video memory. The performance can be
limited by one or more of the above mentioned points. By default
the game prefers settings for better performance which means
many options in the menu go to low quality mode. However if
hardware allows, this can be changed by the user. By adjusting
graphical settings you can find a good compromise for your
computer. Some very high quality features can only be accessed
when running on DirectX 10 which requires Windows Vista. Features
which are not accessible appear grayed out.
It is advisable to have the latest graphic card drivers as the
hardware vendors often include optimizations for specific games
into their drivers. Some graphics card settings in the Windows
display settings can affect performance or quality. Windows
Vista makes more extensive use of Direct3D hardware
resources, and early release drivers can be less optimized. This
makes it even more necessary to get recent drivers and
hardware running well on Windows Vista. Memory
management within Windows Vista has also changed a bit
with respect to video memory. Microsoft released an
update to address some of the application compatibility
impact of these changes, which is included in the
latest Service Pack.
More details and the download can be found there:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940105
Multiple processors allow processing of some tasks in parallel which
mostly improves computational heavy situations like explosions.
The game utilizes multiple processors automatically.
Some hardware vendors have solutions to utilize multiple graphic
cards in parallel (e.g. Crossfire or SLI) and that can greatly improve
render performance. This requires the engine to run in the
"MultiGPU" mode. The speedup depends on the scene and system
properties like the main processor performance. Frame rate can be
less stable but is often much higher.
The screen resolution is one of the most critical options for
performance and quality. For best quality on a TFT it's best to
pick a resolution which fits the hardware resolution (check your
monitor manual). Generally a higher resolution gives better
quality but requires more memory and renders slower. However, this
depends on the hardware configuration and sometimes increasing the
resolutions does not even affect performance.
Crysis Warhead features soft real-time shadows which play an important
role in the image look. Shadows can be activated and deactivated
in the advanced options menu.
Crysis Warhead also features HDR rendering which can be activated via the
shading quality in the advanced options menu. In HDR mode you can
notice bright image areas not appearing burned out. You can also
notice the eye adapting to the brightness of the environment.
Deactivating HDR can give you higher frame rates as it requires
more graphics card performance and graphics card memory.
Anti aliasing is a hardware feature to improve image quality.
Edges become softer and lower resolutions can look quite
acceptable. The hardware feature works for most engine techniques
but some graphical features like atmospheric effects may appear
slightly different.
If your graphics card supports multiple monitors you might not get
full 3D acceleration on each display. This can be avoided by only
activating one display in the driver control panel.
To get a stable frame rate you should make sure your computer is
not busy with other tasks such as virus scans or downloading files.
Vertical Sync is a graphical option you can choose in your graphics
card driver. Switching this option off gives you best frame rate
but the image quality might suffer and the image may appear torn
apart. This is mostly noticeable when doing a quick horizontal
camera rotation. For benchmarking, this option is usually switched
off.
Modern TFT monitors have short response times and other features
which help when the eye is following fast paced action.
Input devices need to submit their data in some rate and with a
better connection (serial, PS2, USB) or better hardware you can
get a faster rate. This can result in improved response time and
an improved game experience.
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Known Issues
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1 ) Audio in Crysis Warhead is stereo although I selected a multi-speaker
mode in the Control Panel:
On selecting certain speaker modes in the Control Panels Audio
settings which are not supported by the sound card driver, Crysis Warhead
will switch to stereo as a fallback. This happens most likely on
selecting "Surround sound speakers" (5.0), or 7.1 speaker mode.
These outputs will be in the log:
Sound - initializing FMOD-EX now!
[Error] <Sound> Sound-FmodEx-AudioDevice: event system init failed!
(56) Error creating hardware sound buffer.
Sound - initialized FMOD-EX with stereo fallback
Resolution: Go to Control Panel -> Sound and Audio Devices ->
Volume tab -> Advanced button in Speaker settings field and choose a
different speaker mode.
2) There is a delay between action and audio (eg. shooting a weapon):
Most likely the user has turned hardware acceleration off by changing
the performance slider in the advanced audio playback settings.
Because DirectSound uses a larger buffer size of 200ms Crysis Warhead will
adapt its buffer resulting sounds to being slightly delayed.
Resolution: Go to Control Panel -> Sound and Audio Devices ->
Audio tab -> Advanced button in Sound Playback field ->
Performance tab and set the performance slider all the way to "full".
3) Intro movies and the MP tutorial have no sound:
Most likely the user has turned hardware acceleration off by changing
the performance slider in the advanced audio playback settings. The
video codec cannot create sounds with these settings so audio for the
movies are being disabled.
Resolution: Go to Control Panel -> Sound and Audio Devices -> Audio tab ->
Advanced button in Sound Playback field -> Performance tab and set the
performance slider all the way to "full".
4) Users running AVG anti virus prior to version 7.5 may experience false
positives with Crysis Warhead.exe. This can be fixed by upgrading your AVG clien
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to 7.5 or above.
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*Administrator Privileges
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Please note that you may not be able to add Crysis Warhead to your software
firewall's exceptions list if you are not logged in as an administrator
in Windows. You will either need to do so from an account that has
administrator rights, or add your existing account to the
administrators list.
To do so, do the following:
In Windows XP,
1. Log out of Windows and log in with an Administrator account.
2. Once logged in, click on "Start" in the Windows taskbar.
3. Click "Settings".
4. Click "Control Panel".
5. Click "User Accounts".
6. Select the "Users" tab.
7. Under "Users for this computer:" click on your account name.
8. Click "Properties".
9. Select the "Group Membership" tab.
10. Select the "Other" radio button.
11. From the pulldown menu, select "Administrators".
12. Click "Apply" and then "OK".
In Windows Vista,
1. Log out of Windows and log in with an Administrator account.
2. Click the "Start" button in the Windows taskbar.
3. Click "Control Panel".
4. Click "Change account type" under the "User Accounts" heading.
5. Under "Users for this computer:" click on your account name.
6. Click "Properties".
7. Select the "Other" radio button.
8. From the pulldown menu, select "Administrators".
9. Click "Apply" and then "OK".
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Audio Information
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If some of the audio in the game seems to be missing, this is likely
due to your speaker settings. If your speaker settings are set to a
surround-sound configuration, but you do not have a surround-sound
speaker system, then some audio channels will not be heard during
gameplay.
To check and adjust your speaker settings:
1. Click the "Start" button in the Windows taskbar.
2. Choose "Control Panel".
3a. If your Control Panel is in the default Category View, click
"Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices". Then click "Sounds and
Audio Devices".
3b. If your Control Panel is in Classic View, double-click
"Sounds and Audio Devices".
4. Under the "Speaker settings" heading, click "Advanced".
5. Choose the correct configuration in "Speaker setup" drop-down
menu.
6. Click "OK".
This should resolve the issue.
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