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    • _____________________________________________________________________________________ G r a n d T h e f t A u t o : V i c e C i t y_____________________________________________________________________________________ ReadMe.txt Thank you for purchasing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. This ReadMe contains last minute information and troubleshooting tips._____________________________________________________________________________________ CONTENTS__________ 1) SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS 2) INSTALLATION 3) GENERAL INFORMATION 4) CONFIGURATION 5) PC SPECIFIC EXTRAS 6) KNOWN ISSUES 7) DRIVERS 8) CONTACT INFORMATION_____________________________________________________________________________________ 1) SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS________________________Grand Theft Auto: Vice City uses Microsoft DirectX 9.0.Supported Operating Systems are: Windows 98 Windows 98 Second Edition Windows Millennium Windows 2000 Professional (Workstation) plus Service Pack 3 Windows XP (Home and Professional) plus Service Pack 1The following operating systems are NOT supported: Windows 95 (any version) Windows NT (any version)Minimum Hardware Requirements 800 MHz Intel Pentium III or 800 MHz AMD Athlon or 1.2GHz Intel Celeron or 1.2 GHz AMD Duron processor 128 MB of RAM 8 speed CD / DVD drive 915 MB of free hard disk space (+ 635 MB if video card does NOT support DirectX Texture Compression) 32 MB video card with DirectX 9.0 compatible drivers ("GeForce" or better) Sound Card with DirectX 9.0 compatible drivers Keyboard
    • MouseRecommended Hardware Requirements Intel Pentium IV or AMD Athlon XP processor 256(+) MB of RAM 16 speed CD / DVD drive 1.55 GB of free hard disk space (+ 635 MB if video card does NOT support DirectX Texture Compression) 64(+) MB video card with DirectX 9.0 compatible drivers ("GeForce 3" / "Radeon 8500" or better with DirectX Texture Compression support) DirectX 9.0 compatible sound card with surround sound Gamepad (USB or Joystick Port) Keyboard Mouse_____________________________________________________________________________________ 2) INSTALLATION_________________Insert Grand Theft Auto: Vice City disc one ("INSTALL" disc) into the CD /DVD drive. If you have Autoplay enabled then the setup routine willautomaticallylaunch. If you do not have Autoplay enabled, then use Explorer to navigate GrandTheft Auto: Vice City disc one, and manually launch setup.exe2000 / XP User Accounts:Grand Theft Auto: Vice City requires to be installed, and run for the firsttime,with a user account that has ADMINISTRATOR privileges. On the first run of thegame,we decide whether or not to use DirectX Texture Compression, and then ifnecessaryun-compress the games textures to your Hard Disk. For more information onADMINISTRATOR user accounts, see your Windows 2000 / XP manual.Footprint:Grand Theft Auto: Vice City requires approximately 915 MB of hard disk space ifyouchoose not to install the radio stations to your hard disk. If you copy theRadioStations to your hard disk then you will need to have approximately 1.55 GB offreespace. If the video card in your computer does not support DirectX TextureCompression, then this means an EXTRA 635 MB is required for the un-compressedtextures.Radio Stations:During Installation, we offer the user the option to copy the Radio Stationfiles fromthe "PLAY" disc to your hard disk. On some machines this will provide aperformancebenefit, though you will need to weigh up the benefits, as on slower machines itispreferable to have the Radio Stations being played from a device on a separateIDEchannel. Note that whether you copy the Radio Stations to hard disk or not, thegamestill requires the "PLAY" disc to be in your CD / DVD disk at all times.Save Games:
    • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City uses the "My Documents" directory of the currentlylogged in user to store the "GTA VICE CITY USER FILES" directory. This is wherewestore your save games, individual settings files and gameplay statistics. Thiswaschosen to allow each user on a Windows 2000 or Windows XP system to have theirownset of saves, configurations and statistics.Un-installation:When Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is uninstalled, we do not delete the "MP3","SKINS"and "GTA VICE CITY USER FILES" directories. It is up to the user to remove thesemanually._____________________________________________________________________________________ 3) GENERAL INFORMATION________________________DirectX:Grand Theft Auto: Vice City requires Microsoft DirectX 9.0 to run. As aconsequencewe recommend that the video and sound drivers installed are also DirectX 9.0compliant.DirectX Texture Compression:Where available, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will use DirectX TextureCompression.If the video card does NOT offer DirectX Texture Compression, then we require anEXTRA 635 MB of hard disk space to create the un-compressed textures (over andabove the915 MB minimum install / 1.55 GB maximum install).Windows XP:We recommend manufacturer distributed drivers for Windows XP (i.e. drivers thatexposethe user controls for changing settings on the particular piece of hardware),insteadof the default drivers installed by Microsoft as part of the machine setupprocess.Memory:Grand Theft Auto: Vice City requires at least 128 MB of memory to run. In mostcaseson a computer with 128 MB of Ram, disk swapping will occur. For optimalperformanceat least 256 MB is recommended.Running Applications:Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has been designed to take best advantage of theavailablemachine it is running upon, therefore we recommend that you close down allapplicationsbefore running Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. We do not support the use of CDemulators,and as such these programs will be closed down when run in the background.Video Memory:Grand Theft Auto: Vice City requires a video card with at least 32 MB of videomemory
    • to run. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will refuse to run if launched on a machinewithless than 32 MB of video memory.Intel Celeron and AMD Duron Processors:These processors play slower than their direct MHz equivalent Pentium III andAMDAthlon, as a consequence we recommend 1.2 GHz as the base speed for theseprocessors._____________________________________________________________________________________ 4) CONFIGURATION__________________Sound Provider:The first time you launch Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, we auto-detect the bestsoundprovider for your available Sound Card. You can also manually selectalternatives.Providers which are not compatible with your Sound Card will not be selectable.MP3 Volume Boost:This setting allows you to assign an additional boost in the volume that youravailableMP3 files are played back with. This will only be selectable if the game detectsthepresence of MP3 files in the MP3 directory.Dynamic Acoustic Modeling:Turning off Dynamic Acoustic Modeling in the Sound Options will give a smallperformancegain.Screen Resolution:Selecting lower Screen Resolutions in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City display setupwillallow faster gameplay on lower end machines. Also, using 16 bit color, insteadof 32 bitcolor, will help in these circumstances.Frame Limit:We do not suggest disabling the "Frame Limit" in the Grand Theft Auto: Vice CitydisplaySetup page, as this will lead to a more "variable" rate of playback.VSYNC:We recommend that you make sure you have set your video card to VSYNC ON in yourvideocard advanced options (from Control Panel/Display Properties)._____________________________________________________________________________________ 5) PC SPECIFIC EXTRAS_______________________Skins:The appearance of Tommy can be altered or changed by editing inside a paintprograma skin file. Skin files need to be 24 bit un-compressed bitmaps of size 256 *256.An example file is provided in your "SKINS" directory called
    • "TEXTURE_GUIDE.JPG".When applied, the skins will only affect Tommys street outfit, and only in-game,not in cut-scenes.MP3 Radio Station files:We have provided the ability to play the users own music files instead of theRadio Stations. Simply place your MP3 files into your "Grand Theft Auto ViceCity/MP3"directory, and then use the "change station" key to cycle to the MP3 radiostation.Use the MP3 boost volume control to add extra amplification to your MP3 musicfilesto equalize the volume relative to the Radio Stations and Sound Effects.Stat Saving:During a game, you can output the detailed list of your in-game accomplishmentsfromthe STATS menu. On this menu pressing "S" will output a "STATS.TXT" file and a"STATS.HTML"file to the "GTA VICE CITY USER FILES" directory of the currently logged inuser.Standard / Classic mode:Standard mode allows for the control of Tommy with Keyboard and Mouse; Classicmodeis similar to the control system employed in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on thePlayStation2 using a control pad.Mouse Steering:In Standard mode, there is an option to allow you to use your mouse to steervehicles.This is not available in Classic mode.Replays:The last 30 seconds of gameplay is available as a replay to play back at anytime.To use a replay:- F1 - Replay the last 30 seconds of gameplay. F2 - Save the last 30 seconds of gameplay as a file. F3 - Recall and show the last saved replay file._____________________________________________________________________________________ 6) KNOWN ISSUES_________________Windows 98 InstallationOn some Windows 98 machines, there can be problems with the Installshieldversion thatwe use. This can be caused by an invalid "OLEAUT32.DLL" file. Often this file isanupdated version to the one that is installed during the machine setup routine.Thisproblem usually manifests itself as an error message when you re-boot yourmachine afterDirectX 9.0 setup.This error message is often of the form:-Error number: 0x80070725Description: Incompatible version of the RPC stub
    • To correct this problem, un-install Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (If the "StartBar" and"Add/Remove Programs" un-install shortcuts do not work, then un-install bylaunching thesetup routine from the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City "INSTALL" disc - this is oneof thesymptoms of this DCOM error). Once you have un-installed Grand Theft Auto: ViceCity,perform the following procedure to fix your DCOM installation, then you will beableto install Grand Theft Auto: Vice City correctly. We are sorry that we cannotredistribute this file, but the Microsoft EULA for this file prevents us doingthis.Instructions to correct this problem (From Microsoft Installshield Support)1) Download to your Desktop, but do not run, the Distributed Component ObjectModel (DCOM) file. Windows 98: http://support.installshield.com/kb/files/Q105810/dcom98.exe2) Select Start > Shutdown3) Select Restart in MS-DOS mode.4) At the command prompt c:WINDOWS, enter the following commands on separatelines as shown. Windows automatically restarts. CD c:windowssystem rename oleaut32.dll oleaut32.old exit5) Ignore the error message: "A required .DLL file,C:windowssystemoleaut32.dll, was not found." This error message appears because the file was renamed instep 4.6) Log in as you normally would.7) Double-click the file you downloaded to your Desktop in step 1. Click Yes to the dialog that opens. The dcom.exe file installs a new oleaut32.dll file.8) After DCOM has been installed, select Start > Restart.More information on this problem, and DCOM:-http://support.installshield.com/kb/view.asp?pcode=ALL&articleid=Q105810#addinfohttp://www.microsoft.com/com/dcom/dcom98/dcom1_3.aspS3 Pro Savage, Savage 4 and Savage 2000 video cards:We found these video cards have missing texture problems in 16 bit color whicharecured in 32 bit color, so we suggest using these video cards in 32 bit color.3dfx Voodoo 5 video cards:While Grand Theft Auto: Vice City does run on Voodoo 5 video cards, the age ofthedrivers means that there are minor visual artifacts that cannot be corrected,andso we do not support this chipset, or previous 3dfx chipsets.Matrox surround gaming:
    • We have not implemented any support for Matrox Surround Gaming / 3 monitor mode.Please use single monitor mode on Matrox Parhelia video cards.Matrox G550 and G400 video cards:Minor graphic corruptions in the distance while playing Grand Theft Auto: ViceCityand during the intro movie.ATI Rage 128 video cards:Minor graphic corruptions during the intro movie.SIS 315 video cards:Minor graphic corruptions during the intro movie.Motherboard based sound chips:We have found certain motherboard based sound chipsets do not report having ahardware sound buffer, and crash with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. We found thatrunning Microsofts "DXDIAG" and performing the sound tests, will present theuserwith an error message saying that a hardware buffer is not supported, and wouldyoulike to use a software buffer. Selecting a software buffer will allow this soundchipsetto work with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.Hard disk de-fragmentation:If you are experiencing short, periodic slowdowns whilst driving, Grand TheftAuto:Vice City may be having trouble retrieving data at a fast enough rate from yourharddisk. It is recommended that you run your systems De-fragmentation utilityregularlyto allow optimum performance.Changing hardware / re-initialization:Changing either your video card or soundcard may mean that you get Grand TheftAuto:Vice City into an "invalid" settings state for the particular hardware. If youchangehardware, to prevent having to un-install and re-install Grand Theft Auto: ViceCity,perform the following:-Video card:- - delete from the "Grand Theft Auto Vice City/models" directory the files "TXD.DIR" and "TXD.IMG" (if they exist) - delete from the "Grand Theft Auto Vice City/data" directory the file "CAPS.DAT" - delete from the "Documents and Settings/Current logged-in User/ My Documents/GTA Vice City User Files" directory the "GTA_VC.SET" file.Sound Card:- - delete from the "Documents and Settings/Current logged-in User/ My Documents/GTA Vice City User Files" directory the "GTA_VC.SET" file._____________________________________________________________________________________ 7) DRIVERS____________Video Drivers:We recommend using the latest available Video drivers for your video card. Whereavailable use the video chipset manufacturers "Reference" drivers in preference
    • tovideo card manufacturer customized drivers or Microsoft WHQL certified drivers.This means for nVidia based cards Detonator 4 series drivers, and for ATI basedcardsCatalyst 3 series drivers.Below for convenience are common video card manufacturers websites. Grand TheftAuto:Vice City may not support some or all video cards by a particular manufacturer.Inclusionof a manufacturer in this list does not mean there are any assurances ofcompatibility.3Dlabs - http://www.3dlabs.com/Asus - http://www.asus.com/ATI - http://support.atitech.ca/Creative Labs - http://www.creativelabs.com/Guillemot - http://www.guillemot.com/Hercules - http://www.hercules.com/Intel - http://www.intel.com/Leadtek - http://www.leadtek.com/Matrox - http://www.matrox.com/nVidia - http://www.nvidia.com/S3 Graphics - http://www.s3graphics.com/Sis - http://www.sis.com.tw/VIA - http://www.viatech.com/VideoLogic - http://www.videologic.com/Motherboard Chipset Drivers:Please ensure your motherboard chipset drivers are updated to the latestavailableversions. Also ensure you are using the correct IDE drivers for your Chipset /OperatingSystem combination. We have noted better performance with the use of the "IntelApplicationAccelerator" on Intel 800 series chipsets.Intel - http://www.intel.com/VIA - http://www.viatech.com/nVidia - http://www.nvidia.com/SIS - http://www.sis.com/ALI - http://www.aliusa.com/_____________________________________________________________________________________ 8) CONTACT INFORMATION________________________For news, hints, and the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City community, check out http://www.rockstargames.com/ http://www.take2games.com/ http://www.rockstarnorth.com/ http://www.gtavicecity.com/For Technical Support:-United States:Web : www.take2games.comEmail: support@take2baltimore.comPhone: 410-933-9191 Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm EST.
    • United Kingdom:Post: Take 2 Interactive Technical Support Unit A, Sovereign Park Brenda Road Hartlepool TS25 1NNTelephone: (0870) 1242222 / calls charged at the UK national rate (7 days a week from 8am to 10pm (GMT) excluding bank holidays)Fax: (01429) 233677Email: take2@europesupport.com tech.support@take2europe.comWeb Site: www.take2games.co.ukIf necessary, you may be asked by Technical Support to obtain an analysis ofyourmachine to help troubleshoot problems. Forward this file to Technical Supportonly whenrequested to do so.To perform an analysis:-Using Explorer, locate the "Grand Theft Auto Vice City" main directory, andrightclick on "GTA-VC.EXE", then select the option "Launch Analysis". This willcreate thefile "AnalysisLog.sr0" in the root directory of hard disk C:_____________________________________________________________________________________This software and documentationCopyright (c) 2003 Rockstar Games._____________________________________________________________________________________