Spider-Man 2(TM) READMELast Updated: 2004-06-07TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTIONINSTALLATION & SET UP1. Minimum System Require...
*Important Note: Some 3D accelerator cards with the chipsets listed here maynot be compatible with the 3D acceleration fea...
VIDEO ISSUES1. Monitors- Please make sure your monitor supports the game resolution you are trying toplay in. To check wha...
7. Changing Custom Video SettingsIn order to change the individual video settings, you will need to be in"Custom" video mo...
5. Sound Skips or StuttersIf you are experiencing skipping or stuttering in-game sound (sound effects,voice-overs, music, ...
5. Sound Skips or StuttersIf you are experiencing skipping or stuttering in-game sound (sound effects,voice-overs, music, ...
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  1. 1. Spider-Man 2(TM) READMELast Updated: 2004-06-07TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTIONINSTALLATION & SET UP1. Minimum System Requirements2. Autoplay3. DirectX(R) Detection & InstallationVIDEO ISSUES1. Monitors2. In-game and Desktop Resolutions3. Graphical Corruption When Changing Video Settings4. NVIDIA(R) TNT2(TM) Vanta(TM) Texture Corruption5. ATI(R) Radeon(TM) 9000 Water Texture Corruption6. Windowed Mode7. Changing Custom Video Settings8. Changing Brightness and ContrastGENERAL ISSUES1. Alt-Tab & Alt-Enter2. Uninstall Problems in Windows(R) XP3. Uninstalling with Antivirus Software Enabled4. Binding Num Lock Keys5. Sound Skips or StuttersINTRODUCTIONRefer to this document if you encounter difficulties with one or more aspects ofinstallation or running the Spider-Man 2 game. Many of the most commonlyencountered issues are covered here.INSTALLATION & SET UP1. Minimum System Requirements- 3D hardware accelerator card required - 100% DirectX(R) 9.0b-compliant 16 MBvideo card and drivers*- English version of Microsoft(R) Windows 98/ME/2000/XP- Pentium(R) III 600 MHz or Athlon(TM) 600 MHz or higher processor- 128 MB of RAM- 827 MB of uncompressed hard disk space (plus 400 MB for the Windows swap file)- A 100% Windows 98/ME/2000/XP-compatible computer system including:- DirectX 9.0b (Included)- 100% DirectX 9.0b-compliant true 16-bit sound card and drivers- 100% Windows 98/ME/2000/XP- compatible mouse, keyboard and drivers- 100% Windows 98/ME/2000/XP- compatible quad speed CD-ROM drive (600 K/secsustained transfer rate) and drivers*Supported Chipsets for Windows 98/ME/2000/XPAll NVIDIA GeForce(TM) chipsetsNVIDIA TnT and TnT2All ATI Radeon chipsetsMatrox Parhelia(TM)
  2. 2. *Important Note: Some 3D accelerator cards with the chipsets listed here maynot be compatible with the 3D acceleration features utilized by Spider-Man 2.Please refer to your hardware manufacturer for 100% DirectX 9.0b compatibility.This product does not support Microsoft Windows 95 or NT.2. AutoplayIf the Windows Autoplay feature is enabled on your computer, the Spider-Man 2Launch screen will automatically appear when you insert the Spider-Man 2 CD intoyour CD-ROM drive. Simply click on Install and follow the on-screen instructionsto continue the installation.If the Autoplay feature is disabled, you can begin the installation by doing thefollowing:a) Go to the Start Menu and select Run.b) Type D:AUTORUN.EXE (assuming D is your CD-ROM drive letter) and pressEnter.-or-a) Double-click on My Computerb) Double-Click your CD-ROM drive icon.c) Double-click on AUTORUN.EXE.Windows 98 may not be setup to AutoPlay CDs. To check, perform the followingsteps:a. Open the Windows 98/ME Control Panel folder and double-click on the Systemicon.b. Click on the Device Manager tab. Click on the plus sign next to CD-ROM,select your CD-ROM and choose Properties.c. Click on the Settings tab. Insert a check mark in the box to the left of AutoInsert Notification and select OK.3. DirectX Detection & InstallationDuring the Spider-Man 2 setup, the install process will prompt you to installMicrosoft DirectX on your computer. If you choose "Yes," the Microsoft DirectXsetup program will install the appropriate files on your computer. DirectX 9.0bis a set of sound, video, input and network functions developed by Microsoft.DirectX 9.0b is necessary to run Spider-Man 2.If you already have other Windows 98/ME/2000/XP games on your computer, chancesare you already have a version of DirectX installed. In this case, theMicrosoft installer will detect and overwrite any previous versions with DirectX9.0b. At that point, you will need to restart your computer for the changes totake effect. If, however, you already have DirectX 9.0b installed on yourcomputer, the Microsoft DirectX 9.0b installer will detect it and not overwriteany files. You will not need to restart your computer after installation inorder to run Spider-Man 2.If you choose not to install DirectX 9.0b when you install the game, you canmanually install it later. To do so, use the following instructions:1. Place your Spider-Man 2 disk in the CD-ROM drive. The Launch screen shouldappear. (See the AutoPlay section above if it does not appear.)2. Click on the "Extras" button.3. Click on "DirectX" and follow the installation process. When DirectXinstallation finishes, you will need to restart your computer for the newdrivers to work.
  3. 3. VIDEO ISSUES1. Monitors- Please make sure your monitor supports the game resolution you are trying toplay in. To check what resolutions your monitor supports, do the following:a) Open up My Computerb) Double-click on Control Panelc) Find the Display icon and open itd) Choose the Settings tabe) Locate the resolution pointer in the Desktop or Screen Area box and drag itto the far rightThe resolution choice shown is the maximum resolution your monitor is capable ofdisplaying. If you do not want to change to this resolution now, select cancel.Your Desktop Area should be set to the game resolution you are trying to play inor higher.NOTE: Please make sure your monitor type is properly specified to insurecorrect reporting of available video resolutions.2. In-game and Desktop resolutionsDo not choose an in-game resolution that is higher than your desktop resolution.You may only be able to see as much of the game as is viewable at your desktopresolution. (For example, if your desktop resolution is set to 800x600, and youchoose an in-game resolution of 1024x768, the game screen may stretch beyond thesize of your monitor screen). This issue may be more prevalent in windowedmode, which is not supported by Activision Customer Support.In most cases, Spider-Man 2 should choose the proper resolution for your systembased on your processor, system memory, and video card. Changing the gameresolution may result in decreased performance or visual quality.3. Graphical Corruption When Changing Video SettingsChanging the settings on your Video Options menu may sometimes result intemporary color corruption of the screen. These irregularities will disappearwhen you return to the game.4. NVIDIA TNT2 Vanta Texture CorruptionUsers playing Spider-Man 2 on a NVIDIA TNT2 Vanta may see some graphicalcorruptions and flickering textures. These errors are specific to the TNT2 Vantavideo card.5. ATI Radeon 9000 Water Texture CorruptionUsers playing Spider-Man 2 on an ATI Radeon 9000 video card may see some textureflickering when playing in 32-bit color mode. These errors are specific to theRadeon 9000 card.6. Windowed ModeWindowed mode is not a supported feature of Spider-Man 2.
  4. 4. 7. Changing Custom Video SettingsIn order to change the individual video settings, you will need to be in"Custom" video mode. This can be selected by going to the Video Options menu,and selecting the Custom option from the drop-down menu in the upper-left partof this menu. All other video modes (Pretty, Detailed, etc...) can not bealtered.8. Changing Brightness and ContrastOn some video cards, changing the Brightness and Contrast levels all the way upor down may produce undesireable graphical results. If this happens, it issuggested that the "set default" option be used to reset these sliders back totheir default settings.GENERAL ISSUES1. Alt-Tab & Alt-EnterUsing Alt-Tab or Alt-Enter to exit Spider-Man 2 and switch to anotherapplication is not recommended. While you may be able to Alt-Tab/Alt-Enter toexit Spider-Man 2, and the game will remain running in the task bar, you may notbe able to recover the game by Alt-Tabbing/Alt-Entering back to it. At thispoint, you may have to use the Windows Task Manager to close Spider-Man 2. Holddown the Ctrl-Alt-Delete keys to bring up the Task Manager, then select Spider-Man 2 from the list of programs currently running and hit the End Task button.Alt-Tab & Alt-Enter are not supported features of Spider-Man 2.2. Uninstall Problems in Windows XPIf you receive the following error while attempting to uninstall Spider-Man 2:Internal FailureError number: 0x80040707You are attempting to uninstall on a Power User account when the game wasinstalled on an Administrator account. You’ll have to uninstall Spider-Man 2 onthe account you were logged into when you installed it. Log out of Windows andlogin to the Administrator account on your system. Then you will be able touninstall Spider-Man 2 normally.3. Uninstalling with Antivirus Software EnabledThe uninstallation process may take more time if an antivirus software (likeNorton Utilities or McAfee) is currently running, even if the antivirus softwareis running in the background. Although Spider-Man 2 will still uninstallcorrectly with this software running, disabling any antivirus program will makethis process run faster.4. Binding Num Lock KeysAlthough the keys in the keypad section of the keyboard can be bound todifferent actions within the Main Menu -> Options -> Controls menu, be awarethat each of these keys functions differently depending on if Num Lock is "on"or "off". For example, if you bind the keypad 9 to JUMP with Num Lock "on", itwill only function as the JUMP button as long as the Num Lock is "on". If NumLock is "off", the 9 button will function as "Page Up" instead. It isrecommended that Num Lock remain "on" if these buttons are going to be usedduring game play.
  5. 5. 5. Sound Skips or StuttersIf you are experiencing skipping or stuttering in-game sound (sound effects,voice-overs, music, etc...), try one or more of the following:a) From the Options -> Audio menu, select the Low Sound Detail checkboxb) From the Options -> Video menu, select to revert the video optionsback to default with the "Set Default" buttonc) Make sure you have all the latest drivers for your sound card. Thesedrivers can usually be found on the soundcard manufacturers website.
  6. 6. 5. Sound Skips or StuttersIf you are experiencing skipping or stuttering in-game sound (sound effects,voice-overs, music, etc...), try one or more of the following:a) From the Options -> Audio menu, select the Low Sound Detail checkboxb) From the Options -> Video menu, select to revert the video optionsback to default with the "Set Default" buttonc) Make sure you have all the latest drivers for your sound card. Thesedrivers can usually be found on the soundcard manufacturers website.

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