Tomb Raider: Legend Demo
README file 30/03/2006 Version 1.0
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 Tomb Raider: Legend Demo 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 your card manufacturer or PC supplier. These drivers cannot be supplied by Eidos.
1.2 Memory and Performance
While the game will run fine in 256 Mb of RAM, your playing experience will be smoother if you have at least 512 Mb.
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 menu-bar programs like ICQ
* Defragmenting your hard drive
Eidos recommends that you have no other programs running at all while playing Tomb Raider: Legend Demo. Other programs, including virus checkers, system utilities and screen savers can cause system degradation when playing games software and may conflict with the game for system resources, potentially resulting in instability and crashes.
1.3 Next Generation Content
* Important: Ensure you are running latest drivers from NVIDIA and ATI.
For installer size reasons on this demo version, the 'Next Generation' graphics option has been de-activated. However please check back after the 7th April 2006 for an update which will unlock all the high-end content and fully optimise the demo to that of the full retail version.
Part 2: Technical Issues
2.1 Installation & Set-up
The minimum system requirements are as follows:
Microsoft Windows 2000, XP
Pentium 3 1.0Ghz or Athlon XP Equivalent
100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 64 MB 3D Accelerated Card with TnL (GeForce 3Ti / Radeon 9 series)
Microsoft Windows 2000/XP compatible sound card (100% DirectX 9.0c -compatible)
Quad-speed (4x) DVD-ROM drive
9.9GB free disk space
100% Windows 2000/XP compatible mouse and keyboard
The recommended system requirements are as follows:
Pentium 4 3.0Ghz or Athlon XP Equivalent
100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 512 MB 3D Accelerated Card (Nvidia GeForce 7800 / Ati X-1800)
Microsoft Windows 2000/XP compatible sound card (100% DirectX 9.0c compatible)
Eight-speed (8x) DVD-ROM drive or faster
9.9GB free disk space
Preparing Your Hard Drive
To ensure that your installation is trouble free, you should check to see that your hard drive and file system are both tuned for optimum performance. Windows comes with two utility programs that find and fix any errors and optimise your hard drive performance. The first of these programs is called scandisk. Scandisk will check your hard drive for problems and can fix any that it finds. You can run scandisk by clicking on the Start button from the Windows Taskbar, followed by Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, and finally scandisk.
Once scandisk has finished running, you should next optimise your hard drive's performance by running a program called Disk Defragmenter. You can run Disk Defragmenter by clicking on the Start button from the Windows desktop, followed by Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, and finally Disk Defragmenter.
Installing Tomb Raider: Legend Demo
You will be prompted to select the path and directory to which you wish to install the game on your hard drive. The default is
C:\Program Files\Tomb Raider Legend
You may change this if you wish to.
At some point, the Microsoft DirectX 9.0c install prompt will appear if you do not have it on your system already. Please read the on-screen information before selecting an option. You may either choose to install or not install at this time. If the Tomb Raider: Legend Demo installer detects an active version of DirectX 9.0c on your system, we encourage you to not reinstall DirectX. If the installer does not detect DirectX 9.0c, you must install it before you are able to play Tomb Raider: Legend Demo (please refer to the next section of this guide before proceeding).
Starting/Loading The Game
Once the install has finished the Launch Panel will appear on the screen.
Simply click on the Play button to start the game.
You may also:
* Click on the Uninstall button to uninstall the game.
* Click on the View Readme button to view the readme file.
* Click on the Exit button to exit the Launch Panel.
Uninstalling Tomb Raider: Legend Demo
* Click on the Start button.
* Choose Programs from the pop-up menu.
* Drag your mouse to the right and click on Tomb Raider: Legend Demo from the list.
* Click on UninstallShield from the ensuing pop-up menu and follow the onscreen instructions.
Go to the Control Panel and choose Add/Remove Programs. Click on Tomb Raider: Legend Demo from the pop-up panel to follow, select the Add/Remove button, and follow the onscreen prompts.