README file 02/05/06 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 Hitman: Blood Money 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 512 Mb of RAM, your playing experience will be smoother if you have at least 1GB 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:
q Closing any open windows q Shutting down all other programs, including menu-bar programs like ICQ q Defragmenting your hard drive
Eidos recommends that you have no other programs running at all while playing Hitman: Blood Money. 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 Known Issues
q Ensure you are running latest drivers from nVidia and ATI. q If you experience any issues in game this could be linked to your sound card, try reducing the hardware acceleration option within the DXDIAG tool - Run DXDIAG and move the slider option to the left within the SOUND tab. q To increase performance the user can disable the pixel-shader rendering entirely. To do this edit the hitmanbloodmoney.ini file found in the root of the Hitman Bloodmoney folder and add the following line `Shaderquality Low`, save the file and load the game. Please note this is an unsupported feature of the graphics engine so user may experience strange anomolies.
IO Interactive and Eidos Interactive are committed to providing customer support for our games on a continuing basis. In that spirit, there may be a patch for Hitman: Blood Money forthcoming; visit the Eidos website for more information.
http://www.eidos.com/ http://www.hitman.com q Updates
We are committed to bringing you the best game experience possible therefore its likely that we will keep your version up to date with patch downloads from time to time. Installing Game Shadow ™ will help keep your version of Hitman: Blood Money up to date. Customer support details can be found at the end of this ReadMe.
To download drivers, you need to contact your computer manufacturer (or motherboard manufacturer if your computer custom built).
Part 2: Technical Issues
2.1 Installation & Set-up
The minimum system requirements are as follows: OPERATING SYSTEM:
Microsoft Windows 2000/ Microsoft Windows XP (admin rights required) 95/98/ME/NT not supported. CPU:
Pentium 4 1.5GHz or Athlon XP equivalent
512MB system Memory
Direct3D 9 compliant cards supporting pixel shader 2.0 (nVidia GeForce FX or ATi Radeon 9500) SOUND:
Direct X compatible sound card
5GB Free Space
Keyboard and mouse
The recommended system requirements are as follows:
Microsoft Windows 2000/ Microsoft Windows XP (admin rights required) 95/98/ME/NT not supported.
Pentium 4 2.4GHz or Athlon XP/64bit Equivalent
1GB system Memory
ATI X800 series, nVidia GeForce 6800 series, or higher video card
Direct X compatible sound card
Keyboard and 3