The official demo of SimCity 3000.
README for SimCity 3000 - The best city simulator on Earth. Table of Contents General Performance Tips Troubleshooting General For the latest up to date information on SimCity 3000 visit http://www.simcity.com. Performance Tips SimCity 3000 has many options to scale performance for low end systems and to take full advantage of higher end systems. The game runs best with full graphics hardware acceleration. Open Settings, Control Panel, System. This brings up the System Properties window. Click on the Performance tab at the far right. This brings up the Advanced Graphics Settings. Full should be used. On lower end systems the game will default to 640x480 screen resolution, traffic visible only in the closest 2 zoom levels, and sims visible only in the closest zoom level. Ways to further optimize performance are: turn off some or all animations, select smaller city sizes, and run with the simulation at lower speeds. Music and sound also tax the system. On higher end systems, the game will default to 800x600 screen resolution, traffic visible at the closest 3 zoom levels, sims visible at the closest 2 zoom levels. The screen resolution can be changed. You can run the game in screen resolutions 1024x768, 1152x864 on up. This allows you to see more of your city at any time. In general, the system is stressed when running with the simulation at full speed, with all animations enabled, and with sounds and music playing. To improve performance, turn animations down, or off, and turn sounds and/or music off and use lower screen resolution settings. Increasing RAM will improve performance as well. Troubleshooting See the enclosed Reference Card for details about contacting Electronic Arts Technical Support. · Problems with the mouse cursor flickering may be caused by old video drivers. Update the video drivers with the latest from the manufacturer. · If running with Windows NT 4.0 service pack 3, you can turn off all sound and music to prevent any sound related problems you may have. Windows NT has some known problems with DirectSound that won't be fixed until the next version of Windows NT. SimCity 3000 will not run with any version of Window NT before Window NT 4.0 service pack 3. · The game runs in a video resolution that may be different from your normal video resolution. If you have never run Windows in the resolution the game plays in, it may not center the screen correctly. If you see this happen, exit the game, change the resolution of Windows to that of the game and apply it. You can then set the resolution back to what it was, then play the game. · Some video cards, most notably the Matrox Millenium, will occasionally show a flash as the screen is drawn incorrectly for a split second. This problem can be alleviated by getting the latest drivers for the video card. After doing that, turning off Bus Mastering will also help. Visit the card manufacturer's website for latest drivers and instructions on Bus Mastering. · The Sound Blaster Live sound card will squeak if using old drivers. Updating the drivers will make the squeak go away. · On systems with two video cards, some primary graphic cards do not provide much Windows acceleration or may not work at all with SimCity 3000 if they have less than 2 MB of memory. In such case, consider upgrading the primary card or choosing the display drivers for your secondary 3D effects card to improve frame rate and increase performance. Usually a primary graphics card with strong Windows acceleration will be more satisfactory than most secondary 3D effects graphics cards. This is particularly true when attempting to run the game at resolutions higher than 640x480 with Voodoo I cards and higher than 800x600 with Voodoo II cards. · If you are using any 3D card in high resolution and find that you cannot access parts of the screen or menus once a city is loaded, you must reload the city using a lower resolution. This is due to a bug in the drivers for that card. Use Alt-F4 to exit the city, lower the resolution through the Preferences in the Opening Menu, and finally reload the city. · If you are experiencing problems with the Hercules Terminator Beast Video Card ranging from distorted graphics to missing text, update to the latest drivers for this card from S3's website. · If you have a 3D sound effects card, you can take advantage of it by clicking on the "Enable 3D sounds" in the Preferences window. You will have to restart the game for the setting to take effect. · If your default .mpg player is QuickTime, you may not be able to play some of the demos. Please use another .mpg player to view the demo.
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