Evil Genius Demo

This is the demo for Evil Genius, the game where you can be...

Evil Genius Demo

This is the demo for Evil Genius, the game where you can be the criminal mastermind and create your own evil lair complete with traps, troops and all sorts of sinister goodies. Check this out!


Evil Genius Demo - ReadMe


Vivendi Universal Games

Evil Genius: Demo

August 2004

Demo Version 1.0


Thank you for trying out the Demo version of Evil Genius.




1. Configuration

1.1 Minimum Configuration

1.2 Recommended Configuration

1.3 Tested Graphics Cards

2. Installation

2.1 Installing Evil Genius: Demo

2.2 Uninstalling Evil Genius: Demo

3. Troubleshooting

3.1 Launching Problems

3.2 General Problems

3.3 Problems with DirectX

3.4 Known Issues

3.5 Display problems

4. Contacts and websites

5. Legal Information


1. Configuration



1.1 Minimum configuration:


Windows® 98SE/Me/2000/XP

Pentium® III 800 MHz or higher

DirectX® 9.0b

128 MB RAM - Windows® 98SE/Me, 256 MB RAM – Windows® 2000/XP

GeForce™2 MX 16MB or equivalent DirectX® 9 compatible video card

300 MB (approx.) free hard drive space (additional space required for Windows®

swap-file and DirectX® 9.0b installation)

16x CD-ROM drive

DirectX® 9.0b Compatible Sound Card

MS compatible mouse



1.2 Recommended configuration:

-- Pentium® 4 1.5 GHz

DirectX® 9.0b

256 MB of RAM

NVIDIA® GeForce™ 3 or equivalent with 64 MB RAM

300MB free hard drive space (additional space required for Windows® swap-file

and DirectX® 9.0b installation)

24x CD-ROM drive

DirectX® 9.0b Compatible Sound Card

MS compatible mouse (with wheel)



Supported Operating Systems:

Windows® 98 (Second Edition), Windows® Me, Windows® XP or Windows® 2000

Not Supported:

Windows® 95 and previous versions.

Directx®9.0a and previous versions.

Evil Genius: Demo only supports AGP cards (i.e. min spec: 16MB AGP 3D Video


We do not support integrated 16 Meg 3D Video Cards.


1.3 Tested Graphics Cards:

-- Radeon 9800(Pro)/9700(Pro)/9600(Pro)/9500(Pro)/7000

Geforce FX 6800/5950(Ultra)/5900/5800/5700(Ultra)/5600(Ultra)

Geforce 4 Ti 4200

Geforce 3 Ti 200

Geforce 2 Ultra/GTS Pro/Go

Geforce 128

NVidia Quadro

Intel Extreme Graphics 2


2. Installation



2.1. Installation

-- To install the Demo, follow these instructions:

1) Double-click on the "Evil Genius Demo.exe" file.

2) The installation programme will guide you through the different

installation and Setup stages.

3) Once the game is installed, launch Evil Genius: Demo from the Start Menu.


2.2. Uninstallation

-- To uninstall Evil Genius: Demo, follow this simple step:

Select Uninstall Evil Genius: Demo from the Start menu.


*A Note on Hard Drive Space


300MB free hard drive space (additional space required for Windows swap-file

and DirectX 9.0b installation)

In addition to the installed demo, Windows will require additional

Free hard drive space for its operating system (virtual memory).

If you encounter an error along these lines:

"Your system is low on virtual memory"

Free up some more hard drive space.

WARNING!! - It is strongly recommended that you close all applications

Before installing Evil Genius: Demo.


3. Troubleshooting



3.1 Launching problems


If you have a problem while launching the game, verify the following points:

> DirectX version (see chapters 3.2 and 3.3 of this ReadMe)

> Graphic drivers version (see chapter 3.4 and 3.5 of this ReadMe)

Common problems include

> "d3d9.dll missing" : you do not have DirectX9.0b or later installed.

> "Unable to execute file:

C:\Program Files\VUGames\Evil Genius


CreateProcess failed; code 1157.

One of the library files needed to run this application cannot be found." :

Also indicates that you do not have DirectX® 9.0b or later installed.


3.2 General problems


> Close all opened application to play with Evil Genius: Demo so that the game

can benefit from all of your computer's potential.

> Some configuration with antivirus software may also encounter different

problems such as: screen freezing, slowing down and too long loading. The best

solution is to deactivate your antivirus. It will work again as soon as you

restart your PC.

> To increase the performance of Evil Genius: Demo we suggest reducing the

graphics parameters (especially Reflections and Resolution).

To modify them, click on "Options" in the main menu. Clicking on "Custom"

inside the "Graphics Options" will allow you to alter individual graphics

settings. The game will run more smoothly on lowest configurations.


3.3 DirectX Problems


First, verify that DirectX 9.0b version (or superior) is installed on your

computer. If it is not the case, you can encounter problems launching or

playing Evil Genius: Demo.

To verify your DirectX version, go in the menu "Start\Run", enter "Dxdiag" in

the text window.

Once the information window is opened, click on the "system" tab and you'll see

the DirectX version that is installed on your computer.


3.4 Known Issues


Description: "ATI Radeon 7200 HW T&L is not available due to graphical


Solution: None.

Description: "ATI Radeon 9000 Mobility Projected shadows are disabled due to


Solution: None.

Description: "GeForce4 Ti4400 Geometry corruption, graphical elements flicker


Solution: This is experienced on certain NVidia cards running driver version

56.64. Upgrade to the latest drivers to fix this problem.

Description: "Pressing ALT+ESC while in full screen mode will cause Evil Genius

to minimize"

Solution: You can restore the game by clicking on the Evil Genius task bar icon

Description: "Pressing CTRL+ESC while in full screen mode will cause Evil

Genius to minimize"

Solution: You can restore the game by clicking on the Evil Genius task bar



3.5 Display problems


If you have display problems, verify your graphic drivers version. Old drivers

(not optimised for the latest DirectX versions) can create some display or

launching problems with the game. It may be necessary to update your hardware

drivers before playing, be sure you have administration rights on your

operating system.

Warning, some drivers are not compatible with the constructors' chipsets.

You'll find below the list of the main graphic cards constructors websites:

NVidia: http://www.nvidia.com

ATI: http://mirror.ati.com

Intel: http://downloadfinder.intel.com

Matrox - http://www.matrox.com

S3: http://www.viaarena.com

Kyro (Hercules 4000 & 4500): http://www.powervr.com

SIS: http://download.sis.com

3Dlabs - http://fr.europe.creative.com

Aztech Labs - http://www.aztechlabs.com

Canopus - http://www.canopuscorp.com

Gateway 2000 - http://www.gw2k.com

Guillemot - http://www.guillemot.com

Hercules (voir Guillemot) - http://www.guillemot.com

I/O Magic - http://www.iomagic.com

Jaton - http://www.jaton.com

Leadtek - http://www.leadtek.com

VIA Technologies - http://www.viatech.com

If you don't know the name and the type of your graphic card, go in the DirectX

diagnosis tool ("Start\Run" enter "Dxdiag" and click on Ok), and go in the

"display" tab. You'll find there the name of your card and its constructor.


4. Contacts and websites


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