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Old 5th May 2012, 10:20 AM   #1
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Here is the official Mass Effect 3 readme file.

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Mass Effect™ 3
ReadMe File - March 2012
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Contents:
- System Requirements
- Digital Retail Installation
- Installing Mass Effect 3
- Uninstalling Mass Effect 3
- Removing Save Data
- Optimizing Gameplay
- Importing a Mass Effect 2 Career
- Known Issues
- Online Ports
- Support & Troubleshooting
- Special Thanks


System Requirements
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Minimum System Requirements
OS Windows XP SP3/Windows Vista SP1/Windows 7
CPU 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (or equivalent AMD CPU)
RAM 1GB for XP / 2GB RAM for Vista/Win 7
Disc Drive 1x speed
Hard Drive 15 GB of free space
Video 256 MB* (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support)
Sound DirectX 9.0c compatible
DirectX DirectX 9.0c August 2009 (included)
Input Mouse & Keyboard

Online Connection Requirements: Internet connection is required to play.

*Supported chipsets: NVIDIA 7900 or better; ATI X1800 or better.
Please note that NVIDIA GeForce 9300, 8500, 8400, and 8300 are below minimum system requirements, as are AMD/ATI Radeon HD3200, HD3300, and HD4350. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.

Recommended System Requirements
OS Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7
CPU 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (or equivalent AMD CPU)
RAM 2GB for XP / 4GB RAM for Vista/Win 7
Disc Drive 1x speed
Hard Drive 15 GB of free space
Video AMD/ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB or greater
NVidia GeForce 9800 GT / GTX 550 Ti 512 MB or greater
Sound DirectX 9.0c compatible

NOTES
For the best results, make sure you have the latest drivers for your video and audio cards.

Laptop or mobile versions of the above supported video cards have not had extensive testing and may have driver or other performance issues. As such, they are not officially supported in Mass Effect 3.

S3 video cards are not officially supported in Mass Effect 3.


Digital Retail Installation
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Please contact the digital retailer through whom you purchased this game for instructions on how to install the game or how to download and reinstall another copy of the game.

Note: If you’d like additional information about your game as well as tips and patches, please visit www.ea.com or store.origin.com.


Installing Mass Effect 3
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To install Mass Effect 3, insert the first disc into your DVD drive and follow the on-screen instructions.

If the AutoPlay screen does not automatically appear after inserting the Mass Effect 3 PC DVD into your DVD drive, follow these steps:

1. Close all running programs.
2. Ensure that the Mass Effect 3 PC DVD #1 is in your DVD drive.
3. Open Windows Explorer or My Computer.
4. Double-click the DVD icon.
5. Double-click on the Setup.exe icon to launch the installer.
6. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the game.


Uninstalling Mass Effect 3
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To uninstall Mass Effect 3 from Windows XP:
1. Access the Mass Effect 3 Uninstaller from the Control Panel's "Add/Remove Programs" applet.
2. Run the Mass Effect 3 Uninstaller.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

To uninstall Mass Effect 3 from Windows Vista or Windows 7:
1. Access the Mass Effect 3 Uninstaller from the Control Panel's "Programs and Features" applet.
2. Run the Mass Effect 3 Uninstaller.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions.


Removing Save Data
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Save data can be manually removed by deleting the following directory:
<My Documents>\BioWare\Mass Effect 3\Save


Optimizing Gameplay
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Mass Effect 3 will attempt to read the system specifications of the computer at game startup and automatically choose graphic options appropriate for the hardware. These settings are chosen based on the device ID of your video card.

To customize graphics settings to your own values, do so via the options GUI or the configuration utility.

The following settings have the greatest impact on frame rate:

Resolution - This significantly affects performance and has the greatest influence on how smoothly the game runs. The lower the resolution, the better the performance.

Window Mode - If this option is on, the performance can be reduced, especially if other applications are running as well. We highly recommend that all other applications be shut down when playing Mass Effect 3.

Dynamic Shadows - This significantly affects performance on machines between the minimum and recommended system specifications. Turning this off will increase performance.

Anisotropic Filtering Level - This moderately affects performance on machines between the minimum and recommended system specifications. Turning this off will increase performance.

Motion Blur - Turning this off will increase performance slightly on machines near our minimum specifications.


Importing a Mass Effect 2 Career
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To import a Mass Effect 2 save file from an old computer to the one in which Mass Effect 3 is currently installed, copy your old career folders to: <My Documents>\BioWare\Mass Effect 2\Save\

To copy your Mass Effect 3 save files to another computer, copy your current career(s) to: <My Documents>\BioWare\Mass Effect 3\Save\

The career files on your old computer will be stored in the same locations.


Known Issues
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Mass Effect 3 does not run optimally on a computer with a single-core CPU. We recommend that you do not play Mass Effect on a system with a single-core CPU.

On some video cards (NVidia 7000 series), Mass Effect 3 may display bright white spots on some parts of the floor or walls. This issue can be resolved by turning off the "Texture filtering - Anisotropic sample optimization" setting in the NVidia Control Panel.

There is a known issue that can cause graphical artifacts when running an NVidia 7950 GT video card on Windows XP. To reduce the potential for this issue, please select the "Let the 3D application decide" choice from the NVIDIA Control Panel in the "3D Settings/Adjust image settings with preview" section.


Online Ports
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To enable online functionality, the following ports must be opened on the client PC.

TCP 42100
TCP Port Range 15200-15300
TCP Port Range 9945-9994
TCP 80


Support & Troubleshooting
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Canada
https://help.ea.com/ca/

United Kingdom:
https://help.ea.com/uk/

United States
https://help.ea.com/en/


Special Thanks from BioWare
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A special thanks to the fans and friends of BioWare. Your thoughts and feedback on our website forums drive us to make great games.
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