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Here is the official Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory readme file.

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UBISOFT Splinter Cell Chaos Theory March 2005 README.TXT

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Thank you for buying Splinter Cell Chaos Theory. This README file contains
information not included in the game's manual.

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Table of Contents

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1. Minimum/Recommended Specifications
1.1. PC hardware requirements
2. Configuration Utility
2.1. Game graphic options
3. Update Launcher Utility
4. Known Issues
4.1. Installing video drivers
4.1. Installing sound drivers
4.3. Installing DirectX
4.4. Windows Service Packs
4.5. PC Known problems
5. Graphics, performance and troubleshooting FAQ
6. Versus mode information
7. Important Web Sites, Contact Information and Technical Support
7.1. Technical Support
7.2. Other Important websites
8. Time demo

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1. Minimum/Recommended specifications

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1.1. PC hardware requirements

PC hardware minimum requirements ========================

Supported OS : Windows® 2000/XP (only)
Processor : 1400 MHz Pentium® IV or AMD Athlon™ or better
RAM : 256 MB RAM (512 MB required for XP)
Video Card : 64 MB DirectX® 9-compliant video card (see supported list*)
Sound Card : DirectX 9.0-compliant sound card
DirectX : DirectX 9.0c (included on DVD)
DVD : 4x DVD or faster
Hard Drive Space : 4.0 GB free

PC hardware recommended requirements ========================

Supported OS : Windows® 2000/XP (only)
Processor : 2000 MHz Pentium® IV/AMD or better
RAM : 512 MB RAM
Video Card : 128 MB DirectX® 9-compliant video card (see supported list*)
Sound Card : DolbyDigital 5.1 and EAX 3.0 compatible
DVD : 4x DVD or faster
Hard Drive Space : 4.0 GB free

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2. Configuration Utility

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Suppplied with the game is a tool called Configuration Utility. You can access it
through the start menu -> programs -> Ubisoft -> Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos
Theory -> Configuration Utility. You can run manually the Configuration
Utility to detect your system configuration. If your system doesn’t meet the
required minimum specifications, the Configuration Utility will show a window with
the list of system requirements. If an item in the Minimum Specifications list does
not have a green check next to it, the game may not run properly or it may run
too slowly.

2.1. Game graphic options

The Configuration Utility will try to determine the optimal graphic settings
based on your system performance. It will try to balance performance with visual
quality and set the appropriate graphic options settings. You can override these
settings in the options menu of the game.

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3. Update Launcher Utility

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In the Start menu, there is a utility called Check For Updates used to detect if
there are any new Patches to the game since you have purchased it. You will need
to be administrator of your PC to run this utility. This utility can also be
executed from within the game in the coop sub menu by clicking the Patch button.
Note that two people need to be at the same version to be able to play in coop or
versus mode. Run this program regularly to be sure to be up to date with the
latest enhancements to the game.

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4. Known Issues

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4.1. Installing video drivers

If you experience any graphical problems, please install the recommended video
drivers for your video card. Links to the most popular video cards manufacturers
are available at the end of this document.

3.2. Installing sound drivers

If you experience any sound problems, please install the latest sound drivers
available for your sound card. Links to the most popular sound cards
manufacturers are available at the bottom of this document.

4.3. Installing DirectX

Splinter Cell Chaos Theory needs DirectX 9.0c to run properly. To get the latest
version of DirectX, please visit:

4.4. Windows Service Packs

It is recommended to install the latest service packs for all PC operating

4.5. PC Known issues

- Using ALT-TAB during the game's intro sequence (logos, ESRB, etc) is not

- Using ALT-TAB when in coop mode is not recommended because it can cause
divergences between the two connected computers.

- If the game crashes, the settings may revert to their default states by precaution
to allow you to safely restart the game the next time.

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5. Graphics, performance and troubleshooting FAQ

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Q: Where are my profiles and saved games stored?

A: To support Windows Limited User Access, the profiles and saved games are
stored outside of the installation directory. If you want to copy them to
another computer or back them up, you will find them in the
"Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Ubisoft\Tom Clancy's Splinter
Cell Chaos Theory\profiles" directory. The Application Data folder is a hidden
folder by default. To unhide it, open a windows explorer window, select Tools ->
Folder Options. Select the view tab and in the advanced settings area, in the
Hidden files and folders node, select the "Show hidden files and folders".

To copy a profile, copy the whole folder of the correct name. If you have not
managed a profile in the Manage Profile menu in-game, there will be a default

Q: When I enable nightvision, I can't see anything!

A: Some ATI cards (Radeon 8500/9000/9200) have a driver problem which prevents
nightvision and most of the lighting from working when antialiasing is
enabled. We have communicated this problem to ATI and it should be fixed in
the latest ATI drivers you can download from Alternatively you
can disable antialiasing from advanced graphics settings (set antialiasing
to "None"). Make also sure that in advanced settings of ATIs control panel
the antialiasing isn't forced but is "application controlled".

Q: When I enable "Hardware Shadow Mapping" from advanced graphics settings,
most of the lighting disappears.

A: Some GeForce cards have a driver problem which prevents Hardware Shadow
Mapping from working. We have communicated this problem to NVidia and it
should be fixed in the latest NVidia drivers you can download from

Q: "Hardware Shadow Mapping" in advanced graphics settings is grayed out and I
can't enable it.

A: Hardware Shadow Mapping is supported only on GeForce and Radeon 9500+
cards if you have the latest drivers installed. Hardware Shadow Mapping
increases only the rendering performance and has no direct impact on the
visual quality of the game.

Q: I can't select anything but "Shader Model 1.1" in advanced graphics settings
because the option is grayed out.

A: The game supports only Shader Model 1.1 and 3.0, so if your graphics card
doesn't support Shader Model 3.0 it's not possible to enable it. Consult
your graphics card retailer for information about which Shader Model your
graphics card supports.

Q: My graphics card support "Shader Model 3.0" but I can't change it in the
advanced graphics settings.

A: Make sure you have the latest DirectX and graphics card drivers installed.
If you have an old DirectX (DirectX 9.0b or older) or old graphics card
drivers, this option may be disabled even when your graphics card supports
the option.

Q. My card supports Shader Model 3.0 but I can't enable HDR.

A: Some Shader Model 3.0 cards don't support floating point blending thus HDR
rendering isn't possible and this option is grayed out.

Q: When I rotate the camera, sounds that are behind the camera are completely
faded out.

A: The game uses surround sound for modeling the 3D sound environment. If you
have surround sound speaker setting enabled in the "Sound and Audio Devices"
of Windows control panel while using stereo speaker setup (e.g. headphones),
only left and right audio channels are played. Change the speaker setup in
the control panel to match your actual speaker settings.

Q: I can't change antialiasing because it's grayed out and says "Disabled".

A: If you have HDR rendering enabled from "Shader Options" antialiasing will be
always disabled. This is a hardware limitation of current graphics cards and
there is nothing we can do to enable it.

Q: The game runs slow on my PC. What can I do?

A: There are several things which may cause the game to run slower than

1) Some background applications may have a negative impact on the performance
of the game, thus it's preferable to close most of them to leave more
resources for the purpose of the game. For instance virus protection
software may monitor memory and hard drive access thus slowing down your
PC. Also, make sure that your PC is free from viruses and spyware.

2) Install latest graphics card drivers from your graphics card vendors web
page. Graphics card vendors constantly optimize and fix their drivers
thus it's good to keep your graphics card drivers up to date to maximize
your gaming experience.

3) Install the latest DirectX ( and drivers for other
peripherals (motherboard, sound card, etc.)

4) Defragment your hard drive to optimize your hard drive performance.

5) If you have an AGP graphics card, make sure that AGP is enabled and is
running in maximum speed.

6) Try to find a good balance between quality and performance with graphics
settings (resolution, shadow resolution, texture filtering, etc.) to
match your needs. After each setting you can run the timedemo and see how
it impact to the performance of the game on your PC.

7) Use the timedemo to benchmark your PC and to compare it against other
people with a similar setup to see if your configuration is performing as
well as it should. Note that in order to have comparable results, you
need to have the same graphics settings enabled (same resolution, shadow
resolution, shader model, texture filtering, etc.)

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6. Versus mode information

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******** Versus : Network Compatibility ********

Problems with Firewalls : If you have a firewall on your Internet connection,
the following ports should be open (consult your firewall documentation):
TCP 40000 to 43000 included
UDP 44000 in input/output
UDP 45000 in input/output
UDP 45001 in input/output
UDP 7776 in input/output
UDP 8888 and the next three ones in input/output
UDP 8878 in input/ouput
These last two ports can be configured via Default.ini file. Please note that
in case port 8878 is not available, the next 10 ports will be automatically tested.

For AllSeeingEyes
- you need to open some more ports :
(27243-27245) UDP + TCP
and 9011 UDP
- For the server, your firewall must be configured so as to accept the connexions
initiated from the outside

******** Versus : Dedicated Server ********
A dedicated server program can be launched
using the standard Windows Start menu. In this case, it uses DirectX9 and the
standard menus graphic chart. But you can launch it via a command line. In this
case, the –nodisplay parameter can be used to launch it on a PC without
DirectX9. Here is the list of all parameters.

-nodisplay to remove 3D display
-map: random or one of the installed map in "File" format
-servername: change the name of the server
-password: to protect game
-ubi_account: account
-ubi_password: password
-port: to change port number
-gamemode: one of these three : DiskHunt / Story / DeathMatch
-lobby: Lobby name (World, USA Central…. as displayed ingame)
-minplayer: To start a game as soon as the specified number of players
is met (<4)
-fps display the server fps in title bar
-fpslimit: limit the server fps
-revenge: revenge option : on

For example : -nodisplay -map:random -servername:MyServer -password:toto
-ubi_account:MyAccount -ubi_password:MyPassword -port:8887 -gamemode:Story
-lobby:world -minplayer:2 -fps -revenge

***** Versus : LogFile For tournament purposes ********
You can ask some players to send automatically a description of the game session
that they are going to play to a specific IP address. To do this, they must edit
the default.ini file (that they will find in :
[Inst. Directory]\Ubisoft\Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory\Versus\System\).
In section "URL" :
- IPLog corresponds to the IP address of the Computer who will receive the
- PortLog corresponds to the port through which the information will be sent and
i.e.: IPLog= PortLog=9001

On a distant computer, you can use the program LogListener (available on your
master DVD) to receive and process the information sent by the players.
- Launch LogListener
- At the prompt, enter a port number (the same one as the one used
by the players) ex: 9001
- and wait till the end of the game
- a log file will be saved (one per gamesession) in the same directory as the
program. The format of the filename produced is as follows :
- It can then be processed manually or by your own tools.

**** Versus : Slow Motion ********
In case of slow motion problems (every animations are played in slow motion),
that may occur on some AMD chips on laptops, you can try to modify one line
in the file named default.ini (that you will find in :
[Inst. Directory]\Ubisoft\Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory\Versus\System\).
Look for the line :
and modify it as follows :

**** Versus : Map Editor ********
A Map editor for the Versus mode is provided inside this DVD.
Part of it is automatically installed. You will find a few helpful plug-ins
for 3DSMax in the directory :
on the DVD.

For other information related to the map editor, please refer to
the specific readme file (readme_CT_mapeditor.txt) that you will find in :
[Inst. Directory]\Ubisoft\Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory\Versus\System\

You will find some documents on how to use this editor in the directory
Extras\VersusMapEditor\Docs on the DVD

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7. Important Web Sites, Contact Information and Technical Support

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7.1. Technical Support

Before contacting UBISOFT's Technical Support Department, please browse through
our FAQ listings or search our support database at our website: Here you will find the most recently updated information
since the game release.

Also please make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements,
as our support representatives will be unable to assist customers whose
computers do not meet these criteria.

Whenever you contact the Technical Support Department, please include the
following information or have it available if you are calling:

-Complete product title (including version number)
-Exact error message reported (if applicable) and a brief description of the
problem you're encountering
-Processor speed and manufacturer
-Amount of RAM
-Operating system
-Video card that you are using and amount of RAM it has
-Maker and speed of your DVD-ROM drive
-Type of sound card you are using

Contact Us Over the Internet:

This is the best way to contact us. Our website is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week and it contains the most up to date Technical Support information available
including patches that can be downloaded free of charge. We update the Support
pages on a daily basis so please check here first for solutions to your problems

Contact Us by E-mail:

For fastest response via e-mail, please visit our website at:

From this site, you will be able to enter the UBISOFT Solution Center where you
can browse through our listings of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), search our
database of known problems and solutions, or, for fastest e-mail response, you
can send in a request for Personal Assistance from a Technical Support
Representative. It may take up to 72 hours for us to respond to your e-mail
depending upon the volume of messages we receive.

Contact Us by Phone:

You can also contact us by phone by calling (919) 460-9778. Note that this
number is for technical assistance only. No hints or tips are given over the
Technical Support line. When calling our Technical Support line, please make
sure you are in front of your computer and have all of the necessary information
listed above at hand. Be advised that our Technical Support Representatives are
available to help you Monday-Friday from 9 am- 9 pm (Eastern Standard Time).
While we do not charge for technical support, normal long distance charges
apply. To avoid long distance charges, or to contact a support representative
directly after these hours, please feel free to use one of the other support
avenues listed above. E-mail issues usually receive a response within 2
business days.

Contact Us by Standard Mail:

If all else fails you can write to us at:

Ubi Soft Technical Support 3200 Gateway Center Blvd Suite 100 Morrisville, NC
27560 USA

7.2. Other Important websites

Splinter Cell Chaos Theory official web site:

Splinter Cell Chaos Theory's official forums:

Latest DirectX Runtime:

Latest ATI Drivers:

Latest NVIDIA Drivers:

Latest Intel Drivers:

Latest Creative Labs Drivers:

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8. Time demo

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To test how well your PC configuration is performing, run TimeDemo.bat in
the System directory of the game. This will run a prerecorded sequence of the
game and report minimum, maximum and average FPS to TimeDemoResult.xls file.
The timedemo will be run with the settings that were used last time for playing
the game. You will need to be an administrator to run the command, for this procedure
writes the TimeDemoResult.xls fileto the system directory that typically resides
in the Program Files folder and is write protected under newer versions of windows.

You can record your own demos by typing:
SplinterCell3.exe <mapname> -recordtimedemo=<demofilename>

Recorded timedemos can be played back with following command:
SplinterCell3.exe <mapname> -playtimedemo=<demofilename>

For <mapname> you can use one of the following:

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