Madden Essay

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Welcome to Madden NFL 2004.

This README.txt file contains information on issues not covered by the manual and install guide.

- Supported 3D Accelerator Hardware
Madden NFL 2004 requires a 32mb 3D Direct3D chipset including:

Cards with these chipsets are officially supported

- nVidia GeForce2 GTS, GeForce3, GeForce4 MX series, GeForce4 Ti series, GeForce FX series
Win98 driver ver: Detonator 44.30
WinME driver ver: Detonator 44.30
WinXP driver ver: Detonator 44.30
Win2k driver ver: Detonator 44.30

**NOTE**: Madden NFL 2004 does not officially support the GeForce 2 MX series.

- ATI Radeon 8500, Radeon 9200, Radeon 9600, Radeon 9700, and Radeon 9800
Win98 driver ver: Catalyst 3.5
WinME driver ver: Catalyst 3.5
WinXP driver ver: Catalyst 3.5
Win2k driver ver: Catalyst 3.5

- Matrox Parhelia
WinXP driver ver:
Win2k driver ver:

**NOTE**: This game does not support workstation 3D cards or dual monitors.***


Minimum System Requirements

CPU: PIII or AMD Athlon 700MHz
RAM: 128MB (256MB for Windows XP)
Video: 32MB supported Direct3D capable video card with DirectX 9.0 or higher compatible
driver (DirectX 9.0a is recommended) - Go to the "Windows and DirectX" section of this


10 button dual analog gamepad


Unreadable text with WindowsXP

If you are having trouble reading the text in game and you are using the WindowsXP
operating system, then you will need to download a patch from Microsoft to correct this.
The patch can be downloaded from here:


Running in Windowed Mode

If you experience graphical issues while running in windowed mode at 640x480, turn the
"Hardware Acceleration" setting for your video card to FULL.


Antialiasing and Anisotropic Filtering
You may experience player model graphic corruption in the training and mini-camp drills
with Antialiasing and Anisotropic Filtering set at 4 times or higher. Turn these settings
OFF to resolve the issue.


Windows and DirectX
Users with Windows (WinXP, Win2000, WinME, Win98 First or Second Edition) and a version of
DirectX older than 9.0a may experience performance problems. These problems can be
resolved by installing DirectX 9.0a BEFORE YOU INSTALL THE GAME, which is available on
your Madden NFL 2004 game disc. Simply use windows explorer and go to X:DirectX (where X
is your CD Rom drive). From there run the DXSetup.exe file. YOU MAY NEED TO UNINSTALL


AOL and MSN - Minimizing Madden NFL 2004

If you are running AOL or MSN on Windows XP or 2000, sometimes pop-ups will minimize the
game. To prevent this, press the START button in Windows then go to Settings - Control
Panel - Administrative Tools - Services. Select Messenger then right click and select
"Properties". Change service status to STOP then change "Startup Type" to DISABLED, then
click APPLY.


"Play Online" Connection Problems Behind a Firewall
If you're having problems connecting two computers located behind the same firewall,
change the following option in the "Madden.ini" file to "LAN". The ini file is located in
the Madden NFL 2004 "My Documents" folder.

// Option Group: Network Settings
Online Connection Method [Internet/LAN] = LAN


Sound - Error with Initialization

If you experience an error message that reads "Madden 2004 Error - Error intializing
sound. Please make sure the correct sound drivers are installed. Continue without sound?"
Lower the sound acceleration to none in the DirectX Diagnostic Tool (DXDIAG).

This problem was found with the following hardware in Windows 98:
Altec Lansing ADA70 USB Speakers
Creative Labs SB Extigy
Microsoft Digital Sound System 80 USB

Sound - Incompatibility with some Gamepads

When using a gamepad a small number of users may experience pausing for 1 to 2 seconds
while the audio continues to play. This is due to a conflict between your soundcard and
gamepad and is not related to Madden NFL 2004. Make sure you have the latest drivers for
both your soundcard and your gamepad. If you continue to have this problem, the only
solution is to uninstall and disconnect your gamepad and play with a different controller


Controller Priority

If two players use a keyboard and a gamepad on the same team, the keyboard will always be
associated with player 1, and the gamepad with player 2.


AMD and nVidia Geforce2

If you have an AMD K7 processor (Athlon or Duron) with a nVidia Geforce2 video card and
experience slow performance, you'll need to install the AGP Miniport Driver from AMD. It
may also be helpful to install the updated IDE Bus Master Driver, and the AMD IRQ Driver.

**NOTE**: Not all K7 systems utilize the AMD chipset(s). If you don't know whether or not
your system utilizes the AMD chipset(s), or if you are unfamiliar with installing these
type of drivers, please contact your system manufacturer or motherboard vendor for


MP3 File Support

Madden NFL 2004 supports the MP3 music format. To play the game while listening to your
own MP3s, go to the System Settings on the revolver menu in the lower right-hand corner.
In the Audio Settings screen, there is a file path for your MP3s. Type in your MP3
directory here to listen to your collection of MP3s. If you do not remember your path
directory, Madden NFL 2004 supports cutting and pasting your directory from the Windows
Explorer address bar.


Playmaker Control (Requires a dual analog gamepad)

New to Madden NFL 2004 is Playmaker Control, an additional control scheme that brings new
depth and ability to the Madden experience. With the right analog stick on your gamepad,
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