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Cars

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Racing
Publisher: Buena Vista Games / THQ
Developer: Rainbow Studios

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'Cars' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on June 9, 2006 @ 1:05 p.m. PDT

Race to the finish line as you live all the fun and excitement of Disney/Pixar Cars. Play as all your favourite characters as you help Lightening McQueen capture the coveted Piston Cup Championship.

Get the Cars Demo off WP (135mb)

"Cars," the seventh animated feature film to be created by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, is directed by Pixar's two-time Academy Award®-winner John Lasseter, who directed "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life," and "Toy Story 2." A high-octane adventure comedy, "Cars" features the voice talents of Owen Wilson, Paul Newman and Bonnie Hunt, and has a wide assortment of cars as characters who get their kicks on Route 66. "Cars" is produced by Darla K. Anderson (A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc.).

Please note that Cars does not support Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 95/98/Me/NT.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

PC MINIMUM
Windows(R) 2000/XP
DirectX 9.0c (included on disc)
1.2Ghz Pentium III or equivalent AMD Athlon XP processor
256 MB RAM
1.4 GB free hard drive space
8x CD-ROM
GeForce 2 – ATI 7500 or better with at least 32 MB of Video RAM
DirectX(R) 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card
Keyboard, Mouse

PC RECOMMENDED
Windows(R) 2000/XP
DirectX 9.0c (included on disc)
2.4Ghz Pentium IV or equivalent
512 MB RAM
1.4 GB free hard drive space
8x CD-ROM
nVidia GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon 8500 or equivalent with at least 64 MB of Video RAM.
DirectX(R) 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card
Keyboard, Mouse

Mac MINIMUM
Mac OSX 10.3 and above
G4 1.2Ghz Processor or better
GeForce2/ATI 7500 with at least 32MB of VRAM
1.4 GB disk space
256MB of RAM
Mouse and Keyboard
CD: 8x

MAC RECOMMENDED
Mac OSX 10.4 and above
G5 2 Ghz Processor or better
GeForce FX 5200 or Radeon 9200 or better with at least 64MB of VRAM
512MB of RAM
1.4GB disk space
Mouse and Keyboard
CD: 8x

DIRECTX(R) INSTALLATION

The Cars installer will offer you to update your version of DirectX(R). Select this option if your actual DirectX(R) version is older than DirectX(R) 9.0c. THQ recommends allowing the installer to proceed with the DirectX(R) 9.0c installation, even if you think you may have 9.0c installed. Re-installing DirectX(R) 9.0c will not harm your DirectX(R) configuration. Cars requires DirectX(R) 9.0c to play.

TROUBLESHOOTING:

1. VIDEO ISSUES

Cars only supports ATI or NVIDIA video cards. The latest drivers are required:

For best performance and video quality, please make sure you have the latest drivers for your video card when running Cars. If you have an ATI or NVIDIA video card, you can find drivers on their websites.
http://www.ati.com/
http://www.nvidia.com/

Cars does not support on board video cards. If you using a computer with the video chipset on the motherboard then you may experience and number of problems running the game.

2. SOUND ISSUES

Latest drivers required

Please make sure you have the latest drivers for your sound card when running Cars.

3. MOTHERBOARD DRIVERS

Cars requires the latest video card AND motherboard drivers to be installed, as there have been significant issues in recent, but not the latest, drivers. Please make sure you are running the latest drivers available for BOTH your video card and motherboard.

Often motherboard drivers are overlooked when updating systems, and as a result most computers are running very old versions that simply do not work properly and may cause very noticeable slow downs and stability issues.

4. KEYBOARD / INPUT ISSUES

If you are having input difficulties please ensure you have the latest service pack for the operating system you are using.

Cars supports USB Game Pads. Please make sure you have the latest drivers for your USB Game Pad when running Cars. PS/2 Game Pads are not supported by Cars.

5. OPERATING SYSTEM-SPECIFIC ISSUES

A. Windows(R) Key Interrupts Game in 2000/XP

If the Windows(R) key is pressed during game play, the Start Menu will interrupt the game. Should this happen, simply press the Escape (Esc) key to close the menu and return to the game. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent this from happening again except by being careful not to hit those keys while playing.

B. Administrator Privileges Needed To Install On Windows(r) 2000 or XP

If you are running Windows(R) 2000 or Windows(R) XP, you must have Administrator privileges to properly install the game. You do not, however, require Administrator privileges to play the game after it has been installed.

For information on how to change your user settings to obtain Administrator privileges, please refer to your Windows (R) documentation, or click the Start button and select ‘Help and Support’.

C. Alt-Tab to switch applications

Some drivers do not support the Alt-Tab switching between Cars and other applications. It is highly recommended that you do not use Alt-Tab to switch to another program while Cars is running. If you wish to switch programs, first close Cars.

6. CUSTOMER SUPPORT CONTACT
Support web address: www.thq.com/support
E-mail Address: support@thq.com
Phone (US/Canada): 818-880-0456

Mailing address:
THQ Customer Service
29903 Agoura Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

OTHER

1. BASIC RACING CONTROLS (PRESET 1)

KEY FUNCTION

Left Arrow Steer Left
Right Arrow Steer Right
Up Arrow Raise
Down Arrow Crouch
Space Gas
D Brake
A Boost
C E-Brake/Reverse
C+C Backwards
LShift Tilt
S Powerslide
Esc Pause
KP4 Rotate Camera Left
KP6 Rotate Camera Right
KP8 Rotate Camera Up
KP2 Rotate Camera Down
KP5 Camera Presets
Tab Reset to Track (races only)

 


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