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Netbook won't open Football Manager when I start the game

If you force the game to start in windowed mode, it might help

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  • Stam's avatar
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    If you are using a Netbook, the minimum resolution requirements for FM (1024 x 768) will not be met, as the screen resolution of your computer is 1024 x 600.

    You can boot the game (avoiding the 'game is already running message') by following these steps:

    - Open Steam
    - Go to "Libraries"
    - Right click on Football Manager 20XX, select 'properties'
    - Click 'set launch options' and write in the box ' -small_screen -windowed'
    - Click on OK, close the window and launch FM through Steam

    Typically Netbooks offer fewer features compared with Notebooks and Desktop computers; for example, less processing power and reduced ability to run resource-intensive operating systems. Based upon this, you will need to refer to the System Manufacturer to confirm that your computer is designed for resource-intensive games such as Football Manager 2012. SEGA and SI do not offer support for this game on Netbooks.

    This post was edited by Stam (2014-12-16 00:03, 5 months ago)

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    Hi Stam, could you please give me a help? I've downloaded FM 2012 and I have a netbook; I'm trying to load it and I've followed all your instructions, bue when I put the '-small_screen -windowed' in the shortcut box, that says this is not valid or do not exist. Do you know how to fix this. Thank's in advance!

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    538 Posts
    Hi, first of all just to make sure you have gone to 'set launch options' and wrote in the box "--small_screen --windowed" (without the " "). ;)

    Good, if its still not working there is an alternative:

    1. Head on over and download this skin made for netbooks. http://www.fmscout.com/a-netbook-skin-for-fm-2012.html and follow the instructions further down on the the page, there are two addition methods described under "applying the skin"


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    I think I'm starting to understand what the problem is...I've already made the method 2,but I cab't put the game running in windowed mode,and I think I don't have steam in my computer...is that a software I have to download? Sorry,but I'm not very into informatic....thank you for your help!

  • Group
    538 Posts
    If you've paid for or downloaded FM12 legally then you definitely have steam installed because it is required to activate. If you've downloaded it illegally then go somewhere else for help.


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    I've downloaded the game from a torrent site, because someone told me that I can't install the game without a cd/dvd drive. Buying the game, how can I install it? For example, there are sites like play.com that sell the game with a lower price than steam...do I have to buy and install it from the Internet, paying much more than in play.com?

  • Stam's avatar
    2096 Posts
    You can buy FM digital download edition from our official store which is cheaper than Steam store. Sites like play.com sell the physical disc edition which involves shipping.
    For the digital edition you essentially buy an activation code that you input on Steam client and the game is then activated, downloaded and installed.

    This post was edited by Stam (2014-12-16 00:02, 5 months ago)

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