A skin designed to work better on Netbooks and other computers who's screens are limited to a 1024x600 resolution. Skin is based on the default FM09 skin, with the most changes being the maximising of the screen content area.
Extract the files from the zip, and place the netbook09.fmf (or the netbook09_r.fmf if using the right sided skin, if using the right sided skin in below instructions replace 'netbook09' with 'netbook09_r') and config.xml files into your skins folder, by default this is:
My Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2009/skins
Now if you can go into the preferences menu without the game crashing select the netbook09 skin in the dropdown menu, if it doesn't appear turn off the skin select always reload the skin and click confirm go back into the preferences menu and you should now be able to select the netbook09 skin. (Once the skin is loaded you can turn the cache back on and turn off always reload skin).
If you cannot get into the preferences screen there are two alternative methods to change your skin:
1. Create a desktop shortcut to FM09, right click on the shortcut -> properties, select the target box go to the end and type:
' --skin=netbook09' without the ' and remember to include the space, when you load the game using this shortcut it will select the skin referenced there 'netbook09' in this case.
2. Manually adjust one of the xml files, first you may need to enable view hidden files, then browse to:
XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2009\settings
Vista: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2009\settings
Inside that folder will be a list of xml files (they may all be inside a Version 901 subfolder for some reason), now you want to scroll down until you find the 'skin.xml' file open this with notepad and you will see something like this:
<string id="valu" value="netbook09"/>
where it says netbook09 will be the name of your currently selected skin, to select the netbook09 skin type netbook09 as shown above and save the file. The game will now load with the netbook09 skin selected.
If you are having problems getting the game to run due to your screen size being below 1024x768 you may need to add the --small_screen --windowed command to the end of your target line:
First if you don't already have a desktop shortcut to the fm.exe create one, then right click on the shortcut and select properties.
In the box that pops up select the shortcut tab and the third line down should be a target box select the line next to it, that has the location of the game in it and scroll to the end and add this to the end of the line:
" --small_screen --windowed" (don't include the " but include the first space)
So the target box should look like this:
"C:\Program Files\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2009\fm.exe" --small_screen --windowed
(The actual location of the fm.exe may vary depending on where you installed the game and whether you are using steam or not).
If you can also add the --skin=netbook09 command to the line as well if you cannot get into the preferences screen. (the skin command will tell the game to load with the netbook skin already loaded)
If you add the skin command the target line should look something like this:
"C:\Program Files\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2009\fm.exe" --small_screen --windowed --skin=netbook09
If you are using the rightsided skin use this:
"C:\Program Files\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2009\fm.exe" --small_screen --windowed --skin=netbook09_r
Again the bit within the quote marks may be different depending on where you install FM, its the bit after \fm.exe" that you need to add to the end of the target line.
When you load FM09, maximise the window as that should resize the window so it is no longer cut off, you can also move or auto-hide the windows taskbar to give yourself some extra space.
LEFT SIDED SKIN DOWNLOAD LINK
RIGHT SIDED SKIN DOWNLOAD LINK
Extracted Versions for people who want to edit the skin: Left Sided Download Link | Right Sided Download Link
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