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    PQ | Features | Mailbag | May 25, 2001
   

PQ Mailbag

Housekeeping

Ash: Things have been relatively calm this week here at PlanetQuake. On the Rants N'Raves front, Pappy-R has made a call out to the readers to speak up about their Quake related rants and/or raves. It's a great chance to get your opinion heard, and see what we think about it... so take him up on that and send in your opinion to rantsnraves@planetquake.com.

So, while the mailbag is going to be a little on the light side, we're going to have a good chance to take care of some good "housekeeping" type feedback. First we'll look at some Quake troubleshooting questions, and then we'll finish off with just random miscellaneous feedback email that could use an answer or response. Whelp, enough exposition, lets get started.

Quake How-To's and What-For's

If there's anything that was seem to get a lot of here at PlanetQuake, it's the generic tech support questions. Of course, we're not really tech support, but what the hay, I've got nothing but love for ya, baby!

From: rajesh sharma
Subject: a mail with no subject

well i have been asking this question to everybody and i have got the same answer from everybody that we dont know the question that i have been asking is that how do you enable the cheat codes in the single player game in quake 3 arena and since this is planetquake this is my only hope.

Well I'm not sure what you've heard before, but the only way that I thought of off the top of my head is this:

  1. Type /devmap [levelname] to start the level that you want to cheat on.
  2. Type /g_gametype 2 to change the gametype from FFA to SinglePlayer
  3. Type /map_restart to get fragging

It's not really too handy, but it definitely allows you to cheat in singleplayer. Hope that helps!

From: Xplosive
Subject: Easy Question...

How do I run a .cfg file in Q3A? Sorry for asking such a easy question...

James

That's definitely an easy question. All you have to do is type /exec [config file name] into the console. Exec is short for "execute", and the config file name is the literal OS filename, minus the .cfg part. For any other console command and configuration question, check out The Bind Arena and you'll probably find exactly what you're looking for.

From: KW
Subject: Quake III & II framerates

Hello,

I was just wondering if someone could tell me how to test your framerate in both Quake III & Quake II. Thanks.

Ken

I think that the easiest way to check your framerate in Quake 3: Arena is to type cg_drawfps 1 into the console, and just glance up there in the corner whenever you're curious how many FPS you're getting at the time. However, if you're looking for a little more consistent benchmarking, then type timedemo 1 into the console, and then run your favorite demo. After the demo completes, Quake will let you know how many FPS was displayed.

That method will work for both Quake 2 and Quake 3. And if you're getting really serious about your benchmarking, you'll probably also want to disable your soundcard in Quake, that way your sound buffer doesn't fill up and slow down the 3D graphics performance.

From: Scott
Subject: Top Dawg Comp

Hi,
I just downloaded a bunch of the TopDawg demos along with the map pack.. upon opening the demos, they all have .dm_48 extentions.. All of the previous demos I've viewed in my quake3 days have had a .dm3 extention. How do I view these TopDawg demos? Do I need to download something special? Thanks for your time.

Scott

Yeah, demos got a little crazy after the latest point release. First make sure your Quake 3: Arena installation is all tuned up to the latest version by checking our Quake 3: Arena Files section. Second, unzip those demos into your Quake 3 Arena directory under /baseq3/demos (you might need to make the demos folder in your baseq3 directory if it isn't already there). Then after firing Quake 3 up, type /demo [demoname].dm_48 into the console. The demo name is the filename, and you have to include the .dm_48 now to get those new demos working. The newer demos don't work from the UI at all, but you can probably expect this to be fixed with the point release that should be coming out any time now.

From: Mary
Subject: just want to play!

I've tried downloading quake 3 arena and quake2 but i can not for the life of me figure out how to get either of them to work for me. all i simply want to do is play the game. i've looked around the planetquake website, fragland.net website and after spending all morning looking and downloading a stuff..i still can't play the GAME! could someone please help me? i'd really appreciate it very much. you may need to take it step by step through a couple of emails.

Mary

Well Mary, it's much simpler than that. All you have to do is head to your local computer software store, purchase Quake 3: Arena and/or Quake 2, and then pop in the CD.

If you're just wanting to try out any of the Quake series, then you can snag the demos for all of the Quake series from our Files Section right here at PlanetQuake.

And now we've wrapped up the tech support type questions that came in feedback in the last week, so we'll move on to some of the general feedback and fun stuff that came in the mail. If you do have any tech questions that haven't been answered here this week, you have a couple great options. First, check around the community. There are tons of great hosted sites here at PlanetQuake that have tons of help available, and there are still forums and IRC channels full of helpful Quake players out there. Second, you can always fire off an email to Tech Tips to have the beautiful and illustrious Love2Play answer that question in the next Tech Tips Mailbag.

Next: Fun goodies and other misc feedback.


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