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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 1-8-2000
   

Tech Tips Mailbag

This is where your gaming and hardware needs are met. Be all that you can be or get out of the game! This won't be a forum for techno-geeks to find more ways to impress their non-technical friends, it's for plain folk who need help to better their gaming experience. But don't blame us if you blow your machine sky high; we're offering tips, not the Bible on computers. The mailbag is alive and well - send in those questions to TechTips. !

by Love2Play


The Good News

From: Max
Subject: Nice Tips

Hey,
thx for the tips on http://www.planetquake.com/features/techtips/techtips000101_a.shtml i now get 72.1 fps in timedemo on both demos those few settings seemed to do a lot


From: Chris
Subject: q3 tweaks

OMG i just read your q3 tweaks article, well i dunno how to say this but, i tried the v3 autoexec cfg and my fps went from an average of 30-40 [in game with draw fps] to 60 - 80. THANKS!

 

From: [CN]Twist
Subject: The q3 config for Nvidia

Great! I have been futzing around with my config for a week. This is the first time I've seen things explained without a whole bunch of "tech-chat". It was something a non-programmer could understand and use...immediately. Having it available for d/l was a nice touch! I modified the config slightly and lost a few FPS but still better than what I had done on my own and advice from other "experts". Thanks! [CN]Twist

Thanks! We love to hear when things are going good for everyone!


No need for the exterminator?

From: jesusX
Subject: cd-key authorization is NO bug

In reference to the CD key issue. I must disagree. It is NOT a game bug, at least in my experience. I have three copies of Q3A (a cardboard to play with, two tins, one still sealed for collecting) and I've tried all three CD-Keys and they all work, and when I typed them in, I went over them twice to make sure they were right, and in lower case, and they've all worked. I've never seen an authorization error when I've enter a CD key. To extend this, I've also helped a dozen difference people in person, and when I type it in, I take great care to do it, and it's worked every time. It's always been a typo. I've helped about fifty different people via email and such, and after going through it up to five and six times, when I tell them to do it again, in lower case, and check it twice, it's worked. Again, all typos.

Now, there IS a problem when a fragmented TCP packet gets mishandled and the auth server gets half the umber or something, and I'll have them do it again, and it goes through, but I have yet to find anything in the game or server that has been the problem. I have found a couple people who gave a friend their .cfg file and wound up giving their CD keys too. Once we coordinated everyone reentering their own CD key, things went ok for everyone. But again, I've yet to find a CD key bug in the game. For some reason, people are just having a hard time entering their numbers.

Now, the part about the CD key having to be in lower case, that's a bug, since it's not documented anywhere. --

I myself have not had any experience with the cd-key failing authorization. However, that does NOT lead me to believe that hundreds of people out there can't type. As early as Thursday, January 6th I met someone who had a problem with it in our chatroom. He had been playing Quake III and all was good. Then he installed some mods and now his cd-key was suffering from the failure nightmare. That had nothing to do with him typing it in. It worked, and then after an isntall of new mods, it doesn't. So there is more to the story on the cd-key authorization failure than typing in the wrong letters or numbers.

I don't think id Software will be rushing the theory that all those users they have been helping through e-mail and telephone calls are all morons who mistyped their cd-key. But maybe jesusX knows something from a higher source? haha


Some people just missed it

From: Bazza
Subject: q3 online

Im new to online gaming,and would like to know if lowering the resolution and details will help the online gaming speed.Playing single player I get excellent framerate(as high as 100 fps ,800x600 16bit and max details) however online my frame rate is high but when I fire my weapon there is considerable lag - I use a 56k modem


From: Eric
Subject: How to tweak my comp for Quake3

Hello guys,
I have a P2 450 with 128Megs Ram and a Diammond Viper770 Ultra card i was wondering if the detonator drivers will work with this and the Autoexec that you have on your page for download i know my FPS isnt as high as it should be and i need the console commands to check my FPS once i have used the new drivers (if possible) and the new Autoexec. thanx, eric

To both Bazza and Eric I say: Have you seen the last Techtips?! C'mon, guys! I hand fed you an autoexec.cfg and covered the whole drivers issue there and in previous Techtips. Take the plunge! Go for it! Yes, lowering the resolution and detail helps, that was the point of the graphic changes in the autoexec.cfg. And it is for online play that we specialize our autoexec.cfg so that you will have reduced lag and smoother gameplay. Try it out, Bazza. Eric, the Detonator drivers are excellent and the way to do a timedemo was provided to you in the column. Now go, you two...tweak!




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