Tips from Readers
Onboard Soundcard Problem solved
just wanted to tell ppl of my problem with my onboard sound
card, and how I fixed it. I personally hate onboard stuff
because they can't be taken out and replaced. When I got my
new computer, for some reason the sound card didn't work with
Quake 2. I got another sound card to put in, but when I did,
it prefered the onboard one. So I first tried going into my
BIOS to disable it there, but it instead disabled all sound
systems. I changed that back, and I next took out my new card.
I next removed my onboard card through windows start->settings->control
panel->system. Next time I rebooted, Windows reconized my
onboard card, and tried to install it again. When it started
to look for the drivers on the Window's CD, I canceled out
of it. This makes it recognize the card, but not having it
do anything. I next turned off my computer, put in the new
card, installed it, and it works fine now. This might work
with video cards too, but I don't know.
this might help someone. -- Derek
for that, Derek, I hope it helps some people who have been
struggling with those onboard soundcards. Again, I wish we
could outlaw the whole "built-in" thing!
Trouble with connecting
have been trying to play Quake III online for weeks, with
no luck. I had the "CD Key" problem and I went to every forum
I could find to get a solution. I then went to go to activision,
because when I called them for tech support, their computer
said they would not discuss multiplayer issues over the phone,
and I had to reach them via the web for solutions. Guess what,
I could not reach them via the web. I could not ping them
either, it always timed out. I beat my head on the wall for
a while, quite a while. I have four computers, all networked
together. I really like playing Quake when I can find people
who want to play. To make this long story short, I went to
my network settings and took TCP/IP off of my LAN adapter,
and suddenly everything started working. I then could get
through to www.activision.com and read their troubleshooting
FAQ. It says right in their to change those settings. I wonder
if they realize that people who don't know that can't get
to their web page to read the FAQ? Anyway, it seemed like
a tough problem for me. In case someone else is in the same
boat I was in, I thought I'd tell you guys.
for a good info site,
there ya have it! Sometimes we gamers are better support than
the company that makes the product. Kudos to the gaming community!
And thanks, Steve!
More on Quake - all of 'em!
Quake 2 video settings
have a quick question. Why doesnt the Quake 2 console command
set gl_lightmap "1" work when i connect to online servers?
It works fine in the single player mode. Will it decrease
my lag? Please get back to me.
you change any gl_ settings at all, you then have to also
type vid_restart in the console. The video has to be restarted
for any gl_ settings to be changed. That setting is a valid
one, you are just not actually executing it from the console.
We can't stress often enough that using the console is only
good for that one game. When you restart, your game settings
are back where they started unless you changed something that
is normally in the default config.cfg. Making an autoexec.cfg
is really the best way to control the changes you want to
make or the settings you want to play with.
Quake III Configs
I was reading through all your techtips section for speed/performance
tweaks on qIII. So here is the question at hand: Where can
I find the PQ "recommended" config you speak of. I have a
PIII 55O, PCI Sb AWE 64, Rage All-In-Wonder-Pro with 8 megs
of Ram, and 192 megs of system ram. Yet, I still slow down
to 22 frames/sec on some of the space maps. All my drivers
are updated including mouse, video, motherboard, Hd drivers.
Im running 98, and using the "fastest" config. Yet, its still
laggy.. so did you guys create/post a sample "tweaked" config?
If so, where can I find it?
get that kind of fps because even though you have 192 megs of ram, you still have an
8 meg video card. If you look again at the Quake 3 tweaks,
we got 50+ fps on machines using 192 megs+ and video cards
with onboard video RAM of 32 megs. You will not get much higher
fps than your 22 unless you do some upgrading on that video card.
for a tweaked config, it is up to the individual machine.
We give the guidelines. In Quake 2 we gave you the guidelines,
in Quake 3 we gave you a starter autoexec.cfg. This is what
I assume you are referring to by "recommended config". We
gave 2 configs to start people off in our article Quake
III Arena Tips & Tweaks. For Voodoo and Nvidia cards.
The reason we only made those is that those are the most commonly
used cards and the best ones for the game. An 8 meg ATI just
isn't good enough. You can use one as a starting point.
what motherboard are you using? What chipset does it have
and is your video card AGP? We covered all of that in the
above mentioned article. And as for "still slowing down
to 22fps in some places in the map"...does that mean
you are using drawfps to see your fps? That is not a very
reliable way to test your card's performance. Do a timedemo,
that is how you see your overall fps. Go to the Demos menu,
bring down the console and type /timedemo 1 and then
enter, then release the console and start the demo. When it
finishes, bring down the console again to see your fps.