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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 2-5-2000
   

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. !

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Tips from Readers

From: Derek Parham

Subject: Onboard Soundcard Problem solved

I 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.

Hope this might help someone. -- Derek

Thanks 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!

From: Steve Booe

Subject: Trouble with connecting

I 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.

Thanks for a good info site,
Steve

Well, 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!

From: Patrick McConnell

Subject: Quake 2 video settings

I 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.

Thanks,
Patrick

If 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.

 

From: Matt

Subject: Quake III Configs

Hey 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?
Thanks Matt

You 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.

As 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.

Also, 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.




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