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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 3-4-2000
   

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


GeForce DDR

First I would like to give all GeForce users the collection of suggestions I have gotten so far from users out there. Since I have no cash flow to upgrade to a GeForce myself ( I already run 2 pretty happening comps here) then I rely on word of mouth for these issues.

If you have trouble running your GeForce DDR in any Quake game there are a few possibilities for the DDR (known problems)

1. Does your motherboard have a softmenu where you can set up your CPU? If so, what is the IO setting? Usually by default it is 3.3 and apparently the DDR likes 3.6.

2. Have you tried disabling opengl extensions in the control panel for your DDR?

3. Rumor has it that motherboards with ATA66 drivers do not run the DDR well, they conflict.

4. Is the DDR sharing an IRQ, and if so, with what? Not looking for Windows to say conflict, it doesn't always know....but is it sharing with something significant, like your soundcard?

5. Is your desktop resolution set to 32 bit? set it to 16 bit.

An excellent find also was a site that maintains a FAQ for GeForce users by Christopher Hill. Bless his lil heart!

From: Karl St. Clair

Subject: opengl Extensions

Instead of solving the problem by turning off GL extensions all together, you can just set the value of "ext_vertex_array" to "0" and continue using the ext.

 

Thanks Karl! Anything is worth a try once you have spent that much money on a video card!

From: ><ena Warrier Princess

Subject: Laser mouse (IntelliEye)

I recently indulged in a new Microsoft IntelliEye mouse to replace my old one. It's the really cool one that glows red because it runs off a laser instead of a ball. Anyway, while it's a tremendous amount more accurate in Photoshop and on the desktop it is not a good gaming mouse. 2 reasons why:
1. When moved very fast (like to do a 180) it simply does not respond.
2. In order to pick it up and move it to another spot, it needs to be lifted at least 1/2" off the mousing surface in order to stop reading.
So when I am playing and want to pick up the mouse in order to reposition it on the pad I have to lift it way up and it still tracks part of the way making the screen move in a vary unnatural way (causes sickness in some). Just some thoughts for those of you who thought it was a cool toy. It is, but do what i do and use the Laser Guided mouse on the desktop with a USB connection and leave the old mouse in the PS/2 port. The computer doesn't mind 2 mice and that way you have one ready for Quake or Photoshop.

><ena Warrier Princess

An excellent tip!

 

Hardware Issues

From: Daniel Looper

Subject: Soyo motherboards

Hi All
I just bought a SOYO SY-6VBA 133 board and have had pure hell trying to get it to perform with either a Creative, Riva TNT2 Ultra 32meg or a Creative, Savage4 S3 32meg. With the TNT2 I get VCORE and VXD errors in the infamous blue screen or just hard lock up. With the Savage4, things run fine as long as I run it totally un-tweaked with the original drivers only. We all know we can't run UN-TWEAKED I get only about 50 FPS running timedemo in Quake2 affraid to look at Q3 FPS. I was running in the high 90's with a diamond micronics C400 Board, everything else the same. Im running a PII 400, 128 meg ram and original SOYO drivers. Nothing is over clocked at present. Just plain Jane. So can you folks offer any words of wisdom before I go spend some more cash for an ABIT board? Please HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jim Beam

First off you need to bring any new motherboard up to speed in the BIOS. Sometimes within moments of release, a new hardware product will have new drivers or a BIOS upgrade. Nothing in the computer industry is current after one hour :)

Take a look at the webpage for your Soyo board. Your particular board is a VIA Apollo PRO133 chipset. On the Drivers page it lists ETEQ (VIA) drivers. There are quite a few updates there. Also, there is a review and comparison of your board to other Intel chipset boards at Active-Hardware.

Sorry folks, this techie still can't go for the VIA chipset motherboards. They don't have what it takes yet.

**Side note: In a response from Daniel to our solution, the new drivers from Soyo did the trick!

From: Scott Baker

Subject: Cable Modem Blues

Hello, I just got a cable modem and my ping sucks. I get nothing lower that 500. Whants wrong.

Please help.
Thanks, Scott

I would call your cable company and complain. For you to instantly have a ping no better than 500 means you are being cheated. Either they are delivering the worst possible bandwidth through bad lines or signals, gave you a completely lousy cable modem, or set up your network properties completely wrong.

Now, there are tweaks for cable modems available at Speedguide, but seriously Scott, you have to have a decent ping to begin with and make it better. Not go for miracles. Time to call your cable company.

 




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