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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 4-1-2000
   

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

 

From: PullMyFinger
Subject: Tip for Readers on Q3A demo loop

Create a demoloop.cfg file (or whatever you want to call it) in the baseq3 directory containing the following:

set dm1 "demo demo001 ; set nextdemo vstr dm2"
set dm2 "demo demo002 ; set nextdemo vstr dm3"
set dm3 "demo crusher ; set nextdemo vstr dm4"
set dm4 "demo nitemare ; set nextdemo vstr dm1"
vstr dm1

Our thanks to PullMyFinger for that tip!


Hardware Misc

From: NobodysMinime
Subject: Listen server

okay. i wanted to make a listen server for just my friend and i, but whever i made one and he entered the server, his ping would always go to 999 and he would get connection interrupted. so we decided that maybe he should make one and i would try entering it. so he did... and... i did. but when i entered my ping would also go to 999 and i would get connection interrupted. can you help us with this problem?

Note to readers: A follow-up email arrived informing us that they were using 56k. Also, please note that this is an AOL user.

First problem here is a combination of being on a 56k connection and AOL. The 56k connection is not enough bandwidth to run a listen server and play on it. Then to top it off, being on AOL is like trying to game from behind a firewall. The routing they use for their customers is sometimes inpenetrable.

The reason you both are getting a 999 ping is because neither one of you have a connection good enough to run a server, let alone a listen server. One of you (whichever one has the better connection and better machine) can try running a dedicated server but most likely will suck the juice out of it again the minute you start a game on the same machine and connection.

Another alternative is to try modem to modem play. There is an excellent guide to modem to modem play setup written by Otser. It applies to almost any TCP/IP game. It is downloadable for you to print and setup.



From: Jerry Severe
Subject: TNT2 Pro & Glsetup

I'm sorry if this topic has already been addressed. I looked on your tech tips page, but I didn't see it. I ran GLsetup in order to run Q3A test (yeah, I know. Why mess with that when the full version is on store shelves? Hey, I just paid my taxes and I owed Uncle Sam this year.) and it stated that it would need to change some of my video card settings in order to work properly (my card is a Riva TNT2 Pro, by the way) so I readily agreed. The game ran just fine, but my display for all other applications was screwed up. I had tracers whenever I tried to drag a window, and I won't get into what happened when I tried to apply new wall-paper. Anyway, I reset the damn settings, but Q3A won't run. What is going on?

Whether you run the Test or run the full version, the best bet is to get the drivers for your video card at the website for your card or from Reactor Critical. This ensures the most recent version of drivers for your card. Let me also remind everyone that since the Q3A Test, there have been improvements upon the game (obviously) and issues that existed in the Test have been resolved.

 

Running the games

From: Anton Geyer
Subject: Quake III Arena & Win2k

Hi there... I was told that Q3 does work on Win 2K but I wanted to make sure, so if you know please let me know. Anton Geyer

Also:

From: Shaggy25
Subject: getting Q2 and Q3A working in Win2k

I've been trying to get these Quakes running in Win2000 and have been having the hardest time with it. I was wondering if anyone else has had any problems getting Q2 and Q3A running under 2000, or is it just me? If you've heard any tips I'd appreciate hearing about them. Thanx in advance

To both of you I say: all of the Quakes will run on Win2k as long as you have a video card that has drivers for Win2k that will run it in OpenGL. That is the issue with running the game on Win2k. The default drivers that Win2k installs are not OpenGL drivers and you need to download the latest Win2k compatible drivers for your video cards. Again, the best source being Reactor Critical. Another source fo rsearching for drivers is Driverguide.

 




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