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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 4-15-2000
   

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

It's only appropriate here that TechTips remind you to put down the mouse, back away from the keyboard and make sure you have mailed your income taxes in. April 15th is the deadline, so get down to the post office and do your duty America! We don't want any of our readers going to jail for tax evasion! Just another helpful tip to keep our readers in the game! heheheh

 

From: D'Arque Bishop
Subject: Tip for Readers on alternative OS's for servers.

There were a couple of readers unhappy with the fact I mentioned Windows and no other OS. It wasn't intentional, it was just a small tip for Windows users to prevent them from bogging down their OS with all the fluffy extras for nothing. Something of which Linux and NT users don't need to be concerned with.

This was an excellent, well thought-out article, but if I may, I'd like to suggest ONE alternative: depending on the game, you can actually use Linux instead of Windows. For example, Quake 1-3 all have freely downloadable binaries available for Linux that can be used for dedicated servers, as does Half-Life. AFAIK, those games can be run purely through the text console. Installing Unreal Tournament would be a bit harder, considering you'd need X Windows running, but as far as HL and Quakes 1-3 go, a simple Linux box would work. You can download Linux off the net, or you could do what I used to before I got a cable modem and CD-RW and buy $2 CD's from such sites as Cheapbytes or LinuxMall .

While granted, there IS a tad of a learning curve on Linux, there are some advantages to having a Linux server. One is the known stability of Linux. A second is that Linux handles resources better than Windows. I have a friend who runs four(!) dedicated QuakeWorld servers on a Linux box w/ a P-233 and 64 MB of RAM, and it runs great... even with the box running a web server, FTP server, mail server, etc. Also, administering the server would be a tad easier, and you don't even need a switchbox. All remote administration can be done via telnet, and software can be installed using FTP. The Linux box would automatically have those services enabled. For example, I use a Linux box here at the house, and even though I DO have a keyboard and monitor for it (no mouse... not needed), I rarely use them. Most administration is done via telnet from my box. The box itself has been up for over a month and a half without a hiccup, and I only rebooted it last time because I had bought a new UPS for it and was switching it over. :) Mind you, I have nothing against Windows... if that's what floats your boat, more power to you. But don't count Linux out... in my own personal experience, it makes a very handy server, even for the home.

Our Thanks to D'Arque for this ! Our purpose was to bring you hardware tips on that article. The articles for Linux, or for Win2k are coming eventually. There's not enough time in a day to cover all that we want, but we will get there. One piece of hardware and one software program at a time.


Hardware Misc

 

From: BC
Subject: Q3A system req's.

What system requirements would I need to run Q3A in high resolution with all the options set to optimal.I have an AMD-K7 600 with 128 MB running on Voodoo 3 3000 and I get MAJOR frame rate problems unless I set things to normal mode.Do I need more memory or a faster processor or both?

What isn't shared with the readers here is that BC is also an AOL user. Hopefully he has not tried to play online either or he will see the phone jack icon more often than he would care to.

The frame rate issue is simply that you do not have enough system to run Q3A at the highest settings without experienceing some type of slowing. Not many of us do. That is a pretty high expectation. Your system is definitely a good system and to replace it simply to have all of the highest setting with no frame rate pause is well.... how I would like to be if I had the money! But realistically speaking, your system is good enough to run a very good looking game but you need to turn a couple of things down to save the loss of FPS. Take a look at our Quake III Arena Tweaks and Info & Resources and see what you can pick and choose to satisfy your need fo rthe "pretties" and still have smoothe gameplay.

 

From: Strick-9
Subject: Server on a budget

I was wondering why you left the older AMD's off of your list of recommended processors. I recently bought a ASUS P5A MB, a K6-2 500MHz and a CPU fan for less than $180, retail. In my experience, running NT4 on a K6-2 works quite nicely as a dedicated server, and paying $80 for a 500MHz CPU and fan rocks. Have you heard otherwise? Strick-9

I have no confidence in the K6-2 chip (mainly because if it needs a patch to run Quake 2, it lost my vote <g>)and there is no reason to buy too old of a chip because the possibility of needing an upgrade soon is higher. I also did not recommend the Celeron 300a, a very popular chip. That chip however will not last long before needing an upgrade since we are so much farther along now. I see no reason to "go back in time" if you are going to make a purchase, go forward. I would rather see people go for the Athlon and put their old chip in the server if they have to. But again, this is all just my opinion.




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