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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 6-24-2000
   

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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From: Pete
Subject: Questions

Hello,

I have a couple of questions. I downloaded the Spitfire skin and noticed the very manly noises she makes. Is there anyway to give her the same sounds as the Slash model? Secondly, I am in the process of learning Linux. I noticed your post about how you can port the Win9x version of Q3A to Linux. My only question is, would there be a significant speed difference by doing so? Would there be an even greater speed difference if I purchased the Linux Q3A? Thanks.

- Pete

You can replace the sounds for the model by replacing them in her pk3 file. That would take repacking her pk3. But no one else would hear it, only you.

I am not aware of a difference in speed from one version to the other of Win9x vs Linux Quake 3. I have both. I got the Linux version on sale for $19.95 in the Tin! Keep your eyes open for that kind of deal. I also purchased the Linux version because being a newbie to Linux myself, I wanted to make it easier ;-)

 

From: Christopher
Subject: Benchmarking & RAM or video, which is best to upgrade?

I have a:-

AMD K6-2 500
64 MB 133MHz SDRAM (168pin)
S3 Trio64V2-DX/GX (775/785)
12Mb Voodoo II
ESS Audiodrive 1868 ISA Sound Card

And I was wondering how I could benchmark my computer in Q3Arena?
Also would adding another 64Mb of RAM give a large performance boost?
What would be the best video card to suit the AMD Processor? and will my old ISA ESS Audiodrive slow down my computer (should I buy a new one????)

Do a timedemo as shown in TechTips Quake III Arena Info & Resources.

Adding another 64 megs would be excellent and then using either a TNT2 or a Voodoo3 3000 would give great improvement at a decent price.

My suggestion for video card is TNT2 or voodoo3 3000. That is based on the overall speed of your system. You don't choose a video card based on what brand CPU, you base it on the overall system. If you had more ram and a higher CPU, I would recommend a GeForce.  But not at this point and not with the fact you need more RAM.  If budget weren't an issue, I would go more, more, more on everything :)

And yes, changing to a PCI sound card would improve your entire system performance.

From: Branden
Subject: Quake 2 and alt + tab

When I do the alt+tab command for quake2, the game just shuts off on me, and thats the same when I get a popup message or something during a game, it just shuts off, it's a real pain to have to do that because you dont' know if you get an urgent icq message or whatever, then I reconnect to the game and lost my entire score, please help me!
Thanks, Branden

First, make sure in your config.cfg that the setting win_noalttab is set to 0.  This allows for using alt+tab to switch to windows.  Set to 1 means you are not allowed to use that.  Then make sure that alt and tab keys are not bound to anything else in the config.cfg.

Other than that, there are some video cards that have drivers that do not allow you to alt+tab out of the game. I believe that it's usually the 3dfx cards. Although not confirmed that it is the card, but the drivers that actually cause the limitation.

 


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