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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 9-2-2000
   

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: Quaker
Subject: Quake 1 on an ATI Rage

I have a ATI RAGE 128 AGP graphics card. Is there any patches to make my card work with Quake1? If so please could you tell me where to get the patch from?

Thanks A Quaker

This will work.  Even though most of you know I am firmly against owning an ATI Rage ;-)

What you want to do is got to Atitech and get the latest drivers for your ATI Rage.  Then take a look over at our article Classic Quake Info & Resources and make sure you have all the files you need for your Quake game.

From: Rob Elliott
Subject: Quake 1 flickering

A few days ago I decided to dig out quake1, being a classic and all I thought I could have a quick blast online if any people still played it.... well I installed the latest version of GLQuake I could find online which was GL 0.97, I proceeded to load the game like I used to, it all loaded fine until the first demo loaded, which was when I noticed the flickering.....

On the health/status bar at the bottom of the screen whenever health/ammo or weapons are picked up the relevant part of the bar flickers, so if you have 15 shells and you pick up another 20 it will flicker between 35 and 20 for a few seconds, the same goes for health and weapons, I thought it may be because the GL patch I was using was old so I looked for some more, I have now tried GL0.93, this doesn't flicker but all the coulours seem to be inverted, so everything is displayed purple, 0.94 is the same as 0.97..... I also have GLquake 0.96 and that does the same as 0.97.

I was wondering if you have come across this problem before, or know of a work around, or where I can get a newer version of GLquake...

Hardware.

Creative Voodoo 2 12MB PCI Pentium 133 [don't laugh its an antique] 48MB RAM SIS SVGA 2MB

I think its something to do with my Voodoo 2 card as my friend is having the same problem he has a similar card but completely different hardware, ie AMD 450 64MB RAM etc...

First I'd like to say bless your heart for hanging in there on that machine!  And I hope you will read our upgrade article and the upcoming article to build your own gaming rig.  You my friend need an upgrade!

But on to your problem.  What you and your friend both need to do is make sure you have the newest drivers for your voodoo2 card.  Those are best found at 3DFX.  You'll also want to get the newest GLQuake from NetcomUK  They carry version 1.13a.  That is the best looking GLQuake I have ever seen.  Otherwise, QuakeWorld is the one you guys should be using.  Either of these should improve your look and performance of the game.

From: Gary Hahn
Subject: GeForce 2

I just bought a gforce2 video card and I'm having problems running q3. i put it in my Pentium 3 600 first & a could not get it to even run the game so i told the supplier about my problem and they said they hear nothing but positive about this card & thought it is possible it could be i motherboard problem. it's an Intel board & 256mg of ram. not a bad cpu. had a voodoo 3 3000 card i took out. works fine. ok with me so far. i think it get better now haha i have a friend that i think is pretty good so i called him & he came over and tried a couple of things and no go. his name is dave & my name is gary. we both buy from the same wholesale supplier. i put cpu together and sell them so i feel pretty i do good with the shit. ok so i have another cpu well 3 more really. i took the card out and put it in a 900 Athlon k7 with 768mg of ram and it will not run on this one. i love q3 and just wondered if you have heard of this or can point me in a direction. thanks for your help

The supplier is correct, it is an excellent card.  And also correct that it could be the motherboard.  There is a list of Compatible boards compiled at G256 and an evaluation of the GeForce 2 situation and motherboards at InsaneHardware.  

It's important for you to realize that this is one powerful card and motherboard technology wasn't quite ready.  There is a learn as you go process here and thankfully there is help.  The best place I know of for information to troubleshoot such a broad area of possible solutions is Christopher Hill's GeForce FAQ.  

From the Quake 3 standpoint, you also need to make sure you removed your custom configs that you may have had for any other video card.  The settings for a Voodoo3 3000 are not compatible to a GeForce 2. You would need to choose the correct setting for the GeForce in the video menu (default opengl) and also change anything in a custom autoexec.cfg that does not suit a GeForce card.  The game may have been looking for the Voodoo3 if you hadn't change these settings.  So strip those out and start over as well.

 

 


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