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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 9-16-2000
   

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: Clay
Subject: Quake 2 skins

A friend and I have been downloading skins for Q2 and are not having any
success being able to see each other's skins when we change them. During
online gaming, when I hit the F1 key it will show that my skin has been
changed, at least as far as I can see; however, to my friend it just looks
like the standard default grunt. When I have been killed, I can go past my
dead body and it shows as the new skin to me though. Is there something
else that it required for other people to see the new skins on my player,
or does someone have to also have the same skin downloaded in order to see
it on me? Please help!!!

Thanks,
Clay

When you play Quake 2 anything you see is because you and the other end have matching files.  Mods, maps, skins, anything you are seeing that is custom needs to be on both ends.  Otherwise your Quake 2 will use the default.  So, when you wear a custom skin, unless your friend has the same file his Quake 2 interprets the picture to be a default grunt skin.  No differently than if you notice when you have joined a server that you may have auto downloaded some texture files or a map.  That is so you can see what the other side is dishing out.



From: Kyle
Subject: TNT2 M64 and Quake 3

Dear PlanetQuake,

I have recently heard that a card with M64 in it, is not nearly as good
as the original version of that certain card. Is that true?
Also, here are my new comp specifications -

Pentium 3 at 733MHz
128 MB SDRAM
nVidia RIVA TNT2 M64 4X AGP

How will that run Quake 3 Arena?
Thanks for your help, PlanetQuake.

PS - I love the site, keep up the good work.

The TNT2 M64 is what I call the poor man's TNT2.  Or the bottom of the TNT2 food chain.  Let's examine the facts;

First of all, the M64 sells for as low as $59.  This puts us in the cliché' "you get what you pay for".  Then comparing the specs and if you spent a few dollars more:
Vison Tek TNT2 M64 $89 Elsa  Erazor X GeForce 256  $117
250 RAMDAC 350 RAMDAC
Maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 x 32 @ 72MHz high performance resolution with up to 2048 x 1536 pixels, over 16 million colors
143Mhz Clock 166Mhz Clock

These are basic feature differences that are easy to see.  Also, in some benchmarks, the TNT2 M64 faired the same as a TNT2 until the resolution was set over 800x600 where the M64 then fell behind the TNT2.  As always, I invite you to investigate the facts on many websites.  Start with Pricewatch. The reason I recommend them is that they are simply a price guide.  They have no factor in what sells. So you go and get the facts from the websites.  And it's a one stop link to many possible hardware vendors.

As for your question about Quake 3 and how the M64 will run?  Better than a voodoo2 but worse than a TNT2 Ultra.  My vote, go for the GeForce. I also invite you to have a look at the 5way Video card shootout over at PlanetHardware.

 

From: Ares
Subject: Hard drives

I thought that it was better to install your hd on IDE1 and the cd-rom
drive on IDE2. Installing the cd-rom and hd on the same cable will
cause a slow down of the hd. Kind of like ram.

Ares {NAD}

Not at all. The cdrom is a brainless, useless piece of hardware. And with the hard drive set as master, the hard drive is first to be accessed. If you set your cdrom to secondary master, then add another hard drive it will then be a slave? and your cdrom a master? That is not a good idea. If your cdrom is already set to primary slave, you now have IDE2 available for another hard drive to be the secondary master and possibly add a cd-writer now as the secondary slave.  It is just usually recommended that the hard drive be the master.

 

 


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