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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 9-30-2000
   

Tech Tips Mailbag
by Love2Play

From: Todd
Subject: Installing WoD (Weapons of Destruction)

I downloaded the WOD file and am unsure how to create the weapons directory within the Quake 2 directory. Is this within MS-DOS? Do you have additional reference tips on your site where I can go or is it basic? Also is there a reference page in your site for using macros?
Thanks for the help.

In your Quake 2 folder create the directory weapons and unzip it to that folder.  For example C:\Quake2\Weapons.  When you unzip, make sure you use folder names (check the box in Winzip)

I have to tell you though, there is a big phat readme in the WoD zip that tells you exactly how to install it.

As for macros, that is the talk bind.  We covered that in a humorous way when we listed all the taunts by Deathlok in our Quake 2 Configs Guide.


From: 3xNix
Subject: ADSL Improvement

Hiya PQ,

Since a few weeks i have ADSL and i'm kinda pissed now.
I play q3a on all -100 ping servers and all i get is ping like 29 - 79 BUT... i get alot of interruptions (every minute)

Is this my isp or is it my quake setting :

// Network
seta rate "8000"
seta snaps "40"
seta cl_maxpackets "40"
seta cl_packetdump "1"
seta com_maxfps "53"

PLS HELP ME !

not good when you have ping 35 and interrupt a lot.. its annoying and other people don't believe you.

Thnx,

A q3a addict GWF - 3xNix

First, I never set my snaps that high.  I found in testing that snaps at 20 was good.  Might be different for others, but on 3 computers 20 was good.

Next, it's time to examine all of your settings.  Take a look at our autoexec.cfg in Quake III Arena Tips & Tweaks.  Make sure you have those settings in order.

Last I would also suggest to you that your good ping does not mean the server can handle it or you and all the other players.  I have played many a server where I had excellent ping but moved like a bad movie.  Usually worsened when the guy with a 600 ping was in front of me.  Don't forget that not all servers out there know what they are doing.  It takes knowledge, hardware and bandwidth to run a good performing server. And unfortunately, many times it's some guy on his PII300 with 128 megs of RAM and his pitiful packet loss filled cable connection on a Windows OS. That is the recipe for disaster for a server.  So see if you can't take a look at the system specs of the server or get to know what IP addresses are usually used by cable users and avoid the impossible.  using GameSpy 3D or GameSpy Arcade lets you have a look in advance sometimes at their specs (if the server put them in their config).


From: Ares {NAD}
Subject: New Motherboard

I have a Dell PIII 700 with a 440BX chipset, and thus, a 2x AGP. I want
to upgrade to a mb with a 4x AGP, but I have a couple of questions:
1) Will I have to reformat my hd?
2) What mb do you suggest?
3) Does a Geforce Ultra + 4x AGP = a huge upgrade in performance for my
system?

Thanks for you help

Ares {NAD}

A few motherboards I would recommend are the following:

For Socket based PIII chips (you didn't mention what your PIII 700 was, socket or slot)

Abit VH6
Abit VP6

For Slot 

Abit CX6
Abit VT6X4

One of the reasons I recommend Abit so much is the ease in which they install. They are very simple to configure.  Check Pricewatch for the best prices and variety of motherbards.

As for formatting.... it isn't mandatory but recommended.  When you change your motherboard, you change IDE controllers and more.  Making Windows re-identify the hardware and change drivers is not an easy task.  9 times out of 10 you will end up with BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) from Windows choking on seeing the new hardware.  I strongly recommend a format.

And graphics choices can't be made more easy by the guys over at PlanetHardware. I can't p1mp enough their article on the Video Accelerator Shootout.

 




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