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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 10-14-2000
   

Tech Tips Mailbag
by Love2Play

From: Peter
Subject: Strange noise from fan

The other day when i was doing my daily gaming (Quake 3, Counter-strike...) I noticed a strange sound from the inside of my computer. I got quite scared because I newly bought it. As i looked inside I could see that the fan on my creative labs tnt2 ultra was jammed with dust, and because it is a overclocked card the last thing you want to happen is that it quits working (and the card burns up...) so my question for you is how the hell do i clean the inside of a computer? I have heard friends that have used their vacuum cleaner but is that safe?

Please give me an answer before my card explodes!

Best regards Peter Onarson


A vacuum cleaner is very safe, as long as your computer is turned off :)  However, there is also available at the store a small can of compressed air made specifically for such jobs.  It blows dirt and dust out of small places in the computer.  Then vacuum up the debris.

Another trick I use from having been a hairdresser for 13 years is to take a drop of clipper oil and use that to lubricate the fan. Clipper oil comes in small tubes with a pointy end perfect for reaching in.  But if it is a ball bearing fan, Clipper grease applied with a toothpick is needed. I also recommend doing this with the card out of the machine.  Take it out and apply so you don't make any messes on the motherboard.

This is not to say that I have not had fans die and out of laziness to replace it, simply took the cover off and put a small 6" house fan up to it until I went out and got another fan (or felt like disassembling my comp).


From: GianMonsterClaw
Subject: Quake 2 phone jacks

I keep getting the phone jack icon lock up on the q2 servers. I also get a control problem and lock up problem on the quake servers.

I checked the cd music (currently off) and the sound quality (currently low). I am not sure what else could be causing the problem.

My video settings have been changed a couple of times since I was last up and running but I fooled around with them some and I don't know if that is the problem or not.

thanks

The first 2 steps you took were good, but not enough. To make sure you have the right tweaks, take a look at our article on Quake 2 Tweaks . But I know how people hate to read, so I'll review.

You need to cap your rate to not stuff everything down your modem at once. So set rate "5000" should be applied. (lower if your internet service sux) Next significant helper is capping your fps (frames per second).  Again, keeps your video card from stuffing all those pretty pictures down the throat of your modem.  We recommend set maxfps "31" for 56k users. Those are immediate fixes to the phone jack icon.  The other items brought up in our Tweaks articles improve it more and more. So take the time later on to check it out.


From: Matthew
Subject: Ping Problems

I have a major problem. When I play QII or QII , My pings are 500-999 range. I have a HSP56 micro modem. I have the same results on other ISP's. I tried 2 modems. I called my telephone company-they came out and checked my phone lines. I tried 2 isp's. I still have a horrible connection to quake. Is there any advice, tip ect (modem string) you could give to speed up my connection? Thanks

My first suspicion would be your phone lines.  While the phone company may have come out, their main concern is that your telephone works.  It doesn't mean your lines carry internet service well.  Hiring a small telecommunications company to come test the lines is a better idea.  The phone company is not really being paid to make sure your internet is working well.

Also take a look at your location.  Are you close to cordless phones and on the same line as them or answering machines.  Is your inside wiring split up so you are actually sharing a line? Or does the line to your computer and modem come right from the box outside your house.  Have the small telecommunications company simply run you a nice fresh line straight from the outside box to your computer. It's well worth the money.

In order to "bust" your ISP on poor service, I suggest you read the article from last week brought to us by Speedcorp.net. I used it myself last week to determine that one of the hops from my ISP had gone bad and that is why my pings tripled on my favorite servers.  I was able to make an informed phone call to my ISP who then asks for copies of the tracers I did with Ping Plotter, the tool mentioned in the article.

 

 




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