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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 11-11-2000
   

Tech Tips Mailbag

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From: MCatanio
Subject: Quake 3 Problems

Hello. now i have gone out and purchased your quake 3 arena i payed 50
dollars on the game to only find out now i can't play it. Everytime I go to
join a Multiplayer game over the internet i constantly get the message
"Mis-Typed CD-Key?" and then if flashes to like "INVALID CD-KEY" back and
forth while the awaiting connetion number gets up to 300 before it just boots
me out. I downloaded the latest patch that may help this but its not doing
nothing for me. I still can not join Multiplayer games. I don't know what to
do.

PLEASE HELP. thank you

Well, we certainly appreciate the compliment but we didn't make Quake 3 ourselves.  Wish we had! :)

This does bring us to discussing though, the many complications that seem to have arisen with the release of point release 1.25.  So let's take this time to cover your problem and many others that have cropped up.

For the invalid cd key, let's review:

Having installed the point release 1.17 or higher, you now have in your Quake3\baseq3 folder a file called q3key.  If you don't see it in Windows Explorer, go to View> Folder Options>View files and make sure you are set to "show all files".  Now open the q3key with notepad and compare it to the cdkey on the back of your Quake 3cdrom case.  Make sure all the letters are in lower case and carefully examine them for missing letters or a typo.  This should resolve the problem.  There is no other alternative unless you were dumb enough to "borrow" a friends cd.

Client_Unknown_to_Auth

The biggest Quake 3 dilemma has been "Client_Unknown_to_Auth".  Wtf is that?!  This has been baffling us all.  Having gotten no real explanation, I will tell you this geeks theory:  Since the crash of the id master server, it is my belief that it is having a hard time resolving the dns of many users.  I also believe this is why there is a cdkey issue.  Almost as though their authorization server was wiped clean.  While not proven, that is my theory.

Ok, so what to do with the "client..." thing?  Your first choice is to wait it out.  many have reported if they wait long enough, they get in.  Oh I know, you don't want to wait.  So here's what you can do to help yourself think you are in control;

In Windows find the hosts.sam file. Open it with notepad and type: 

192.246.40.56 authorize.quake3arena.com 

then choose Save as, All Files, and save it as hosts, no extension just hosts. The theory is that this helps resolve the dns. 

One more trick is to join a game successfully that you know you can join, such as a plain old DM game, hit esc and go to the multiplayer menu again and click specify then type the IP address manually of the server you wanted to join but couldn't due to the Client blah blah error.  This also works for those of you trying to join your own server.  I know, Irun one and it's the only way I can join it from my IP range.

Installing 1.25

One important note to remember, no mods were able to be updated to 1.25 yet.  So, you will be stuck with regular old DM or CTF only.  So if you update to 1.25 then you will be limited.  Should you try it out and change your mind, simply delete the pak4.pk3 that 1.25 installed and reinstall 1.17.

More Lag?

This has been a complaint that I have heard but have not confirmed.  What I believe we are seeing is the "smoothing" that was implemented in 1.25.  According to the release notes: "Reworked physics code to allow 1.17 style movement while retaining the fluid control and feel of 1.25."  In my opinion what you may be experiencing is a slower feel due to smoothing.  Or, this smoothing is creating a change in how your graphics are being delivered.  Also, there were other bug fixes such as to the assumed problems of the Voodoo3 cards, what those "fixes" were I don't know but it may take adjusting your graphics settings.

 


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