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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 4-14-2001
   

Tech Tips 

by Love2Play

 

From: Hyrax

Subject: Lock up in OpenGL

Hey, I just got my box upgraded from a P3-450mhz with 128megs SDRAM (Which
ran quake 3 *fine* (a little slow:P)) to a AMD K7-1ghz with 384megs SDRAM.
My graphics card is a 32meg ELSA Winner II, and I've never really had
problems with it.
But now when I try to run something like Quake 3 (or so far from what I've
seen, any OpenGL app), it brings my box to a standstill!!!
This is horrible...I soooo wanted to see how much ass my 1ghz would be
kicking, but I don't see it happening right now:(

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

This is one of the most common problems of people installing a GeForce card. There are quite a few issues and solutions you can try.

1.  What was your previous video card and did you remove the old drivers? Was it a PCI card? 
2.  Did you set up your BIOS for your new AGP card?
3.  Is your motherboard compatible to a GeForce card? Did you check Elsa's Website for compatibility issues on motherboards?
4.  From personal experience, the I/O setting in the BIOS can cause tearing and/or lock ups. For example; my Abit board was set to 3.3 volt by default for my Celeron CPU. I installed a GeForce and found that unless I boosted the I/O to 3.4 it would have tearing. Play with this (and any BIOS settings) carefully.
5.  Do you have the latest drivers for your card? Nvidia makes the chip, the Elsa website should be offering the newest Detonator drivers released by Nvidia. They are the best for it and new drivers mean better performance and bug patches (in most cases).
6.  Have you updated your VIA chipset drivers if necessary on your motherboard?

Many people are confused that simply because they have an AGP slot they can slap any video card they want to in their motherboard. Wrong. If your motherboard was made 2 or 3 years before the video technology, it may not be compatible. You have to check. Do your homework on such a lively purchase people.

The best place you can go for every single piece of information to trouble shoot your GeForce issues is to the GeForceFAQ.

 

From: Arashi

Subject: Quake 1 server lag

Hey, got a problem with my Quake 1 :( Whenever I try to get in on a
multiplier game, I get like, ten seconds of lag, and when I serve, I get 2
frames/sec and anyone connected gets insane amounts of lag.. I can't think
of anything that could be causing this.. it used to work just fine, also,
the single player mode is completely unaffected.

I'm running a Pentium 200MMX, 80mb ram, 4mb RageII video card, and DirectX 8

and in case you wondered, aside from a less than perfect framerate, quake 2
runs without any problems

I hope you can help get this all fixed up, I'm in dire need of gettin my
oldskool game on

thanks,
Arashi

This is an occasion I want to call you up and say "stop that!". There is nothing more irritating to people who want to play Quake than to have a friend think he can run a server and play on the same computer. If you  have read ANY server setup guides, you know that your computer specs are the bare minimum to use for someone running a dedicated server on Linux. But to actually run the server ON Windows, and then join it?!  My gawd man! what are you thinking!!!

As for your personal lag while playing, this can be caused by packet loss, or simply poor connection. I must say too, your video card is a bottom feeder but if you are playing Quake 1 in software mode, no problem. Your lag as described here, is probably due to packet loss on your connection. Or maybe another guy running a server on his machine and playing on it too ;-)

 

This next reader, bless his heart, wrote us twice and we have just 3 words for him:

 

From: Suvir

Subject: Quake 3 Demo

I have a cel. 633 system with win98. Dx8 is there. Q3 demo gives me some sound problems. If i but the full game, will i have such problems?
Thanx
Suvir

 

Those 3 words are:  But The Game. Suvir, the game came out more than a year and a half ago. The demo was a taste of what was to come. A year and a half of patches and improvements has gone inot it since then. It is completely useless to try to work out problems on a demo that is that old. Take a look at the community of people that have been religiously playing the game for a year and a half now. Don't you think at least some of them have your system?

C'mon Suvir, go for it!

 

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