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Subject: Quake 3 and Logitech Mouse
I'm afraid i'm having a bit of trouble getting my mouse wheel to work with quake 3 arena. When i first installed
quake 3 and set it up, i was able to use my mouse wheel to change weapons. Since i've installed win98 SE and reinstalled quake 3, the game doesn't
allow me to use the wheel.
Every time i change the control settings, it just changes it back automatically once i start playing, and i can't
even change again once it's done that. A friend at work told me to download the latest version of mouseware from logitech.com, which i did. but it
hasn't made any difference.
If you got any good ideas for me, please let me know a.s.a.p. i really hate having quake 3 sitting there on my
desk and i can't play it properly. hope to hear from you soon.
What you may have missed John was the game_whl.exe
file right under those current drivers listed under the heading "Mouse Registry for Gamers". That is the file that is going to unlock your
door to mousing. However, be aware that in your mouse setup in Control Panel there are settings you need to know about. Such as not having your scroll
set 2 lines or above. Only one line.
And read the readme before you use it. It's a registry file.
On that note, I'd like to give a mini review of my latest mouse. I am a huge Logitech Mouse fan and have always used
the Logitech Mouseman and it was great. Then our very own Cobby got the iFeel Optical mouse. And she raved to me about it. Now she got the fancy
one, all ergonomic and all. But those are made for right handers. I am a left mouser so that was out. So I got the iFeel Optical in the standard
It's a USB mouse, easy to install. Used the default Windows98 drivers because I don't want anything else running in
the background. The mouse was up and running no problem. Now at first it took getting used to the lack of rubber feel underneath. I almost felt like I
would damage it. But it was very smooth. And then I had to adjust my Quake 3 sensitivity lower. I kept running into walls because it was more accurate
in movements, not a slow to respond as my other mouse.
The last bit of glory I can proclaim here about this mouse was that I did away with my mousepad. I use my
desktop. I all that space to use as I please. After years of mousing the old fashioned way, I still find myself adjusting the position as
if I have a mousepad, but at least I don't "fall-off" of it anymore. Only drawback; I have a cat who hangs out on my desk and you should see
the spazzing this thing does with a cat hair across the optical!
Back to your regular programming schedule..........
i recently had a problem with over heating in my power supply, the fan
inside it stopped moving so i opened it up and took a look at the fan, i
then began to move it manually to get it going again (not while it was on
ofcourse). It did get going again but this made me think about my over all
cooling, so i went out and baught a fan, i put it in the front(there was a
space for one), i also noticed that there was another place that looked like
it was ment to hold a fan on the case. I couldnt find a fan that would fit
it(all the other ones were for cpu's, it was the same size as one). i want
to know about air flow and how i should set up more fans, i plan on buying a
Let me say right here..... NEVER let your power supply fan die. I had a strange
melting plastic smell once coming from my machine and it turned out the power supply fan had died. Well realize that copper wiring in there all coiled
up is hot as hot gets. So what happens is plastic casings start to melt. So replace the fan!
As for cooling in your box, it can depend on the size of the box but here is a general
rule I keep. Case fan in front blows out, case fan in back blowing in. That completes the circulation in the box. Don't forget to also check
your cpu fans on the motherboard and your video card. Make sure those are always functioning.
As for a fan fitting, be creative. Normally you can improvise to install a fan that is
not quite the right size. It is ok to drill your own holes too. As I have talked about before, even in the case exterior. But for the most part, case
fans come pretty standard. Even Radio Shack carries them. But if you feel stuck, there are alternatives also. There are bay fans that mount in your
cdrom bay and there are PCI fans that fit in your PCI slots. The important thing is to create a good flow in and then out. And tuck your wires
up neatly out of the way. While you're in there replacing and checking things, blow out all the dirt too. A can of compressed air is usually less than
Subject: TNT2 drivers
hi there i dont know if u will be able to help me but i am hoping so. My problem is with Quake3,
after installing the 1.27 g then h as reccomended my menu graphics and in game graphics have gone funny.
It works fine when i revert it back to version 1.17??, I have the latest detonator drivers 4 my riva tnt2 video card
and the latest glsetup. The in graphics problem in the game can be described as lots of grey squares with a white outline on some walls etc and when i
shoot all grey squares come out of whatever weopon im using??. Is there an opengl command or setting in Q3 that could cause this or is it the point
First off, did you install on top of 1.17? That is a big no-no. Delete it all and install Quake 3 and
1.27g and h ONLY.
I think where most people get confused is with GLSetup. No one realizes that GLSetup
is not some extra utility that goges alongside your drivers. It IS drivers. It's job is to make current your video drives. So Joel, while you
installed the latest Detonator driver, you installed them again with GLSetup. But who knows what version.
My advice to you is a complete clean out, then install the Detonators again. Forget
GLSetup. In Control Panel->Add/Remove Programs choose to remove the Nvidia drivers for Windows. Then in C:\Windows\INF\Other
remove anything that says NVidia or nvagp.inf. Now reboot to ugly VGA mode and when prompted, point to your Detonator drivers. Now you should be all