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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 6-9-2001
   

Tech Tips 

This is where your gaming and hardware needs are met. Be all that you can be or get out of the game! This won't be a forum for techno-geeks to find more ways to impress their non-technical friends, it's for plain folk who need help to better their gaming experience. But don't blame us if you blow your machine sky high; we're offering tips, not the Bible on computers. The mailbag is alive and well - send in those questions to TechTips. !

by Love2Play

 

From: Glen

Subject: Game Controllers

 

The mouse is not a very good device for playing Quake.

What are some of the more popular game controllers please?

The Spacetec Space Orb was a great 360 degree game controller but has been
discontinued.

Any advice?

Thanks

I think you will find the majority of old-time hard-core gamers will tell you get used to the mouse and keyboard. They really do offer the most flexibility in binds and movement. You may just not have had the right mouse.

One such alternative to the mouse is a trackball. Now Logitech has an Optical Trackball that I think would be an excellent choice for someone who feels the regular mouse is inadequate without having to get used to an entirely new device like a joystick.

 

A big contender in the world of game controller is Pegasus by AVBTech. Nothing like feeling the RL hit you!  However a little pricey at $85.00. You can go with a more simple Digital Joystick for $29.99

Then there are game pads.  Now we all know about Gravis. If you ever had a game on your 486 machine, you had a Gravis Game Pad. Now all us oldies would be shocked to see their Eliminator series and more.... A very impressive selection of game pads and joysticks. Then the king of all joysticks; 

 

The Xterminator Dual Control. Oh yrah, this is a bad boy if ever there was one. Joystick and game pad all in one. Ok, who needs the keyboard now? This puppy has 49 programmmable functions and 8-way POV for instantly changing view or weapons. 

 

Last Gravis has their Destroyer series, again chock full of choices in game pads or joysticks.

Don't forget  you can also check out reviews on many of these controller over at our very own PlanetHardware.

 

From: Marc

Subject: Windows 2000

 

I have just recently removed windows 98se and installed windows 2000 pro. Much to my disgust quake 3 arena no longer works. Is there a patch you can help me out with or do I have to do something different? I would love some help so I can get back to the game.


Many thanks
Marc.

Most likely the reason is that your video card drivers are not appropriate. There are newer version to run OpenGL on Win2k and you should get them immediately. unfortunately our best refernce on new drivers, Reactor Critical seems to have suffered more down time than up :( So for now you will have to rely on the manufacturer of your video card to provide the lastest drivers for you. Or check back on Reactor and see if they fixed things up.

 

From: RFB

Subject: STB Velocity 4400

 

Hello, I recently got a newer machine that has a STB velocity 4400 video card. I wanted it to run in accelerated mode, but I only have experience running the game on the 3dfx based cards. How do I get the game Quake1 to render in accelerated mode on the STB Velocity 4400 PCI video card?

Thank you!
Please reply to the following email address and not reply to the sending email address: rfburns@rfburns.net


RFB

 

First important thing to do is make sure all 3DFX drivers are gone. Your Velocity is a Riva TNT based video card. No relationship what-so-ever with a 3DFX chipset. So all old drivers must go. What I must warn you about though is that your video card came out in 1998. That is a pretty old card. So finding drivers for it may not be easy. However Quake 1 is an older computer friendly game ;-)

Next is to make sure you have the latest version of GLquake and have installed it and deleted the OpenGL32.dll in your Quake folder. Barring any complications from anything else like motherboard compatibility etc.... Quake should now run pretty as a picture.

 


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