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— by Love2Play
Tweaks and netplay
thought client side options, including graphics, didn't effect
netplay, and how does it effect netplay? also, IM going to
be getting an A-Bit motherboard, a nVida GeForce, and a new
sound card, pretty sweet stuff, no more slowdown problems
put: Your modem sends and receives info on the Internet. The
speed of your computer is how fast that will be sent. Then,
your modem chokes on it if your computer is too fast for the
modem (and your connection). And receiving is the same issue.
Your modem has to receive, andthen your computer has to "translate"
what it just received and show it to you on the monitor. And
you will be suffering from a delusion if you think a faster
machine will make your online performance faster; that all
depends on your modem and connection. A faster computer does
not guarantee a faster online game (review the choking modem
thang). It does, however, make the need for tweaks greater.
Teaks on LAN?
these tweaks necessary if i am on a lan and have one of those
overpowered computers? What are the best settings for lan
play (i.e. What rate setting and should lag be worried about?)
LAN I use the same tweaks less the rate and maxfps. There
is no real reason to limit those if you are playing on a two
computer LAN. If you are playing with more on the LAN, you
may want to go with a rate setting so the players don't suck
all the juice out of the server. This would be especially
true if the server computer is also used for playing.
saw your recommendations for the rate settings depending on
the modem. How much of that is related to the sign on speed?
i sign on at 19200 and if i set my rate to 3000 i get packet
loss, even at 4000 there is some so just messin around i set
it to 5000 and i don't get as much packet loss if i do get
it its because i got a ping spike or something like that.my
fps is set at 31 also.
recommendations are for modem speed because the modem is the
first stopping point of your "transmission". Then
it goes through the connection. You can have a connect speed
of 19200 that is more stable than someone connected at 44000,
if your ISP is supplying that 19200 more reliably than the
guy with 44000. There are many users who get a connect speed
of 44000 but it drops to 19200 and bounces around. There are
so many variables in your connection that we can't give a
articles then the Tweak
guide, we just try to supply enough info for gamers to be
able to find the right settings for themselves. What makes
it hard is the different machines, different ISPs, different
modems, and different phone lines. It's really a personal
crap shoot. We can't give the exact settings for every gamer.
have a home built computer 500 P3/ 128 meg of 100mz ram/ asus
board 13 gig ibm 7200rpm hard drive and a usr v90 2x modem
.i get on the internet at 50.666 when i play quake 2 on line
every game room i go in i freez up THIS IS PISSING ME OFF
. can you tell me how to slow down the ping rate mine is to
high all the time over 1000 all the time .
is a perfect example of the belief that the faster the machine,
the faster your game will be online. NOT! The first thing
you need to do is make the suggested changes to the config.
You won't see any changes in gameplay without turning that
bad boy down in your config. That is way too much machine
to try to stuff through a 56k modem. Sorry to cause you guys
pain, but trying to game on that much machine on 56k is like
trying to pee a bowling ball...it's slow and painful.
return to our ISP
articles and review. I will also say that you are on a huge
provider that has a lot of users. That is probably a large
factor in your lousy ping.
Particles set to "0"
TechTips included a tip to set cl_particles to 0, thereby
saving on lag. Small problems - rocket, blaster and grenade
trails are all invisible, making your job that little bit
harder. The biggest problem, though - Railgun shots are absolutely
invisible, so if you're being hunted by a mad railgunner,
you're most likely not gonna know until you see another player
disintegrate or you get a slug up yer ass. Bad news, when
the saving on lag would most likely be very small (since particle
effects are most likely done client side (that's why it has
the cl_ prefix, rather than sv_ for server), therefore it
shouldn't go through the modem and eat bandwidth (although
being primarily a LAN player, my experience with lag is limited,
and cl_particles could make a huge difference for all I know).
Still, the prospect of unseen railgun slugs flying around
me doesn't appeal, no matter what the benefit may be...
for that one disclaimer on our behalf that you are primarily
a LAN player. <g> And you are one of two people that
were upset with this suggestion. The other guy was just plain
rude so he doesn't get his e-mail up in lights - heh!
deal is that particles, a.k.a. gunspray, are a lot of graphics
for your card to render. And you are already online and running
the game...that's hard work for your computer. Lag is not
just about Internet lag. it's also about computer hardware
trying really hard to do something like show all those crazy
grunts running around in highly graphical environments and
shootin' off their rockets (ooh). And then there is your own
gun sprayin' stuff everywhere (messy, messy). That is a lot
for your computer to do. Turning off your particles will make
your viewing smoother. Ever notice how much slower your viewing
is when there are more people in the map and all shooting
at each other? Your computer/video card has to show you all
of that action, and sometimes it's too much. Same with gun
spray particles. We did make a note that it is more difficult
to aim and you have to make a choice on what works for you.
note on this: try it with particles off. You don't like it?
Turn 'em back on! Doh!
more for the road
I was reading up on tweaking the bios settings, and I have
a question about the setting for the video card. I do have
AGP on board, but My Voodoo3 3000 is a PCI card ( I don't
have an AGP slot ). Should I still set the Bios to first detect
AGP or PCI ? Thanks, Bob
lets back up. What you have is a motherboard with no AGP slot.
However, your BIOS lists AGP settings. Those are two different
things. The BIOS was written for many motherboards. It is
not specific to yours. If there is no AGP slot, then there
will be no AGP function nor will there be any AGP cards put
in. Or, you are saying you have an onboard AGP video card(yuck)
and if that is the case if you don't disable it, you can run
into problems trying to run both since the Voodoo3 is both
a 2D and 3D card(and probably better than a built-in video
card). And if you are using the Voodoo3 3000 PCI as your video
card, there is no use for ANY AGP settings.