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  • A (further) Word on Smooth Gameplay It used to be easy to get smooth gameplay when all we had was one cpu core. Now the core counts are ever increasing while most older games, T1 and T2 included, are single threaded and at the mercy of the scheduler of any given os. A thread is that part of a program that gets executed by…
  • A Word on PC Parts Selection and Placement Networking When building a server recently I noted some online discussion of add in nics (network interface cards) as opposed to onboard with respect towards reducing cpu use. Some say onboard is fine if a decent chip is used by the mobo maker, others give examples of reduced cpu…
  • A Word on Cheap Game Systems and Crash Recovery So the other day the rest of the pc, the game system that had the drives go south a few weeks back, went south to catch up with the drives. Mobo was acting flaky with random glitches and finaly refused to boot past the bios splash screen, my guess is ether a chip failure or…
  • A Word on Smooth Gameplay Some folks don't want the jittery gameplay that comes from running ip scripts, frameskippa, or running without triple buffering in the case of vsynched players. In that case there are some steps one can take to make the game smoother. One is a gem from Tribes original flavor;…
  • A Word on Making Backups Not long ago a few drives went south in the game build assembled in 2008, the drives were new then or shortly after and had given good service for lo these many years. But all good things come to an end and these drives gave indication they were coming to an end. The system had a os drive and a…
  • A word on memory ranks/channels/bandwidths; It's not unusual to have this kind of question debated in tech forums, so today we're having a look at the performance impact of having four DDR4 memory modules in a dual-channel system, opposed to just two modules. In this scenario all modules are operating at the same…
  • http://www.t2.branzone.com/ https://gamebanana.com/maps/games/562 http://www.tribaloutpost.com/ http://www.chaingunned.org/
  • A word on Output Color Depth and Output Dynamic Range; In your vid card control panel, in the case of nvidia cards the change resolution menu, you may find options such as Output Color Depth (bits per component) and Output Dynamic Range. I run hdmi so these options may not be available to all who might use another feed.…
  • [quote author=Konishki[!] link=topic=4082.msg29557#msg29557 date=1557392590] Ditto are there any PUG game time ever or anything, i'm in Sydney and would happily play at 3 am with a 300+ ping just for the fun of it... ;D [/quote] Sevral stralians play almost every day at discord pub wih 300 pong. One of them with mouse and…
  • Having to reboot a Tribes server, t1 or t2, has been sop for decades, something about mem leaks or running out of strings or who knows. Running on one core likely makes the server a bit less floaty as latency should be superior to running smp where the app is swapped between cores and everything that entails.
  • If you don't see a heartbeat, something's not allowing the ping to get out or back to the master server. You might try shutting off the fwall for the test duration as well as dmz the ip of the server in the rooter to see if you get anywhere. If so then set the rooter to dmz the server ip and enable the server fwall and try…
  • You might try setting to 16b 44k sound and see if that helps, otherwise a different sound driver or even sound card might be in order.
  • https://www.tribesnext.com/forum/index.php/board,4.0.html
  • Ossum, thanks!
  • A word on decompiling; Our good friends at NSA have released their decompiler; Ghidra is a software reverse engineering (SRE) framework developed by NSA's Research Directorate for NSA's cybersecurity mission. It helps analyze malicious code and malware like viruses, and can give cybersecurity professionals a better…
  • A word on Vsynch The Sami, our friend in Finland, let me in on a vsynch option available in Nvidia cards the other day and now I'll share it with you. I didn't notice it in the vsynch options when I installed my latest vid card and am glad The Sami notified me of its availability. It's known as Fast vsynch. I goggled fast…
  • A (further) word on HPET; HPET is a system timer developed by Intel and M$ to replace most of the system timers in use up to around 2008. The idea was to develop a timer that had none of the issues of the legacy timers, of wich there are multiple. Win10 doesn't use HPET but it still may be present in a current mobo…
  • A word on system/disk maintenance; If you run disks that have spinning metal platters inside, you can help ensure you get optimal performance and reliability out of them in a number of ways. One of these ways is to keep them cool. Don't mount them atop each other with no air gap of at least half an inch between disks. I…
  • A word on benchmarking. Benchmarking is computer drag racing. It's putting your pc to the test to see if it is indeed, of the hizzy, if it, for example, has moxie, if it's tough enough, leet enough, for you, a member of the glorious pc gaming master race. Seriously it just indicates relative performance of certain pc…
  • Also delete dsos for serverprefs.
  • Did you follow these instructions exactly? https://www.tribesnext.com/
  • Post your clientprefs and we will see if anything is dodgy.
  • A word on sound wrappers; This sound wrapper has been touted as a possible fix for the sound glitches commonly heard on multi core systems, heard almost always when pressing the jet button. http://www.indirectsound.com/ I noted that the jet sound issue remains, however what was formerly "2 dimensional" audio is now more…
  • Do you have a dso cleaner? If not, get one, you can find the links in the faq section, they will help reduce ues. If you have one, perhaps in game issues are causing the ue, such as tanks and etc.
  • The above methodology is Blakhart approved.
  • Is it perhaps looking for thyths new auth server and not finding it?
  • I wonder how much if any impact will be seen in t2 servers due the recently exposed cpu hacks, I assume most servers are colos and under virtualisation rather than home hosted and literal. In testing, game systems seem to be little hit in some games after patching, other games see a larger drop in performance. Nothing…
  • So they still haven't fixed fxaa. Fxaa is nice, but in t1 and t2 it makes for blurry text at the minimum. It works ok in tribes vengeance, ta and likely ma.
  • Make sure your av and firewall passes t2, too.