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1  TribesNext.com Forums / Support / Re: Video/game settings and you. on: October 11, 2018, 10:01:32 PM
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 hardwares.

Here's some vid card benches I use;
https://benchmarks.ul.com/legacy-benchmarks

My most oft used bench is the 2001se as it is closest to T2 era hardware expectations. Anyway, the good thing is the legacy benchmark downloads come with the key to enable all testing options. These are great benchmarks even today, and the demos included with each are pretty cool.

This is the overall pc benchmark I use most;
https://www.passmark.com/

Passmark is nice because it comes with a set of benchmark results for comparable systems, if you want to compare your i9 build to your 1996 486 with math co processor build, you can! Last time I used it, it had a limited duration unless you buy it, I just test and uninstall.

This tool that everyone should have is a goldmine for pc service;
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

Also on this tool is a app called memtest, this is about the best tool to use when adjusting memory timing, it is absolutely consistent from one run to the next, unlike some memory benches that I've used in the past like sisoft sandra. In the past, this excellent tool came with an offline pw tool that would  search a ntfs drive for user names and pw so they could be deleted or edited, someone got them to stop including it in the iso.

Other benches that may be of interest;
https://www.guru3d.com/files-details/aquamark-3.html
https://www.sisoftware.co.uk/
https://www.atto.com/disk-benchmark/


Speaking of benchmarks, here's a ssd life test benchmark I thought interesting;
https://techreport.com/review/27909/the-ssd-endurance-experiment-theyre-all-dead





2  TribesNext.com Forums / Server Support / Re: Version2 server ignoring serverprefs on: October 01, 2018, 08:26:55 PM
Also delete dsos for serverprefs.
3  TribesNext.com Forums / General Discussion / Re: How do I connect to a server on: April 29, 2018, 07:53:06 PM
Did you follow these instructions exactly?
https://www.tribesnext.com/
4  TribesNext.com Forums / Support / Re: unhandled exception crash on: February 21, 2018, 07:45:03 PM
Post your clientprefs and we will see if anything is dodgy.
5  TribesNext.com Forums / Support / Re: Video/game settings and you. on: February 15, 2018, 08:19:45 PM
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 like 3 dimensional audio, ie it now has depth. The miles fast sound in my t2 install seemed to be very flat, either left or right audio and no depth, the new wrapper allows for that missing depth to be noted. It also works with most of the ancient games I play.
6  TribesNext.com Forums / Support / Re: unhandled exception crash on: February 09, 2018, 08:04:26 PM
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.
7  TribesNext.com Forums / Support / Re: When using jet pack I get a static sound sometimes ???? on: January 29, 2018, 11:39:34 PM
If I had to guess, I'd imagine it's some buffer/compression artifact connected to the rate the audio driver is updated, but I haven't looked into it at all.  I had noticed it occurring regularly on my laptop a few years back, but rarely if ever encountered the same issue on my desktop.

You might try dropping IndirectSound in your GameData directory and changing the provider to DirectSound3D in the in-game settings.  This is basically a DirectSound->XAudio2 wrapper that'll fake a hardware provider, so you can have an alternative to the Miles positional driver and theoretically have marginally better support through Microsoft's sound libraries.  The game engine is still responsible for interfacing that driver and updating the audio sources, so it might not help at all, but it's worth a shot.

The above methodology is Blakhart approved.
8  TribesNext.com Forums / Mods and Customization / Re: Renegades Mod Files are in here enjoy all Original files from renwerx.com on: January 25, 2018, 11:13:03 PM
Is it perhaps looking for thyths new auth server and not finding it?
9  TribesNext.com Forums / General Discussion / Re: How many players do play Tribes 2? on: January 15, 2018, 07:18:06 PM
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 earth shaking however, as in less than 10 percent performance loss due the patching.
10  TribesNext.com Forums / Support / Re: Fuzzy game screen & other newbie issues (that I don't see in a pin or FAQ...) on: November 29, 2017, 08:44:22 PM
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.
11  TribesNext.com Forums / Support / Re: Online Mode broken? on: November 28, 2017, 05:48:33 PM
Make sure your av and firewall passes t2, too.
12  TribesNext.com Forums / General Discussion / Re: Any mappers around? on: November 17, 2017, 07:56:26 PM
Sorry Keen, pretty sure that's a spambot.
13  TribesNext.com Forums / Support / Re: Video/game settings and you. on: October 18, 2017, 07:10:32 PM
A word on mouse repair;

Lately my most recently purchased meece was starting to double click via the fire button, so I knew its days were numbered. This has happened often before, even to my fav mouse, the ms intellimouse. What happens is the return spring of the affected button loses tension, work hardens over repeated use, and sends double clicks when only one is intended. This gets to be realllllly aggravating. Anyway, I have a few meece around to loan spare parts and thought hey, why not try some of the repair ideas instead of spending more money first.

Here are some vids on the technique most used to repair mice with button malfunctions;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8o4conOjPI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDoXMJyimDU

The vids show you the source of the issue, the microswitches that actuate most button controls on any given meece. Some microswitches are better than others, some will be rated to withstand several million clicks, some are barely up to the job when new.

My issue with the above videos is the repair technicians are simply retensioning the spring inside the microswitch, and that spring has already failed. I didn't want to reuse a switch that had already fatigued as the primary fire button of my game meece so I tried another tack.

That tack was to unsolder the least used microswitch in that meece and use that one to replace the faulty fire switch. There are three solder spots to hit on a given microswitch to unsolder and solder, and you can't get placement wrong on the pcb (printed circuit board) as the switch dealy is marked on the pcb like as if the switch was there on the board. I didn't need another meece for spare parts after all.

The least used microswitch in any of my meece is always the scroll wheel button, so I nicked that (all the microswitches in my meece are identical) and put it in place of the left click button. Most meece come apart very easily with just a screwdriver, but to use the soldering method of repair you have to have a soldering iron and solder, some soldering experience helps. If you don't have the tools or skills you can still use the method as shown in the vids that don't require iron or solder. Make sure you note what parts go where, the scroll wheel dealy has an optical encoder that is triggered by the passing of a shutter wheel, and that wheel can only go in the mouse one way - might help to take pics before you do any repair work.

Anopther issue some meece have is the actual plastic of the fire button, where it contacts the microswitch, becomes worn and will actually dish out. Some people use epoxy to fill the dish/depression in the plastic and then smooth the contact surface with some fine sand paper. I checked my meece and the plastic bits were unworn, so it was just the switch being bad, at least I hoped.
So I soldered the scroll wheel button in place of the fire button and vice versa, and oddly enough the scroll wheel button works fine, I wonder if the heat from soldering it stiffened the return spring or something so it works as it should.

I acknowledge the ghettoness of this repair, but replacing meece every year or so is expensive, this one cost me $80, and if I can bring it back from the dead for the cost of a few blobs of solder I'm gonna do it.

Anyway, just played some t2 and so far testing shows the meece is working fine, no double clicking or anything. This meece was bought at Frys back in 2008, so I used it to kill a lot of you in the duration, and now it can kill once again! When it goes bad next time I'll get a new meece or order some hi dolla microswitches and repair it the right way.
14  TribesNext.com Forums / General Discussion / Re: How many players do play Tribes 2? on: October 09, 2017, 06:44:52 PM
What are the names of your three friends who play tribes?
15  TribesNext.com Forums / General Discussion / Re: Shape of things to come on: September 29, 2017, 06:54:54 PM
lol@player PACKET LOSS
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