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Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Printing PITA

Well, I finally figured out what my problem was with printing in Linux. Apparently the latest versions of Red Hat's printconf and printconf-gui don't like me. Going back to printconf-0.3.52-1 and printconf-gui-0.3.52-1 did the trick. Grumble. At least it works now. I really need my printer if I'm going to get any work done.

Check out this Red Hat Bugzilla entry for more details.

Q3A "Crusher"

The UpsetChaps clan has released (probably some time ago, I just found it today) new timedemos a la the famous "Crusher" demo for Quake II. They also include an updated (or perhaps just renamed) version of id's "four" demo. On the UCGuideDemo2 I get 69.8 fps and that's a MAJOR bot-fest on Q3DM17. Torture city. Ahh, violence.

nForce Linux Drivers

NVIDIA has released Linux drivers for their nForce chipset. It provides support for the on-board sound and ethernet. The standard Linux drivers will work for USB and IDE. Now if only we could convince Creative to support Linux like this! Thanks Linux Games.


Well, everything is all better with my new computer today. The problem with flashing the BIOS was that I kept getting an "Insufficient memory" error from Award's flashing utility. After perusing Google Groups I found a solution to the memory problem (I also discovered that it seems that just about every motherboard type has had this BIOS problem happen at one time or another). I also. I had to add the /tiny switch to the command line. After doing that, Doug K. at EZ-Net got the BIOS to flash. We're back in business!

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Just Plain Ludicrous!

Well, after bragging about the speed of my new computer, the mobo went wonky on me. I rebooted and it told me I had a CMOS checksum error. No amount of clearing the BIOS would help, nor would it let me flash the BIOS again. I took it to EZ-Net and the only solution they could come up with is to RMA the board. ARGH! So I had to put together my old computer and reinstall Windows 98. Thankfully, my old 32x CD-ROM that had gotten flaky held out long enough to install everything. Barf. Oh well, at least I can get work done. Thankfully, EZ-Net's webmail interface is VERY slick (nice job, Crawl!) so I don't have to worry about an email client for the time being.

Ludicrous Speed!

Well, my computer is now officially assembled. I got a few screws and nuts to attach my extra case fan. Now I've got six fans whirring away. I also took advantage of a Best Buy 10% off coupon and $50 rebate to get a Visiontek Xtasy 6564 (GeForce3 Ti200). After all of that, the total price will be $129. Quite a deal.

I did notice a couple of problems with the card, though, which were quickly remedied. One was in Windows 98 with Diablo II. After being in the game for a little bit, my mouse would lock up. I'm not sure what the problem was, but going back to the 21.83 WHQL drivers from the 23.11 ones did the trick. I also had a problem with flickering textures and other weirdness on the terrain maps in Quake III: Team Arena. On the Quake 3 World forums, someone quoted the GeForce FAQ saying to type these commands at the console:
r_ext_compiled_vertex_array 0
That did the trick, but at a bit of a performance hit. Running the "four" demo, I got 118.1 fps before adding that command and 103 after it. Of course, this is at 1024x768 with all the graphics options cranked up. Quite a sight to behold.

BTW, to use the old "four" demo with the 1.31 patch, use WinZip or something similar to extract four.dm_66 from pak6.pk3. Create a directory under baseq3 called demos. Rename four.dm_66 to four.dm_67 and place it in the new demos directory. It's that easy.

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