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baskapteijn
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Posted - 17/05/2005 :  09:29:33  Show Profile  Visit baskapteijn's Homepage  Click to see baskapteijn's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Hello guys,

I was just trying to run halflife 2. It runs great! Except for one thing. When I go to the graphical-settings menu, and adjust some things, and click on apply... Windows gives some major error. Kabaaaam, halflife 2 knocks to the desktop. Is this because of the voodoo card, or is there some directx fix, driver fix or something to fix that? It's the halflife 2 demo.

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ps47
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Posted - 17/05/2005 :  22:03:19  Show Profile  Visit ps47's Homepage  Send ps47 an AOL message  Send ps47 an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
this is a known problem.many cards that are not officially supported can run HL2 fine,but will always crash when trying to change the advanced settings.that means you cant set the details to low (to gain some FPS).I have created a small workaround,see my last post here: http://www.3dfxzone.it/enboard/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1129&whichpage=40

The 3Dfx Helppage and Game Guide / Voodoo3/4/5 enviromental variables
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baskapteijn
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Posted - 17/05/2005 :  23:55:36  Show Profile  Visit baskapteijn's Homepage  Click to see baskapteijn's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Thx! I was afraight you would tell me the specs couldn't go higher. And you did. But i still have one question, one you might know yourself. Is it possible to use more than 256x256 texture resolution by adding some line in the cfg file?

Quote "DirectX 6: This is the extreme low end. DX6 cards running Half-Life 2 will look a lot like HL. Textures are only 128x128 or 256x256. Everything will look very nasty. TNT2, ATI Rage, S3 Savage, Voodoo3, Matrox G200, motherboard integrated graphics." from www.techimo.com

The voodoo 5 can do 2048 x 2048. So is that possible, or are we limited forever to this direct x 6 thingie? Thx again.

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Sempron 3100+ 1.8 Ghz, 2x800 Mhz bus
SL-K8AV2-RL Soltek mainboard
1 Gb DDR 400 Mhz
Radeon 9700 Pro 324/300
Creative SBLIVE digital
Maxtor diamondmax 9 80 Gb
Philips 16 x Dvd/R/Rw/Dl
24 X cd drive
Hansol 19"
http://3dfx.i-cey.net

Proud owner of a Voodoo 4 4500 PCI and a Voodoo 5 5500 AGP.
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ps47
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Posted - 18/05/2005 :  11:50:25  Show Profile  Visit ps47's Homepage  Send ps47 an AOL message  Send ps47 an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
not sure.in theory,higher texture detail (in the advanced options) should rise the texture resolution as well,but the directx6 mode probably wont allow higher texture resolutions.there might be a var that can force texture resolution no matter what,but working envvars for certain games are hard to find (I had to pull the HL2 vars in that cfg file out from my registry,because nobody was able to help me with it on the useless steam forum).anyway,I can create a cfg file that will set the texture detail to "high",you can try it and see what happens..

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Edited by - ps47 on 18/05/2005 11:51:41
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baskapteijn
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Posted - 18/05/2005 :  13:13:10  Show Profile  Visit baskapteijn's Homepage  Click to see baskapteijn's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
If you can do that for me , that would be great. I'll see what you will come up with. Thx

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Sempron 3100+ 1.8 Ghz, 2x800 Mhz bus
SL-K8AV2-RL Soltek mainboard
1 Gb DDR 400 Mhz
Radeon 9700 Pro 324/300
Creative SBLIVE digital
Maxtor diamondmax 9 80 Gb
Philips 16 x Dvd/R/Rw/Dl
24 X cd drive
Hansol 19"
http://3dfx.i-cey.net

Proud owner of a Voodoo 4 4500 PCI and a Voodoo 5 5500 AGP.
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ps47
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Posted - 19/05/2005 :  20:23:17  Show Profile  Visit ps47's Homepage  Send ps47 an AOL message  Send ps47 an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
ok,download this file and put it into your CFG folder (under steam\blahblah\HL2) (this will run HL2 with all settings at "LOW"),and if you want to set the texture detail to "HIGH",edit the file and change mat_picmip 2 to mat_picmip 0,and launch the game..

here are descriptions of some other commands as well:

mat_picmip (texture detail.2 is low,1 is medium,0 is high)
mat_reducefillrate (shader detail.1 is low,0 is high)
r_rootlod (model detail.2 is low,1 is medium,0 is high)
r_shadowrendertotexture (shadow detail.0 is low,1 is high)
r_waterforceexpensive (water detail.0 is low,1 is medium/high)
r_waterforcereflectentities (set this to 1 if you want water detail at high,set it to 0 for medium.r_waterforceexpensive must be set to 1 for this setting to have effect)

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Edited by - ps47 on 19/05/2005 20:23:45
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baskapteijn
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Posted - 19/05/2005 :  21:04:11  Show Profile  Visit baskapteijn's Homepage  Click to see baskapteijn's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Thanx a lot! I will try it immediately. You will hear of me soon!

[edit] That autoexec file of yours worked! Texture resolution is at it's highest level! You can see the Voodoo 5 having a hard time with it, but it's beautifull to see . I've found a site with more commands, http://www.driverheaven.net/showthread.php?t=71210 . Here you can set halflife 2 to direct x 9.0 in advanced options! And it works :>. Thx for the file![/edit]

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Sempron 3100+ 1.8 Ghz, 2x800 Mhz bus
SL-K8AV2-RL Soltek mainboard
1 Gb DDR 400 Mhz
Radeon 9700 Pro 324/300
Creative SBLIVE digital
Maxtor diamondmax 9 80 Gb
Philips 16 x Dvd/R/Rw/Dl
24 X cd drive
Hansol 19"
http://3dfx.i-cey.net

Proud owner of a Voodoo 4 4500 PCI and a Voodoo 5 5500 AGP.

Edited by - baskapteijn on 20/05/2005 11:03:12
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ps47
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Posted - 20/05/2005 :  18:29:36  Show Profile  Visit ps47's Homepage  Send ps47 an AOL message  Send ps47 an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
nice find..but you cant set a dx level than is not supported by your card.this was meant for lowend dx9 cards (such as fx5200 or similar),running a lower dx level will improve performance.

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baskapteijn
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Posted - 20/05/2005 :  22:41:09  Show Profile  Visit baskapteijn's Homepage  Click to see baskapteijn's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I know, it's just that I like to see how far the Voodoo 5 can go in beauty. That's why I wanted to have a better texture resolution. Just to see the beauty of what he's capable of. I don't even mind how slow he is, halflife will always be unplayable on my machine like it is now.. Thx :)

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Sempron 3100+ 1.8 Ghz, 2x800 Mhz bus
SL-K8AV2-RL Soltek mainboard
1 Gb DDR 400 Mhz
Radeon 9700 Pro 324/300
Creative SBLIVE digital
Maxtor diamondmax 9 80 Gb
Philips 16 x Dvd/R/Rw/Dl
24 X cd drive
Hansol 19"
http://3dfx.i-cey.net

Proud owner of a Voodoo 4 4500 PCI and a Voodoo 5 5500 AGP.
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