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Old 01-28-03, 12:56 PM   #1
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Default ut2003 runs like an atari game

ill first lay out my system and card

system
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celeron 1ghz
512mb ram
Slackware 8.1
kernel 2.4.18


card
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Nvidia Gefore 4
MX 440
64MB 400mhz ddr
Dual 350mhz RAMDAC processors
core clock 270mhz

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ive installed the nvidia drivers and edited my
Xfree86 config file the driver and card works
fine while running x it even plays soilder of fortune decently but like i said ut2003 runs like an atari game

im stumped any idea's would be great
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Old 01-28-03, 01:21 PM   #2
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Can you post some FPS numbers?

The GF4 MX series cards are not all that fast (seeing as they're NV17 cores), and UT2003 is quite a new game... my Ti 4200 (NV25) only gets ~60fps max, and ~10-15fps min.

I believe you can still do a stat fps in UT2k3's console to get FPS numbers.
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Old 01-28-03, 01:27 PM   #3
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i was swaying back and forth between 5-10 mostly low numbers 5 6 7 rarely hit 10
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Old 01-28-03, 01:32 PM   #4
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my old ati Rage 128 32mb card played ut like a champ but wouldnt play sof at all now this new gf card plays sof like a champ but wont play ut2003 i cant find ut to try it with this card
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Old 01-28-03, 05:19 PM   #5
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OK, is AGP enabled? What mode? Check /proc/driver/nvidia/agp/status for that.

Anything in the kernel logs?

Is MTRR support enabled?
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Old 01-28-03, 06:20 PM   #6
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Talking High quality sound a killer :D

I've recently been searching for performance in UT2k3 as well, for reference my system:

2.0A P4 512 ECC RDRAM
Creative Audigy Gamer
GeForce 4 Ti4400
Running RedHat 8.0 (2.4.19 cust)
and the infamous x4191 drivers

The short story for those who want better fps:

Disable High quality sound, or all sound, and check your fps. Running low quality sound I average ~45 fps everywhere at 1600x1200 max quality settings. Yes, it still spikes low ~20 in areas, the engine doesn't seem to be perfect in handling the map designs given.

How do you disable high quality sound?
Edit your engine config file at: ~/.ut2003/System/UT2003.ini

under the heading...
[ALAudio.ALAudioSubsystem]
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LowQualitySound=True

you may also wish to adjust settings here.
[OpenGLDrv.OpenGLRenderDevice]

I was running extremely low fps ~15 and lower with typically low fps areas running up ~45. I found that this behavior was independent of my graphics settings entirely (640x480 low = same fps as 1600x1200 maxed). That means its not graphics hardware related.

Performance charting cpu / memory / swapping etc shows the system is not under heavy load, ~60% cpu load with 1~2 processes waiting for cpu time (vmstat).

Now sound running low, the system keeps up ~45 fps with intense settings, and UT2k3 looks great
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Old 01-29-03, 10:42 AM   #7
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agp is enabled but its set at the speed of 2x
what is mttr ?

and im going to try turning off high quality sound i forget to mention the sound is kinda wierd it sounds like ... well you ever here one of thoose computer voices ? lol

i should have looked into the sound thing before i did here them say on tech TV once that you're sound can slow down a game big time even if you have massive hardware

thx
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Old 01-29-03, 10:58 AM   #8
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well it clearly seems like a sound problem although i could still do with better FPS low quality sound didnt do much for me

but when i turned sound off at first i was averaging 15-20 then i was stable at around 17FPS hitting 20 every minute or so
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