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Old 07-05-2004, 02:33 AM   #1
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Horrific Quake3 framerate

Hi all, I just got quake3 running on my slackware 10.0 *nix box just now thanks to one of the threads on this very forum. Basically it said to copy the installed quake3 files to the linux system and just download the linux 1.32 patch (for the linux executable) and that was it. Worked like a charm, excluding the fact that I had to install the patch again because there was a mouse problem which only version B of the 1.32 patch addressed.

My current situation is, while quake3 runs fine, the framerate is unstable and the game itself, almost unplayable. I've enabled the framerate display and its constantly flickering. The most notable number is 90, but you can see evidence of 100 and unfortunately, 20, 40 and some others as well. It never seems to stay on one range, just randomly chooses framerates.

I was wondering if anyone had similar problems and if so, any suggestions on a fix?

Thanks in advance.
Old 07-05-2004, 01:53 PM   #2
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This is because of one of the following:
You have servicies in the background accessing the harddrive or other resources,
or you are low on memory.

Try disabling some system services that you don't need and then reboot. It will probably work fine then.
Old 07-06-2004, 09:39 PM   #3
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Bear in mind that I'm new to linux myself, but I have a couple of things you may want to consider as well:

If you're overclocking your CPU, make sure in the BIOS that you've set your AGP bus speed to 66mhz. This can cause the up and down FPS you were noticing.

If you've got very limited RAM on the machine, and your hard drive doesn't have DMA enabled, this could cause a similar problem if you delve into swap (possibly even if you don't). What does "hdparm -v /dev/hda | grep using_dma" show? Does "hdparm -d 1 /dev/hda" (if your hd is at hda) give an error?


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