I love playing RtCW and under Windows 98SE on my AMD 900 MHz machine with 256MB of RAM and ATI Rage Fury 128 video card it plays well. But when I upgrade W98SE to XP Home Edition RtCW runs like it's on a 386. The video is very choppy and the sound too. I installed the latest ATI drivers for OpenGL support but that didn't seem to help the performance.
Suggestions? Is there a tweak I need to run? Do I need to reinstall RtCW? Is there a patch required? Win XP is current, ie all the XP Windows Updates have been applied.
Ed P :(
weird...what do u mean by choppy...like distorted or what?
Your system isn't well configured for XP, and wolf. XP runs slow on 128 meg RAM and Wolf on top of that. I am running a 1.7 Ghz with 512Meg RAM, and a GeForce 3 titanium video card, XP and Wolf, and if I'm not carefull my game could go real slow. My only suggestion would be to make sure you have nothing running. Especially AOL IM. This program is a resource hog.
By "choppy" I mean there are fractional seconds of pausing between scenes. It's like watching tv thru a slow fan or if you blink repeatedly. Movement isn't smooth like it should be and is under W98SE.
I have 256MB of RAM on the machine, not 128.
As I've said the game runs great under W98SE but when I upgrade to XP, on the same hardware, it's unbelieveably sluggish. BTW I've upgraded XP and restored back to W98 twice now. I'm getting ready to upgrade again but I was hoping I would have some answers about the game's performance problems first. It's the main reason why I restored W98SE the last time.
And I'm not sure whether it's an upgrade problem or an XP problem. I would assume others are running RtCW on XP machines but how many of them are purchased machines rather than upgraded ones.
Most of the things running in background under XP are the same ones that are running there under W98. And AIM isn't one of them. I have it but I rarely use it. And the upgrade doesn't convert my partitions to NTFS, they're still FAT and FAT3, the same as they are under W98SE.
I understand you are running 256 meg ram. I was pointing out the OS alone is using up half of your memory. It sounds like you are describing a slow draw (like you can actually see it draw each frame). That is a tale tale sign of either not enough RAM or video card not being good enough. What you are seeing is the RAM problem because of the OS. I would recommend either staying with 98, or picking up another 256 meg ram. You should see much better speeds.
Also, my computer is self built, was running 98, and upgraded to XP. So I am basically running the same setup with diffrent hardware.
When you upgraded to XP did you reinstall RtCW? Did you change it's config in anyway? Did you tweak XP in anyway?
I put the extra RAM, 128MB, in a couple of months ago in anticipation of XP needing more and I still can't believe that it's exceeding the 256. I can certainly add more, it's dirt cheap now, I'd just like to be more convinced that it is the problem. (And maybe just a little hard headed. )
It's reassuring to know that others who have upgraded aren't having the performance problems. That gives me hope.
I wouldn't describe the problem as seeing the frames being drawn rather it appears like I'm seeing every other frame or every 3rd frame.
Thanks for the feedback.
Ed P :confused:
You can always check your FPS to make sure. I believe the command is /toggle cg_drawfps. If it is low (which is a relitive term, but I would say anything less than 20 on an empty server is unacceptable), then you know you have a memory issue. Like I said, the requirement for XP is 128 meg. I wouldn't even run XP with less than 256. I would recommend getting the memory, and if it doesn't work, take it back.
I installed XP long before I even bought wolf. As far as tweeks go, I have a very generic installation. No tweeks, nothing. Even my desktop is boring.
By the way I just checked the requirements for RTCW. It requires 128 meg RAM itself. So you know the OS is taking over half your memory, leaving just enough for wolf (I don't it doesn't work quite that way, but XP really does take that much memory). Basically, you are just meeting the requirements to play the game.
> your FPS to make sure. I believe the command is /toggle cg_drawfps.
Where/how do I check for FPS?? What is the toggle command? DOS? Where do I put it?
> Even my desktop is boring.
PS Under W98 with nothing going on except the web my memory usage is 92MB according to Norton's System Information monitor.
Wow, there is something wrong with that amount of memory usage in 98.
to put in the command in wolf press ~ (left of the 1 key). Then type the command in. That will show your FPS while in a game. join an empty server run around see what you get.