[ut2004] Tuning guide?
Gian Paolo Mureddu
Thetargos at tutopia.com
Mon May 17 05:03:00 EDT 2004
John Bailo wrote:
>On Sunday 16 May 2004 15:55, Peter Hoff wrote:
>>Not trolling, I'm totally serious. I haven't done a comparison on my own
>>system, as I only run Linux. As I said, it's playable, but the
>>performance isn't great. A friend of mine dual boots and performance is
>>significantly better on Windows. IIRC, he has:
>>either 512 or 1024M RAM
>>GeForce FX 5900
>>SuSE 8.2/Windows XP
>Ok, so you have a faster machine with more memory.
>But you have a different vid card and you are using an older version of Suse.
>I guess I have to take the challenge and install UT2004 on my Windows
>partition. I've been meaning to do it any way since the whole thing is half
>for fun and half and experiment to see if Linux can handle gaming. My
>personal experience obviously differs from yours.
>As far as GeForce vs Radeon -- does GeForce supply it's own Linux drivers? Or
>do you use drivers from the Suse distribution ?
>Can you play the other OpenGL 3D games that require acceleration ( tuxracer
>and neverball for instance ) which are part of the Suse distro ?
>One configuration change that you might want to look at is your disk DMA
>setttings. In Suse 9.0 you can see these in the control center under the
>hardware settings. My hard drive is:
>I know that when I was trying to play DVDs in my DVD/CD ROM, the DMA setting
>made a huge difference !
nVidia provides propietary drivers for the GeForces, just like ATi does
(in fact they tend to be faster than ATi's in Linux). What I think is
the key in particular discussion is the kernel and system specific
optimizations. I know from first hand experience that a 2.6.x kernel
improves DRAMATICALLY the game experience in UT200x. And I say this with
CPU AMD Athlon XP 2200+
512 Mb RAM PC-2700
ATi Radeon 9500 128 Mb NP
Fedora Core 2 Test 3 (stock kernel is 2.6.5-1.327)
custom built 2.6.6 kernel (with bootsplash).
ATi drivers version 3.2.8 (3.7.6 are a LOT slower in UT200x, at least
with my config).
ALSA drivers (instead of OSS) and OpenAL selfbuilt and symlinked to the
Stock UT2004 libSDL (for me did not provide much of an advantage to link
to my system's one, contrary of what happened with OAL)
Only problem so far: I can't paly on-line, but *only* on-line games, SP
works great and with good frames.
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