Some of the (TRX) 'Vietcong' maps can be quite demanding upon your PC and graphics card, as they can contain a very large number of objects and high levels of detail. You may sometimes notice pauses or stuttering graphics; these are often incorrectly interpreted as 'server lag' or network delays. Here are some options that may improve matters.

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  • To show your frame rate, type into the console:      showfps 1      (to disable, type   showfps 0).
    Use the help below to change your settings until you can achieve a minimum frame rate of about 23 to 25 frames per second.

You may discover that your frame rate is much lower in very large open areas when you can see a long way forward; this may also happen when there are high numbers of objects in view, or when you kill a VC and your muzzle flash is visible, for example.
  • First, set your game to run with "high" or "realtime" priority under Windows. The command behind the Vietcong icon should read:
    c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe   /c   start   "runhigh"   /high   "c:\~~~\vietcong\vietcong.exe"   -addon   fistalpha


c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe   /c   start   "runhigh"   /realtime   "c:\~~~\vietcong\vietcong.exe"   -addon   fistalpha

where '~~~' is the pathname to the 'Vietcong' installation folder.
  • Next, use the Vietcong setup utility ("vietcong.exe   -setup") to find the best settings for your PC and graphics card. Try combinations of the following:
    - set the resolution to 800x600
- set triple buffer "off" - triple buffering makes the graphics smoother but can reduce performance
- "Textures in system memory / Fit textures in video memory" may have little effect, but try each setting anyway. The Vietcong manual says use the first option if your video card has 32Mb or more of RAM
- "Prefer 16 bit textures" (32 bit textures are higher quality but the difference is negligible)
- set the colour to "16 bit" (a last resort - this doesn't make the game look good)
  • Check your graphics card settings using the nVidia or ATI configuration utility:
    - configure for 'performance' rather than 'quality' (you may not notice much difference visually)
- set anti-aliasing off (or choose a lower setting)
- increase the maximum number of pre-rendered frames; this will result in smoother gameplay at low frame rates
  • Use a free utility such as 'Cacheman' to configure your PC for gaming; different profiles can be stored and activated if you need 'non-gaming' modes. Changes to some settings may require a reboot to activate. Cacheman includes utilities to recover memory and will also unload unused .dlls from memory. The many download sites include:
    http://www.download.com/Cacheman/3000-2248_4-10018600.html for free version 7.0 (untried, unsure whether any limitations are imposed on this copy)

http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Cacheman/982371189/1 also for version 7.0 (untried, unsure whether any limitations are imposed on this copy)

http://www.majorgeeks.com/Cacheman_XP_d4102.html for Cacheman XP version 2.0 (the site states "The non registered version will NOT expire."
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Last updated 02.04.10