1. Post #361
    Master Cheese Tactician
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    August 2011
    932 Posts
    FF|Skyrider posted:
    My idle accounts are running over over 4 hours now and no single item what so ever. I always get at least 1 item within those hours.
    if you always get 1 item within those hours then how come you got 0 items? perhaps you've hit your item cap for the week. if not then the reason behind your problem is likely because steam is at its peak operating hours. Try idle in exactly 12 hours time or when steam goes under 3 million active users.

    If that doesn't work then yeah it's random chance being super random. You can't rely on a random system 100% of the time. So keep idling. and use an online backpack checker such as tf2b.com incase you're checking your accounts in game.
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  2. Post #362
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    FF|Skyrider's Avatar
    September 2006
    333 Posts
    if you always get 1 item within those hours then how come you got 0 items? perhaps you've hit your item cap for the week. if not then the reason behind your problem is likely because steam is at its peak operating hours. Try idle in exactly 12 hours time or when steam goes under 3 million active users.

    If that doesn't work then yeah it's random chance being super random. You can't rely on a random system 100% of the time. So keep idling. and use an online backpack checker such as tf2b.com incase you're checking your accounts in game.
    I've been idling for over 9 months mate. I know how to idle, and I regularly check for new items and I just started this week and I know about the 11 hours limit. Just after the Halloween update, I've been having some issues. Hence I'm asking if anything changed that maybe valve added something to prevent idling a little bit more.
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  3. Post #363
    Master Cheese Tactician
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    August 2011
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    I've been idling for over 9 months mate. I know how to idle, and I regularly check for new items and I just started this week and I know about the 11 hours limit. Just after the Halloween update, I've been having some issues. Hence I'm asking if anything changed that maybe valve added something to prevent idling a little bit more.
    For somebody who has idled for 9 months... I find it unlikely that you have actually not come across this bug before. Nothing has changed. Things like this happen commonly. I answered your question the first time.

    Also sorry for insulting your dignified intelligence and extensive knowledge about idling. I didn't realize that bringing up simple solutions was such an insult.
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  4. Post #364
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    September 2006
    333 Posts
    For somebody who has idled for 9 months... I find it unlikely that you have actually not come across this bug before. Nothing has changed. Things like this happen commonly. I answered your question the first time.

    Also sorry for insulting your dignified intelligence and extensive knowledge about idling. I didn't realize that bringing up simple solutions was such an insult.
    Oh, I'm not insulted :). I was merely asking so I won't be wasting many hours of idling for nothing.
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  5. Post #365

    October 2011
    15 Posts
    Offering 1 pair of buds if you can guide me thru getting my hl2.exe's down into the 200-280k memory usage range like some of the screen shots here so far i can only get mine to 475k each and run up to 15 of them. 12 gigs ram here. e-mail me at warheart209@hotmail.com if interested i have 15 buds so i can part with 1 for the help.
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  6. Post #366
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    September 2006
    333 Posts
    Offering 1 pair of buds if you can guide me thru getting my hl2.exe's down into the 200-280k memory usage range like some of the screen shots here so far i can only get mine to 475k each and run up to 15 of them. 12 gigs ram here. e-mail me at warheart209@hotmail.com if interested i have 15 buds so i can part with 1 for the help.
    I've mailed you :p. It should decrease the memory usage by quite a lot. Though if you were telling the truth about the buds is yet to be seen :).
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  7. Post #367
    Sora3100's Avatar
    September 2009
    272 Posts
    Can somebody Team Viewer me and do this? I've tried this ten times already, and it always ends up saying that it can't find Steam.exe.
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  8. Post #368
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    September 2006
    333 Posts
    Can somebody Team Viewer me and do this? I've tried this ten times already, and it always ends up saying that it can't find Steam.exe.
    Added, teamviewed & solved. Have fun idling.
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  9. Post #369
    Sora3100's Avatar
    September 2009
    272 Posts
    Added, teamviewed & solved. Have fun idling.
    Thank you very much.
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  10. Post #370
    Dummer's Avatar
    May 2006
    86 Posts
    I've mailed you :p. It should decrease the memory usage by quite a lot. Though if you were telling the truth about the buds is yet to be seen :).
    Care to share your secrets with us poor idling peasants?
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  11. Post #371
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    May 2008
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    Mine run at 700k someone help me. :(
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  12. Post #372
    Master Cheese Tactician
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    August 2011
    932 Posts
    Care to share your secrets with us poor idling peasants?
    u just got to wait it out. after an hour or so minimized, the mem usage will drop.
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  13. Post #373
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    September 2006
    333 Posts
    You can try to use this software:
    http://www.pcwintech.com/cleanmem

    To decrease the memory load. The free/pro version only has a few feature differences, but the software is free to use with no limitation.

    See if it makes a difference for you. If I am not mistaken, the software has been auto set to clean the memory every 15min.
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  14. Post #374
    Arr!'s Avatar
    July 2010
    11 Posts
    Wouldn't making all of the accounts connect to the same "server" be more efficient?
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  15. Post #375
    Dummer's Avatar
    May 2006
    86 Posts
    You can try to use this software:
    http://www.pcwintech.com/cleanmem

    To decrease the memory load. The free/pro version only has a few feature differences, but the software is free to use with no limitation.

    See if it makes a difference for you. If I am not mistaken, the software has been auto set to clean the memory every 15min.
    Wow thanks! That made an amazing difference. My hl2.exe's avarage at 18k now istead of 455k.
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  16. Post #376

    October 2011
    15 Posts
    Anyone else's Hl2.exe files crash soon as u load in as text mode? mine are crashing soon as i load them even individually was fine for a day.

    Edited:

    soon as i launched my steam.exe from sandboxie it will say connecting to (accountname) then crash no hl2.exe will pop anymore but i dont get an error message and it just says im online but blue text not green so im not connected to "itemserver" like i was yesterday did they "fix" something?
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  17. Post #377
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    January 2010
    3,568 Posts
    God damnit, This looks rather complicated. I'd rather just buy 15 really cheap computers. hah.
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  18. Post #378
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    September 2006
    333 Posts
    God damnit, This looks rather complicated. I'd rather just buy 15 really cheap computers. hah.
    It may look complicated, but it's very easy.

    For those who prefer using 1 bat file to launch 1 account at a time, without using a batch to start multiple, use this:

    start C:\"Program Files"\Sandboxie\Start.exe /box:boxname "D:\games\steam\Steam.exe" -login username password -applaunch 440 -textmode -novid -nosound -noipx -nojoy -nopreload -sw -width 640 -height 480 +map "itemtest"
    Alter the above to your needs and save it in a txt file and save it to *.bat.

    Like I said. With the batch line above, you can launch 1 account at a time, instead of a bunch. I prefer to keep control account which to launch first.
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  19. Post #379
    DoctorDan's Avatar
    July 2010
    631 Posts
    This is really awesome for gift farming.
    Just set up a dedicated server an a second computer, and then, instead of this

    start /low H:\"STEAMFOLDER"\Steam.exe -login ACCOUNT YOURPASSWORD -applaunch 440 -textmode -novid -nosound -noipx -nojoy -nopreload -sw -width 640 -height 480 +map itemtest

    put this into the .bat files:

    start /low H:\"STEAMFOLDER"\Steam.exe -login ACCOUNT YOURPASSWORD -applaunch 440 -textmode -novid -nosound -noipx -nojoy -nopreload -sw -width 640 -height 480 +connect [server ip here]
    All your idle accounts connect as spectator, so the gifts will spawn, the boss, however, won't spawn.
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  20. Post #380
    Master Cheese Tactician
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    August 2011
    932 Posts
    All your idle accounts connect as spectator, so the gifts will spawn, the boss, however, won't spawn.
    thanks for the useful info :D

    yeah I tried running a dedicated server on the computer I use to idle... did not end well.
    And now my tf2 just crashes upon startup.
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  21. Post #381

    October 2011
    5 Posts
    This is really awesome for gift farming.
    Just set up a dedicated server an a second computer, and then, instead of this




    put this into the .bat files:



    All your idle accounts connect as spectator, so the gifts will spawn, the boss, however, won't spawn.
    Exactly what I've been doing since the beginning of the event. But I host on my PC and 9 idle accounts join it. Make sure to enter mp_idledealmethod 0.
    The weird thing is, in the beginning more than half of my drops were in the underworld, haunted, and now it spawns right on the cap point 70% of the times.

    On a related note: Does anyone know if it's still possible to have the gifts spawn faster than every 5 minutes? If yes how?
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  22. Post #382
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    September 2009
    1,725 Posts
    So I decided to try this sandboxie and it's working quite well except that after I'm logged in with 2 accounts I just get an error saying not enough memory, even thought I'm not using even half of my computers memory. Does anyone have any ideas to why this might be happening?
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  23. Post #383
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    November 2005
    4,422 Posts
    This is really awesome for gift farming.
    Just set up a dedicated server an a second computer, and then, instead of this
    put this into the .bat files:
    All your idle accounts connect as spectator, so the gifts will spawn, the boss, however, won't spawn.
    I had that very same idea yesterday. (to use this idle method to farm gifts I mean)
    Only got up to setting up my dedicated server and installing SourceMod on it though...

    Edited:

    do the alt accounts need to be premium TF2 accounts for this too? I shouldn't think so, but who knows...
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  24. Post #384

    October 2011
    5 Posts
    I had that very same idea yesterday. (to use this idle method to farm gifts I mean)
    Only got up to setting up my dedicated server and installing SourceMod on it though...

    Edited:

    do the alt accounts need to be premium TF2 accounts for this too? I shouldn't think so, but who knows...
    They can be f2p. Makes no difference
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  25. Post #385

    October 2011
    15 Posts
    thanks for the useful info :D

    yeah I tried running a dedicated server on the computer I use to idle... did not end well.
    And now my tf2 just crashes upon startup.
    Mine are also crashing upon start up no hl2.exe no textmode. I didn't change anything it says im online but in blue text not green and im not getting any items cause im not in any server not in itemtest...

    Edited:

    Sooo is textmode broken now or what?
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  26. Post #386
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    November 2005
    4,422 Posts
    This is really awesome for gift farming.
    Just set up a dedicated server an a second computer, and then, instead of this




    put this into the .bat files:



    All your idle accounts connect as spectator, so the gifts will spawn, the boss, however, won't spawn.
    How many idle accounts need to be connected to the server until gifts start spawning?
    Will gifts spawn if it's a LAN-only server? (sv_lan is set to 0 but I think my new router isn't forwarding the ports, so effectively the dedicated server can only be seen from within the network)
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  27. Post #387

    October 2011
    5 Posts
    How many idle accounts need to be connected to the server until gifts start spawning?
    Will gifts spawn if it's a LAN-only server? (sv_lan is set to 0 but I think my new router isn't forwarding the ports, so effectively the dedicated server can only be seen from within the network)
    10 will definitely work (that's how many I'm using), but here somebody claims 8 would be enough. Haven't tried it yet though.
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  28. Post #388
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    May 2005
    31 Posts
    I can't seem to get this to work. I have 9 seperate accounts, seperate steam folders, they are all linked with that shortcut, I did the batch files, and I set it all up in sandboxie full version. My main client is running off steam, in the folder "Steam" and then I sandboxie another steam client that is in a different steam folder, "Steam1". I use the batch file to connect and

    S3: Duplicate client connection: UserID: 4 SteamID 8aceb8

    I get that on the dedicated server log. On the game client it's "STEAM validation rejected"

    Anyone have any ideas? I'm at a loss. I've been at this for hours and I'm not sure what to do. I'm running the dedicated server off my PC, then connecting with a client, that works fine, but then connecting with another sandboxied client just gives me that error. Help!

    http://steamcommunity.com/id/srredfire You can find me here if you want to talk to me, which I'd really appreciate or reply here if my problem is obvious.

    Thanks.

    Been working on this for hours and I cannot seem to get this right. Anyone feel like helping me out?

    I can also be added on steam here if you wish to talk on the
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  29. Post #389

    October 2011
    15 Posts
    patch day messed up some stuff Zzzz
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  30. Post #390

    November 2011
    5 Posts
    Is there a way I can do this on Linux? If not, what OS should I use? I wanted to do it on XP 32-bit but XP doesn't have mklink, and Vista and 7 are heavier on resources (and I am unable to find an...*ahem*...free working 64-bit sandboxie.)
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  31. Post #391
    Master Cheese Tactician
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    August 2011
    932 Posts

    I get that on the dedicated server log. On the game client it's "STEAM validation rejected"
    If you are using the dedicated server that steam gives you (in the tools tab) then it will not work. you have to download srcds. there are plenty of tut's around the net that can help you download it. this video helped me a lot :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-6YyQjbIUA
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  32. Post #392
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    May 2005
    31 Posts
    Does this work with LAN? Also does the server have to be VAC secure?

    I keep getting that damn verifying files shit too.
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  33. Post #393
    Master Cheese Tactician
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    August 2011
    932 Posts
    Does this work with LAN? Also does the server have to be VAC secure?

    I keep getting that damn verifying files shit too.
    so long as it has connection to the steam servers, is registered, is set to sv_lan 0, is VAC secure, has 10 clients (accounts) connected to it the gifts will spawn.

    The new update has made my tf2 work again :D I find that verifying tf2 barely does anything
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  34. Post #394
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    September 2010
    160 Posts
    -applaunch 440 no longer works in Steam for me. It work for anyone else?
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  35. Post #395
    irukandji's Avatar
    August 2011
    608 Posts
    Since last Halloween updates, the following errors occur:

    1. -applaunch 440 doesn't work
    More exactly, doesn't start the TF2 game right away, only logs into the said steam account. You have to click the bat a second time to start the game. Weird.

    2. "This server is using a newer protocol than your client"
    This error is easily fixed by deleting the separate client folders that are created in the common "steamapps" folder.

    ex.
    idle01
    idle02
    ...

    3. "Too many proxies for datatable DT_BasePlayer/Item"
    This is a weird error that I can only link to the Halloween update. There's no fix for it yet (I've posted this error in the Steam Technical Section of the forums). The only way to make things working again is to restart the server and all the clients, as all the clients TF2 sessions are closed by the error


    ---
    I also concur that monoculus does spawn if you have at least 10 players (not 8) playing, not spectating. This can be easily observed right after the 10th client joins the server. I instanly receive the gift spawn message on my screen, and the Monoculus spawning right after, at various periods of time.

    I'm using two tf2 plugins, one to spawn monoculus whenever I need to get the gift that's in the underworld, and one to force all clients to choose a team side and class.

    The issue of not getting items is easily fixed with this method. I've noticed that _registered servers don't even show you the spectators list, although the "Status" command states that they are all spawning, haha.

    I just pick a random class and I have a bunch of characters beside me. I push one of them near the base spawn door, to keep it open. I quickly switch to the other side, choose a soldier and go kill the opposite enemies. Right after death, I see the drop item text spamming in the chat. Problem solved.

    ====

    Also, here are the only valid commands that can be used with the halloween event:

    sv_password ""
    mp_allowspectators 1
    mp_disable_autokick 1
    mp_idlemaxtime 999999
    mp_timelimit 9999999

    Just to be sure you don't get your clients disconnected, since "vanilla" servers auto-kick you after a while...
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  36. Post #396

    October 2011
    15 Posts
    if i lose internet access from my ip service do i have to reload my idlers or does it auto reconnect? i had 15 idling and some had 9 weapons but there was about 6 of them with only 1 weapon i was like wtf 1 weapon in 12 hrs of ilding?!?
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  37. Post #397
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    6,267 Posts
    How low can -heapsize go?
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  38. Post #398

    October 2011
    15 Posts
    warfab connected
    current item schema is up to date with version 45454e1e.
    tf server identy account id not set : not logging into registered account

    ^what does that mean? on my friends list it warfab is green so it seems he still in game idling on settings -applaunch 440 -textmode -nosound -low -noipx -novid -nopreload -nojoy -sw +map "itemtest".
    But does not logging into registered account mean im offline and wont recieve any items or what?.
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  39. Post #399

    November 2011
    3 Posts

    I'm using two tf2 plugins, one to spawn monoculus whenever I need to get the gift that's in the underworld, and one to force all clients to choose a team side and class.
    hey, thanks for the info, could you please tell us which plugins you are using?
    cant get the accounts to join a team -_-

    ^what does that mean? on my friends list it warfab is green so it seems he still in game idling on settings -applaunch 440 -textmode -nosound -low -noipx -novid -nopreload -nojoy -sw +map "itemtest".
    But does not logging into registered account mean im offline and wont recieve any items or what?.
    no problem man, that just means that your listenserver is not registered with the steam quickplay. But you can still get items that way.
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  40. Post #400
    Sir Psycho Sexy's Avatar
    April 2011
    228 Posts
    So what is the deal with upgrading more than 2 accounts with the same card? Does anyone know the amount of time that you have to wait before the 'barrier' lifts and you can purchase another 4 with the same card?
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