1. Post #1

    January 2010
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    Video of everything in OP in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5EMTfhRfus

    I, like others, have a disgustingly bad computer (it's around 7 yrs old and has a GMA 3100), yet I like TF2. What has entailed has been an epic search for the ability to play this game properly. It's taken me a few months to piece everything together but I can finally play TF2 without constant crashes/stuttering!

    Before doing this, update your drivers.

    FIRST AND FOREMOST
    TF2 is a high-poly game. You need to cut down on the amount of things the game has to render at a time. Download and install this model pack for +20 FPS or so.
    http://www.fpsbanana.com/skins/78349

    Now that we have a PLAYABLE framerate, we want to improve it.
    Go to your game list, right click TF2, select properties, "Set launch options", and add in "-dxlevel 81". This will make your graphics less attractive at the addition of 10-20 FPS.
    To top it off, download & install the trial version of Swiftshader. This will make your game shade MUCH more efficiently.
    http://www.aclerex.com/business/swiftshader/
    Drop the associated DLL in your Team Fortrtess 2 folder.

    For extra performance, you'll want to install a performance config. I use this one.
    http://www.filefront.com/15609691/autoexec.cfg/

    Now, you'll notice that though you can play, you'll occasionally crash when certain things happen. This is because of particles.

    Particles are very intensive on your hardware and removing them will make the crashing/stuttering you experience stop.

    You can remove MOST here
    http://forums.steampowered.com/forum...6#post11156016

    Get blood particle removal here
    http://www.filefront.com/15604439/blood_fix.rar/ (Mad props to Token Indianguy for this, can't play TF2 without you <3)
    Remove Add _dx80 to the end of the file if you did the -dxlevel 81 command in launch options

    Muzzle flash
    http://www.mediafire.com/?2z1x4og0rni
    Remove _dx80 from the end of the file if you did not do the -dxlevel 81 command

    Remove bullet effects
    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QMNIU9OZ

    Make rocket/flaregun trails smaller
    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=0F4G581P

    Particle removals that need to be done-
    None, as far as we know. Everything has been completed!

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VINP86GQ < Gameplay of everything from OP in action. No codec used, I know, so huge filesize. It's going on youtube as we speak.


    IF YOU DO NOT WANT LOW-POLY MODELS BUT WANT BETTER FPS
    No phong stuff
    Weapons
    http://www.fpsbanana.com/skins/77994
    Buildables
    http://www.fpsbanana.com/skins/77987
    Playermodels
    http://www.fpsbanana.com/skins/77981
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  2. Post #2
    kevinseven's Avatar
    June 2009
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    Thats real nice of you, looking out for our lower end brothers.

    Edited:

    Also NES TF2 is awesome.
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  3. Post #3
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    August 2008
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    Thats real nice of you, looking out for our lower end brothers.

    Edited:

    Also NES TF2 is awesome.
    I'd say N64 Tf2.
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    kevinseven's Avatar
    June 2009
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    Errrr thats what a meant... If it was NES it would be like super Mario bros. 3...












    http://www.ganggarrison.com/
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    August 2008
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    I love Gang Garrison
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  6. Post #6
    kevinseven's Avatar
    June 2009
    4,053 Posts
    No one plays it any more, I say "lets play some GG2!" *start it up and goes to server lists* "Damn it no servers!"
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  7. Post #7
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    May 2008
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    Too bad most of this stuff won't work on SV_Pure servers.
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  8. Post #8
    AshtonArdoin's Avatar
    May 2009
    1,343 Posts
    How do you use SwiftShader?
    Just install it and it works?

  9. Post #9
    Dr. Conro J. Norock, Robot Sarcasm Master
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    July 2007
    7,700 Posts
    You lied, my two cans and string STILL can't play TF2!
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  10. Post #10

    January 2010
    407 Posts
    Too bad most of this stuff won't work on SV_Pure servers.
    I play on Freefrag, they're SV_pure 0 and have a fantastic community.

    Also, every single particle mod will work on SV_pure 1 and 2 servs.

    Edited:

    How do you use SwiftShader?
    Just install it and it works?
    Drop the associated DLL into your Team fortress 2\TF directory

  11. Post #11
    AshtonArdoin's Avatar
    May 2009
    1,343 Posts
    D:\Steam\steamapps\**\team fortress 2\tf
    There?
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    January 2006
    17,972 Posts
    How much of a boost does SwiftShader give? It sounds intriguing.

  13. Post #13
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    October 2007
    1,130 Posts
    Thankyou, now I can play on my dad's shitty laptop when I go interstate or whatever.
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  14. Post #14

    January 2010
    407 Posts
    How much of a boost does SwiftShader give? It sounds intriguing.
    One guy on steamforums told me 30 FPS for him.

    Edited:

    D:\Steam\steamapps\**\team fortress 2\tf
    There?
    Yes

  15. Post #15
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    Dennab
    January 2007
    4,091 Posts
    I've done everything you've said and it still won't play on my mac!
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  16. Post #16

    January 2010
    407 Posts
    I suggest using a sledgehammer on it, that net me +5 FPS.
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    August 2009
    93 Posts
    If you're stuck with a mac, don't bother putting wine or crossover on it, just bootcamp Windows XP onto it. Every mac comes with it these days. And with Windows XP, I'm running top graphics (normal) with no lag. I rarely go under 50 fps. Though you may want a mouse, as everyone else I know usually freaks out when I tell them I use a trackpad.
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    Zoo
    I CHEW GRINT LIKE IT'S MY FUCKIN' B-DAY
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    October 2008
    967 Posts
    Lol trackpad. I want to try that. It sounds terribly hard.

  19. Post #19

    September 2008
    302 Posts
    Now that we have a PLAYABLE framerate, we want to improve it.
    Go to your game list, right click TF2, select properties, "Set launch options", and add in "-dxlevel 81".
    You HAVE to remove -dxlevel after you have launched the game once, unless you want really long startup times, because it resets other graphic options.

    And I would suggest another fps configuration as that one has multiple bad commands.
    http://m0re.nocrits.com/index.php?site=files&file=19
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    May 2008
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    Screens, I want to see them, for the sake of it.
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  21. Post #21
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    May 2009
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    I don't get any kind of boost at all, not even a few frames.
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  22. Post #22
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    July 2006
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    I installed the SwiftShader and it feels like everything is loading faster now. I don't know if it is, and if it is if it's SwiftShader working or what, but it honestly feels like my loading times are waaaaaaaaay down.

  23. Post #23
    cerious's Avatar
    May 2009
    522 Posts
    Very nice tips, however, I use m0re's high FPS config.

    By the way, I don't have a shit computer - by most standards, it's quite decent. However, the FPS boost is invaluable for good gameplay, and since I was raised on Unreal Tournament and Quake, I'm familiar with the low-quality graphics. Thanks, OP!

  24. Post #24
    AshtonArdoin's Avatar
    May 2009
    1,343 Posts
    I installed the SwiftShader and it feels like everything is loading faster now. I don't know if it is, and if it is if it's SwiftShader working or what, but it honestly feels like my loading times are waaaaaaaaay down.
    That seems like the only thing it did for me.

  25. Post #25
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    August 2009
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    Screens, I want to see them, for the sake of it.


    The above screenshot is not relevant.
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  26. Post #26
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    Dennab
    March 2009
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    No one plays it any more, I say "lets play some GG2!" *start it up and goes to server lists* "Damn it no servers!"
    I beg to differ
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  27. Post #27
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    March 2009
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    wouldn't swift shader get you VAC banned as it changes the .dll's
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    November 2008
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    wouldn't swift shader get you VAC banned as it changes the .dll's
    No, it doesn't, as far as I know. Because it's handled OS-wise (for chipsets lacking HW T&L, this is merely switching to another optimized renderer)
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  31. Post #31
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    February 2009
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    Great for if you have a netbook and want to play on the go ('cos you look awesome and get all da bitches playing shooters in public).
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  32. Post #32
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    December 2009
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    These performance tweaks makes my tf2 crash :(
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    wouldn't swift shader get you VAC banned as it changes the .dll's
    A similar thing happened with a HL mod called Paranoia, it used a few custom dlls to edit the way it renders and from what I remember from people bitching about it, you got VAC banned if you played it.
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    November 2008
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    A similar thing happened with a HL mod called Paranoia, it used a few custom dlls to edit the way it renders and from what I remember from people bitching about it, you got VAC banned if you played it.
    haven't got banned with Swiftshader so far, I had already tried it months ago

  35. Post #35
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    March 2008
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    A similar thing happened with a HL mod called Paranoia, it used a few custom dlls to edit the way it renders and from what I remember from people bitching about it, you got VAC banned if you played it.
    Heh, that sucks
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    haven't got banned with Swiftshader so far, I had already tried it months ago
    You do know VAC bans can sometimes take longer than a few months, I'd still wait until a dev replies or someone emails them over this.
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  37. Post #37
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    May 2009
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    This now doesn't help me at all.
    I think the problem is, it's only for most PC's with low RAM.
    Some PCs have good RAM but shitty graphics card.
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  38. Post #38

    January 2010
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    VAC bans for certain things that hook onto hl2.exe- Swiftshader does NOT do that.
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    May 2009
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    I'll try to get some screenies if all goes well. This may make me able to play at a decent FPS. If it does, I will love you forever.

    EDIT: Just for comparison, I normally get 10-15 FPS. I'll post my FPS using this shortly after.

  40. Post #40

    January 2010
    407 Posts
    I'm uploading a video of this stuff in action.

    Also, FYI, I was wrong- put swiftshader .dll in your Team Fortress 2 directory.