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                 Battlefield:1942 Tweaking Guide
                       (ver: 1.2 1/23/05)
                        By: Dominic Cavey
                           (MeGaBigD)
    
    
    
    Version History:
    
    Version 1.2 1/23/05
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        ADVANCED TWEAKS section
    
    Version 1.08 10/08/04
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    Version 1.07 8/03/04
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    Version 1.06 6/16/04
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        VIDEO SETTINGS section
    
    Version 1.05 6/14/04
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    Version 1.02 5/19/04
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    Version 1.01 5/16/04
      --minor content and format changes
    
    E-mail: DTAFamily@hotmail.com
    AIM: DTAFamily
    
    ***please contact me with any questions, comments or suggestions***
    
    
    CONTENTS 
    
    I.    Introduction
    II.   System Requirments
    III.  The Basics
    IV.   Video Settings
    V.    Sound Settings
    VI.   Advanced Tweaks
    VII.  Conclusion
    
    
    I. INTRODUCTION 
    
         Hi, and welcome to my BF:1942 tweaking guide. The goal of this guide is
    to help people have the best expierience they can while playing BF42.
    I've found that many people have quit this game due to poor system performance.
    So I've come up with some things that can help run this game smoothly and lag
    free. They might not work for everybody, but for the most part, if applied
    correctly, you'll be able to enjoy this game to the fullest.
    
    
    
    II. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
    
    ***Straight from the box***
    
    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
    
    Windows 98/ME/2000/XP(WIN 95/NT not supported)
    500Mhz PIII or Athlon AMD Processor
    128MB RAM
    32mb DirectX8.1 video card
    DirectX8.1 Sound card
    1.2GB hard drive space
    4X CD Rom Drive
    56K, Cable, DSL or faster
    
    My suggestions to run this game decently are as follows:
    
    Windows XP
    1.5GHZ Processor
    512MB DDR RAM
    64MB Video Card
    
        They're pretty much the main players in perfomance, and the main things 
    you need to pay attention to.
      
    
    III. THE BASICS
    
    ***All settings are based on WINDOWS XP***
    
          Many factors contribute to slow down and lag.Make sure youknow if 
    you're lagging or slowing down. You can check your FPS(Frames Per Second), 
    by opening the CONSOLE. This is achieved by pressing the TILDE KEY(~`). Its 
    usually next to the 1 key. Once open, type in FPS 1. Hit enter,  then the 
    console key again.You should see your FPS in the upper left of the screen. 
    To turn it off, repeat the steps above, but use FPS 0.
    
          Make sure you don't have a lot of programs running in the background. 
    The most I suggest to be running would be 15. You can check to see how many 
    you have running by opening up the TASK MANAGER. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL  at the 
    same time to bring this up. Don't just start shutting down things, as they 
    may be vital to your system stability. I suggest going to Black Viper's
    (www.blackviper.com) website. This guy has taken the time to go thru WIN XP 
    and WIN 2000, to find out what you can safely turn off in the WINDOWS 
    SERVICES. Follow his directions, and you'll see a huge improvement in 
    performance.
    
          Try not to use dial-up if you don't have to. 56K sucks!
    
          If you can, I suggest getting a second hard drive, and running a 
    dual-boot system. Install the bare minimum on it. Make it your gaming system 
    side. Its not very hard to do and it gets the most perfomance out of your
    hardware. The OS isn't bogged down by extra, un-needed programs. Go to 
    www.microsoft.com for tips on running a dual-boot system. Also, if you can 
    afford it get more RAM. That always helps performance. 
    
          Defragment! This is a very important thing to do. Files get spread all 
    over your hard drive and in turn, degrade the performance of your machine. 
    Run the windows defragmenting program at least once a week or after you've 
    installed or un-installed 2 or more programs.
    
          Spy-ware can cripple a system, too. I suggest you get Ad-aware and 
    Spy-bot. Both have free versions for download. They can remove all adware 
    and malware from your system. Google for them! 
    
          Make sure you have the latest drivers for all your hardware. They can
    really be a factor in performance sometimes. Drivers usually fix performance 
    related issues. I highly recommend this step.
    
          Increasing VIRTUAL MEMORY, or the PAGEFILE size, can sometimes help out 
    systems with lower amounts of RAM. I've read numerous articles on the subject, 
    and found that size really does matter.LOL! I suggest making the size 3 times 
    the amount of RAM that you have installed. So, if you have 256MB of RAM in 
    your system, make your PAGEFILE size 768MB. If you have at least 1GB of RAM, I 
    wouldn't even worry about this at all, since its never really a factor. Let
    Windows manage this or have no PAGEFILE at all. To access the PAGEFILE, go 
    into the CONTROL PANEL and click on SYSTEM. Click the ADVANCED tab. Select the
    PERFORMANCE SETTINGS. Click ADVANCED. Click CHANGE under VIRTUAL MEMORY. 
    Select CUSTOM SIZE. Plug in the numbers and click SET. I have another tweak 
    for the PAGEFILE you can find under the ADVANCED TWEAKS of this guide. 
    
          While we're there, CONTROL PANEL, SYSTEM, ADVANCED, PERFORMANCE SETTINGS, 
    VISUAL EFFECTS. Select ADJUST FOR BEST PERFORMANCE. This can help some slow 
    moving systems, also.
    
    
     
    IV. VIDEO SETTINGS
    
    ***Make sure you have the latest patch for the game***
    
         If you're at or slightly above the system requiements, run the game at low
    to medium settings. Don't try to run it at high. Its going to suck for you if
    you do.Everyone's system is different, so try out different settings to see what
    your system can do.
    
         Its not worth it to run this game at 800X600. You miss out on so many 
    beautiful things. I wouldn't go any lower than 1024X768. You'll lose maybe 2 
    FPS. No big deal. Sometimes, it helps to run this game at a 60Hz refresh rate. 
    I haven't tried it, but some people say it does wonders. Turn off AA
    (Antialiasing) and AF(Anisotropic Filtering) if you don't have a high end 
    system. Especially if you have an ATI card. EA has stated this themselves.
         
         Sometimes it helps to run in 16 bit mode. Less colors, more perfomance.
    
         In the video settings uncheck shadows and environmental mapping. You'll 
    get a few more FPS without noticing any degredation in quailty. Turn down the 
    draw distance, too. This can help tremendously.
    
         By pressing the F8 button in game, you can keep the radio commands
    from displaying at the top of the screen. This can increase performance, also.
    Especially on low end systems.
    
    
    V. SOUND SETTINGS
    
         I usually turn the menu music and map loading music off. This is especially
    important if you do not have a lot of RAM. It seems to take up a lot of memory 
    to produce the menu music and map loading screen music. It definetly helps 
    perfomance to eliminate menu music. Turn your sound settings to low or medium 
    for a perfomance increase. Use the least amount of channels that you're 
    comfortable with. I know I need sound to play this game, so do some
    expirementing with sound channels. Same thing with the KHz. I usually leave 
    mine at 22 KHz. Get the latest drivers for your sound card.
    
    
    VI. ADVANCED TWEAKS
    
    
    ***Use these settings at your own risk! I claim no responsibility for any 
    damage done to your system***
    
        First off, make back-ups of all the files we are about to go over. These 
    are just some .con changes, I have found very useful. I use them all myself. 
    You can find these all by following this path: by default C:\Program Files\
    EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\Mods\bf42\settings.
    
            This trick only works if you turn VERTICAL SYNC off. There are different
    ways of turn this off, depending on your video card. Check the help guides on 
    your system for more information.
    
        Open up the VideoDefault.con file with NOTEPAD. By default it looks 
    like this:
    
    
    rem * TEMP *
    renderer.setFullScreen 1
    renderer.fieldOfView 1
    renderer.globalLodRadius 1
    renderer.globalLodRadiusScaleFactor 5
    console.showStats 0
    
    
    Make it look like this:
    
    
    renderer.setFullScreen 1
    renderer.fieldOfView 1
    renderer.globalLodRadius 1
    renderer.globalLodRadiusScaleFactor 5
    console.showStats 0
    renderer.allowAllRefreshRates 1
    renderer.lockfps 250
    
    
         Notice I've added the line, renderer.allowAllRefreshRates 1 and I added the
    line, renderer.lockfps 250. You don't have to put in 250, but I've found this 
    is the best and most stable number to use. Make sure you hit save, not save as, 
    and close the file.
    
         If that doesn't help any, you can make the VideoDefault.con look like this:
    
    renderer.setFullScreen 1
    renderer.fieldOfView 1
    renderer.globalLodRadius 1
    renderer.globalLodRadiusScaleFactor 6
    console.showStats 0
    renderer.allowAllRefreshRates 1
    renderer.useTrilinearFiltering 0
    renderer.mipmapbias -3
    renderer.lockfps 250
    
         Sometimes this can lower image quality, but in cases where you can't get
    the game to run well at all, try the above settings.
    
         BF42 doesn't officially support higher resolutions like 1280x1024. There
    is a way to force it though. 
    
    First go to:
    C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\Mods\bf1942\
    Settings\videodefault.con
    
    Change the line:
    renderer.allowAllRefreshRates 0
    
    To this:
    renderer.allowAllRefreshRates 1
    
    Then go to:
    C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\Mods\bf1942\Settings
    
    Edit the following files:
    video.con
    videocustom.con
    
    every time you see:
    game.setDisplayMode 1024 768 32 85
    
    edit it to whatever you like in this format:
    game.setDisplayMode x=res, y=res, colordepth, refreshrate
    
    e.g. game.setDisplayMode 1280 1024 32 75
    
    Then set both files to read-only,
    (if you don't want the settings getting changed).
    
    If you are still using the default profile, instead of custom, then go to:
    C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\Mods\bf1942
    \Settings\Profiles\Default
    
    and follow the same steps as stated above.
    
        Sometimes fooling with that good old PAGEFILE can solve a lot of problems.
    If you're running a dual-boot system, delete it on the side of WINDOWS that is
    not running. For instance, if you're running WINDOWS on your C drive, 
    delete the one on your D drive, and vice-versa. Make sure you have show 
    hidden files and folders checked in your folder options, so you can see
    the PAGEFILE. Again, if you have a GB or more of RAM, I suggest having no 
    PAGEFILE at all.
    
        If you don't like deleting things, here's another trick for clearing the
    PAGEFILE. Make sure you back up the REGISTRY before you do this. Type REGEDIT
    in the RUN box. Navigate to this point:
    
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\
    Memory Management
    
    Look for the registry string:
    
    ClearPagefileAtShutdown
    
        Double click it and change the value to 1. Hit OK. Restart your machine. 
    Now the PAGEFILE will be cleared every time you shutdown or restart. Now it 
    acts like RAM does, clearing itself, erasing any bad happenings. I must warn, 
    that this does increase shutdown and restart times to about 40 seconds on 
    average.
    
    
    VII. CONCLUSION
    
         BF42 is a stellar game that should be enjoyed by everyone who plays it.
    EA makes it hard sometimes for us gamers, but maybe these tweaks will help you 
    out a bit. Thank you for taking the time toread this guide. If you're in dire 
    need of help, I'm always availiable at DTAFamily@hotmail.com or AIM:DTAFamily. 
    Once again, if you do have a comment, question, or suggestion, please feel free 
    to contact me. If you have a tweak you would like me to add, email it tome and 
    I'll give you credit for it. Thank you EA for an awesome game!!!!! See you on 
    the battlefield.
    
    
    
    2004 Dominic Cavey/DTA Productions. All rights reserved. You may not duplicate 
    this document for redistribution without written consent from 
    Dominic Cavey(MeGaBigD). If you would like to use this document on your
    website, please contact dcavey@comcast.net for permission.
    
    Exclusive Official German translation by:
    BF-News.de 2004 All Rights Reserved
    Liscensed by:
    Dominic Cavey/DTA Productions  2004
    
    Battlefield:1942 is a registered trademark of EA GAMES 2002-2004. 
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    www.planetbattlefield.com
    www.bfgamer.net
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    www.fileplanet.com
    www.thefrostzone.com
    www.supercheats.com
    www.battlefieldcentral.com
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