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Guide to Tweaking There and Your System for Great There Performance | Forum

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Ayman Nov 7

Ever wonder how to tweak your system for best There performace? Well know you can with this guide. First, we'll go over some simple checks and tweaks anyone can do. Then we'll go into some more advanced tweaks that anyone can do, but can have ill effects if done improperly. I reccamend you know your way around a computer pretty well before attempting some of the later tweaks.

To get the most out of your system in general, I reccamend a good thorough tweaking of windows. Visit Tweaktown's "Tweak Windows XP" guide and go through the steps. Some are more advanced than others and you do need to download a couple of free programs. Always back up as the guide reccamends, and if you feel uncomfortable changing some of these settings, then just skip to the next one. You do not need to do anything you feel uncomfortable doing. 
I don't reccamend step 2, visit this website and try the "SAFE" config for this step. Also, for Step 11, open There and make There.exe a "High" priority.

Now that your system is tweaked and running well, let's move on to the There specific tweaking. We'll run a few checks first to check your connection, then we'll move on to graphics tweaking and in game checks and tweaking.


Connection Checks and Tweaks


Now, to check that connection! This first step checks which internet backbones your connection "Hops" off of before reaching There's servers. The internet looks like a big spiderweb, your connection goes down the strand to a meeting of two strands and goes in a different direction. It does this as few as 5 and as many as 40 times. This all depends mostly on how close or far you are to There's servers in California.

Open up the run dialog (by navigating to Start > Run) and type command. You'll get a command prompt (this is how all computers used to be all the time!). Type "tracert there.com" (minus the quotes) and let the trace route program work. Check over the numbers in the listings and make sure none are over 150. If there are some over 150, you may try unplugging your cable or DSL modem and plugging it back in. If this doesn't solve the problem, you're out of luck. Unless of course, you want to move! Most of the time they will dip back under 150 once the problem is fixed. There will be laggy until they do, though!

Now we're going to make sure that the "ports" that There needs to operate are open. Think of your internet connection as a rain gutter. For the "water" or information to get to the "ground" (your computer) it needs a hole in the gutter (or in this case your firewall or router).

Visit http://www.grc.com/default.htm, scroll down and click on Sheilds up. Then click on proceed. Enter 2311-2315 in the text box in the middle of the page and click on the "user specifiec custom port probe" button. The colors on ports 2311, 2313 and 2315 should be BLUE or RED blue [closed] is usually OK because it will accept the connection if it is requested from inside) . The color SHOULD NOT BE GREEN! You should "fail" the security test on these, because they have to be open for there.

If you have a problem with this, and you have both a router and a software firewall, the first thing you should do is uninstall the software firewall. It is unescessary to have both a router and a software firewall. It's like having two gutters, stacked on top of each other attached to your house! This includes the windows firewall! Go disable it by opening your Run prompt, typing "services.msc" (no quotes) and scrolling down to Windows Firewall. Double Click on Windows Firewall and in the dropdown box, select "Disable". Click OK and restart your computer for the change to take effect.

If you just have a router and still get the green color, consult your router's manual on how to change settings, specificlly how to open ports. You need to open ports 2111, 2113 & 2115 UDP & TCP.
 I simply created a new "port range" that is directed at my computer. I used the range 2111 - 2115, selected "both" (meaning both TCP and UDP), and entered the last three digits of my computers IP address. If you need to find this, use your Run dialog to open "command" again and type ipconfig. Remember, settings will vary from router to router.

If you just have a software firewall, buy a router and ditch the software firewall. Even if it's just for one computer, routers are only $50 and offer much better security protection. If you have no option, consult your firewalls HELP section for how to open the ports 2311, 2313 & 2315 UDP and TCP. 


If you passed both of these tests, or got the problems fixed CONGRADUALATIONS! You should have no troubles connecting to there, Move on to the next section about graphics tweaks.


Graphics Checks and Tweaks

Okay, your connection checked out, lets tweak There's graphics a little! We can make it more detailed if you have a faster system, or we can make it less detailed if you have an slower system.

First, we'll check your framerate. You may be passing off framerate freezes as connection lag. This is simple to check, go in to There and hit Ctrl - Alt - P. Here you can see 3 things. The first is your bandwidth loss, but the two bars we're concerned about are below it, your Ping Time and Framerate.

To check your framerate, do something in which you move around quickly. I reccamend a buggy, bike or board for this. If you enjoy racing any of the vehicles in game, go ahead and take a few laps. Watch the blue in the Framrate bar. It should never leave the top of the bar (it will appear wavy at the top). If it does, quickly look at the ping bar. If theres a ping spike with your framerate decline, you know that it's most likely lag and not graphics overload. If theres no ping spike, you may need to tune down your graphics a little.

If you have had no framerate problems, we'll go ahead and bump up your resolution a little. If you like running There in a window, we need to choose a resolution that is below your desktop's resolution. If you run There full screen, we can select a resolution as big as, but not larger than your desktop's resolution. You can view (and change if you want) your desktop's resolution by right clicking on the desktop and selecting properties. Under the "settings" tab, you can see what your resolution is.

To change this setting, we're going to open the theretweaker that is included with every There installation. Navigate to your There folder (usually C:\Program Files\There), and then navigate to the ThereClient\Resources\dlls folder inside of it. After you've navigated to this folder, double click on "theretweaker" to open it. There are 6 settings you can change here. We only want to change the first two dropdowns, and possibly the first two checkboxes.

The first drop down menu selects what resolution There runs in. The default is 640X480, but most modern computers can handle much more than that. 
For this guide, let's just say your desktop's resolution is 1024 X 768. This means if you like windowed mode, you'll need a resolution of 800 X 600 or less. If you never use windowed mode you can select 1024 X 768, but no more than that. Also, please note that unless you have a widescreen monitor, you want to stick to 640X480, 800X600, 1024X768 or 1280X1024.

You can change the renderer setting to try and acheive more preformance. Depending on the graphics card, one will usually stand out from the other. Try both and see what you think. Remember you need to restart There for the changes to take effect. If you experience alot of segmentation violations while playing the game, the common fix is changing this to the opposite of what it was (DX8 > OGL, OGL > DX8). If it is set to "default" you can tell which it is in the title bar of a windowed There.

The two checkboxes are optional and have zero effect on graphic performance. The first "full screen" will automaticlly start There in full screen. You must check this if you choose your desktop resolution as your There resolution. Ask before full screen askes you if you're sure after you click full screen in a windowed There client. Most people will want this unchecked, but if you keep full screening there by accident, you can check it.
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