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rpkiller
05-18-2004, 12:27 PM
Note: posted this in community help but doesn't seem to be attracting any attention.

Hi all, great forum + thanks for your help in advance.

My question is with regards to the landscape detail settings:
Is there a way, or setting in the conf file, to enable the higher polygon landscape setting a-la 'perfect' mode without the hardware shaded water . I'm certain my rig can handle more polygons and such like, but the water effect at high resolutions just gives that bit too much fps hit.http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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rpkiller
05-18-2004, 12:27 PM
Note: posted this in community help but doesn't seem to be attracting any attention.

Hi all, great forum + thanks for your help in advance.

My question is with regards to the landscape detail settings:
Is there a way, or setting in the conf file, to enable the higher polygon landscape setting a-la 'perfect' mode without the hardware shaded water . I'm certain my rig can handle more polygons and such like, but the water effect at high resolutions just gives that bit too much fps hit.http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Thanks againhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

rp http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Taylortony
05-18-2004, 12:41 PM
Ok Trees and things are below water at the bottom in Aces version.....This is all in the read me files in your game folder http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Changes and fixes in graphics: Perfect mode

- More realistic render of the water.
- Tuned the shades of the sea water.
- Eliminated chroma error of the water on ATI video cards (with disabled subtitles).
- Removed sun reflection artifacts on NVidia video cards with S3TC enabled.
- Improved visual appearance of the trees.
- Added an option to place better looking 3D trees in the towns and villages.

Notes:
For the new trees to render it is required that: you video card has no less than 128 Mb of RAM, and BIOS AGP memory (Aperture Size) set to no less than 128 Mb. Recommeded video cards for the option are GeForce 4, GeForce 5600 and newer, ATI Radeon 9700 and newer.
To see the new trees in towns:
Make sure you‚'re running the game in ‚ėPerfect‚' mode. In the ‚ėconf.ini‚' file, in the section ‚ė[Render_OpenGL]‚' change the following line:
Forest = 2
to
Forest = 3
To disable the trees and return back to normal appearance, change the parameter back to 2.
NB:
The option is released in test mode. We‚'re expecting video drivers update from the video card vendors to obtain full functionality of the mode. If you have less than 128 Mb of RAM on your video card, expect blinking triangle artifacts to appear on NVidia cards; on ATI cards you may see trees rapidly change their color shade and/or shape as you approach them.

OK and if you are running Aces

Additional features for ATI 9500+ and Geforce FX video cards (Shaders 2.0):

We've added the following new user options to the conf.ini file that control the water quality

Water = 0, Fastest water, without ground reflection
Water = 1, Normal water: ground and clouds reflections, cloud shadows
Water = 2, Perfect water: same as Water = 1, plus wavy ground reflections and weather-dependant wave types

rpkiller
05-18-2004, 01:03 PM
Thanks for your response Taylortony. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I have read the readme's and such, and guess I need to rephrase my question slightly: Is there a way to completely disable the hardware shaded water in perfect mode. That is, is there a way to have perfect quality ground, with excellent quality water.http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
The reason I am after this is that in perfect mode the engine uses a higher polygon count for the landscape than in excellent mode. Therefore, I was wondering is there is a way of having perfect ground and excellent water. Even at water quality =0, the shaded water is a fps killer for high resolutions. However, I feel the higher poly landscape would be nice to enable.

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ZG77_Lignite
05-18-2004, 01:14 PM
Just as a side note, I believe it has been 'benchmarked' that the water causes less of a frame rate hit than the increased land draw distance of perfect mode. No doubt with reduced water effects one will still see an improvement in frame rate even with perfect landscape, but it may be less than you suspect.

rpkiller
05-18-2004, 01:24 PM
Good point ZG77. Guess there's only one way to find out... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Still, it would be interesting to play with the settings to reach a medium between excellent and perfect detail. Let's hope someone can enlighten us http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

~s~

rp

arcadeace
05-18-2004, 02:21 PM
Try going in Tech and ask Coastie. He edited a setting for the water in the config.ini while keeping the remainder of detail on perfect. I used to have it and enjoyed it, but I've gone back to excellent for even better frame rates.

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VW-IceFire
05-18-2004, 02:25 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by rpkiller:
Good point ZG77. Guess there's only one way to find out... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Still, it would be interesting to play with the settings to reach a medium between excellent and perfect detail. Let's hope someone can enlighten us http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

~s~

rp<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Try running in Perfect mode but with Water = 0 selected. It looks fantastic and it runs much smoother on my rig. Water=2 which is the default is killer...but Water=0, which is still shader based, looks great.

It slows down rarely but usually its not noticeably different in speed...but visual quality and immersion is MUCH enhanced!

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LeadSpitter_
05-18-2004, 04:00 PM
is there anything that can turn runway graphics on perfect but have water and the rest on excellent?

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KGr.HH-Sunburst
05-18-2004, 04:27 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LeadSpitter_:
is there anything that can turn runway graphics on perfect but have water and the rest on excellent?

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nope was looking for it myself to play with the better visable runways but its only psiible with perfect settings
IMHO playing perfect online isnt an option for me although it runs smooth but i have a harder time seeing stuff and dots so excellent it is
would be nice to just have the runways and mass trees from perfect and the rest from excellent

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arcadeace
05-18-2004, 04:35 PM
You can have trees on perfect by editing the config.ini: Forest=3

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