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A fix for the UT2004 Demo on single CPU machines Apps
This is a fix found on the Bugtraq site for the Unureal Tourname 2004 Demo. There seems to be a huge performance issue with the audio system in the UT2004 Demo that absolutely kills frame rates on single processor machines. To turn off audio on the demo, edit the UT2004.ini file located in you user's Library -> Application Support -> Unreal Tournament 2004 Demo -> System folder. Change the UseSound argument from True to False.

The dmeo went from unplayable (about four frames per second on a G4 733 with a Geforce3 and 768MB RAM) to completely playable with default setting @ 800x600 (sans audio). No slowdowns, stutters, or perceivable screen tears. Even had shiny, reflective water.

[robg adds: I can't confirm this one, so if anyone else can, please share your experience...]
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A fix for the UT2004 Demo on single CPU machines
Authored by: barrikady on Mar 02, '04 12:18:07PM

Thanks for the hint. I also have a G4 733 with 1.5 gb of memory. The game was unplayable until I disabled the sound. Now it is fairly smooth



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A fix for the UT2004 Demo on single CPU machines
Authored by: pwharff on Mar 02, '04 01:58:45PM

I also saw a huge improvement when disabling the sound, I went from 20-30 fps average to 80-90 fps average. To access frames per second, hit the tilde key (~) and then the console comes up, then type "stat fps".

I have a single 1.2 with a GeForce 4 Ti. Personally playing without sound sucks, so I switched it back. My system should play this game at 80-90 anyway without any modifications. I hope this game will play much better with 10.3.3 and maybe the final version of UT2004 with play better?



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A fix for the UT2004 Demo on single CPU machines
Authored by: HAL9000 on Mar 02, '04 05:13:19PM

I found that if I unplug my soundsticks and play through either the internal speaker or headphones (I tried using my ipod buds) I can get the same fps as if I turn the audio off. If I leave the audio on with the soundsticks the game is completely unplayable even on on my 1.6 G5, but without the soundsticks I get about 20-30fps average on torlan with settings at normal.



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A fix for the UT2004 Demo on single CPU machines
Authored by: mzarra on Mar 02, '04 05:24:29PM

The game was unplayable on my 12" powerbook 867. With the sound off it is as smooth as it is on my 2Ghz PC. Major bug that they need to fix for the final.



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Definite, Large Increase in Performance
Authored by: whiteinge on Mar 02, '04 05:30:36PM

I can confirm this also.
Esp. on the outdoor levels. The framerate increase is drastic, maybe 10-20 extra FPS.
Playing without the sound sucks, but at least your friends don't bad-mouth your Mac at LAN parties because you can't play...
[G4 1 GHz, 512 RAM, 64MB Radeon 9000]



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A fix for the UT2004 Demo on single CPU machines
Authored by: nevyn on Mar 03, '04 09:41:57AM

Oh yeah, baby! Now we're talkin'! My PB12" just couldn't cope with this game before, 2 to 4 FPS at EVERYTHING AT LOWEST DETAIL .Now it's chillin' at 20fps at 800x600 and default settings. I'll be lowering some gfx details to get an actual *playable* FPS too.

Hint: Confirmed!

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A fix for the UT2004 Demo on single CPU machines
Authored by: waferbaby on Mar 03, '04 11:58:48PM

confirmed here, too. on my 1.8 single g5 + 9800, i'd average 40fps w/ sound. without it i'm cranking out 120fps!

fairly drastic bug, eh?



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A fix for the UT2004 Demo on single CPU machines
Authored by: AKS9 on Mar 04, '04 09:45:21AM

I removed the sound and whoop, I get around 20fps per second at 1024x768 on my 800mhz G4 iMac, Geforce 2. I got about 1 frame per two seconds before :-p

Its not great, but the minimum requirements 1Ghz and a 64mb vid card, so it's not so bad

I hope it is actually a bug in the way the sound is implemented, and not just the sound slowing it down. I noticed that the music volume was always much much lower than the effects volume, even when they were both at the same level.



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Runs pretty well on 450 dual..
Authored by: clith on Mar 04, '04 01:07:18PM

Can't speak to single-CPU machines, but the sound problem certainly didn't prevent my dual-450 G4 with GeForxe 2mx from playing at about 15-20 fps. Of course I have to hold down the 'p' key at startup to allow the game to play on a machine with less than 700 MHz. *sigh.



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