on March 6, 2001 by Thomas
you launch NOLF youll load the games launch utility where you
can make some initial configuration changes, many of which are very
useful. Begin by loading NOLF & select the Display button.
Selecting a lower setting will improve performance & maintain
a stable, higher frame rate. Although, higher resolutions will look
better, they generally run slower. Set this to 16 bit for
optimal performance also. If your card supports it you can select 32
bit for best image quality, although performance may be reduced.
Click Ok & now select the Advanced button.
sound. Tick this to setting to disable the in-game
audio from playing. This will improve performance significantly, but
obviously the game will be muted. Leave this setting Unticked
to enable the in-game audio being played. You should have no
real reason to Tick this setting.
music. Tick this to setting to disable the in-game
music from playing. This will improve performance, which can be
useful on slower systems. Leave this setting Unticked to
enable the in-game music being played. NOTE Ticking
this setting will disable adjusting the music volume level via
the in-game menu (Not that it makes a difference of course).
movies. Tick this to setting to disable the intro
movies (Fox/Monolith/Lithtech movies) from being played. Id
highly recommend doing this as theres no real reason why youd
want to view them every time you want to play the game.
fog. Tick this setting to disable the use of
volumetric fog in NOLF (Effects such as space filling & fog).
This can improve performance. Untick this setting for best
visual quality as it will enable fogging to be used where
appropriate in levels.
joysticks. Tick this setting unless you intend to use a
Joystick to play the game, however mouse & keyboard is the best
way to play NOLF. Performance may improve slightly if you Tick
triple buffering. Unticking this setting can improve
performance (Triple buffering allocates a 3rd frame buffer. This
frame buffer can improve performance by allowing the hardware to
render at the same time that the 3D application performs other
tasks), although it will require extra video memory. Certainly
Tick this if you have less than 16MB of video memory on your
graphics card as this requires extra video memory.
hardware cursor. Leave this setting Unticked unless you
have an old graphics card, this will yield smoothest mouse movements.
Ticking this will Disable hardware
cursor acceleration, which may improve performance slightly
(Useful if you have a slow system), although can make mouse
movement less sensitive as a result.
animated load screen. Tick this setting to disable
the animated Loading whenever you are loading a new
level/game. This setting doesnt really have any effect on load
time so Untick/Tick this setting at your own
default settings. Ticking this setting will load NOLF will
the installation default configuration settings in place (Controls,
Sound, Visual options, etc.). This is only really necessary for
troubleshooting purposes. Leave it Unticked at all other
You can enter more optional switches into this field. Commands which
may be used can be derived from your autoexec.cfg in the root
directory where NOLF is installed. Right click on this file,
select Open with & use Notepad to open it. For
example, to disable Screen
flashes enter in +ScreenFlash 0 (In the autoexec.cfg
this would appear as "ScreenFlash" "0.000000").
This may be useful if you wish to create a list of commands to use
without wanting to change settings via the in-game menus.
specify these command-line parameters. If you have entered any
command-lines in the Command-Line field then you can Tick
this setting to have NOLF always launch using them. Untick
this setting if you want the Commands entered to be used this time
This setting will only be of use if you have any Custom Maps
installed for NOLF. If you have any installed & you wish to
Play/Host them in Multiplayer then select this button & select
the .rez files you
intend to use.