Soldier of Fortune tweak guide

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Soldier of Fortune, one of the best games of last year has been given a new lease of life with both the Gold & Platinum update/versions being released, including many improvement over the original release & the addition of Deathmatch bots plus other Multiplayer modes. You can check out our review of the original version Game here. This guide will take you through the vast array of Settings available for the Game, along with configuration file settings & other numerous tips.


(Those with the Platinum Game Edition can skip this paragraph) First off install the latest Soldier of Fortune patch available – Version 1.07. You can download it at 3D Files or  3D Downloads, although those with the original (Non-Gold) release will need to have the 1.06 Gold patch installed first. Linux users can find the latest patch at LokiGames. You can download an updated (albeit unofficial) version of the Hidebot (The Bot included with Soldier of Fortune Gold) from Telefragged. Next up those with the Gold & Original release of the Game can download the Platinum Edition Map Pack from 3D Downloads, which contains the extra 5 Multiplayer Maps in the Platinum release.

Creative Labs have updated EAL (Environmental Audio Library) files available that add effects such as dynamically changing reverbs, obstruction & occlusion filtering to the Game. You can download them from here (Available as Deathmatch, Capture the Flag & Mission Level Enhancement packs).

Install DirectX 8.0A, or later, on your system if not already installed. This may fix any Input/Audio device problems you have experienced.

Drivers. It is essential to get the latest drivers for you Graphics card, Sound card & other relevant hardware. You can find links to many hardware manufacturers on our Drivers page. This can solve Display/Audio/Input problems or performance issues you may have encountered in the game.

If you experience static noise or irregular audio playback, try the following (Assuming installing the latest Soundcard Driver doesn’t fix the problems):

1.       Click on Start, Settings, then Control Panel. If you have Windows 2000 or Millennium Edition installed note the icon names as shown in brackets below.

2.       Open the Multimedia (Sounds & Multimedia) icon.

3.       Select the Audio tab & then hit the Advanced Properties (Advanced) button.

4.       Select the Performance tab.

5.       Move the Hardware acceleration slider to the 2nd notch from the left (Basic Acceleration). Move the Sample rate conversion quality slider to the middle notch (Improved sample rate converter).

If you are having other problems running the game (Performance or otherwise) on Windows 2000 then try checking our Windows 2000 Compatibility & Performance guide.

If any hardware in your system is overclocked & you are getting lockups/crashes try restoring the component to its default speed, or add more cooling.

Config files

The tweaks here can be either changed in your config.cfg (Located in the user subdirectory where Soldier of Fortune is installed) or you may make your own custom Config file for the game. If you want to make you own config file then simply create a New Text Document, enter in the settings & save the file as All files & name it autoexec.cfg (In Folder Options ensure you have Unticked Hide file extensions for known file types while doing this). Save it in the Base directory of where Soldier of Fortune is installed.

To load your customconfig.cfg in Soldier of Fortune (If you didn’t name it autoexec.cfg), bring down the console & type exec customconfig.cfg & hit the Enter key (Substitute in the appropriate config filename as needed).

NOTE – If you choose to make the settings in your own custom config file then you can omit the set (space) from each setting. In the config.cfg there will need to be a set followed by a space. E.g. In your config.cfg a setting would appear as follows, set gl_texturemode "LINEAR_MIPMAP_LINEAR", while in your own autoexec.cfg it would appear simply as gl_texturemode "LINEAR_MIPMAP_LINEAR”.

If you have any Mods for Soldier Of Fortune installed these will be located in a sub-directory of wherever you installed the Game itself to. These will also have their own config files available to change settings for.


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