on November 04, 2001 by Thomas
Welcome to Tribes 2,
where only superior teamwork and cunning tactics will ensure your Tribe's
survival. With unprecedented innovations to team-based play & in-game
communications, massive multi-player support (60+ players) & new vehicles
& weapons, Tribes 2 is the ultimate team-based action experience.
This guide will take you
through every Game option, hopefully showing you how to sort out errors you've
been receiving, getting performance up on a wide variety of Graphics Cards,
improving Audio quality & more. Read on.
Keeping Tribes 2
up-to-date is fairly simply affair, merely launch the Tribes 2 Online version of
the game & it will automatically download the latest available version.
Should you have problems with this process then try installing the latest check
your Auto-Update feature.
Begin by downloading the
latest drivers for your Graphics card & Soundcard. This may solve (some)
display or audio problems you might encounter. There are links to various
manufacturers on the Drivers
8.0A, or later, on your system if not already installed – DirectX 8.0A is
also included on the game CD (Although DirectX 8.1 will be available soon). This
can fix problems with Sound & Input devices, or Display issues if you are
using Direct3D rendering. It may also improve performance, although this may
vary depending on how well your drivers are optimized for DirectX 8.
If you experience static
noise or irregular audio playback, try the following (assuming that installing
the latest drivers don’t fix the problems):
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.
Open the Multimedia (Sounds &
Select the Audio tab & then hit the Advanced
Properties (Advanced) button.
Select the Performance tab.
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
If you are having
problems running the game (Performance or otherwise) on Windows 2000 then try
checking our Windows
2000 Compatibility & Performance guide.
If you experience any
lockups & such they might be caused by overclocking, if so try lowering
the clock speed of the overclocked device. Tribes 2 is very resource
intensive & as such can be quite sensitive to overclocking.
Still having problems?
Tribes 2 stores your
settings data in the ClientPrefs.cs file. This file is located in the GameData\base\prefs
of where you installed Tribes 2, e.g. D:\Tribes2\GameData\base\prefs.
Please remember this as later on in this guide you may need to edit the contents
of this file.
Load tribes 2, select Launch,
Settings then the Video tab.
Select your Rendering API here as appropriate – OpenGL or Direct3D.
For the majority of Users OpenGL will provide best performance/visual quality.
Although if you experience problems using one try using the other instead. It
may well be worth trying out both API's here though & see which works out
best for you.
If you have a 3dfx
Graphics card installed (still) then it is strongly recommended you
install & use the Megabyte
WickedGL & select OpenGL as your Video driver (It has better Tribes 2
support than the existing 3dfx OpenGL Driver).
Should you find that
Direct3D or OpenGL is missing from the drop-down menu here you can enable
their selection by Editing the following lines in your ClientPrefs.cs;
= "x";. Set x to 1 to enable
Direct 3D as a selectable rendering, 0 disables this appearing as
= "x";. Set x to 1 to enable
OpenGL as a selectable rendering, 0 disables this appearing as an
NOTE – Should you find
that the GUI displays corrupted visuals (Essentially unreadable garbage) ALT-TAB
out of the game & close it. Ensure that your Desktop colour depth is the
same as the game colour depth you have selected. This should fix the corruption.