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VCStarter v1.6: Graphical improvements
Brchi
Hi,

this update is mainly about improvements on the visual experience of the game.
I figured out quite a few things and wanted to share them with you.
Also, a possibly useful function for spectators to detect cheaters has been added: Bullet highlights (see illustrations below).

UPDATE

// CHANGES v1.7 BETA
- May greatly improve performance (check with console command "showfps 1" with fps limiter disabled)
- Fixed: Bad lighting of players
- Fixed: Screenshots not working with "fix menu flickering" option
- Fixed: Visual glitches in cutscenes with "correct aspect ratio" option
- Fixed: Error message when fitting textures in video memory
- Fixed: FPS limiter ineffective after loading screen or maximizing


Illustrations of the graphical options:
correctAspectRatio.gif
disablePlayerLODs.gif
fixZfighting1.gif
fixZfighting2.gif
highlightBullets.gif
improveTextureFiltering.gif
multisampleAntialiasing.gif

Downloads:
VCStarter.dll (1.7 BETA) (dll only, download v1.65.1 first)
VCStarterV1.65.1.zip (~24MB)
VCStarterV1.65.1_nogifs.zip (~1.3MB)

// CHANGES v1.65.1
- Fixed: Game crashed when activating an add-on by ingame menu


// CHANGES v1.65
- Added: Option "Correct aspect ratio (experimental, useful for widescreen)" (Choose your monitors native resolution)
- Added: Option "Fix menu flickering (may improve performance too)"
- Fixed: Improve texture filtering option caused invisible textures
- Fixed: Highlight bullets option did not work in replay mode or as delayed spectator


// CHANGES v1.6
- Added: Option "Multisample Anti-Aliasing"
- Added: Option "Disable player LODs"
- Added: Option "Fix Z-fighting"
- Added: Option "Highlight bullets (spectator only)" (Use arrow up/down key at least once as spectator to enable)
- Fixed: Unlock blood option did not always work
- Fixed: Limit FPS option slowed down loading screen
- Fixed: Direct3D 9 Error "GetAvailableTextureMem"


About "Multisample Anti-Aliasing":
This option may fix flickering/disappearing of the menu (Windows 10?). This is because the menu is now drawn as a texture instead of a lockable backbuffer.

Please report any problems.
Edited by Intruder on 28-05-2018 07:58
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Nosek
Great update indeed. The bullet-tracing feature is just awesome and administrators will appreciate it for sure, but I've run into some problems and I'll try to describe these here as detailed as possible.

1) Highlighting bullets (bullet-tracing) does not work in replay mode. I'm not sure if it's supposed to work in replays, but that could be useful too.

2) Improve texture filtering option breaks the game. The player models in player customization are not shown and after loading any level whatsoever - all I see is just HUD, collision material effects (bullet impact), crosshair (as part of HUD) and the weapon I'm holding. I didn't experience this issue in the previous version. Here are the 2 computer setups on which I've been testing this:

My PC with AMD FX-6300, nVidia GTX 650, 8GB RAM, Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. GeForce driver v. 355.60.
My notebook with Intel i3 2330M, switchable Intel HD 3000 / nVidia GT 630M, 4GB RAM, Windows 10 Home 64-bit. GeForce driver v. 353.62.

As it seems, this issue is related to nVidia GPUs only. With the Intel HD 3000, everything is working flawlessly. The new options make no difference, same in FullScreen/Windowed, also tried unchecking everything else but the texture filtering and the issue still persisted.

And just to note: forcing MSAA does solve the FullScreen flickering (only happened to me with GT 630M) and it is quite heavily performance demanding (as expected). So it's not suitable for weak integrated GPUs.
Edited by Nosek on 23-08-2015 15:48
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Brchi
Nosek, thanks for the report!
It would be great if you could be available for testing possible fixes.
 
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Nosek
Sent you PM.

EDIT: Brchi fixed that issue, now let's just wait for update.
Edited by Nosek on 23-08-2015 18:08
 
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Brchi
Update done.
Thanks again Nosek for your detailed testing.
And I think there is an option included which @apfelbaum will like a lot Smile
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apfelbaum
Everything works fine, awesoooooooome!!!
 
Paolo
Brchi wrote:
Hi,

this update is mainly about improvements on the visual experience of the game.
I figured out quite a few things and wanted to share them with you.
Also, a possibly useful function for spectators to detect cheaters has been added: Bullet highlights (see illustrations below).

UPDATE

// CHANGES v1.65
- Added: Option "Correct aspect ratio (experimental, useful for widescreen)" (Choose your monitors native resolution)


About "Multisample Anti-Aliasing":
This option may fix flickering/disappearing of the menu (Windows 10?). This is because the menu is now drawn as a texture instead of a lockable backbuffer.

Please report any problems.



APPLAUSE

Thanks, just tested in windows 10 and I must say that it works well.

To tell the truth worked well with the previous version of video card AMD HD 5xxx series.

I play now with 12x antialiasing. incredible


In this regard the option "Correct aspect ratio": works in native resolution only.

To overcome if you use a video card AMD ..open the AMD Catalyst Control Center and choose enable GPU oversizing
what it allows you to use non-native resolutions full screen mode without problems.
For example, I play in 1280x800 although my native resolution is 1680x1050
without losing quality.

Smile
 
evgen
Hi! Everything seems to work, but now I can`t change the game with the Vietcong - Fist Alpha on, and vice versa via the menu of the game.Shock
SignatureПока у Русского солдата есть спички, пули, самогон - сосите х.. солдаты НАТО, дрожи от страха Пентагон!!!
VC
 
Nosek
@evgen: You don't need to use the "Custom Game" option in the game settings menu to activate the addon you want to play.
Just create a shortcut of Vietcong.exe (on desktop, preferably). Then go to Properties of the shotcut and set parameter for the target -addon addonname
For instance: -addon fistalpha or -addon addcong, -addon reddawn etc.
Nosek attached the following image:

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Edited by Nosek on 25-08-2015 15:55
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Brchi
evgen wrote:
Hi! Everything seems to work, but now I can`t change the game with the Vietcong - Fist Alpha on, and vice versa via the menu of the game.Shock

What exactly happens when you change it?
 
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evgen
He throws on the desktop and everything. In Task Manager, it either.
SignatureПока у Русского солдата есть спички, пули, самогон - сосите х.. солдаты НАТО, дрожи от страха Пентагон!!!
VC
 
Brchi
It should close the game and reopen it.
So it doesn't reopen?

I could have a look via TeamViewer, if you want.
 
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xhc
yes i confirm that, vietcong is not reopened , just crashed to desktop, no vietcong.exe in task manager
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Paolo
I also confirm if you try to activate custom game vietcong.exe crash.
I have tried in windows 10

I will try again in seven

EDIT: same thing in windows 7 64 bit

actually not a big problem using two different shortcuts Wink
Edited by Paolo on 25-08-2015 19:14
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evgen
Brchi wrote:
It should close the game and reopen it.
So it doesn't reopen?

I could have a look via TeamViewer, if you want.

Yes. can show in TeamViewer, write to the PM
SignatureПока у Русского солдата есть спички, пули, самогон - сосите х.. солдаты НАТО, дрожи от страха Пентагон!!!
VC
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Brchi
Thanks for the reports.
I didn't consider an engine reinitialization (as happening when switching add-on). Improved the clean-up code and update 1.65.1 should fix it Smile
 
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Paolo
Sad Unfortunately it seems the same thing, not any different, choosing custom game Vc crash again.
 
Nosek
Paolo wrote:
Sad Unfortunately it seems the same thing, not any different, choosing custom game Vc crash again.

I checked with 2 different VC localizations (EU and CZ) and the Custom Game option does work fine with VCStarter v1.65.1
Make sure you are using the new version. In the game menu you should see > VCStarter v1.65.1.
 
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xhc
vcstarter 1.65.1 does not crash game by choosing custom game, I use windows 8.1
 
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Paolo
Nosek wrote:
Paolo wrote:
Sad Unfortunately it seems the same thing, not any different, choosing custom game Vc crash again.

I checked with 2 different VC localizations (EU and CZ) and the Custom Game option does work fine with VCStarter v1.65.1
Make sure you are using the new version. In the game menu you should see > VCStarter v1.65.1.


I use the Italian version in Windows 10 and are sure to use VCStarter v1.65.1.

How do I attach a picture ???

Sorry Smile

EDIT :

In win 7 it works well.
I think I understand the problem. I did not install the game on Windows 10 I use the same to win 7.
Probably the system does not recognize it.
I will try to install it again

Very Angry Wink
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Edited by Paolo on 26-08-2015 05:51
 
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