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XWolf  posted on Oct 07, 2011 9:09:07 AM - Report post

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Hey there folks, there are a lot of people I've seen complain on a number of forums including this one who haven't taken the time to check the forums. So, I'm going to list the ways to correct these issues. (Maybe a mod would be kind enough to pin it?)

1. The graphics constantly reloading/re-rendering.
A combination of the improper installation and Windows security causes the game to not actually create the folder needed to cache the graphics. To correct this (Vista/7) locate:
C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local and create a folder named "id software" and inside that a folder named "rage" as well. (So far it seems it's not case sensitive.)
You'll notice the very first time you start the game it'll fill with cache(in .bin) files.

2. In order to actually adjust the game you'll need to make a customized config file. Direct yourself to the steam install:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\rage\base
and inside that base folder you'll need to crate a file with a .cfg extension named rageConfig.cfg. Inside that file the very minimum you should put is:
seta com_videoRam "1024"
seta vt_pageimagesizeuniquediffuseonly2 "8192"
seta vt_pageimagesizeuniquediffuseonly "8192"
seta vt_pageimagesizeunique "8192"
seta vt_pageimagesizevmtr "8192"

Now, IF your game locks up or crashes you'll want to change the last part to:
seta vt_pageimagesizevmtr "4096"
However, for the best experience I would suggest using the following:

seta com_videoRam "1024"
seta image_anisotropy "16" //Using the highest setting here but you can set as 2, 4 or 8.
seta image_usecompression 0 // Leave this.
seta image_filter "GL_LINEAR_MIPMAP_LINEAR" //Filtering for light maps.
seta image_preload "1" //Use preload images when ever possible.
seta image_lodbias "0" //LoD settings.
seta image_ignoreHighQuality "0" //Sets up for using HQ gfx.
seta image_useCache "1" //Enabled Cache to allow the textures to load properly without popping.
seta image_cacheMegs "100" //Cache size in Megabytes.
seta image_cacheMinK "200" //Cache minimum size in kilobytes.
seta r_useHighQualityPostProcess "0" //Fore High Quality post proccessing.
seta r_shadowsHighQuality "1" //Fore High Quality shadows.
seta r_displayRefresh "0" //Leave this so the engine doesn't refresh every frame.
seta r_renderer "best" //Highest rendering options.
seta r_multiSamples "32" //Max Multi-sampling; if your game has bad FPS turn this down to say 8 or 0.
seta r_useHBAO "1"
seta r_useRenderThread "1" //Disable/enable threaded rendering.
seta r_visDistMult "1"
seta r_useMotionBlur "0" //I don't like the blur.
seta r_skipBump "0"
seta r_skipSpecular "0"
seta r_skipNewAmbient "0"
seta r_shadows "1"
seta r_cgFragmentProfile "best"
seta r_cgVertexProfile "best"
seta vt_lodBias "-1" //LoD settings

seta vt_pageimagesizeuniquediffuseonly2 "8192"
seta vt_pageimagesizeuniquediffuseonly "8192"
seta vt_pageimagesizeunique "8192"
seta vt_pageimagesizevmtr "8192"

seta m_smooth "1"
seta pm_nobob "1"

The above is the complete version of my exact config file.
As I said many people will need to change that last cache variable to seta vt_pageimagesizevmtr "8192" to allocate less memory usage, which still works perfectly anyway. I hope this helps anyone out who's having problems with the game or is just annoyed at the rendering/texture popping issue.

[Edited by XWolf, 10/7/2011 9:11:59 AM]

[Edited by XWolf, 10/7/2011 10:15:49 AM]

 
Dev-92  posted on Oct 07, 2011 9:45:00 AM - Report post

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seta image_usecompression 0 with or without ""
 
spell1  posted on Oct 07, 2011 9:47:47 AM - Report post

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Is this all configured for maximum quality?
 
OmniTree  posted on Oct 07, 2011 9:49:10 AM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by Dev-92

seta image_usecompression 0 with or without ""

I've seen cfg's with and without the "" on the various settings. Not sure it matters. I've used both and seen no changes.

 
XWolf  posted on Oct 07, 2011 10:15:22 AM - Report post

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Ya honestly I think as long as there's a space it doesn't matter. Feel free to try both but I'm sure it's fine without. Also yes, my config has it set so all settings are at the highest except the multisample as I did change my config to give it to my brother. Change seta r_multiSamples "16" to 32, otherwise yes, everything is at the highest quality. Updated my original post.
 
zaoralexandros  posted on Oct 07, 2011 5:25:35 PM - Report post

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Thanks for your help XWolf.
 
Chaotic37  posted on Oct 07, 2011 6:09:23 PM - Report post

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Appreciate the help.
 
smellyhenry  posted on Oct 07, 2011 8:42:20 PM - Report post

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any advice on how to stop crashes when loading new areas?
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