Well the 28 page long Hardware thread is now much too long to find many of the tips, solutions and rigs which people have posted, so i've compiled some information in this thread for those who need help =)
So lets start...
Developer Rig Running ArmA
Quoted from Developer Suma:
This confirms that a rig around this spec SHOULD run ArmA acceptably. If not, your ArmA settings are TOO HIGH or you have hardware/driver issues. Use this as a benchmark.Originally Posted by [b
If you are looking to upgrade your hardware...
Use Suma's benchmark as a rough guide... Also use THESE threads to find which rigs are working well with ArmA:
ArmA Mark: http://www.flashpoint1985.com/cgi-bin....t=55304
The HIGHER the mark the better. Look at a variety of rigs for comparisons.. results DO vary so get a good range of marks.
ArmA System Thread: http://www.flashpoint1985.com/cgi-bin....t=55253
Ask questions here about rigs, view other people's posted rigs and FPS etc.
Also READ REVIEWS OF HARDWARE! Google some hardware which you are considering, read some reviews about it. Use websites such as Froogle to find a nice price too.
Can't/Dont want to upgrade?
There are ways you can increase FPS/Performance without upgrading. Not all of these tips worked for everyone so don't expect results from all tweaks. I've compiled a list here of some tweaks used and claimed to increase performance.
1) Overclock: This is probably the most beneficial tweak, though also one of the most complicated and possibly risky. If you do want to overclock READ UP INFORMATION FIRST I am not going into the depths of overclocking here, google it. I would recommend overclocking your GPU or your CPU as they will give you the most benefit.
For NVidia Cards... http://www.softpedia.com/get....g.shtml (I have NOT used this program before but this is a highly recommended program from the internet)
For ATI Cards... http://www.techpowerup.com/atitool/ (I am using this program myself and have encountered no problems, easy to use, but still EXERCISE CAUTION, Overclocking can DAMAGE your hardware if used incorrectly) Dont rely COMPLETELY on the autodetect settings for ATI Tool, use some common sense along with it =)
(by Dwarden) i suggest to use ATI Tray Tools, download from homepage
active developer behind,
tweaker, overclocker and tester
contains also application/game profiles support etc.
For CPUs... There are various methods of overclocking.. i havent experimented much with my CPU... so Google it yourself As with GPU overclocking, please be careful
UNDERCLOCK for troubleshooting + increased stability Quoted from Dwarden (thanks!:2) Card Settings/Game Graphics Settings: To maximize performance LOWER YOUR INGAME SETTINGS. FPS killers include Anti-Aliasing (AA), Anistropic Filtering (AF), Object Detail and Post Processing Effects. Lower these key settings to see an FPS increase. Lower the other settings for smaller FPS increases. Also lower your ingame RESOLUTION if you can.Originally Posted by [b
ArmA Config Tweaks: Also try opening your ArmA config file (located in your My Documents\Armed Assault folder) enable 16 bit mode by changing the 32 to 16. BUT there are graphical side effects, HDR is off, nights are pitch black and NV goggles bright bright green... - Thanks to Ryankaplan
Your Graphics Card Settings... Nvidia + ATI Cards usually have a control panel with them, such as ATI's Catalyst Control Centre. Sometimes particular settings can force settings within games, causing lower FPS and/or perfomance issues. I won't give a step by step guide for changing settings, but reported settings which can improve performance include the following:
VSYNC: There doesnt appear to be a way to turn this off in ArmA, Force it OFF in your control panel.
Anti Aliasing, Anistropic Filtering: Make sure these are set to APPLICATION CONTROLLED or OFF Otherwise turning off AA/AF ingame may not work as it is forced on in the control panel.
Set other settings to PERFORMANCE (If possible)
Misc. Settings: Settings such as 'Catalyst AI' should be DISABLED as this is known to lower performance.
Excellent Nvidia Tweak Guide by KELLO
Force Triple buffering: If you wish you can also force D3D triple buffering in your card settings panel (if availible). Thanks to Dwarden
Tip: (thanks to [WWS]WarWolf) Try reducing Texture LOD Adjustment to -2 or experiment in ATI Tray Tools. Couple of frames gain and sharper vegetation.
Current Forceware drivers do not enable SLI in Arma. You can however, fool the drivers by making it think you're running a SLI-enabled game by renaming arma.exe to fear.exe (FEAR has been reported as a stable SLI-profile for Arma).
I think you can use the same method for ATI's Crossfire.
A more permanent change involve using nHancer to copy an existing profile and make it trigger on Arma.exe and save it back to the registry.
3a) Dual Core Tweaks Thanks to Ziggyjinx!Thanks to Shadow!Originally Posted by [b3b)Keep eye on ***MicroCode updates (by Dwarden)Originally Posted by [b
as they address specific processor bugs and issues (utilizing workarounds, tweaks etc),
there are 3 ways to keep on track, ofc all of them combined is win-win situation
- keep Your bios up2date
- keep Your chipset / CPU drivers up2date (supplied by INTEL/AMD/NVIDIA/ATI/VIA/SIS etc)
- check for MS reliability updates like following one
*** *** Core2Duo MicroCode update 11.06.2007 (wXP,w3k,wV) , download KB936357 from here and read more details there
4) System Tweaks/Tweaking Programs Some people have badly fragmented hard drives, or a messy system. These tweaks have had various results, some people have had no performance boost, others good boosts, so its not guarenteed.
Clean Boot A highly reccomended tip from Tracer (all credit to him for finding this out)Defrag your hard-drive Regular defragging is very useful, if your files are all over your hard-drive it takes them longer to be streamed, this can cause slow downs. Good idea to do this weekly. Ultimate Defrag is a useful program if you wish to put ArmA to the OUTSIDE of the hard drive, allowing it to be accessed faster.. especially useful on large/full hard drives.Originally Posted by [b
Update your GFX DRIVERS Not only could this increase performance it can also help solve some troubleshooting issues.
Disc Caching Software Some people have said software such as System Booster (http://www.disktrix.com/systembooster/systembooster.htm) has massively increased their FPS by approx 10 FPS. Others have said they experienced no change. Though a common benefit of the program is that the Map load screen (when you press M ingame) is MUCH QUICKER to load, hopefully u wont crash ur chopper so much =)
Create a New partition This is also said to give a very good performance boost, though it is rather a lot of work. It involves partitioning your hard disk JUST for ArmA. On the partition put only Armed Assault and the necessary drivers to run it. People have reported good performances boosts, though this is a lot of work. Reformatting your PC is also another option, but once again extreme as you will lose all data on your hard disk. I am not going into detail about this, as always, Google is your friend for guides of partitioning etc
Two Harddrives? Page file! Quoted from Desertfox:
FSAUTOSTART *thanks to Greyhill!* A good system program to turn off background processes to allow for resources to be freed up to play ArmA. Link isHereOriginally Posted by [b
2GB RAM? Pagefile Tweak: *Thanks to Puma*Click here!
I will try and list some known troubleshooting issues here and possibly some fixes once they are discovered.
Also read the WIKI FIRST @ http://community.bistudio.com/wiki/A...roubleshooting
Graphics Card Issues: UPDATE YOUR DRIVERS!!! This is VERY important, keep your drivers up to date, try not to use 3rd party drivers, use the latest drivers from your manufacturer.
ATI Driver Issues?: Reportedly some owners of ATI cards have been receiving strange graphical glitches. Not all owners of ATI cards are affected, though if this is the case try using OLDER drivers (Pre 5.8 is said to have worked for some) ATI Drivers.
ATI Catalyst 7.6 contains official AMD.ATI fix for ArmA handles leak , download from http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html (by Dwarden)
ATM latest drivers are Catalyst 7.8 and hotfixed 7.8
Direct X Issue: An issue with d3dx9_30.dll not being found can be solved by Downloading and reinstalling Direct X @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloa....lang=en
'Bush FPS Drops': This 'issue' has been addressed by Developer Suma. He claims that the reason your FPS lowers as you get closer to a bush is because of the high level of shading. This lag can be reduced by LOWERING YOUR SHADING DETAIL.
Mouse Lag: As suggested earlier in the post make sure you FORCE OFF Vsync in your Graphics card control panel.
Required Ports: If you need to trigger ports behind a router or firewall the following ports are required to be open:
Required Space For Install: Please be aware that the game can take up over 4 Gigabytes of hard disk space for the install, not as stated by some publishers as 3 GB. Make sure you have plenty of hard disk space to install!
SecuROM "required security module": If this error appears when starting the game. Uninstall any cd drive emulation software and clean the registry of keys. Such software includes Alcohol 120%, Daemon Tools etc.
Vista Map Flickering: Fix from Espectro -download the LATEST nvidia driver for Vista. ***[/quote]
by Dwarden : ***there were several other VISTA updates and beta hotfixes released laterly which improve speed and stability etc
list of NVIDIA recommended hotfixes for VISTA
one of most important is KB940105 (You need latest drivers to support it for any videocard), http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940105
You can discuss it here on forums http://www.flashpoint1985.com/cgi-bin....27;st=0
Creative Labs X-Fi cards (by Dwarden)
- if You encouter problems with latest X-FI wXP WHQL drivers 2.09.0007 (build 1184)
then try use wXP beta drivers (build 1302) from latest wVista package 2.15.0002
now there is even newer Audigy (1-2)/ X-Fi beta driver build for both W2k,XP 32/64 (maybe also w3k and Vista 32/64) version 2.16.0000 (build 1320)
Latest beta driver from 2008.08.28
click here to download file
also please report driver problems to Creative Labs hereOriginally Posted by [b
click here to see driver issues and report new ones
MP Crash? Try deleting the following folder of information, you might have some corrupt MP Cache:
C:\Documents and Settings\Your Name\Local Settings\Application Data and then delete the folder named ArmA
(You MUST have Show Hidden Folders enabled in XP in the Folder properties)
Limited Texture Settings? Thanks to: Balschoiw
Solution for all who have a 256 MB card but want to have access to higher detail settings in Arma video menu without editing arma config :
Enter BIOS at startup of computer, set AGP aperture size settings to 256 MB and that´s it. This will enable the Arma video options that are hidden if your AGP aperture size is set lower than 256 MB.
OpenAL by Dwarden
Keep Your OpenAL up2date, latest version 2.0.3 from summer 2007
click here to visit download page
Texture problems? Flush your VRAM by pressing the following keys: HOLD SHIFT and press Numpad-(MINUS) then type FLUSH
SecuROM Patching Issues Fixed EXE Clicky
I hope this thread is clear and helpful. I think this section of the forums needed somewhere with some common issues/questions and stuff listed without having to trawl 30 page threads (which are also quite full of irrelevant info)!
I would appreciate any other information which you feel is appropriate and which i have missed. =)
edit: added info on SLI. -Shadow
edit: added info on CPU microcode updates and C2D mc update. -Dwarden
edit: added info on X-Fi beta XP drivers in Vista package. -Dwarden
edit: added info on official WHQL 7.6 ATI Catalyst drivers. -Dwarden
edit: added info on ATT for ATI users. -Dwarden
edit: added info about OpenAL summer 2007 update. -Dwarden
edit: added new latest Audigy (1-2) / X-Fi beta drivers with OpenAl improvements (for all OSes) and link to Creative Labs driver issues report - Dwarden
edit: another new Audigy(1-2) / X-fi beta drivers for all OSes - Dwarden
edit: updated VISTA related issues with hotifx for memory mapping errors etc. - Dwarden