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I hate myself

Posted by pkk, Sep 12 2011, 04:55 PM in Allegiance

During the past weekend I reinstalled Mach3 at least 5 times... You may ask why:

Day 1
I've installed Allegiance server on the machine, everything works fine. Before the installation I disabled IPv6.

Day 2
I've installed the VMWare Server on the machine, to host a VM for FAZBeta. I disable IPv6 on all virtual network adapters.

Day 3
I finished setting up the virtual machine, beta lobby and game server work fine.

Day 4
I notice that Service Pack 1 isn't installed on Mach3. I tried to install it manually, but failed again. bang.gif

Day 5
I find the the System Update Readiness Tool, a 315 MB download, which analyses the Windows Update process. The result was that two hotfixes weren't installed correctly. I've spend some hours reading on the web. There were some solutions, to replace the broken catalogs.

Day 6
Once again I try to repair the broken catalog files...

Day 7
I gave up. I stopped the virtual machine, uploaded these 20 GB to Mach2 and pressed the "reinstall button".

Day 8
After installing all needed files and updating to SP1, I skipped installing Allegiance and moved on with VMWare Server. The virtual machine works fine, so I moved on with Allegiance. Of course I disabled IPv6 directly after logging on first time as administrator. The Allegiance server started and I fired up Allegiance to test it. I was unable to connect to it. I though I have problems with the firewall.

Day 9
I gave up dealing with the firewall and pressed the reinstall button again. Just to notice a few hours later, that I have the same problem again... bang.gif
I played a bit around and checked ports with netstat. Suddenly I notice some IPv6 addresses, and Allegiance server was listening on them. whistle.gif
So I disabled IPv6 on the virtual network adapters, restarted and what do you think what happend?! tongue.gif

Life could be so easy... wub.gif


...and Mach2 goes online.

Posted by pkk, Feb 25 2011, 03:50 PM in Allegiance

After almost nine days, trying to fix a strange error within TAG, Mach2 goes online.

Hopefully there are no lag-spikes like on DocMach. tongue.gif

Now everyone can enjoy playing on a European server, again. cool.gif


DocMach is going down...

Posted by pkk, Feb 16 2011, 12:51 PM in Allegiance

After not even two months, DocMach will go down again (March 1st). Seems like the hosting on a large VM environment was a fail...

People complained about lag spikes, but there weren't issues with traffic, the whole VM freezed for a few seconds, even noticeable via remote desktop, while ping reply didn't show any problems at all.

I've talked with the provider and they said it's "normal". That was the reason for me to cancel the contract. Overall I never had problems with the provider (hosting websites) for years.

A few weeks ago I looked around for a replacement. I've found a nice offer of 1and1 for only 49.99 Euro for a dedicated machine. To bad that offer was replaced with a VM container for the same price. tongue.gif

The new one will be also hosted in a German datacenter and this time it's no VM. Even the price is okay, even cheaper than GPZ. wink.gif

Within the next few days the server should get online and I can test live, if AllSrv is compatible with Windows 2008 Server (x64)... whistle.gif

Before I forget, I wanna thank all people, which supported GPZ and DocMach with some donations. Paying about 40-60 Euro per month for a server, which is used primary to host Allegiance games (secondary for some private Allegiance development like the installer), is a costly hobby.


How to find out someones hider nick

Posted by pkk, Aug 21 2010, 11:29 AM in Allegiance

People talking about privacy and hiders and other stuff. But it's to easy to find out someones hider nick. Here is a simple howto.

There is no way to hide, if you follow the following steps.

  1. Open leaderboard (http://leaderboard.alleg.net) in a bowser, don't close it or refresh it, see below.
  2. Wait until the hider, you wanna find out, finished a game.
  3. Take a look at the in-game stats and remember the following things of the hider:
  4. Rank (easiest way to reduce players)
  5. Kills
  6. Ejects
  7. Base kills (even better, because less people have them in a game)
  8. Station captured (even more better than base kills)
  9. Wait a few minutes, until leaderboard got updated (5-10 minutes after the game finished).
  10. Now open the leaderboard in a different tab/window.
  11. Compare changes between old and updated leaderboard.
  12. Bingo


If you put leaderboards into MS Excel/OO Calc, you can also use functions which make it even easier.

PS:
If someone has a hider on leaderboard he doesn't use, wait until Sunday for squadgames (people play them mostly without hiders) and compare results.

Edit:
Now with images. wink.gif

Ingame stats:


Leaderboard changes (animated, switching between a version before and after game):


New graphic card

Posted by pkk, May 4 2010, 01:18 PM in private stuff

After 6 months of trouble between my ATI Radeon HD4870 and Vista/Win7 driver model, I gonna replace the card.. mad.gif

Just spend 220 Euro on a stupid "silent" Nvidia Geforce GTX 260, since I have no trouble with my notebook GPU... bang.gif

Call me stupid, whatever... I've just got enough from graphic artifacts and bluescreens. doh.gif


HighRes Smoke

Posted by pkk, Apr 18 2010, 12:20 PM in Allegiance

This image shows the difference between old texture (lower right corner) and the new one:


Download:
highres_smoke_texture.zip (48 KB)

Install:
Just extract the archive into you texture directory (C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Allegiance\artwork\textures).


FreeAllegiance and totalitarian regimes

Posted by pkk, Mar 11 2010, 01:06 PM in Allegiance

I were bored today and reading some stuff on Wikipedia. So I found the following break.

Totalitarianism:
Totalitarian regimes or movements maintain themselves in political power by means of an official all-embracing ideology and propaganda disseminated through the state-controlled mass media, a single party that controls the state, personality cults, control over the economy, regulation and restriction of free discussion and criticism, the use of mass surveillance, and widespread use of state terrorism.

Let's check these statements:

  • all-embracing ideology
    More or less true: Holding all keys (FAO forums, ASGS, lobby and autoupdate server) without giving someone else access.
  • propaganda disseminated through the state-controlled mass media
    True: There is only one medium - FreeAllegiance.org.
  • a single party that controls the state
    True: There is only one head administrator and he nominates/appoints his Zone Leaders.
  • personality cults
    True: Head admins always have their own personal cult.
  • control over the economy
    True: Game-servers need to be add to a white-list.
  • regulation and restriction of free discussion and criticism
    True: There is enough censorship within FreeAllegiance.org forums.
  • the use of mass surveillance
    Not used, but possible: TAG most in-game chats.
  • widespread use of state terrorism
    More or less true: Winning games by banning the other team happens sometimes.


So FAO fully meet demands of totalitarian regime... rofl.gif


Fixing stuff on Christmas Eve

Posted by pkk, Dec 24 2009, 04:49 PM in private stuff

Today I finally fixed my graphic card problems...

Everything started about a month ago, after I updated my graphic card drivers from Catalyst 9.10 to 9.11. Suddenly I had artifacts everywhere on my screen:

  • Taskbar was flickering from time to time
  • Desktop image wasn't shown correctly from time to time
  • Images with my browser had artifacts
  • Allegiance had a ton of artifacts
  • Other 3D games had different artifacts


Earlier today I downgraded my drivers from 9.12 to 9.10. It worked for 30 mins without problems, but than everything become like before.

My next suggestion was that the GPU got overheated. So I installed FurMark. Again artifacts showed up.

I opened my case and there was a LED glowing on the Sapphire Radeon HD4870 512MB (with Zalman VF900-Cu cooler). I had no idea what it would mean, if LED D601 is on.

So I searched a bit on the web and found out that this LED hows a critical Core power fault?! WTF is that?

So I unplugged all power cords and plugged them in again. Suddenly the LED is off, after I turned my PC on again.

Everything is fixed?! I hope so.

Merry Christmas.


Home Server

Posted by pkk, Dec 8 2009, 12:26 PM in private stuff

I'm currently looking for some NAS or server solution for my small home network.

I finaly ended up at the TEO website.

They sell a nice Intel Atom based server, which needs only 11 watts per hour. It's called TEO XXS.



This means that the running costs will be less than 20 Euro per year (server running at full load).

Maybe I run Windows Home Server on it, so I have a simple backup solution and can also access the server from the Internet via SSL, but LINUX is also an option, even if I'm no real fan of it using it at home.


I've got holes!

Posted by pkk, Nov 12 2009, 11:02 AM in private stuff

I drilled today holes for the sockets. I had two cable detector, both failed. A pin which holds a electric cable into position, saved my from cutting it. unsure.gif

I failed to find a place for the socket in the kitchen, there is no $#@!ing space for that. glare.gif

Next step will be cutting cable vaults into the old plaster outside, before the new isolation will be installed on it.



There will be two sockets:
One for satellite television (ductwork to roof) and the other one for network and telephone (2 cables to 19" rack at basement). The hole in the middle is needed, because the CAT.7 cable has a bend radius of 4 cm.


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