Tournament Version 432 - Known Issues and Bugs
Please ensure you are running the very latest version of Unreal
reporting any bugs. The version number is displayed in the top right corner of your
436 is our latest UT patch.
Before submitting bug reports to firstname.lastname@example.org,
check if your issue is noted or addressed below. If the bug is about a crash or
"Critical Error" message, please attach your
c:\UnrealTournament\system\unrealtournament.log file generated immediately after the crash
occurred. Do not re-launch the game until you've sent the crash log, or it will be
Issues with Unreal Tournament - Version 436
CD-ROM reading problems
Some users have reported problems running Unreal Tournament with certain
CD-ROM drives. These may include the disk not being found when you try to
run the game (with an error message asking you to insert the CD), or the game
hanging after the Unreal Tournament splash screen comes up. UT Patch 436
does not require the CD to run, so this problem will no longer occur.
We are also seeing reports of several different problems that appear to be due
to problems reading specific files off the game CD.
Critical: appError called:
Critical: Assertion failed: InPos>=0
You might try the following reinstall procedure, simple as it seems it has
helped a lot of people with weird errors.
Corrupted files are sometimes installed without any error messages with some
CD-ROM drives; data is copied to your HD with read-errors, but for some reason
the CD drive doesn't warn the installer and everything appears to have installed OK.
Copy everything from the CD to the hard drive, (running scandisk first to be
absolutely sure there's nothing wrong with the hard drive) then install from the
hard drive to the final destination folder. (you'll still need the CD in the drive for playing.) Also, please make sure you install into a clean (new)
folder, not on top of any existing UT or UT-demo content.
Problems patching Unreal Tournament
Some users have reported getting the following error when trying to apply a
patch to Unreal Tournament: "The file system\botpack.u from the
CD-ROM is not the expected version. Therefore, Unreal Tournament can't
be patched." This is may be due to some bad memory in your
system (we've seen this to be the cause in several cases). Building a
patched version of botpack uses a lot of system memory and is very sensitive
to any memory errors. Its also possible that the patcher is having
problems reading files off the game CD. If so, download the "no
delta" version of the patch, which should fix this problem. You
will need the "no delta" version if you are patching the Japanese
version of Unreal Tournament, or the 428 version that is bundled with some
Creative Labs products. You can get the "no delta" patch from 3DGamers
You need DirectX7 to use Direct3D. Get it on Microsoft's Download
Page. Make sure you have the latest Direct3D
drivers for your card.
- If you are seeing corrupted text in the menus or HUD with the 436 patch,
unzip this file into your unrealtournament\system
- The 'UseVertexFog' switch in the advanced Direct3D preferences can cause
weirdness for some cards, in particular make flags flicker or invisible in
CTF maps when volumetric fog is enabled. To remedy, either disable
UseVertexFog or switch off VolumetricLighting altogether, in the advanced
options menu. To bring up the advanced options window, type 'preferences' at
any UT console prompt, then go to Rendering -> Direct3D support.
- We've also heard reports that users with VIA chipsets on their motherboard
may get improved D3D performance by updating the VIA AGP driver to the most
recent version (go to www.viatech.com
- Running Microsoft NetMeeting, in particular its "Remote Desktop
Sharing" feature, may prevent Direct3D from functioning on your system
- this can manifest itself as "UT refusing to go
full-screen". To fix, disable RDS or completely exit NetMeeting
before starting UT.
- Users of S3 Savage 4 chipset and Viper II/Savage2000 cards can try using the
latest S3 Metal drivers specific to
their card to obtain the best performance.
Special Metal.dlls are available from S3.
Note: after applying our latest
UT patch, you should only need to put the appropriate Metal.DLL file for
your particular S3 card into your UnrealTournament\system folder, while
keeping the MetalDrv.dll that comes with the UT patch.
- In 16-bit color, weapons may interpenetrate walls when you get real close.
- Special architecture clipping problems due to z-buffering on Matrox G400
cards have been reported. This has been fixed with our latest
- I've had a report of very ugly up fonts in the game on a TNT, looking like this. The solution is to go to your D3D options inside
the TNT display control panel, and change the value of the "Texel Alignment".
A value of 3 fixes this problem, although you should try other values if
you're having similar texture weirdness.
- Running the DirectX 7 debug or development drivers apparently causes rendering problems.
Please use the release version of DX7.
- 3dfx users should not use Direct3D - you'll get better performance with Glide.
- A permedia 2 user reported that their card won't do 512x384 (the default resolution). If you press the ~ key to bring up the console and type the console command
"setres 640x480" you should be able to get the game into a video mode where you
can then configure the game through the menus.
- One TNT2 user running the 2.08 Detonator drivers sent a whole lot of screenshots with
extreme mipmap corruption - textures were totally messed up in the distance but were
perfect when you got up close to them. This went away when he upgraded to the newly
released 3.53 drivers on Nvidia's site.
- Your 3D Prophet GeForce card is giving you trouble even after you
installed the latest UT patch ? Check out Guillemot's
- If you are getting crash when minimizing UT, with a history in the crash
message that starts with "History: TestCooperativeLevel<-",
then make sure your desktop and UT are using the same color depth (16 bit or
- Direct3D should always be faster for TNT1 and TNT2 users. But we have had reports
from users that on some systems OpenGL may run better than D3D, so if you are unhappy with your D3D performance,
it's definitely worth giving a go.
Experiencing poor Internet play on your Voodoo3 3500TV?
As Voodoo Extreme
reports, the Voodoo3 3500TV's WebTV installer does some evil things to your
Internet setting, causing many games (including Unreal Tournament and Quake 3
Arena) to experience poor Internet play:
Hello, We are aware of the problems that the Voodoo3 3500TV is experiencing
with online games. Many of these problems can be cured by removing WebTV,
however that will disable the Visual Reality software. The problem usually can
also be cured by removing the Internet Explorer 5 upgrade from Windows98.
While these are just a work around, and not really fixes, both options usually
will cure the problem until 3dfx releases a real fix. We are currently working
with Microsoft to try and figure out whether the problem is due to Microsoft
software (WebTV and IE5) or 3dfx software (3500TV drivers and Visual Reality).
Thank you for your patience,
Aaron D. Patton
3dfx Interactive Email Support
- Some users have reported that their clients are continuing to get data from servers after disconnecting.
This problem should be mostly fixed in the latest patch.
- If you are seeing significant lag while playing Unreal Tournament, try
adjusting your netspeed. You can do this by typing netspeed xxxx
(where xxxx is a value in bytes/sec). Your new netspeed will be
saved. Typically you will want to adjust the netspeed setting down if
you are seeing poor performance, because Laggy network play is very likely
because your connection cannot handle the rate selected for it.
Netspeed is set by default based on your selection of your network
connection in the networking menu. The default values are 2600 for
modems, 5000 for ISDN, and 20000 for xDSL, cable modem, and LAN.
For example, some cable modems limit upstream bandwidth. For cable
modems, try netspeed 10000 or lower if you are seeing poor network
- In 3dfx Glide, if you alt-tab away from Unreal Tournament while connected to a server, you will
time out and be disconnected. If running a listen server, all other clients will time out.
- We have many reports that internet gameplay performance sucks with all games for users
with WebTV installed (particularly the version bundled with the Voodoo3 3500). See this Knowlege Base
article for information on a workaround.
- On some machines - usually with a Voodoo Banshee, non-dedicated servers will return to
the desktop at the end of the game, when the server attempts to process and upload the
ngWorldStats for the game. The only solution at the moment is to turn off ngStats
for the server, from the Stats menu.
- Using the latest release (July '00) of SBLive Win2K drivers from Creative
may cause framerate hitches and distorted sound in UT for some users.
- A3D adds a LOT of overhead to the sound occlusion calculations. We recommend you
turn off 3D sound because of this, as many users have experienced extreme
stuttering. We are looking into this. You can disable it in Advanced Options.
- It is recommended that you do not run your Linux server as the root user.
- If you run it as a non-root user you'll need to change the remote-admin webserver's
ListenPort to a value greater than 1024 in your UnrealTournament.ini file. For
example, set ListenPort=8000 in the [UWeb.Webserver] section of the ini file. You
can then access remote admin with the URL http://locahost:8000/ServerAdmin
- You must be using glibc 2.x. If you're using libc5, you'll need to upgrade - see this link.
- Make sure your LinuxThreads is up to date.
- The Linux port does not run on Cyrix processors, or anything less than a Pentium I.
You will most likely get Illegal Instruction errors if you try.
- Please send bug reports about the linux port to Loki,
which is supporting and enhancing the Linux version of UT.
- Some versions of the Intellimouse Explorer drivers don't allow you to bind the middle
mouse button if DirectInput is enabled. This is a driver issue; fix the
problem by using the latest release of Microsoft's
Intellipoint software. Alternatively, you can work around it by using the Intellimouse
Explorer software to map a key (eg shift) to the middle mouse button and bind that key in
- If you are seeing mouse lag, try turning DirectInput on (in the menus in
- Some users have reported that they see mouse lag using the Microsoft
IntelliPoint version 3.2 drivers, but not with version 3.1.
- If you run a server using the relics or new character models from the
bonus pack, and they are invisible to clients connecting to your server,
then your bonus pack installation failed to properly update your
UnrealTournament.ini file. To fix this problem, open your
UnrealTournament.ini file in your UnrealTournament\system directory using
notepad. Find the [Engine.GameEngine] section and add the following
lines at the bottom of it:
Bonus Pack or other mod installation
- Normally you can install the Bonus Pack and other umod files simply by
clicking on them. However, occasionally the file association can get
broken. One solution to this is to do a full re-install of Unreal
Tournament. Alternatively, you can use this file
to repair your Windows Registry (WARNING: this file messes with your Windows
Registry!). NOTE: the file will only work if UT is installed in
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