OK just tested on Vista (Ultimate Edition) Beta 2 (5308). This is not the latest version, I know - but I havent installed the latest one yet on a "gaming" PC, I will bring the DVD home with me tomorrow and test it this next week.
0.01 - get a click every second, and every 3-4 seconds get two or more in quick succession clicks.
0.02 - get a click every second, sometimes misses a click
0.03 - usually OK, but every now and then, if I switch to another window and then back again, the click every second starts. If I move up to 0.04 and then back down again to 0.03 is settles again and works fine. This is very intermittent and doesn't always click.
0.04 - all OK even when switching windows.
During this test, the PC was not doing anything other than the test and running IE to type this in.
Intel P4 3.0GHz
SoundBlaster PCI Soundcard (can't remember exact model - can find it if neccessary).
EDIT: when on 0.03 hovering the cursor over the File menu causes it to start clicking, on anything higher (ie 0.04 or above) this does not happen.
EDIT2: Don't know if it is relevant, but when the SoundTest window is not in focus the sound stops, and when the Help >> About window is open, the sound misses for about half a second, every second.
EDIT3: My Vista RC1 DVD is bust, so I have been delayed in testing on this version.
As far as I can tell, Sygate has three options for LFS.EXE (and indeed any exe or dll trying to get through it). These are:
Allow (which is how I set it when I tested),
Block (which blocked it completely - even from listing the available servers) or
Ask (which asks the first time what it should do - ie allow or block) Note: what ever you answer here, stays for the duration of the session, until Sygate is closed and re-loaded.
You can not block LFS from accessing port 80 while allowing it access to another port - it is all or nothing.
Cr45h, you will have to try the security settings one by one. Turn Intrusion Prevention off ONLY and try it. If it does not work, turn it back on again and try turning the next option off. Repeat this until you find the answer. We know that it is this software causing it, and so we know it is one of these settings.
I have just downloaded and installed Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6 so I can talk with some knowledge now. It looks like you have the full licensed version to have all those options. With the free version I don't have the option of setting them all, however, you may want to do the following to troubleshoot this:
Right click the Sygate icon in the notify tray (bottom right next to the clock) and click Exit Firewall. This will close Sygate down altogether and take it out of the equation.
If this does not allow you to download skins, then it is something else (like maybe a firewall on your router).
If this does allow skins to download, then have a look at the attached options, as I know these work as this is how they are set on mine here and I have been able to download skins.
The General tab does not have any settings which could affect this either, it is just cosmetic app settings. From what I can tell, this app just blocks or allows at application level, so an application is either allowed or denied, so if you have enabled LFS.exe it should work. The only thing I can think is the Intrusion Prevention is blocking it - but I am not convinced.
Pool 3 for me as well, and I was really looking forward to it! I had created myself a stable setup which I knew would only mean 1 pitstop for fuel. Tyres would last and did! My plan was to drive carefully, not make any mistakes and only overtake people who spun or crashed.
Fortunately, I started in my favorite place, last! From here you can only do better, I hate starting from anywhere else 'cos I feel like I should finish in the same place or higher and I hate it when I lose places.
Anyway, we started the lag lap. I really wish this was the real race 'cos I was up into 5th place before half way around the lap! Then we restarted
I hung right back and waited for everyone else to crash, err I mean sort themselves out! NASSA Ant crashed strangely at the start and didn't make it to the end of the first lap before spectating - bad luck mate!
A few others spun and part way around the lap (in front of the other Aston pit) I hit a spinning car and dropped all the way back to 16th. Fortunately my car was not damaged so I just carried on carefully. By the end of this lap I was 13th.
After that I was able to keep the people behind me, behind me and they never looked like catching. This all changed after my pitstop at the end of lap 17, when I came out in 7th or 8th I think, with istabraq behind by about 3 seconds. He caught me right up and was at one point within 0.43 of a second, but I was faster on the twiddly slower parts of the track and managed to stay in front all the time. Then he got tied up with lowgoods as he came up behind him and overtook him on about lap 26 or so. Then lowgoods caught me and passed me easily on the main straight. This was fine, I was still 8th overall. istabraq was then 4 seconds behind me after his fight with lowgoods. Only a few laps left though and I was able to keep him there. Then on lap 29 (I think) lowgoods crashed and I got past into 7th, which is where I finished.
From 16th to 7th in 30 laps - this was my plan, and I stuck to it. I am pleased with the race I just wish I could have done it with a less "stable" set and put some pb's in, but I knew I could not be consistant and fast with this car, so this was the only way.
Sorry FlintFredstone, I think that is way to complicated. It needs to be less complicated, like my way
If we have the minimap, then it needs to be easy to use, but useful, and as I have said, why do you need to know where the leader is? You don't, if the leaders are lapping you, you get a blue flag - it doesn't matter if it is first, second or third, you let them past. The only racers you NEED to know about are those directly infront of you and directly behind you (in terms of race position not track position). Hence the different colour for these only!
However, I agree that the minimap is very arcade like, and we need something a bit more realistic. I am not sure what, but maybe adding functionality to the minimap is a step in the wrong direction!
Thanks for that link, I will check it out when I get chance.
I tested the message thing last night using rcm messages. At the moment I have a do..loop waiting for five seconds before it clears the message but I did think about using a timer to clear it instead, I just haven't worked out the details of this yet. So far so good though.
The project I am starting is specifically a Hotlap tracking system, whereby it will watch you do hotlaps and keep a database of your split times and lap times and save them in a database. Then I will be able to see my session (in a seperate application btw not in LFS itself!) times and the differences between splits etc.
I also would like it to show on screen in LFS the difference of your current split with your best split time, but the only way I can think of doing this at the moment is through a message (top left of the screen) which could be difficult to see. Another way is using the /rcm command to show a race control message, but I have not tested this yet.
Is there any other (easy) way to show it on screen? I am not interested in using a DirectX proxy to do it btw - its too complicated (I think) and I like to understand all the code I write! For this reason I am glad your NewInSim stuff is quite simple, although I have seen some scary stuff at the bottom of the okSocket code!!!
Which I think is right, but for some reason I get an error when I click the connect button. See the attached screenshot for the error message. I dont understand it because it seems to be saying that something else is expected but the .bytMin IS correct.
Firstly, thanks for these updates - they are fantastic! Especially the new track selection screen - love it and love how it came with help from the community!
Now, as you have made changes to the minimap, I thought I would add my two pence! I suggested some time ago, that the biggest addition to the mini map would be the colour of the racer directly in front of you and the person directly behind you in position, be coloured slightly differently.
For example, I am in a race with 6 others and I am 3rd. The colours on the minimap would be:
1st Yellow - as they are now
2nd Light yellow
3rd Green - as it is now
4th Light orange
5th Orange - as it is now
6th Orange - as it is now
You only really need to know who these people are because they are the people fighting with you for the next position.
I am sure it should be fairly easy to do (should you want to ) and compatible.
Thanks and keep up the good work (Scawen and Community alike!!! )
EDIT: oh yes, nearly forgot, the server list sorting is most excellent!
I qualify on point 1 and 3 (I just checked and I have done 5539 miles online!) and of course I like to have fun - as you know from our brief but highly enjoyable encounters!
Unfortunately, I can only represent NA from afar (ie from the UK), however, as that is where your servers are coupled with the fact that I used to work with somebody that has now moved to Canada..... could I perhaps get in.... maybe .... please!
Pool 7 for me too! I started 7th (of the 8 who showed) and took it *really* easy. So much so that I let everyone over take me. My plan being to beat all those who didn't finish but not really attack anybody else. My plan worked for the most part as 4 cars got damaged and ended up being slower than me, so I finished 4th, which I am pleased with.
The race itself was quite uneventful apart from being spun coming on to the back straight by bbman (no worries btw!)
I made one mistake where I took a corner too wide, but apart from that I managed to keep it on the black stuff in the right place for all 50 laps, albeit about 1 second off my fastest lap all the time!
@bbman - you made a good job of keeping out of my way most of the time, I think there was just once when I had to avoid you, but Johnathan was watching and he allowed you to go on - so I am happy with that decision.
When I first stumbled across you online (which I think was when I started with the OLFSL) I did notice your screen name and realised what it meant. I did not, however, realise the significance that this plays in your life. You clearly have reasearched and understand the things you are saying. I now feel a bit stupid as I am clearly nowhere near you on these counts. I appreciate that my ideas and thoughts on this are not based on anything other than that I hear from others and on the news and so can not be taken as anything like scientific. I don't normally join in on conversations like this, because I don't fully know what I am talking about. The main point I was making (which is entirely my own) is this:
Whatever we (the human race) do, it will have consequences. I don't know what these consequences are.
I personally do not like to give my opinion on anything unless I know the whole story, ie both sides, and understand them. This debate has too many unknown factors because of the above statement. I would love to make the planet last longer - but I do not (and will never) know for sure which option is the best, therefore I go along with the majority most of the time.
I appreciate your responce and find it very interesting. Some questions though:
1. Does the "electrolyse seawater" process comsume water?
2. If it does, is water not a finite resource to us, and if we use it all (as you say) we are dead anyway?
3. What are the catastrophic emmisions from house/building heating? How come I have not heard about this?
EDIT: sorry - just seen the answer to (3) from FienDi! Houses in the UK are generally not AirConditioned so we probably don't have this problem.
Good luck and speak to you soon.
ps at the moment there is a good chance I will see you in Event 6 as I am only a few places in front of you!
The oil companies do not want us to have "other" fuelled cars at the mass market yet anyway. Everytime a car is invented which will run on something else, the buy the idea out and then sit on it until such time as we have used all the fossil fuel they have!
Until then (which is most likely going to be too late for the planet) we are mostly stuck with what we have. I would love us all to move to a greener more friendly fuel, but it will not happen so quickly. I drive a 1.5 litre diesel (company car) - I don't think I had a choice of a greener car, but I will check next time for sure.
Plus, I bet if we did all move to another source of fuel (whichever one) - we would soon find other side effects that would mean that it still wasn't the perfect fuel. You can never get something for nothing in nature - every action has an equal and opposite reaction - if you take something to power something else - something will be gained (ie the car moving forward) and something will be lost (ie the waste). The waste might not be as immediately obvious as it is at the moment, but I would bet my life on something being found somewhere that was caused by the new fuel.