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Post by Killjaeden » Tue, 4. May 10, 23:20

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Annoying Ad-Signs?
After the installation all Ad Signs will be gone. ;)
Savegamecompatible, can be disabled/enabled at anytime if you wish.

X3TC Version: any Version is compatible

Installation: Drop the files into your Terran Conflict folder (including the folderstructure)
Example: ...\X3 Terran Conflict\objects\others

Deinstallation: Delete the files

Compatibility: Should be compatible to every other mod, except if it changes Ad-signs

This shouldn't produce a *modified* so you can also use it for vanilla games.
Use at your own risk!!!

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Edit: replaced outdated x1tp with working xdownloads link. X2-Illuminatus
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Post by The-Last-Communist » Wed, 5. May 10, 12:48

well i like the ad signes but how muche dos it increes performance ?
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Post by cattafett » Wed, 5. May 10, 13:38

dude nice one those things have been bugging me since for ever
question will this get rid of the ones on the goner temple?

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Post by OOZ662 » Wed, 5. May 10, 19:19

The-Last-Communist wrote:well i like the ad signes but how muche dos it increes performance ?
Quite a bit, as the video playing on them is actually a massive MPEG2 video file being yanked off your hard drive and streamed.
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Post by Killjaeden » Wed, 5. May 10, 19:55

question will this get rid of the ones on the goner temple?
I dunno, visited the temple ages ago...
If they are seperate like any other adsign they will get removed.
If they are mounted on the temple i can't say for sure. Just go and test it yourself ;)
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Post by creidiki » Wed, 19. May 10, 20:15

Hmm, I actually get the opposite effect?

When I install it the game constantly streams from mov/00002.dat.

I don't have any other mods which mod those files, so I guess it must be some weird script thing :?

.. oh well. I'll try to find out what's causing it this weekend.
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Post by Killjaeden » Wed, 19. May 10, 21:01

how would you recognize that? o0
it's technically impossible to have working adsigns if you installed the mod properly.
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Post by creidiki » Wed, 19. May 10, 21:25

Sysinternals' Process Monitor.

When I install no adsigns, and start X3TC, its accessing the disk full-time (ingame performance suffers noticeably from the constant disk IO), and Process Monitor says the almost totality of calls are for mov/00002.dat.

I'm as puzzled as you are, which is why I'm gonna get to the bottom of it this weekend :D

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Post by cnecktor » Wed, 19. May 10, 21:31

I beryl even notice the ad signs so getting rid of them wont bother me, so how much fps can this free up?

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Post by creidiki » Wed, 19. May 10, 23:55

I hereby now give a giant shrug. Before I was able to reproduce the issue by starting with or without the mod.

Then I removed everything I'd added today, and started again adding one-by-one. Its gone.

...

Oh well, that's a good thing!

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Post by Killjaeden » Thu, 20. May 10, 00:33

the question is why would the game try to access 00002.
The adsigns don't exist after this installation anymore, the body-loader reads a "/#hacked" as comment
when in fact expecting 1000nds of lines of vertices AND the path to the material -> which leads to the advert-moviefile.
strange, but good to know that it works now.

It MAY be because of that you were in the same sector as an adsign. Bad loop or something like that. For example a scenefile sets the positions of the parts of a ship. If you reload a save with an old scene that was changed it is still the same, even if the old original scene does not exist anymore.
so how much fps can this free up?
depends on the system i think. No one did a benchmark so far...
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Post by creidiki » Thu, 20. May 10, 02:13

Possibly.

Its strange though, I mean, 00002.mov is, afaik, the music file ... its normal for the game to read it - although I do wish it would do so more than 32k bytes at the time - but I normally get 15-20k such requests in the time it takes to load, undock, and spin around my own trail 5-6 times. This is my normal "check if anything I've just installed is killing my fps" check. Do not ask. :P

With the bug it was like, iunno 100k+? Disk access went from the normal occasional flicker to a solid unbroken glow.

... yeah, doesn't make sense to me either, gods know what arcane interplay made disabling objects which play video trigger massive reading of audio files ... :gruebel:

Frankly, I'm just happy it works now, and I'm just gonna blame gremlins or summink :)
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Post by OOZ662 » Thu, 20. May 10, 04:09

creidiki wrote:Its strange though, I mean, 00002.mov is, afaik, the music file ...
00002.dat contains the little spinny blue "icons" for wares, the advertisements for the billboards, and the Kha'ak cutscenes from X3:R. It has no audio track.
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Post by creidiki » Thu, 20. May 10, 17:01

OOZ662 wrote:Kha'ak cutscenes from X3:R.
What. :|

Also: Guess I must have gotten confombulated. :oops:

In any case, that makes it both clearer and stranger - I guess whatever weird hullabaloo I was experiencing really was making play ads on overtime :o

And now I must wonder why it needs to read ware icons hundreds of times a second, while I'm in space ... :gruebel:
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Post by cnecktor » Thu, 20. May 10, 17:57

I tested it out on my computer ther is only a small fps increse here is what I have.

Nvidia Geforce gtx275 sli Intel Quad Core @ 300.ghz 8gbram windows 7 64bit




I only get 1 to 3 fps increase, before this mod I get 27 30 after 29 31. I also have high graphic settings resolution 1920 x 1080 not native 4x anti aliasing 4x anisotropic texture filtering all other settings high or on. I'm going to keep this mod on, because I like being in the upper 30 more than being in the mid to high 20 its not 60 fps like, I want but I am not willing to cut back the graphics, and beside I think this game brings your pc down to its knees because of all the stuff going on in game amount of objects on screen at one time more than the graphics.

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