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  1. Appreciate the advice guys. Ahwulf - thanks, at least I know I've got the right client! I did wonder for a while. Abidubi. No sounds, nothing. It's dead. I've tried cmd-tab dozens of times and yep, I release both keys still nothing. I stay with the game screen visible and my Mac cursor movable but nothing 'clickable' - literally nothing works. Eventually I'll start getting OS alert sounds when I hit cmd-tab but still nothing. Also tried the force-quit then enter as I know the game could be locked and refusing to let me see the force-quit dialog. I'm well aware it takes a lot to totally kill an OS X machine! But again, nothing. Only way out I've had is to force reboot. And I really hate doing that so I simply don't try to get back to the desktop now. I'd like a reliable cmd-tab, but it's not essential. What I think is, though, is an end to CTDs! Good luck on sorting it - I may well try the Beta, we'll see. Greg PS Happy Christmas all!
  2. Back after 6 months out, have to say the latest game version is a big improvement over the one I left on. Well done CRS folks! However, 2 problems. CTDs (three tonight, no obvious commonality) with no crash reports offered. Just one second in game, next at the desktop. Bang. And cmd-tab or whatever never works no matter what screen I'm on. Doesn't go to the desktop, just locks the game totally. Can't even force-quit. Sadly I have to force shut down which is bad news. MacBook Pro 2ghz dual core. 2gb ram. OS 10.4.11. Video ATI Radeon X1600 128mb. I debated running this in PC land using Bootcamp, but since I prefer the Mac side (and have more HD space free in that partition) decided to go Mac. Did I get the right client? Is there a specific Universal Binary download or is this a Rosetta program? Good luck all!
  3. Dual 2ghz G5 3gb ram ATI X800XT 4mb cable 1.26 has added more problems than it removed. FPS is still poor (but in fairness bearable) but it was better way back in 1.24 (I'll not even talk about the mess 1.25 was when released). I get the map problem, but it's erratic. Last night I logged in and the map worked (I could change from city to any other view magnification) before I spawned in but couldn't afterwards. But after spawning in the map failed to work at all. I spawned out, it still didn't work. Out of curiousity I then tried to hop out of game to the desktop (to see if that bug was fixed) and it worked - I thought. Till I saw the game had crashed completely, just bang and gone, not even a system warning. So I went back in game (still an horrendously long load time compared to other MMOGs) and the map worked. For a while. Spawned in the first time, map worked fine. Second time it didn't, nor third. Fourth it did. Basically it's hit and miss and therefore unreliable. Whilst like I said the FPS is still poor but bearable it seems a lof of animation 'finesse' has gone. I used to see other characters at least making an attempt at animated movement when nearby however when I was guarding a CP I saw nearby characters moving around in a fixed crouch. I've seen movement glitches before, but this is new - seeing them locked in one position for a good few minutes. It's just shoddy and continued everywhere, sorry. And I'm a little peeved with the unintelligent updater. I downloaded the patch and it auto ran as usual asking to install the game in applications. Fair enough, but I keep WWII online in applications/games/. Still, I figured the installer would find it, other program installers do. Nope, it didn't and instead of just saying 'can't find ...' it crashed. So I ran it again and pointed it to apps/games which sorted it but still it can't say 'update' instead of 'install' in the main 'go' button. All other installers/updaters I use toggle that button to indicate what's happening. Now I'm intelligent (I hope) and know, from previous experience, what the WWII installer is up to but it really should be clearer for those that don't. It appears like it's installing a whole fresh new program. Anyway, enough ranting. This is a great game, unique and fun, but I can't pay for it any more and have cancelled my subscription. I'll probably be back sometime, but hopefully then I'll have a shiny new Mac Pro and can play this in PC mode via Bootcamp as, frankly, the Mac version is lousy. Talking with my PC using buddies and they're getting 4 times better FPS (at least) on kit that my Mac Pro would match plus all the bonuses of things like tabbing to the desktop working. Good luck and good hunting all, I'm done for now.
  4. Yeah, got that Ahwulf. As I posted in the FPS thread I think there may be an issue between the game and one of the few haxies I use. I'm going to test this by disabling them when I have time.
  5. Same system Abidubi, but nope, it's frozen solid. No noise, no mouse, nothing. Locks solid. LIke I said, can't even force-quit. cmd-f just does nothing, the game continues as normal. I think there might be a system haxie or something causing this. When I get a sec I'm going to disable the few I use (fruitmenu, pulltab, and a couple of other little ones) and see if it fixes it. It's my feeling, given you (and others) have the same set up and cmd-tab works, that the problem must be in my system and not the game.
  6. Thanks, but sadly I've tried and it doesn't work. Yep, menu screen, yep hit cmd-tab multiple times. Nope, never goes to my desktop. And yep, can't force-quit either. Just completely and utterly dead.
  7. cmd-tab just doesn't work at all for me. It locks the game up so bad it won't even force-quit. Worked fine pre 1.25, hasn't worked since.
  8. Dual 2.0 G5, 3GB ram, X800, 10.4.8 Flying: don't fly much, FPS drops too low to make it viable FB: 15-25 FPS In town battle: 5-15 FPS Have to say my FPS was significantly better before 1.25.x with much higher settings in the game controls. I saw easily double all the above. Since 1.25.x I've had to drop all game settings to almost minimum and yet still I get worse performance than previously. Furthermore I can't tab out of the game, it'll lock up completely, even refusing to force-quit. Nor can I run in windowed mode. I have an Intel Mac Book Pro and am tempted to try the game in PC mode on that, though I'm not convinced the X1600 with 128mb that's built in will show significant improvement. Might try it just for the hell though.
  9. It's funny, but I've been, lately, quite quick to criticise CRS for this game and the state it's in on a Mac but reading this made me think and I can't help but reply, with what I think is a player's perspective though rather than a technical one. For my experience the rendering isn't bad, except at the moment the funky German rifle, but as Ahwulf explained that's being fixed. The game, for me, never crashes unless I cmd-tab, so I don't - don't really need to anyway. In fact PC Squad mates of mine are getting CTHL and CTD (Connection To Host Lost & Crash To Desktop) on a regular basis, every session, and I haven't had one of either for months. Seems in some respects the Mac version is more stable. Yes, there are performance issues, and yes there are games with far advanced graphics than this one. But that, for me, is not what WWII Online is about. The slightly out-of-date graphics make no odds to an online game that has far and away the best gameplay of any I've tried - and that includes PC games as I have an Intel Mac Book Pro and use Bootcamp forever seeking my 'perfect' game. The advantages of WWII over other games, for me at least, are the lack of 'L33T' kiddies, the lack of level grinding (sure there is advancement, but it's not the same as the constant levelling treadmill of most MMOGs) and the lack of desire to get the best gear. There's no need for the latter - you don't 'have' gear in this anyway. This is the only, the absolute only, game a very random, very occasional gamer such as myself can come in to when time permits and play on a similar level to others who might be here nearly 24/7. It's unique. So I'd say testing it over 4 months on different Macs is no way to base a review. You need to settle on one Mac that runs it adequately enough to enjoy, get in to a Squad, go on missions with your squaddies, experience the heart-pounding moments when you're capping a heavily contended CP desperately hoping no EI is going to come through the door to kill you or driving a tank, or flying. Or whatever. But you need to spend time - there's no way, I believe, you could write a reasonable review without it. If you dip in to this game, testing it on different machines as you say, probably trying out, briefly, a lot of the available kit you are, obviously I think, going to come back with negative reviews. But if you stick at one or two things, get in with other players and truly experience the game you'll see it differently. Answer me this - what other game can get your heart racing because you know, at any second, one well aimed bullet could end you? You're getting closer and closer to that FB planning to place all your satchel charges to help take it down - you've crept past guards, tanks, atgs and aa guns and are within spitting distance of the vehicle spawn waiting for that perfect moment when you can run out, place the charges, and get away all the time knowing some keen eyed EI could spot you and end you, with one shot. That, mate, gets the adrenaline flowing and this game is the only one to do that for me. Oh yeah, and the gaming commmunity is superb - like I said, very few if any, kiddies here, just a lot of helpful and interested people (with a few idiots thrown in for balance). Try asking for help in game - you'll get it. Try that in a lot of others and you'll get ripped off as a noob.
  10. Haven't had a chance to try it, Abidubi, as yet. I rely on the PullTab haxie to make this machine work the way I need for business. Keep forgetting to remove it before I fire up the game! BTW I also have 3gb ram. 1.24 and switching worked fine. Not to worry - in all honesty this is much less of a problem to me than the FPS thing which hit us from 1.25 to 1.25.4. That gone, I'm a tad happier.
  11. Only tried this from the map screen as recommended on a G5 dual 2ghz running 10.4.8 - app switching or trying to go windowed fails every time locking the game up so badly I can't even force quit. For me it's totally knackered! However I wonder if a wee haxie I'm using could be the reason? I have PullTab installed so I get back the cmd-tab keystroke to switch tools in apps like Quark and Photoshop. Probably worth turning it off as an experiment though it never affected previous WWII versions in which I could always go the desktop and back again.
  12. Machine Name: Power Mac G5 Machine Model: PowerMac7,3 CPU Type: PowerPC G5 (2.2) Number Of CPUs: 2 CPU Speed: 2 GHz L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB Memory: 3 GB ATI Radeon X800 XT: Chipset Model: ATY,R420 Type: Display Bus: AGP Slot: SLOT-1 VRAM (Total): 256 MB Vendor: ATI (0x1002) Device ID: 0x4a48 Revision ID: 0x0000 ROM Revision: 113-A35801-109 Still getting funky weapons graphics - German rifle is wildly multi-coloured and bitmapped. cmd-tab or any other combination just locks up the game so badly I can't even force quit. 1.25.5 is a slight improvement over 1.25.4 in that centre on me now works and the FPS low spike isn't as low. But 1.24 was way, way better. Faster, more stable. Hey ho.
  13. Stigman have you got netcode2 on? Last night my netcode2 sort of stopped and I was reverted to 'normal' connection which resulted in a small lift in FPS. I went from 10-20, 25 at best dropping to 5 at worst to 20-30 with a peak of nearly 40 and a dip no worse than 10. Better. That was driving tanks too. I'm using a dual 2ghz G5, 3gb ram, ATI X800XT.
  14. About my second or third sortie this evening I got a system message about netcode2 not being loaded or something and that the system was switching to standard. Something like that. Anyway, no problem, I figured. Then I noticed an odd thing. My FPS of 10-20 maximum since 1.25 (was 40+ in 1.24) suddenly has become an FPS of 20-30 and sometimes 30-40. So netcode2 off it is. Still not chuffed that 1.25 is worse in performance terms than 1.24 - an update should improve matters, not worsen them. I've dropped all settings to low just to get close to the FPS I had in 1.24 with most settings there at medium, some high.
  15. Yep, I get that too, tiborg. Didn't post it as a bug as in comparison to the others it doesn't really bother me. However I'm willing to confirm your findings! Best of luck!
  16. Apologies. However I think, though I won't test this, I'm banned from the Q&A forum - I attempted to post a reply to a thread that existed last night and has since been deleted. The forum wouldn't allow me to post with reasons that lead me to believe I was locked out of that area. Anyway, I was just about to delete my post in this thread as it doesn't belong here and I shouldn't have posted it. You did it for me - ta. I'll take this directly to the mods from here on in. Good luck all.
  17. [Everyone can see perfectly well that you aren't banned.. you are getting there FAST though.. - MOD]
  18. Hmm, 1254 updater worked fine for me. The previous ones all failed with much the same problem you're getting though. In the end I had to bin my original installation, download the full WWII package, install that then patch it (as, bizarrely, the full install wasn't the latest release). Sadly you may have to do the same. Unless anyone else has any ideas. Good luck.
  19. Yeah, I need to add my thanks too. Thanks for taking a game I pay for from 30+ FPS down to 20 at best even with all the settings at their lowest. Thanks for fixing the FPS spikes that plaqued everyone since 1.25 was released - I now no longer drop to 2 or 3 FPS but rather 8 though granted for less time. Well done. Thanks also for realising that I don't need to tab back to the desktop as I was able to in 1.24. Without your removal of that feature I wouldn't have realised what an intrusion it was. Further thanks are due for not making 'centre on me' work as it did in 1.24. I now need to open my map a lot more frequently which must, surely, be a good thing! Thanks for making my desktop completely black when I quit the game lest I'm assaulted by a view of folders containing work to be done. I appreciate your hiding this from me. And finally thanks for being clear headed enough to understand that I didn't really expect any sort of compensation for the time between 1.25 being released and now, during which time the game was near enough unplayable. I'm grateful for the chance to pay you to keep this up! All in all 1.25 is superb. Honest. Best release I've seen since I started. Now can I have 1.24 back please - it worked.
  20. I did once. Shadowbane was, indeed, dog do. WoW has had similar problems and they credit users with free time when it happens. Lineage 1 credited me a few times for similar messes. Yep, like I've already agreed, bugs are par four the course. But that doesn't mean we should always happily tolerate it without compensation and it also doesn't mean it was a good idea to release what would obviously have problems before a holiday! Where's the fix? Where's the roll-back?
  21. Well, as I see it mate you're kind of right and kind of wrong. With 'ordinary' software - standalone stuff - you have to pay for upgrades, sure, but you're not forced to get said upgrades. It's your choice. I always wait before buying the latest version of xyz package whilst watching the relative forums for problems. When it appears they are sorted I'll consider upgrading. But, and this is important, if the software does exactly what I need as it stands and will for the foreseeable future I may not upgrade at all. So, spending the money is my choice. However with games, like this, upgrades are just released - usually as 'improvements' along with bug fixes. Sure we don't pay for those at the time - but we have been paying for our subscriptions all the time our account has been active and if the company that publishes the game doesn't include in the that cost both running and improving the thing then they haven't done the maths in their business properly! So we do, in fact, pay for upgrades and therefore should reasonably expect that said upgrades work - at least to a standard. Not have problems this bad - the lag thing. Now I accept ahwulf's argument that any game of this nature is bound to be affected by problems that will only surface from full on release to the paying public - nature of the beast as he says. But there should also be a clear cut policy of compensation should a release be seriously knackered like 1.25 is. Plus it was damn poor planning to release this, knowing there could be issues, before the staff that would be needed to fix the thing went on their (well earned I'm sure) breaks. That's just seriously bad management. Especially given that almost every update to this game I've experienced in the year I've been here has had issues - that history alone should have held them back from releasing 1.25 till after Xmas when there would have been more chance to repair it quickly. Or at least I'd hope. No fix in sight yet, it seems. I'm paid up till the end of Jan, but will cancel before then if this isn't fixed - it's just not worth it, no matter how much I love this game. It's just too damn frustrating at the moment.
  22. Doesn't make a blind bit of difference - except, of course, to hide the chat window (sometimes a bonus!) I have to do this every single time I spawn a vehicle. Never used to with 1.24. Done all that, plus lowered nearly everything to the base - 1.24 I could run with everything on medium or better and get halfway decent FPS. Face it, 1.25 (Mac and PC) is ****ed.
  23. Machine Name: Power Mac G5 Machine Model: PowerMac7,3 CPU Type: PowerPC G5 (2.2) Number Of CPUs: 2 CPU Speed: 2 GHz L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB Memory: 3 GB ATI Radeon X800 XT: Chipset Model: ATY,R420 Type: Display Bus: AGP Slot: SLOT-1 VRAM (Total): 256 MB Vendor: ATI (0x1002) Device ID: 0x4a48 Revision ID: 0x0000 ROM Revision: 113-A35801-109 4mb broadband using NTL as my ISP. No network problems reported lately. 200 or better ping whilst in game. 1. FPS drops. No matter the circumstance, place or activity it;ll drop to 5 or less for anything from a few seconds to a whole minute. Turning off the HUD makes no difference - at least no really noticable difference. 2. cmd-tab doesn't work. Can't switch to the desktop anymore. This was unreliable at best in 1.24, but worked. Now it simply doesn't. 3. Desktop completely black after quitting. Requires the use of a finder window to 'paint' it back. 4. Centre on me in the main map doesn't work. Option is selected and it'll work whilst the map is open, but if I close it then reopen it even though the option is still selected the map will not stay centred on me. 5. Reports on the map. Control click to bring up the menu which appears some 1-2cm to the right of where I clicked. It'll put the report icon in the right place though. 6. Random graphical glitches. Last night a rifle appeared psychodelic! Looked like something out of an old Doom game when some sort of shield effect was in place. This is very random - can't repeat it at all. 7. Random joystick problems. Again, not repeatable. Spawned in with a tank and have to drive it with a lot of left stick on just to stop it spinning (which it would do had I let the stick centre). Despawned then straight back in with the same tank and no problem. Very random. Sorry if some of those have been posted by others - I figured it may be helpful for you to know how many are getting these problems. My graphics settings in game are pretty low. Used the 'performance' setting rather than balanced or high quality and lowered almost everything else. This is significantly worse than 1.24 in which I could run with everything on medium or better and see 30+ FPS regularly. Good luck.
  24. So I'm guessing if I were a web designer creating a site for you and managing it on a daily basis, doing updates etc., for a monthly fee but said "sorry, I'm only going to do this 50% of the time and the site is going to be down, or too slow to use, 50% of the time" you'd still pay me. Or if you wanted a car and was told, before buying it, that it would only work occasionally, it'd definitely break down at least 3 out of 10 times you drove it without fail, that it'd be unreliable, you'd still buy it. Bet you wouldn't. But an odd thing happens with software - particularly games. Users (and I include myself here) will tolerate problems, they'll even come to the defence of the company publishing the thing, rather than say "hang on, I'm paying them money for this, why can't they deliver a usable product"! Yes, mate, it's certainly struck me that if everyone had the attitude you think I've got then this game may well not exist and that would, for certain, be a shame. But has it struck you that if more users were a tad less tolerate, less quick to defend the publisher, and a bit more wary to pay out for something that doesn't do what they hope it would then the publisher would realise that to stay in business they need to improve. 1.25 is an improvement over 1.24 in theory. Certain elements are a big improvement - bouncing grenades, etc.. But the problems brought on by it, with three 'fixes' released in short succession failing to fix them, show to me that it wasn't tested properly. That perhaps this release was rushed out for Xmas. If that's the case, nice try, but I think it'd be better to respect the public that pay to play this game by saying "sorry, it won't be out by xyz time because it doesn't work properly" rather than just chucking it out and hoping for the best. I've no way of knowing if that's what happened, I've also no way of know how much testing was done on 1.25 before it was release. What I do know is it's bugged to the point of unplayabilty and that, frankly, shouldn't be paid for. As things stand we whinge about the problems, we don't like them, we maybe don't even play waiting for a fix. But heaven forbid we criticise! We should erase all thought of not paying for something that's broken from our minds - sacrilege! We, in fact, should pay them more so they can fix it. If CRS was publishing an Open Source game on donations only I'd do just that, I really enjoy this game and I would donate to help them get it right. But they're not, they are running a business publishing a commercial game. That's a tough world and if you can't cut it you lose. Now I seriously hope they can cut it, and I really hope they fix this soon. But I can't afford to keep paying when I can't reliably use the thing I'm paying for. If you can, good luck to you. Or if you have a higher level of tolerance where these problems are concerned, again, good luck.
  25. And do your bosses know about this? Paid to play! Nice - got any jobs going? Seriously, from my experiences with 1.25 leaving the desktop black on quitting out I think there may be some sort of issue going on here that does more than just hide the desktop whilst in game. Hopefully it'll get fixed soon. When I exit WWII my desktop is all black except the menu bar, top of the screen. Then if I pull down a menu it'll restore a bit of the desktop around it, as will opening windows, but the only way I can get the whole thing back to start and stop a screen saver!