PDX_Dragon

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    my baby died :(

    My 3 1/2 year old gaming laptop, ASUS G750JZ with the GTX 880M died about a month ago. As you now know, it's a terrible time to look for a video card. There has been a shortage, but NVIDIA has been rumored to be announcing it's next generation of video cards "any day now" for the last month or so. Latest rumor is a summer announcement. The only announcement I've seen is that will be called the 11xx series. These cards look like they might be a big leap in performance, google "NVIDIA ray tracing". So it's unlikely NVIDIA is going to do much to ease the shortage by running off a large production run of GPUs that will soon become obsolete. There does appear to be a slight easing recently though, and I was able to purchase am MSI GTX 1050 from Best Buy a week ago for $220.00, twice it's list price. This runs high def WoT 1.0 at 1080P at 60 to 70 FPS with everything graphical set to ultra and maxed. I'll turn down a few things that obscure my view, like grass in sniper mode and probably smoke. I'd mostly try to spend as little as you can right now, because something interesting might be here soon. Does anybody reading this have an old 9xx or 10xx they could give Draco912 a deal on?
  2. Looks like it's not a problem anymore. I just moved a shortcut for the WoT launcher to my taskbar and everything seems to work fine.
  3. The PC I game on is the PC I work on, so I rarely log in with administrator privileges. I never game with administrator privileges. A laptop I've been working and gaming on died recently. Now I have to install WoT on my new PC as an administrator and need to set file and folder permissions so the game can be played while running a regular account. I've done this for WoT years ago, and I'm comfortable setting permissions. I can figure out which files and folders need their permissions altered. I'd appreciate anybody who can save me some time and tell me which ones they are. Thanks
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    Looking for CW, competition, and learning

    You might want to look at SHIRE. This is basically ROHAN, with most of the same members and different leadership. Real life happened to the ROHAN commander and co-commander. We're mainly a tier 8 SH clan that can usually run a team every night, looking for enough active players to have multiple teams. We still find ourselves short sometimes, so we run tier 6 SH too. We're interested in moving into tier 10 competition. Not everybody has tier 10s, yet, but we're doing advances and will be doing something with clan wars this season. We have 80 or 90 members, but we'll make room for active members. One important thing. No raging assholes. Mistakes, by callers and the rank and file, are discussed. But nobody in this clan is going to puff up their own self esteem by shitting on others.
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    Looking for new notebook

    The battery of my 3 year old ASUS G750 went bad a year and a half after I bought it. Fortunately it was user replaceable. I'd be pissed if I had to send it off to have a new one installed. I don't know if any laptops still have user replaceable batteries, but it's a checkbox item when I look for a replacement.
  6. Thanks, a bunch of my graphics settings had been changed before this issue started. I hadn't noticed Window - Borderles had been changed to Full Screen.
  7. Hi Folks: A day or two ago, before the 9.20.1 patch, WoT started minimizing, disappearing except for the icon on the task bar, as soon as I selected another window. For example, clicking on the TeamSpeak window on my first, smaller, monitor. It pops back up when I click on the WoT icon, but it's annoying. This continues to happen with today's patch. Anybody else getting this? Anything I'm doing that's causing it to happen? Thanks
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    T-54 Gun Selection

    I wondering about gun selection on a T-54. A lot of people seem to prefer the D-10T2S. Saving 1.1 seconds is important, but the D-54's better dispersion and aim time make it look pretty good. What are others thinking?
  9. Thanks everybody for your responses. I also suspect the GTX 880M wasn't being used. Reinstall WoT, no change. Uninstall everything from NVIDIA and reinstall. Next game started out at 105 FPS and I didn't see it drop below 90 until I looked after the last kill. Not bad for maxed out graphics, with the exceptions noted above, on a 3 year old laptop.
  10. Hi Folks: I'm playing on a 3 year old gaming laptop, a maxed out ASUS G750 with a GTX 880M. My frame rate's dropped from 60 to 80 FPS to 15 to 25 with release 9.20. I haven't used mods for several releases. I like pretty graphics so they're maxed out in 1080P except for anti aliasing and Motion Blur Effect. Items that obstruct my view, Extra Effects in Sniper Mode, Flora Density and Grass in Sniper mode are all turned off. The play looks and feels choppy and mouse control of the gun is imprecise with this release. The laptop's 3 year extended warranty expired last month so I'm wondering if anybody else noticed this slowdown or if it's a perfectly timed system failure.
  11. Thanks again: That's great. I'm working my way through an OpenGL library tutorial and I should be getting into the model lessons by this weekend. This could be fun.
  12. Thanks OOPman and Assassian7: Yea OOPman, I'm assuming they're in the package WoT installs and updates on our computers. But I've wondered through the WoT directories and don't see anything with an obvious name, or a directory with 300 individual tank model files. They're probably kept in a database, in a single file. That's how I'd do it. Either Tanks.gg and similar tools know the name of that file, and how to access it's contents, or there is some other resource that has these models. I'm curious to know the details of how they access the models.
  13. Hi Folks: Title says it all. There seems to be 3D models of more or less every tank in WoT. Can I get my hands on these? Thanks
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    Any FreeCam Currently Working?

    Thanks Spinee: Wow! That's quite a garage. It's interesting to see the tricks WG uses to make a very simple garage look so elaborate. I was wondering how they made the transition from the near to the distant landscape, it looks smooth. Garages usually have some obstruction to hide the change to a 2D painting of distant objects like mountains. This garage is truly vast. There are a few tricks, like 2D trees at very far distances, but this appears to be as complex as a full map we might see for a battlefield.
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    Any FreeCam Currently Working?

    Hi Folks: I'd like to take a flight over the Christmas garage before it disappears, but I haven't found a free cam mod that works with 0.9.17, for garage or replay. Anybody know where I can find one? Thanks