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Posted: July 2, 2000
Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan
Sound Settings (cont.)
The only other two settings have to do with 3D sound implementations. The first one, Dolby Surround, should only be used if you are using a Dolby compatible 5.1 speaker system with a built in decoder. The other setting, which enables 3D hardware, should be used only if you have a main brand sound card like Aureal or Soundblaster. Otherwise leave that setting alone as well.
Getting to the Preferences Menu
You have to do a little game hacking to get to the console, and hence the preferences menu, in Deus Ex. First, browse to your Deus Ex directory and open the system folder. Inside there, look for and open up the user.ini file (doesn't this sound a bit like tweaking UT?). Look for a line under the key bindings that says Tilde= and after the equals, add the word talk. Save the file and then load up a game of Deus Ex. Press the tilde [~] key, delete any text that pops up in the command line and then type in the word preferences (as it was in UT). This will force the game back into windowed mode and load up the preferences menu. It's all smooth sailing from here.
Seeing that a bunch of the tweaks available in the advanced options (also known as preferences) menu are also available in game, I will avoid those and just tell you about all of the sweet ones that you can't get elsewhere.
- Advanced - Under the advanced section of the Advanced/Preferences Menu there is a setting called CacheSizeMegs (under the Game Engine Settings subheading). The standard setting for this is 0 in Deus Ex - However, seeing that I trust the original programmers a bit more than the guys over at Ion Storm, I'm going to go out on a limb and recommend that you set this up to 4 (the default setting for Unreal and Unreal Tournament. It'll help - trust me.
- Audio - Under audio, I would recommend enabling CD Audio if it isn't already selected - this should make the background music sound better and will use less computer resources to boot. I would also recommend enabling lowsoundquality to increase speed, as well as disabling 'UseReverb,' which removes some 3D sound effects.
- Under display you can enable a feature called CurvedSurfaces, which enables, well, curved surfaces. If you've got a 3dfx card and a decent processor, you can try this out for some visual quality improvement, but it is unlikely to work very well on D3D. As a matter of fact, it did not run well at all in D3D in our tests, so you would probably be better with it disabled in that case.