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Tue, Feb. 3rd, 2004 01:37 pm
RAGE!

There are not a whole terrible lot of things that annoy me horribly. However, EA has slammed into one of them full force. You see, I am a great fan of Battlefield 1942, a vehicle-based First Person Shooter that takes place in multiple World War 2 theaters of operation (OK, truth be told, I'd pay over $100 for Barbie Pets Bunnies if it let me fire on Barbie with the IJN Yamato's 46cm battery). Once very nice property of BF1942 is that they release patches that not only fix bugs, but add maps and vehicles to the game. A little while ago the Version 1.6 patch came out, and I gladly downloaded it (weighing in at 267 MB, it was a task even for my DSL). However, these patches have an annoying trait; they expand to the C: of the target machine no matter what you do. Now, ZOISITE, my primary gaming rig, has a 2 GB C:. Most of this is consumed by the OS. I had some 36 MB free when I started patching. It yelled at me. In the past, I've been able to clear a big enough space on ZOISITE's drive for 1942 to do its upgrade dance, but this time it will have none of it. I have cleared some 411 MB of space, over 20% of the entire drive, and it still will not even get so far as to give me a prompt. It helpfully pops up a box telling me to free 298.37 additional megabytes of storage on C. Of course, it told me to free up 298.37 MB when I had 36 MB free, so I'm not sure I trust that number.

Current Mood: enraged enraged

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taranhero
taranhero
Taran
Tue, Feb. 3rd, 2004 11:49 am (UTC)

Somehow, after my last reinstall my computer decided that C: was a bad choice for my main hard drive, and therefore decided to make my maindrive F:. This presents issues with games that don't use $MAIN_DRIVE\Program Files as the default, as they get confused when they find that drive C has 0 MB of free space. :)


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sirroxton
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Adam Augusta
Wed, Feb. 4th, 2004 05:56 am (UTC)

I wonder what would happen to me. I don't have a C: drive. For whatever reason, my drives start at F:. :)

Of course, we should all be using the Distributed File System (DFS) utility in AdminPak so that we can ditch drives and be 1337 like the UNIX people.


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bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Wed, Feb. 4th, 2004 08:53 am (UTC)

Grrrr. No. DFS BAD.

Don't get me wrong, Distributed File Systems (indeed, Distributed * Systems) are wonderful for server-grade applications and other systems that need high reliability and failure tolerance. But not for gaming rigs. Video games go fast. That is the point. End of story, discussion over, come back next week. I do not want my single-player Halo experience to be lagging while my FS sorts through half a dozen lookup tables on four different machines to find out what color that grunt's left earlobe should be.

And people wonder why UNIX isn't the premier gaming platform in the world :-).


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