every time u start the apb launcher it will write over any change you make to the configs, so the trick is start the launcher, copy/paste over your new config, and start the game(or not use the launcher at all). U will notice there are 5 AppBucket lines. each number referrers to a quality setting in apb, so appbucket 1 is min, 2 low, 3 medium and so on and so on. so if you edited say app bucket 1 (which is what i normally use to test) you have to make sure u set the in game quality to min, or none of your changes will apply. ANOTHER NOTE, DO NOT change to or from your custom graphics while in game. if u need to change them do it at the login, hit esc/video/ and change to your appbucket there. changing to or from a custom app bucket in game without bloom and lower maxlods will cause the game to crash. ALSO MAKE SURE U CHANGE THE GRAPHICS SETTINGS BEFORE U ADD THE CONFIG FILE! Or when u change the settings u will just overwrite my config.
after fooling around and getting most most my maxlods down to anything between 512 all the way as low as 64 iv gotten the game to run @ 25-30fps constant on my girlfriends 8500 nvidia. I WARN YOU, THE GAME WILL LOOK VERY UGLY, almost as bad as a ps2 or n64 game, but your performance will be thro the roof. its will probable take you a few trys to get everything set just right, but once you do it will pay off performance wise. as for worries about if this is bannable/or illiget me and MANY others did this in apb rtw to get more fps from are older rigs and never got kicked,banned, and even had a few rtw staff talk to us about the setting we were modifying and ways to get even more performance out of it, so id say its safe (aswell as my gf has been using this config for 5 days now without issue). editing ini's has never resulted in a ban UNLESS u change stuff that will effect gameplay, keep it to just video setting (and dont remove wall textures) and its all good. Also me and my friends have been using these configs since reloaded beta start and no issues have arisen
If at any point during your tweaking you run into a problem, just delete the file from your apb folder and the next time u launch apb it will re download the correct files. I will post screen shots (and a config to use) shortly to give u a diea of how massively u can change how this game runs and looks
Girlfriends rig has a 2.3ghz dual intel and a 8500 Nvidia, 4 gigs ram. THESE SCREENSHOTS WHERE TAKEN ON MY RIG, NOT MY GIRLFRIENDS. also the game on min without my tweaks she got 5-8fps with the very odd jump to 10-15 when like looking down
APB_2011-05-07_21-37-20-63.jpg: Default maxed no AA - Girlfriends rig = 3fps
APB_2011-05-07_20-29-51-07.jpg: This is with maxlods set to 512. - Girlfriends rig = 13fps
APB_2011-05-07_20-37-56-25.jpg: This is with maxlods set to 128. - Girlfriends rig = 15-16fps
APB_2011-05-07_22-54-31-77.jpg: New 32maxlod, reduced cell distance, reduce shadow count. GAME LOOKS BAD bud great fps - Girlfriends rig = 24fps (this screenshot was taken at night compared to the others so thats why its so much darker, but the game DOES get darker the lower lods you go)
Config for 128 Maxlod @ http://www.fileserve.com/file/W5eweUU
File name: APBCompat.ini File size: 60.44 KB
Megaupload @ http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VFZ70QI7
Rapidshare @ https://rapidshare.c...2/APBCompat.ini
Config for 32maxlod and custom cell distances @ http://www.fileserve.com/file/UeX9a8D
File name: APBCompat.ini File size: 60.39 KB
megaupload @ http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XA3630JT
Rapidshare @ https://rapidshare.c...2/APBCompat.ini
TO USE THIS CONFIG start the game, set it to minimum graphics slider, close apb. start the apb launcher, let it load, copy/paste over my config and replace the current apbcompat there @ C:\Program Files (x86)\GamersFirst\APB Reloaded\APBGame\Config\, hit start in the launcher to start the game. and done, should all be set, u will INSTANTLY notice a HUGE difference, if u dont, u messed something up and try again. remember, everytime u launch the launcher it rewrite your configs, so u ALWAYS have to copy over the file everytime u start the game (after u start the launcher of course). you can also just launch the game using the program and not the launcher.
ADDED for fun :ok here is a config with EVERYTHING doubled from default max. double cells, doubled lods, doubled shadows, turned high poly characters on. overall I dont see much of a deference, looks a tad better i guess.but that could just be my eyes. why dont you have a look. THIS USES APPBUCKET 5 SO YOU HAVE TO SET IN GAME QUALITY TO MAXIMUM.
Rapidshare @ https://rapidshare.c...8/APBCompat.ini REMEMBER this uses appbucket 5 so im game quality must be set to maximum
Megashare @ http://www.megaupload.com/?d=EX3ETZR0 REMEMBER this uses appbucket 5 so im game quality must be set to maximum
If your having trouble PM me and il give u my vent info and il go over some stuff with you there. THIS MAY NOT WORK FOR YOU, I can promise at least 10% of people who try this will do it wrong and not notice a difference, if the game doesn't look my screenshots you did it wrong.
Edited by quickshot1010101, 13 July 2011 - 12:18 AM.