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Offline SaltyDogg

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Tweaking your conf.ini for better graphics
« on: January 20, 2012, 02:49:39 am »
Hi all,

We have tweaked our conf.ini file (located in the IL-2 installation directory) for better graphics in the game.
Finally after hours of trying, testing and tweaking I have found a way to have way better graphic settings then all the default ones, from the game itself.

Here is the adjusted conf.ini file that we use on our machines. (Only use conf.ini ! Trying to change it in the game tends to change more things than you want to change.)

NOTE: Always backup your old files before you begin!!!

I adjusted the water, land and plane graphics. (see screenshots for how it looks)





Below, the guide:

[Render_OpenGL]

This section is for your video card and how its features are used in the game. These are determined by hardware setup
As Far as we know the Text variables are all set in hardware setup program and depend on your card.

TexQual=3
3= normal
2= reduced by factor of 2
1= reduced by factor of 4
0 = reduced by factor of 8.
Only need to reduce for older graphics cards of 16mb or less.

TexMipFilter=1
0=Bilinear (fastest)
1=Trilinear (Improves quality with little sacrifice in speed)
2=anisotrophic (Best quality but slower)

TexCompress=2
0=No compression best quality
1=16bit conversion
2=S3TC compression, best Performance. with easily worst texture quality

TexFlags.UseDither=1
TexFlags.UseAlpha=0
TexFlags.UseIndex=0
TexFlags.PolygonStipple=1
TexFlags.UseClampedSprites=0
TexFlags.DrawLandByTriangles=1
TexFlags.UseVertexArrays=1
TexFlags.DisableAPIExtensions=0
TexFlags.ARBMultitextureExt=1
TexFlags.TexEnvCombineExt=1
TexFlags.SecondaryColorExt=1
TexFlags.VertexArrayExt=1
TexFlags.ClipHintExt=0
TexFlags.UsePaletteExt=0
TexFlags.TexAnisotropicExt=0
TexFlags.TexCompressARBExt=1 must be activated if S3TC compression is used
TexFlags.TexEnvCombine4NV=1
TexFlags.TexEnvCombineDot3=1
TexFlags.DepthClampNV=1
TexFlags.SeparateSpecular=1
TexFlags.TextureShaderNV=1
HardwareShaders=0 Must be 1 to activate Perfect mode.

Shadows=1

The lower the value in this section the less detailed these appear but game runs faster e.g.:
If you suspect trees or forests may cause the frame rate to drop, try lowering the Forestparameter in the conf.ini to 1, or even 0 (that would make forest appear in less detail, but render faster).

The only ones we have adjusted are Water, Forest and Textures.

Specular=2
SpecularLight=2
DiffuseLight=2
DynamicalLights=1
MeshDetail=2
VisibilityDistance=2

Sky=2
Forest=1
LandShading=2
LandDetails=2

LandGeom=3
TexLarge=0 High-resolution airplane textures (0/1)
0= low resolution, fewer memory needs, faster
1= quality, improves textures more memory need, slower

TexLandQual=3
TexLandLarge=0 High-resolution land textures (0/1)
0= low resolution, fewer memory needs, faster
1= quality, improves textures more memory need, slower

VideoSetupId=2

0 - Safe Settings
1 - Default Settings
2 - Maximum Settings
3 - NVidia GeForce 6800/6600/FX/4/3
4 - NVidia GeForce 5200..5900 - 1.x Shaders
5 - NVidia GeForce 4MX
6 - NVidia GeForce 2 GTS/MX/256
7 - NVidia Riva TNT2
8 - ATI Radeon X800/9800/9700/9600/9500
9 - ATI Radeon 8500/9000
10 - ATI Radeon
11 - Intel 915/925 (GMA900)
12 - Kyro II
13 - Matrox G400
14 - 3dfx Voodoo 3
15 - 3dfx Voodoo 5
16 - S3 Savage 4
17 – Custom

Water=1 (default).
Water = 0 - Water with flat geometry (fastest).
Water = 1 - Water with flat geometry (fast).
Water = 2 - This mode is visually similar to water = 3 but it runs on ATI cards 9800, X800, X1800 and later models.
Water = 3 - Fast render mode with Vertex Shaders 3.0 (NVIDIA 6600 and later models)
Water = 4 - Better quality mode with Vertex Shaders 3.0 (NVIDIA 6800 and later models)

Reminder:
ATI 9500 and higher supports modes: 0, 1, 2.
NVIDIA 6600 and later models support: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4.
NVIDIA cards before the 6xxx series support: 0, 1, 2 (2 is not recommended).

Effects=1
To minimize effects settings, use Effects = 0 (effects without shadows).
Effects=2, ([Render_OpenGL] section of conf.ini) test mode for improved effects lighting. This mode required 3.0+ MHz CPU.

ForceShaders1x=0
If on older cards try to use ForceShaders1x = 1 it's helpful for GeForce FX 5200, 5600, 5700 cards. Not needed for newer cards

Clouds rendering edit in the [game] section and in the TypeClouds= line write in either 0 or 1, then save the file.
TypeClouds=0 standard clouds
TypeClouds=1 improved quality clouds

Note:
When playing online the player will see the cloud type set by the server, and not as individually set in their conf.ini. This is done to ensure all players see the same tactical situation in the air regardless of their settings.

PolygonOffsetFactor=-0.15
If you experience flickering airfields when viewed from high altitude, add these two lines into the OpenGL section to fix the issue

PolygonOffsetUnits=-3.0


Greetings,
SaltyDogg

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Re: Tweaking your conf.ini for better graphics
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2012, 04:24:05 am »
Also be sure, that if you edit the file, you need to it when the game is NOT running. If you edit the conf.ini while the game is running and then close the game,
it will put back the old settings.

Greetings,

Tox
« Last Edit: February 07, 2012, 03:00:31 pm by RandomTox »

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Re: Tweaking your conf.ini for better graphics
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012, 09:41:04 pm »
The sea looks so good we need to be on the ships or in a small boat :)

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Re: Tweaking your conf.ini for better graphics
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2012, 01:03:20 am »
Hello everybody,especially SaltyDogg.! ;D
I shall down and paste the config file but iv'e got a bit of a problem in that i can barely see other planes that are below the horizon and i cannot find any brightness/gamma setting.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated,apologies in advance if this is a bit of a dimwitted question i'm a noob to this game.

Salutes to all traversing the blue yonder!



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Re: Tweaking your conf.ini for better graphics
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2012, 01:41:44 am »
Hi Return0,

Welcome to dutchArcade :). Could you maybe be a little more specific about when you have the problem?
And are you having this problem before or after using the conf.ini?

Greetings,
Tox

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Re: Tweaking your conf.ini for better graphics
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2012, 07:34:14 pm »
Hello RandomTox and thanx for responding,i shall try to be as specific as i can. ;D
The problem is in-game general darkness,that is to say i cannot distinguish land/sea based targets and i can only spot enemy planes if they are flying at high altitude relative to me(above the horizon).
I havent pasted the conf file yet,i can do that but i dont think it will solve the issue.
Should i do that first and report back.?

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« Last Edit: February 10, 2012, 08:06:43 pm by Return0 »

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Re: Tweaking your conf.ini for better graphics
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2012, 07:46:29 pm »
Hi Return0,

I would first try the conf.ini if I were you.. Then report to us ;)
Do not forget to backup your old conf.ini file !!

Good luck,
Salty

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Re: Tweaking your conf.ini for better graphics
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2012, 08:10:13 pm »
I shall obey SaltyDogg that is i concur dear fellow i concur...

I shall report back a.s.a.p

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Re: Tweaking your conf.ini for better graphics
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2012, 10:57:47 pm »
And... any news ?

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Re: Tweaking your conf.ini for better graphics
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2012, 01:20:07 am »
Realy nice, tried it and it gave new light to my il-2 game, thx for sharing :)

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Re: Tweaking your conf.ini for better graphics
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2012, 02:06:19 am »
You're welcome!

I would be ashamed of myself if I would hide this tweak for you pilots ;)

It's a must have!  8)