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kaye
03-05-2004, 07:23 PM
I purchased Halo at Macworld San Francisco back in January. Other than X-Plane, I am completely stupid about games. In trying to compare the performance of a GF4ti and a Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition, I would like to compare frame rates with Halo at various settings using Halo's Timedemo.

Have reviewed the Halo docs, the info at Bare Feats, more at xlr8yourmac, and I cannot figure out how to spit out a text document of frame rates in Halo using the Timedemo.

All sources say that a Timedemo.txt file will be created but the real name of Timedemo is really Timedemo.txt. Have searched the entire hard drive for such a txt file. Not there. Anyone help before I give up on this game altogether. #1 son is salivating to kill me via network, he has the PC version, but I can't even get this Timedemo to work. k

TZ
03-06-2004, 04:37 AM
Kaye,

You may have been to these places and read what I could find, I'm putting them here sort of as a Check List.

From AYM: "For further information, please visit the timedemo FAQ at:"
http://halo.bungie.net/site/halo/features/hpcperformancefaq.html (http://halo.bungie.net/site/halo/features/hpcperformancefaq.html)

Way down the linked page are timedemo comments. There's an option you can check to run a timedemo in the opening options window when running Halo on the Mac.

when you run the time demo, where is it saved. I've run the time demo a few times, but for the life of me, can't find where it is.

It's in the Halo folder (timedemo.txt). The only way I got it to open without launching Halo (double click) was to just drag it to the Text Edit icon. It keeps a running log for every TD you run.

dk

http://bbs.xlr8yourmac.com/ubb/Forum25/HTML/000500-3.html
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3.5 How do I use the timedemo?
Simply run halo.exe timedemo. If you are using the shortcut that was installed on your desktop to run Halo, follow these steps to run timedemo:

3. Right-click on the shortcut and choose Properties.
4. In the target field, you will see C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Halo\halo.exe (assuming you've installed in the default directory). Add timedemo at the end of it.

3.6 How does timedemo report its results?
Timedemo will create a file named timedemo.txt in your install folder.

3.7 Will timedemo take any other arguments into account?
Yes. If you run halo.exe nosound use11 timedemo, timedemo will run without sound and will use the pixel shader 1.1 rendering code path.

Control-click to download .rtf file:
http://halo.bungie.net/images/site/halo/halo_pc_technical_and_performance_faq_1_02.rtf

http://halo.bungie.net/site/halo/features/hpcperformancefaq.html (http://halo.bungie.net/site/halo/features/hpcperformancefaq.html)

http://halo.bungie.net/site/halo/features/halopconline.html
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Troubleshooting:
http://www.macsoftgames.com/products/halo/support/MacSoft-Halo-Support.html (http://www.macsoftgames.com/products/halo/support/MacSoft-Halo-Support.html)

[This message was edited by TZ on Sat March 06, 2004 PT at 5:31.]

TZ
03-06-2004, 05:51 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> By the way, when you run the time demo, where is it saved. I've run the time demo a few times, but for the life of me, can't find where it is. <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> It's in the Halo folder (timedemo.txt). The only way I got it to open without launching Halo (double click) was to just drag it to the Text Edit icon. It keeps a running log for every TD you run.

- dk <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

xlr8 bbs games (http://bbs.xlr8yourmac.com/ubb/Forum25/HTML/000500-3.html) <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

kaye
03-06-2004, 06:43 AM
Thanks TZ. I new it was going to be something simple that this simpleton couldn't understand. "The only way I got it to open without launching Halo (double click) was to just drag it to the Text Edit icon." I can't tell you how many times I double clicked that Timedemo.txt icon and lauched Halo. I'm off to try it the new way. k

kaye
03-06-2004, 07:07 AM
Yeah, it works TZ. Another way, highlight the Timedemo.txt icon, then from the Menu Bar, Finder>Services>TextEdit>Open Selected File. Log of all the Timedemo tests run. Marvelous, thanks TZ. k