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The Setup Application

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Where to Find the Setup Application

MacOS X Users

FIXME For 0.4.3. Needs to be updated. There is now a Vega Strike Setup.app application included.

  • Click to open.
    • If you do not have GTK and X11 installed then you will see a console interface with arrow keys.
    • If you have GTK and X11, then you will be presented with the window seen here.

If it does not work:

  • ctrl-clicking or right-clicking the Vega Strike application
  • choose Show Package Contents
  • navigate to the Contents/Resources/data/ subdirectory.
  • It's useful to drag an alias of this directory to your desktop while you're editing Vega Strike.

Linux/Unix Users

Configuration is accessed in two ways:

  • Opening the file vssetup, usually located here : /usr/games/vssetup OR
  • Direct editing of the vegastrike.config file.
    • There are multiple vegastrike.config files, the correct one to edit is located in a hidden home directory: ~/.vegastrike/vegastrike.config

Windows Users

Configuration is accessed in three ways:

  • Run the program Launcher.exe and select GAME SETTINGS; OR
  • Run directly by opening the file setup.exe (Setup in the Start Menu);
  • Direct editing of the vegastrike.config file.

Configuration Settings

Computer

The table below shows the different choices for the "Computer" ComboBox in vssetup, and subsequent parameters

  • The first column shows the ComboBox items
  • The second column shows amounts of RAM and virtual memory needed by Vega Strike to run with these choices


MHz RAM + SWAP Force lighting Every other mounts Max single sounds Max total sounds Simulation atom Num old systems Num running systems Inactive system time
100 256 True 5 16 0,25 2 1 0,7
200 384+256 True 5 16 0,12 2 2 0,7
500 512+256 1 False 8 24 0,08 3 2 0,5
800 512+1000 1 False 12 32 0,07 4 3 0,5
1000 1000+1000 1 False 12 32 0,05 5 3 0,3
Section Graphics (l. 911) Audio (l. 1007) General (l. 1168) Physics (l. 1333)














Legend :

  • Force lightning : Determines whether Vega Strike uses default lightning or the values from mesh's file.
  • Every other mount : Half of firing non-missile (gun/beam) mounts don't make sounds. Performance option.
  • Max single sounds : Maximum number of single sounds played at the same time.
  • Max total sounds : Maximum number of sounds played at the same time.
  • Simulation atom : Simulation precision - time increment, defining physical FPS. For inactive systems1 the precision is gradually reduced, freeing CPU resources for more relevant calculations.
  • Num old systems : Old systems that have data saved for reuse. Practically this means: systems aren't always generated anew when the player jumps back, thus this also means planned trade between the system is possible within this limit - profitable consumers won't mysteriously vanish while you're procuring goods for them. Both generated and copies of pre-defined systems are stored in vegastrike user data, under .../sectors/. XML store only "significant" system objects, from stations and planetary rings and up; small stuff like generated ships and missiles/mines is not permanent.
  • Num running systems : Numbers of inactive systems1 retained in RAM and still simulated. Practically this means: ships continue to exist and battles go on while the player doesn't look at them.
  • Inactive system time : Multiplier for the priority calculation (and therefore in the inactive systems refresh rate). Practically this means: how much Simulation Atom for system deteriorates. The less resources is used on each, the more you can afford to keep without slowing down too much.

For more information on Simulation atom and Inactive system time, please visit this thread on the "Website support and discussion" forum.

Note : The final row gives the section and the line number where the parameters are set in vegastrike.config.
1 : Inactive systems are previously visited systems that don't have the player ship but are still simulated (and retain all their units), from 1 (the one you just left) to "Num running systems".


Difficulty

- vegastrike.config : lines 1300 to 1323, section Physics.
- Connections with Vssetup : lines 19 and 67 to 72.

Vssetup parameters vegastrike.config parameters Game speed Game acceleration
Relaxing gameplay easy 2 0,6
Moderate gameplay medium 2,6 0,4
Hasty gameplay hard 3 0,3








Sound

- vegastrike.config : lines 989 to 995 and 1023 to 1039, section Audio.
- Connections with Vssetup : lines 15 and 75 to 78.

  • No Sound - No sound files played. This option is suggested when game performance is slow.
  • My Sound Only - AI sound is deactivated; Only sound from you and your ship.
  • All Sound - AI sound is activated
  • My Linux Sound - AI sound is deactivated; Only sound from you and your ship.
  • All Linux Sound - AI sound is activated


Music and Volume

- vegastrike.config : lines 1047 to 1059, section Audio.
- Connections with Vssetup : lines 16 and 79 to 81.

The initial setting for your music volume. This setting can be adjusted ingame.

  • High Volume - To give you loud, dramatic music!
  • Medium Volume - For enjoying the music but without it being intrusive.
  • Low Volume - Suitable setting for having music playing in the background.
  • Music Off - Does not load soundserver to play music. This option is suggested when game performance is slow.


Geometry

- vegastrike.config : lines 766 to 909, section Graphics.
- Connections with Vssetup : lines 10 and 55 to 60.

This selection determines the level of visual detail Vega Strike projects to your monitor. These settings affect smoothness and rounding of objects, font style and anti-aliasing, sun halos, maximum texture size capability and whether reflection capability is available.

  • Extreme Detail
    Highest detailing available including full smoothing, halo, texturing and reflection capability available. Cockpits can be activated. Only high end video cards can operate at this setting without affecting performance.
  • Very High Detail
    The main difference is a large reduction in the level of visual detail.
  • High Detail
    Further reduction in visual detail, and reduced lighting capability.
  • Medium Detail
    Visual detail reduced with nebula fog disabled.
  • Low Detail
    Reduced visual detail with no background detailing (black only) and cockpits no longer available. All script is in reduced font size with no color differentiation. Light reflection is disabled with no haloing effects.
  • Retro Detail
    Lowest detail with no texture usage (wireframe only).


Textures

- vegastrike.config : lines 922 to 953, section Graphics.
- Connections with Vssetup : lines 11 and 61 to 66.

Vssetup parameters Max texture dimension Max movie dimension Max cube-map size
Retro 44 44 44
256 256 256 126
512 512 360 256
1024 1024 720 512
2048 2048 1024 1024
Max 65536 1280 65536













FactionTextures

- vegastrike.config : lines 915 to 920, section Graphics.
- Connections with Vssetup : lines 21 and 99 to 100.

Some units have optional textures with custom paint job, varying with faction.
Available choices : ON or OFF
Enabling "Faction texture" uses more Video RAM.


Shaders

- vegastrike.config : lines 584 to 625, section Graphics.
- Connections with Vssetup : lines 14 and 42 to 48.

Vssetup parameters Mac Shader Name Default Full Technique Default Simple Technique Technique Set
Extreme Shader mac 5_ps3.0/default 5_ps3.0/default_simple 6_ps4.0
Nicest Shader mac default default_simple 5_ps3.0
Average Shader mac 5_ps3.0/default 5_ps3.0/default_simple 4_ps2.0
Simple Shader maclite 5_ps3.0/default 5_ps3.0/default_simple 3_arbfp
Simplest Shader maclite default default_simple 2_ps1.4
Onboard shader maclite default default_simple 1_ps1.2
No Shader Support / default default_simple 0_fixed_gl















Resolution

- vegastrike.config : lines 660 to 764, section Graphics.
- Connections with Vssetup : line 12.

This selection sets the Video Resolution for Vega Strike to use. Please note the larger the resolution, the greater the processing power is needed.

  • 512x384 - FIXME
  • 800x600 - xxx
  • 1024x640 - xxx
  • 1024x768 - xxx
  • 1280x800 - xxx
  • 1280x960 - xxx
  • 1280x1024 - xxx
  • 1366x768 - xxx
  • 1400x1050 - xxx
  • 1440x900 - xxx
  • 1680x1050 - xxx
  • 1600x900 - xxx
  • 1600x1200 - xxx
  • 1920x1080 - xxx
  • 1920x1200 - xxx
  • 2560x1600 - xxx

Only standard 4:3 resolutions are supported. Wide screens (3:2, 16:9, etc) will display stretched or pillarboxed depending on your local drivers. Multiple monitors are not supported.


Color

- vegastrike.config : lines 627 to 649, section Graphics.
- Connections with Vssetup : line 13 and 93 to 96.

This selection determines whether the game uses full 32 bit color or the more limited 16 bit color range. It also determines whether the game runs in full screen mode (uses your whole screen limited by your resolution setting) or is windowed (appears as a window in your monitor allowing access other programs).

  • 32 bit Color Fullscreen - 32 bit color viewed in a full screen. Note that eMac users might not be able to use this setting.
  • 16 bit Color Fullscreen - Reduced 16 bit color viewed in a full screen. Note that eMac users might not be able to use this setting.
  • 32 bit Color Windowed - 32 bit color with the game viewed in a window.
  • 16 bit Color Windowed - Reduced 16 bit color with the game viewed in a window.
Vssetup parameters Color depth Zfar Full screen
32 Bit Color Fullscreen 32 600000 true
16 Bit Color Fullscreen 16 80000 true
32 Bit Color Windowed 32 600000 false
16 Bit Color Windowed 16 80000 false








Mouse

- vegastrike.config : lines 1119 to 1131, section Joystick.
- Connections with Vssetup : line 17 and 88 to 92.

Definitions

This selection determines your mouse control during flight operations. A mouse with multiple buttons default to the button selection below.

  • button 0 = Fire Weapon
  • button 1 = Fire Missile
  • button 2 = Afterburner
  • button 3 = Target (cycle all available targets)
  • button 4 = Target (target nearest targeting reticule)
  • button 5 = Deceleration (decrease speed)
  • button 6 = Perform a Shelton Slide
  • button 7 = Acceleration (increase speed)
  • button 8 = Cycle through guns
  • button 9 = Cycle through missiles

Options

  • Mouse Warping
    "Drag to Steer". Your craft turns in the direction of the mouse movement, but the turn only continues while you mouse moves. To continue a turn, you need to continue scrolling your mouse in the desired direction.
  • Inv Mouse Warp
    Inverts the direction of "Mouse Warping"
  • Inv Mouse Glide
    Inverts the up/down direction of "Mouse Glide"
  • Mouse Glide
    Provides a 'ghost' targeting reticle that is movable around the screen. When moved away from center, your ship will turn in the direction of the reticle. Recenter reticle to cease turning. This option does not require mouse scrolling to continue a turn.
  • No Mouse
    No mouse flight.


Joystick

- vegastrike.config : lines FIXME, section Joystick.
- Connections with Vssetup : line 18 and 49 to 54.

Definitions

This selection configures your joystick for flight control. Joysticks can also be programmed by directly editing the vegastrike.config file recommended for advanced use only. Joysticks with multiple buttons default to the button selection below.

  • x axis = changes direction of pitch. Imagine holding your arms out sideways from your body and your hands holding on to something. You then swing your feet up and down. You are rotating on your arms (x axis).
  • y asis = changes direction of yaw. Imagine standing upright, then turning in place to the left or right.
  • z axis = changes direction of roll. Imagine standing upright, holding on to a pole above you running from forwards to backwards. You then swing from left to right. You are 'rolling' around the pole.
  • button 0 = Fire Weapon
  • button 1 = Afterburner
  • button 2 = Fire Missile
  • button 3 = Target (cycle all available targets)
  • button 4 = Target (target nearest targeting reticle)
  • button 5 = Deceleration (decrease speed)
  • button 6 = Perform a Shelton Slide
  • button 7 = Acceleration (increase speed)
  • button 8 = Cycle through guns
  • button 9 = Cycle through missiles

Options

  • No Joystick - No joystick flight enabled.
  • 2 Axis Joystick Enables a standard 2 axis (x,y) joystick with two buttons (0,1).
  • 2 Axis Joystick And Throttle - Enables movement in the x,y directions only. Currently, throttle control gives acceleration and deceleration, not speed control. Result: set speed is either maximum or zero.
  • 3 Axis Joystick - Enables movement in all three directions.
  • 3 Axis Joystick and Throttle - Enables movement in all three directions, plus the use of a throttle. Currently, throttle control gives acceleration and deceleration, not speed control. Result: set speed is either maximum or zero.
  • Joystick and Throttle Reversed - Reverses the setting of third axis and throttle.


AcceleratedVisual

- vegastrike.config : lines 548 to 550, section Graphics.
- Connections with Vssetup : line 20 and 97 to 98.

  • ON (recommended)
  • OFF (workaround for ATI bug)


Autodocker

- vegastrike.config : lines 1431 to 1438, section Test.
- Connections with Vssetup : line 22 and 101 to 102.

  • ON (experimental)
  • OFF (default)

See also


Considering changes in the development version, at least difficulty settings, performance settings and handling of old/inactive systems most likely will be overhauled by the next release. Font settings are separated from other graphics. Also, there's an option for censored art - a slightly limited subset of loading screens allows any species not used to see human skin below the neck to feel comfortable again.


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