Tool: Minimizer 1.51
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- File Instructions:
- -=Features new to v1.51=-
*Fixed a bug where if you closed a game, then opened it again, you'd
get an error message saying that the maximize hotkey had already been registered.
(Not actually bad, but started to annoy the heck out of me ;P )
*Fixed a bug where trying to swap the hotkeys (or make both fields the same
set of hotkeys) when a game was active wouldn't work, and would cause invalid
*Fixed a bug where if the game was minimized through the 'Minimize if game
loses focus' checkbox, the active window would keep switching to the desktop every few
seconds. (Very very annoying stick out tongue )
*Fixed an error where if the DSM was used in conjunction with the 'Minimize if game
loses focus' checkbox, the resolution wouldn't change.
*Fixed a small glitch where there was a delay in the hotkeys working if new
ones were set while a game was active.
*Fixed a few loose odds and ends around the menus and added a few more error checking
Instructions for Use:
1. Open Q3EMinimizerv151_Setup.exe and follow the on-screen instructions.
2. Once installed, and upon opening Q3E minimizer, the main window will appear.
In the drop-down menu located near the bottom of the window, choose which game
you would like the minimizer to currently focus on, or leave it at Auto Game Detection,
if you wish.
3. Start up that game as you would normally.
4. To minimize the game, press the default keys: Control-Z
5. To restore, press Shift-Control-Z
To configure the hot keys, right-click on your current game's icon in
the system tray, and choose "Settings...". From there, use the interface
to select your new keys.
To exit the program, right-click on the Q3E Minimizer icon in the system
tray and choose 'Exit'.
ADDENDUM: After release of v1.50, I discovered this, which I believe is what has
been the cause of this issue the whole time.
In the ATi settings control panel, the configuration has been set up with two different
color profiles: Desktop and Full Screen 3D. When you minimize, then maximize a game,
the card reverts the active settings to the settings in the Full Screen 3D panel.
By default, FS3D's gamma is set to 1, which is quite dark.
So to fix this issue:
Go to the Display Control Panel, hit the 'Settings' tab, then hit 'Advanced' and
then hit 'Color'. Click on the Full Screen 3D radio button, and then move the Gamma
slider to the same value as the r_gamma CVAR in your Q3 game.
This has been the number one mentioned glitch in this program. :(
From testing various settings, it appears to me that ATi did this on purpose
whenever windows were switched to keep each view at the native settings.
It is definately a feature inserted into the latest ATI Graphics drivers, and
as such, I don't think there's much I can really do. :(
Only prob is that when Q3 is restored, it doesn't actively update it's gamma,
so u get normal desktop gamma ingame. >.<
With a small bit of coding, I briefly fixed this error... but then when I
installed the next update for the ATI graphics drivers, it stopped working again.
( @^!^#! >:( ). As a sort-of fix for this, there are three things you can do:
*In the Q3 console, type '/r_ignorehwgamma 1' and then '/vid_restart'. This
will work, but might require a bit of tweaking of the gamma setting after that
to get it look the same as it was before.
*Create a bind script that changes your gamma ('/r_gamma') to a different
value, and then changes it back. This is kind of hacky, but works well.
-=When I minimize, the desktop's really bright! :S=-
Sometimes, upon minimizing a game, your desktop may seem extremely bright.
This is because the Q3 game will modify your screen's contrast according
to your settings in-game.
When you exit the game, the screen will return to normal. To restore the
screen's color to normal whilst the game is running, there are 2 things you
can do. First, in the game console, type '/r_overbrightbits 0' (without
quotes, and sometimes without the '/' at the front, depending on which game)
Secondly, if that doesn't work, go into your games video settings and
adjust the brightness to a lower level.
Okay, since I've heavily recoded Q3E Minimizer's code base for this release,
I am no doubt positive that there are probably a few new bugs in it.
I've heavily tested it myself, but I that's not a guarantee that I got all
of the little blighters. ;P
So please, if the program acts up, please e-mail me and tell me what you were
doing and what happened. :)
-=Windows 98 Doesn't Work with this! :S=-
I have received several e-mails from people telling me that this program
won't run in Windows 98. After doing some research, I found out it was
because I was using several API functions that don't work in Windows 98.
I'm not quite sure which functions they were, and if they can be fixed.
I have tested this program on 2 computers, one running Win ME, and one
running XP. On both, the program minimized the Q3 games flawlessly.
This may not be the case for other operating systems, so if you do come
across a system that doesn't work, please e-mail me and I'll see what I can
do to fix it. At this point, I am aware that Q3E Minimizer won't work with
98, but I'm not entirely aware at what exactly isn't working in it.
-=Whoa! I minimize and my desktop has all of these funny lines going across it!!=-
This is apparently an issue that is caused by the use of ATi-brand video
cards (I myself am on an ATi Radeon 9800 Pro so I can vouch for this bug. ;) )
If you just grab a window on the screen and drag it around, it clears it up.
Conversely, you can try restoring the game and then minimizing it again.
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