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    Default TRAINZ SR.3 - Comments

    Prompt response from TRAINZ answering my question why TRAINZ would not RUN after having been installed, this is my reply and COMMENTS, not really inviting replies as they merely state My Opinion:

    TRAINZ asked:
    Please provide us with the details of your videocard driver version.

    My reply:
    It's one of the latest Guillemot Hercules RADEON 8500 chip cards with DirectX 8.1 which gave them and me days of work getting satisfactory results using it with both FS2002 Pro and MSTS. Excellent 800x600 FRAME RATES with both now !

    Disabling DirectX-3D in TRAINZ Settings finally got it to Load. But one of the improvements with SR.3 is that it is supposed to be fully compatible with the latest 3D Cards and DirectX 8.1 ?

    Simware.com could not tell me what the TRAINZ Version is they supplied a couple of days ago, nothing on the Box nor inside to indicate the Version.

    The whole issue is irrelevant now because having had a look at it, comparing the Quality of it's Tracks and Switches / Points with MSTS, I have decided to Un-Install it.

    There are many other aspects I dislike, the necessity to constantly having to use a Mouse for Basic Camera Control, Screen Overlays which can not be cleared from it and should be totally hideable as in MSTS and the Menu Bar in FS2002. REDUCING the Driver Window drops it into the bottom right of the screen, hiding the INCREASE Window Icon, forcing a re-start to enlarge it again. Can not be DRAGGED back into the Center of the Screen ?

    After the release of the next version of MSTS it is hoped that HARDWARE CONTROLLERS, to function similar compared with REAL TRAIN CONTROLS, will be made available by Manufacturers. I am aware of one USA Corporation having a number on their Drawing Board already.

    This will require TrainSim Software to OUTPUT Key Function Codes suitable for use by HARDWARE CONTROLLERS. Keeping this in mind, it would be a good idea to STANDARDIZE BASIC CONTROLLER Key Codes, to avoid having to re-program such Controllers for each Train Sim individually, as is the case with many Flight Sims at present.

    Looking forward to Improvements along these lines from the MAJOR TS-SIM DEVELOPERS !!!



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    georgi55 Guest

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    Here we go again [Link Expired]

    You didnt even answer their question and started whining. Also your card IS NOT supported by Trainz,
    which means Auran DO NOT have to support you since you don not have minimum requirments, and they are still trying to help you.
    And you already started MSTS comparing...WHY? Dont you people get it its a different game with different goal?
    This is copy and paste from Chat between comunity and Trainz team back on AMrch 5th 2001, even before MSTS was released.
    Greg Lane is the CEO.

    <Rachael_Nixon> <Barney> I personally do not see Trainz and MSTS as competitors but as complementing each other. Any thoughts on that?
    <Greg_Lane> I agree 100% Barney
    <Greg_Lane> The two products obviously have overlap
    <Greg_Lane> but they are still unique products
    <Greg_Lane> and as such I think most people will be buying both
    <Greg_Lane> I know I intend to buy MSTS and I'm really looking forward to it
    <Greg_Lane> I think their focus is a little different to ours
    <Greg_Lane> and I think that is even evident in the screen shots
    <Greg_Lane> Because of that focus we can take different decisions
    <Greg_Lane> as to the technical nature of the product
    <Greg_Lane> Let me give one example
    <Greg_Lane> MSTS uses fixed (pre rendered) views for in cab
    <Greg_Lane> and has a different cab view for each loco
    <Greg_Lane> We have said before that we will be going with a more generic cab
    <Greg_Lane> and that the cab will be used for similar kinds of locos
    <Greg_Lane> because of this we were able to take some different decisions than MS
    <Greg_Lane> and you will see the effect of that when we release our cabs shots down the track
    <Greg_Lane> -----------------------

    After this post I will reply to each of your disliked points.

    Georgi



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    georgi55 Guest

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    >Prompt response from TRAINZ answering my question why TRAINZ
    >would not RUN after having been installed, this is my reply
    >and COMMENTS, not really inviting replies as they merely
    >state My Opinion:
    >
    >TRAINZ asked:
    >Please provide us with the details of your videocard driver
    >version.

    Yes, thats what they reall need to know.

    >My reply:
    >It's one of the latest Guillemot Hercules RADEON 8500 chip
    >cards with DirectX 8.1 which gave them and me days of work
    >getting satisfactory results using it with both FS2002 Pro
    >and MSTS. Excellent 800x600 FRAME RATES with both now !

    So? You did not answer what drivers version you have.

    >Disabling DirectX-3D in TRAINZ Settings finally got it to
    >Load. But one of the improvements with SR.3 is that it is
    >supposed to be fully compatible with the latest 3D Cards and
    >DirectX 8.1 ?

    There is no such s thing as SR3. Many ATI 8500 users get better results on Open GL.


    >Simware.com could not tell me what the TRAINZ Version is
    >they supplied a couple of days ago, nothing on the Box nor
    >inside to indicate the Version.

    Version included should be 1.1.1 if it was in the box below.
    http://www.auran.com/trainz/servicepacks/retail.jpg
    If was not that box but this one, then its 1.0
    http://www.auran.com/trainz/servicepacks/online.jpg

    >The whole issue is irrelevant now because having had a look
    >at it, comparing the Quality of it's Tracks and Switches /
    >Points with MSTS, I have decided to Un-Install it.

    Switches? Thats all you compare to MSTS without looking at other aspects?

    >There are many other aspects I dislike, the necessity to
    >constantly having to use a Mouse for Basic Camera Control,

    Buuuu you can use 1, 2 ,3 arroes and Page Up and Page Down to chage views.

    >Screen Overlays which can not be cleared from it and should
    >be totally hideable as in MSTS and the Menu Bar in FS2002.

    Buuuuu you can press Ctrl+Space and everything will go away excep one little red dot on left top ofthe scereen just like below.
    http://www.auran.com/trainz/screensh...ges/23_640.jpg

    >REDUCING the Driver Window drops it into the bottom right of
    >the screen, hiding the INCREASE Window Icon, forcing a
    >re-start to enlarge it again. Can not be DRAGGED back into
    >the Center of the Screen ?

    I dont get what you mean, please explain more. Do you mean runnig it at kind a windowed mode inside the train?
    If so that doesnt happen to me and I believe most of us.


    >After the release of the next version of MSTS it is hoped
    >that HARDWARE CONTROLLERS, to function similar compared with
    >REAL TRAIN CONTROLS, will be made available by
    >Manufacturers. I am aware of one USA Corporation having a
    >number on their Drawing Board already.
    >This will require TrainSim Software to OUTPUT Key Function
    >Codes suitable for use by HARDWARE CONTROLLERS. Keeping this
    >in mind, it would be a good idea to STANDARDIZE BASIC
    >CONTROLLER Key Codes, to avoid having to re-program such
    >Controllers for each Train Sim individually, as is the case
    >with many Flight Sims at present.

    http://www.auran.com/trainz/coming_f.htm
    "
    We plan to support third party controllers such as those from Kato(R). These controllers allow the use of in game controls similar to those on real trains. Now functions like the throttle and brake can be assigned to real handles giving you a much greater feel for their operation (This option requires an additional 'Controller to PS2 converter' available separately)."


    >Looking forward to Improvements along these lines from the
    >MAJOR TS-SIM DEVELOPERS !!!

    I dont really what you want improved. I dont get your point at all.


    AND READ THE GOD DAMMNED MANUAL DMAN IT! You dont even know basic cotnrols and started whining you cant do that you can do this
    eventhough you can do it but you didnt know because you didnt read the manual.

    Georgi
    The Future of computer "life"; TRAINZ


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    georgi55 Guest

    Default RE: TRAINZ SR.3 - Comments

    Question to you. Do switches in MSTS move by wind or what?
    I thought automatic switches needed something like this?
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    [em]Disabling DirectX-3D in TRAINZ Settings finally got it to Load. But one of the improvements with SR.3 is that it is supposed to be fully compatible with the latest 3D Cards and DirectX 8.1 ? [/em]

    The obvious conclusion would be then, what you're running is not Trainz SP3 but earlier version.

    [em]Simware.com could not tell me what the TRAINZ Version is they supplied a couple of days ago, nothing on the Box nor inside to indicate the Version. [/em]

    The version of Trainz is displayed in big bold letters on the startup screen (along with series of colour lights) For Trainz SP3 it should say Version 1 Service Pack 3

    [em]The whole issue is irrelevant now because having had a look at it, comparing the Quality of it's Tracks and Switches / Points with MSTS, I have decided to Un-Install it.[/em]

    Considering what you write below this looks like uninformed and hasty decision, but to each their own i guess...

    [em]There are many other aspects I dislike, the necessity to constantly having to use a Mouse for Basic Camera Control[/em]

    The external camera can be controlled with cursor keys. Page Up and Page down control zooming in and out, respectively.

    [em]Screen Overlays which can not be cleared from it and should be totally hideable as in MSTS and the Menu Bar in FS2002.[/em]

    As mentioned by someone else, you can switch the overlays off/on with Ctrl+Space.

    [em]REDUCING the Driver Window drops it into the bottom right of the screen, hiding the INCREASE Window Icon, forcing a re-start to enlarge it again. Can not be DRAGGED back into the Center of the Screen ? [/em]

    It [em]could[/em], but since there's no longer option to reduce Driver window in SP3, this confirms my initial impression you're not running Trainz SP3, but some earlier version.

    [em]After the release of the next version of MSTS it is hoped that HARDWARE CONTROLLERS, to function similar compared with REAL TRAIN CONTROLS, will be made available by Manufacturers. (snip)[/em]

    Now, this has little to do with the subject at hand, doesn't it...

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    Have not replied sooner to give everybody a chance to come up with some answers so that I can respond to your comments.

    VERSION. I have been sold the Euro Retail Pack 1.1.1 by SIMWARE.COM, although I specifically asked them whether it was the SP.3 Version. ArxelTribe, the European Agents for AURAN, inform me that there is no SP.3 for Europe as yet, SIMWARE.COM being Distributors must have been aware of, not telling me. I also do not remember words to that effect on the AURAN-TRAINZ site !

    TRAINZ SCREENS. I do not like my SIM Screens obscured by anything. If some ON-SCREEN Help is provided, there should be an option to remove it, ALL OF IT !

    Despite all Display Settings at MAX and CLEAR, what is all this Haze in the background, obscuring this USA Scenery ? And look at the carriages !

    [Link Expired]

    TRACKS & SWITCHES / POINTS. To me, Model Railroading and Train Sims are foremost about Tracks ! There is no comparison between MSTS, in particular Okrasa's XTracks and this lot. The Switches Blades don't move and there are no visible gaps in the switches "Frogs", as we call them here in the U.K. You can not tell looking at one which way the Train is going to go !

    [Link Expired]

    REDUCING the TRAINZ WINDOW. Clicking on the Icon in the top right hand corner of the Help Overlay to Reduce the Window, this is what happens. The Icon disappears and the Window can not be restored to FULL SCREEN again.

    [Link Expired]

    GRAPHICS CARDS. My Guillemot RADEON 8500 is the latest out of their stable, on a par with the GeForce T4...s, using DirectX 8.1.

    It is not a question of what "Driver" I am using, they wouldn't know what I am talking about even if I told them, being the very latest from Guillemot they should be aware of. Their latest SP.3 release is alleged to be DirectX 8.1 - 3D compatible. I can't tell, I can't get it !

    AURAN-TRAINZ having been told who sold me TRAINZ and knowing where I live, should have told me the facts.

    Here in the U.K. if you advertise something which is not true then you are in trouble with the "TRADING STANDARDS AUTHORITY" and a lot of others.

    I am a Freelance Journalist and Reviewer in the Simming Media world-wide and shall wait until my return from a forthcoming visit to the States, hoping to buy a SP.3 Version of TRAINZ over there, before passing a Final Opinion.

    From what I have seen so far, the best that could happen for all Train Simmers would be for somebody to Roll the Best of MSTS and TRAINZ into one ! :7





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    georgi55 Guest

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    How many times are you going to repeat yourself damn it.
    Well, I'll repeat myslef too then.

    >Have not replied sooner to give everybody a chance to come
    >up with some answers so that I can respond to your comments.

    You did not ask any question.

    >VERSION. I have been sold the Euro Retail Pack 1.1.1
    >by SIMWARE.COM, although I specifically asked them whether
    >it was the SP.3 Version. ArxelTribe, the European
    >Agents for AURAN, inform me that there is no SP.3 for Europe
    >as yet, SIMWARE.COM being Distributors must have been aware
    >of, not telling me. I also do not remember words to that
    >effect on the AURAN-TRAINZ site !

    There is only 1.1.1 out there. Did microsoft release new packege of MSTS after the upadates? No. This is same thing.

    >TRAINZ SCREENS. I do not like my SIM Screens obscured
    >by anything. If some ON-SCREEN Help is provided, there
    >should be an option to remove it, ALL OF IT !

    Use SCTRL+SPACE. How many times do I have to say it?

    >Despite all Display Settings at MAX and CLEAR, what is all
    >this Haze in the background, obscuring this USA Scenery ?
    >And look at the carriages !

    You can remove it in perfomance panel. (you would need to download Sp3 first)

    >TRACKS & SWITCHES / POINTS. To me, Model Railroading
    >and Train Sims are foremost about Tracks ! There is no
    >comparison between MSTS, in particular Okrasa's XTracks and
    >this lot. The Switches Blades don't move and there are no
    >visible gaps in the switches "Frogs", as we call them here
    >in the U.K. You can not tell looking at one which way the
    >Train is going to go !

    Again i dont think its big deal comparing to what other things you can do.


    >REDUCING the TRAINZ WINDOW. Clicking on the Icon in
    >the top right hand corner of the Help Overlay to Reduce the
    >Window, this is what happens. The Icon disappears and the
    >Window can not be restored to FULL SCREEN again.

    I tohught you know how to use windows at least. You can drag it with transparent brown part.
    Note that this has been disabled in SP3. You cant do it anymore.

    >GRAPHICS CARDS. My Guillemot RADEON 8500 is the
    >latest out of their stable, on a par with the GeForce
    >T4...s, using DirectX 8.1.

    Trainz does not support Radeon cards. Check "Q. What Video Cards are supported?" at http://www.auran.com/trainz/techfaq.htm

    >It is not a question of what "Driver" I am using, they
    >wouldn't know what I am talking about even if I told them,
    >being the very latest from Guillemot they should be aware
    >of. Their latest SP.3 release is alleged to be DirectX 8.1 -
    >3D compatible. I can't tell, I can't get it !

    Who the heck is Guillemot? There are HUNDREDS of video card makers. YOU are the one who should know what drivers you are using.
    How are the gonna know? Hack into your computer?
    AND on top of that you dont even have SP3.

    >AURAN-TRAINZ having been told who sold me TRAINZ and knowing
    >where I live, should have told me the facts.

    You should have researched it.

    >Here in the U.K. if you advertise something which is not
    >true then you are in trouble with the "TRADING STANDARDS
    >AUTHORITY" and a lot of others.

    To bad. Everyting said is included in Trainz.

    >I am a Freelance Journalist and Reviewer in the Simming
    >Media world-wide and shall wait until my return from a
    >forthcoming visit to the States, hoping to buy a SP.3
    >Version of TRAINZ over there, before passing a Final
    >Opinion.

    YOU ARE REVIEWER?!?!?!?!!?!?!?! OMG. You dont even know abotu your computer and you are reviewing games.
    You DO NOT NEED to buy SP3 version. Just download it.
    http://www.auran.com/trainz/servicepacks.htm
    If you have slow connection you can order Free CD. You only pay the shipping.

    >From what I have seen so far, the best that could happen for
    >all Train Simmers would be for somebody to Roll the Best of
    >MSTS and TRAINZ into one ! :7

    I for one dont think so. I enjoy playing both games in differnt times and moods.

    Enough said.

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    [em]Despite all Display Settings at MAX and CLEAR, what is all this Haze in the background, obscuring this USA Scenery ? And look at the carriages ![/em]

    [Link Expired]

    Well, here's what it looks like for me.

    [Link Expired]

    What haze, what carriages?..

    (that screenshot was taken on machine with geForce2mx.. i.e. practically as low-end as you can get)

    [em]TRACKS & SWITCHES / POINTS. To me, Model Railroading and Train Sims are foremost about Tracks ! There is no comparison between MSTS, in particular Okrasa's XTracks and this lot. The Switches Blades don't move and there are no visible gaps in the switches "Frogs", as we call them here in the U.K. You can not tell looking at one which way the Train is going to go ![/em]

    Traiz tracks are all made of splines, which means you don't get very detailed switches and such likes.(they can be modeled, though) This disadvantage is imo balanced with ability to model completely custom track in less than 5 minutes while with msTS, you have to remodel all those numerous track pieces.

    As for telling where the train is going to go... what was that post you made not so long ago, how the msTS switches put the blades the opposite way the trains is going to take?...

    [em]Their latest SP.3 release is alleged to be DirectX 8.1 - 3D compatible. I can't tell, I can't get it ![/em]

    SP3 can be downloaded from Auran's site, or ordered there to be delivered to you on cd.

    In other words, you [em]can[/em] get it, but didn't even bother to research your options....

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    Sorry guys, but you did not notice the MAIN POINT of my post which is that there is No SP.3 UPGRADE for the European Version of TRAINZ I have been sold a couple of days ago. SR 1.1.2, some *.ja stuff, is all there is for the European Retail Pack 1.1.1 I have.

    AURAN can not say when there will be one.

    So until I get the USA Version during my next visit to the States next month, bring it back to the U.K. and then get the SP.3 version update for it from AURAN, not another PEEP out of me. ;-)

    At the moment we are talking about 2 different versions of TRAINZ, yours obviously being a lot better than the one I am looking at. I wonder why they created 2 different versions in the first place ? O.K., the USA Gaming Mass Market is more important ? But isn't it more work having to work on two separate versions ?

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    georgi55 Guest

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    Ahhh, No, they did not create two different version.
    SP3 is update. Everyone bought either 1.0 from Auran's website,
    or 1.1.1 from stores.
    Now, abotu the SP3, yes, you are right. I did not notice that you have Europe Verison which means yo ucannot use the SP3 for english only.
    They should release other languages' SP3s soon tohugh.
    So, here what it is.
    There is only one version of retail Trainz, and SP3 is update for that version.
    BTW, if you buy Trainz from Auran website, you get 1.0. Of course yuou have to use different SP3, you have to use 1.0 to 1.3,
    but when you apply it, 1.1.1 to 1.3 and 1.0 to 1.3 becomes exactyl same thing.
    Another example, if you got 1.0 and updated it to 1.1.1 with the patch, you get EAXACTLY same version as retail 1.1.1.
    So, again, there is only one version of trainz. The difference is if its updated or not.

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