[Borderlands] Useful tips and tricks...

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    Mighty Brush Well-Known Member

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    Well, looking through the steam forums (stupid me), I stumbled across this Game Tweak Tips (AA, VSYNC, MICS etc) - Steam Users' Forums post which is a must read for the following reason:

    Borderlands steals your microphone and doesn't have push to talk, or even talk sensitivity - it just transmits constantly. So, to be able to use mumble or vent or whatever the post details how to disable voice chat ingame!
     
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    Also, apparently the 8800, 9800, and some of the GTX cards at least have a display issue. This can be resolved by rolling back to August's drivers (available in nVidia's archives).
     
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    Just for easier reference. :)

    Nice heads up Mighty. Makes a separate voice app a necessity doesn't it.
     
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    It does indeed thermal - I think I'll nag wiz for a borderlands channel on his mumble server ;)
     
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    There already is Borderlands channel on the Mumble server, made sure that was sorted before launch ;)
     
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    Damn you Drac, always one step ahead!
     
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    I don't know if this counts as a tip or not, because maybe its only me who had this problem. Last night I played maybe 3 or 4 hours of Borderlands online and at level 10 I decided to call it a night. When I went to quit, I clicked exit and it said 'you can't save your game at this time, all progress will be lost'. I frantically ran around trying to find ways to 'save' although eventually an alt+tab crashed my borderlands and all progress was indeed lost (oh my sweet loot *sniff*).

    When I relogged into that particular online game, this time attempting to exit said 'progress will be saved' and also the white borderlands logo indicating 'game saved' would flash in the top right hand corner about every 30 seconds (didn't appear once in the whole 3 + hrs of the previous session).

    So the warning is = it is possible for you to get a glitch where your progress isn't saved in multiplayer.

    The tips is = when you first start your multiplayer session, check that you are getting the saved game symbol and that the exit menu says your game will be saved. That way you can proceed with confidence.
     
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    Apparently a patch for this problem is in the works gash. Good tip on how to spot the problem early!
     
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    Jeez sounds buggy as hell... not that i'd know as sitll have 2 days to wait... :(
     
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    Same Powello, however, as I said, at least we'll know about all the bugs by the time we go to play it...

    E.G. We know to stay offline in case we hit the skill delete bug.
     
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    Great tweaks MB, thank you..I'll certainly be applying some of them

    Drac, any chance we can collate these into one thread and sticky it & lock it?

    These are the PC tweaks from the Gearbox forums.


    "The Steam version still uses the "USER NAME\Documents\My Games\Borderlands\WillowGame\Config" path. You just have to launch the game at least once and save your config by doing something like changing your screen resolution to create all of the files."

    *NOTE: This forum sometimes inserts erroneous spaces within lines, verify that there aren't any when you copy and paste lines and/or use them to modify your own.


    To disable the startup movies:
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    Within WillowEngine.ini:

    Find:
    [FullScreenMovie]
    StartupMovies=2K_logo
    StartupMovies=Gearbox_logo
    StartupMovies=NVidia
    StartupMovies=Loading
    SkippableMovies=2K_logo
    SkippableMovies=Gearbox_logo
    SkippableMovies=Attract
    SkippableMovies=NVidia

    and comment out lines like so:

    [FullScreenMovie]
    //StartupMovies=2K_logo
    //StartupMovies=Gearbox_logo
    //StartupMovies=NVidia
    //StartupMovies=Loading
    //SkippableMovies=2K_logo
    //SkippableMovies=Gearbox_logo
    //SkippableMovies=Attract
    //SkippableMovies=NVidia

    If that doesn't work, replace the // with ;


    To disable ALL movies:
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    This can be done in order to skip the prologue when starting a new game. However, this is a drastic measure since it apparently kills all movies! Cutscenes, loading screens, etc. Don't say I didn't warn you!

    Within your shortcut for Borderlands, right-click -> properties. Within the shortcut line, add this parameter AFTER the link to your Borderlands exe file:

    -nomoviestartup

    E.G:

    C:\Program Files\Borderlands\binaries\Borderlands.exe -nomoviestartup


    To adjust FOV (Field of View):
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    Within WillowInput.ini:
    Search for "WillowGame.WillowPlayerInput". Below the chunk of bindings, add the following:

    Bindings=(Name="F10",Command="FOV 90",Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False)
    Bindings=(Name="F11",Command="FOV 110",Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False)

    You can change the keys (F10 and F11) to whatever you'd like, as well as the FOV values.

    **TIP: It's being reported that the FOV gets reset whenever you sprint in an online game. As a workaround, you can add the FOV command to one of your movement keys, like I have. Example - my MoveForward binding looks like this (my forward key is E):

    Bindings=(Name="E",Command="MoveForward | Axis aGas Speed=+1.0 | FOV 96",Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False,LeftTrigge r=False,RightTrigger=False,bIgnoreCtrl=False,bIgno reShift=False,bIgnoreAlt=False)


    To disable mouse smoothing:
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    Within WillowInput.ini:
    Search for "bEnableMouseSmoothing" and you should come across the following line:

    bEnableMouseSmoothing=True

    Change to FALSE. This tremendously improves the feel of the mouse when looking around in-game and navigating the UI.


    To disable/adjust weapon view bob:
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    Within WillowGame.ini:
    Search for "bWeaponBob" and you should come across the following lines:

    bWeaponBob=TRUE
    Bob=0.005

    They should be pretty self explanatory. I can confirm the Bob numerical adjustment does work.


    To enable VSync:
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    Within WillowEngine.ini:
    Search for "UseVsync" and you should come across the following line:

    UseVsync=False

    Change to TRUE.


    To disable voice chat:
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    Within WillowEngine.ini:
    Search for "bHasVoiceEnabled" and you should come across the following line:

    bHasVoiceEnabled=True

    Change to FALSE.


    To enable console:
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    *NOTE: This currently doesn't work correctly, it outputs all commands as 'SAY' commands*

    Within WillowInput.ini:
    Search for "ConsoleKey" and you should come across the following line:

    ConsoleKey=

    Add 'Tilde' after the equal sign to enable the console (should look like ConsoleKey=Tilde)


    Enable Drop Weapon Key:
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    Within WillowInput.ini:
    Search for "WillowGame.WillowPlayerInput". Within that section, search for "ThrowWeapon". By default, it's bound to "Underscore" - I changed mine to V, so it looks like:

    Bindings=(Name="V",Command="ThrowWeapon",Control=F alse,Shift=False,Alt=False)


    To make zoom a toggle (courtesy of Miker):
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    *NOTE: This has been reported to break turret fire while in a vehicle, as well as Brick's right click punch

    Within WillowInput.ini:

    Add the text below under [WillowGame.WillowPlayerInput]

    Bindings=(Name="ZoomIn",Command="StartAltFire | setbind RightMouseButton ZoomOut",Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False,LeftT rigger=False,RightTrigger=False,bIgnoreCtrl=False, bIgnoreShift=False,bIgnoreAlt=False)
    Bindings=(Name="ZoomOut",Command="StopAltFire | setbind RightMouseButton ZoomIn",Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False,LeftTr igger=False,RightTrigger=False,bIgnoreCtrl=False,b IgnoreShift=False,bIgnoreAlt=False)

    Then, edit the preexisting RightMouseButton binding to reflect the change:

    Bindings=(Name="RightMouseButton",Command="advance dbutton bAdvancedButtonAux5",Control=False,Shift=False,Alt =False,LeftTrigger= False,RightTrigger=False,bIgnoreCtrl=False,bIgnore Shift=False,bIgnoreAlt=False)

    to

    Bindings=(Name="RightMouseButton",Command="ZoomIn" ,Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False,LeftTrigger= False,RightTrigger=False,bIgnoreCtrl=False,bIgnore Shift=False,bIgnoreAlt=False)


    To make crouch momentary (instead of toggle, courtesy of siberx):
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    Within WillowInput.ini

    Search for the following line under [WillowGame.WillowPlayerInput]:

    advancedbutton bAdvancedButtonAux1 | SwitchSeats

    and change to

    Duck | SwitchSeats


    To enable scroll wheel in text boxes:
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    Within WillowInput.ini

    Search for all instances of the following (there should only be two instances):

    InputKeyName="MouseScrollUp",ModifierKeyFlags=42
    InputKeyName="MouseScrollDown",ModifierKeyFlags=42

    remove the ",ModifierKeyFlags=42" so they look like:

    InputKeyName="MouseScrollUp"
    InputKeyName="MouseScrollDown"

    To view your FPS (frames per second):
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    Within WillowInput.ini:

    Search for [WillowGame.WillowPlayerInput]. Below the chunk of bindings, add the following:
    Quote:
    Bindings=(Name="F12",Command="stat fps",Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False,LeftTrig g er=False,RightTrigger=False,bIgnoreCtrl=False,bIgn oreShift=False,bIgnoreAlt=False)
    Hitting F12 will show you a readout for your current FPS. It also displays your ping in MS, but I'm unsure if it is accurate. _________________
     
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    Love the windowed mode. Can't play without it!
     
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    I like the looks of that 'disable voice chat' otpion - to enable us to use mumble etc instead of the ingame voice chat (whcih isn't the worst but it isnt great either).
     
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    Hooray Zee!! Can get rid of those damn annoying unskippable intro movies!
     
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    I'll definitely use the FOV tweak...the gun looks way too massive at the moment, it's all up in my face.
     
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    Yeah i couldn't believe it when they were unskipable - who does that?
     

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