(Long thread) [TF2] ConVar problems a-plenty. Need help now. Please read!

Discussion in 'Team Fortress 2 Talk' started by Daedryon, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. Daedryon

    Daedryon L3: Member

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    I just reformatted my laptop, reinstalled Windows Vista Home Premium, and before I had reformatted, I had TF2, Counter Strike: Source, Source SDK, Half Life 2 (Ep 1, 2, and Lost Coast) and Portal.

    I finished reformatting last night, and today I started reinstalling stuff I need. Stuff like MSN, WinRAR, Microsoft Security Essentials, Steam, etc.

    My laptop specs are as follows:


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    Windows Vista Home Premium
    HP G60 Notebook PC
    Processor: AMD Athlon Dual-Core QL-60 1.90GHz
    Memory (RAM): 3.00GB
    System: 32-bit
    I did have Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2 installed before I reformatted, I haven't reinstalled it yet.
    I installed TF2 again, and halfway through installing, Windows Vista's Windows Update automatically restarted my laptop to finish installing updates. So I loaded TF2 and went ingame to change my settings. I changed them to the following:

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    [u][b]Audio[/b][/u]
    Speaker Config: 2 Speakers
    Sound Quality: Low
    
    [u][b]Video[/b][/u]
    Resolution: 1280 x 720 (My laptop screen has a max of 1366 x 768, but I use 1360 x 768)
    Aspect Ration: Widescreen 16:9
    Display Mode: Run in a window
    Model Detail: Low
    Texture Detail: Low
    Shader Detail: Low
    Water Detail: Simple reflections
    Shadow Detail: Low
    Color Correction: Disabled
    Antialiasing Mode: None
    Filtering Mode: Bilinear
    Wait for vertical sync: Disabled
    Motion Blur: Disabled
    Field of View: 90.00
    Multicore Rendering: Disabled
    High Dynamic Range: None
    
    Hardware DirectX level: DirectX v9.0+
    Software DirectX level: DirectX v9.0
    Those were the settings I used before I reformatted my laptop.

    After reformatting, I changed them back to those settings, I connected to my server, hosted at FragFestGamers.com, and I got a "Connection problem; Auto disconnecting in <##> seconds". I reconnected 3 times and kept getting disconnected.

    So I checked my console. (NOTE: Yes, I did right click TF2, and verify the cache integrity. Everything checked out, and no new files were downloaded) This is what I found:


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    maxplayers set to 24
    Steam config directory: c:\program files\steam\steamapps\daedryon\team fortress 2\platform\config
    ConVarRef cl_forwardspeed doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    Unknown command "cl_thirdperson"
    Can't use cheat cvar cam_snapto in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar cam_ideallag in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar cam_idealdelta in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar cam_idealyaw in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar cam_idealpitch in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar cam_idealdist in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar cam_idealdistright in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar cam_idealdistup in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar cam_collision in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar c_maxpitch in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar c_minpitch in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar c_maxyaw in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar c_minyaw in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar c_maxdistance in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar c_mindistance in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar c_orthowidth in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Can't use cheat cvar c_orthoheight in multiplayer, unless the server has sv_cheats set to 1.
    Unknown command "sv_backspeed"
    --- Missing Vgui material vgui/..\vgui\icon_con_high
    --- Missing Vgui material vgui/../vgui/icon_con_high.vmt
    ConVarRef hud_quickinfo doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    ConVarRef topcolor doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    ConVarRef bottomcolor doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    ConVarRef cl_himodels doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    ConVarRef cl_playermodel doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    ConVarRef cl_crosshairusealpha doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    --- Missing Vgui material vgui/crosshairs/
    ConVarRef cl_crosshairscale doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    ConVarRef hud_quickinfo doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    ConVarRef hud_quickinfo doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    ConVarRef cl_himodels doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    ConVarRef cl_crosshairusealpha doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    exec: couldn't exec userconfig.cfg
    Host_WriteConfiguration: Wrote cfg/config.cfg
    Unknown command "cl_crosshairscale"
    Changing resolutions from (1024, 768) -> (1280, 720)
    Unable to remove c:\program files\steam\steamapps\daedryon\team fortress 2\tf\textwindow_temp.html!
    ConVarRef  doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    ConVarRef hud_quickinfo doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    ConVarRef cl_himodels doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    ConVarRef cl_crosshairusealpha doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    Not playing a local game.
    exec: couldn't exec userconfig.cfg
    Host_WriteConfiguration: Wrote cfg/config.cfg
    Unknown command "cl_crosshairscale"
    Changing resolutions from (1280, 720) -> (1280, 720)
    Unable to remove c:\program files\steam\steamapps\daedryon\team fortress 2\tf\textwindow_temp.html!
    ConVarRef hud_quickinfo doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    ConVarRef cl_himodels doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    ConVarRef cl_crosshairusealpha doesn't point to an existing ConVar
    exec: couldn't exec userconfig.cfg
    Host_WriteConfiguration: Wrote cfg/config.cfg
    Unknown command "cl_crosshairscale"
    
    What is wrong? What should I do? Should I delete TF2 and reinstall it fully without having my laptop restart? I've tried verifying the integrity of the cache, as I saw was suggested on several forums after I googled my problem. Unfortunately, everything is ok with the files, so that can't be the problem.
     
  2. Nutomic

    Nutomic L11: Posh Member

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    There seems to be stuff in your configs that doesnt exist. Try to rename/delete your whole config folder, maybe it works then.
     
  3. Daedryon

    Daedryon L3: Member

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    I just went ahead and uninstalled TF2 (Delete Local Content).

    I've got 1 important Windows Update waiting to be installed, so I'm gonna install it, let my laptop do it's thing, and then reinstall TF2 without restarting my laptop and see if that fixes it.

    I'll post back later once it's done redownloading and let you know if I'm still experiencing problems.

    (Yes, I know, I'm taking the cheap, yet long way of trying to fix the problem. I got plenty of time on my hands though)
     
  4. Caliostro

    Caliostro L6: Sharp Member

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    Pardon my Captain Obvious approach, but this seems like something more mundane than cfgs.

    Wild guess but, is your firewall blocking TF2? You might have to manually add it to exceptions.


    Those things seem like Steam cloud simply trying to sync settings that don't exist in that game.


    ...Or I'm totally off here. Goodluck.
     
  5. Nineaxis

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    All that stuff just shows in the console no matter what you do.

    The issue isn't configuration.
     
  6. Daedryon

    Daedryon L3: Member

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    I haven't restarted yet, I'm just downloading Windows Vista Service Pack 2, and I'm gonna install it, then I'm gonna fully reinstall TF2 with no interruptions.

    As for my Windows Firewall, it popped up when I first started up TF2 after I reformatted, so I clicked Unblock.

    I always click unblock whenever it pops up when I load a game.

    That's not the case.

    So give me like, 2 hours, maybe, possibly more (my college residency connection only hits a max of 115kb/s. If I was at home, I'd be getting 300kb/s), to install TF2 again, then I'll get back to you.
     
  7. Daedryon

    Daedryon L3: Member

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    Ok, so it took longer than I expected.

    But I reinstalled TF2, got the same big ConVar error message as before.


    Wait, the ConVar stuff will always show up? No way to fix it?
     
  8. Jimbomcb

    Jimbomcb L1: Registered

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    there's nothing to fix, it's there for everyone and it's not a problem. you get disconnected eventually from all servers? if so it's more than likely something to do with your connection, nothing to do with tf2
     
  9. Daedryon

    Daedryon L3: Member

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    No no no, I get disconnected from my server.

    Me and the owner of FragFestGamers, Karl, are trying to pinpoint the problem.

    I have Metamod - Source Mod, with Advertisements 0.5.5, Fast Respawn and Max Class plugins.

    I narrowed it down to changing classes/dying

    Whenever I respawn in the base, I don't die, and therefore, I don't get that "Auto disconnect in ## seconds".

    Whenever I respawn out in the main areas of the map, the minute the "<Player> has bid farewell" message pops up, I get disconnected from my server.

    It's not a connection problem, because I've got Tf2 in the list of exceptions for Windows Firewall, and my connection is good. I've usually got between 20-30 ping at any given time.
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2009
  10. Daedryon

    Daedryon L3: Member

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    So i think I pinpointed the issue completely.

    It was my map.

    I created it in Source SDK

    I reformatted my laptop 2 nights ago, and since then, I started having problems on my map.

    So I'm ditching it.