Running Hammer on a comp that can't run TF2

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by The Asylum, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. The Asylum

    aa The Asylum

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    Thinking of being able to map on the go on my old laptop. I've heard it's possible to build maps w/ hammer for games that can't run on your compy. How is this done?
     
  2. MrAlBobo

    MrAlBobo L13: Stunning Member

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    its quite simple...download the sdk, download the game, launch the game and wait for the painfully slow load time you get on an old laptop, close the game once the menu loads, launch the sdk, select the game and start mapping. You may also want to set steam to offline mode after all this so you can stay logged in on your primary computer while still being able to map.
    it also doesn't hurt to lower some of the settings on hammer so you don't have to deal with the lag on more detailed maps
     
  3. A Boojum Snark

    aa A Boojum Snark Toraipoddodezain Mazahabado

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    Bobo's right, but... Hammer itself is a pretty significant resource hog. I was unsatisfied with it's performance on my brother's old laptop on which he played HL2 when it came out.
     
  4. Earl

    Earl L6: Sharp Member

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    Yeah, unless the laptop has at least a gig of RAM, I wouldn't bother. You're just going to be frustrated by slowness otherwise.
     
  5. MrAlBobo

    MrAlBobo L13: Stunning Member

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    if your only doing blocking out or other non-detail oriented tasks you will be perfectly fine...
    my old laptop the one time i opened tf2 i got about 4-5 fps at absolute lowest settings and absolute lowest res...and i still managed to use hammer just fine (my laptop was a low end model 5 years ago) so...yeah...
    the 1280 by 720ish res is kinda irritating though
     
  6. Laz

    Laz L7: Fancy Member

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    just make sure you use the cordon tool. My laptop with 2 gigs of ram struggles when it has to show my entire map at once.
     
  7. theydidntnameme

    theydidntnameme L1: Registered

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    my old laptop wont even run hammer. it starts up and shows the hammer logo then it just vanishes wihtout a trace.. i start it up a million times and same thing. so i have to use worldcraft to make my levels on my laptop.. and do a few things to convert it for hammer. that way at least i can work on my map at the go, then texture it and stuff when i get it onto my desktop
     
  8. Invictus

    Invictus L1: Registered

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    On that note, laptop RAM is pretty cheap. Not all laptops have an extra memory slot, though, and they can be less-than-convenient to reach.
     
  9. roninmodern

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    It's generally IBM/Lenovo that doesn't have an extra slot. On any other make if there's only 1 slot on the bottom of the machine, the other slot is under he keyboard.