Just got Quake 3 running in Windows 7 x64 (OpenGL)

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  1. c_raidz

    c_raidz Junior Member

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    I've spent hours researching options, re-installing drivers, rolling back drivers, rebooting, running in compatibility modes on each driver, everything.

    The error is: GLW_StartOpenGL() - could not load OpenGL subsystem

    I've tried re-installing the game, no dice. Edited my config to change resolutions, bit-depth, etc., no luck. Finally, I just randomly saw the following file in the \Quake III Arena\ directory: opengl32.dll. I know this file exists in %windir%\system32, but didn't know why it would be necessary here. For some reason, I renamed it to opengl32.dll.old and tried the game. It works. It works every time. I even double checked the symptoms by giving the file the old name. Hell, it just works and now I'm happy. Some sort of divine intervention...

    I just needed to post this out there for somebody else so maybe they won't have to spend hours on it, as I did.

    As a side note, I did learn a lot more about Windows 64-bit and it's backward compatible files in %windir%\SysWOW64.

    Current driver version: 8.16.11.8840 (12/14/2009)
    Nvidia Quadro FX 2700M

    There is a newer driver out that I have to re-install. I'm still half rolled back from my various troubleshooting.
  2. chapel

    chapel Jolly Bolly Fo-Folly Staff Member

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    Why not just play quake live?
  3. c_raidz

    c_raidz Junior Member

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    We like to LAN at work (I work at a University - Network & Sys Admin). Does Quake live use port 80 or what? We don't keep ports open.
  4. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    Quake III as in the game that came out in ~2001?
  5. c_raidz

    c_raidz Junior Member

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    Hell I think it came out before that, like I think I got it for Christmas '99 (and UT)? But yeah, that one :)

    Before you criticize the game choice, remember we have "corporate" laptops and so my gfx card (the Quadro) isn't the greatest. At least it isn't integrated.
  6. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    LOL

    I wonder if an integrated card could run it?
  7. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Shit, i loved that game. With all the available mods, it was one of the funnest games I ever played. I used to play with all the nude female bots with one Homer Simpson bot. Fun to sit back with the rail gun and watch Homer go at it, then pick him off from afar. :lol:
  8. almo

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    Same here: QLive doesn't work through the firewall.

    ALSO: there is no Capture Strike mode. No CTFS, no play. :)
  9. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Hey, old thread but welcome to T3D :wink:
  10. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    For sure, it even runs on netbooks.
  11. almo

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    Thanks! :)

    A friend of mine is running Q3 on Win 7, and he can't go above 90 FPS without trouble. We're used to 125 on Win XP SP2/SP3. I know it's not a big deal, but I was curious if it's common for Win7 to give lower framerates than XP.