A few blue posts on tech stuff, since nothing’s doing from CMs on gameplay this weekend. All links courtesy of our excellent Blue tracker.
If you’ve noticed that the ingame FPS command (Control+R by default) doesn’t work and thought it was just you…it’s not just you.
Known issue for both PC and Mac. We’re working on fixing this in an upcoming patch.
Elsewhere, a fan complains that the D3 installer isn’t showing up anymore, and that he has to download the full game client each time he wants to install the game on another machine.
why there is no more diablo 3 client setup like was 15-5-2012 and it was downloading the setup and from there we where installing the game?
what happened to the installer?
why do i have to redownload 12GB of data when i could simply have it downloaded once, and then move it to my other pcs and install it over there too!??
why you dont allow us to have the cool diablo 3 launcher installer with the narrator as we used to have?
starcraft 2 is also going to this direction! are we nuts? do you think we have 1000000mbps of internet lines?
just tell me there is a classic downloader and i just over skipped it or else, this is crazy! not only making the game online always, now the setup too!!!????
Kaltonis: The installer with the narration is the one from the Diablo III DVD. The digital version is much more streamlined so as to not require a larger download then it already requires. If you want to minimize downloading on a new D3 install, use the DVD. That way you’ll just need to download the patches. but i don’t have the DVD, i have bought the game digitally!
the digital version MUST be always an identical copy of the DVD but with the latest patch installed!
so you are telling me i should buy again the game so that i can have DVDs to copy it to my other systems?
do you really find this a suitable answer / solution? is your company gonna pay for the second copy? or my internet connection?
do you understand what your company is telling me?
‘you bought the game, but you cant install it where ever you like, you have to download it again and again and again!, or pay us AGAIN a DVD hard copy!’
give the users the option to download the entire setup from the b.net account, this streamlined version is NOT enough, and you defenetly haven’t given that a much thought!
pass this request to your supervisors please ASAP. this is unacceptable and must change!
Kaltonis:We give players unlimited downloads for life on as many computers as they want. That’s… not normally considered a bad thing. Nonetheless, thank you for your feedback.
He never quite makes his point clear, but I guess he wants a D3.exe type file that he can just stick on a USB drive for easy machine to machine transferring, and buying the game DVD isn’t good enough.
One last blue post provides a workaround for users suffering issues with frame stuttering. Click through for that.
While the following isn’t guaranteed to resolve all stutter symptoms on all systems, we have seen significant improvements on several computers using this method. This workaround involves partially disabling Windows Drive Indexing, a tool that speeds up Windows searches.
Disable Drive Indexing
1. Click Start
2. Click Computer*
3. Right Click your Hard Drive (typically C:) and select Properties
4. Select the General tab
5. Uncheck Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed…**
6. Click Apply
7. Select Apply changes to drive C: only
8. Click Ok, and then Ok again
9. Load up Diablo III and see if your performance has improved!
* = My Computer on Windows XP
** = Allow Indexing Service to index… on Windows XP
Turning off indexing to the “drive only” will still enable your Windows’ searches to be quick. If you still have stuttering after this workaround, you may wish to experiment with turning it off to subfolders and files as well. Once you’ve turned indexing off for everything, the option will change to one that lets you re-enable it if need be.
In the meanwhile, I’ll pass this information on to the devs so that hopefully more changes can be made on our end to reduce stuttering. Thank you!