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Thread: Quake 3 Arena Demo on Ubuntu 9.04: "Badmatch" error

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

    Quake 3 Arena Demo on Ubuntu 9.04: "Badmatch" error

    Yes, i've managed to install this demo on Ubuntu 9.04!
    (But the game still doesn't start.)

    See this as a "howto" in the making, while I try to get the game to work

    First, i've grabbed the demo:

    Then, i've put it in a temporary "q3demo" directory on my desktop.

    tail -n +165 | gzip -cd | tar xf - the command I needed, found here (The comment).

    sudo bash ./
    ..shown the installation GUI (WOOHOO! )

    And everything installed.
    Joy, but my problems are not over yet.

    I had this "Can't find default.cfg" problem.. solved by running "q3demo" directly from the directory
    ledechaine@QuadDamage:/usr/local/games/q3demo$ ./q3demo
    (Yes, my machine is really named "QuadDamage" )

    Well, now, after a black screen, i'm having that X "badmatch" error...

    Q3 1.11 linux-i386 Dec 4 1999
    ----- FS_Startup -----
    Current search path:


    Running in restricted demo mode.

    ----- FS_Startup -----
    Current search path:
    ./demoq3/pak0.pk3 (1387 files)

    execing default.cfg
    execing q3config.cfg
    couldn't exec autoexec.cfg
    ----- Client Initialization -----
    ----- Initializing Renderer ----
    ----- Client Initialization Complete -----
    --- Common Initialization Complete ---
    Opening IP socket: localhost:27960
    Hostname: QuadDamage
    ----- R_Init -----
    ...loading Initializing OpenGL display
    ...setting mode 3: 640 480
    Using XFree86-VidModeExtension Version 2.2
    XF86DGA Mouse (Version 2.0) initialized
    XFree86-VidModeExtension Activated at 640x480
    Using 8/8/8 Color bits, 24 depth, 0 stencil display.
    X Error of failed request: BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)
    Major opcode of failed request: 1 (X_CreateWindow)
    Serial number of failed request: 37
    Current serial number in output stream: 40
    And i'm stuck here.
    Don't know if it can help, but my graphics card is an ATI Radeon 9250.

    And, oh, don't know if there's a way to set the resolution in command line? That would help, because after it crashes, my 19" screen stays at 640x480.. fugly!
    Last edited by LeDechaine; September 29th, 2009 at 01:35 PM.
    Ubuntu: Linux for human beings with time to waste.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    Re: Quake 3 Arena Demo on Ubuntu 9.04: "Badmatch" error

    I've never tried to set it up, but the problem is likely due to that 640x480 (mode=3 in default.cfg) resolution. Q3 does weird stuff during startup. It may be forcing the screen to 640x480, then requesting a new 800x600 window: instant Badmatch error.

    Take a look at id's documentation and find out what mode=X value is appropriate for your monitor (probably not available, but at least higher res).

    You may have to run it in windowed mode (not fullscreen) if your monitor isn't ... cooperative ... and there are a ton of options you can set in default.cfg to get the look that's best.

    Prefer UT, m'self. Plus, it just works on linux.

    Nice 'puter name.

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