Quake 4 Patch v1.1


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Quake 4 Official 1.1 Patch.

QUAKE 4(tm) 1.1 Point Release - Beta - README
Last updated 02-03-06

Please note that in-game console commands are not supported by Activision(r).

This Beta update for QUAKE 4 addresses issues found in both multiplayer and single player since the release of the game. A complete list of changes and additions is included below. For future updates and more information about the game, please visit the official game website at http://www.quake4game.com

Quake 4 1.1 Beta Point Release Bug Reporting

If you have any problems with this 1.1 Beta Point Release, please utilize our bug submission webform located here. We appreciate all the helpful feedback we received from our prior beta updates so please keep it coming.

Send a description of your problem and the following information:

1) The first part of the Quake 4 console log. This is generated automatically by the game. Access this information by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Tilde (Tilde is the key on the left side of the number 1 key) to bring down the game console. Then press the "Page Up" key to scroll up to the start of the logged information until you see something like the following:

Quake4 Debug V0.33.0.1 Build 2013 win-x86 Sep 5 2005
2 physical CPUs, 2 logical CPUs
2992 MHz Intel CPU with MMX & SSE & SSE2 & SSE3
16 kB 1st level cache, 1024 kB 2nd level cache, 0 kB 3rd level cache
2048 MB System Memory
240 MB Video Memory

2) DxDiag.txt report. This can be obtained by clicking the Start menu, selecting "Run," typing "dxdiag" and pressing enter. Once the progress meter in the lower left corner stops moving, click the "Save All Information" key to save the file.

Table of Contents:

Notes for Mod Users
Hyper-Threading Technology

Test for number of processors (HT or Dual core)
How to enable Hyper-Threading Technology in the game

Fixes & Updates in 1.1


New Features

Single Player

Known Issues

Fixes & Updates in



In addition to a number of new changes and updates, this 1.1 Beta Point Release also includes the changes from update, and beta and beta If you have not previously updated QUAKE 4, this update will bring your installation completely up to date. If you have previously installed an earlier update, this update can be installed over the earlier update(s) without problems - there is no need to re-install previous updates released through the id Software website. Doing so may adversely affect the proper functionality of your installation.

PLEASE NOTE: Older savegames will no longer work correctly once the 1.1 update is installed!

If you require additional QUAKE 4 technical support, please see the help system that is included with the game.

Notes for mod users:

Due to the vast number of updates and new functionality in the 1.1 Point Release, mods will have to be updated to the 1.1 code by each respective mod author in order to run correctly on the 1.1 version of Quake 4. Information regarding mods and news related to the Quake 4 SDK can be found at http://www.iddevnet.com/quake4/Quake4SDK . Activision does not provide any technical support for mods.

Hyper-Threading Technology:

This update enables QUAKE 4 to take advantage of the Hyper-Threading Technology of Intel(r) Dual core processors. Players who have computer systems with this processor will notice significant performance gains in QUAKE 4. With the update, systems with a single core processor which uses the Hyper-Threading Technology will have a performance jump of up to 25% compared to non Hyper-Threaded processors. Dual core processors with Hyper-Threading Technology will see a performance increase of up to 87%. In short, systems with this technology will see the game run much faster than ever before.

Test for number of processors (HT or Dual core):

To find out if you have Hyper-Threading enabled or a dual core system, perform the following steps:

1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete. If a window called "Windows Task Manager" does not appear, click on the "Windows Task Manager" button.
2. When the window appears, click on the "Performance" tab.
3. There will be a section at the top of this window called "CPU Usage History." If you have HT or dual core on your machine, there should be two graphs side by side under the "CPU Usage History" label.
4. If those side-by-side graphs are not present and you believe that the system should have HT, it may not be enabled in the BIOS. For more information on how to enable HT in the BIOS, please consult any guides or manuals from your computer manufacturer.

How to enable Hyper-Threading Technology in the game:

By DEFAULT, the symmetric multiprocessing (SMP)-based acceleration (which is the feature that enables the performance increase) is DISABLED. If you have a system with multiple CPUs or cores, please follow the directions below.

From the Quake 4 Main Menu:
1. Click "Settings".
2. Click "System".
3. Click "Advanced Options".
4. Set "Multiple CPU/Core" to "Yes". (You will be prompted that your changes will not take effect until next time the game is launched.)
5. Click "Back".
6. Click "EXIT" and relaunch the game to initialize the change.

Quake 4 will detect the number of processors in your system and prevent you from mistakenly activating this option. If you feel that your system has the necessary hardware to run the SMP optimization, please consult your hardware manufacturer's guides or manuals for instructions on how to enable the multi-processor or dual core feature on your system.

Fixes & Updates in 1.1:


Corrected an issue with skipping the ending cinematic.
Pentium(r) M processors will now be properly detected.
When using right-click to lower the video quality, the user will be prompted to apply the change immediately.
Corrected a stability issue related to old sound drivers.
Added doImpulse and doButton commands to support button actions and impulses via the console. For example:
bind l "doButton +_moveup; wait 5; doButton -_moveup;"
bind l "doImpulse _impulse1; wait 10; doImpulse _impulse5"

Several sound issues have been corrected.
Added mouse acceleration functionality with the m_accel cvar. This is only available through the console. Higher values give more acceleration.
Video option changes can be applied immediately instead of restarting the game.
Widescreen option will no longer affect the menus adversely.
The FOV (g_fov) can now be adjusted higher than 110. We do not recommend values higher than 110.
Application stability improved when setting the Sound Device to General Software with a Creative X-Fi sound card.
Implemented an AddOn PK4 system similar to Doom 3(tm) v1.3. Please see http://zerowing.idsoftware.com/linux/doom/AddonPaks for more info.
Resolved an issue with the level editor not working correctly with SMP enabled.
Corrected a few localized string errors.
Added a new cvar for adjusting the look speed while zoomed: pm_zoomedSlow (defaults to 100). This can be adjusted from 1 to 100: lower numbers are slower.
Finalized network demos: replay client or server recordings of network game or run performance tests. Please see http://www.iddevnet.com/quake4/NetworkDemos for more info.


New Features:

Voice chat for Multiplayer is now available! To use voice chat, a microphone must be present and working on the system. After setting up the microphone correctly in your operating system, a Voice Chat key must be set in the Settings/Controls/Other tab, which is accessed from the Main Menu. Configuration of the voice chat options such as Mic Input Volume, Receive Volume, etc can only be accessed in the ESC menu’s "Voice Config" option once you have successfully loaded into a multiplayer match. When in any team game (TeamDM/CTF/ArenaCTF), only teammates can hear the speaker. When in a non-team game, all players can hear the speaker.
Added sorting functionality for the Multiplayer Friends List.
Added a forcemodel option. Typing one of the three commands below and using tab complete will bring up a list of usable models for that command:
g_forceModel forces all players displayed on the client machine to one of the models listed below, in non-team gameplay modes. The available models are:

g_forceMarineModel will force all Marine players displayed on the client machine to one of the models listed below, in team gameplay modes. The available models are:

g_forceStroggModel will force all Strogg players displayed on the client machine to one of the models listed below, in team gameplay modes. The available models are:

Variables for private clients have been implemented. All of these options must be set from the console or in config scripts:
si_privatePlayers: This is the number of private player slots reserved on the server. It subtracts from si_maxPlayers, so a server with si_maxPlayers 16 and 4 private player slots will only allow 12 public players to connect.
g_privatePassword: This is the server-side password setting.
privatePassword: This is the client password used to access a server's private player slots. This must be set from the console.

Added a voting option to shuffle teams.
Added a one-minute warning for tournament matches.
Added a server-side console variable that will allow enabling or disabling of voting options. si_voteFlags (which defaults to 0, meaning nothing disabled) is the variable, and it uses a bit mask system:
bit 0 (+1) restart map
bit 1 (+2) min players
bit 2 (+4) auto balance teams
bit 3 (+8) shuffle teams
bit 4 (+16) kick player
bit 5 (+32) change map
bit 6 (+64) change gametype
bit 7 (+128) time limit
bit 8 (+256) tourney round limit
bit 9 (+512) capture limit
bit 10 (+1024) frag limit

Sum the total of the parenthetical numbers for each of the vote options you want to disable. For example, to disable voting on "kick player," "change gametype," and "frag limit," add the numbers: 16, 64, and 1024 (total of 1104), and set on the server: si_voteFlags 1104. Please note that any changes will not take effect until after a map restart, and anyone viewing the voting options during that transitory phase will not see the changes unless they back out to the game and then enter the shell again.

When aiming at a teammate in a team game, their health and armor level shows under their name.
When spectating and following, viewing the MP Statistics (default key 'Z') now shows the stats of whoever you are following.
The Game Browser now has scroll bar arrows to scroll through one server at a time.
Players will be notified when teams are rebalanced.
There is a new system by which players may anonymously report their usage statistics to the developers, such as type of video card, amount of system RAM, the presence of a DVD drive, etc. After installing the 1.1 patch, the first time the game starts, a confirmation window will appear. At this point, the player may choose to enable anonymous usage statistic reporting. Alternately, this may be set ahead of time with a cvar, net_reportUsageStatistics.
Added a "simple items" cvar so that item pickups will appear as icon representations instead of the actual model. Use g_simpleitems 1/0 to enable and disable. This is only available in the console.


The serverInfo command will now report more accurate data.
After playing a Multiplayer game and disconnecting, the Game Browser will be displayed instead of the Main Menu.
Name coloring in team game death messages is now disabled.
The variables pm_bobpitch, pm_bobroll, pm_bobup, pm_crouchbob, pm_runbob, pm_runpitch, pm_runroll and pm_walkbob are no longer cheat protected.
The dedicated server executable no longer requires a sound card or a pixel shader-capable video card.
With Weapon Stay enabled, a notifying sound will play when running over a weapon you already possess.
Player spawn code has been adjusted to mimic the spawn style of Quake III Team Arena.
Strafe-jumping on stairs is smoother.
When under 25 health, the player will hear a different pain grunt to indicate that health is especially low.
Increased the volume of the sound that plays when you hit an opponent in Multiplayer.
Slightly increased the volume of other player's Lightning Gun and Railgun hum noises to make them easier to hear.
Spectators will no longer be counted as "on a team" for auto-balancing purposes.
The CTF "Defense" award has been adjusted to provide the achievement within a larger radius from any team flag and enemy flags carried by a teammate.
Improved Gametype selections to properly display the appropriate map types in the map selection pane of the Create Server menu.
Adjusted the text "You are not ready" when ready mode is enabled so that it is more obvious to players.
Spectator players will only see chat messages from other spectators, and will not see team chat.


When a player disconnects from a Tournament match early, the server will now seed the remaining players correctly for the remainder of the match.
PunkBuster(tm) now properly enables and disables in the server setup screen.
Muted icons now display properly on the scoreboard tab of the End-Game Summary window.
Addressed issue with crusher on the Xaero Gravity (q4ctf5) map not crushing players when activated.
The Ammo Regen powerup now functions correctly when using the Machinegun.
The Invisibility powerup sound no longer carries over to arena 1 from other arenas.
A Dedicated server will no longer crash if warmup is off and all players disconnect from the server.
Tournament mode matches will enter sudden death properly after players reach the frag limit simultaneously.
Corrected an inconsistency with falling damage in Multiplayer.
PunkBuster rcon output will now be displayed properly to connected clients.
Projectiles will no longer appear to travel through map geometry on clients with slower internet connections.
Jump sounds will no longer get stuck occasionally when gibbing someone.
The "One Minute Warning" will no longer be heard during warm up.
Projectiles will no longer fly sideways through teleporters.
Player corpses will not disappear so suddenly if the player force respawns.
Item effects will now always be aligned with the item pickup.
Icons no longer lag behind the player model.
Players will no longer hear old countdown announcements when spawning into a new tournament arena.
Powerups in tournament games no longer drop into the wrong arenas.
Switching between the Summary and Statistics screens of the End-Game Summary window will no longer reset the Statistics to 0.
Items will not bob so quickly after a server has been active for a long while.
Improved server stability.
Map performance increased in Relativity (q4ctf4).
Corrected a possible geometry exploit in the Xaero Gravity (q4ctf5) map.
Corrected a geometry exploit in the Sandstorm (q4dm2) map.
Corrected two possible geometry exploits in the Tremors (q4ctf7) map.
In Tournament games, gibs from other arenas will no longer be visible.
Corrected an issue dealing with connecting to password-protected servers while running the game in windowed mode.
The video settings should no longer revert to default when connecting to servers while running the game in windowed mode.
Clicking "Get New List" in the Game Browser will no longer create phantom servers in the list.
Fixed call vote stability for clients running a Spanish or French version of the game.
Playing back net demos will no longer cause a crash.
When playing back a net demo with a mapchange in it, the game will no longer attempt to connect to the server on which the game was recorded.
Fixed announcer not understanding zero fraglimit setting when negative numbers are expressed from client suicides.
Gametype can be changed to CTF with the RCON command.
The number of votes will be displayed correctly for the player calling for the vote.
If a spectating player votes at the end of a tourney, the vote announcement will be properly heard.
The map list will properly display when calling a vote to change the map.

Single Player:

The player will now always pick up ammo if they are not carrying the maximum amount of ammo.
The player will properly die when killed by clamp and barrels in the Putra level.
Corrected a progression break in the Hub 1 map.
The player will properly die when killed by the plate compressor in the Tram 1 level.
The player will no longer be able to exit the Medlabs ride at the beginning of the level.
Fixed Gladiator's AI state when his shield is disabled with the Lightning Gun.

Known Issues:
Surround Speakers option in Advanced Audio settings cannot be enabled if Windows Sound options are not set correctly on the local machine. Players with 5.1 surround sound must set their Advanced Speaker Settings to Surround 5.1 instead of Desktop Stereo:
1. From the Windows(r) Control Panel, select "Sounds and Audio Devices."
2. In the "Speaker Settings" area, click the "Advanced" button.
3. Make sure that the speakers are set to "5.1 Surround" or "Surround 5.1" instead of "Desktop Stereo."
If this is not set correctly, then enabling the Surround Speakers setting will not apply, and will default back to off.

Fixes & Updates in


Copied map files can now be overwritten/deleted without quitting first.
The console command "com_allowconsole" will stay set after leaving the game.


Improved Game Browser sorting and filtering: You can sort by up to three criteria, which will be displayed just under the server list, with the more recently clicked criteria sorting first. For example, to sort by ping time, then number of players, then gametype, click them in the reverse order: Click "GAMETYPE," then "PLAYERS," then "PING." The server list will be sorted by the fastest ping, then the servers with the fewest players, then the gametype. Clicking a category more than once will keep its position as the primary sorting criteria, but will change the sorting order. After cycling through all available sort types, clicking the category a final time will remove it from the sorting. Each criteria has specific behavior with one or two clicks, as listed:
Favorite Server: Display only favorites, or only non-favorites.
Password Enabled: Display only locked server, or only unlocked servers.
Dedicated Server: Display only Dedicated servers, or only Listen servers.
Punkbuster Enabled: Display only PB-enabled servers, or only PB-disabled servers.
Server Name: Sort server names A to Z, or Z to A.
Ping: Sort by ping Low to High, or High to Low.
Players: Sort by Players High to Low, High to Low (non-full), Low to High, or Low to High (non-empty).
Gametype: Sort by Deathmatch, Team DM, Tournament, CTF, or Arena CTF.
Map: Sort by map CTF1 to DM9, or DM9 to CTF1.

The Game Browser now displays more than 1000 servers.
Fixed a problem with the refresh time on the Game Browser.
Added a Game Browser filter for full or empty servers.
Players can now connect to a server while the Game Browser is refreshing.
Game Browser sorting will display the correct server information without the need to refresh the list.
Clicking anywhere on the scrollbar except the button itself will advance a page up or down instead of shifting to that position.
Non-full server sorting now disregards full servers.
Game Browser hover window updates when sort order is changed.
Fixed a Game Browser slowdown issue with high numbers of servers.
Added Game Browser server list scrolling with the mousewheel, keyboard arrows up/down, and keyboard Page Up/Page Down.
The Game Browser hover window will only appear when mousing over a highlighted server.
Sorting by server name will now ignore colored names, brackets, etc.


The dedicated server window will now be titled with the si_name setting instead of "Quake 4".

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