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Yes, you can change the 'screen size'.. Do this:


Go to your EL Folder, and look for a file called 'el' (It will be close to the 'el.exe') After you have found it, open it (should open in note/word pad) then look for this:


#video_mode = 'number' and change it to either 1, or 3.

underneith that should be

#ful_screen = 'number' change that to 0.


IF none of that works, or it is already set to what I said, you might want to update your GRFX drivers, and try EL again. :)


#Edit - Beat to it again >.<' well, I explained it abit easier for you. :icon13:

Edited by Knuckles

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Try the numbers I said hun, 1 or 3.. I'd try 1 first (640x480) should be fine. :icon13:


#Edit - After the = you just ned to put a 1. not anything else. :)

Edited by Knuckles

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EL is working so far, but....it's opening HUGE!! I can't get past the rules page, or even see the "i accept" button on the bottom. Can i change that size some how in the EL folder ?


Yes, you can. Open el.ini, that text file named el (windows is by default hiding the extension , "ini" but only shows that file as a text or as a configuration file).


Open that file and search for #video_mode=

and change it to #video_mode= 1

That is the lowest resolution and you should be able to see the whole screen, including the "Accept" button.


In game you can change the resolution by clicking on the rightmost icon, then tab "Video" an d change the video mode there to a higher resolution.



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Hey guys, just in case the linux thing doesn't work out, (sounds nice) my friend found a way to help me work it out. His words: "Random guess: open the el.ini file in the EL main folder, and disable sound (there is more than 1 line about it, disable it all)" This kinda worked for me, because before, when I clicked on the EL shortcut on my desktop, it wouldn't even load.[i'm running ME, if you haven't guessed] Now it loads, but I can't connect to the server. Here's the error log. (And if you can find me a way to help me onto the server, much appreciated!!!:icon13:)


Log started at 2007-06-03 20:36:06 localtime (Eastern Daylight Time)


[20:36:11] Error: Can't open file "quest.log"

[20:36:11] Error: Can't open file "./tmp/temp000.dat"

[20:36:12] Error: Can't open file "commands.lst"

[20:36:39] Client closed

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Nice find..

What errors is he getting when trying to connect to the server?


Maybe a misunderstanding...I'm the one with the problem logging into EL, and I posted my error log. I just can't connect to the server.

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oh, sorry for that.

Not being able to connect to the server with a new client is usually 99% the fault of an antivirus/firewall that believes that the new client is a virus.


So try and disable your antivurus/firewall and try again (then you will have to reenable them and tell them to let el.exe connect).

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Okay, I don't have a firewall, so that can't be blocking EL, and McAffee is disabled...I'm gonna reboot my hamster powered computer and see if it works...hehe

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i HATE parental controls...But I managed to make EL work!!!!


(My AOL screename's controls don't let me connect to the server.)




Oh yea...I'm baaaaaaaaaaaack

Edited by Grogan

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My wife's PC is running ME too and had the same problems as Bernie...


I manged to bring the game up on her machine only after going through el.ini with a fine tooth comb.


Pay very close attention to the graphics settings...they are all set pretty high for ME based h/w.


Ashiana is all good now :)

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Below is an el.ini that seems to work well with an older PC using windows ME OS. Enjoy.


Only directives that start with a # are taken in consideration

Anything else is treated as a comment

For the directives that accept a boolean value (on/off), 0 is off, 1 is on



Make a backup of this file, before messing with it. In case it gets corrupted, the game might

not start at all, etc.


Login settings:


#server_address = game.eternal-lands.com

#server_port = 2000

Having a Username and Password defined can be a security problem. Use if you are comfortable

in people that can get to you machine knowing this information


video modes:

1 = 640x480 16bpp

2 = 640x480 32bpp

3 = 800x600 16bpp

4 = 800x600 32bpp

5 = 1024x768 16bpp

6 = 1024x768 32bpp

7 = 1152x864 16bpp

8 = 1152x864 32bpp

9 = 1280x1024 16bpp

10 = 1280x1024 32bpp


full screen can be 0 (windowed) or 1 (full screen)

if it is windowed, it will use the desktop BPP


#video_mode= 5

#full_screen = 0

The no_adjust_shadows directive, if set on 1, tells the engine not to disable the shadows if

the frame rate is too low.

#no_adjust_shadows = 0


Do NOT turn on the shadows if you have a low end machine, and/or if you are using a 16BPP mode

16BPP modes, on old video cards (up to GF3) do not support a stencil buffer, so having shadows

will make the game unplayable. If this is the case, use 0 instead of 1, in the shadows_on string


#shadows_on= 0


If you want to use some better quality shadows, enable the shadow mapping. It will use more ressources

than the old shadows, but will look prettier:


#use_shadow_mapping= 0


This parameter determines the quality of the shadow maps. You should as minimum set it to 512, and it will

look better with 1024, 2048 or 4096, but also consume a lot more graphics memory/ressources.


#max_shadow_map_size = 512


The clouds shadows are projected on the ground, and the game looks nicer with them on.

There is a small (about 10) speed penality, if you let it on, so you might want to disable

them if you have an old video board.


#clouds_shadows = 0


The reflections can now be turned off without using poor_man.

Set the following to 0 to just disable reflections.

#show_reflection= 1


Set this to 0 to disable showing the FPS in the corner



Setting this to a non-zero value will throttle EL back only when it's

grabbing far more CPU time than it really needs to render a scene smoothly.

This shouldn't affect slower systems at all, as they need all the CPU

time that they can get to render nicely.

#limit_fps= 20


If you REALLY have a VERY poor machine, try to set the next variable on 1

You will notice a drastical drop in quality (no reflections, no clouds shadows, and the texture

filtering is set to NEAREST), but you might get a performance increase.

It is highly discouraged to turn it on, tho.


#poor_man = 1


If you have a LOT of memory, you can set use_vertex_array to a number greater then 0 to

increase performance. This works well in crowded areas, but can use 130M or more of

memory. Not recommended for machines with less then 384M of memory, 512M of memory is

suggested for this feature. The higher the number, the faster a system needs to be. If

your system lags when lots of player appear, then consider lowering the number.


#use_vertex_array = 1


Mipmaps is a texture effect that blurs the texture a bit - it may look smoother and better, or it may look worse

depending on your graphics driver settings and the like. It might also improve performance.

To enable mipmaps in the client set the following parameter to 1:


#use_mipmaps= 0


Some systems will not support the new point based particles in EL. If your client complaints

about not having the point based particles extension, set the following to 0:


#use_point_particles= 0


If you experience a significant slowdown when particles are nearby, you should consider lowering

the percentage of particles that are displayed. You can set the particles percentage between 0 and 100:


#particles_percentage= 50


You can increase the mouse sensitivity and cursor changing by adjusting the mouse_limit to

lower numbers, but usually the FPS will drop as well!

#mouse_limit= 9


The following two directives are for configuring the camera rotation speed, when you press

left/right arrows (this is the normal mode), or shift+left/right arrows (fine mode)

Increase for a faster camera turning speed, decrease for a smoother animation.


#normal_camera_rotation_speed = 35.0

#fine_camera_rotation_speed = 5.5


To prevent your player from moving by accident when you are sitting check sit_lock to 1

and enable it


#sit_lock= 1


Set to 0 if you don't want the item window to be opened when dropping things

#item_window_on_drop= 1


Set to 1 to see the digital clock

#view_digital_clock = 0


Lets you relocate your quickbar by using leftclick+ctrl. leftclick+shift determines whether the quickbar should be horisontal

or vertical (default) and leftclick+ctrl+shift resets the quickbar.

#relocate_quickbar = 0


Shows your stats in the hud (only works in resolutions > 640x480)

#show_stats_in_hud = 1


Shows help text, that tells about the function of a button:

#show_help_text = 1


Set the time before the client will go afk automatically (time in minutes). If 0 the client will not go afk automatically

and you'll have to set the client AFK yourself.

#auto_afk_time= 10


Set the default afk message:

#afk_message= "I am afk, leave a message after the beep."


Global ignores is a list with people that are well known for being nasty, so we put them into

a list (global_ignores.txt). Now, if you want, you can configure the client to load that list on

start up, so you will have some sort of additional protection against those nasty people.

By default, this feature is turned on


#use_global_ignores = 1

Gloabal filters are a list of words that people have found offensive and can be replaced locally.

Set the following to 0 if you don't want to use the default word filtering.

#use_global_filters = 1


Set the following text to whatever you want filtered words to be replaced by.

#text_filter_replace = smeg


The following directive allows you to choose wether or not you want that each time when you

ignore someone, his/her/it's name to be saved on your local ignores list, so you will

permanently ignore that person (unless/until you manually remove the name from the

local_ignores.txt file)


#save_ignores = 1


Setting the following to 0 will cause only chat and PMs to be logged, and not any messages like

"slow down" or "you failed to harvest the [whatever]". If you set it to 2, the server messages

will be saved to srv_log.txt. The default is 1 - log to chat_log.txt


#log_server = 1


You can adjust the size of the text used for the players name tags on the screen. A value

of 1.0 is the default, and you can make the text bigger or smaller by raising or lowering the values.


#name_text_size = 1

Reserved for future usage

#name_font = 0


You can adjust the size of the chat text on the screen. A value of 1.0 is the default, and

you can make the text bigger or smaller by raising or lowering the values.


#chat_text_size = 1

Reserved for future usage

#chat_font = 0


The no_sound directive is there if you do not want the engine to use any sound (or music).

This is usually useful for when you don't want the EL client to take over your sound card,

or if you have sound problems that might crash the client.


#no_sound = 0

You can change the music or sound gain (volume) with the following parameters. 0 means muted, 1.0 means full volume:


#sound_gain = 0

#music_gain = 0


Here is where you give the path to your favorite browser.

Default browser is IE, but you can easely change it.


Note that, because of Micro$oft's infinite wisdom, invoking a command is done differently

in Win9* and in Windows NT™ ® ©, so you have to manually select how to invoke your browser.

Be sure to have only ONE selected browser, otherwise the current browser thingy is likely not

to work.


For Windows NT/2K/XP

#browser = "start iexplore.exe"


For Win9*

If you don't use quotation marks, the spaces will be stripped.


browser = "c:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"


For Linux:

Just put a # before the browser you use, and make sure there there are not two or more browsers

selected. That is, deselect the windows browser

browser = konqueror

browser = opera

browser = mozilla

browser = netscape


Choose your language - all languages available are located in the ./languages/ folder in your eternal lands directory.

The languages are however easily extendable and if you wish, you can translate the client into your language by editing

the files found in the languages directory.

#language = "en"


This option is currently only available on linux, and allows you to

specify a directory other than the current directory to load data from.

For Gentoo users, the ebuild installs in /usr/share/games/eternal-lands.

#data_dir = /usr/local/games/el/



#render_fog= 0


#use_vertex_buffers= 1


#click_speed = 300


#compass_north = 1


#caps_filter = 1


#log_chat = 2


#windowed_chat = 1


#write_ini_on_exit = 1


#ati_click_workaround= 0


#use_alpha_border = 1


#use_floating_messages = 1


#local_chat_separate = 1


#personal_chat_separate = 1


#guild_chat_separate = 1


#server_chat_separate = 0


#mod_chat_separate = 1


#highlight_tab_on_nick = 1


#isometric= 1


#perspective= 0.3


#near_plane= 17


#anti_alias = 0


#buddy_log_notice = 1


#gamma= 1.65


#render_skeleton = 0


#render_mesh = 1


#use_frame_buffer= 1


#use_old_clicker = 1


#shadow_map_size= 1


#use_compiled_vertex_array= 1


#autoupdate= 0


#windows_on_top = 1


#no_music = 1


#show_statbars_in_hud = 1


#enable_sound= 0


#enable_music= 0


#afk_local = 0


#follow_cam = 0


#extended_cam = 1


#follow_strength = 0.09


#const_speed = 7


#lin_speed = 3


#quad_speed = 9


#zcull = 50


#tiles = 1


#2D = 1


#obj = 1


#act = 1


#blend = 1


#special_effects= 1


#serverpopup= 1


#customupdate= 1


#use_3d_alpha_blend= 0


#enable_blood= 0


#use_eye_candy= 1


#min_ec_framerate= 15


#max_ec_framerate= 22


#use_lamp_halo= 1


#transparency_resolution_fix= 0


#use_light_columns= 1


#use_fancy_smoke= 0


#light_columns_threshold= 5

#username= ""


#password= ""


#max_idle_cycles_per_second= 40

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Learner has a theory that your desktop color deepth might affect the results, so please try to change it to 32bpp, and report any new issues.

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While in game i switched from video mode 5 to 6, but it wouldnt change.


I closed the game and updated the el.ini as above. Started the game - it loaded fine - but would not change video mode to 32bpp.


Game is still running fine tho...


P.S. DLLs are not reporting errors...

Edited by marack

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:confused: Well.. I just got back from being out of town. I had d'loaded the new update to 1.4 and all ready to go. Tried to log in using the old 1.3.3 & got the error that the old client was no longer supported. Cool! Time to go and delete the old EL folders and install from scratch... right? Wrong! No matter what I do now, I can't even get close to the game. I am running winxppro. Every time I try to start the game, I get that aweful error message that an error has occured, do you want windows to report it. Of course, I said yes - but only once. I have tried d'loading the client from both the UK & German sites - same results - neither worked.


The WEIRD thing is that when I click on the 'details' report button, I am seeing a client build number of 1.3.3 - despite the fact that I am certain the d'load says ver 1.4!!!


HELP!!! I wanna play my game! (I am addicted of course!)


While waiting for help from you ex-spurts, I will try to see if there is a new video driver that might help? Dunno, but it's worth a shot.

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HUGZZ to you all for helping me , you guys are great :D


I had to actually buy a new system {all hail the credit card}


Besides EL not working with the new update, i had other issues with windows ME anyways, it was time to upgrade.


I'm sorry if i did not understand everything that was explained (that's what scorpius is for :)), i'm not very computer savy.

I have to say, the help and response was fantastic here. Our EL comunity is wonderful!


It's good to be back, i really enjoy this game and all the new stuff that is always being added, i always find something new and interesting to do.


Once again, ty all, hugs to all :D

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Welcome back in game, Bernie :D


(I think, i saw you already in MM cave harvesting silver)


Topic closed, happy gaming, and other ppl with problems using Windows ME, plz get rid of it.


(Hint: There are some free linux distributions you can download or get from CD's which come with some computer magazines :) )


Googling for "linux live cd" may be an option, just a hint :D




Edit: Typo, thx ttl >.<

Edited by The_Piper

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