posted November 08, 1999 02:38 AM
Getting more ammo from the same weapon type might be do-able... Right now you can of course upgrade your bolt-on ammo through the Super Ammo power-ups (reflective ammo boxes). As for your keyboard lasting longer, remember that you can hold the space bar to fire continuously, you don't need to bang at it, if that's what you're doing.
There are a few reasons you might be having trouble hosting... For starters, I believe most cable modems are optimized (and intended) for incoming traffic mostly, so might be throttled or otherwise limited on outgoing packets, as needed by any type of server. If you're using Windows 9x, it could be that its lackluster multi-tasking and TCP/IP performance is causing bursting when the traffic gets heavy. Or your Celeron, with its lower amount of cache, could be having trouble handling two tasks at once smoothly. A Dual-CPU NT machine is really the best way to serve and play at the same time.
The server itself shouldn't require that much CPU time; a P133 can run at least a couple of dedicated servers simultaneously with a number of bots each. You should be able to see if your Celeron and Windows' multi-tasking are up to the task by e.g. running a 10 bot server and connecting to it at the same time, with no outside connections. If that runs well, then lagginess with net connections would seem to be related to the cable modem connection, or Windows' TCP/IP stack.
-- Seumas McNally, Lead Programmer, Longbow Digital Arts